School Communication

Latest Notifications

Launchpad (Bible and Schools) Info

Thu Sep 29 02:45pm

With Covid restrictions, Laucnhpad (Bible and Schools) has not been able to run the last three terms but if is ready to blast off next term.  If you don’t want your child to take part in the lessons please let the Office know before Thursday 20th October.

First Launchpad lesson will be Friday 21st October at 8.45am

This came through today, too late for newsletter but sounds a fun way to spend the holidays.

Wed Sep 28 12:00pm


Reminder that sausage sizzle money needs to be in by 9am Wednesday (tomorrow)

Tue Sep 20 09:40am

Sausage Sizzle – This Thursday 22nd September. Orders to be in by Wednesday 21st in named envelope with correct money – $2 sausage/bread

Mon Sep 19 11:46am

Dear Whanau,

Thu Sep 15 06:46pm

Dear Whanau

As you maybe aware it’s recently been brought to our attention that the photography that was used for our School photos has been in the media.

The person in question was never onsite. We want to reassure our families that we as a school take safety of our children seriously. Moving forward we will not use this company in the future.

Tokanui School Board of Trustees

No Assembly this Friday

Thu Sep 15 01:00pm

Due to a lot of our students being away at the Zone Athletics there will be NO Assembly this Friday 16th September.

Headlice on the rounds. Please check your child’s hair for these wee critters. Attached is an information sheet on what to look for.

Fri Sep 09 11:47am


Head Lice – What to look for and how to treat

Social Science fair boards are set up in the hall. Whanau can view these anytime today till 2.30pm and again on Monday.

Fri Sep 09 09:08am

Home and School Meeting – Monday 12th September – 7pm in the School Library – All welcome. Apologies to Glenda Watson.

Thu Sep 08 11:00am

Monday 12th September at 7pm in the library
Apologies to Glenda Watson
1. Treasurer report
2. Principal report
3. SBS Bank
4. Polyfest
5. Ki o Rahi Tournament | BBQ (22.09.22)
6. Motorcoss Event | Flag Marshall (15.10.22)
7. Pet Day BBQ (26.10.22)
8. Life Education Bus
9. Monthly Sausage Sizzle
10. Y8 Leavers Gift
11. Fundraising Ideas
Home & School require parent help for our upcoming fundraising events. Dates are above. Please let me know  if you are available to help.

Karen Buckingham – President Home and School

Wig Wednesday Reminder – Wednesday September 7th

Tue Sep 06 02:01pm

Wear a crazy wig on Wednesday September 7th and bring a donation to support Child Cancer.

NO QUARRY HILLS BUS running today due to road conditions.

Tue Sep 06 08:30am

School and ALL buses will be running an hour later today due to the snowy conditions.

Tue Sep 06 07:41am

This will be reviewed again when it’s daylight but at this stage school won’t be start until 9.45!

Wig Wednesday Reminder – Wednesday September 7th

Mon Sep 05 11:19am

Wear a crazy wig on Wednesday September 7th and bring a donation to support Child Cancer.

BOT Parent voting closes Wednesday 7th September at 4.00pm.

Mon Sep 05 09:12am

No late votes can be accepted. Either post votes to me in envelope provided or pop in the voting box in School Office.

Returning Officer

Kathryn Marshall

Book Character Day – tomorrow (Thursday). Dress up as your favourite book character.

Wed Aug 31 05:27pm

Wheels Day Thursday this week. Due to Teacher Only Day on Friday, students can bring their wheels tomorrow to school.

Wed Aug 31 10:02am

Apologies – Book Character Day is THURSDAY 1st September. Teacher Only Day on Friday 2nd September.

Fri Aug 26 11:40am

Book Character Dress Up Day

Fri Aug 26 11:16am

On Friday, September 1st we are holding a Book Character Dress up day so come dressed as your favourite book character to celebrate Book Week.

Sausage Sizzle orders deadline has been extended until Thursday (tomorrow) 9am.

Wed Aug 24 11:49am

Sausage Sizzle orders need to be in by 9am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning

Tue Aug 23 07:28pm

For those coming to watch Polyfest, they are running early so instead of 11.50 performance we may be ten or so minutes earlier!

Tue Aug 23 11:55am

Reminder – Polyfest tomorrow

Mon Aug 22 11:08am

You are welcome to join us at the ILT Stadium tomorrow at approx 11.50am to support our Performance Group.

All students need to bring a packed lunch (no heat ups), drink bottle and a gold coin koha (if they haven’t already sent one)

School buses will run as normal.

Performance Group requirements – Boys – black shorts; Girls – long hair tied up in a high ponytail.

Changes to buses/messages please be in before 12.00pm on Monday as Mrs Hayes is away Monday afternoon.

Sun Aug 21 07:17pm

Sausage Sizzle – Friday 26th August. $2 sausage/bread. Orders in named envelope to be in by Wednesday 24th August.

Fri Aug 19 10:01am

Message from Medical Centre regarding consultations. DO NOT come to Medical Centre if you have any of the symptoms listed below.

Thu Aug 18 11:16am

As per Ministry of Health and the Hospital Guidelines.

If you have a cold, cough or COVID symptoms DO NOT come in to the Medical Centre.

Take a RAT test from large white box outside clinic and go home and test yourself.

If you require an appointment with these symptoms please ring first on 03 2468 850

This is to protect staff so the clinic can remain open and PRIME services can be available when needed.

ALWAYS Wear a mask if entering. NO exceptions.

For COVID and flu advice ring HEALTHLINE 0800 611 116

LAST DAY FOR PHOTO ORDERS – MONDAY 22ND AUGUST. No late orders can be accepted.

Tue Aug 16 01:18pm

Polyfest reminder

Mon Aug 15 10:32am

Just a reminder that Polyfest is on next Tuesday, 23rd August.  All staff and students will be going by bus to support our Performance Group.  We are still waiting for some permission slips to come in, these need to be filled in for every student. If you have misplaced yours, message or ring the Office. Students will need a packed lunch, a drink bottle and a gold coin koha.  School Buses will run as normal.

Performance Group Requirements –  Boys – Black shorts; Girls – long hair to be tied up in a high ponytail.

Supporters welcome to meet us at the ILT Stadium.  Our performance is approx 11.50am.  

Polyfest notice – these have to be in by Tuesday 16th August. This is for all children as we are all going to support our group.

Thu Aug 11 03:02pm

Permission slips that went home last week are due back by Tuesday 16th August at the latest.  These need to be filled in for all children as the whole school will be attending.  

Menzies Open Night -tomorrow (11th August) from 3.30pm. Principal address at 3.40pm. All families asked to be there no later than 6pm.

Wed Aug 10 06:30pm

Board of Trustee Voting Papers have been dispatched.

Wed Aug 10 04:01pm

The Board of Trustee voting papers are out so keep a look out for these.  The completed ones need to be returned by either posting to the Returning Officer or bring into the School Office where there is a Ballot Box.  

Kathryn Marshall

Returning Officer 

Reminder of Whanau Hui tomorrow @ 2.45pm. Be in to win. All families that attend go in the drawer to win a Warehouse Voucher.

Tue Aug 09 02:36pm

Afternoon tea provided plus supervision for children. All families that attend go in the draw to win a Warehouse voucher.

Active Southland will be here to answer questions regarding our Health and Physical Education Programme.

Whanau Hui this Wednesday. Afternoon tea supplied.

Mon Aug 08 01:17pm

Whanau Hui around the Health & Physical Education Curriculum
School Library on Wednesday 10 August
Active Southland will be here to answer questions
There will be supervision for children that come with their parents.
Afternoon Tea will be supplied

John Parsons Cyber safety Visit Tuesday 9th August

Mon Aug 08 10:23am

John Parsons is here on Tuesday 9th August to take sessions with our children around Cyber safety. He is available also to meet with parents between 1-2pm if parents have any questions or concerns they might have around Cyber safety. If you are interested in attending this please meet in the SchoolLibrary at 1pm.

Follow Up Parent Conferences Monday 8th August- Still spaces available

Thu Aug 04 04:08pm

If you would like a follow up conference there are still spaces available.  Go to

Code is kpqyh or alternatively ring Marylyn and she will set an appointment time for you.

Ski notices to be in tomorrow morning at the latest.

Tue Aug 02 03:18pm

Board of Trustee Nomination Forms – Close this Wednesday 3rd August at 12.00pm (Noon).

Mon Aug 01 01:23pm

Nominations close Wednesday 3rd August 12.00pm (Noon).  No late nominations can be accepted. Forms can be sent to or to the School Office before this date.
Many thanks
Kathryn Marshall
Returning Officer.

Ski Trip Information coming home

Fri Jul 29 03:06pm

Check your child’s bag tonight for Ski trip information that will be coming home.  This has a quick turn around so please have them back in before Wednesday 3rd August.

We will endeavor to send forms via email for those not at school on Friday.

Disco tomorrow.

Thu Jul 28 07:16pm

Reminder that the Disco is tomorrow night.  Dress as your favourite movie star.  $2 entry.  Parents/caregivers to stay to supervise children and help with clean up.  Masks to be worn by adults.

Wheels day Friday is happening again this term. Remember to bring a helmet.

Thu Jul 28 09:40am

Sausage Sizzle money to be in by tomorrow morning in names envelope. $2 per sausage/bread

Wed Jul 27 07:24pm

Moffet Cup Practise Reminder – tomorrow at 1pm. Remember rugby boots, mouth guards for rugby and gymshoes for netball.

Wed Jul 27 11:16am

Reminder – Quiz raffle for School this Wednesday 27th July.

Tue Jul 26 02:31pm

The school will be doing the raffle this Wednesday (27th July) as this is the last night of Quiz.  Please donate at least one raffle per child as this is the quickest way to raise money for the Home and School.  Items can be dropped into the Tavern before 7.00pm on the Wednesday or into the School Office before 2.30pm on the Wednesday.

Ideas for raffle prizes are: home baking; kindling; pasta with a sauce; chocolate; chips with dip ingredients; honey.

Netball Practise cancelled tonight so all children will be home on bus as normal unless we hear from you.

Tue Jul 26 01:03pm

Change of date for BOT meeting.

Sun Jul 24 08:13pm

The BOT meeting that was going to be held tomorrow night will now be held on Wednesday 27th July at 7.30pm. Nomination forms have been emailed out so if you were interested in becoming a Board member or want to come to the meeting to find out more about what’s involved then contact Kristie Simpson.

Change of day for music with Mr Hayes.

Sun Jul 24 01:07pm

Due to the Seniors being at Technology on a Monday, music lessons for those registered with Mr Hayes will now be on Fridays from Term 3 (lessons will start on 29th July).

Start of Term 3 information

Fri Jul 22 07:41pm

Dear Whanau

For the start of Term 3, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health for the first four weeks strongly recommend mask wearing for children in Year 4 and up and there are masks available for children at school.

Staff will be wearing masks to help reduce staff and student absences.

Please keep children at home if they are sick. If children develop flu like symptoms at school we will notify caregivers so they can be picked up.

Seesaw activities will be available for children at home to engage with learning if they are sick for a period of time and Home packs are available also

Our School google site with activities.


Netball tonight is cancelled so all children will be home as normal unless we hear from you before 2.00pm.

Fri Jul 08 01:16pm

Text messages

Thu Jul 07 10:13am

We have had a couple of issues with our text phone when we are receiving the messages after bus time even though caregivers have sent them earlier.  If you could please try to get messages in before 12.30pm that would be appreciated and if you haven’t had a response to your text (a thumbs up or comment) within an hour then please ring the Office as we may not have received the text.

School Photos tomorrow

Mon Jul 04 03:15pm

School photos will be taken tomorrow 5th July.

Preschool/sibling photos will be taken approx 10.15pm so if you have sent back your consent form for preschoolers/siblings just rock on up to school about 10.10pm.  If you didn’t receive a form or wish to have a sibling photo taken with a preschooler, contact Marylyn before 9.30am in the morning.


Download the School App

Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Tokanui School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.