Toko School Newsletter

Thursday 21st October 2021

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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/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.

Ngā mihi

Kim Waite

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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.

Art works

There are a number of parents who are yet to pay for their childs art works in Term 3. If this is you, could you please make payment into the Friends Of Toko School bank account ASAP. The number is 153947-0019082-00. Inculde the surname and initial of your child and room number please.


At 9:30am, on Thursday 28th October, all around New Zealand, Shake-Out NZ will happen. This means that children at Toko School, will practice what to do in an earthquake at this time too. We will duck under tables and desks, and hold onto table legs, to protect ourselves, or if we are outside, we will tuck under like a turtle with our hands over our heads. This is an annual event, that everyone at Toko School always participates in. Use this link, for further resources to talk to your child about this.


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.

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I have sent the latest book club home today and this will be the last one for the year.

It will be due back on Monday the 22nd of November.


Lunch Orders

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)


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 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

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.



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