Mōrena Atawhai whānau, 

Hopefully you are all enjoying this beautifully sunny weekend we’re having!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki: Kaihautū – Leader

In Atawhai we now have a Kaihautū for every day of the week. Our Kaihautū is someone who has been showing our RSS values and they are nominated by the previous day’s Kaihautū. Already it has become a role the kids strive to be chosen for, and it’s a perfect opportunity to develop Hautūtanga in all of our students. The Kaihautū is our leader, helper, and role model for the day. Ask your tamaiti (child) what being the Kaihautū is all about – I know they’d love to tell you.

Wiki 7 Pānui:

  • Production – Thank you for bringing in white t-shirts for your kids to tie-dye as part of our production costumes! We will be doing the actual dying on Tuesday, so please send your tamariki to school in clothes suitable for art. We are also loving learning our dance routines. I’ve decided to keep the rest a surprise, so the snippet on Seesaw is all you’ll see until the show (aside from the kids practising around your lounge!).
  • Thursday – I’m off-site on Thursday (5/9) attending a Kāhui Ako Professional Development day. Kevin will be relieving for me – he really enjoyed his time in our class a few weeks ago and is excited to be back.
  • Book Character Dress Up Day – This is on Wednesday this week to mark the end of Book Fair Week. We will have a celebration of costumes as a whole school at 9am in the hall. There is absolutely no pressure for anyone to dress up – but if your kids feel like coming to school dressed as their favourite book character, they are more than welcome to. What a cool chance to embrace our value of Rekareka.

On Fridays we have Whānau Time near the end of the day. This is a time where we sit together as an Atawhai family while sharing kai, and we talk about our favourite parts of the wiki. Thank you Win for bringing in some corn fritters for us to try this week! They were delicious. I’m so proud of the Manaakitanga our kids show each other during Whānau Time – it’s a great chance for us to practise using manners, being patient, taking turns, connecting, and being grateful. Here are some of our reflections this week:

Kahtelle: “I had my baby” (Kahtelle’s whānau welcomed a baby boy this week!)

Kaidyn: “I loved playing with Connor in the playground”

Lulu: “My favourite part of the week is right now because we get to share kai all together”

Ask your child what they shared during Whānau Time – all the kids responses were just beautiful!

Lastly, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. Enjoy your special day today.

Ngā manaakitanga,


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We took Tiaki to meet Harold!

Buddy Time – one of our favourite parts of every week

We each got a special friend to look after during our second session in the Life Ed bus. We took such good care of them.

Whānau Time – we enjoyed trying corn fritters with sweet chilli sauce!