Toko School Newsletter
Thursday 6 May 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
Tena Koutou Katoa
Welcome back to Term 2!!! It is great to see everyone's smiling faces again. Our morning breakfasts in the hall have been a real hit this week with lots of children having an extra breakfast at school to start the day. Thank you to our Year 6 - 8 volunteers for running this each morning.
Our Toko School Learning Stars are the qualities, skills and attitudes that we want all our children to develop and grow whilst learning at our school. These are based on the Key Competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum and information collated from staff, students and our school community. Over the coming months our Wellbeing Team will be sharing with you via the newsletter what each of the learning stars mean and they will provide some examples of children displaying these in their learning at school.
Each week classroom teachers identify children in their rooms who have been displaying an aspect of a Toko School Learning Star and they are recognised in assembly and receive a certificate. It really is great to recognise and celebrate our amazing Toko School Learning Stars each week in assembly.
WE ARE FAMOUS - DISTILLATION @ TOKO SCHOOL - OUR JOURNEY PUBLISHED
Near the end of last term, Toko School was featured in one of our school journals – “The Connected”. It was an article about how we purchased the distillers, our investigation into how distilling works and what we use it for at Toko school. The article features the children who were first involved in this investigation and has their thoughts and opinions. These children were presented with a copy of their own journal.
Explaining the Learning Stars
Each newsletter we are sharing one of the updated Learning Stars. This week we are showcasing our Connected/Whanaungatanga star. Below is an explanation of this star and some photos of our kids displaying the Connected Learning Star values.
Room 5/6 compromised and negotiated while creating this 'mummy'.
Room 2 are participating and taking an active role while they use the dress ups.
Room 5/6 accepting each others differences while looking into fingerprints and genetic traits.
Friday 4th June - TEACHER ONLY DAY - Children do not attend school on this day.
A FEW REMINDERS
SPORTS NEXT TERM AND AFTER SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS
We know Term 2 is a busy sporting term. It is really important that you inform your children about after school arrangements before they come to school especially on days where they have sport practices. If the bus comes, and they are unsure we will put them on the bus as per the norm.
Our expectation is that at 3.20 when we ring the second after school bell that all remaining children must go to the bus shelter.
- If they are practicing at school you do not need to call us. They just go to their practice and stay away from the bus shelter.
- If siblings are staying at school but do not have a practice this can be problematic when parents aren't on site because they are unsupervised. If a sibling is staying at school you need to arrange a parent to supervise them and the school office needs to be notified.
- If they are being collected by someone else and are being taken to a practice off site and it is before 3.20 you do not need to call us. They just get collected and head to their practice.
- All children must be collected by 3.20. After this time we need notification of arrangements. Once the bus children leave staff are not expected to be responsible for children remaining at school.
School Answer Machine
If your after school plans change and you need to contact the school please leave a message if we don't answer the phone.
We always check the school answer machine at 3.20 before the duty teacher meets with the bus children. If you leave a message we will get it!
Please do not contact your child's classroom teacher about changes to plans. They will be teaching and will not respond to your message.
Cancellations to Practices
Please do not call the office and ask if a practice is cancelled. As soon as we find out we will place the cancellation via the school app only. Please check that your app selections/ classes/ groups, etc are up to date.
Please discuss with your child/children what happens if their practice is cancelled e.g they go to the bus shelter and catch the bus.
As you can imagine when we have children going in all manner of directions after school in Term 2 for winter sport it can get quite chaotic for staff. If you can help us with the above that would be really appreciated :)
Wanted: If anyone has any 1.5 litre plastic bottles at home , please bring them to school and take to Room 5.
FROM THE SPORTS DESK
On the last Friday of Term 1 we had a B & P Day (Blue and Purple day), we wore blue because the colour blue represents autism and the colour purple represents epilepsy. We asked everyone if they could bring a gold coin donation. We raised over $100 and we split it and gave half to the Epilepsy Association and half to the Autism Foundation. A little later in the day we did some house activities and had some fun. Thank you to everyone for joining in.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPDATE
Next Meeting - Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 25th May. Board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting or to find out more, call into the office or contact a Board member.
Thank-you - The Board would like to extend its most grateful thanks to the TSB Community Trust and Contact Energy. Contact Energy has provided funds for the purchase of structured reading texts. We were also successful in our application to the TSB Programme and Events Grant for funding to support our school’s Kapa Haka programme.