Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 18th February 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

It was great news to hear we are moving to Alert Level 1 so quickly. While new cases in the community are always disappointing to hear of, it is reassuring to see how quickly they have been identified. I am sure we are all grateful for the efforts of our health workers, scientists and technicians in this regard, and the thousands of people who have been tested.

As a community we need to avoid the complacency which New Zealanders tend to quickly move into when we are at lower alert levels. Please do continue to scan QR codes and monitor closely for illness within your whānau.

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you too.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite


Just a reminder:

Please continue to scan the QR Code at the office entrance - this information is used by the Ministry of Health


Sign in via the school App or at the office using paper and pen.

To use the school app you need to follow the directions below :

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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 will hopefully be available in the school office from next week to view if you are unsure.


Toko School would like to invite parents in the junior school - parents with children in Room 1 and 2 to participate in a series of four, 1 hour workshops about Reading Together with your children at home.

Reading Together is a research based programme for parents, children and teachers.

It helps parents to support their children's reading at home more effectively.

The workshops will lead to:

  • Gains in reading being sustained over time

  • gains spreading to older siblings

  • parents and whānau gaining confidence and competence in helping their children’s reading at home

  • stronger learning partnerships between parents/children/schools/community-based partners

  • children more effectively engaged in their learning across the curriculum.

The workshops are relaxed and informal and will be led by Alison Eagar (SENCO).

The workshops are from 11.30 to 12.30 on the following dates:

*Friday 12th March

*Friday 19th March

*Friday 9th April

*Friday 16th April

To register your interest please phone the school office or email

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Just a reminder, that children, particularly in the junior school, have a "brain-break" before morning tea. This often includes some sort of exercise, a drink from their water-bottle as well as a healthy snack - fruit or vege (eg an apple or carrot sticks etc). It should not be chocolate biscuits or muesli bars etc. These are a morning tea or lunch-time food.


Toko School has purchased mathletics this year for children in years 3 to 8. This is a great programme and certainly helps children with their numeracy. Children have been given login detials and should be able to access their account with Mathletics at home and at school. Study shows that when a child completes just 3 mathletics activities a week, which equates to about 20 minutes, it has a significant impact on maths results. However, if a student can aim for a weekly certificate (1000 points) then the impact will be significantly higher.


Year 3 to 5 Camp

Camp Notices are coming home next week to confirm parent committments to the camp and also a Code of conduct form for those parents involved in our camp. These forms will need returning back to school. Also any outstanding Parent permission slips/medical forms need returning ASAP. Another gear list will also go home.

Year 6 to 8 Camp

Just a reminder that all Medical forms are required back to school ASAP. A gear list will be going home today. There is also a Camp meeting to be held in the hall at 3:15pm next Tuesday.


Forms were sent out last week requiring parent permission and parent help for our Year 1 - 5 children who are participating in Beach Ed. If you have not already sent back your form, please do so ASAP as there are still a few outstanding. A code of Conduct form will be coming home tomorrow for all those parents who are able to help.

If you bring your child to school in the mornings please make sure they are at school by 8.20 for their beach ed trip on either Monday or Tuesday.


Next Tuesday 23rd February is our first meeting of 2021. With a view to the future, 2022 is BOT 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. Call into the office or contact a Board member if you would like to attend a meeting or to find out more.

Friends of Toko School

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 :)


School Tryathlon

On Wednesday 3rd March we will be having our annual school tryathlon, beginning at 11.45am.

All children will assemble on the bottom field where they will be taken to the start line on Wawiri Rd and they will finish back on the field after the swim.

We run our event in the following order: Cycle, run, swim, run to the finish line. The event order is as follows: Year 7 - 8, Year 5 - 6, Year 0 - 2, Year 3 - 4.

As in the past we will be utilising Wawiri road for the cycle leg. The event will be viewed, by parents, from the bank on the far end of the field parallel to Wawiri Road.

Please make sure that your child’s bike or scooter is fully prepared for this event, checking that it is well serviced and that the brakes are in good working order. All children will be expected to wear a helmet, covered in shoes and swimming gear for this event. If your child does not have a bike to bring to school please contact your child's classroom teacher asap so we can make alternative arrangements.

Bikes/scooters will need to be dropped at school on the bottom field, Ahuroa Road Entrance, on Friday morning. Gates will be open to assist you with this. All bikes need to be collected after school. If this is a problem please contact your child's classroom teacher.

For children new to our school we have a very small course set up for our 5 year olds. It’s all about having a go and all Room 1 & 2 students will be supported by our senior students. If you have any further questions please talk to Miss Mancer or Mrs Oliver.

You are welcome to take your child home at the end of the whole event, they will not be allowed to leave until the last student has finished.


Toi Mā Te Whānau / Family Art is back at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery every Sunday morning.

These are free drop-in, interactive art-making sessions for the whole family.

Family Art

· Sundays 10:30AM —12:30PM

· Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Learning Centre


· Kore utu ngā mahi toi ā whānau katoa, whakamaioha te koha

· All family art activities are free, donations appreciated


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Toko & Eastern Districts Junior Rugby Football Club

Hi All and welcome to the 2021 season of Taranaki rugby. We are extending an invitation to

any children keen to play Ferdie Rugby this season. Ferdie rugby will be running throughout

Term 2. Ferdie Rugby includes age-grades for every year, and Toko/ED usually field teams in the 7-aside grades (Under 6 & Under 7) and 10-aside grades (up to Under 11s). Our goal this year is to field a minimum of 3 teams.

Toko and Eastern Districts RFC is a club with a long standing history in Taranaki. We provide a great country atmosphere enjoyed by children and parents alike. Rugby is a great way for

children to get outside, get fit, socialise and learn to work in a team environment. For all

those interested we have a Facebook page named Toko & Eastern Districts Junior Rugby

Football Club, and invite you to join and follow our updates.

Registrations are now open through the TRFU and you can use the following link to register

your child We would like as many registrations

as possible in by February 28. You can contact myself Grant Worthington 0276669970 or if you have any questions.

Could anyone keen on helping out with a team or coaching please also contact me. Coaching

juniors is very rewarding and help in any way makes workloads lighter and is what keeps the

club going. For those interested in coaching and volunteering there will be a meeting at 6pm

at 1237 East Road on Tuesday March 2.

------- SENIOR RUGBY ----------

We would also like to use this ad to extend any expressions of interest for those wishing to

play senior rugby for Toko RFC. The Toko Senior RFC provides our children with a local club

and social activity for the future and brings our communities together. If you are interested

please contact Neville on 0277777189

Both of our clubs are privileged to have Aitken Transport Ltd on board as a sponsor of all of

our jerseys.

Please talk to your children, register your interest


Its that time of the year again to start thinking about netball. An information sheet will be sent home today with children who have indicated interest in playing. Please complete the following Google form to register.



We welcome everyone who would like to give hockey a go, even if they haven't played before and returning players.

Year3&4 (mini sticks) Year 5&6 (kiwi sticks) - will play on a Monday.

Year 7&8 (intermediate) –TBC

Could you please email with your child/ren name and year at school before the 15th of March please.


Registration for Fun Sticks will go through Taranaki Hockey only. Parents are to register their children with TH and we will invoice them directly after registration has been received. Fun Sticks will be on Monday afternoons. Venue: TET Stadium (indoors in the gym hall), 62 Portia Street, Stratford.


Everyone is welcome to come along to our yearly AGM!

We will hold this on Tuesday the 23rd of March at 6.15pm (after touch rugby)

upstairs at TET.

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