Monday, 31 October 2016

New Arrival

Noah arrived with very special news today... and his brand new, two day old baby brother Connor. Kohara thought he was just scrumptious! Congratulations to Noah's family and we look forward to more visits over the coming weeks!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Week 4 (31 - 4 Nov)

Welcome to Week 4.

Tennis Coaching
This week Kohara have 3 tennis coaching sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12-12.30pm. The $3 cost will be added to term accounts. All our sessions will be held at school as the coaches from Waimairi Tennis Club will be coming to us. All equipment is supplied but if children have their own tennis racquet that they would like to bring, they are more than welcome.

Classroom Release
Room 19 have PE with Mr Lukes on Wednesday morning from 9-10.30am.

Halloween Disco
Monday 31 October from 6-7pm for juniors (seniors is 7.15-8.15pm). Entry is $5 which includes a glow product and lollies at the end of the night. Come along in Halloween fancy dress if you wish.

The Big Event
A huge thank you to all our Kohara parents who supported the Big Event on Saturday night. It was so lovely to see such a great turn out of parents from our class and gosh what a fantastic evening of entertainment. The singing was absolutely amazing, the band had everyone up dancing and everyone was in awe of the special guest appearances of Darren, our very talented caretaker, and Mrs Coleman! If you are able to make it to Monday Meet Up you might even get to watch Darren's encore performance!

Shoe Boxes
We are needing shoe boxes for an activity next week as part of our Health & PE Inquiry. If you have any spare show boxes lying around at home, we'd love them!

Park Visit
This week on Friday we are visiting St James Park leaving school at 10.45 and returning by 12.30pm. We had a great time last week at Edgar MacIntosh Park and this week we are going to compare it to St James Park. We are finding lots of things in our outdoor environment that contribute to our personal health and wellbeing and we have noticed that many people use our local parks for lots of different activities. Last week we saw people walking dogs, exercising, meeting friends and family, eating, playing and enjoying the playground, relaxing under trees and enjoying nature. We are also thinking about the things at each park that add to our enjoyment and use of the different outdoor spaces.

Thank you to all those who are remembering their sunhats each day. It is really important that all children have one at school especially with our walks out and about during the day.

Book Returns
Please continue to encourage your child to return their reading books from the previous week on a Monday. This keeps our books in circulation so that other classes can use them and we appreciate those that remember to pop them in the box on a Monday morning. Thanks also to Mandy once again for continuing to shelve our books for us. If you ever have a few spare minutes and there are books in the container, you are welcome to grab them and pop them away in the reading room. Many hands make light work!

Have a fabulous week :)

Monday, 24 October 2016

Week 3 (25-28 October)

Welcome to Week 3 :)

Welcome to Mrs Bindy O'Callaghan who is relieving on Tuesday morning while Mrs Campbell is on River Leader Release.

Tuesday Meet Up
See you all at Meet Up in the hall first thing on Tuesday morning.

Classroom Release
Room 18 and Room 19 have classroom release on Tuesday afternoon - Art for Room 18 and PE for Room 19. Can Room 19 please ensure they have a sunhat at school to wear whilst outside for PE.

St Johns - Responding in an Emergency
As part of our PE and Health term, Kohara will have a session with St Johns this Wednesday covering how to respond in an emergency. There is a small charge of $2 per child which will be added to this terms school accounts. A great time to check that children know their address and a contact phone number in case of emergencies. Some simple first aid will also be covered.

Photo Orders
These are due in to the office by Thursday 27 October (this Thursday). Please ensure order forms are returned by 3pm Thursday if you wish to order class or individual photos. For those with older siblings, sports and cultural photos are on display in the hall foyer.

The Big Event
This is on this Saturday 29 October - have you got your ticket yet? Don't miss out on a wonderful evening. Grab a group of friends and come enjoy a great night out while supporting the PTA with their major fundraiser for the year.

Halloween Disco
This will be held on Monday 31 October in the school hall. Juniors from 6-7pm, seniors from 7.15-8.15pm. Dress up in your favourite Halloween themed costume. Children must be collected from inside the hall at the end of the disco.

Class Swimming
It's nearly that time of year! The school pool will be open for class swimming after Show Weekend. Families will also be able to purchase a school pool key for $70 for those who are able to help on the roster (usually 2-3 nights putting the cover on over the season) or $100 for those unable to help. These will be available to purchase from the office soon.

Friday - spelling day (bring your notebooks)
            - library day (pack the library books)
            - and kapa haka.

Have a great week!

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Big Event - Saturday 29 October

It's nearly here!!! The Big Event - our main fundraiser for the year. This is the event that helps fund all the extras around Waimairi School so it would be fabulous if you could help support this great night out.

Tickets are $30 each and are available at the office NOW!

A fabulous line up of musical and dancing entertainment - you get to sit back and watch the show for the first half of the evening, enjoy some yummy catering for supper, and then in the second half of the evening it's time to mingle, enjoy the band, have a dance or just relax and have a few drinks. The bar is open all night and there are also some great auctions on the night.

If you can't make the night, raffle tickets for the amazing raffle prizes will be on sale at school next week so look out for the PTA helpers selling these before or after school. You don't have to be there on the night to win the raffles - and there are some super prizes to win for both adults and the kids!

We hope to see you all there :)

School Photo Orders

School photo orders are due by next Thursday 27 October. Please make sure these are returned to the school office by Thursday at the latest if you wish to order.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Labour Day Monday

Remember school is closed on Monday as it is Labour Day.
See you all on Tuesday - enjoy the long weekend.

Spelling Day Friday

Please pack the spelling notebooks for testing on Friday.

Remember no library session today as we went on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Change of Library Day

The library is closed on Friday this week so Kohara will go tomorrow (Wednesday).
Please pack the library books!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Week 2 (17-21 October)

Welcome to Week 2!

Hopefully all children now have their school sunhats at school, named and ready for the term. From now on children without hats will be required to play in the shade under the trees - this can get rather boring so please check they have their hats!

Classroom Release
This week Room 19 children have PE with Mr Lukes on Tuesday from 11-12.30pm.

The Big Event ~ Saturday 29 October 7.30pm
This is coming up really quickly - tickets are on sale now from the school office at $30pp. This is our major school fundraiser for the year so if you can support it, we'd love to see you there. There will be a musical retro themed showcase by some amazing talents which you can sit back and enjoy watching before ending the evening with a great band and some dancing.
Supper provided. Cash bar. Great raffles (and even if you're not going you can support the school by pre-purchasing some raffle tickets). Retro dress up optional. Adults only event.

Halloween Disco
This year our school Halloween themed disco is on Monday 31 October in the school hall. Want to give the neighbourhood trick or treating a miss? Then get the kids dressed up and come for a fun night out at the disco instead. Entry is $5 each and includes a glow product and Halloween lollies.
Juniors (Years 0-3) 6-7pm and Seniors (Year 3-6) 7.15-8.15pm.

Health & PE Inquiry
This term we are looking at 'Using Nature to Nurture' and we will be making connections with parks and the outdoors in our community and how they contribute to our wellbeing and enjoyment. From time to time we will be out visiting the Edgar MacIntosh Park on Condell Ave and we will advise you of times as they arise.

Kapa Haka on Friday

Library day on Friday.
Remember to return library books anytime this week in readiness for our class visit on Friday.

Bring your notebooks for Friday testing please.

Senior Athletics Day
Congratulations to our Kohara children who represented us at the Senior Athletic Day relay races. How fabulous to see Kohara win on the day!
Thanks also to our parent helpers who walked down or back with us - always lovely to have some extra help when out walking. What a great afternoon down there and a lovely community feel.

Labour Day
Remember that next Monday 24 October is Labour Day and school is closed.

Have a great week :)

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Athletics Day Thursday

Tomorrow Thursday is senior Athletics day. We will be walking down to St James Park at 12 noon to watch the last rotation of the senior sports. At 1pm we have a community lunch and for those who have ordered sausages, they will be available down there at this time. After lunch we will be watching the sprint finals and some of our children will be representing Kohara in the Year group relay race. Due to the wet weather today, we will finalise our relay teams tomorrow as to who is representing our class.

What to bring:
Uniform as usual.
Please bring your sunhat and a warm named jacket.
Sneakers (in case you're in the relay team!)

Following the conclusion of athletics, we will walk back to school as a class, at approximately 2.30pm.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Sausage Sizzle Orders

Remember that orders for Thursday's sausage sizzle at athletics day need to be made tomorrow Wednesday. $2 per sausage and remember if other family members would like one on the day to preorder those as well. Orders will be taken outside the hall before school on Wednesday. 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Week 1 (10-14 October)

Hi all and a warm welcome back to school for a busy and hopefully sunny Term 4!

Term 4 is a sunhat term so please ensure your child has a well named navy wide brimmed sunhat at school. The children may either hang these on their bag hooks or keep them in their tote trays. The children will need these every day please.

Athletics and Junior Relays
This Thursday 13 October we will be joining the seniors down at St James Park to watch their final athletic rotations and have lunch, and will then cheer them on for their sprint finals before our junior relays. We will be picking our Kohara relay teams during the week so be sure to send the children to school in their running shoes this week.

There will also be a sausage sizzle down at the park - these will be pre-ordered at school.
Postponement day is the following Thursday 20 October.

We will be leaving school at 11.55am to walk down there - if you would like to walk down with us please feel free to meet us outside the classroom and join us on our walk or you might like to meet us down there at 1pm for the community lunch. Children will take their lunch boxes with them and for those getting sausages they will be given out down at the park.

Miss Michele Walker continues her seven week teaching placement with us this term and will be working in Kohara over the next six weeks. The children were enjoying getting to know her at the end of last term and we look forward to having her back with us.

This term Mrs Campbell is taking over as Rakaia River Leader while Kiri is helping out at Aranui School. Tracy will be having River Leader release each Tuesday morning and Ms Jill Kelk will be working in Kohara on these mornings. Jill is one of our regular relievers in Kohara and knows our routines and children really well so we look forward to seeing more of Jill over the term.

ThisTuesday Mr Joe Allert will also be relieving in Kohara as Monique is away at Woodend Camp for the day.

Classroom Release
This week Room 19 have PE with Mr Lukes on Wednesday 11-12.30pm and Room 18 have Art with Mrs McHaffie on Wednesday from 1.30-3pm.

Can all children please bring 2 whiteboard pens to school for the start of the term. Please hand them in to us and we will distribute them throughout the term as needed.

Weekly spelling resumes this week. Please ensure spelling books are at school each Friday as otherwise the children miss out on being tested and getting their new words glued in. As you can appreciate this is a time consuming job and our life is made easier when everyone has their books at school.

Most children handed their books in before the end of last term but we are still missing a few notebooks - if your child still has theirs at home or in their bags can you please remind them to hand them in so they can get this weeks words.

Our reading programme this week will be a mix of either reading books or poems due to classroom release and athletic sports. Children are also welcome to read their own books or library books over the week.

Library day is Friday - please have books at school for returning.
Kapa Haka on Friday.

Have a great week :)