Term 4, Week 5, Tuesday 15 November 2022
A warm welcome to Mia, who started in Room 6 this week.
We have a lot to celebrate at the moment with academic, cultural and sporting successes across the school, not to mention recent international sporting achievements! How the people involved have persevered to achieve their goals is highly commendable: our Jump Jam teams have been practising and perfecting every fine detail in their routine since early in the year, our talent quest finalists have been working on rhythm, pitch and tempo, our athletes have been training to get stronger and faster. All of these students are learning life lessons as they follow their passions in these pursuits.
Congratulations to everyone who commits to a goal and puts in the hard yards of effort to make it come true; and of course special congratulations to those who we are celebrating in this newsletter.
Our talent quest finals are underway; six year 3 & 4 students competed yesterday to a large audience. Arianna was awarded first place for her piano solo, Tiamo won second for her Samoan dance and Joshua took out third for another piano piece. The year 1 & 2 competition today was very special; the winner was Ivan with an amazing piano performance, with a song and dance routine by Florence and Suri in second place, and well done to Mari who came third with her piano piece. On Wednesday we have the year 5 & 6 final and on Friday the intermediates will round off the week. The winner of each competition will receive a cup at prizegiving, certificates will be awarded to other place getters at our next assembly in week 6.
With just under 5 weeks to go in the school year, staff are beginning to look ahead to 2023 and some have decided to make a move to different parts of the country or the city. We are very sorry to say goodbye to Joseph Harper who along with Jo Bateman heads to Christchurch, to Toni O’Connor who will be teaching at Pinehurst, north of the bridge, and to Nygel Knighton who has secured a position at Gladstone School, which is closer to home for him. Maria Wilson has accepted a role as a resource teacher for learning and behaviour (RTLB). We wish them all every success as they continue on their professional journey. We have completed our appointment process and are fully staffed for 2023; we are excited about what our new teachers will bring to our school community.
Enjoy the busy weeks ahead - there is lots to be done, but by keeping focused, we will get there!
Ka kite ano.
Last weekend, two of our Jump Jam teams, KTS Geronimo (below) and KTS Takes the Cake (left), competed in the New Zealand Strictly Jump Jam Yr 5 - 8 competition in Tauranga.
KTS Geronimo received excellence certificates for their amazing presentation and technical accuracy and KTS Takes the Cake came home with the trophy for 1st place in the North Island and to top it off their score also gave them the national championship!
The standard of competition was high and both of our teams put on an amazing performance. Well done to all the children who took part and a big thank you to parents and caregivers who made the trip down to Tauranga at the weekend to support them.
If you didn't get to see them perform, both teams will be performing at the upcoming International Night - don't miss it!
Health curriculum consultation
As mentioned last week, Harakeke and Pohutukawa teams currently have programmes being delivered that fall under the Health umbrella, so it is timely to consult with you now rather than next year. We would really appreciate feedback on our curriculum so invite you to take approximately 5 mins to complete the survey Health Curriculum Consultation . Thank you to those families who have already responded.
Congratulations to the following students who received a KTS Learner Competency certificate at the assembly on Monday:
A message from the School Uniform Centre
It has been brought to our attention in recent months that the quality of a recent batch of short-sleeved polos has not met expectations when it comes to pilling.
We have reviewed this extensively with the supplier and established that the incorrect fabric was used to manufacture batches DFT22100063f & DFT21100023a (this number can be found on the inside washing label).
The supplier has come to the party and remade the polos, so we are now fully stocked and can offer a recall on polo shirts purchased within the past year with either of those batch numbers. Please visit us at our new store, 169 Manukau Rd, Epsom.
International Night and Food Festival
We are really looking forward to our annual International Night coming up on December 1st. It is always a highlight with kids’ performances and an opportunity for the whole community to gather. This year we will be hosting an International Food Festival and we are still looking for parents to donate their amazing cooking for us to sell on the night. If you can contribute dumplings, a curry or some baking please add yourself to this sign up sheet https://tinyurl.com/KTS-Food-Fest. Food sales will begin at 5pm with performances at 5:30.
If you are able to help set up beforehand please get in touch with Tina – email@example.com or 0211167231.
Spotlight on Sports
KTS Year 4–8 Athletics Results
Congratulations to the following students who placed in the year 4–8 Athletics competition.