Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 4th March 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

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.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite

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We have new t.shirts and sweatshirts ready to order. To view these please go to our website.

Please click on the link to make an order: Uniform Order

Sample sizes are available in the school office from next week to view if you are unsure.


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


It is really important that all our school families download our school app. This Toko School App is the main way we will contact parents in an emergency and if we need to get information out to our community immedately. Information about how to down the school app can be found on our website. School App


Toko School has purchased mathletics this year for children in years 3 to 8. This is a great programme and certainly helps children with their numeracy. Children have been given login detials and should be able to access their account with Mathletics at home and at school. Study shows that when a child completes just 3 mathletics activities a week, which equates to about 20 minutes, it has a significant impact on maths results. However, if a student can aim for a weekly certificate (1000 points) then the impact will be significantly higher.


It's that time of year again, when Nits seem to be doing the rounds. Could you please check your childs hair for these little gremlins. If you have never done this before, they are little white eggs and the eggs appear on the hair close to the scalp, and the nits themselves, are often found on the scalp. Check around the ears or at the base of the scalp. If your child does have nits, just remember that it must be treated before your child returns to school.


Year 3 to 5 Camp

A notice with another equipment list etc is coming home today.


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!

NAG 5 Health and Safety - This policy is up for review. Feedback from our school whanau is welcome. Please email with your comments.

Friends of Toko School

Firewood for Sale - (Gum) $200 a trailer load
Please contact the school office if you would like to buy a trailer load. First in first served :)


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.


This year we will once again run the ummy sticker promotion, We are asking the children and families to collect Yummy stickers which will then be converted into a share of the prize pool from DG Sports. All classes will have a class copy of the sticker sheets for your child to add to but if you prefer to have a copy of your own sheet at home, please ring the school office. Happy collecting.


Needed: 2L Milk Bottles ( we are on the hunt for 428!!!!! For a star challenge project.


SCHOOL DISCO - 26th March - 6.15 - 8.15

Theme: Olympics

Venue: School Hall

Gold Coin Donation


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:

Year 2:

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

Year 4:

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

Year 6:

Children will know subtraction facts to 20

Multiplication facts for the 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 x tables and some corresponding division facts

Year 8:

Children will know division basic facts up to the 10 x tables

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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

Term 2.

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 We would like registrations in as

soon as possible to confirm team numbers. You can contact myself Grant Worthington

0276669970 or 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

our jerseys.

Please talk to your children, register your interest and get involved.

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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 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.


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.

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