Mōrena Pounamu whānau,

Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve had so far this weekend! Here is our weekly roundup and notes for Week 4.

Te Kupu O Te Wiki: Harikoa – To feel happy, be joyful, e.g. We have been feeling harikoa in Pounamu this week!

Pānui for Week 4:

  • Literacy – Just for your info, we are beginning collaborative Literacy sessions this week with the rest of our Tokai whānau (Tekau, Rm 10 and Tohora Nui, Rm 9). I just wanted to communicate that your children may not bring home readers for a few weeks yet, and when they do start bringing them home regularly it won’t be daily. It is best if reading at home is easy, so any readers taken home will be texts the children can read with confidence. To build on the work we do at school, enjoy reading lots of stories together at home.
  • Pōtae – Just a reminder that hats are compulsory in Term 1 and 4. Naming the hat really helps them to be easily identifiable and return to us like a boomerang.
  • Amber and Nicky – We are so lucky in Pounamu to have 2 incredible Teaching Assistants in our class every day. Amber is with us for the first two blocks and Nicky joins us for the last block. They are such an important part of our little whānau so I wanted to introduce them properly for any of you who haven’t met them yet. You might see Amber and Nicky post learning and comments on Seesaw. We are so fortunate to have them supporting our learning in Pounamu.



Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning for the start of another week of fun and learning!

Ngā mihi,


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We loved our first library session with Rebecca on Tuesday and we can’t wait to continue learning from her each week.

We love big buddy time!

Kapa Haka began this week and our whole class came along to try it out. It’s so special to have time singing waiata with lots of other kids in Papatūānuku.

We really love our daily yoga sessions. It’s the best way to wind down after a busy lunch play.

How cute is our artwork! Come in and check it out.