After a remarkably settled spell, the late autumn chill has commenced and our heaters have been cranked up to keep everyone warm this week. We are noticing a few students with sniffles, and we ask parents to ensure that your children have a warm sweater or jersey to wear outside especially. The Student Council is discussing whether a permanent change to include canvas shoes is demanded by our students. The Board of Trustees will consider a proposal from the School Council.
To the families who are moving elsewhere in Taranaki and beyond, we thank you for your contribution to Coastal Taranaki School and wish you well in your new communities.
- Karla Jorgensen, our Arts Co-‐ordinator, who has just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Auckland. Well done, Karla! You are a shining example that learning continues long after we leave school.
- Mr Rowan Oldfield, our Head of Social Sciences, was recently recognised for seven years’ service as a qualified firefighter. Rowan responds to callouts on behalf of the Okato and Oakura brigades as a volunteer firefighter.
As part of the Year of the Volunteer, Coastal Taranaki School was thanked for its role as Rowan’s employer in allowing him to attend call-outs, and presented the school with a certificate of appreciation and a very public acknowledgement on a sign outside the Oakura Fire Station.
Jared Wooldridge (Year 13), Jaydene Transom (Year 12), Samantha Ure (Year 11), Ella Beaumont (Year 11), and Sydney Corry (Year 9) achieved fourth place at the Secondary Schools Literary Quiz in Hawera last week. Our Librarian, Mrs Delwyn Pearce, has tutored teams from Coastal for many years now, and is understandably delighted that the team made the last cut of five teams, even winning a section of the competition. Well done, Delwyn and students on the many hours of preparation in studying the ten award-winning books.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER
The Board is very pleased to announce that Mrs Kirsty Koboski has begun her new role as Cleaner of the Junior School area. We look forward to Kirsty’s contribution to our school’s environment. Please make Kirsty welcome when picking up your children.
Parents of Years 5–8 students will soon be receiving a personal invitation to our Open Evening on June 6. Everyone is most welcome to hear about the Coastal Taranaki School programmes for students entering Middle School, and to share their aspirations and expectations with the teaching staff. Everyone will be able to take away key information to discuss at home and follow up with teachers at school.
This evening is part of our commitment to explore what is important to our community, through a question and answer session, or more informally as the evening unfolds. We very much expect this to be just the beginning of an ongoing conversation. A similar evening about Senior School programmes will follow later in the year.
If you are in any doubt about what can be, and has been, achieved by the staff and students of Coastal Taranaki School, or like to inform your decisions with honest and supportive advice, this evening will be of tremendous value to you.