Kia ora Whānau,  I cannot believe we are now half way through the term!  Winter sports are well and truly underway and the winter weather along with them.

What a wonderful day it was yesterday at our school cross country.  It was great having the whole school there and seeing our tuakana supporting our teina and vice versa.  A big thank you to all of our families who made it along to support your children, lovely to see you.  Our value whakawhānaungatanga was truly on display and didn’t our runners show wairua (spirit and determination) – that’s quite a challenging course to run.  This day ended with our Summer Sports Prize-giving, where we had the opportunity to celebrate those who have shown sportsmanship, hautūtanga (leadership) and panekiretanga (excellence) in their chosen sport.   Congratulations to all of those children who received an award yesterday and a giant thank you to the coaches, managers and parents – we couldn’t do it with you.  Thanks to Shiree who oversees and organises our sports teams – you are doing a great job!

Our  Year 5/6 Douglas Park sports exchange next term is fast approaching and training for this begins tomorrow.  Your child may need some sport specific gear for their practices, like a mouth guard, if you are unsure please check with their classroom teacher.  If you could support them in coming to school prepared for their practices this too would be greatly appreciated.

Still on a sporting note, our summer sports photos were taken last week and extra order forms can be found at the office.  These are due on Friday 29th of June.

With the changeable winter weather I encourage you all to put a change of clothes into your child’s school bag each day in case of a muddy emergency.  We do not have enough spare clothes at school for the number of children who are getting muddy and enjoying the water that lies around after the rain and this will save a phone call home too. Thank you.

I have enjoyed getting out on Saturday to rugby and seeing some of our learners in action – watch out All Blacks!  Wishing everyone off to sport on the weekend all the best.   Hoping the children enjoy their day off on Monday and recharge for the second half of the term.

Ngā mihi, Mel