Entries for October 2019


Term 4, Week 2 - 2019


Our BoT has opted into the new Ministry initiative that provides us with additional funding in return for not requesting parent donations. This is a decision that the Board will review annually.
So this means that you will not be asked to send money for day trips, online subscriptions, kete celebrations, visiting performers, sport providers (during the school day) etc.

The exceptions to this ‘lack of request’ for payments are out-of–school sports registrations, stationery/uniform sales, and overnight stays/camps, for which we will continue to request support.

This will obviously considerably reduce the number of occasions that we are requesting money from you. Hip, hip, hooray I can hear you say! If you are a regular depositer into a ‘family account’ you may wish to consider reducing this payment as we will only be requesting payments for the very few exceptions. (eg school camp is only once every 2 years, supplied stationery for TKW/TKP is only once a year, and it is up to you as to whether your child plays out of school sport).

Fundraising events such as sausage sizzles, juicies etc will remain ‘user pays’.

We have reached that point in the year where we are commencing forward planning for next year’s classes etc. It sometimes comes as a surprise to parents if your child is placed in the same kete as they have been in this year. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE BEEN HELD BACK – each kete has 2 year levels of children.
In fact, we only have 5 kete and most children are at our school for 6 – 6 1⁄2 years, so children who start here as 5 year olds will definitely spend 2 years in at least one of the kete.

Chat with your child’s teacher if you are unclear about this – we usually find parents have more difficulty with understanding this than the children and this can result in children being given mixed messages.

If you know you will not be returning next year (or you know someone moving into our zone for 2020), please let us know at the office as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your help.

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Term 4, Week 1 - 2019

Welcome to Term 4 everyone – it is always an ‘action packed’ term, with normal programmes of work, assessments, end of year celebrations, preparation for 2020 and lots more.
We have welcomed Mrs Handcock back into TKA this term, and have also had 12 new students start at our school this week. Nau mai, haere mai to each of you! We are confident you will love being part of the very special culture of the Hokowhitu School whanau and community!

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