Kaikōura Suburban School

Newsletter 5 Thursday 14 April 2022

Tuamuaki/Principal Pānui

Kia ora tātou e te whānau o Kaikōura Suburban School - Greetings to everyone within the community of Kaikōura Suburban School,

Fun for the final day

We wrapped up our first term of 2022 with, fun, laughs and some tears. Responding to the children's requests we had a mufti day with the addition of crazy hair fun. We played lots of games, had some easter treats while enjoying the beautiful sunshine. It was a fine way to celebrate our learning journey for term one 2022.

Farewell Mrs T - Chan Toala

The tears came as we farewelled our amazing kaiako of Titi, Chan Toala. Although her stay was short, Mrs T brought our school so much joy and positivity. We wish Mrs T all the best on her next adventure. Please find a special feature tribute to Mrs T further on in this pānui.

With Mrs T's departure opens celebrate the return of Rebecca Macer in term two, she will came back as our deputy principal and the kaiako for Titi for the rest of 2022.

Student Council

Our student council has been established. After a couple of hui and discussions about governance, politics and purpose, the team have come up with the name: Star Force. There are two representatives from each class on Star Force. The initiation of the Star Force - student council came from Robin Reid in Toroa, he approached me earlier in term one to tell me about student council. To help with this establishment and forming systems Robin and Myself will be working together with the Star Force Team.

The representatives from each class are:

Piwakawaka: Mikayla Ross and Ben Herbert.

(all Piwakawaka children will have a turn in Star Force throughout the year).

Titi: Tyler Boyd and Hannah Nee

Toroa: Bailee Herbert and Leila Ward


We also have a year 5 & 6 netball team who will be playing on Saturdays next term the first game is May 14th at Kaikōura High School.

Finally I wish to apologise for the confusion that occurred with our buses on Thursday after school. One of the drivers became sick leaving our bus service without a driver. It was then decided that there would be one bus for Suburban flat, Hāpuku and Clarence. Unfortunately, the bus went the long way before dropping off our Suburban Flat tamariki which meant some whānau were very worried about the late arrival of their children. I hope to create a more streamlined communication pathway - going forward, so that as unforeseen changes arise we can mitigate the disruption as much as possible and ensure whānau know what is happening for their children.

I wish you all a lovely Easter, health, vitality and connection with friends and whānau - He whakawhānaungatanga koutou.

Thank you all for your support this term. Our team at Kaikōura Suburban have appreciated it very much. Considering the many adaptations and adjustments we have asked you to make, including dropping children at the gate, no community assemblies and the postponement of the Whale Run - the heart of Kaikōura Suburban feels well loved, cared for, and full of vitality.

We look forward to having you all come and join us in term two for assemblies, learning celebrations and if you need to talk with us - our door is open, this is your kura/school.

Kia pai te whakatā - may you all have a good rest.

Mauri ora,

Alicia Poroa

Important Dates for your Diary

  • Thursday 14 April - Last day of Term 1
  • Monday 2 May - Term 2 Begins
  • Thursday 12 May - BoT Meeting
  • Sunday 8 May - Mother's Day
  • Monday 9 to Friday 13 - NZ Sign Language Week
  • Friday 20 May - Pink Shirt Day (Fundraiser)

Birthday Celebrations

Happy Birthday, Ollie Pettit, Peyton Nee, Sylvie Hislop, and Isla Macphail. We hope you all enjoy your special day!

From the Suburban Whānau.

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Healthy Heater

Healthy Heater lunches start Term 2. Please make sure food is sent in appropriate containers for the pie warmer.

Amazing Piwakawaka's News

Last week we had a golf lessons with Toni. She taught us how to hold the club and how to stand when we hit the ball. We learnt different golf shots and had a fun game to practice our new skills.
Over the last few days we have been planting herbs, vegetables, and bulbs as part of our L4L. We are being entrepreneurs and growing things to sell next term to make money and buy a tree to plant at school. We will also be making other products to sell and aim to have a market day where parents can come along and buy our goodies. We will let you know the date next term.
Gracie's Birthday Shout!

Gracie's Birthday Shout!

Terrific Toroa Golfing Pro's

Toroa had a blast learning some golf skills with Toni from Mainpower Sports.

Charlie, Ariana, & Quinn's, creative play!

Team effort sculpting Charlie into a Mermaid!
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Fundraiser: Firewood Raffle

Firewood Raffle

Thanks to Lloyd who has donated a trailer load of dry fire wood for us to raffle. Approx: 3m2

I will post on Skool Loop, Face Book and Hero, numbers for selection throughout the holidays. There will 100 tickets at $5 each.

Contact Alicia for reservation of numbers.

Payments to be made into our bank account:

Kaikoura Suburban School


Name and Fire wood raffle as reference

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Sweet Enough - Less sugar, More taste!

"Variety is the spice of life"

so why not eat

"Everything in moderation"?

We all know that

"A little of what you fancy does you good".

With this book, you can

"Have your cake and eat it"!

If you would like a great cookbook for just $10.00, see Annie in the office.

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Community News

The Kaikoura Lions Club are holding their Book Fair on Saturday, May 7th and we'd love to see lots of children and their parents along to get books.

Plenty of fiction and non-fiction, all cheaply priced to encourage readers.

WHERE?? Community Van (Big Red) Shed, corner Scarborough St, and the highway. Park opposite the cemetery.

WHEN?? Starts 10.00am, through to 3.00pm.

If wet Saturday the 7th, it will be on the next day, May 8th.

Hoping to see a lot of Suburbanites along.

Kind Regards,


For Kaikoura Lions Club

Health Day at Takahanga Marae

We are having a Health Day at Takahanga Marae on the 28th of April and would love for Whanau to come up and join us for the day.

There is the opportunity for whanau to have vaccinations if they choose to, if they don’t want that then they come up for a fun day at the Marae.

Please contact Rebecca on 022 594 3461 for bookings or any further information. (Rebecca is happy for her contact number to be sent out to Whanau also)

Hope you all have a great Easter Break and we look forward to working with everyone in Term 2.

Nga Mihi


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Community Dental Service - Dental Care during the School Holidays.

Due to the ongoing pressures on our health system from Omicron, we will be providing limited dental care at 2 of our clinics over the upcoming school break. Most of our dental team continue to be redeployed to support the delivery of essential health services.

Could the following be included in your newsletters or sent directly to parents’ mailboxes?

The Community Dental Service will be providing urgent relief of pain appointments during the school break at:

Aranui Community Dental Clinic, 240 Breezes Road, Christchurch

Hornby Community Dental Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Christchurch

You can access these appointments by calling our Contact Centre on 0800 846 983.

For any dental advice please call the Contact Centre on 0800 846 983 or email


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Happy Holiday's

We wish you all a wonderful, relaxing, and safe holiday to you and your Whānau.

See you all next term,

From all of the Suburban Staff!

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