Mōrena Atawhai whānau, 

We’re about to head into Week 8 so we are getting very close to Production! Our T-Shirts are all done (and they look fab). We have lots of practises at school this week so we’re a bit out of our usual routine. During these final few weeks of term I’d encourage everyone to continue enjoying books at home to build on the learning we’ve been doing in class. We have book boxes in the classroom that the kids are responsible for using – they can switch their little readers out as needed. Storybooks at home or from the library are equally valuable.

This week is Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)! I’d love to hear everyone having a go at using Te Reo at drop-off and pick-up times, so today’s kupu (word) of the week is one you will likely know – Kia ora. Kia ora can mean many things – hello, good luck, thank you… it depends on the context. Karawhiua e hoa mā – give it a go!

Te Reo Māori Resources

  • Pukapuka mahi/Activity Book: Te Papa has released this amazing pukapuka mahi in support of Māori Language Week. I know our tamariki would love using it – it’s free to download and is full of fun activities & learning.
  • Old Town Road… All of our tamariki seem to know and love this song! I showed them this waiata last week of a class singing a Te Reo Māori version of it. It’s pretty cool…check it out whānau.
  • Spotify: For those of you who have Spotify, a collection of talented Kiwi artists have translated their well known songs into Te Reo. Click here to have a listen, they really are awesome. We often have music playing while we work in class, so this playlist will be on loop in Atawhai this week for sure!

Pānui for Wiki 8:

  • Bridget – A reminder that Bridget is teaching in Atawhai tomorrow
  • Ranginui Hui – As part of celebrating Māori Language Week, Te Kākano (our junior Kapa Haka group) is performing some waiata for the Senior School at their Hui tomorrow. It’s at 9am in the Hall – if you’d like to come along you are more than welcome.
  • Assembly – This Wednesday will be our final full school Assembly for Term 3. It will start at 2.20pm and is being hosted by Room 6 and 7. All welcome.
  • Thursday 12/9 – Just a heads up that I am off-site on Thursday this week. We have a new reliever named Ann who hasn’t been in Atawhai before. I know the kids will enjoy what she has planned and I’m sure she’ll enjoy her day with our little treasures.

Kia pai tō rā, hei te ata (have a good day, see you in the morning),

Nā Lucy

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Āporo & Ārani for Whānau Time this week (ngā mihi Win & Taryn)