Term 2, Week 6, Tuesday 31st August 2021
Welcome to Grace, Ayisha, Charlotte and Piper who started in Room 3 this week. We are looking forward to you joining the school.
I know many of you will not be looking forward to another two weeks at Level 4 and we totally acknowledge how difficult it is to manage your own work and support your children in their learning. As a teaching team we are always trying to meet the needs of the majority and by balancing online learning with unplugged experiences. As we look at two more weeks at level 4 and then level 3 we will continue to refine. Please get in touch with classroom teachers or our team leaders with any queries or feedback. Talking with staff, they are really encouraged by the level of engagement and the amount of work that is coming in. Thank you for what you are doing.
I will share updated information about Level 3 guidelines next week as these have changed since our last Level 3 lockdown. In the meantime, if you need any kind of support I have put contact details for a number of services on our school website. Alternatively, if you know of someone in our school community who does need help with food, health needs or mental health support, please let me know so I can help. This information about how to access food or essential items summarises the supports that are available, including financial help to buy food.
Take care everyone and I hope you are taking some time to enjoy some special times within your bubble.
Student work in lockdown
1. Heiaan (Room 5) did some great drawings as part of his maths work this week.
2. Shashank (Room 3) made a fantastic bird feeder.
Thank you to those families who completed the request for devices to be delivered. I spent a couple of hours in my new role as a courier driver dropping these off.
You may also want to consider purchasing your own chrome book. PB Tech have a couple of options which can be accessed by either clicking on this link www.pbtech.co.nz/education/byod/kohia-terrace-school or scanning the QR code. There is a small discount - please type in KOHIA22.
Kohia Terrace School will be holding a Ballot on Wednesday 20th October 2021 for out-of-zone enrolments. The Board has determined that places are likely to be available for out-of-zone students for Priority 2–6 in the following year levels: Year 0 (children who will turn 5 on or after 1 June 2021); Year 1 and Year 7.
The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.
The closing date for out-of-zone applications will be Wednesday 29th September 2021.
Parents of students who live within the home zone should also enrol by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Please refer to our school website for further information.
Bounce and Balance Challenge
We had such a great day carrying out our Bounce and Balance Challenge and have the prizes all at school ready for our prizes assembly whenever we get back to school. In the meantime lockdown is a good opportunity to keep developing those skills. If you haven’t sent your sponsorship money through, you can deposit it at any time. Donations can be paid directly into the school bank account: 12-3048-0433992-00 using the student’s name, room number and ‘sponsor’ as reference.
Becca is keeping a track of all money that has come in and updating the lists of those who are in the draw for the various prizes. Fingers crossed we can get those prizes awarded before the end of term.
Oldie & a Goodie
EPro8 Lockdown Edition
EPro8 is running a Lockdown Edition challenge starting on Monday 30 August. This challenge won't be using the EPro8 equipment that we normally use, but instead the challenge will be completed using:
ONE ream of A4 paper
ONE roll of sellotape
The teams will be family teams all from the same household. Parents and siblings can all be part of the team. Entry is free, and it is open to any students and family of all ages.
The challenge launched at 9am on Monday 30 August. Teams have 2 weeks to enter the competition and complete the challenge.
Further details and registration can be found here: EPro8 Lockdown edition
Pohutukawa families may remember our visit from the Honourable Craig Knowles, the Australian Consul General, who kindly came to the Intermediates' Australian Assembly. We have since donated our three collaborative art pieces to his offices where they are being beautifully prepared for display!
Write Like an Author
If you are a budding author, get in quick to book this 3-day holiday writing camp; places sell out fast. Tuesday to Thursday, October 12-14, 2021 at Kowhai Intermediate School. Click HERE to find out more, or visit https://writelikeanauthor.com/
Are you keen to help with research looking into preventing birds colliding with windows? I am looking for volunteers to test ultraviolet stickers on their windows. For more information and to sign up click here. Thank you, Angela Friedlander