From the Principal’s Desk

Term 4 2018

This year we have had a wide range of events students at Kokopu School have experienced. We promote a blend of outdoor, artistic and environmental pursuits to support our core academic learning in the classroom.

We continue to be very proud of our students as they ‘Learn and Serve’.Term 3 also included visits from Constable Ian Anderson, delivering the Kia Kaha programme, and Life Education Trust facilitator Nadine Campbell accompanied by Harold! River studies with Isabel Krauss at the Waipao Stream, Mangere River and on the Griffin’s Farm have been triggers for students to consider what actions they can take to be Kaitiaki for their locality. One related action was native planting in a wetland area near Kara Road. Thanks to funding from KiwiSport, our seniors have sailed, surfed and scuba dived this year.

A big thank you to Lyn Moase for coaching students on the guitar and ukulele. A special thanks to Maraea Arama-Heta and her whanau. Maraea is an ex-Kokopu student, although still at high school, she is back teaching the staff Te Reo Maori after school!

Our teachers, teacher aides and Vicki our Administrator work hard to make sure the students get the very best from each day. Quality of teaching has the biggest impact on how students progress. We participate in professional development to make sure we continue to provide a high standard of education for your children. This year we have been engaged in PB4L, Science and Student Agency training. Through our local Community of Learning (COL) we are also looking at exciting new ways to support students with their writing.

As Kokopu continues to grow, the need for actively involved BOT members continues – thank you to our current and previous BOT teams; their central focus is ensuring the best outcomes for every child. PTA also have continued to use their time and talents to raise funds to pay for many improvements – such as the revamp of the Whanau Room, gymnastics equipment and new library software.Our new classroom will be opened in the new year and will bring additional teaching space.Thank you to all parents, carers and grandparents in the community who have continued to support Kokopu.

Kind regards,

Mark Ashcroft