Term 4 Week 3 Tuesday 24th October 2023
Tēnā koutou Kokopu whanau
It has been a great start to term 4 with plenty of great learning and fun for the students.
I have had the pleasure of visiting classrooms and having lots of students come and show me their work including some amazing writers in room 1, fantastic readers in room 2 and listening to some very robust debates in room 6 about their elections study.
We have had plenty of students showing the school's values too. But of note this last week were Sloane and Jax who have gone out of their way to do some school tidying during After School Care and RJ who has started up his art club again on Tuesday at lunch times.
It was good to have the voting centre here on Ag Day and many voters came up to see what was going on and to buy a sausage. We know that with a change in government, there will be changes in education but because we have a strong team of teachers and staff at Kokopu School we are well placed to make the most of these changes.
Ag day was a big success again this year with good numbers of lambs, goats, calves and gardens. The introduction of chickens was a huge success and meant that overall there were 50 entries on the day. The creativity shown in the classroom crafts and activities was lovely to see. A big thank you to Bethany Gardens who donated flowers to the school and also had bunches available to purchase.
Production changes. We have decided to combine the junior and senior productions into one and do production every second year. So there will be no production in 2024.
We have made this decision because, as you will understand, production takes up a lot of time and effort and as we continue to grow we want to make sure that we are making the most of our learning time. Also, making sure that our support staff time is used effectively and keeping costs down.
We had a near miss in the parent car park last week. Please make sure you are picking your children up from the gate and not allowing them to cross the car park unattended. Please also be super careful with backing out and leaving kids in the car by themselves.
Sickness and Sores
We have had a few tummy bugs, strep throat and impetigo (School Sores) at school since the start of term. If your child has any of these they need to be well before returning to school. Impetigo can be easily treated with antibiotics which you can get directly from a pharmacy without a doctor's appointment. Covering sores once your child is on anti-biotics is essential.
Please ensure your child brings a hat to school every day. It is our policy that children wear hats while outdoors during Term 4 and Term 1.
Ag Day and Calf Club Results
Ag Day on Saturday 14th sounded like a wonderful and very busy day. Thank you to all for your support to make this day a success.
Congratulation to all the children who participated and raised an animal. It is hard work and you all made a fantastic effort! These children were awarded prizes for the following:
Yvie Pye - Champion Calf, 1st Leading, 1st Rearing
Zoe Hayes - 2nd Leading, 2nd Rearing
Toby Noakes - 3rd Leading, 3rd Rearing
Zoe Pugh - Reserve Champion, 2nd Leading, 1st Rearing
Louie Pugh - 3rd Leading, 3rd Rearing
Saydee Barge - 1st Leading, 2nd Rearing
Bella Hill - Reserve Champion, 1st Leading, 3rd Calling, 2nd Rearing
Journey Hughes - 2nd Leading, 1st Rearing,
Leah Powell - 3rd Leading, 2nd Calling
Amber Bellingham - 1st Calling, 3rd Rearing
Avery Powell - Champion, 1st Leading, 1st Calling, 1st Rearing
Mason Hill - 2nd Rearing
Brooke Donker - Champion, 1st Leading, 1st Calling, 2nd Rearing
Jordan Donker - 2nd Leading, 2nd Calling
Chloe McMurchy - 3rd Leading, 3rd Calling, 3rd Rearing
Eva Gray - 1st Rearing
Nova Weavers - Reserve Champion, 2nd Leading, 3rd Calling, 3rd Rearing
Jude Wright - 1st Calling, 1st Rearing
Harper Fletcher - 3rd Leading, 2nd Rearing
Indi Weavers - 2nd Calling
Zane Bellingham - 1st Leading
Ryan Delemare 1st, Emma-Lee Delemare 2nd, Keifer Sutherland 3rd.
Jacob Delemare 1st, Felix McKenzie 2nd, Amelia-Rose Hape 3rd
1st Ana Waterhouse, 2nd Toby Noakes
1st Sloane Allen, 2nd Cora Johnson, 3rd= Esme Benham and Theia Waterhouse
The following children placed for their spectacular efforts for the indoor exhibits;
1st - Theia Waterhouse, 2nd = - Zane Bellingham and Xavier Barge
1st - Indi Weavers, 2nd = - Avery Powell, Nova Weavers and Christy Donker
1st - Mason Schraag, 2nd = Saydee Barge, Zoe Pugh.
1st - Eva Gray, 2nd = Jordan Donker, Louie Reynolds
1st = Chloe McMurchy, Brooke Donker, 3rd Yvie Pye
Central Calf Club Day will be held on 2nd November at Barge Park. Calves must be registered before they are taken in due to M Bovis restrictions. Goats and lambs may be registered on the day but you must be there at 9am to do this. All children who are attending Central Day, please come and see Mrs Lye in the office for a school shirt.
Kōkopu Cookbook Orders
Cookbooks are selling fast so if you want your copy or are thinking of Christmas gifts for the extended family then get in quick. You can pick up copies from the office or order online using the following form. Lindsey Riley will collate these and send cookbooks home next week once payments are made in cash or online. Please reference your online banking with "Cookbook" and your name.
Please note: We will not be accepting payments through the school accounts system.
School accounts. Due before end of year
Please make sure you have paid your school accounts by the end of the school year. This is especially for year 8 students. If you would like to know more about your account, please see Bexs or Vicki in the office. We prefer payment by direct credit if you are able to please; Kokopu School Board of Trustees 12-3099-0419154-01.
TWIN DRESS UP DAY - School Council
On Friday the 3rd of November there is going to be a twin dress up day where you dress up with 2-4 friends the same.
The school council will pick 2 sets of twins from each classroom who are the best dressed.
There will be a gold coin donation which will go towards a new flying fox.
You could dress up in the same clothes/dressup, same colour or same hair. Be creative!!
We are aiming to start swimming from week five, Monday 6th Nov. This will be dependent on water temperature. Please make sure your child brings swimming togs, towel and a cap if they have long hair. If they are not able to swim, please send a note with your child so that the teacher knows. Children not swimming will be given work to go on while the class do their swimming lessons.
Teacher Only Day Term 4
Please note Friday 17th November is a Teacher Only Day.
Term 4 Begins 9 October 2023
- 26 October - Tech catch up day for Year 7 & 8
- 2 November - Central Calf Club Day
- 3 November - Twin Dress Up Day
- 10 November - Kokopu Athletics Competition
- 15 November - Poroti Athletics Competition
- 17 November - Teacher Only Day
- 22 November - Year 7 & 8 WPSSA Athletics Championship
- 24 November - PTA Quiz Night
- 27 November - BOT Meeting
- 27 - 29 November - Life Education
- 29 November - 1 December - Room 4 Camp to Russell
- 29 November - Year 5 & 6 WPSSA Athletics Championship
- 4 December - Ear Clinic
- 7 & 8 December - Room 1 & 2 Camp
- 11 December - Prize Giving
- 15 December - Last Day
Term 1 .. Thursday 1st February to Friday 12th April
Term 2 .. Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July
Term 3 .. Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September
Term 4 .. Monday 14th October to Friday 15th December
Monday Tech Year 7 and 8. Technology classes at Manaia View School so please ensure your child is at school by 9am to catch the bus into Manaia View School. Thank you.
Friday Assembly. On Friday afternoon we have a sharing assembly at 2.30pm for the whole school. Parents are welcome to come along and see what the children have to share.
School Office. Vicki is in the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Bexs is in the office on Wednesday and Friday mornings until 11.35am. Vicki will be away from Thursday 12th October until Tuesday 24th October. Bexs will be covering for her.
Drink Bottles. Our water issues have be rectified but it would be good to send your child with a drink bottle full of water each day.
Carpark and gate. Please come to the gate in the carpark to collect your children at the end of the day. We do not want children walking through the carpark without an adult as it is unsafe with the amount of cars and limited parking. We have a teacher on duty at the gate each day to supervise. Can we ask parents and visitors to make sure they close the gates if you use them? We have a few children that may be prone to walking out an open gate. Thank you. Please don't park by the entrance gate or teachers carpark area. Also please avoid parking by the letterbox at the front of the school.
- Absences. A reminder that it is important to contact the school before 9.30am when your child will be absent. You can either phone, email or let us know via our Skool Loop app. We need to know where your children are so we know they are safe and can mark them correctly on the roll. See details in this newsletter on how to download our Skool Loop App.
- Iceblock Sales. Ice Blocks are for sale again to raise funds for the school. Many children who come to school with $2 like to buy their friend an ice block. Please could you send a note to say they are allowed to do this? The Room 6 children do ask but a note would be easier for them.
- Term Dates 2023. Term 1 .. 02/02— 06/04 Term 2 .. 24/04— 30/06 Term 3 .. 17/07— 22/09 .. Term 4 09/10— 15/12
Sushi is available to order on Thursday again.
School Policies and Procedures Schooldocs
Northland Football Club
Once again Northland Football club will be running the free fantails programs for girls during term 4. Please pass onto anyone who might be interested. Use this link to register.
Schedule as below
Monday Kerikeri 4-5pm
Tuesday Bream Bay 4-5pm
Wednesday Onerahi 4:15 -5:15
Thursday Morningside 4-5pm
Thursday Kensington 4-5pm
Mangakahia Garden Ramble
2023 Mangakahia Garden Ramble
Date: Sunday 26 November
Location: Mangakahia Valley
Time: 9am - 4pm
Join us for an unforgettable day of exploration, inspiration, and tranquility amidst the stunning gardens of Mangakahia.
You can also find tickets at:
Eventfinda (Eventfinda fees apply) - https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/.../whangarei/maungatapere
I-site Visitor Center, 92 Otaika Rd (Eventfinda fees apply)
Harvest Fresh Maunu, 460 Maunu Rd (next to Jolt Café) – no fees
Complex Bar on Wed & Thurs evenings from 5.30pm – no fees
or email us to have an invoice sent and pay by Bank Transfer - firstname.lastname@example.org