Mōrena Pounamu whānau, 

Hope everyone is hanging in there and staying positive! The sun was out yesterday which is always a good thing. Grab a cuppa and enjoy having a read of my weekly chat… this one is a bit of a long yarn :)

Te Kupu O Te Wiki: AtawhaiTo show kindness

Pānui for Wiki 9:

  • Please update your contact details for us if you haven’t already done so – click here to fill in the form. Thank you!
  • Our Pounamu Swimming Showcase has been cancelled. We no longer need togs at school either so you can pack those away for now.
  • Water fountains are being turned off from Monday as part of our efforts to reduce the spread of all germs at present. Please make sure your child comes to school with a named drink bottle so they can self-manage staying hydrated.
  • Learning Conferences are still scheduled for Week 11 at this stage. REMINDER: School will finish @ 12:30pm on Tuesday 7th April for conferences to start at 1pm. Please make sure you are booked in – click here for instructions on how to do that. When choosing a time please keep in mind that it is most valuable if you can bring your child along with you to the conference as they have a very important role to play. Here’s how the 15 minutes will look for us:
    • First 5 mins – your child shares a piece of mahi (work) of their choice
    • Second 5 mins – I will share a piece of assessment. This will be different for every child depending on what is best for them (and us) to reflect on, but it is likely to be RSS Values, literacy, or numeracy based
    • Final 5 mins – Together we create goals for the term ahead
  • Cosmic Kids yoga – Every day in Pounamu we do yoga after lunch because movement is SO good for our bodies and brains. Pounamu tamariki (children) just love it. Yoga is great for reducing anxiety too, so I thought I’d share the link to the YouTube videos we do in case you’d like to put them on at home.
    • Disco yoga (have a go at this one yourselves – I join in with the kids and it’s totally hilarious!)
    • Mindful yoga

That’s it from me. Enjoy your Sunday and I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning.

Ngā manaakitanga,


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Connor and Adeeb enjoying Buddy Reading (one of our Literacy choices)

Krrisha explaining how our Literacy cards work to the rest of Tokai

Maths challenge: Put the numbers 1-8 in the grid in such a way that each side adds up to the middle number…this was tricky!

We love swimming time!

Teaching Yoga to our Tuakana during Buddy Class

We can’t do full school Kapa Haka right now as it’s too many people in one space, but we still sing waiata on our own in Pounamu. We love having our Tuakana come over from Te Korowai (Rosie’s class) to lead us.

We even had a go at using some poi :-)

Another Maths challenge – see our Seesaw for a post about this one