Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 17th June 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 Katoa

Children are curious and constantly ask questions. They keenly observe the world around them and are learning to connect ideas. They draw, take things apart, build, and astutely observe others’ behaviors. They like to experiment and try new things. Children are great natural learners which makes them STEAM ready!!!

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEAM is about learning how to solve problems, be creative and innovative, think logically, and understand the world a bit better. These are valuable skills and habits of mind for children to acquire, no matter what they do in life.

The world is going to need more and more workers with the skills to identify problems, visualize and create innovative solutions, and constantly improve on those solutions. Encourage your children. Challenge them. Involve them in thinking like engineers.

At our annual community meeting we will be sharing, some of the STEAM activities the children participate in at school. Come and have a play. We will have students on the night guiding you through what they are learning.

Thank you so much to those families that have donated a meal and or baking to Mrs Fergus and her family. At this stage we do not expect to see Mrs Fergus back at school until the beginning of Term 3. She still has a way to go on her recovery.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite


A very big welcome to the following children and their families to our school:

Ishaan & Sophie - Room 3

Evaan & Teja - Room 1

Kyran - Room 5

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We are putting in another uniform order. Please click on the link to make your order:

Uniform Order

These will need to be ordered and paid for by Tuesday 29th June.

We do not have any samples in the office to try on but we now have plenty of children who have t.shirts and hoodies so ask a friend to try on theirs. We really encourage you to organise for your child try on a some t.shirts for sizing before you order :)

Explaining the Learning Stars

Each newsletter we are sharing one of the updated Learning Stars. This week we are showcasing our Personal Best Star. Below is an explanation of this Star and some photos of our kids displaying the Learning to Learn Star values.
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School Assemblies

These will be from 2.00 - 2.30 for the rest of the term due to sports practices.

Change of clothes - Year 1 - 3

It is a really helpful if you could pack a change of clothes for your children. At this time of the year children can get wet and cold.

New T.shirts and Hoodies

Can you please make sure that you have named these :)

Have you filled this in?

Every year students and families are asked to re read our schools Responsible Use of Digital Technologies Agreement. This document has been updated by the Board of Trustees in May of this year. This can be found on our school website (Parent Info) or on our School APP (Links). Once you have read this agreement with your child can you please complete this form:


One form needs to be completed for each individual child.

Sick Children-Important Message

We have a nausea, diarrhoea/and or vomitting bug going through the school at the moment.

If your child is sick with a bug please don't not send them back to school until they are well and it has been 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomitting.


Annual Community Meeting - This will be held on Tuesday 29th June. Please note this is a change of date. See below flyer.

Fill In School Cleaner - From time to time we need someone to clean our school when our cleaner is sick or away. We are on the look out for someone that may be available on call to do this job. If you are interested please give us a call.

NAG 4 - This policy is up for review. Feedback from our school whanau is welcome. Please email with your comments. This Policy can be found on our website.

Next Meeting - Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 29th June at 8.30 am. 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. With a view to the future, 2022 is Board election time and if you are considering standing for election, attending a meeting can be a good way to find out about the workings of the Board and deciding if a governance role is suited to you.

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NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school have been invited to a paid union meeting on Thursday 24th June 2021 so that we can plan and discuss the campaign and their upcoming collective agreement negotiations. Our school will therefore be open but closed for instruction from 12:30 - 3:00pm on this day. This means that some support staff will be at school to supervise children, but if you are able to collect your children at 12:30pm that would be greatly appreciated.

If you intend to leave your child at school, where they will be supervised, can you please let the office know. email


Jones Cup

This is a rural cluster event for Year 5 - 8. At this event schools compete in rugby and netball only. These are mixed ability teams and it is an opportunity for those that don't play in these codes to participate. Jones Cup will be held on Thursday 1st July, postponement date Friday 2nd July.

Practices start this week on Friday's from 2.15-3pm.

These will run every Friday until Jones Cup.

The PTA will selling food on the day. We are requiring parents that can assist with this.

Location: Toko School

This annual sports exchange takes place between Ngaere, Toko, Midhirst, Pembroke, Huiakama, Marco, Rawhitiroa and Makahu School from Year 5 to 8 in both netball and rugby.

The competitions are as follows:

Year 5 & 6 – 6 a side Netball Year 5 & 6 – 7 aside Rugby - Rippa Rugby

Year 7 & 8 – Netball Year 7 & 8 – 7 aside Rugby - Rippa Rugby

Jones Cup – Uniform Information—Netball

Year 5 & 6 – Toko t-shirt, black shorts/tights, correct footwear

Year 7 & 8 - Uniforms will be provided

Rugby/Rippa Rugby

Year 5 & 6 – Rugby Jersey provided, black shorts and mouth guards (tackle only).

Year 7 & 8 – Rugby Jersey provided, black shorts and mouth guards (tackle only).

The draw will be available on our school website - under Latest News and on our school app by the 30th June.


There are a couple of new features with the School App:

1. App users can choose an absent from and expected return date.

Absent from is defaulted to today's date and expected return date is defaulted to tomorrow's date.

2. If an App user has multiple children at the same school, they can now add multiple students into the absentee form.
They can then switch between students when filling out the form instead of re-filling the form each time for each student.

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