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From the Principal's Desk


I am very pleased to announce 5 full-time classes for 2017, this will support our growing roll. The teaching team have two new staff additions: Mrs Cindy Stafford, who will be our New Entrant and Year 1 teacher and Mrs Becky Overeem who will be the Principal release teacher in the Year 7 & 8 class. Both Cindy and Becky bring excellent skills to add to our repertoire of talented teachers.

Our Strategic Plan for 2017 and beyond is clearly focussed on our school vision to INSPIRE our pupils. We will continue to make sure there are plenty of enrichment activities throughout the year. Thank you to all the parents who continue to support the school, such as helping with transport and supervision when we are out and about. Could you give any time to help listen to readers or play maths games in school? Please see me – we need your help and involvement.

Also in school, the interiors of Rooms 3, 4 & 5 will be upgraded. This will mean temporary use of the library to house classes while the upgrades take place. However, the result will be refreshed learning spaces for our tamariki to enjoy.

Thank you to our team of mums who keep the Kokopu Kidz Playgroup firing on all cylinders during Tuesday mornings. The transition into school for our pre-schoolers has been very successful due to your efforts and visits into Room 1. Tamara has continued to work wonders with our After School Care provision, which operates from 3pm to 5:30pm each day. I am pleased this service is helpful for many of our parents.

This year’s Year 8 school leavers are an amazing group. Each one is a fine example of our School Values.  I wish them every success as they move on to Year 9, confident that Kokopu has played a key role helping them prepare for such an important stage in their lives.

I hope all the school families, trustees, teachers and support staff can find time to enjoy a relaxing break over Christmas and the New Year.


Kind regards,

Mark Ashcroft