Kia ora Atawhai whānau, 

Bit of a late afternoon bing from me this Sunday for a change! Hope you have all had a restful weekend.

Te Kupu O Te Wiki: Whakahīhī – To be proud

Thank you so much for your support leading up to and during Production. We are SO proud of all our tamariki – they did an outstanding job on the stage and were superstars during rehearsals in the weeks prior and all day Thursday. Production is a massive undertaking, and at times is a daunting process for our little people, but they all embraced the challenge in true RSS style and had a heap of fun along the way. I honestly couldn’t be prouder.

Whānau Time was beautiful again this week – here are some of my favourite reflections from the kids:

“Going to the Regent on the bus was my favourite part of this week” – Mason Ho

“Production was my favourite because I got to go on Stage” – Ethan

“I loved how Connor showed me how to do the triangle bars on the playground” – Laison

“Tomorrow is gonna be my favourite day because I’m going fishing!” – Kaidyn

“I liked having a go at reading a hard book”- Tia

“My favourite thing this week was seeing Troy fly” – Thomas

Notes for our final week of term:

  • This Wednesday (25th September) is School Photos day – it would be wonderful to have every member of Atawhai present so we can capture a special whānau picture of our class.
  • Nick is away on sabbatical from now until the end of the year. While his green desk is un-manned feel free to track down Troy or Mel if you have any pressing queries (but obviously my door is still always open, too!)
  • Production DVDs – these can be preordered by clicking here until October 18th. We’ll keep you updated regarding estimated arrival dates as we know more. At $15 each they’re a bargain!
  • Losing the ‘child’ in ‘childhood’ – I came across this interesting reading & thought I’d share it out to you all in case you’re interested in having a read. It’s been a good reminder for me (especially during busy times like Production!) that our kids are only little for a short time, and that it’s so important they have time to just ‘be little’. In case you don’t have time to read the whole thing, here’s my favourite paragraph:

“Being little” is of critical importance because we see the signature of early childhood experience literally in people’s bodies: their life expectancies are longer and their social-emotional capabilities are more robust when they have a chance to learn through play and through deep relationships, and when their developing brains are given the chance to grow in a nurturing, language-rich, and relatively unhurried environment. It’s clearer than ever before that young children are not simply mini-adults.”

That’s it from me. Great to see the AB’s get a win over the Springboks last night – it was on a little late for me so I’m catching a replay now. I’m sure you’ve all got some tired little sausages in your houses this weekend too. Hope everyone has had a good weekend full of family time, fun, & sun.

Hei āpōpō,


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Dancing in the hallway before going on stage! (Thank you Nilofer for these ‘behind the scenes’ snaps)

Production artwork on Friday afternoon – we used vivid, crayon & watercolours to represent our Production experience