Thursday, November 24, 2016

Newsletter, Term 4, Wk 7

Hello and Kia ora tatou.

Thames Valley Athletics
Congratulations to Leon and Isobel, who both participated in the 9 year olds shot put yesterday, with some very strong competition. Leon was placed 3rd! Well done to both of you for getting to this level, we are very proud to have you represent our school and region.

The pool is now open as we have been having some very warm days. All children are to bring their swimming gear every day. The senior children enjoyed cooling off yesterday afternoon while swimming laps around the pool.

Slip Slop Slap and Sip
Remember to dress for the sun – a wide brim hat, shirts with a collar, longer sleeves and longer shorts and skirts help to keep us sun safe. Slap on a coat of sunscreen in the morning and we will remind children to re-apply during the day, play in the shade when possible and keep hydrated.

Abacus Fundraiser
The last day to order is this Friday 25th Nov to ensure your purchases are delivered before the end of term.

Stationery Accounts and Environment Donation
Stationery accounts are now due. These came home last week. The school donation goes part way to covering the lawn mowing costs and is set at $30 per student, maximum $60 per family. Thank you to the families who have already sent these in.

Junior Farm Visit/ Banana Boat Ride – Tuesday 29th November
We have planned a Junior Room trip to the Mill Creek Freedom Farm and Buffalo Beach Banana Boats. We will leave school at 9.30 next Tuesday 29th November. Caregivers are needed to accompany the children. Children will need hats, lunch, water and $3 for the banana boat ride. If you can help with transport and supervision please complete the slip at the end of this newsletter.

Senior Room Camp - Monday to Wednesday 5th-7th December.
More details about the Seniors’ camp came home on Monday. Costs are being kept to a minimum, with accommodation being a sleep-over at school and the school meeting the cost of the Surf lifesaving Beach Education session, through our EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) budget. Tuesday will be a hike or bike up the Rangihau Road and river swim. Wednesday will be the beach activities and a Banana Boat ride. Please return the forms sent home a.s.a.p. if you have not already done so. There are plans for some extra fundraising activities from the children, but they will need parents help.
The school will have a sausage sizzle at the Coroglen Farmers Market this Sunday and the Warehouse BBQ is also available if someone can man it.

Christmas Parade – Saturday 3rd December
Hi Families, Christmas is upon us and we thought it would be fun to put together a Coroglen School  float in the Whitianga Santa Parade.
Our Theme is Christmas at the beach. We’ll be having a craft day with the kids at school this Friday making decorations for our float.
We’d like to know how many would be interested in being in the parade. We’ll need the kids at Lions Park, Taylors Mistake car park area by 11:30am Saturday 3rd of December. See the return slip below.
Any questions please contact Michelle on 07 866 3809 or 022 106 7985

Combined Churches Christmas Presentations-5th Dec
The Juniors have been invited to the annual Walk Thru Christmas on Monday 5th December beginning at 11:30 at Crossroad Church (opp New World), on to St Patrick’s in Campbell Street, and then to St Andrews on Albert Street, ending at St Andrew’s at 12:30, with the usual drinks and bikkies. The programme this year will be centred on the theme ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’, with songs, stories and pictures around the Nativity story. We will leave the school at 11am. A transport slip will come home next week.

CAPS Hauraki – Help Me Achieve My Dream
CAPS attendance advisor and youth worker, Coral Clark spent the morning with our children yesterday discussing the importance of school attendance and what their dream jobs would be. Each child was photographed holding a board that describes their dream for the future. These are coming home with a magnetic frame, so they can put them on the fridge and be inspired to come to school and learn. Coral will return next week to catch up with the children who were away on the day so that everyone is included.

Keep up with Homework
Our Junior children should be reading every night. Our Senior children have spelling words to learn every night as well as maths homework. They should also be reading for enjoyment every night. Try to keep up a little regular reading through to the end of term and over the holidays so to avoid any ‘summer slide’ – maybe join the library if you haven’t already.

Friday Performances and Presentations
Last Friday we were entertained by a dance group of cheerleaders (choreographed by Stella and Stormi).

Congratulations to Jade, Marika Meg, Hinekirunga, Samantha and Marama.
Isobel, Stella and Riley-Jean shared some of the artwork the Seniors have started.

Jade and Hinekirunga showed the ‘shimmer and shine’ work they did when gathering sh words.

School Transport Assistance – Copy from the e-mail
As we are coming to the end of 2016, the MOE Transport Services would like to remind parents and caregivers to be aware of some key facts on School Transport Assistance.
1.      For a student to receive Ministry transport services, they need to meet all of the Ministry’s transport eligibility criteria. This means they are attending the closest school they can enrol at; they live more than the minimum year level distance required from that school; and there is no suitable public transport available.
2.      Some parents and caregivers have chosen to enrol their children at our school which is further away from the closest school they can enrol at. Whilst the Ministry support caregiver choice, School Transport Assistance is not provided in this instance.
Historically, students have been able to transfer their entitlement for School Transport Assistance under guidance called transport Entitlement Zones. Students who are currently using the ‘transfer of entitlement’ provision to use school buses may continue to do that until the end of the student’s tenure at the current school they are attending.
3.      Conveyance allowance applications will only be approved for students who meet all of the eligibility criteria above, and have no Ministry of Education school bus provided or live more than 2.4km from a school bus service.
4.      Routes reviewed and designed during 2016 and onwards will not be using Transport Entitlement Zones as a consideration for route design. This could potentially impact on new student enrolments and a change to some bus routes next year.
5.      To apply for School Transport Assistance, student’s caregivers will need to fill out an application form. The application form is available online at or we can provide those to you
If you have any questions Regina Osborne your local Transport Manager will be able to help you on 027 453 1114

Lucky Book Club
Reminder Lucky Book Club orders are due back to school by Tuesday 29th Nov.
Have a good week, from Jean and the team.
With special thanks to our sponsors:

Whitianga Pig Hunting Club

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I can/cannot transport my child/ren and ___ others to the Mill Creek Rd Freedom Farm and Buffalo Beach picnic and fun day on Tuesday 29th November.

I have included $3 per child. Yes/No

I am willing to help supervise in the water. Yes/No




Christmas Parade Float
My child/ren: __________________________________________
would love to be part of the Whitianga Christmas Parade.

Contact Ph. Number in case of
Cancelation (rain etc):


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