Toko School Newsletter

Wednesday 30th January 2019

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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.

Dear Parents and friends of our School Kia Ora/Hola/Bora Da/Konichi Wa/Hello


Welcome back to a very warm new school year. We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and have enjoyed spending time catching up with friends and family. A very special welcome to our new school families.

Over the holiday period we have had installed a new resource room, modifications to entry and exits to ensure ease of access for wheel chairs, a new platform in the pool area so children can be hoisted into the swimming pool, refurbishing the school office and lead lighting throughout the school.

As always, we have families and friends of the school that lend a hand over the holidays spraying, weeding gardens and looking after the chickens. We really appreciate all that you contribute.

The school pool has been well used over the holiday period. Tom our new pool custodian has done a wonderful job which has enabled all in our community to enjoy the pool over this very hot summer.


Just a reminder about who is working at Toko School

Acting Principal - Mrs Fergus

Associate Principal - Mrs Hancock

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

Special Needs Education Co-ordinator - Mrs Eagar

Relieving - Mrs Stark

Office Manager - Mrs Hinton

Library/Resource Manager/Support Worker - Mrs Mason

Support Staff: Treena Cullen, Stacey Milham, Karen Bellamy, Debbie Stone

School Cleaner - Delwyn Taylor


A very big welcome to our new Toko School children: Sophie in Room 5, James in Room 2, Eva and Cooper in Room 1 and Aaliyah in Room 6.


Although most of the Year 3/4 Camp forms were given out yesterday at interviews, those who did not receive one, will be sent one home today. If you wish to be staying overnight, then parents will need to be police vetted. These police-vetting forms are available from the office and need to be back at school THIS FRIDAY along with two forms of identification (one of these must be a photo id).


Learning Journey Online Portfolios

Toko School uses Learning Journey Online Portfolios as a way to involve all parties (teacher / pupil / parent-caregiver) in the formative assessment process. Learning Journey Online Portfolios also show progress over time. This year we are moving away from Blogger, as a way of children sharing their learning, and are moving to a programme called Seesaw.

Learning Journey Online Portfolios will:

(1) Provide a learning focus for home and school.

(2) Provide greater ownership and accountability for children of their work.

(3) Build children's self esteem.

(4) Provide our pupils with the opportunity to identify learning goals, take part in establishing signs for success and evaluating their work.

Seesaw is much easier for children to upload their learning and Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what is happening in the classroom. It gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology.

Each student gets their own journal and will add their learning journey to it, this may include photos, videos, drawings, recordings, samples of work or notes. When there are new Seesaw posts, families can be notified via app notification, email or SMS. Parents are only notified about their own child’s work, and all data is safe and secure.

The school pays a subscription for this programme, and it is expected that all parents will upload the app onto their devices. The code, to access your child's account can be used up to 10 family members only. Information will be sent home from your child's classroom teacher to get you up and running and you will need to do this promptly because the codes you will be given expire after a short time.

If you haven't already received your code (these were given out to many of the children yesterday at the interviews), then your child will receive this today. This is also a way of how parents will be communicating with you, what is going on and coming up in each classroom.


Children can bring food to go in the pie warmer on Wednesdays, starting next week. Please can pies be in their packets or wrapped in tin foil. Also, no crockery plates as they get very hot and the children can't hold them. They also take up a lot of room in the warmer.


Every Wednesday, children are encouraged to bring their bike/scooter/skateboard/rollerblades to school to use on the basketball court. Helmets must be worn.


These start next Tuesday. If you would like your child to learn piano please contact the school office.


Please make sure that your children’s towels, togs and goggles are named. We will be providing a swimming coach, three times a week for six weeks to work with groups of children from Year 1 – 6. This starts next week. Flyers Swim School will be providing the lessons. As a school we follow the New Zealand Swim Safe programme. The children work through a module skills system that is supported by teacher notes. Each child in our school receives, on entry, a swimming certificate to track progress across the school. This is kept by the teacher in a clear file and moves with the child as they move through the school. All our staff have had training in this programme.


If your child has a set of headphones at home and you are happy for them to bring them to school please do so. We have 5 headsets per class but find we are using these more and more with our new devices and the introduction of BYOD. If your child brings a headset to school please make sure it is named.


We would really like to see every child at school with a named drink bottle. We will be encouraging staff and students to be drinking water on a regular basis during the day. Also, with these hot days, it is adviseable that children have little 'coolies' in their lunch boxes, to keep their lunches cool.


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


If you didn't receive yours you can come to school between 10 and 12 today to collect or give us a call so we can make alternative arrangements.
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