Kia ora koutou,

It’s hard to believe we are but 3 weeks until the end of Term 3! We want to acknowledge and celebrate our DanceNZmade year groups who took the stage on Friday night – like all Russell Street fashion, our kids did us all proud! A special thanks to Dean and Liette for supporting our kids so that they could shine on stage! And also to all of our parents and whānau who supported with pick ups and drop offs and everything in between.

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This week is “Te wiki o te reo Māori” and Poutokomanawa have an array of exciting activities planned for our kids. Rosie and Eileen have been supporting each team of students who have been working on a specific learning objective to lead. Each group will be assigned a class and every day after lunch (1:45 – 2pm) they will be leading a “Kōrero mai” lesson. The lessons will include a role play, teaching, practice and games. Ka mau te wehi, Rosie, Eileen and Whaea Metarina, looking forward to it! Want to join in? Try downloading the “Kupu Spark” app in the App or Play store, take a photo of anything and it instantly tells you what it is in te reo Māori.

Hopefully last week you would have received a green newsletter asking for expressions of interest for Poutokomanawa in 2019. Therefore, this week we will offering a walk through for new or existing parents to experience what these classes look and feel like and how they might be a great fit for your child. The open time is from 9 – 9:45am.

We have a visiting group of brass musicians visiting our Ranginui hui from 9:15am on Monday, all welcome to join us!

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Also, this Friday Year 6 students (and some Year 5s) are involved with an annual winter sports tournament, coined the RICOH tournament. All games will start at 10am so if you are free, please come down and support our games and teams at Arena Manawatū and Manawatū Hockey turf. We will be playing rugby, netball, basketball, soccer and hockey.

And finally, looking ahead to our last week of term 3, you are all invited to a festival of cultures we have been planning on the 25th September from 4pm – 7pm. Classes and students have been working towards celebrating cultures in a range of ways: food, games, presentations, dances, music, languages and more! We have coffee carts and food trucks joining us, live music and story tellers presenting in the library. It’s still coming together, but it’s going to be awesome!

Lots of sport in the weekend: The All Blacks vs Argentina, The Warriors knockout round with the Panthers and The Women Warriors against the Sydney Roosters. I do feel bad for the Warriors and their supporters, but James Maloney’s experience and composure was outstanding giving the Panthers the upper hand. The Warriors Women held onto their win despite a rough trip to Australia the night before! And I was so impressed by the Pumas with some exciting plays!


So finally, I will leave you with this whakataukī:

Tuia te rangi e tu iho nei.
Tuia te papa e takoto nei.
As the sky joins to earth, so people join together. People depend on one another.

Have an amazing sunny Sunday with your whānau everyone!

Ngā mihi nui