Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 13th December 2018

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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.


2019 School Organisation


New Entrant/Year 1 Room 1 Miss Mancer

Year 2 & 3 Room 2 Mrs Oliver

Year 3 & 4 Room 5 Mrs Fergusson (4 days) & Mrs Wyllie (1 day)

Year 5 & 6 Room 3 Mrs Hancock

Year 5 & 6 Room 4 Miss Jury

Year 7 & 8 Room 6 Mrs Fuller

Letters will be sent home to parents with children in Years 3, 5 & 6 stating which classroom their children will be in next week. Mrs Bright will speak individually to her parents explaining who is Year 1 and Year 2 next year from her class. As always this organisation can be subject to change over the holiday period.


The school pool is now open. The cost of a key this year is $40 and $10 bond if you require a new key. I will charge your stationery account for the key and if you don't require one please return to the school as soon as possible.Please ensure when using the school pool you follow the pool rules and if you there is something you need to report please call the school and leave a message on the school phone as this is checked regularly.


Your final account has been sent home with your children. We would appreciate it, if you can settle these before the end of the term. If you are unable to do so and have not made arrangements with the school please contact Annette or Kim. If you do not receive an account you owe the school nothing.

Looking forward to 2019 – PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING

We are trialling a new way of strengthening our home-school partnership. We aim to start this off with a “Learning Transition Partnership Day” which will be Tuesday 29th January.

On this day we will be having 15 minute slots with each student and family in their homeroom class:

· This time slot is about informing the 2019 teacher of anything they will need to know about your child, socially, wellbeing, learning difficulties, or special talents and skills they may have

· We will learn about your child’s and family’s strengths and ideas you may have to contribute to learning opportunities at school.

· Our teachers will be focused on each family, listening and planning for a successful 2019.

We encourage all families to attend, even if you or your child knows their 2019 teacher. We believe this is a fantastic opportunity to have a positive transition into our new school year. This process has been used in other schools successfully and feedback from parents and staff of these schools is very positive.

Classes start on Wednesday 30th January.

MAKE A BOOKING - Learning Transition Partnership Day

Tuesday 29th January

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
11:00 AM to 1 PM

1.30 PM to 3 PM

3.15 PM - 5 PM

5.30 PM - 6.30 PM

Each interview is 15 minutes long. Please ensure you arrive on time to each interview.
Booking your interviews
The booking website will open Thursday 13th December.
1. Go to
2. Enter your name, email address and the names of the students you wish to make bookings for.
3. Select the teachers you'd like to book by ticking the checkbox beside their name, and then click the Book Interviews button at the bottom of the page.
4. Using the timetable, click the Book button beside the time slot you'd like to book for the teacher. You'll be asked to confirm your booking.
5. Continue until you've booked all teachers.
Once you're finished, you can view your timetable by clicking My Interviews at the top of the page. You can also print a PDF timetable to take to your interviews.
Before your interviews, you'll receive an email reminder containing your timetable. If you need to cancel any interviews, you can do so by following the link in the email you received when you first signed up.
If you can’t book online line, you will be able to book via the school Office from Wednesday 23rd January 9-3pm


This will take place on Tuesday 18 December, at 11.00 in our school hall. The whole school will attend the assembly, to celebrate the achievements of our students across the year, and to farewell our Year 8 Leavers. Parents are invited to attend this assembly. School finishes for our Year 8’s after assembly. The rest of the school finishes at 1.00, buses will run at this time.


We would like to invite all parents who have helped out over the year. We have so many amazing parents that do so much for our school and children, and we would like you to come for a Christmas Morning Tea so we can say thank you.

Friday 14th December - 10.15am

Please rsvp your attendance to:


We can confirm that:

Year 3 - 4 will be on their school camp from the 21st - 22nd February. The children will be camping at school.

Year 2's will participate in the first day of activities at school with the Year 3 & 4 Camp.

Year 1 & 2 will be going to Beach Ed on the 22nd February.

A note is coming home today about the Year 3 & 4 camp.

Year 5 and 6 will be on their school camp from the 3rd - 5th April at Vertical Horizons. This camp has yet to be passed at the BOT meeting. Information will be sent home about this in the new year.


Atmospheric: The burning story of Climate

Big Machines

The Chalk Rainbow

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Greedy cat and the school pet show

Greddy cat and the Sneeze

I can Draw Wild animals

Little Red Riding Hood

The new Edmonds junior cook book

Pavolva and Presents

Saving Starlight

Sky Color

Can you please look at home for these lost titles as lost books can cost the school alot of money. Your assistance in this matter is appreciated.

Bring your Own Device

Next year we will be using the new technology curriculum which will involve us getting creative with devices and will mean kids will use them more effectively and creatively. If you are thinking of buying your child a device for school Noel Leeming and Harvey Norman both have good packages available. Attached are two links with some advice and helpful hints around devices.

Which Device?

Get Set for School


In Room 3 scent-sational is selling their amazing products:

Kawakawa $12 It makes your eczema disappear. Great for itchy bites too.

Jingle Smells (Pine) $10 Fake Christmas trees won’t smell like plastic trees any more.

Lemon $10 It is an amazing cleaning product

Mint $10 It cools you down when your hot, and it is perfect for your roasts.

Neroli $10 Nerols smells so good that it will blow your mind.

Rosemary: $10 Rosemary tastes beautiful on your roast

Japanese Cedar $10 Japense Cedar is a great toilet spray. It removes those nasty smells quickly.

Lavender Bags $10 Great for under your pillow or in your drawers.

We are taking orders on Monday morning and will have them available for pick up on Monday afternoon.


We will be continuing with this next year. If you would still like your child to continue or start in 2019 can you please e.mail So we can plan for this to occur.


You may have heard that primary teachers and principals have overwhelmingly voted to reject the Ministry of Education’s latest collective agreement offers.

While the latest offer for teachers included a salary increase, it failed to address the important issues of class sizes and planning and assessment time, which underpin the crisis in education and difficulties in teacher recruitment.

Disappointingly, we end this year without the necessary movement from the Government, and with still not enough to meet the needs of children, schools and teachers.

This may mean further industrial action next year, although we are very much hoping for a negotiated outcome – the Government has received a very clear message that educators are desperate for the teacher shortage to be fixed before it becomes a full-blown disaster.

Public polling has also showed continued strong support for what we are trying to achieve for our students and the future of the teaching profession. School parents in particular see the struggles we already face in hiring teachers and finding relievers when teachers are sick.

We greatly appreciate your continued support as we continue our campaign to ensure a quality public education for every child.


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