Term 2, Week 7, Tuesday 14 June 2022
Welcome to Haysan and Alan, who started in Room 3 this week.
One thread of our guiding whakatauki this year encourages us to think about how we care for our people. On Friday we celebrated our support staff who keep the school running smoothly. We couldn’t do without Jane in the library, Sam the caretaker or the incredible office team and the amazing teacher aides. At our Azoombly they were awarded a golden sash or a golden tie so that students could easily identify them as they moved around the school. Thank you Support Staff – we appreciate you so much.
Another aspect of manaaki tangata is our relationship with the residents of Kohia Terrace, our neighbours. We have, once again, had a complaint due to parents parking in front of driveways at drop off and pick up times. When people consistently park on yellow lines, block other cars and show little consideration, what behaviour is being modelled to our students?
Kohia Terrace is a small, no exit street with limited capacity for cars; please consider how you can reduce the number of vehicles using the street at peak times and make a difference.
We politely request the following:
Please park further away and walk students to/from school (Wednesday Walkers may help)
Park legally in the spaces provided and respect our neighbours
Pick up older students at 3:05 once the traffic has died down
Drop off/pick up zone
Drive around again if your child is not immediately ready – no waiting please
Avoid getting out of the car if possible, let your child do this themselves
Have school bags handy so there is no need to open the boot
To finish on a positive note, on Friday, it was great to see so many excited umbrella carriers who enjoyed decorating and parading. The Travelwise team hopes that students will be able to walk to school with their umbrellas on rainy days and keep more cars out of our street. Thank you to Harper, Alisha and Lucy (all in year 6) for their organisation.
We had five families respond to last week’s question as to how many stars had been won by each house; Hillary – 1 star, Sheppard – 2, Snell – 2, Te Kanawa – 3. Well done to Sheppard and Hillary for winning 200 house points each; Snell was awarded 100 points. Congratulations to Snell who won the house competition this week, earning an additional star. Snell students can wear house colours to school next Friday (17 June) if they wish. Tino pai again to Sheppard who very convincingly took out the cross country this year.
Don’t forget to enter this week’s newsletter quiz – what is the value of one samosa? (Feel free to be mathematical or philosophical in your response!). 100 house points for each entry emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on Thursday.
On Thursday 23 June we will be celebrating Matariki as a school community for the first time. Our plan is to meet at the car park by the Maungawhau cafe at 6:40am and walk to the summit together, gathering at the top of the road if possible. We have invited students from Auckland Grammar School to join us. Parents, please be aware that you will be responsible for your children for the entire time.
We will say a karakia, look for the constellation of nine stars, sing a waiata then return to school for breakfast by 7:30am. In case of cloudy skies, it might be a good idea to download a star watching app for your phone. So that we can plan for catering, please share your intentions via this google form and check the notice sent out via HERO yesterday.
We have had very few cases within the school over the last couple of weeks, however are continuing with the same precautions through to the end of term. Classrooms continue to be ventilated, masks are encouraged and student groups separated as much as possible. It would be appreciated if you could ensure your children bring their own masks to school every day.
Intermediate open evening next week
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 in Room 15 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. Please wear a mask – thanks.
Board of Trustees Meeting
As you will be aware, the Board of Trustees elections will take place in September. If you are considering standing and would like to find out more about what happens, you are invited to attend our next meeting Wednesday 29th June at 6.00pm. At this stage we hope to hold a face to face meeting but this will be confirmed. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you.
Book Week Character Parade
Book week is coming up on 4–8 July, culminating in our traditional Book Week Character Parade on the last day of term. Students can be creative and put their costumes together with things from home. You do not need to buy an expensive costume. If the weather is fine the whole school parades through Mt Eden Village which is always exciting.
Congratulations to the following students who received a KTS Learner Competency certificate at last week’s Azoombly:
Samosas are back!
It's time to restock the freezer with our yummy, fresh samosas! The perfect winter warmer, why not encourage your family, friends and workmates to order as well? Each bag of 20 samosas is $20 and you can choose between 4 delicious flavours: Vegetarian, Chicken, Lamb and Butter Chicken. Order through Kindo by Monday 27th of June. Samosas will be sent home with students on Friday 1st of July.
Do you want to help contribute to our awesome KTS school community? The PTA is looking for more parents to help with upcoming events. If you would like to be involved, please let your Parent Liaison know, or contact Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mineli (Rm 12) has been training with TriStar gymnastics as a competitive trampoliner since last year. She has just qualified to compete in the 10y and under trampolining division at the National Gymnastics Championships in Invercargill next month. Mineli placed 5th in the ICON championship, and also competed in Rotorua, Christchurch and Auckland. Mineli is very excited to be competing in nationals for the first time and is hoping that she will do her club and her school proud.
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