Learning • Fun • Friendship
Monday 17th February
Swimming lessons for years' 2 - 4 begin tomorrow-Tuesday 18th.
The year is well under way and it is pleasing to see our students getting straight back into their learning. With the current weather conditions our pool and playground spaces are getting plenty of use too.
This week we begin our annual swimming programme with the specialist teachers providing a skills for life programme. This is targeted to our Year 2 to 4 students. Our Year one students have also had the benefit of a school designed programme. This has been overseen by Mrs. Sutton who used to run her own swim school. Please ensure that your children have their togs each day.
Whilst we don’t have a major building project this year we are continuing to improve the school by carrying out smaller projects. You may notice that Room 7 has recently had a make over. The roof over part of the deck will be added soon and painting was carried out over the weekend. In addition to that the school had its annual wash.
This week we begin our Garden to Table Programme. There is an abundance of fruit and vegetables growing and are ready to be turned into something delicious. Whilst this initiative is mainly in the middle syndicate (Manawanui), if you would like to be involved Ms. Ashby and team are always happy to accept volunteers.
At last week’s assembly we welcomed the Shore to Shore Fun run/walk team. They were here to promote this year’s event which takes place on Sunday 5th April. We will be looking to build on last year’s numbers as we look to make this part of our annual calendar. We will forward the registration link as soon as that arrives with us.
As our roll has now significantly increased we have structured the school into four teams and are using our revised school values to identify them.
Team Atāwhai (Kindness) Years 0/1
Team Whaiwhakāro (Consideration) Year 2
Team Manawanui (Perseverance) Years 3/4
Team Ū Kaha (Service) Years 5/6
We anticipate that this will help us to embed the terms and use into everything that we do.
Once again we have contracted an external provider to run a swim safe programme for our year 2 to 4 students. This begins on 18th February and is fully subsidised. Further details will come via your teachers.
We make every effort to ensure that you are kept fully informed of events at school. Our main methods of communication are - The School App, School Newsletter, the School Website, your child’s book bag and emails. The book bag is used for all paper notices as well as protecting books that travel to and from school. We are minimizing the amount of paper notices to reduce our carbon footprint, however all students are expected to use these, right through to the end of Year Six. Please support us by checking these each day as part of your daily routines. The website will have regular postings and notices as well as copies of all notes that have been sent home should you need to replace one. Trip updates are left on the answer phone and on the main page of the website.
We like to encourage as many students to travel to and from school under their own steam if possible, or to be dropped off close by and walk the last bit. However, please ensure that you talk to them about staying safe-particularly those riding. Please include watching out for cars coming out of their driveways and taking particular care when overtaking parked cars. This year we would like to encourage as many of our senior students to walk, ride or be dropped away from school so that they can walk the remainder. This is a deliberate initiative to reduce traffic congestion within school.
Walking School Bus Information for Kauri Park School
Do you want your child to join a walking school bus?
OR Can you help run a bus?
There are currently 3 buses running. For more information please contact the following people.
Island Bay Road contact Andrew Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0211244150
Rangatira road from Teal Ave contact Nicole Duffield at email@example.com or phone 0212395921
Rangatira Road from Mariner’s View Road at Eveline_jenkin@yahoo.co.nz or phone 021848505
2020 Term Dates:
Term 1: 3rd Feb –9th Apr. Please note we have a teacher only day on Friday 7th February-School is closed for instruction.
Term 2: 28th Apr –3rd July
Term 3: 20th Jul—25th Sept
Term 4: 12th Oct-15th Dec
Meet the teacher evening is on 30th January
School Office reopens between 28th January and Friday 31st; hours are 10am till 2pm.
From the BoT:
Following the budget of 2019, Boards of decile 1—7 schools have been provided the option of accepting a per student amount of funding instead of requesting voluntary donations from its community. There are some exceptions—the most notable being school camps and small costs associated with some of our sports or choir outings.
Because our school is a decile 7 the board has reviewed the financial implications of opting into this scheme. The school’s current financial position indicates that our school would benefit positively if we opt in and remove voluntary donations from 2020.
Schools that opt in to the scheme will receive their donations payment as part of their January 2020 operational funding instalment. The donations payment will be calculated based on the July 2019 roll.
Please follow the link below which explains the scheme in more detail:
At this time of the year the board begin the planning process for the next year. The current Annual Plan, Charter and Vision map are being displayed in the Library and we welcome your input into our 2020 plan.
The Vision Map is mainly focussed on our physical environment including learning and play spaces, both internally and externally. Many of the notable improvements that you see around the school have come from ideas generated through this process.
Broadly speaking the three goals within our Charter provide the framework for us to plan ahead; these are:
Goal 1: Enabling each student to achieve their full potential by providing learning programmes that allow for the development of the whole child (teaching & learning)
Goal 2: Providing a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment (physical, social & emotional development)
Goal 3: Developing meaningful and effective relationships with our community (developing a unique School Culture)
An online survey will also come out soon and we encourage you to participate.
Important information about out of zone enrolments: As a result of the continuing high number of in zone enrolments, we cannot accept any new out of zone applications that do not meet the priorities listed below. The main reason for this is that in terms of teaching space our school is beyond capacity. Whilst the Ministry of Education are working with us on a long term solution, the reality is that significant construction is required to remedy the problem. The planning for this has not yet begun so we are probably at least two years away from returning to a sense of normality.
We apologize for not being able to accommodate your child at our school, however all of the schools in our area serve their students extremely well.
Applications for out of zone enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
First Priority This priority is not applicable as the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary for Education
Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students
Third Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students
Fourth Priority will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school
Fifth Priority will be given to applicants who are children of board employees
Sixth Priority will be given to all other applicants
If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with the instructions by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.
Make payments to:
KPS Board of Trustees
Please include purpose of payment and student name for any online transaction.