Kawerau Pūtauaki School

Newsletter - Friday, 24th of February 2023

Kia ora whanau

Thank you for your understanding at the start of the week with a number of our staff sick. It has been a tough week with staff having to cover multiple areas of the school while our staff have recovered. We really appreciate your support when times get tough and we have no other option.

This week we have had our year ⅚ touch team compete in the EBOP Touch Tournament. They had a great day and were congratulated on their attitudes and behaviour while at the tournament.

Next week we have 3 teams starting in the Whakatāne RIP Module.

Netball will be starting in a few weeks time and we will be looking for coaches and managers for this. If you are interested please let Matua Jeff know.

Senior Camp

Reminder to please get your permission slips and raffle ticket money into the office asap.

Paid Union Meeting - Half day Wednesday

A reminder that Wednesday is a half day at school, as the teaching staff will be attending a hui in Whakatāne to discuss the progress of the negotiations towards their collective agreement. Van drop offs will take place at 12.30pm.

Supervision will be available for those who need their children to stay at school until normal closing time.

Coming up next week

Swimming continues weather permitting. See timetable below.

Monday - Super Smash Northern Brave Cricket skills for the rest of the tamariki

Swimming sports will be next week.

Juniors Thursday afternoon (water fun afternoon)

Senior swimming sports Friday (9am-1pm).

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How to help with your child's learning at home: part 4

Reading with your child at home

  • Read together as often as you can

  • Visit your local library or school library together to find new 'favourite' books

  • Use the 'Pause Prompt Praise' technique if your child isn't sure of a word

Pause Prompt Praise

1. Wait a few seconds to see if they work out the word by themselves (pause)

2. If they still don't know the word, try a couple of the following (prompt):

  • look at the beginning of the word

  • discuss the letters and sound

  • talk about words that would make sense in the sentence

  • look for clues in the pictures

  • go back to the beginning of the sentence or read on to the end of the sentence

If they still don't know the word, tell them what it is, then encourage them to read the sentence again.

3. Praise your child.

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Kia ora KPS whānau,

A big welcome to our 18 new tamariki and their whānau to Kawerau Pūtauaki School. We can't wait to see what you achieve in your time with us!

At our latest Board of Trustees meeting, the members spent time discussing our school values and what they mean. Your tamariki may have already come home talking about how they were given a T.A.H.I card at school.

T.A.H.I stands for:

Taking responsibility

Achieving excellence

Having respect

In it together.

Within the playground and classroom, the kaiako (teacher) acknowledge, encourage and celebrate our tamariki when they show their T.A.H.I values. If a teacher notices a student using one or all of these values, their name and positive behavior are written onto a T.A.H.I card where at the end of the week a name is drawn and they are given a prize.

I encourage our whānau to talk to your tamariki about what it means to be a T.A.H.I kid. This encourages our tauira (student) to engage in positive talk and behavior with each other and their teachers.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me on chloeg@putauaki.school.nz

Chloe Gardner

Board of Trustees member.

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School Banking - contact the office for more information.

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