KTS Newsletter

Term 4, Week 4, Tuesday 9th November 2021

I know we will be looking forward to the government’s announcement regarding return to school tomorrow. Fingers crossed we will have students back on site soon. We have been working on various plans and will confirm those as soon as possible once we know what we are required to do.

In the meantime, we need some information from you. Can you PLEASE complete the Return to School survey so we have some idea of how many students will be returning this year. This will help our planning immensely.

Learning support 2022

We are very conscious after such an extended lockdown that there will be an impact on some children’s learning. Our time for the rest of this year is going to focus on reconnection and wellbeing. End of year curriculum levels in Reading, Writing and Maths will be very much a ‘teacher judgement’ taking into account where students were mid-year.

At the beginning of 2022 we will be spending some time establishing a more accurate assessment of students’ levels. We have additional staffing in place for small-group acceleration for the year to respond to the needs, as well as having Louise Coulter back in for extension maths.

Eden Albert Cultural Festival

Unfortunately the festival for this year has been cancelled. It doesn’t come as a big surprise given the current climate but it is unfortunate that our students won’t get the opportunity of performing their amazing items on stage to an always enthusiastic audience.

Art in the Hood

Students from Kohia have their art out in public! Art in the Hood pop up gallery is located at the transport hub on Halsey Street, Auckland CBD. You’ll find it by the corner of Halsey Street & Viaduct Harbour Ave. It was lovely riding down there over the weekend to check it out.

- Alison

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Talent Quest goes online

While we have been learning at home, many of us have been picking up new hobbies or spending time developing our talents. We are keen to continue with the annual talent quest but as an online competition so it can go ahead no matter what happens with the return to school. Students are invited to submit a video recording (maximum 3 minutes) of their entry by Friday 19 November at 3:00pm (week 5). The intended audience is the school community, and winners will be invited to share their recording in some way to celebrate their success.

More information, the entry form and the judging criteria will be available on the KTS website. If you have any questions please contact Catherine: catherine@kts.school.nz

Old tractor tyres – free give away

We have purchased new planter boxes as we continue our beautification of the school but need to do something with the old tractor tyres. We have 16 in total, varying in sizes from 90cm in diameter to 1.5m. If anyone would like them, they are ‘free to a good home’. Please collect in the top courtyard by the hall. We are trying to find somewhere that can take those that are left by the end of the week.

Library News

Free books are available on tables outside Room 16 [9am–3pm until Thursday 3pm]. Many of you have already taken 3 books and you may come and get another 3.

Thanks to those who have already returned your library books to the box on the front steps [9am–3pm]. I need to collect all library books now for our annual stocktake.

I will be doing the stocktake early, starting next week.

Summer Reading – Packs will be available once the stocktake is complete for the end of the year and over the holidays. This will be available to students who are returning to KTS next year and students must have all books returned to school before taking advantage of this.

Literacy Awards – Please contact me if you have questions or have finished your award. I can arrange a time for a Zoom chat with you. If you have only 1–3 books left to finish, please let me know this week so I can help you with books.


Sports Uniforms

All sports uniforms are now due back to school. If your child has played netball or basketball this year, or has a zone sports t-shirt, can you please drop these uniforms off to the school office. You will need to be wearing a mask, and will do a contactless drop off in the box at the office door. Please place the uniform in a paper/plastic bag and label it with your child's name and sport (e.g. Alexis Ogilvy - netball uniform). Please knock to alert the staff member in the office. Thank you!


As part of celebrating and learning about Diwali last week, Year 2 students have been making some beautiful mandala designs from nature. Olive (Rm 1) and her mother celebrated Diwali by colouring in rangoli designs. They transferred the rangoli designs onto candles by printing the designs on tissue paper. Next they attached them to the candles by heating the wax with a hairdryer and the wax melting through the tissue. See the finished result below.

Cornerstone Plaques

As we head towards the end of another school year, some families are preparing to leave the school for the last time. You may want to consider purchasing a cornerstone plaque, which will be placed on the pillars outside the intermediate classrooms. In years to come, they are a great record of your involvement with the school. The order forms can be found on the front page of the website. http://www.kts.school.nz/

Calendar of events

Many of our upcoming events have had to be cancelled, but the following will proceed, albeit with changes as required.

  • Online Talent Quest entry deadline - Fri 19 Nov @ 05:00pm
  • Year 6 Moving on Up (date and organisation to be confirmed)
  • Junior Prizegiving Assembly (organisation to be confirmed) Fri 10 Dec @ 09:00am
  • Senior Prizegiving assembly (organisation to be confirmed) Fri 10 Dec @ 10:00am
  • Parnell Pools Pohutukawa (TBC) Mon 13 Dec @ 09:00am
  • Year 8 Graduation (organisation to be confirmed) Tue 14 Dec @ 06:00pm
  • Final day of the year Thu 16 Dec