Karori Normal School

Rōpū Kōwhai  Year 1


Rōpū Kōwhai  Newsletter

Term 3

     Dear Paren

Dear Parents/Caregivers,


Welcome back to Term 3 with Team Kowhai.  As we have found ourselves slipping back into Level 2, we have cracked back into action and have our school safety protocols well underway. Thank you for supporting us and adhering to these. If we are required to move into Level 3 or 4 we will be in touch with you. Rest assured we have a plan for the next eventuality. 

Trainee Teachers

At Karori Normal School we are fortunate to have trainee teachers working and learning alongside us in our classrooms. We would like to welcome Sarah Taylor to Room 9, Michael Cuthbertson to Room 12 and Sacha Benbow to Room 10 for the remainder of Term 3. Say hello if you see them around.


100 Days at School

On Friday the 4th of September we will celebrate the 100th day at school this year (assuming COVID doesn't trip us up again). This will be a great chance for us to celebrate being 100 days smarter. We hope all of the children will get involved in the fun of the day, wear their pyjamas and come ready to party! There will be more information to follow.



As the children become more familiar with how school works our expectations of what the children can do for themselves and their behaviour will begin to increase. We will be encouraging them to be increasingly independent and solve minor problems by themselves rather than asking an adult for help.  The children know how school works now and over the next two terms we will be focusing on preparing them for transition. 



PMP continues this term.  Please remember to send your child to school in appropriate clothing.  Please no tights or long dresses.  Thank you to the parents that have offered to help. Team Kowhai are in desperate need of PMP helpers for this term.  Without the required level of adult supervision, PMP will not be able to continue in its current format.  Any adults are welcome, they do not have to have children in Team Kowhai.   Grandparents, neighbours and friends are all welcome.  PMP is on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:40-2:45.


If you are able to help, please email Lisa lhadfield@kns.school.nz 








9 and 6


12 and 7



13 and 10


New Zealand Film Festival

We were lucky enough to watch the NZIFF (New Zealand International Film Festival), called Shorts for Schools from the comfort of our classrooms. It was great to see the children bring along cushions and get involved in the spirit of the event.  


Te Ra Ahurea Cultural Day

On September the 22nd, we will have a school-wide cultural day. This will be a day full of activities and events that celebrate the different cultures and languages within our school community.



Teachers in Team Kowhai have a range of ways of communicating. These include face-to-face chats at drop-off and pick-up time, whiteboard reminders, class emails, meetings with parents and SeeSaw. Please contact us at any stage if you have any questions or queries.


Junior Bookroom Help

Many thanks to the parents who helped last year with shelving books or processing our new readers.

We would appreciate any offers of assistance for this year. We read many books in a week at school and welcome any available help to return the books to the correct place. Our new books also need to be labelled, taped and stamped. Even if you only have ten minutes a day available for organising books this would help us tremendously. Full training will be provided! Please email Jo Stevens at jstevens@kns.school.nz  if you are able to help  this year, indicating whether you are available to return books to the book room or process new books at home. 


Kind regards,


Room 6: Kath Walrond kwalrond@kns.school.nz

Room 7: Louise Parsons lparsons@kns.school.nz 

Room 8: Lisa Daily ldaily@kns.school.

Room 9: Lisa Hadfield lhadfield@kns.school.nz 

Room 10: Maria Gorrie mgorrie@kns.school.nz

Room 12: Jo Stevens  jstevens@kns.school.nz

Room 13: Helena Henley hhenley@kns.school.nz