Ata mārie (Good morning) Atawhai whānau,

Ngā Kupu O Te Wiki: Mokamoka – Caterpillar & Pūrerehua – Butterfly

The first 4 weeks of school have flown by and we’re enjoying becoming familiar with our routines. We’ve had a great week! Some highlights have been Tuakana/Teina time with our big buddies, making little gardens, having fun with Maths, striving to achieve our swimming goals, and looking after our caterpillars which we’re keeping a close eye on! As I type we should have a super hungry caterpillar turning into a chrysalis. He ended up munching through 3 swan plants (much to the amazement of the kids – AND me!!) and eating all the leaves he needed to hang off! So fingers crossed his belly got full by plant number 4 this weekend and we arrive back at school to a beautiful chrysalis. We’ve had lots of time to be curious, wonder, and ask pātai (question/s) about the life cycle of a caterpillar as it turns into a butterfly. We are learning to think like scientists!

I’ve only got one lonely pānui for Week 5:

  • Marae Trip Permission Forms – Just a reminder to get those permission forms back to school ASAP as our trip on the 7th of March is fast approaching. You can either fill in the paper form that’s gone home with your child, or click here to complete it online. Thank you!

As always, keep an eye on SchoolStream because notices relevant for our class are posted frequently in other places, such as the Papatūānuku tab and Leadership Pānui tab.

Side note: Check out Te Matatini on Māori TV if you have time on this rainy day. Every two years, the winners from regional kapa haka competitions around NZ battle it out to be the overall winners at a whakataetae (competition) called Te Matatini. This year it is being held in Wellington & the finals are today. Te Matatini is the ultimate display of so many of our school values, including Hautūtanga (Leadership), Wairua (Spirit & Determination), and Panekiretanga (Excellence). Our kids can learn so much from watching the rōpū as they perform.

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! On a personal note, I’m off for some whānau time now – two of my Canadian cousins are arriving in Palmy soon! Reid actually moved back to Canada in 2016 after living here with my family for 2 years, and I haven’t seen his sister Sarah for 10 years (thank goodness for Facetime!). I’m super excited to spend some time with them both today.

Have a wonderful week whānau, hei āpōpō (see you tomorrow),

Mauri tau (calm/chill vibes),

Nā Lucy

lucy@russellst.school.nz

Checking out the caterpillars!

I love the curiosity and wonder on their faces in this photo!

Gently passing the swan plant around the circle so everyone could check out just how much the caterpillar had eaten overnight, and how big it had become!

Working together (mahi tahi) to Build a Tower for Maths Choice time – it was taller than me!

Mason K and Estelle working together on their Lolly Shop Maths task

Lulu and Lailani sharing their Maths mahi (work) back to the rest of the class

Mulaarn ‘smooshing’ her soil into the water so she could plant her Little Garden

Evander amazed at how the soil disc grows when water is poured onto it :-)