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  • Our Staff | Kokopu School

    OUR STAFF Kia ora and welcome to our wonderful school. Through high expectations, Kōkopu staff are committed to providing uniquely rural, fun and engaging programs that encourage children supporting others and bu Principal Yaron Overeem Room 3 - Year 5-6 Teacher Ratama Weavers Room 4 - Year 3-4 Teacher Jo Woods Teacher Aide Rachel James Caretaker Ray McIntosh Room 4 - Year 3-4 Teacher / ASC COL Jennifer Hibbert Room 1 - Year 0-1 Teacher Cindy Stafford Office Administrator Vicki Lye Teacher Aide Nadeen Slabbert After School Care Worker Loida Pyle Room 6 - Year 7-8 Teacher / SENCO Paul Ruddell Room 2 - Year 2-3 Teacher Anna Boaz Office Administrator Bexs Waterhouse Teacher Aide Glenis Delemare Board of Trustees Jeff Burson – Presiding Member Yaron Overeem – Principal Lucinda McBeth – Member Toni Hughes – Health and Safety Tama Weavers – Staff Rep Ross Harper – Property Kirsty Tuhiwai – Member

  • Learning at Home - Parent Help | Kokopu School

    Learning at Home Parent Help Helping your child learn at home is a great way to reinforce what is being learnt at school and practice some of those key skills they need. ​ The following pages will provide information about how you can continue to support your child(ren)’s learning at home as well as links to sites that can help you. Please note, if you have any specific questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning and achievement we would encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible to discuss these queries with your child’s teacher. Reading Writing Maths As well as developing strong home-school partnerships to support our students learning, we are also dedicated to providing support and practical strategies that support parents and caregivers in their role as parents. The following links aim to provide you with resources and useful insights into the developmental stages throughout the parenting journey www.parentingplace.nz/ The Parenting Place offers support, advice, educational courses and workshops to help make your family life enjoyable and fun. ​ www.mentalhealth.org.nz/ ​The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

  • School Hours | Kokopu School

    Term Dates and Bell Times 2024 Term Dates Term 1 – Thursday 1 February – Friday 12 April Term 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September Term 4 – Monday 14 October - Friday 13th December ​ Bell Times Start of Day 9.00am 1st morning break 10.20am to 10.35am 2nd morning break 11.35am to 11.50am lunch break 12.50am to 1.30pm End of day 3.00pm

  • Maths | Kokopu School

    SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S MATHS The best way to support your child’s maths learning is by supporting your child(ren) to notice that maths is all around us and it is a big part of our world. Another simple way of supporting your child is by sharing the everyday maths that you complete. By allowing for this discussion to take place your child(ren) will see that maths has great value. Basic Facts Basic facts are the basic number foundation blocks that help students quickly and accurately work out more complex problem-solving. Basic facts are not just times tables but incompase lots of different areas like half and doubles, unknown start like ___ 8 = 10. etc. Having a good grasp of a student's basic facts enables them to master other skills more quickly. ​ Practice makes perfect ​ Prototec - https://maths.prototec.co.nz/ Choose the relevant Level for your child and practice. The NZ maths system is organised into "Stages" Stage 2-3 = year 1-2 Stage 3-4 = Year 3-4 Stage 4-5 = Year 4-6 Stage 6 = Year 6-7 Stage 7-8 = Year 7-8 ​The different strategies we use: ​We appreciate the strategies we teach at school are very different from the strategies that you might use yourself. The Maths NZ website provides a wealth of information for how you can help. It is the resource our teachers use when teaching maths. This link will take you to the Teacher Tools website which provides a collection of videos that will explain the strategies that we use in school to support your child(ren)’s learning. At Timestables.co.nz you can easily practise all of your tables. The arithmetic problems are clear and simple so you can immediately get started on practicing your tables. Select one of the times tables you wish to practise from the list below and show what you can do on the speed test or print out great worksheets. IXL provides examples and practice for each skill that your child(ren) will learn throughout their time at school. There are also real life scenarios that your child(ren) can apply these skills to. Year 0-8 Khan Acadamy is a great way for your child(ren) to get help with what they’re learning in school or to learn something completely new. It provides tutorial videos and as well as follow up activities that can support your child(ren)’s understanding. Prodigy Maths is a free to use, curriculum-aligned, adaptive, online, role playing style video game. The children need to solve problems in order for their avatar to grow stronger and gain more power. As it is adaptive it will automatically change the level of activities in response to your child’s needs. ​YEAR 1 Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns Help your child to: find numbers around your home and neighbourhood, (clocks, letterboxes, speed signs etc.) count forwards and backwards (clocks, fingers and toes, letterboxes, action rhymes, signs) make patterns when counting “clap 1, stamp 2, clap 3, stamp 4, clap 5 …” do sums using objects such as stones or marbles eg 2 + 3, 4 + 1, 5 + 4 make up number stories, for example, “You have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. There are 4 of them”. Here’s a tip: maths is an important part of everyday life and there are lots of ways you can make it fun for your child. Use easy, everyday activities Involve your child in: preparing and sharing out food, for example, “two for me and two for you”. Ask, “How many for each of us?” talking about time, for example, “lunchtime”, “storytime”, “bedtime” using words in everyday play, such as “under”, “over”, “between”, “around”, “behind”, “up”, “down”, “heavy”, “light”, “round”, “circle”, “yesterday”, “tomorrow”. You can get library books with these words and ideas in them too asking questions such as “How many apples do we need for lunches? What do you think the weather is going to be like today/tomorrow? What are we going to do next?” Here’s a tip: use lots of mathematics words as your child is playing to develop their understanding of early mathematics (for example, “over”, “under”, “first, second, third”, “round”, “through”, “before”, “after”). Use the language that works best for you and your child. YEAR 2 Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns Help your child to: find and connect numbers around your home and neighbourhood, for example, find 7, 17 and 27 on letterboxes count forwards and backwards starting with different numbers, for example, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, then back again make patterns when counting forwards and backwards, for example 5, 10, 15, 20 then 20, 15, 10, 5 and 30, 40, 50, 60 or 12, 14, 16, 18 … do addition and subtraction problems by counting forwards or backwards in their heads, for example, 8 + 4, 16 – 3 Here’s a tip: being positive about mathematics is really important for your child’s learning even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school. Use easy, everyday activities Involve your child in: sorting (washing, odd socks, toys, cans) while tidying up telling you what their favourite things are (food, sport, colour reading), notice and talk about numbers. ask questions about the pictures like “how many birds are there?” a shape and number search together wherever you are, like numbers of shoes, shapes of doors and windows. Here’s a tip: mathematics is an important part of everyday life and there are lots of ways you can make it fun for your child. YEAR 3 Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns Help your child to: find and connect numbers around your home and neighbourhood name the number that is 10 more or 10 less than before or after a number up to 100 make patterns when counting in groups (skip counting) forwards and backwards, starting with different numbers (for example 13, 23, 33, 43…, …43, 33, 23, 13) try making different types of patterns by drumming, clapping, stamping, dancing or drawing patterns that repeat find out the ages of family or whānau members do addition and subtraction problems in their heads using facts to 20, for example, 10 + 4, 15 – 7 use groups of 10 that add to 100 eg 50 + 50, 30 + 70. Here’s a tip: being positive about mathematics is really important for your child’s learning, even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school. Use easy, everyday activities Involve your child in: telling the time (o’clock. half past, quarter to) learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables repeating and remembering telephone numbers they use a lot reading and sharing a book. Ask them questions about numbers in the story and use the number of pages as a way to practise number facts, too doing a shape and number search when you are reading a book or looking at art (such as carvings and sculpture) helping at the supermarket. Ask your child to get specific items (medium-sized tin of red beans, two litres of milk, 250g of mince). Here’s a tip: talk a lot to your child while you are doing things together. Use the language that works best for you and your child. YEAR 4 Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns Help your child to: find and connect numbers around your home and neighbourhood – phone numbers, clocks, letterboxes, road signs, signs showing distance count forwards and backwards (starting with numbers like 998, 999, 1,000, 1,001, 1,002 then back again) make patterns when counting – forwards and backwards, starting with different numbers (73, 83, 93, 103… or 118, 108, 98, 88…) explore patterns through drumming, clapping, stamping, dancing find out the ages and birth dates of family and whānau see patterns in the numbers in their times tables. Here’s a tip: being positive about mathematics is really important for your child’s learning – even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school. Use easy, everyday activities Involve your child in: making lunch or a meal for a party or a hui – make sandwiches in different shapes. Can they cut their sandwich in half? Can they cut the other sandwich in half a different way? helping at the supermarket – choose items to weigh – how many apples/bananas weigh a kilo? Look for the best buy between different makes of the same items (eg blocks of cheese) – check on the amount of sugar or salt per serving telling the time – o’clock, ½ , ¼ past deciding how much money you will need to put into the parking meter and what time you will need to be back before the meter expires thinking about how many telephone numbers they can remember – talk about what they do to help them remember the series of numbers reading together – help them look for numbers and mathematics ideas looking for shapes and numbers in newspapers, magazines, junk mail, art (like carvings and sculpture). Here’s a tip: mathematics is an important part of everyday life and there are lots of ways you can make it fun for your child. YEAR 5 Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns Help your child to: count forwards and backwards (starting with numbers like 10,098, 10,099, 10,100, 10,101 then back again) find and read large numbers in your environment eg nineteen thousand, three hundred and twenty-three learn number pairs to 100 eg 81 and what equals 100? read car number plates, look at the car’s odometer to see how far you’ve gone work out patterns – make codes from numbers. Here’s a tip: being positive about mathematics is really important for your child’s learning – even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school. Use easy, everyday activities Involve your child in: making and organising lunch or a meal for a party or a hui, including equal sharing of fruit/biscuits/sandwiches/drinks helping at the supermarket – choose items to weigh. Look for the best buy between different brands of the same items (breakfast cereal, spreads like jam or honey) practising times tables – check with your child or their teacher which times tables you could help your child with telling the time e.g., 5 past, 10 past, 20 past, ¼ to, 25 to… Here’s a tip: mathematics is an important part of everyday life and there are lots of ways you can make it fun for your child. YEAR 6 Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns Help your child: count forwards and backwards (starting with numbers like these fractions: ¼ , ½ , ¾ , 1, 1¼ , 1½ then back again) talk about large numbers in your environment e.g., computer game scores, distances talk about the phases of the moon and link these to the best times for fishing/planting talk about the patterns in the night sky – summer and winter. What changes and why? talk about graphs and tables that are in your local newspapers. Here’s a tip: being positive about mathematics is really important for your child’s learning – even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school. Use easy, everyday activities Involve your child in: making dinner at home, at camp or on a marae – look at how many and how much is needed for the people eating (potatoes, bok choy, carrots, sausages). Talk about fractions (half, quarter, fourth) to calculate how much to cook and cooking times helping at the supermarket – look for the best buy between different brands of the same item and different sizes of the same item (e.g., toilet paper, cans of spaghetti, bottles of milk) looking at the nutrition table on food labels – how much fat, sugar, salt – and deciding on the healthiest choice practising times tables – check with your child or their teacher which tables you could help them with. YEAR 7-8 Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns Help your child to: talk about sales in town – 25% off, 30%, 10%, half price. Look for the best value and make a game of calculating the savings on items your child is interested in identify and describe how 2D shapes have been moved within kōwhaiwhai and tukutuku panels, and how 3D shapes have been moved in carvings budget pocket money and/or plan ahead to open a savings account. Talk about earning interest and investigate which bank account will give them the best return for their money talk about current prices for items that interest your child and investigate which store offers the best price. Here’s a tip: being positive about mathematics is really important for your child’s learning – even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school. Encourage your child to find out more about mathematics at the library and on the Internet.

  • Job Positions | Kokopu School

    Job Positions Kokopu School - Caretaker Position January 2024 ​ Applications Close Friday 26th January 2024 ​ Please click this link to fill out the online application form. https://forms.gle/aLqRd3Vo1B8SUvSX7 ​ See Full Job description and Work schedule here. https://www.kokopu.school.nz/_files/ ​ Caretakers Job Description Position: Caretaker Responsible to: Principal Term of Job Description: Start Date 01/02/2024 or sooner by negotiation Hours of employment: 12 hours per week , Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 4 hours per day. (Negotiable) Additional overtime by negotiation in advance with the Principal Employment conditions: School Caretakers', Cleaners', Canteen and Ground Staff Collective Agreement 2022-2024 Pay rate: $28 per hour Pool Allowance payments are as per the collective contract. $4.50 per day during time when pool is open to the public. MAJOR TASKS Lawn mowing Weed control Pool – Maintenance and chemical balancing The cleaning of the school buildings - exterior The removal of rubbish Water testing Gardens General property care and maintenance Identifying and managing property Health and Safety issues ​ OTHER EXPECTATIONS The caretaker is to take pride in the school property and environment. Bring recommendations to the Principal regarding health and safety and building maintenance. Conduct self in accordance with the Staff Code of Conduct. ​ See Full Job description and Work schedule here. ​ ​ For more information about school please go to our website www.kokopu.school.nz Applications have now Closed.

  • After School Care | Kokopu School

    After School Care After School Care runs from 3pm – 5:30pm Monday – Friday in our Whanau Room. ​ It is a great community service and we aim to provide a fun and stimulating care programme for your child. Each day children get afternoon tea, time to do some homework, relax and an activity. ​ If you would like to enquire about After School Care please contact the office. ​ Fees Regular Care: (e.g. care booked on a regular basis) $8.00 per session. (1.15hr per session x 2 sessions) $8.00 retainer fee if a child does not attend when booked. Kokopu School After School Care program is OSCAR approved which means there is a government subsidy for some families. Check whether you are eligible to claim an OSCAR child care subsidy from WINZ.

  • Bible In Schools / Kokopu School

    Bible in Schools Launchpad Christian Values Education (Bible in Schools) Launchpad Christian Values Education is an opt-in programme which takes place at Kokopu School every second Friday between 8:30am and 9:00am. It is held in the School Library. The programme is presented through the art of story-telling, multimedia, interactive games and activities. Each lesson has a specific learning outcome and reinforces the values found in the New Zealand Curriculum. Stories are presented from: The Bible NZ Māori History Inspiring Stories from around the World Some of the values presented are: Respect Friendship Resilience Helping others Making good choices Having courage You can watch a video here outlining the program. https://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/directory-nzcn/launchpad The Ministry of Education requires parents to opt-in to the program. Children who do not have permission can not participate. To opt-in, please fill out this online form or you can pick up a paper copy from the office. https://forms.gle/TbjjUsfETtvh86ZE9 Bible in School Permission Form ​ ​

  • Newsletter | Kokopu School

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  • Contact | Kokopu School

    CONTACT US Visit the School ADDRESS 921 Kokopu Rd RD9 Whangarei New Zealand ​ E-MAIL US office@kokopu.school.nz PHONE Ph: (09) 4346765 OFFICE HOURS 8:30 am - 3:30 pm You Can Also Contact Us by Form First Name Email Last Name Phone Message Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • ERO Report | Kokopu School

    ERO Reports The Education Review Office evaluates and reports on the education and care of children and young people in all early childhood services and schools. ​ Click to view Kokopu School’s latest Education Review Office report. ​ Click to view

  • Enrolments | Kokopu School

    Enrolments We welcome new students and their families to come and visit our amazing school. Give us a call, email or drop in and we will be more than happy to show you around and meet with our principal and teachers. PLEASE NOTE: We are currently not a Zoned school. This means anyone can enrol. Kokopu School is a full primary school catering for students in years 1 - 8. (Including intermediate) We have no zone attached to the school and we have students that come to us from all around our local area and further afield. Whether it is your 4-year-old or you are a new family to our area, enrolling as soon as possible helps us plan our staffing and roll for the year. We have full enrolment packs available at the school office or you can use the below online form. Please get in contact with us regardless. Enrolment form instructions Click on the “enrolment button” below. Complete form including all mandatory fields Select “Go to Part 2” which will automatically save the form When the online enrolment form is complete, please bring in your child's birth certificate and immunisation status so we can retain a copy. Enrol Online Here Additional Documents to sign. You can print these at home or get copies from the school office. After School Care Registration Cyber Safety User Agreement Media Release Form Additional information You can print these at home or get copies from the school office. Parent Info Booklet Stationery Year 7-8 Program Community Playgroup PRE-SCHOOL VISITS It is advisable that your child has at least two pre-entry class visits to familiarise them with their new learning environment, teacher and classmates. Please make contact with the classroom teacher to organise your visits. On the first visit, you are encouraged to remain with your child in the classroom in order to observe how the class functions. This will enable you to better support your child with their transition to school. During your next visit, you are welcome to pop in and out of the classroom. The staff room is available for you to have a cup of coffee. It is preferable to include at least one morning tea in these visits to introduce your child to the associated routines and play environment. PREPARING FOR SCHOOL In order to cope with the challenges of school life, it is important that your child develops independence in managing themselves and their belongings. You can help with this by ensuring they know how to: Use the toilet (and urinal for boys) and wash their hands Blow their nose Dress themselves Put school shoes on and off (please avoid shoes with laces unless they are self-tying ones) Manage lunch without help Recognise and manage their own belongings Pack and carry their own schoolbag Follow simple instructions Sit and listen for short periods of time (approximately 10 minutes With regard to literacy and numeracy, if your child can hold a pencil correctly, recognise their own name and write it, recognise the names and sounds of some of the letters of the alphabet, count and recognise some numbers, this is a bonus and will be further developed at school.

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