Mōrena Pounamu whānau,

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of Week 4 and that Week 5 starts tomorrow! The term is flying by already. Just a short pānui today with only a couple of things to note for the wiki ahead.

Te Kupu O Te Wiki: Tokai – The vertical supports for a canoe. This is also the name of our whānau which is made up of Rooms 8 – Pounamu, 9 – Tohora Nui (Robin & Sandi), and 10 – Tekau (Kerri). For us, it symbolises how we are all in the same waka and that each of us plays an important part in contributing to the whānau, providing each other with support and strength just like the Tokai in a canoe.

  • Toys at School – I’ve noticed over the last week or so we’ve been having an increase in toys and special things coming to kura. Just a friendly reminder that we encourage all kids to leave their toys at home to avoid precious items being lost, broken, or fought over. We are lucky to have plenty of play equipment at school to make use of. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.
  • Te Iti Rearea – This coming Wednesday (Feb 26th) from 3.15pm – 4.15pm in Poutokomanawa we have our first Te Iti Rearea hui of 2020. This hui is a chance to have a kōrero about all things Māori at RSS & plan ‘where to next’. If this sounds like a bit of you we’d love to see you there.
  • Swimming reminder – Keep packing those togs as we are still swimming every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and we are loving it! Our showcase will be in one of the final weeks of term in an afternoon time slot. I will keep you posted when I know the date and time (which won’t be for a while yet).

That’s it from me. We’ve been very proud of our Tokai tamariki this week as it was our first week of collaborative Literacy time. Every morning our Literacy workshops take place in Room 10, while the rest of our whānau engage in rich, play-based learning. I wonder if your kids can tell you all about which RSS Value was our focus during Play last week, and what it means/looks like (hint: it starts with ‘Ko…’).

Enjoy your Sunday, hei te Rāhina (see you on Monday),

Nā Lucy

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Jacob and Seeley (from Tohora Nui – Room 9) learning alongside each other in the sandpit during Tokai Literacy time

Yoga time – during this session we had to spring up high and Connor thought that was pretty fun

Taeh just loves his big buddy Jayden

Jackson won a spot prize from Ruben Wiki when he answered a question during the Warriors visit :)

Making music with Jenny… she lets us play the instruments really loud!

We love Kapa Haka time on Fridays!