Term 2, Week 5, Tuesday 31 May 2022
Tena koutou e te whānau o Kohia Terrace School.
A warm welcome to Isaac, who has just started in Room 16. Talofa lava to those in our community who are celebrating Gagana Samoa, Samoan language week.
We are well into term 2 and there’s lots on to keep us busy with our learning - and I’m talking about the staff as much as the students! Many of us will update our first aid skills in an afternoon training course this week (others completed it during the school holidays). On Friday, our teachers will connect with others across our kahui ako (Auckland Central Community of Schools) to take a deeper look into the new Aotearoa New Zealand History Curriculum. In the afternoon we will focus on reading practice. Meanwhile the teacher aides have their own day of professional development run by Erynn. We love engaging in the learning process and look forward to utilising our new skills within the school.
The students have their turn for some special learning experiences as Harold the Giraffe and the Life Education caravan arrive over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Students from years 1–6 will be learning about resilience and identity. This programme will complement the work we are starting with Mitey and the Sir John Kirwan Foundation: I gather there is a slot on Seven Sharp tonight about Mitey if you are interested.
Congratulations to Te Kanawa who are invited to wear house colours on Thursday as winners of the fortnightly house competition. The overall numbers are still close, in fact this week there wasn’t much in it – so keep earning those house points as much as you can.
A reminder that school will be closed for the Queen’s birthday holiday on Monday June 6.
Grand total competition
This newsletter is full of numbers - big ones, small ones, dates, times etc. What do they all add up to? As you read the newsletter with your families, have a go at adding them all up then send your answer through this form before Thursday at 4:00pm. 1000 house points are up for grabs by the 5 families who are closest. Get adding!
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” J.F. Kennedy.
Would you like to be doing more for your school community? There are many ways in which you can be involved in activities big or small, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Road patrol – 5 of our 20 slots are being currently filled by parents who give 20 mins weekly. Each slot run by a parent supports a teacher to engage with a student or add to their planning time, so we would appreciate any extra helpers.
Walking school bus – join the Wednesday Walkers and get some exercise during the school drop-off/pick-up while accompanying students between school and Melville Park. We have approximately 5 parents already involved in this initiative but more would share the load or allow us to include more days.
Help out at the next PTA fundraising event – samosas are coming again soon
Matariki celebrations – Thursday 23 June
Planning is underway for our first community celebration of Matariki. We will be meeting at the summit of Maungawhau to look for the stars of Matariki in the pre-dawn sky, then returning to KTS for breakfast. More information will come nearer the time.
School Cross Country
Our annual Cross Country and Fun Run is tomorrow, Wednesday June 1st.
All times are approximate so please arrive at least 20 minutes before your child’s event if you would like to support your child.
We will be starting off with the Fun Run:
9:00am: Years 1 & 2 Fun Run
9:30am: Years 3 to 5 Fun Run
10:00am: Years 6 to 8 Fun Run
The Competitive Cross Country will be after morning tea:
11:15am Year 3 Boys and Girls
11:30am Year 4 Boys and Girls
11:45am Year 5 Boys and Girls
12:00am Year 6 Boys and Girls
12:15 Year 7 Boys and Girls
12:30 Year 8 Boys and Girls
12:45 Finish - Lunchtime
The distances they will be covering at Melville Park are as follows:
Year 3 - One big track and one small lap
Year 4 - One big track and one small lap
Year 5 - Two times big track
Year 6 - Two times big track
Year 7 - Three times big track
Year 8 - Three times big track
School Board Parent Election 2022
Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 5 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.
We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed or posted to you. Could you please check in Hero that your name, postal address, email and mobile phone number are correct.
Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.
Nominations close on Friday 5th August at 12 noon.
If you are interested in putting yourself forward for the election, you may like to come along to our next meeting to find out a little more about what the Board does. Wednesday 30th June 6.00pm.
We look forward to your participation in this process.
PhotoLife will be at school on Tuesday 14 June to take class and individual photos, and also sibling photos if requested. To find out more, see the PhotoLife flyer, and if you would like a sibling photo, fill in this sibling photo request form. Sibling photo forms must be returned to the office BEFORE photo day.
Intermediate open evening
Are you starting to think about where your Year 6 student will be going for Year 7 & 8? Come to the open evening on Tuesday 21 June at 6:30pm to find out more about intermediate education at Kohia. If you have friends who are interested, send them along too. We usually open a few balloted places, depending on numbers.
Congratulations to the following students who received a KTS Learner Competency certificate at last week’s Azoombly:
Congratulations to Thanmai (Rm 11), who received his Bronze Literacy Award in assembly last week.
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TEACHER ONLY DAY - 3 June 2022
Hear ye hear ye, calling all princes, princesses, knights, dragons and everyone in between! This term's Teacher Only Day will be fit for a Queen’s Birthday.
Dress up day: The kids are encouraged to come in costume! Or whatever outfit makes them feel royally wonderful.
Mask & crown making: Design it with the help of a template. Then add paint, pompoms, sequins, feathers!
A noble quest: The kids will go on a scavenger hunt for a crown treasure!
Movie: We are going to relax in the afternoon with a movie
Book before the end of the day Wednesday 1st June for 15% off!
St Paul’s College
If you are considering future schools for your child, take a look at St Paul's College:
Mt Roskill Grammar School Open Day Tuesday 14 June 3:30-7pm
We look forward to sharing our school with you and supporting your child’s transition to secondary school.
The principal will be addressing families at 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm.