Term 1, Week 1 - 2020
10 February, 2020 by Hokowhitu School
A very warm welcome to 2020 to everyone. A special welcome to our new staff, learners and whānau. We are confident that you will all feel supported to be an integral part of our school community in no time at all!
Our first inquiry focus school wide is ‘Turangawaewae’ - Understanding Where I Stand. Term 1 is always action packed with summer activities including water safety skills, EOTC camps for Years 4 - 6 learners, settling into new routines etc.
It is fantastic to have half of TKW ( Te Kete Wakahuia) completed (inside at least). We are hopeful that Mrs Orr and Mrs Blay’s rooms will be ready before the end of this month. The builders can then focus on completing the deck outside these rooms.
Term 4, Week 9 - 2019
13 December, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend the Christmas Carnival/ School prize-giving/ Year 6 graduation on Tuesday evening. Lots of people tell us that they like the combination of the casual carnival atmosphere followed by the celebrations associated with performances and prize- giving. My special thanks go to the PTA who do lots of ‘behind the scenes’ work in preparing the food stalls, along with ‘front of the house’ duties in selling, serving and cleaning up. Thanks to our teaching and non-teaching staff who also put extra effort into supporting the occasion.
Term 4, Week 8 - 2019
06 December, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
ADULT HELPERS IN OUR SCHOOL
Due to lack of space at the moment (and the dramatic decline over recent years in numbers able to attend), we have decided not to hold a ‘parent helpers’ morning tea this year. THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE SUDDENLY DON’T HUGELY APPRECIATE OUR VOLUNTEER HELPERS!!
We promise that we definitely appreciate each and every one of you and sincerely thank you for helping us over the year.
At the morning tea I usually tell our helpers that we simply could not offer the range of experiences we currently offer for the children without their help. So if you have helped coach or manage a sports team, served on our Board of Trustees or PTA, provided transport/help for a trip, made or tidied resources, helped out in a classroom, donated items for us to reuse, provided baking, helped out with the pool (or indeed anything else I’ve missed), we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We also hope you’ll help us again next year.
Term 4, Week 7 - 2019
29 November, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
MUFTI DAY (no school uniform required)
The student council have decided to join with The Breeze Manawatu radio station to support their annual community charity campaign – PACK THE BUS!
The children can come to school in mufti next Thursday 5th December, but instead of a gold coin donation we are inviting them to bring in a non-perishable item of food or a Christmas gift to donate so we can help to ‘Pack the Bus’ (we expect the bus to arrive here at approximately 10am.) These donations will be distributed to families in need through Barnardos and the Methodist Social Services Food Bank.
Term 4, Week 6 - 2019
22 November, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
We are sorry that the weather/ground conditions got in the way of this year’s athletic sports/ fundamental skills. We will still have a team to represent our school at the upcoming interschool athletic sports as the older students have completed each event over the week.
We wish the selected athletes all the very best when they compete at the Massey track next Thursday.
In spite of the weather, the sausage sizzle went ahead successfully on Monday. Thank you so much to our ‘chief elf’ Julia Mutch and our ‘chef’ Philip Steer, who were both ably supported by the rest of their ‘elves’ – Patrick Henderson, Anne-Marie Langvad, Sarah Steer, Tabitha Prisk and Haifa Naffa.
This team collated orders, collected, cooked and distributed more than 580 sausages over the lunch hour – we are very fortunate to have parents/grandparents who are willing to help us out with these things. We couldn’t do it without you – thank you for showing your kindness by giving us your time!
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