Kia ora Pīwakawaka whānau,

I hope you’ve had an awesome two weeks with your beautiful tamariki, but… I am pretty stoked to be getting them back tomorrow!! I’ve missed everyone heaps and can’t wait to hear all the stories they’ll be excited to tell me in the morning. Our Te Reo for the week is fitting since we’re all coming together again:

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

Nau mai – Welcome

We’ve got another busy term ahead of us full of new experiences & Rekareka (fun & enjoyment). Below are just a couple of notes/reminders to get us back into routine:

  • Pōwhiri – This special RSS tradition takes place at around 9am on the first Monday of every term. It’s our way of officially welcoming new whānau/tamariki/kaiako (teachers) to Russell Street. If the weather is fine it will take place near the front entrance steps, if it rains we’ll be in the hall. Just bring your kids to Pīwakawaka as usual and if you’d like to stay for it you can come with us after the roll!
  • Pōtae – Pōtae is the Māori word for ‘hat’. It’s a ‘Hat Term’! Terms 1 & 4 bring with them fab weather (we hope!) so we have a full school rule that RSS hats must be worn outside at play times. If your child doesn’t wear their hat, they will need to stay on the grandstand under the shade during morning tea and lunch. Hats can be bought from the school office, just throw your child’s name inside it as we all have the same one!
  • Athletics – We have our annual Athletics day in Week 5 out at the Massey track. This means we’ll be exploring lots of new skills and learning over the coming weeks to prepare for the big day! Please help your tamariki to come to kura (school) wearing appropriate footwear on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will be joining the rest of Papatūānuku (the junior school) on these days for some fun athletics sessions.
  • Ross Intermediate trip – In the middle of the term (date to be confirmed) Pīwakawaka are super lucky to be visiting Ross Intermediate School for a sharing of Kapa Haka. The students there are so excited to be hosting our class! Watch this space for more info in the next couple of weeks.
  • Shake Out Day – This Thursday is ‘Shake Out’ day where the whole of NZ practises what to do in the event of an earthquake at 9.30am. Although earthquakes don’t usually come with warnings, if your child needs a heads up about this feel free to let me know so I can help relieve any anxiety to make it a positive learning experience.
  • WELCOME CONNOR! – Last, but not least, a huge welcome to Connor & his whānau! We are really looking forward to having you join us in Pīwakawaka.

Check out the latest Leadership Pānui (written by Kelly this week) for other info about what’s going on at school this term. I’m only an email away if you need to contact me for any reason: lucy@russellst.school.nz

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday & I’ll see you all tomorrow!

Mauri tau (calm/chill vibes),

Nā Lucy