Ahiahi mārie whānau mā,

Hope you’re all having an awesome weekend in the sun! We’ve had another great wiki (week) in Atawhai, read on to stay in the know as we head into Wiki 4!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki:

Tiakito look after/protect. With a similar meaning to Atawhai, Tiaki is the name of our class pet – the cute little giraffe. Some of you have met her because she’s come home for adventures already!

  • Our new student – Evander (Van) had his first visit with us on Friday morning. He officially starts with us tomorrow (Monday) and we’re all super excited. I just wanted to say how proud I am of our tamariki – we’ve been talking lots about Van joining our class and how we can be kind friends to him as he transitions to RSS. When Van visited us it was as if he’d always been part of our whānau! Everyone was welcoming and showed beautiful manaakitanga (respect, care, and kindness) towards him, keen to show him around and share everything about Atawhai.
  • Marae trip – We have a Marae trip planned for Thursday of Week 6 (7th March) which is fast approaching! Stay tuned for more info around this, including a paper permission form for travelling since we’re going to Woodville by bus. If you can offer parent help for this special experience, please email me: lucy@russellst.school.nz. Keep an eye on those book bags because permission forms will be coming home very soon.
  • Toys at school – Just a reminder that all toys need to stay at home, which includes trading cards (e.g. Pokemon). Thank you for helping us to follow the school rules & support our kids to enjoy the many toys & play equipment we have at school instead.
  • Music – We have our first music session with the lovely Jenny on Tuesday morning! Jenny is our well-loved music kaiako (teacher) who the kids adore. We are so excited to see what she has in store for us.
  • RSS 90th Birthday – Just pencil in March 23rd (it’s a Saturday) because Russell St is turning 90! We’re in the middle of planning a special afternoon celebration so keep an eye on SchoolStream for updates at this develops.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend,

Hei te ata (See you in the morning),

Nā Lucy

Ethan and Lailani having their turn to use the computer for their writing

Estelle working hard on an independent Maths task. This one is much harder than it looks!

Seeley and Ruby working together on a puzzle

Laison found an ant crawling on his arm and it sparked lots of wonder and questioning!

Seeley writing his ‘story’ (equation) to go with his name during a Maths workshop. We are trying to find out who has the most pointy bits in their name in Atawhai as we learn to add multiple numbers together.

We’re working hard at the pool on our class goal of floating on our backs with our puku (tummy) pointing to the sky!

Sophie teaching us how to carefully water our plants

Laison introducing Van to our Kiwi & showing him how we do writing