Ahiahi mārie Pīwakawaka whānau,

Although Wiki 2 was a short week we still managed to pack lots in! A big highlight was an Airforce Helicopter visiting us on Wednesday lunchtime, which is the inspiration for this week’s kupu hou (new word):

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

‘Toparere’, or ‘Waka Topatopa’ – Helicopter

Somehow it’s Week 3 on Monday – the term is already whizzing by at a rapid pace! Hang on to your seats cause we have no plans of slowing down! 😃

Grab a cuppa, it’s a newsy one:

  • Assembly – Our block of classes (Niho Taniwha) is hosting assembly on Wednesday, October 31st at 2.20pm. Niho Taniwha happens to be made up of all the Junior classes this year, so come along and join Papatūānuku as we celebrate our littlest learners.
  • Pōtae – Just a reminder to continue encouraging your tamariki to bring their pōtae (hats) to kura each day. We spend lots of our time outside & need to wear them everywhere we go. We have sunscreen available too for when the before-school applications wear off! #sunsmart
  • Class Placement 2019 – We are in the process of making decisions that will be best for all of our learners for next year. Your voice is an important part of this process. To help us with our decision-making, please take the time to fill out the ‘Class Placements’ form under the ‘Leadership Pānui’ tab if you have any requests/preferences you’d like to make us aware of. As I’m sure you can understand, class placements is a complex process and a massive job. Your thoughts & requests will be appreciated, and taken into consideration. Thank you!
  • Calendar Art Orders – If you wish to purchase your child’s one-of-a-kind masterpieces, orders are due THIS WEDNESDAY, 31st October. Click here to see their amazing artwork! Diaries are $15, while Cards and Calendars are $10 each. The art looks crooked in the PDF but don’t worry, that’s just my amateur scanning! The real deal will be as straight as a straight thing. Everyone got an order form last week (this has potentially vanished into thin air by now – it happens!) so grab another from the office if you can’t track it down. 
  • Anna – The beautiful Anna is teaching in Pīwakawaka on Tuesday this week instead of Wednesday – just a ‘heads up’ for our kids who like to know about changes to our routine in advance.
  • Athletics – We are LOVING our Athletics sessions every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuakana (Big Buddies/Helpers) from Room 14 join us on Thursdays and it’s a fun-filled hour of sports rotations. Thank you for helping your kids to remember appropriate footwear and drink bottles on these days in particular. Athletics Day is Wednesday, 14th November at the Massey Track. Pencil it into your diaries – we’d love to have you come down to join in the fun and help us out on the day!
  • Ross Intermediate Trip – We are getting excited about our visit to Ross Intermediate on Thursday, November 15th. We’ll be departing RSS at 10.45am and returning at 1.30pm. We’ll take our bags with us to enjoy a picnic lunch if the weather is fine. I’m sure there’ll be some ngenge (tired) little fantails after their efforts at Athletics the day before – this trip will be an engaging & enjoyable way to spend the day. We’re passionate about all things Māori in Pīwakawaka and we can’t wait to share this with the big kids at Ross. I’ll keep you updated on any further plans closer to the time – watch this space!

Many of our kids started Summer Sport this week which is FANTASTIC! All the best to all our tamariki getting out there doing it. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend & getting a bit of chill time in on this gloomy Saturday.

Hei te Rāhina (See you on Monday),

Nā Lucy

P.S. Go the All Blacks!

Some photos from the Airforce Helicopter landing – waiting in anticipation!

A sneak peek of some artwork we are working on which we will share at Assembly!