Mōrena Koutou,

Sorry this post is a couple of days later than the usual weekend roundup we do, but as they say it’s better late than never! I’ll try to dial back my usual level of yarn as I have a whole bunch of news, information, reminders and dates to share with you all, so here goes.

Congratulations to our House Leaders for 2019. They were announced at one of our final assemblies and it was great to see the ‘passing of the torch’ from the current leaders. Tui House will be led by Nelson Bardell and Liam Jurgens. Kiwi House will be led by Sasha Duckworth and Keira Murphy. Kea House will be led be Charlotte Leleni and Lizzy Swadel. The mighty Kererū will be led by Cam Mackintosh and Meleena Olson.

One for the record books? We are lucky to have a lot of staff who have been in the RSS whānau for many years, and we’ve been asking around to see if we have ever had 5 members of one family at the school at the same time. We could recall a time when there was four, but we think this year has been the first time that we have had five! When Kahtelle started school in November, that officially meant we had 5 tamariki from the Saies whānau at our kura. Kahtelle joined her sisters Kascity and Katiya (both in Year 1), Shakaia in Year 3, and Angel in Year 6. A beautiful sense of Whakawhanaungatanga there. Angel is off to Ross Intermediate next year, but we eagerly await Reahzyn and Cairo joining us in the coming years.

A special thanks to the team from iPlex Pipelines who run a Charity Golf Tournament every year. They supply a couple of local schools with a bunch of sports equipment. We were chosen by an iPlex staff member and won one of their prize packs which gave us a set of teeball, badminton, and cricket gear. A big mihi to the team there and any keen golfers who took part in this.

Seesaw has been a really powerful tool for our children sharing their learning with you for the past few years. But what happens to all the beautiful posts that have been done when your child moves on to their next years class or leaves the school? You can easily save their complete Seesaw journal as a digital PDF. Instructions to do this are found here. I will leave the kids in their 2018 class until mid January 2019, where I will have to archive all the current classes and set them all up in their new classes. So please do this if you want to keep that.

The Library stocktake was completed last week and we still have close to 100 books yet to come back! We don’t really want library books to become a consumable product, so please could you get your tamariki to have a hunt around the house and find any books that belong to the school. We will be more overjoyed than grumpy to get these back so please help us out.

Term Dates for 2019 are listed on our website, but here they are:
Term 1: Tuesday 29th January – Friday 12th April.
Term 2: Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July.
Term 3: Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September.
Term 4: Monday 14th October – Friday 13th December.

Reminder to book in your Meet the Learner for 2019 if you haven’t already. It is on January 23rd and 24th for 20 minutes between 10am and 4pm both days. We know this is a slight modification to the usual evening that we have traditionally had, but feel this change will help with your child’s transition to school, even if you already know the teacher well yourself as a parent. This is a chance for your child and their new teacher to form a bond, make those valuable connections, and set some goals before the school year begins. Bookings can be made here with the code 8ccuk.

Stationery for 2019. The lists are now live and can be easily purchased from OfficeMax. You can purchase in store or online at your convenience. Hats need to be worn in Term 1 next year and can be purchased from the school office for $15 or you can buy online. Please note, we don’t do home delivery.

Poutokomanawa for 2019 has grown to be 3 classes now, which is hugely exciting! This means a slight name change has occurred. To give you some scope about the name, a ‘Pou’ is a pole – so ‘Poutokomanawa’ refers to the centre pole of the Wharenui (Meeting House) at a Marae. The actual physical sculpture is a Whakapakoko (statue) or Pakoko (an effigy). In many Marae they put a whāriki (mat) in front of this and even clothe the Whakapakoko with a Korowai (cloak). So, next year Poutokomanawa will have these three parts represented in their names: Brenda’s class (Year 1/2) will be known as Poutokomanawa Te Whāriki. Eileen’s class (Year 3/4) will be Poutokokmanawa Te Pakoko, and Rosie’s class (Year 5/6) will be Poutokomanawa Te Korowai.

The Swimming Pool is still awaiting its paint job and then it will be filled and keys can be purchased from the office. WTS (watch this space) for the update to come via SchoolStream.

That’s all from me. Bit of a meaty one, but as you know, we like to keep you all in the loop. Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year period and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.

Ngā Manaakitanga,