We are thrilled with the settled start to the new school year!

It has been wonderful hearing all of the positive feedback from parents and whānau about the planned transition session for your tamariki. The first Tuesday felt like ‘business as usual’ because you all took up the opportunity to support your children’s transition.

We are loving having children and families breathing life into the school. They look so smart in their new uniforms too! I love how preschoolers are unwilling to leave the school as their is so much to see and do in Kūkūwai! The Year 3 -8 tamariki are already on the iPads and are well into exploring the possibilities they offer for creative learning. New friendships are blossoming and routines are being put into place.

I am extremely proud of the kaimahi (staff) and the efforts they have made before school started this year. It is impressive that all systems are go – children can even take home their Wharepukapuka (Library) books. We have a very dedicated, professional team that are working hard to build the positive culture of the school.

By now parents of Year 2-8 children should have booked your parent teacher interview time. This is a chance for teachers to ask you questions about your children and build the positive home-school partnerships. Please note we do finish early at 2pm on these two days. We will be able to look after any children who are not being picked up so you don’t need to worry if this is an issue. Year 1 children will have a six week interview with their teacher.

There are a number of term one dates for you to add to your busy diaries. These can be viewed on the school website and a list is attached for your convenience. We encourage parents to be as involved as you can. What you put into Knights Stream School you will get back out. We encourage families to use the grounds after school – don’t feel you need to rush away – this is your school! Celebration Assemblies will be on even weeks at 2pm. We hope to see many of you then. We also welcome all whānau to join us on our trip to Halswell Quarry and the trek up  to our maunga (mountain) Ōtūmatua.

Please watch our latest KSS safety video to ensure you know what we expect from the children. We are still awaiting hi-vis vests (sponsored by the local Rotary) to issue to each child that walks, scooters or bikes to school. Please ensure children walk scooters and bikes across the crossings and into the school gates. For safety reasons children can not ride scooters and bikes in the paranga (courtyard) and entrance until after 3.20pm. Staff will be there to give you friendly reminders.

Thank you parents and whānau for your support and encouragement as we continue to establish all our systems and processes week by week. Enjoy the sun while it lasts!

Matua Mike


By Mike Molloy


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