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February 2019

Tēna koutou Tūhono whānau,

What a big couple of days we have had with your tamariki!  The students have had to learn new names and faces, get to know each other better through lots of fun activities, learn how we do things in Tūhono, find out more about our upcoming camp, sort their stationery, listen to new novels AND get used to their new teachers, Mrs T and Mrs C.

Thank you to all of our whānau who we have met and talked to at either STINs or in the classroom over the past few days, we feel like we are on our way to forming some positive relationships together. We will make contact with any families that we would still like to see before we go on camp.

A big Tūhono welcome to Kaitlin, Avinash, Avisha, Dante, and Jade who have joined our whānau from schools both in New Zealand and overseas.  It has been lovely to meet you all and we are looking forward to getting to know you more as the weeks pass.

Starting the Day


We have started our Aquatics programme as part of Health and Physical Education.  Students will need to bring their togs and towel to school everyday.  Please ensure they are all clearly named.  Please have hair ties so that those with longer hair can tie their hair up and swimming goggles are recommended too. Our daily swimming is at 10:00am-11:00am every day wit the the exception of Fridays which will alternate between 9.00 and 10.00. This is to fit in with the Chapter Chat literacy sessions on Friday mornings. Next week we will split into two groups for instructional lessons and will also video some swimming so individuals can analyse technique and set goals for themselves (with support).



Our library session will be every Wednesday/Thursday to accommodate those students involved in Kapa haka performance group. Mrs Cameron (our school librarian) is always available in her part-time hours to our students, which allows them  to explore the reading material available. All library books must be issued and taken from the library in a book bag (waterproof and available from the office). Most students will already have one of these so please have them packed and ready for action. We also access the library during the week as needed to maximise this resource.


All students should now have their stationery lists and many of you have already sent the stationery to school. Fantastic! Most students had their ‘magazine boxes’ from last year but these are also available to purchase from Robyn at the office. We will post a list on our class blog of what the workbooks will be used for so you can label the books appropriately. Please name pens, rulers etc. We would like all stationery to be at school  for use for next week please. Students who are new to Tūhono may not have had their own pencil cases before. This allows our learners to have greater independence for their own belongings.

Tūhono Blog, Individual Class Blogs, Google Site

Our main form of communication in Tūhono will be through the use of our class blog.  Please make sure to subscribe to our Tūhono Blog by entering your email address into the “Follow by Email” box at the top right.  We also encourage you to download the “Skool Loop” phone app for alerts and subscribe to the school newsletter.  This year we will be continuing to use Seesaw as way for our students to share their learning as an online journal.  Once we are set up, we will let you know how you can access your child’s individual journal.  We encourage you to comment on your child’s learning and acknowledge that this is their learning journey so please view rather than edit and correct.  Tūhono also has an online classroom that is set up as a learning resource for the students at school and at home as needed.  

Vertical Horizon Camp

Click here for the first notice sent home about camp that should have been read by you all and permission details etc. given through the online form.  If this has not been done yet, could you please make this a priority as we only have a short time left to organise our stay.  Also the camp fees are due to the office asap if you haven’t paid the $140 already or please contact Robyn if you need to discuss this further.

Next week you will be able to see the camp programme at our school picnic evening on 5th February. During that evening there is a time to hear more about the Tūhono classroom programme.

Hub Sessions:

5.00pm           Te Kākano

5.25pm        Te Puāwai

5.50pm        Te Pihinga

6.15pm        Tūhono

6.35pm        Kahikatea.

Whānau Photos

Another special display that we would like to have in our classroom is a whānau wall.  This is a place for us to show off and be proud of all of those people that help us in our learning, because the students and we, as teachers, could never do it alone.  Could you please send along a beautiful family photo with your child for us to hang on our wall, or alternatively you can email it to Mrs T or Mrs Cribb for us to print it for you.

Contacting Tūhono Teachers

If you would like to contact us about your child’s learning, please email both of us to organise a suitable time.   Please consider that if you have a message for your child that needs to be actioned during the day, e.g. if pick up organisation has changed, please make contact with Robyn at the office.

We look forward to working together with you during your child’s learning journey for 2019.

Ngā mihi nui

Anna Trinder and Kim Cribb



Important Dates - Term 1

3 February - Children’s Market 8:30-11:30am at Frankley School Hall where we will be selling “My Little Kitchen” sets as a Tūhono camp fundraiser.  It could be a great place to find a bargain!!

5 February - Frankley School Community Picnic and Information Night

6 February - Waitangi Day (no school)

11-13 February - Vertical Horizons Camp

25 February - Frankley School Beach Picnic at Ngamotu Beach

1 March - Whakangahau 2:15pm - Year 6 Leadership Presentations

11 March - Taranaki Anniversary Day (no school)

13-15 March Kahikatea Camp to Te Wera

15 March - Whakangahau 2:15pm Te Pihinga

19 March - School Photographs
               5:30pm Hikoi Wananga to Okoare Pa - Whānau walk up Okoare Pa with Damon Ritai, followed by dinner together afterwards

26 March - Weetbix Tryathlon - Ngamotu Beach

29 March - Whakangahau 2:15pm Tūhono

30/31 - The Great Frankley Camp Out

4 April - Science Road Show (Year 5s)

12 April - Whakangahau 2:15pm - Te Pūawai - End of Term 1