Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

I am excited to get to write the Leadership Pānui this week. I really enjoy reading the pānui every Sunday. It is one of the many, many things that we do at RSS that brings us all together.

I hope everyone has had a relaxing weekend. The highlight of mine was taking my whānau to the Teachers vs Police rugby game on Friday night. I was very torn who to cheer for as a few of my whānau including my partner, were on the police team. Well done to the teachers team who came away with the win. Let’s just say the Sunday police section was very sore and slow. It was great to see some of our tamariki watching while they had a ball in the mud and puddles!

Firstly, I want to share something I love about my job. Just one thing or else you would be reading pages. When I was five years old, I was ‘that’ child who cried and cried and wouldn’t let my mum go at bell time. My poor mother would worry all day long, but I actually loved school and was absolutely fine. So now that I am a teacher, I love tapping into the children’s interests and helping them to transition to school as a five year old but also each and everyday. The best thing is that this looks different for each child. One child and I both have a love for dogs, so we have a big hug and laugh at all the funny videos of my dog that I have prepared for her. The little things make a big difference for our tamariki.

Thank you for your cooperation around Strike Day last Wednesday. A special mihi to Darryn for his delicious scones early in the morning- they gave us some extra energy. I personally felt a sense of belonging as we bunched up with our wet weather gear and thermals as Nic lead us through music. Looking at us trying to dance and chant to promote and keep warm, reminded me how lucky I am to work with such a supportive fun bunch of people.

A few parents asked what is Papatūānuku and Ranginui? Are they new classes? Great question!

Papatūānuku is our Junior Team. This is made up of Room 1a,1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 5. This team is lead by myself and Troy.

Ranginui is therefore the Senior Team made up of Room 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. This team is lead Nic and Rosie.

So why Papatūānuku and Ranginui?

In Te Ao Māori, Papatūānuku and Ranginui are the Earth Mother and Sky Father. Our Junior Team is named after Papatūānuku because, just like the Earth Mother, we nurture and build our young children up in their first years at school. Our Senior Team is therefore named after Ranginui because they are our kaitiaki/guardians – taking on the role of Tuakana (older sibling), protecting, leading, and looking after Papatūānuku. Rangi and Papa have the strongest of bonds – reflective of our family culture at RSS. We are one big whānau!

Reminders for the week:

School Photos – I better wear high boots on Tuesday – lucky I don’t teach the seniors, they’d be taller than me in the class photo. If you haven’t put your order in and you would like to purchase school photos there are spare forms at the office. They are however due tomorrow – Monday afternoon! Pīwakawaka and 2Meke will be having their photos on Wednesday as Lucy and Demelza are attending Professional Development on Tuesday.

Walking Wednesday – starts this Wednesday! As Nick explained in the last pānui, teachers will wait at the corner of Russell and Featherston Streets from just before 8.30am. We will then collect other children at the ‘bus stop’ corners of St John’s Ave, Stanley Ave, Rongopai St, Florence Ave, Titoki St etc on the way to school. Troy has Walking Wednesday cards ready to hand out. After 5 clicks your child will be in the prize draw. I wonder what will be won???  

SchoolStream App Update – It is now here! Get updating and create an account. This new update has new features but one in particular I have been looking forward to is that is enables us send out individual messages.

Naming belongings – Please help your child to name their belongings especially scooters and helmets. A real treat when finding lost property is looking in the tag and finding a name on it!

Chicken Pox – It is going round! Please take extra precaution when deciding to send your child to school if they have had spots. Check with your GP and let your child’s teacher know. They spread like wildfire when at the contagious stage. Click on the link to find out more information.

Tell your tamariki to come visit Waka Huia learning pit Tuesday lunchtime … I am bringing a treasure that I think they would love to see.

Ngā mihi, have a fab week.