Kia ora whanau,  What a beautiful sunny day today and you can absolutely sense spring coming.  If you are looking for something to do with the family as the weather warms up, check out the Destination Park at Anderson Park, Greenmeadows, Napier.  It is one of 5 Destination Parks in NZ and cost a whopping $2.5million to construct.  It is designed so you can start at one end of the playground and move across it to the other end without ever touching the ground.  It will definitely challenge both physically and mentally as children climb in/through and up, swing, leap, balance and jump.  There are particular pieces chosen for sensory stimulation with wonderful musical and interactive equipment.   They really have thought of everything and it caters for all ages.  There is wonderful water play (so take a change of clothes for everyone), a basketball court, trees to climb and goals for kicking.  Seeing this park made me want to be younger again!   What amazed me even more was that on Friday the Maths Leaders group I attend for professional learning managed to plan engaging learning tasks for each part of  the maths curriculum from Levels 1-4 inspired by this magnificent playground – maths is really everywhere!

With the fields out of action because of the rain, the courts have had an increase in activity and many of our children enjoy playing touch rugby.   They do a great job of setting the rules and managing all the different age groups who want to play.  All the children who love to play touch met with Nic and Troy last week to ensure the fun and fairness stays in the game.  They discussed some of the problems that come up from time to time and decided that by using “Aroha mai”,  playing fair and keeping it social (since it’s not the World Cup) will ensure that it is a game everyone of all year groups can enjoy together.   Touch allows our learners to show many of our RSS Values such as; Ngākau Tapatahi (integrity), Rekareka (fun and enjoyment), Motuhaketanga (self awareness), Kotahitanga (unity), Hautūtanga (leadership), Manaakitanga (sharing and caring) and Kawenga (responsibility).

A few reminders…

  • Our Book Fair begins on Thursday and runs through to Tuesday of Week 7.  The children will all go through with their class and fill in their ‘Wish List’.  The Book Fair will be set up in the library and if you have a few spare moments to lend a hand I am sure Rebecca will be grateful.  Just pop into the library and see her.
  • On Friday 31st we will be having our annual Book Fair dress up day and we encourage all children to come along dressed up as their favourite book character.  I can’t wait to see everyone dressed up, it is always an entertaining day! The parade will be before morning tea/brunch.
  • Just a reminder to check into School Stream regularly for updates from across the school as only urgent or important notices will have an alert (a mobile notification) come through to you.  However our staff put notices up on School Stream from across the school often, which do not have an alert and since this is our main source of communication with you we would not like you to miss out on anything.
  • We welcome dogs on leads that are with you at all times. We will need to review this if circumstances change. Dogs should not be taken into buildings or left unsupervised.  If your dog is unsettled or behaving inappropriately you will be asked not to bring it to school anymore.
  • Ryder Beale’s scooter is still missing.  We think it was confused with one that looks exactly the same.  Ryder’s scooter is named but we do have another one which is not named.  If you have a scooter at home which looks like this, please check to see if it has a name on it and pop in to see Troy or Nick if you need to.



It is with sadness I close my pānui today as we send our love and thoughts to the Kanara, Ketu and Conibear whanau as they farewell their grandfather, father and friend – Moses Ketu.   Nga mihi aroha tino nui, me nga whakāro aroha.  

Ngā mihi, Mel