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TCS Times

Nau mai, haere mai ngā whānau o te kura o Tahatai.  A very warm welcome to all our TCS students and their families.

I'd like to thank you for the ongoing support you have shown the school as we continue to navigate our way through Alert Level 2. The way the students have responded is a credit to the partnership in which Tahatai Coast School works. Throughout the past couple of weeks we have seen the children continue to thrive despite changes to the break times, restrictions on parents not being able to enter classrooms, and the cancellation of some events. 
 
With the added pressures caused by the Covid-19 crisis, we have been doing our very best to juggle changes to our school calendar. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment cancellations may have caused you or your child. The balancing act of postponing events needs to take into consideration the already busy school calendar. Our latest challenge has seen us having to cancel swimming lessons. The original dates have been moved three times due to Covid-19 restrictions, with transport being our biggest concern. 
 
You may have noticed the new Kiss'n Go signs. These have been introduced to support parents in understanding the rules to ensure the safety of students being dropped off to school. They will also help with the smooth running and efficiency of this fantastic resource. We appreciate you reading these and adhering to the advice they provide. 
The Student Council has been busy behind the scenes working on the design of the new senior playground. These Year 3-6 students are ensuring the presence of student's voice in the design of a new playground extension intended to happen in Term 4. The senior playground will be a welcome addition to the school and is a result of the collective efforts of the Tahatai School PTA and Board of Trustees.
 
Over recent weeks we have seen an increase in students wearing wheelie shoes to school. We would appreciate these are not worn as they not only mark the flooring but have also been the cause of a number of tumbles and collisions. 

Kia pai tō rā

Kia ora

Matt Skilton

Principal - Tumuaki 

Dune Planting
The Science Dune Planting group continue to care for, monitor and be the kaitiaki of our local dunes. They were busy yesterday planting 100 Taupata and Coastal Mahoe plants. Awesome effort team. Thanks Chris from Coast Care and Emma Richardson from Discovery Through Nature for making this happen.
Papamoa College Information 
Papamoa College Tours
For any Year 6 students and their whānau who wish to have a tour of our campus, we are offering tours on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4pm. If you are interested in a tour, please reserve a place by contacting Papamoa College Reception on 542 0676. 

Papamoa College Enrolment Forms - 2021 
You can enrol online, simply on to our school website http://www.papamoacollege.school.nz/ and click on the ENROL ONLINE link, (top right on the home page). You can also pick up an enrolment pack from Papamoa College Reception. Limited numbers of enrolment packages will also be available at all our local contributing schools from Wednesday 26 August.
EPro8 Challenge
Two Year 5 and 6 teams competed at the regional ePro8 tournament last week at Tauranga Intermediate. These budding engineers had to work as a team to make a moving shopping trolley and a roller coaster. The children should be proud of their efforts, they worked well together and had a great time creating and problem solving.
Games of Drones - Max, Maui, Tobin and Quin
Little Einstein’s  - Bella, Marcail, Mackenzie and Harrison.
Term Dates for 2021

Term 1 (11 weeks) 2nd February - 16th April 
Term 2 (10 weeks) 3rd May - 9th July
Term 3 (10 weeks) 26th July - 1st October
Term 4 (10 weeks) 18th October - 15th December

NB: The first day for students will be Wednesday, 3rd February. Tuesday, 2nd February is a Learning Partnership Day, where parents can book a time to meet with their child's 2021 teacher to discuss learning and developmental goals.

Get Your Frock on Friday
It is time to pull out your favourite frocks and join a bunch of awesome ladies for a long lunch at the Mount Social Club.
Friday 25th September at 12pm.
Cost is $70 per person. Part of the ticket sales will be donated to Tahatai Coast School.
Your ticket price includes a drink of bubbles or non-alcoholic drink on arrival, platters and lunch.
House drinks at happy hour prices!
FIRST IN FIRST SERVED basis. Only room for 50. Please message us to secure your spot and for payment details – Sally Cooney-Acker  027 5383 487
We have two inspirational ladies coming to join us as speakers.
Ngā Pōtiki Hapū Survey
Ngā Pōtiki are looking for some input (survey link below), from whānau that may be interested in supporting a Maori Medium Kura in the area from year 7-13.  Ngā Pōtiki are hoping to get some interest from whānau in the area. 
 
Link to the Survey
Policy Review: Whānau Input

Once a term, the SchoolDocs team gathers and collates feedback on policy content, using it to revise and update where appropriate. This means that our school benefits from the collective review of the policy, as other schools may have:

• experiences dealing with issues that our school hasn’t faced yet

• board personnel with particular skills and insights

• different cultures and contexts that provide a more well-rounded view of the policy/procedure.

As parents/caregivers, if you wish to be involved in this review:

  1. Visit the website https://tahatai.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm

  2. Enter the username (tahatai) and password (coast).

  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

  4. Read the policy.

  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

  9. If you don't have internet access, the school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

This term, parents/caregivers are invited to review the Learning Support policy.

For further information, this link will take you to a Youtube tutorial: How to take part in the SchoolDocs Policy Review Process

New Entrant Enrolments

Do you have a child turning 5 in the next 6 months? 

It would be greatly appreciated if you could enrol your child 6 months prior to their intended start date at school...or as soon as possible if they are starting school this year.

This helps us to plan a smooth transition into school for your child; helps us to plan staffing for the New Entrant classes; and ensures that you are invited to the relevant parent information meetings.
Entertainment Books 
Thanks for your support last year! We raised $1550! 
You can help our fundraising again this year by buying a 12-month Entertainment Membership. 
20% of every sale supports the PTA to provide extra resources for our school community. 
This year Entertainment Membership is 100% Digital, starts anytime and lasts from the time you activate it.
Follow the link below to support Tahatai Coast School.
Email pta@tahatai.school.nz if you have any questions.
Buy Now
PTA Facebook Page
Follow us on Facebook to find out the latest updates, time and location of our next meeting @tahataipta.
School Lunches - Menu for Term 3
 
Don’t forget you can order Subway’s healthy and delicious subs (mini, 6 inch, footlong, white & gluten free wraps) and extras through ezlunch by simply clicking here
Order (or cancel) any time before 9 am on the day or schedule in advance. Lunch will be delivered to the school in time for lunch.  Click here to see the menu.
Orders are made online through your myKindo account. One account for the whole family!  Get started now and be ready… Click here or go to www.mykindo.co.nz to start ordering!
Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or tel. 0800 EZLUNCH (0800 395 8624) weekdays 8am-4pm.
 
www.mykindo.co.nz
www.ezlunch.co.nz
From the School Office

Absence
It is important that you let us know if your child is absent from school.  Please notify the school with your child’s name, classroom and the reason for their absence by either texting 027 878 2462, phoning 07 5724600, or using the function on the School Stream app.

2020 Term Dates

Term 3 - Monday 20th July to Friday 25th September (10 weeks)


Term 4 - Monday 12th October to Wednesday 16th December (10 weeks)
Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember
Visit our website to see all upcoming events and term dates.
View Calendar
Community Notices
Talofa


Talanoa Ako aims to equip and empower Pacific parents, families and communities with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to champion their children’s education. 

Pasifika in the Bay Trust, partnered with the Ministry of Education, brings an enriching programme that equips Pacific parents with skills to be able to support their children’s learning journey and form more equitable relationships and partnerships with schools.

***TIME TO REGISTER***

Registration for Pasifika in the Bay Talanoa Ako is now live. Parents and caregivers - this is such an amazing opportunity for you to be given important information that will help you to support your child's learning during school.
Click on the link below to take part in something exciting brought to you by Pasifika in the Bay Trust and the Ministry of Education.

REGISTRATION FORM
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