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Term 3 Week 3


Principal's Message


This morning Kakariki class were enjoying the wise words of Charlie Mackery in the book “The Boy the mole, the fox and the horse”. It’s a great read if you can get your hands on a copy.  We only read the introduction and one short page which said a great deal. The page simply stated the following, as a lonely boy met a mole :-


“I’m so small,'' said the mole.

“Yes,” said the boy, “but you make a huge difference.”


In these simple sentences, we are reminded that we can make a difference.

At Totara we are constantly reminding our students that they  can and do

 make a difference. We celebrate this through our RICH tickets and RICH 

afternoon on a Friday, along with our assembly awards and just through 

simple words of praise. I wanted to take time to thank you for the difference you make to our students and school as well - with each homework activity you complete, each time you listen to them read, and when you communicate with our staff and share home learning and celebrations with school. We value the little things you do each and every day that do make a difference.  We can’t do this without you. Please continue to use our Seesaw and Skool Loop app for communication. It’s a great way to celebrate and keep up-to-date with what is happening at school. We also look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Student Led Conferences.


Until then check out some of our outstanding student work below including some of Kakariki’s five minute sketches in response to the quote above. We look forward to seeing you at the Cross Country on Friday at the Maheno Domain, starting at 12.35 p.m.


Ngā mihi

Whaea Sandra




Upcoming Events



Week 3 - Wednesday 11th August - Youthtown sports programme - a.m.

Friday  - Cross Country at Maheno - 12.30 p.m. assembling time


Week 4- Wednesday 18th August  Hockey coaching a.m. Student-led conferences p.m.

Thursday 19th August - Student Led conferences p.m.

Friday 20th August - RICH afternoon




CROSS COUNTRY REMINDER


Here are the details for the Cross Country to be held next Friday at Maheno School. We will be eating our  lunch before we go.  Spectators are to please stay on the outside of the fenced area or sit in the grandstand and must supervise their own preschoolers. Shoes are required for all students.


Venue: to be held at Maheno Domain (Rugby Grounds)

Date: Friday 13 August 2021  

Time: Please be at the Maheno Domain by 12.30pm

Courses:  Years 1 & 2 0.8 km Years 3 & 4  1.0 kms              

                 Years 5 & 6  1.5 km Years 7 & 8  2 kms



WHOLE SKI DAY

We are now in full swing planning for our Whole school Ski day. This day is an exciting chance for all skiers and no-skiers to enjoy a day at Ohau. We will be taking all students - and hope that many will take up the opportunity to ski on the day. A survey has been sent out. If you have not had the chance to complete it - it is not too late. Please contact the office if you need a paper copy. We do need responses by Friday afternoon please.


STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

On Wednesday August the 18th and Thursday the 19th of August, we will be holding our student led conferences. The available dates and times are as follows :-


Wednesday 18/8 - 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Thursday 19/8 - 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.



To book your interview time  please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and use the event code tu8xc and follow the prompts or follow this link https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code?code=tu8xc.


You may notice that it is possible to book 2 families in for the same time slot this time around. This is not an error. This is due to a change in the format this year. 


For this round the students themselves will be taking the parents around the classrooms and talking about their learning while the teachers are taking on more of a facilitating role where they roam the room and prompt the kids that might need it. Because of this it is possible to have 2 families in, at the same time, as neither is required to sit down at the desk with a teacher.


Please note bookings will close this Friday at 3 p.m.




Celebrations and acknowledgements


Our Board of Trustees met again last night. We are lucky to have such a supportive Board who go the extra mile to support our school and all that we do. We thank all past, current and future Board Members for the things that you do to make a difference for all of us.



Outstanding Student Work


Quin talked Kikorangi through some photos that his friend had taken while visiting a Sugar Cane Farm in Australia. Kikorangi were amazed with how tall the sugar canes were!



Kakariki’s “The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse” five minute sketches

Marlow

Van

Alexie

Bailey

Eryn

Daniel



Karaka Star Writers

I played Rippa Rugby with my friends. I was in the blue team. I liked it. 

By Morgan 

I played Rippa Rugby. I ran fast.

By Mason.

I played Rippa Rugby. I did not fall over. It was easy. 

By Kanui

The cat was asleep. The cat is black with white on the bottom of the cat’s tummy.

By Dorothy.

I made a rabbit run for Stevie Wonder.

By Jack.



I AM FORTY

 

I am forty. I have a son, he plays rugby league. When I watch him I drink beer with my friends. I can’t drive cause i’m too old.

 

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I am forty. I have wrinkles. I wake up at 6.30 in the morning. I play farming simulator while I wait. I go out on my motorbike and have fun hitting jumps. I love pizza. Then I go and make videos. I go play minecraft while i wait for calls to do farm work.I have no girlfriend. I drive to watch the rugby.

 

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I am forty. My children wake me up by jumping on me in bed. I use lipstick when I go out. I have to shout at my children to do the washing. 

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I am forty. I have bad eyesight so I think that my granddaughter is my husband. When I go out I ask my husband to do the washing. When I get home I say “WHY DIDN'T YOU DO THE WASHING”. I go to rugby and I get a phone call. It’s my husband. He says “WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME WITH THE CHILDREN?”

 

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I am forty. My kids jump on my bed in the morning. After work I need to go swimming. I am blind.  I yell at my wife when she doesn't do the washing.  I drink beer when I am watching rugby. I sometimes need to build houses. I go on dates in the weekends. I work on the farm.

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I am forty. I yell at my children and my husband a lot “get ready for school, do the washing”. I just had children (one boy and one girl). I like to go to the gym in my free time. I like to go on dates with my husband. I have a fancy car. I love diving in the pool ( in Dunedin ). I dye my hair. My children wake me up in bed alot.

 

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I am forty. I have a girlfriend. I love drinking beer while rugby is on. Going to the gym is so my thing! I yell at my children and wife “why didn't you do the washing?”. I use a walking stick but it keeps on snapping [ I am so heavy]. I am married and I do farm jobs.

 

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I am 40. I used to be able to swim but now I can't. I don't understand why my children don't behave. Back in my days when I was little I remember that I went to school. Sometimes I leave the car on for too long and run out of petrol. once I said to my husband “when you get home can you close the curtains and like the fire?” oh course. I opened the door when I got home and it was so cold. I went into the living room and the fire wasn't lit. for Goodness sake. The curtains weren't shut either. Then I noticed as I walked down the stairs I saw a note. On the note it said I am sick and tired of closing the curtains and lighting the fire. Sorry, I am going to Japan for a holiday. “Noooooo!” 

 

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I am forty. I have a walking stick and some wrinkles. I like putting petrol in my car instead of walking. I am forty. I like drinking tasty wine when I am watching a scary movie. I eat some popcorn too. 

 

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I am forty. I can pay for my pet bills. I can play with my pets because I am retired from my

job. I am forty and my mum and dad make me spend all of my money on them.

 

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I am forty. I like going on dates at fancy restaurants. My favourite food is pig and chicken. 

 

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I am 40. I say “Why didn’t you do the washing Jo?”. I am 40. I like to go to the gym after work. I am retired and I am broke. 

 

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I am 40. I like motorbiking. I like racing. I like boogying.

 

 

 



LUNCH ORDERS


We have Brydone Wholefoods on a Wednesday and PTA Sausage Sizzle on a Thursday. Lunch orders can be emailed to the office on office@totara.school.nz or dropped into the office, by 9am, on the morning of your order. If we don’t get an order, we can’t order your child’s lunch.


Brydone Wholefoods Menu - Wednesday 


Chicken Nuggets & Chips

$5.00

Chips

$3.00

Cheese Roll

$2.00

Toasted Sandwich

     Ham & Cheese

     Cheese & Pineapple

$3.00

Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap

$8.00

Frozen Juice

$1.20

Piece of fruit

$1.00


You can either pay cash to the office or direct credit to Brydone Wholefoods 12-3226-0062099-00.


PTA Sausage Sizzle - Thursday


$2 per sausage, with or with onions, mustard and tomato sauce. You can either pay cash to the office or direct credit to the PTA account 03-0937-0206673-00




 

 

 

 

 

 

 







 



Term 3 Week 2


Principal's Message


Last week I had the pleasure of showing a potential new family around our school as well as welcoming a new student into both our senior and junior class. When showing these visitors around and seeing our new students settling in,  it was clear how much we have to celebrate. All four classes had great programmes happening, as they do every day. Our walls are bright and covered with amazing work that our students, your young people, have completed. And our students were and continue to be, extremely welcoming to both our new students and visitors. When our new senior student arrived, it was our current students who quickly offered to get a desk for him, find him a place to sit and continue daily to help make sure he is included. The same happens in all of our classes. I know, when a second new family comes to visit this week, they will be greeted with the same respect, care and welcome. We all have a great deal to celebrate.


On that note, a huge welcome to our new students Logan and Mason who have joined us this week, along with their families. Our roll continues to grow, while still enabling us to cater for all of the individual needs we have. 


This week is another busy week. We are still looking for RICH volunteers to help on Friday afternoons - please check out the term planner for dates. We also need two marshalls for our cross country at Maheno next Friday. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you can help with either of these activities.  Also look out for a survey about our whole school ski day and a separate letter giving instructions for booking in your parent interview slot in Week 4. Until then, please remember to pop in and see the amazing things happening at our special little school. You won’t regret stopping in.



Ngā mihi

Whaea Sandra




Upcoming Events


Week 2 - Wednesday 4th August - Rippa Rugby skills

Thursday 5th August - Year 6 Clued up Kids programme at Weston School

Friday 6th August - RICH afternoon


Week 3 - Tuesday 10th August - BOT meeting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday 11th August - Youthtown sports programme - a.m.

Friday  - Cross Country at Maheno - 12.30 p.m. assembling time







Celebrations and acknowledgements


Thanks to our amazing PTA team who come in weekly to provide our Thursday sausage sizzle. I know that our students really look forward to their lunch that day and the funds raise continue to support our school.



Outstanding Student Work



Why Dogs Should be on Leads


Would you like to be hurt by a dog off it’s lead? Dogs should be on leads when they are out in public. 


First let’s talk about how dogs are when they are out of control. Imagine a big dog hurling towards you at full speed and then you are hit. It will make you feel unsafe and you might be hurt. 


Another point worth considering is controlling poo. For example a dog could wander away and it might poo and you wouldn’t know. You could get a fine for it so be careful. Another example is that a dog could walk onto someone else’s property. You know that I am right. We must stop this now! How would you feel standing in poo?


Finally we need to talk about dogs hurting other animals or even worse killing them. For example your dog could jump over a fence and hurt someone’s pet or even worse kill it. Because of this, you could be fined or even worse, your dog could be put down. We can’t let this go on!!


I strongly believe dogs should be on leads at all times in public.


By Gus from Kikorangi





Kowhai’s Skipping Self Portraits




CROSS COUNTRY


Here are the details for the Cross Country to be held next Friday at Maheno School. We will be eating our  lunch before we go. There will be a sausage sizzle available at a cost of $2 but not much time to eat them - students can eat while they walk the course or quickly. Please send your orders to the office, office@totara.school.nz.  Spectators are to please stay on the outside of the fenced area or sit in the grandstand and must supervise their own preschoolers. Shoes are required for all students.


Venue: to be held at Maheno Domain (Rugby Grounds)

Date: Friday 13 August 2021  

Time: Please be at the Maheno Domain by 12.30pm

Courses:  Years 1 & 2 0.8 km Years 3 & 4  1.0 kms              

                 Years 5 & 6  1.5 km Years 7 & 8  2 kms



WHOLE SKI DAY

We are now in full swing planning for our Whole school Ski day. This day is an exciting chance for all skiers and no-skiers to enjoy a day at Ohau. We will be taking all students - and hope that many will take up the opportunity to ski on the day. A survey will be emailed out asking you to provide some information around transport, skier numbers and supervision on the day. There will be some spare ski clothing available to borrow so please don’t panic buy. 




LUNCH ORDERS


We have Brydone Wholefoods on a Wednesday and PTA Sausage Sizzle on a Thursday. Lunch orders can be emailed to the office on office@totara.school.nz or dropped into the office, by 9am, on the morning of your order. If we don’t get an order, we can’t order your child’s lunch.


Brydone Wholefoods Menu - Wednesday 


Chicken Nuggets & Chips

$5.00

Chips

$3.00

Cheese Roll

$2.00

Toasted Sandwich

     Ham & Cheese

     Cheese & Pineapple

$3.00

Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap

$8.00

Frozen Juice

$1.20

Piece of fruit

$1.00


You can either pay cash to the office or direct credit to Brydone Wholefoods 12-3226-0062099-00.


PTA Sausage Sizzle - Thursday


$2 per sausage, with or with onions, mustard and tomato sauce. You can either pay cash to the office or direct credit to the PTA account 03-0937-0206673-00




MESSAGE FROM THE TOTARA PTA


We have a PTA meeting tonight in Karaka - the library, at 7pm. All are welcome.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

At Barnardos Early Learning we are passionate about children! Our dedicated home-based Educators provide high quality education and care for children from 6 weeks - 5 years. We offer you free Level 4 training and many other resources. If you would like to become part of our dynamic team, and work from home as an Educator, please text or call Debbie Familton our Visiting Teacher on m +64272023029 or email debbie.familton@barnardos.org.nz. Debbie will run through the process for you and can answer any questions. You will get plenty of support to help you run your own business. We are looking for new Educators now, so please contact Debbie today.

 

 

 

 




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Term 3 Week 1


Prinicipal’s Message


Welcome back to Term 3. We are all very impressed at how quickly our students have settled back into routines. Already the standard of work we have seen has been extremely high. Despite the mud and construction, there have been lots of laughs and fun had out in the playground during our break times. Practices for our cross country have already started, and I had the joy of watching Kikorangi sprinting around the court in race style while the sun was shining this morning.


A reminder that we have an open door policy - if you would like to see our staff, please feel free to make a time with them. Our focus during the school day is on our learning programmes but we can meet with you outside of these hours. It has been fabulous to have so many of you come and catch up with staff at morning drop off and afternoon pick-up.  I now have a school cellphone and can be contacted on 027 297 0010. My release days are Wednesday and Thursday so these are often days that are easier to catch me, if you do not see me before or after school.


This is a very busy term - with many events happening. On Friday we have our pyjama day, so hope to see lots of students and parents at drop off wearing their PJs. Money raised will go towards those adversely affected by the flooding on the West Coast. A full term planner will be emailed out tomorrow and a paper copy sent home. This may be updated during the term.  Of particular note, we have a Teacher Only Day this Monday - so no students at school. In Week 5 we also have our Ski Day so will be looking for assistance with transport and supervision on the day. More details to follow.  In the meantime, enjoy the sun and celebrate your amazing students - we have much to be thankful for.


Ngā mihi

Whaea Sandra




Upcoming Events


Week 1 - Thursday 29/7 - 10.00 a.m. Army Band Performance in our hall.

Friday 30/7 - Pyjama Day


Week 2 - Monday 2nd August - Staff Only Day

Thursday 4/8 - Year 6 Clued up Kids programme at Weston School







Celebrations and acknowledgements


A huge shout out to our shinning star on stage. Storm from Kakariki delivered a fantastic performance in the Musical Theatre of Oamaru’s performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Storm is featured here (centre rear) with the whole cast. Fantastic effort Storm.


And a special thanks to Ian and Sam Perry for their firewood delivery last week. We are loving the warm fires in the morning.



Outstanding Student Work


The Cat from Muzzle

Dwayne is a boy. He is brave and he is tough and his teeth are sharp. He is black and he is gray. He has whiskers which quivered.


By Louie - Kowhai Class

Dwayne likes to be a tom cat. He is stubborn and sharp. His tail is twitchy and he always comes back home. He perseveres to get back home.


By Paige - Kōwhai Class





HELP NEEDED


RICH AFTERNOONS


Once again we are seeking volunteers to help with our RICH programme. This term we are having RICH on Friday in Week 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8. If you are keen to run an activity with a group of students or support another activity we would love to hear from you. Please email Sandra at principal@totara.school.nz to let us know.  As we will be starting work on our Christmas float costumes this term, we are looking for boxes to help with our theme of Minecraft. Large boxes will be required so start gathering them up.




LUNCH ORDERS


Just like last term we will have Brydone Wholefoods on a Wednesday and PTA Sausage Sizzle on a Thursday. Lunch orders can be emailed to the office on office@totara.school.nz or dropped into the office, by 9am, on the morning of your order. If we don’t get an order, we can’t order your child’s lunch.


Brydone Wholefoods Menu - Wednesday 


Chicken Nuggets & Chips

$5.00

Chips

$3.00

Cheese Roll

$2.00

Toasted Sandwich

     Ham & Cheese

     Cheese & Pineapple

$3.00

Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap

$8.00

Frozen Juice

$1.20

Piece of fruit

$1.00


You can either pay cash to the office or direct credit to Brydone Wholefoods 12-3226-0062099-00.


PTA Sausage Sizzle - Thursday


$2 per sausage, with or with onions, mustard and tomato sauce. You can either pay cash to the office or direct credit to the PTA account 03-0937-0206673-00




MESSAGE FROM THE TOTARA PTA


Just a quick hi from the PTA to let you know what’s planned for the rest of the year.

For those of you who don’t know what the PTA is, it stands for Parent-Teacher Association and ALL parents are automatically part of the PTA. Our role is to support the teachers by fundraising to help them meet the needs of the students. Some of the things we have helped fund are chrome books, ipads, junior excursion trips, senior camp, dictionaries, end of year treat day,  reading resources and sandpit toys - just to name a few.

We have a catch up on the 2nd and 8th week of each term so watch your emails or the facebook page (Totara School PTA) to find out more. Next catch up is Wednesday 4th August at 7pm in Room 4 at Totara School.

We are currently fundraising to raise money towards a new playground. This semesters fundraiser is a Quiz night to be held in Term 4 on Saturday 13th. Watch out for ideas on how you can help us prepare for this, many hands make light work!


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