Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 29th July 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

Welcome back to Term 3.

This week it is Netsafety Week. Our school has signed up as a Netsafety Week 2021 supporter. This is the first time New Zealand has ever held its own online safety week and we’re excited to join the cause to help Make Aotearoa Safer Online.

This is a week to raise awareness of online safety issues, share the support available and to inspire the community to make positive change.

This is important as Netsafe research shows one in five teenagers and one in 10 adults were harmed by something they experienced online in the previous year.

Netsafe can help you with advice and support. You can make a report online, email them at or give them a call on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723).

At the end of last term our Kahui Ako held a workshop for whanau - Our Kids Online. Unfortunately this was not well attended.

Rob and Zareen are a husband and wife film making team with four children between them. While navigating the pros and cons of handheld devices in the current digital climate, they decided to start making documentaries and providing resources after discovering what children are accessing. This workshop really was an eye opener. The key message was that as parents we need to get more involved in the digital world that our children are engaging with!!!! For more information visit their website

For those that attended we do have further resources that have been provided as a follow up to the workshop. If you would like these emailed to you please email:

As a follow on to this we have another workshop scheduled for parents by John Parsons who wrote Keeping Your Kids Safe Online.

This will be on Tuesday 31st August from 6.30 - 8.00pm at Stratford High School. More information about this will be in our next newsletter.

We really recommend that parents of our younger children attend these as well. These workshops assist parents to set the foundations up really early at home in terms of online behaviours and rules and routines you can set up at home. Please try and make this a priority!!!.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite


A big welcome to Charlie M - Room 1 and Olivia S Room 3 and their families to our school.


School Assemblies

These will be from 2.00 - 2.30 for the rest of the term due to sports practices.


Please complete the following order, if you wish for your child to have a hot lunch on Friday. This needs to be completed by Tuesday 3rd August. Here is the link.


We had such a lovely turnout of Grandparents at our whanau day, but it has come to our attention that some grandparents or whanau could not access the seesaw app. If you wish for your childs grandparents or any other whanau to access what your child is up to at school on seesaw, please just email through their email address to your childs teacher, and they can send them an invite.


We have our school production coming up again at the end of this year (see calendar). Once again we would like to put together a team of parents/community members/ex students etc, to help make props, costumes, and assist with anything else that crops up along the way. If you are interested in joining this team, we would be really grateful. Could you please phone the office to express your interest.


Just a heads-up, that this year the children will be involved in making artworks that will be made into calendars, cards, diarys etc. This will be offered up in Week 7 of this term, so keep an eye out for the order forms arriving home about then. Artworks can be viewed in the classroom and will be put up on seesaw for you to view.


A number of different chess tournaments are coming up this term, and forms to attend these and asking for parent help in regards to supervision and transport will be sent home this week. Keep an eye out for these, and we would appreciate these being sent back as early as possible.


Last year, the children and staff throughly enjoyed the way that we conducted our school-wide speeches, this year we have continued to use the same format. Starting next year speech board will be every second year.

Our speeches this year will take place in the second half of this term. Information will be shared by your child's classroom teacher about expections for this year.

Year 1 - 2 - Recite a poem and Show and Tell.

Year 3 - 4 - Recite their pepeha and Show and Tell

Year 5 - Recite their pepeha and introduction to formal speech writing.

Year 6 - 8 - Impromptu speech, recite their pepeha and write and present a formal speech


Welcome to . . .

Nick Orwin and Jodene McCowan who have been employed as Support Staff in our school. Welcome to the team!

Period Products

Our school has signed up to this wonderful initiative. If your daughter has their period please make contact with your child's classroom teacher or Mrs Hinton in the office and we can arrange for you to access these each month.

Bi-ennual Community Survey

Every two years we seek feedback from our community about how we are doing from your perspective. We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this Community Survey :)


This Policy is up for review and can be found on our school website: NAG 2 If you would like to provide some feedback please email:

Year 6 - 8 Camp - Wellington - 4th - 8th April 2022

The Board have approved next years camp. If our organisation remains the same all Year 6 - 8 children will be travelling to Wellington on the above dates.

2022 Dates

These are up on our school website.



Ross Brown

Congratulations to Jamie W, Jamie H, Ben and Zack for being selected to play in the Ross Brown Taranaki Rugby tournament on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. Good luck.


If your child is 8 years or older and interested in running club at lunchtime please e-mail

running club is during lunchtime on a Tuesday and Thursday starting from week 2 and going through until Taranaki Cross Country. The running club will require shoes everytime as we go through the school paddock and onto the O’Sullivan farm which has metal races. Your child will eat lunch after running depending on what time they get back. If there's any parents keen to help with running the kids please also get in touch. We need a minimum of two adults a time to be able to run this.


On Tuesday 10th August the Y7 & 8 students will be participating in the Tough Girl/ Tough Guy Challenge run by the Year 13 PE students at Stratford High School. This is a 2km muddy obstacle course and will contribute towards our Blue Star Challenge hours.

All students are expected to participate unless they have a medical reason not to (please contact Shelley about this prior).

A risk disclaimer will be sent home with the children today. Can this please be returned by Friday 6th August.

The students will travel to Stratford High School by bus, leaving at 9am and will be back at school by 12.30pm. Racing begins at 9.45am.

Each child will need to bring

  • A drink bottle

  • Any medical items needed ( inhalers etc)

  • Clothing and suitable footwear that they are able to get muddy (no denim or cotton or rugby boots allowed)

  • A towel and a change of warm clothes for after the event

Year 7 & 8 Sports Competition

On Thursday 12th August we have 3 teams ( rugby, netball, football ) entered into the Taranaki Trophy/Mainland Cup/ 9 aside football competition. If you child is involved in this a notice was sent home this week. Practices for this will be run on Friday week 1-2 2.30pm-3.15pm.



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