Kia ora Pīwakawaka whānau,

What a massive first week back! It was fantastic to see everyone again and reconnect with one another after the break. We’ve hit the ground running and picked up where we left off last term. The children have been buzzing about their hararei (holidays) and have excitedly shared what they got up to.

Thank you so much for making the time to attend Learning Conferences last week. I thoroughly enjoyed having a kōrero with all of you about your amazing child’s progress and setting some goals together as we look ahead to the end of the year. It’s a privilege to work alongside such beautiful kids and their whānau!

In other news…

  • Anna is in on Wednesday this week, as usual. As I mentioned in last week’s pānui, there’s a few changes to her days in the coming weeks but I’ll keep you posted as those dates get closer.
  • We enjoyed a fun sports taster session run by Kelly Sports this week. If you’re interested in this programme which is available after school on Tuesdays, see the attached flyer in the photos below or check the depths of your child’s book bag!
  • Our library day has changed to Tuesday. This means we will now be going to the whare pukapuka (library) at a time when Rebecca (our librarian) is there too. She has a wealth of teaching experience which we are lucky to have available to us, so we are looking forward to learning lots from her this term during our visits.
  • Kura will be a hive of activity on Wednesday as RSS host the Douglas Park Sports exchange. While this doesn’t directly impact us as Juniors, it will be awesome for our kids to see Manaakitanga in action as the Seniors welcome the manuhiri (visitors) and play hard (but fair!) against them in many sporting codes!
  • Niho Taniwha (our block of classrooms) is on Assembly in Week 3 at 2.20pm. We’d love for you to join us if you can – we’re hoping to perform an item!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

Rā Whānau/Hari Huritau – Happy Birthday

I’ve chosen this phrase because last Thursday my Nan turned 90. As the children met her last term, they were fascinated by this huge number and we spent some Maths lessons wrapping our heads around the concept of being 90 years old. I also had a Great Grandfather who lived to be 100 which amazed the kids again! We made my Nan a beautiful kari (card) which she absolutely loved. It has been a special week for my whānau and I’ve treasured being able to share that with our kids.

After such a big first week back I’m sure you all had some tired little sausages on Friday night! I can’t wait to see them in the morning and get stuck into another week of learning and fun.

Kia pai tō pō – Have a good night,

Nā Lucy