Term 2, Week 8, Tuesday 14th September 2021
Welcome to Lila, who joined Room 3 this week. It is lovely to have you as part of our school community Lila.
As we go into another week of Level 4 we hope that you are all going OK and making the most of a challenging time. We are all very hopeful that we will move to Level 3 next week as a positive step forward, although it appears unlikely we will all be back at school under Level 2 this term.
We had a Teacher Only Day scheduled for Friday 5th November which we are now going to move to this coming Monday 20th September. We believe this will have less impact on our parent community but still allow teachers to get the mahi down that we were going to cover next term. This means there will be no Zoom meetings or expectations for distance learning on this day. We hope you all enjoy this day away from distance learning.
As you are all involved in distance learning and can see what your children are up to, we will also not be sending out any new formal learning posts. We are, however, going to send out end-of-year reports slightly earlier, on Friday 3 December. This year along with a general comment, curriculum highlights written by your child, a science comment from Ms Bowden, there will also be an inquiry comment.
There has been some talk about a change to the holidays coming up. The latest information I have is that the Minister was wanting more advice from the Ministry of Education. I will certainly let you know of any changes as soon as I hear. At this stage, we should assume the last day of term is Friday 1st October.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week
The development of our bicultural competence is a strategic goal this year for staff and then, in turn, our students. We have loved learning different kupu (words) and trying to use the new phrases each week. A highlight this week has been the Māori Language Moment which took place, over ZOOM, at 12.00pm today. By doing this we joined in with thousands of other New Zealanders, committing to learn more reo!
I hope you are having the opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the many signs of Spring. I thank you again for what you are doing to juggle your own commitments and still be there to support your children in their learning. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything you need.
Māori Language Moment
Level 3 Planning
We are well underway with our planning for level 3. Thank you to the families who have let me know they require learning supervision at school. As I make the final adjustments and confirm staffing for the bubbles, please email if you do require this. A reminder as per the government requirements, under Level 3 MOST children will continue to learn from home, however we will open for all children whose parents or carers NEED to go to work and there is NO alternative person who can supervise them.
Examples of amazing learning at home
Ashton (Rm 4)
Ashton created a fantastic picture of an elephant by only using shapes.
Mari (Rm 4)
Mari improved some simple sentences by using interesting adjectives.
Victor (Rm 7)
Victor found a creative way to celebrate Te wiki o te reo Māori.
If you have a child starting school next year, and you live within the home zone, please put through an online application by 15th October 2021. This will assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Please refer to the Enrolment page on our school website for further information.
Kohia Terrace School will be holding a Ballot on Wednesday 20th October 2021 for out-of-zone enrolments. The Board has determined that places are likely to be available for out-of-zone students for Priority 2–6 in the following year levels: Year 0 (children who will turn 5 on or after 1 June 2021); Year 1 and Year 7.
The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.
The closing date for out-of-zone applications will be Wednesday 29th September 2021.
Parents of students who live within the home zone should also enrol by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Please refer to our school website for further information.
Scholastic Book Club orders
If you have ordered books from Scholastic Book Club, please note that their warehouse is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. As books are deemed non-essential items, they are not able to operate and ship any of these orders to school or homes. Auckland orders will be dispatched to schools as soon as Auckland reaches level 2 and students return to in-person learning.
In the meantime, if you have any questions related to your order please email email@example.com.
Bounce and Balance Challenge
It is not too late to send in your sponsorship money for the Bounce and Balance Challenge, to go into the draw for one of our fantastic prizes. Be in to win an iPad, fitness trackers, Westfield vouchers, a pizza lunch for your class, and spot prizes too! We will be holding the prizegiving assembly once we are back at school. Payments can be made to the school account (12-3048-0433992-00), make sure you include your child’s name and room number, and the word ‘sponsor’. Also, don’t forget you can claim a tax refund on any donations over $5. Email Becca (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the name and email address of the person your tax receipt should be made out to.