Entries for August 2021


Term 3, Week 6 - 2021

While there will be no regular newsletter this week, we will continue to provide you with updates as soon as they come to hand.

Everyone who has registered their child as needing to attend school this week will have received an email from me this morning regarding pick up and drop off procedures. If you believe that you have registered your child and have not received this email, please email me URGENTLY l.dixon@hokowhitu.school.nz 

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Term 3, Week 5 - 2021

At the time of writing this newsletter we are still waiting to hear what is happening about alert levels for next week, so please bear with us. It is inevitable we will need to postpone events (e.g. the sausage sizzle, teacher only day, photos, TKW ball etc). We will do our very best to reschedule them - when it is safe to do so. Updated information will come to you as soon as I receive the official advice from MOE. We are approaching everything under their direction as required. Unfortunately, it is highly likely that some/many of our calendar events will be affected.

However, once things settled down last year, you will recall that we worked SUPER hard to provide alternative ways to ensure our tamariki had loads of exciting experiences - of course we’ll do the same again this time. Kia kaha.

In preparation for a move to Alert Level 3 (just an assumption on my part, I have NO inside knowledge I promise) - I need an accurate number of children who will need to return to school. At AL3 the message from MOE and MOH guidelines is clear. School is only open to those children who genuinely NEED to come to school (i.e. children of essential workers with no alternative care). Please consider alternatives such as older siblings (14 years +) supervising, if parents are working or studying from home - children are to stay home. If you can safely use grandparents etc to supervise, the children can stay home. We are trying to keep our school bubble as small as possible for the safety of teachers, students and their whanau. In saying this, if you have no other option (and have not already completed the form) please do so urgently. Attendance for Alert Level 3 Form. The board has decided that FOR THE COMING WEEK (if we are indeed at Level 3), this attendance form needs to be completed by noon on Sunday, 29th August. No enrolments will be accepted after this time - we need to have sufficient notice to prepare bubbles and staff.

All other children will continue to receive on-line learning or hardcopy packs throughout AL 3. We will advise pick up options for additional hardcopy materials as soon as possible.

We are now a whole week into ‘learning from home’. Thanks so much for the positive feedback we have received from many of you who have appreciated the staff efforts to get devices/packs and learning programmes into your homes so quickly. There was a lot of behind the scenes work that went in over the last weekend. We appreciate just how busy your lives are now, so we are offering learning opportunities and/or times to just ‘touch base’. Please don’t feel pressured to complete everything or participate in everything. Just do what you can, when you can.

We’ve enjoyed seeing photos of the many varied creations/activities/learning/fun that has been taking place this week, and hope you enjoy seeing a selection of them here in the newsletter.

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Term 3, Week 4 - 2021


We are very aware that many of you are receiving correspondence from multiple sources over the lockdown period. Thank you so much to everyone who has responded to our brief questions around your needs/desire regarding distance learning. If you have yet to do this, please help us by responding as soon as possible. 

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Term 3, Week 3 - 2021


Our school was very ably represented at this year’s Mathex competition, held this morning at the Awapuni racecourse.
Each school enters their very best mathematician/problem solvers/team players and it is a highly competitive session with approximately 30 teams in each year group.

Our sincere congratulations to:
Peyton B, Krystal J, Emily K and Ettiene D. This team finished in a stunning 2nd place, only 1 point behind the winning team.
Jake Z, Bradley P, Emily Z and Lena M. This team finished in a very creditable 14th place. Well Done!
The wider squad that supported these teams included
Boston D, Fergus M, Indigo W and Josh T. Congratulations and thank you to these people too. 

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Term 3, Week 2 - 2021


We hope that the children are making progress with practising their basic facts (and gaining sponsorship to support their efforts along the way). Improving basic facts/tables and number knowledge is HUGELY beneficial to success in mathematics and so we have come up with a way to provide an incentive for the children to improve their recall and accuracy. There will be a prize for the person with the highest sponsorship.
We encourage the children to be practising the basic fact sheet (at their level) both at home and at school - ready for the test on the 13th August.
don’t have any sponsors recorded) MUST be returned to school by next Friday - ready to be marked off. 

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