Toko School Newsletter
Thursday 4th March 2021
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
Thank you to our wonderful school community as we juggle between alert levels and you adjust accordinlgy. It was great to be able to continue with our school tryathlon and we thank you for following our guidelines to ensure everyones safety.
We have appointed the following new staff to our team:
Tracey Hooker - Support Staff working in our classes
Sue Rine - Assisting with our school enviro programme - tending to the gardens, growing and cooking food from our gardens/orchard.
Teacher Only Day tomorrow - so no school for the children. We will be working with Ben Laybourn from Evaluation Associates to strengthen our schools inquiry processes whilst working on our school wide goal which is: How do we move target children from being passive to actively engaged learners? Following newsletters will provide further information about what this means and tips about how you can support this at home.
Toko School would like to invite parents in the junior school - parents with children in Room 1 and 2 to participate in a series of four, 1 hour workshops about Reading Together with your children at home.
Reading Together is a research based programme for parents, children and teachers.
It helps parents to support their children's reading at home more effectively.
The workshops will lead to:
Gains in reading being sustained over time
gains spreading to older siblings
parents and whānau gaining confidence and competence in helping their children’s reading at home
stronger learning partnerships between parents/children/schools/community-based partners
children more effectively engaged in their learning across the curriculum.
The workshops are relaxed and informal and will be led by Alison Eagar (SENCO).
The workshops are from 11.30 to 12.30 on the following dates:
*Friday 12th March
*Friday 19th March
*Friday 9th April
*Friday 16th April
To register your interest please phone the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TOKO SCHOOL APP
BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPDATE
Another week, another change in Covid Alert Levels and while it is safe to say that no one enjoys changing alert levels, the BOT would like to extend its thanks to the Toko School Community for adhering to Covid Level 2 protocols.
Office Holder Elections - At our first meeting of the year the following BOT members were elected into office holder positions:
Chairperson: Katherine Sextus
Secretary: Julie Roberts
Treasurer: Nia Chesswas
Property: Julie Roberts (grounds); Steven Harvey (buildings); Grant Robinson (school house)
Structured Approach to Literacy -
In response to direction from the Ministry of Education changes are being implemented to the way reading is taught at Toko School. Our Kahui Ako is funding Christine Braid from Massey University to work with our school around implementing this programme. More information regarding these changes and the essential role that families will play in assisting with reading at home will be shared with our school whanau at a later date.
Attendance - Regular attendance is vital for success at school. The Ministry of Education defines regular attendance as 90% or higher. Attendance data for our school has been shared with the BOT and while it is pleasing to see our average attendance exceeds 90%, MOE analysis shows that every day of school missed has a cumulative impact on a child’s learning and there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance - every day matters!
FROM THE SPORTS DESK
Rural Clusters Swimming sports - Year 5 - 8
On Monday 15th March we have the rural schools cluster swimming sports for children in years 5-8. These will be at the Stratford pools and we will be leaving school at approximately 9.40 with the event kicking off at 10.30am. Year 5 students will swim in participation races only and Years 6, 7 & 8 will swim in either the competitive or participant category. The event will take most of the day and is expected to be completed by 1.30 in the afternoon. Children will return back to school on buses afterwards. Students will need to be wearing their Toko school uniform as well as warm clothes to get changed into. They will also need to take water and their lunch to the event. We are looking forward to a great event. If you are intending on taking your child home from swimming sports can you please let the school know. The buses are very costly.
We are also in need of parents that are help with either time keeping or judging at this event. If you are able to commit to this role can you please either let Kim or Shelley know. People helping in these roles are asked to be at the pools at 10am please.
Needed: 2L Milk Bottles ( we are on the hunt for 428!!!!! For a star challenge project.
HELPING YOUR CHILDREN AT HOME
Below are some expectations for learning basic facts. More information about how you can help your child at home with Maths can be found on our website
Learning of Basic Facts
It is expected that by the end of:
Children will know addition and subtraction facts to 10 with instant recall
Doubles and halves to 20
10 and facts e.g 10 + 3 = 13, 10 + ___ = 17
Multiples of 10 that add to 100
Children will know addition facts to 20
Multiplication facts for the 2, 5, 10 x tables and the corresponding division facts
Multiples of 100 that add to 1000
Children will know subtraction facts to 20
Multiplication facts for the 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 x tables and some corresponding division facts
Children will know division basic facts up to the 10 x tables
TOKO AND EASTERN DISTRICTS RUGBY
Toko & Eastern Districts Junior Rugby Football Club
Hi All and welcome to the 2021 season of Taranaki rugby. We are extending an invitation to
any children keen to play Ferdie Rugby this season. Ferdie rugby will be running throughout
Ferdie Rugby includes age-grades for every year, and Toko/ED usually field teams in the 7-
aside grades (Under 6 & Under 7) and 10-aside grades (up to Under 11s). Our goal this year is
to field a minimum of 3 teams.
Toko and Eastern Districts RFC is a club with a long standing history in Taranaki. We provide a
great country atmosphere enjoyed by children and parents alike. Rugby is a great way for
children to get outside, get fit, socialise and learn to work in a team environment. For all
those interested we have a Facebook page named Toko & Eastern Districts Junior Rugby
Football Club, and invite you to join and follow our updates.
Registrations are now open through the TRFU and you can use the following link to register
your child https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/104943. We would like registrations in as
soon as possible to confirm team numbers. You can contact myself Grant Worthington
0276669970 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
------- SENIOR RUGBY ----------
We would also like to use this ad to extend any expressions of interest for those wishing to
play senior rugby for Toko RFC. The Toko Senior RFC provides our children with a local club
and social activity for the future and brings our communities together. If you are interested
please contact Neville on 0277777189
Both of our clubs are privileged to have Aitken Transport Ltd on board as a sponsor of all of
Please talk to your children, register your interest and get involved.
EASTERN DISTRICTS HOCKEY TERM 2
We welcome everyone who would like to give hockey a go, even if they haven't played before and returning players.
Year3&4 (mini sticks) Year 5&6 (kiwi sticks) - will play on a Monday.
Year 7&8 (intermediate) –TBC
Could you please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child/ren name and year at school before the 15th of March please.
Registration for Fun Sticks will go through Taranaki Hockey only. Parents are to register their children with TH and we will invoice them directly after registration has been received. Fun Sticks will be on Monday afternoons. Venue: TET Stadium (indoors in the gym hall), 62 Portia Street, Stratford.
EASTERN DISTRICTS HOCKEY AGM
Everyone is welcome to come along to our yearly AGM!
We will hold this on Tuesday the 23rd of March at 6.15pm (after touch rugby)
upstairs at TET.