Mōrena Atawhai whānau,

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of Week 4 and we only have 5 weeks left for 2019. Time is flying and school life is only getting busier, so read on to stay in the know.

Te Kupu O Te Wiki: Whakataetae – Competition

This week Kapa Haka Nationals were held in the Waikato. A rōpū (group) from Ross Intermediate named ‘Te Huinga Manu’ qualified to perform at the whakataetae through placing highly at Regionals earlier this year. There are a few familiar faces in the group as some were RSS students in 2018 and 2017. I took my Pīwakawaka class to visit them last year as my friend (Whaea Jay) is their kaiako. If you have a spare 25 minutes I strongly recommend giving it a watch, it’s well worth it and our kids have been totally inspired by their mana, leadership, and teamwork. I know they would love watching it again with you. Here is the link – you just need to make a Māori TV OnDemand account (it’s free) if you don’t have one already.

Pānui for Wiki 5:

  • Class Placements 2020 – As always, we welcome your voice as parents during the class placements process. I’m sure you can appreciate that class placements are a massive and very complex job, so we value the professional trust you place in us and the decisions we make. However the process is helped by gathering as much information as we can about how each child learns best, so we would love to hear your thoughts. Click here to share your voice with us. Thank you!
  • Athletics: Monday Week 6 – Athletics Day is only one week away now! Monday the 18th of November. It will be held out at the Massey track and we’d love to see you out there supporting your tamariki if you can make it. Just a heads up that Athletics day falls on a ‘Bridget Day’, so she will be taking our class to Athletics (instead of me). If you need anything out at the track, Bridget is your go-to gal.
  • Pōtae – Just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to you all for your help getting pōtae on our kids’ heads. We’re loving doing lots of outside learning because everyone has hats!

There is an Assembly this week on Wednesday which starts at 2.20pm. Feel free to come along to see a celebration of learning from the Tātai Whetū whānau. Also please read Rosie’s Leadership Pānui for this week, it’s packed full of important info. 

That’s it from me! Have a great Sunday.

Ngā manaakitanga,


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Enjoy some pictures from our week: Writing time outside, watching Te Huinga Manu, learning a waiata from the kids in Te Whāriki, and enjoying some beautiful whānau time outside on Friday afternoon