Toko School Newsletter
Thursday 21st October 2021
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/Bora Da/Konichi Wa/Hello
Tena Koutou Katoa
This term Mrs Fuller is encouraging everyone to use something new from the PE shed, during class time and during break times. We have a variety of fabulous PE equipment and it has been great to see lots of children getting involved with this this week.
As a Board we are looking ahead to some events we have planned for Term 4 - these include the Final End of Year Assembly and our End of Year Leavers Dinner. We still intend to hold these but it is likely modifications to both events will have to occur. We will keep you informed as decisions and planning are sorted.
Friday19th November is our last Ministry allocated Teacher Only Day of the year. The school will be closed while teachers spend the day focused on end of year assessments.
Today Miss Mancer, Mrs Oliver, Mrs Fergus and myself spent the day working with Tamara Dahm from Massey University continuing our professional learning and development in Structured Literacy. Tamara observed lessons in our classes, provided feedback and has assisted us with school wide planning and assessment.
As you will be aware we are not able to proceed with our planned production this year due to covid restrictions. However, we have planned a smaller scale event so that the children still get to participate in a fun whole school performance.
We are exploring two options for our Dance Through Time production - either a Drive-in movie night with a big screen on the back field or a screening at the Kings Theatre over a couple of nights.
However, both these options have costs attached. So we are wondering if any businesses out there would like to sponsor us in exchange for seeing their business named on the big screen. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please contact Sue Fergus.
Just a wee reminder that when entering the school grounds you need to sign in using the covid tracer app and the school app/sign in book at the office. If you are just dropping off and picking up this is not required.
TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER
Modified Pig Hunt Challenge
For any children/families that still want to go hunting over Labour weekend. Children can still enter the Big 3 - rabbit, hare, possum and the Goats Head and these can be brought to school on Tuesday 26th October.
Big 3 - these get weighed together to find the heaviest weight, all 3 animals combined.
If you have any extra Big 3 you could bring them along to share with others that might not have got all three.
Goats - No white heads, goats heads will need to be taken home.
Thank you to Innovative Interiors for sponsoring prizes for this.
The time frame for hunting is Saturday - Monday
Toko School children only.
Agriculture Fun/Games Day - Tuesday 26th October
The day will look something like this:
8.30 - 10.00 - Big Three and Goats can be dropped off at school via Ahuroa Road
9.00 - 11.00 - Rotations lead by student leaders
During this time Year 8 children can bring their lamb/calf or goat - leading demonstrations and show and tell with each rotation. These will need to arrive at school between 8.30 - 9.00 and stay until 11.15. Please park on the Ahuroa Road. Mrs Waite will be there directing vehicles.
Big Three and Goats - results
11.10 - 11.30 - Morning Tea
11.30 - 1.00 - Agricultural Games/Activities
1.00 - BBQ lunch supplied by the Friends of Toko School - Sausage & bread/Ice Block
2.00 - 3.00 Agricultural Games/Activities
During this day children will be grouped into their houses. Children are encouraged to wear their house colours on this day.
The Hall of Creativity will be set up on Friday 22nd October. Children will be making their creations on Friday morning. The hall will be open on Tuesday/Wednesday for families to visit.
Children that are still caring for and rearing a calf/lamb or goat are encouraged to take photos, create a poster/video or some other creative display to share and bring to school on Tuesday 26th October.
NEW ZEALAND SHAKE OUT - 28TH OCTOBER
LEARNING BEHAVIOURS AT TOKO SCHOOL
At Toko School we have been and are dedicated to developing student agency. The focus of agency is developing life-long learning behaviours. These contribute to the children becoming agentic and driven learners throughout their life. Every child is on a different path and teachers are guiding children to work through independent learning behaviour goals most suited to them. These learning behaviours relate to different stages of the journey, starting from bronze through to platinum. These goals are fluid (move backwards and forwards, up and down).and are not age based. Children's learning behaviours may differ depending on the context, task, environment, etc.
In a newsletter last term, we discussed and showed what a bronze learning behaviour looks like. This week we are now showing what a silver learning behaviour is.
Room 5 - Time Management
We are learning to plan the order of activities that we are completing for the day. We are learning to prioritise tasks based on when it is due and we are learning to complete work within set timeframes.
Room 3 - I am independent
We are learning to not give up when faced with a challenge and to ask for assistance after attempting a task.
Room 1 - I am focused
We are learning to remain focused on our learning tasks.
Room 5 - Time Management
Room 3 - I am independent
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
It will be due back on Monday the 22nd of November.
FRIENDS OF TOKO SCHOOL
We were unable to continue with lunch orders last term due to lock down. Any missed lunches have been carried over until this term. All dates and orders have been placed in the community calendar, on our school website and on our school app. If your child did not place a lunch order and you would like them to have one please email the office.
29th October Hamburger
5th November Sausage & Bread
12th November Chicken Wrap
26th November Chicken Sub
3rd December Ham and Cheese Toastie
10th December American Hotdog (if you were a chess player you may not have ordered this lunch due to a tournament)
FR0M THE SPORTS DESK
Tennis: Tennis coaching is starting up again with Bruce Cleland on a Monday afternoon (during school) for 6 weeks, if your child is keen to have tennis coaching please email email@example.com the cost of this is $50, a note will come home to those signed up with bank details shortly.
Stratford Tennis is also running a primary comp for the Central region on Monday nights for those that can manage a game.
This will be in Stratford from 4.30 to 6pm individual entries and $20 per child starting Nov 8th for 6 weeks and then aagin in Feb for 6 weeks. Several divisions according to ability will be put together. We can also add kids along the way and will be good for them to learn.
For more info email Bruce Cleland on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tabloids: This will be held for Yr0-4 children on Wednesday 10th November at Midhurst school. This will only be taking place if we are in level 1 and a decision will be made by the end of week 2. More information will be given in the next newsletter if this is going ahead.
Rugby Sevens: The Yr7&8 rugby sevens tournament will now be going ahead on Wednesday 3rd November. We are now only entering 1 boys team ( instead of 2 boys teams) and 1 girls team. If your child is still involved in this an updated notice would have been sent home this week.