Term 2, Week 1 - 2019
03 May, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
Welcome to Term 2! I trust that you all enjoyed some family time over the break. It was lovely to see the children excited about being back to school this week (and I know that for SOME of you at least, you were pretty happy to be sending them).
A special welcome to our newest families – we have had 8 new children start this week, I am confident that you will enjoy being part of Hokowhitu School and our amazing school community.
Term 1, Week 11 - 2019
12 April, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
Today marks the end of Term 1 here at school - how time flies when you are having fun! Reflecting on this first term, we have achieved lots already. 38 children have enrolled at school over this term, the staff now know all their learners well, we have had 2 opportunities to meet with whānau, EOTC week was just fantastic, learning programmes are in full swing, everyone has had the opportunity to participate in swimming programmes and either a triathlon or a duathlon, loads of our children have completed summer sports and even more have registered for the winter codes, we’ve had visits from some of our local kindergartens (and some children have been back to visit them), things are now in full swing with professional learning within the Palmerston North East Kahui Ako etc.
Term 2 events will include school and interschool cross country events, a parent evening for Year 1 and 2 parents outlining the MSL approach to teaching literacy at our school (8th May), marae visits for everyone, a pie selling fundraiser, Board of Trustees triennial elections, and our school-wide inquiry focus is ‘Komitimiti’ - blending and coming together. A term calendar will come home early next term with specific dates.
Another date you may want plenty of warning for is that the Board has approved closing the school on Friday the 31st May for a Teacher Only professional learning day. This is the Friday prior to the Queens Birthday public holiday on the 3rd June.
Term 1, Week 10 - 2019
08 April, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
Farewell and thank you to Miss Macmillan who has been working alongside Mrs Orr in Ruma Rua for the last 4 weeks. We wish you all the best for the rest of your study Hannah.
UPDATED CONTACT DETAILS - have yours changed since you enrolled your child?
It is ALWAYS really important that school is immediately contacted when you change address, or have a new phone number or email address, OR the contact details for one of your emergency contacts change. Sadly, we often find ourselves not able to contact you or your contacts immediately, as this has been overlooked. Please check that we do have up to date details for your child/ren. If they are suddenly unwell, it is very disheartening for them to not have a significant adult in their life at their side.
As it is a Board of Trustees election year, it is extra important that we have correct addresses etc of everyone eligible to vote in the upcoming BoT election. Nominations will be called for early next term.
Email, phone or text the school to update right now!
Term 1, Week 9 - 2019
29 March, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
Earlier this week I visited Christchurch Schools with the other Principal colleagues from our Palmerston North East Kahui Ako (formerly called a Community of Learning). We were attending schools to see ways that they have developed wellbeing and resilience in their schools following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
As this has been booked for several months, we certainly didn’t expect to be there less than a fortnight after their recent traumatic events. The children, staff and communities seem to be managing very well and every school we spoke with talked about the importance of regular routines and positivity for the children.
We will continue to develop our skills in wellbeing and resilience, so that in turn we can support our tamariki in these areas too.
Term 1, Week 8 - 2019
22 March, 2019 by Hokowhitu School
Our heartfelt aroha and condolences go with everyone affected by the horrible event that occurred in Christchurch last Friday. We also extend our gratitude and thanks to the many services (both professional and voluntary) that have been responders to this action, assisting those affected in any way possible, and that is right across the country!
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