Mōrena Pounamu whānau, 

Welcome back! It has been wonderful to have our tamariki back at school this week. It feels like the heart of the kura has returned! We’ve had a very busy week full of learning through art. I’ve included some photos here for you to enjoy, but there are some on Seesaw as well.

Te Kupu O Te Wiki – Harikoa – Happy. Kei te harikoa au – I am happy (to be back at school!). 

A quick shout out… I just wanted to acknowledge your amazing kids for a second. Things at school are not ‘normal’ – there are lots of changes under Alert Level 2 and I’m so proud of how your children have adapted to these. They are such a credit to you all! I am especially proud of their confidence with the new pick-up and drop-off routines. Our kids are enjoying the responsibility of getting themselves organised each morning and afternoon, and they’re doing a great job!

Notes for Week 7:

  • Natalie – We have a new student joining our whānau this week. Her name is Natalie and her first day will be Tuesday, but she’s popping in for the morning tomorrow. As a Pounamu family we’ve brainstormed all the different ways we can show Natalie our RSS Values and we’re very excited to welcome her āpōpō (tomorrow).
  • Slippers – The colder weather has definitely set in now! Your tamariki are welcome to bring slippers to class since we don’t wear shoes inside and sometimes socks just aren’t enough. They are welcome to leave their slippers neatly on our shoe rack to save taking them home each night.
  • Cross Country – Cross Country is on June 12th and will be held at school this year – more details on that will come soon. In the meantime, can you please help your kids to wear suitable footwear for running so that we can have training sessions a few times a week. At this stage, likely practise days for us will be Tuesday and Thursday, so decent footwear is especially important on these days. Thank you.
  • Massey Teacher – Just a heads up that we are super lucky to be having a Massey Student Teacher joining our class for 5 weeks starting on June 2nd. Her name is Tyla and she’s really looking forward to learning from and with Pounamu.
  • Thank you – Thank you for your ongoing support! From online learning, to transitioning back to school, to signing in and out if you do need to come on-site – your continued support is appreciated.

That’s all for now! Hope you all have a restful Sunday and everyone is safe and well.

Ngā manaakitanga,


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Washing our hands before break times. We are amazing at lining up and taking turns.

Our finished Kandinsky circles. They look so beautiful and each one tells it’s own story. Ask your child which one is theirs :-)

Our symmetrical bugs!

Macy, Emme and Krrisha with their symmetrical bugs

We love doing ‘Hot Air Balloonin'” Yoga, so we also made a piece of art to represent that. We had so much fun (Rekareka!) making these pieces and learning about cool and warm colours, blending, and line.

Our classroom is looking so colourful!