Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 18th 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

What a fabulous last week we had with 4 classes on school camp. Our children were pushed out of their comfort zones, encouraged to take risks, tried new things and for some it was the first time sleeping away from home and in a tent.

As always we can't do these camps without the support of our amazing families. Thank you to everyone that helped out - no matter how small or big it all contributes to the success of our education outside the classroom adventures.

Our room one and two classroom teachers Megan and Jolynne have been involved in some oral language professional development run through our Kahui Ako and delivered by Del Costello - Cognition Education. Look out for tips in the newsletter about how you can continue to build on and develop your childrens oral language skills.

Just a reminder that the Easter Holidays also include Tuesday for schools. This means chidlren do not return to school until Wednesday 7th April.

Congratulations to Mrs Kasupene and her family with the arrival of a new son and brother. We can't wait to meet him.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite


A big welcome to Jaxon H and Johnny D and their families to our school.



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 this week to view if you are unsure.

SCHOOL DISCO - 26th March - 6.15 - 8.15

Theme: Olympics

Venue: School Hall

Gold Coin Donation

The Friends of Toko School Committee organise this event. At the disco drinks, lollies, chips etc will be for sale. Children will need to have their tea before they come to the disco. We also sell glo sticks.


The two senior classes are extracting honey next Monday and Tuesday. This means that there will be more bees flying around than usual, as they try to follow the honey. If your child has an allergy, please send anything that they may need along to school with them on these days.

Year 3-5 School Camp Evaluation

As part of our school self review process, we would love parents/caregivers to sit down with their child that attended camp and complete this survey together. Your feedback is really important to us and assists with our future planning. Please find click on the link here.


Tummy Bugs

We have a tummy bug going around our school at the moment. This is a good time to remind children to keep washing their hands. Also, if a child has vomited, they must remain away from school for 48 hours from the last vomit.


If children who normally catch the bus are being picked up after the bus leaves, (the buses leave at 3:30) it is important to let the school office know. If we have had no notification, your children will be sent home on the bus. We do have a message facility on the phone, which is checked regularly.


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 immediately. Information about how to down load the school app can be found on our website. School App


Please complete this form if your details need updating. You will also be able to find this form on our School App for future reference.


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 - Meeting 7.15pm Toko School Staffroom

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 :)


Swimming Sports

On Monday 15th March the Year5-8 students competed in the Rural clusters swimming sport event at the TSB Pools. It was a fantastic event and all the children raced with enthusiasm and displayed great sportsmanship. Certificates for the non competitive events were handed out yesterday. The certificates and placings for the competitive races will be announced once the results are collated. A big thanks to the parents that helped with the time keeping and judging.

Turnbull Cup - The new date for turnbull cup is Wednesday 31st March. Information has been sent to all children involved in this.

Y4-6 Girls 7 aside soccer - This is taking place on Tuesday 30th March. A notice has been sent home this week with all those involved.

Yummy Stickers - Please continue to collect these.

Weetbix kids tryathlon March 31st (not too late to still enter)

For those that have entered...we will meet at Ngamotu Beach to the right of the toilets under the big tree. Bike check-in closes at 9.15am SHARP. Remember to leave enough time for parking (this can be very hard to find). Any questions please email


Hand Writing

In primary schools, the aim of teaching handwriting is to teach each child to write legibly, fluently, without strain, and with sufficient speed for all practical purposes. The main stages in teaching handwriting at primary school generally are:

  • Teaching grip, letter shapes and movements,
  • Increasing speed and endurance without loss of quality.

Two important elements of handwriting when children start school is movement and shape. “It is not the shapes of letters which is of first importance when teaching handwriting. The prime lesson to be learnt is the way in which the pencil should be moved to form the letters. Below is a link to our Casey the Caterpillar Handwriting Porgramme.

Casey the Caterpillar

Holding a Pencil

Writing the Alphabet using Casey Shapes.

Each letter in the English alphabet can be simplified into a few basic shapes. These shapes have been named by Barbara Brann as Casey Shapes. In this video they combine these shapes in order to form the letters of the alphabet.

The above information can all be found on our school website: Learning Links - English


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Toko and Eastern Districts Junior Rugby Football Club

Club Muster

When: Saturday the 17th of April @ 10.30am

Where: Toko School

For all those that are registered and also anyone who might not yet be registered but interested in playing junior rugby. This is our day to get together, sort out teams, meet the coaches and get the kids excited about the upcoming rugby season.

Any enquiries to Grant Worthington Ph 0276669970 or

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