Ahiahi mārie Pīwakawaka whānau,

Let’s do our Te Reo Māori phrase first this week:

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

Whakamaua tō pōtaePut on your hat. Next term is a ‘hat’ term at RSS, so this will come in handy!

What a hugely busy term we have had, full of Rekareka (fun and enjoyment). We’ve been super lucky to go on two trips (Shed 23 & Mount Biggs), we said farewell to Luca, we’re getting ready to welcome Connor, and we finished off the term with the most amazing whānau event at our Festival of Cultures evening on Tuesday last week. Thank you so much for supporting this – I was SO proud of our tamariki! My cheeks are still hurting from smiling & laughing all night! We have been working very hard on our special waiata all term and to see the kids take ownership of their performance while demonstrating so many of our school values made me the proudest ‘Māma Pīwakawaka’ ever! We all collaboratively made the girls’ skirts, too – carefully transferring patterns we had planned in teams onto the fabric as part of our Maths learning.

I’m not going to load you up with notices this week! I’ll send another ‘bing’ out just before Term 4 starts to keep you in the loop with what’s going on at kura. It may pay to check that your SchoolStream notifications are set up correctly so that you don’t miss my high quality chats! Have a browse around the categories over the break in case you’ve missed any recent Leadership Pānui or messages from the Office.

I sent most of the tamariki home with packs of Little Readers. This is just to encourage a continuation of reading over the next two weeks so we can pick up where we left off next term. If your child is finding any of the texts too hard or isn’t interested – don’t stress! Just put their pack of books away and enjoy reading whānau favourites together as usual. The pukapuka I’ve sent home are not homework – but the kids can read them independently or to family members if they wish. If you could send the books back to school when we return that would be fab! Thanks for your ongoing tautoko – Click here if you’d like more info about how to best support your children with reading.

Arewhana has come home with me for some adventures so I’ll have to see what mischief we can get into together. My parents are renovating their whare (house) at the moment so for me this weekend’s job has been helping to take apart the Kīhini (Kitchen). It’s weird after twenty-something years to see the hub of our family home all gutted out, but it’s exciting (especially for my Mum!) knowing the new joinery will arrive this wiki. I have lots of cool photos to show the kids!

A HUGE ‘Thank you’ for yet another amazing term – your ongoing support doesn’t go unnoticed & is SO appreciated. Our Pīwakawaka whānau is pretty cool! Have a wonderful hararei (holiday) break with your gorgeous tamariki. I will miss them heaps! I’m very proud of them all and I can’t wait for all the fun we’ve got planned for Term 4. Watch this space! Safe travels to those heading out of town. See you all on Monday, October 15th for Day One of our final term of the year! Eeeek!

Ngā manaakitanga,


P.S. Good to see the All Blacks get a win over Argentina this morning! It was a bit of a treat to watch a test on a Sunday. Not so much of a treat when Sonny earned himself 10 minutes in the bin though…😬

Painting our kākahu (clothes/costume) for Festival of Cultures

Chloe modelling her skirt!

Our kids performing

It was such a special evening! Thanks for coming!

The Brazillian drummers and dancers were the perfect end to the night

Nick read us a story on our last day – we LOVED it!