Ahiahi mārie whānau mā,

What a week it has been in Pīwakawaka! The whole kura is buzzing as we are right in the thick of some very busy weeks. I’ve been noticing our precious little fantails have been getting a bit ngenge (tired) in the afternoons lately – we are very busy little beings at the moment! Hopefully everyone is enjoying a somewhat restful weekend in the sun.

Some pānui as we look ahead to Week 7:

  • Dress Up Day – Thank you for helping your children to participate in Book Fair Dress Up day so enthusiastically yesterday! We had an array of fantastic costumes in Pīwakawaka ranging from a bumblebee to Iron Man, a Storm Trooper to Superman, and Belle to Snow White – with a bit of everything in between! See our class photo below which was taken at the school parade.
  • Book Fair – We visited the Book Fair in the Whare Pukapuka (Library) yesterday afternoon. In your child’s book bag is a ‘Wish List’ of items they liked. We browsed all the cool books and stationery on offer for a while – if you’re keen to check it out then it’s open again next week from 8.30am-9am, and 3-3.30pm on Monday and Tuesday. I bought ‘Flit the Fantail’ for our class – I can’t wait to read it to the kids on Monday!
  • Shed 23 Trip – We are going on a quick trip to Shed 23 on Tuesday from 1pm-2pm to experience a variety of instruments and music from different cultures. We’ll have an early lunch and play to make sure we don’t miss out on getting some fresh air since our trip is within our normal lunch time.
  • Mt Biggs Trip – In Week 9 we are going to Mount Biggs School in Feilding for a day of adventure and rekareka (fun)! I’m still needing a few permission forms returned so if you could dig them out of your child’s book bag and send them back my way as soon as possible that would be fantastic. A special mihi (thanks) to those who have offered to travel with us and help on the day – we appreciate it! Keep an eye on SchoolStream for more updates.
  • Festival of Cultures – In Week 10 we are having a Festival of Cultures celebration as a whole school. Regularly check SchoolStream to stay in the know about this as it continues to develop…it’s going to be a beautiful celebration of diversity and the many cultures we are so lucky to have represented at RSS!
  • Walking Wednesday – We had a HUGE turnout for this last week – can’t wait to do it all again next Wednesday!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

This week I’ve decided to list our School Values, or Ngā Uaratanga, for Te Kupu O Te Wiki. We are learning these in Pīwakawaka by unpacking what they look like in action for us as Year 1 students (I’ve written our summary in brackets).

Our tamariki are just loving it and constantly blow me away with how much they know. We play a matching game in class where we try to figure out which Value, Symbol, and Meaning go together. Perhaps we could make sets of this game to go home – I know the children would love sharing our values learning with you in this way. He waka eke noa – We’re all in this together!

Hautūtanga – Leadership (Be a role model)

Wairua – Spirit and Determination (Try hard)

Rekareka – Fun and Enjoyment (Have fun!)

Manaakitanga – Care and Respect (Be kind and help others)

Whakawhanaungatanga – Positive Relationships (Be a kind friend)

Ngākau Tapatahi – Integrity (Do the right thing)

Panekiretanga – Excellence (Be your best)

Kawenga – Responsibility (Look after our school and class)

Kotahitanga – Unity and Inclusion (Join in)

Motuhaketanga – Self-awareness (Look after ‘you’)

A bit of a meaty update this week! As you can tell, we have a lot going on. I really appreciate your tautoko (support) with everything we do – we’re having an awesome year and I love being able to provide the kids with some pretty special learning opportunities which I can’t do without your āwhina (help), so thank you!

The Warriors had a great win last night to celebrate Simon Mannering’s 300th game which also marked the end of the round robin part of the season… pretty stoked to be heading into Finals Footy now so brace yourselves for more updates and excitement! If league is your thing, track me down for a yarn!

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dad’s out there for tomorrow. I feel pretty blessed to have my Dad – he’ll be treated to the usual chocolates and pair of socks in the morning  😃

Pō mārie,

Nā Lucy

Learning about directional language in Maths

Making a teepee for Makimaki and Arewhana during Papatūānuku Play

Liz and Ella collaborating on making a broomstick!

Levi and Nate working on a tower

Mahi tahi (teamwork) to play our Ngā Uaratanga matching game