Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 20th May 2021

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Kura Tuatahi Toko

Quality learning for all in a caring community.

Kounga ako mo katoa i roto i te taiao e atawhai ana.

Dear parents and friends of our school Kia Ora/Bora Da/Konichi Wa/Hello

Tena Koutou Katoa

The focus of Pink Shirt Day this year is - HOW TO BE AN UPSTANDER.

Bystander Noun 1. a person who sees or knows a bullying incident is occurring to someone else.

Upstander Noun 1. a person who uses words and actions that can help someone who is being bullied. There are a range of helpful actions you can take if you feel safe enough to do so.

We have the power to prevent bullying! Research shows more than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when students intervene. 93% of students in New Zealand (and 88% of students on average across OECD countries) agreed or strongly agreed it is a good thing to help students who cannot defend themselves (OECD, 2019).


  • Awhi/support the person experiencing bullying - Awhi the person being bullied, even if you just stand beside them and let them know you’ve got their back. • Encourage them to ask a kaiako/teacher for help or go with them to get help. • Let them know they’re not alone!
  • Distract Interrupt the bullying in some way: • Ask the person experiencing bullying if they want to go for a walk or do something else. • Help them to leave the situation they’re in.
  • Call it! • If you feel safe to, let the person/people doing the bullying know what they’re doing isn’t okay. • Use your words to show aroha and kindness to those involved. • Don’t stand by and watch. It can be hard to speak up in the moment but it can make a huge difference.
  • Leave and act If you don’t feel safe to step in while the bullying is happening: • Move away from the situation. • Later, let the person experiencing the bullying know you saw and ask what might help. • You might want to have a quiet word with the person doing the bullying.
  • Get some other help • Support the person being bullied to get help from others – whānau, kaiako, a trusted adult or a helpline and then act on their advice.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite

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Explaining the Learning Stars

Each newsletter we are sharing one of the updated Learning Stars. This week we are showcasing our Well Being/Hauora Star. Below is an explanation of this Star and some photos of our kids displaying the Well Being Learning Star values.

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Tuesday afternoon we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Miss Debbie's husband, Rob and Corey. Both these firefighters are part of nearly 1000 participants of the annual Firefighter Skytower Stair Challenge taking place this Saturday in Auckland. Rob and Corey talked to the school about the important job that firefighters do and also why it's important to support the charity Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand, who benefit from the funds raised through the challenge.

We had some races wearing the heavy airtanks and got to see the rural fire appliance. Rob and Corey also presented Toko School with a great book about managing our feelings when one of our carers goes out on an emergency call.

If you would like to support this cause please follow the attached links.

Corey Gosney fundraising page

Rob Stone fundraising page

Friday 4th June - TEACHER ONLY DAY - Children do not attend school on this day.

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NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school have been invitied to a paid union meeting on Thursday 24th June 2021 so that we can plan and discuss the campaign and their upcoming collective agreement negotiations. Our school will therefore be open but closed for instruction from 12:30 - 3:00pm on this day. This means that some support staff will be at school to supervise children, but if you are able to collect your children at 12:30pm that would be greatly appreciated.

If you intend to leave your child at school, where they will be supervised, can you please let the office know. email



If your child is absent from school can you please make sure you contact the school office. You can do this via the school app, phoning the school or emailing: All absentees should go through the school office not the classroom teacher.


Next Friday the 28th May Toko School will be hosting a pink shirt day to support the Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying campaign.

We are aware that this is being held nationwide on the 21st of May but we are running it a week later.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone bright and PINK!


Next Meeting - Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 25th May. Board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting or to find out more, call into the office or contact a Board member.

Do you have a generator we can borrow when we lose power?

Every now and again our school loses power and we require a generator to keep our water running at school. If you are able to help us by loaning your generator on the few occasions this happens can you please contact the office.

Friends of Toko School - Next meeting tonight at 7.00pm in the school staffroom.

We have a few extra items of food wrap for sale:

Food Wrap(Catering film) 330mmx600m - $35.00

Roll-Foil - 440mmx90m - $22.00

Roll-Foil - 300mmx150m - $22.00

If you are interested please contact the school office.


Toko Community Hall AGM

Thursday 27th May @ 7.30pm
Toko Hall
Everyone Welcome.
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