Term 1, Week 6, Tuesday 7 March 2023
Kia ora whānau o te kura Kohia Terrace.
Welcome to Onara who has just started in Room 13.
We’ve had a busy week of gymnastics, zone swimming sports and leadership training for our student leaders, plus union meetings and, of course, amazing teaching and learning. Life in a school is always full of activity! We were fortunate to hire out the hall for a church event at the weekend which brought in some additional revenue for the school. This explains the large poster that was on display last week. Our head students had a Zoom call with Pakowhai School; they are still running on a generator and areas of the grounds remain fenced off. The school was thrilled to receive our donation; the students hoped to make some repairs and replenish the sand in the sand pit, among other things! Your support in this regard was much appreciated.
Coming up are the three-way learning conferences; go to your HERO app and click on school bookings to book in for Monday afternoon or Wednesday afternoon/evening. This is a great chance to connect with your child’s teacher. If you have not done so already, can you please complete THIS FORM to let us know of your requirements for Monday afternoon. Students remaining at school will be dismissed from the hall at 3.00pm, with the exception of the Year 1 students who will need to be collected.
In our sections below you will find information about the Colour Run organised by the PTA and a letter from the Board of Trustees.
Have a good week and enjoy the summery sunshine, finally! – Catherine
Colour Run – Friday 10th March
The Colour Run is almost here and we are poised on the starting line. We are looking forward to welcoming families and friends to join in, thank you to everyone who has put their name down to help out – Colour run volunteer sheet. The volunteer sheet is now full, but you can still help by donating curry and/or rice. Fill out the form to indicate what curry you are able to donate – Curry / rice donation form. Thank you for contributing to our community. You can purchase your run tickets ($10) and food cards ($20 or $10 options) from KINDO now. This can be collected from the prepaid table on Friday afternoon. You will also be able to purchase tickets and food cards on Friday afternoon.
NZEI - Primary Teachers Union
Teachers have been negotiating their collective employment agreement, which expired at the end of July 2022. There have been two offers made, both of which have been rejected by the membership. Key claims include funds for additional staffing to a level that’s comparable to secondary schools, more provision for learning support and an increase in pay to acknowledge the impact of inflation. Beginning teachers earn very little more per week than someone on the living wage. Union members have a strike ballot this week which, if accepted, will result in strike action in conjunction with the secondary union (PPTA) on Thursday 16th March. If this is the case we will be unable to staff the school on this day. We will update you with more information as it comes to hand.
Message from the Board
Tēnā koutou to the KTS Community.
It has been wonderful to have normal, busy weeks at KTS. After the disruptions due to extreme weather events, the School Board shares your relief that KTS grounds and buildings sustained only very minor damage. We acknowledge that KTS families have been affected in various ways, and wish those who are managing property damage all the best. We are grateful for the extra work required from staff over this time – for example Sam Young, our KTS caretaker, had a large role in checking the school grounds, and keeping things safe for us. Sam has hundreds of young fans who watch his ongoing work with interest! Wonderful too that students have modelled the school values in their fundraising efforts for Pakowhai School, which was badly affected by the cyclone.
Welcoming our new staff, students and whānau at the Pōwhiri has been a highlight in the school calendar so far. We look forward to the upcoming KTS community events. Many thanks to the PTA, and to parent liaisons for your mahi.
The School Board welcomes a new member – Tarrisa Sun, who has been co-opted. Tarrisa is mother to Alden in year 8, and Ashley in year 1. Tarrisa’s background in marketing and commerce will support the Board, and bring some assurance in terms of succession planning. Our school demographic sees more than half of our community identifying themselves as Asian, and the Board considers it important to have someone who can bring Chinese cultural representation to our decision-making. Tarrisa’s contributions to our recent meetings have been very much appreciated. Welcome on Board!
ERO Te Ara Huarau/School Profile Report
Te Ara Huarau is the evaluation approach that the Education Review Office (ERO) is using with KTS. This is a developmental approach to evaluation where ERO and our school work together over time, rather than the one-off reviews that happened previously.
ERO maintains a regular review programme to evaluate and report on the education and care of students/ākonga. The KTS Senior Leadership Team and School Board worked alongside ERO to write our Profile Report. This type of report will only happen once as part of our initial engagement with Te Ara Huarau. It reflects our strategic goals and a shared evaluation focus on areas that are important to us as we work together to improve outcomes for all our learners. There is a strong focus on equity and excellence. Future reporting will show our progress and achievement towards meeting the goals we have set. Public reports like the Profile Report are published on ERO’s website https://ero.govt.nz/institution/6939/kohia-terrace-school
Included in our bundle of published reports is a Board Assurance Report that shows how we are meeting regulatory and legislative Requirements. There is also a report on Provision for International Students.
The Board had a good discussion about Education Outside the Classroom Experience (EOTC – school camps) offered at the various year levels. We were in agreement that they offer a valuable and rich learning experience where our students get to do something a little different; challenge themselves in new ways; and get to know themselves and their peers better by experiencing activities outside the classroom. They’re a highlight for many students, and we have feedback from past students who reflect years later on what a fantastic experience KTS school camps were. We discussed the fact that there has been a gradual increase in costs associated with attending camps from year to year, and acknowledged this could be a challenge for some of our families. We also acknowledge that school camps involve a large amount of time and effort from staff. We appreciate the work KTS staff do to negotiate and look for savings with the service providers, while bearing in mind how the experiences relate to the curriculum and learner competencies. The Board agreed that a review of the EOTC would be helpful in time to plan for EOTC 2024 and beyond. This will involve a review by staff, and a parent survey later this year.
Fencing – the Board is working with the Ministry of Education on a plan to upgrade the fencing around our school.
The Board would like to recognise the considerable work of Sarah and her team at Kohia Kids Zone. We continue to hear great feedback, which the strong attendance rates attest to. Thank you to Sarah and her team for being such a valuable part of our school.
With Tarrisa joining the Board, we feel like we have a well-rounded contingent and are working well together. We have regular planned meeting times which parents are welcome to attend, with details noted on the KTS website. We have extra meetings as and when required (for example around the time of the cyclone). We have faith and confidence in the strong leadership and performance of Alison, her leadership team, and all the staff, and are excited about the upcoming year. We look forward to continuing to serve our school.
Ngā manaakitanga, from the KTS Board
Year 5–8 Swimming Sports Results
Congratulations to the following students who placed in the Year 5–8 Swimming Sports on 22 February:
KTS Learner Competency certificates
Congratulations to the following students who received a KTS Learner Competency certificate at Friday’s assembly:
The amount of lost property has increased a lot over the last couple of weeks. Please make sure your child's uniform is named - this makes it very easy to return to the correct person.
Lost property will be out on the Year 6 deck on Friday (10th March), please come by and have a look for any lost items!
Table Tennis coaching programme
The Auckland Table Tennis Association is offering a free 3-week after school table tennis coaching program to Year 5 & 6 students from Central Auckland Schools. No previous experience in table tennis is required. The coaching will be held on Tuesday 21th March, 28th March and 4th April from 3.45-5.00 pm at the Auckland table tennis stadium, 99A Gillies Avenue, Epsom.
Registration will be based on a “first come first served” basis (20 spots available) and preference will be given to students that have not been previously involved in any junior table tennis program e.g., junior club, girls coaching, young explorers and school holiday training camp.
To register please email attached permission slip to Ebi Kleiser email@example.com
KTS Merchandise for sale!
We have a variety of KTS metal drink bottles for sale (see picture for colours) for $20, along with double-walled glasses – perfect for hot or cold drinks. The glasses are $10 each, and come with or without the KTS logo.
We also have a limited supply of KTS tea towels for sale at only $10 each.
These items are all available on Kindo or from the school office, and every sale goes directly towards the PTA fundraising target! Thanks for your support.
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Are you and your whānau protected from measles?
Measles spreads easily and quickly, usually between people who are unimmunised or only partially immunised. It can be serious and life threatening. With people travelling overseas again, there’s a risk that someone with measles could unknowingly bring the disease back to Aotearoa.
The best protection against measles is the free MMR vaccine. It will protect you and your whānau, and prevent the virus from spreading. You will be protected against measles if you:
• had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine
• have had measles before
• were born before 1 Jan 1969.
If you’re unsure if you or your tamariki have had any or both doses of the MMR vaccine, check by calling your GP or hauora provider. Alternatively, check your Plunket Well Child Tamariki Ora book. MMR vaccines are free at your local health provider.
More information about measles and vaccination can be found at these sites:
Measles vaccination – Ministry of Health
Location: 3 Kohia Terrace, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Phone: 09 630 4525