Ata mārie/Mōrena (Good morning) Pīwakawaka whānau,

Te Kupu O Te Wiki:

Mārena – To marry

Our kupu hou this week is inspired by Samantha from Room 7 because she’s getting married this coming weekend! We love Samantha in Pīwakawaka, so we’re all super excited for her. We hope you have the best day ever Sam – the kids can’t wait to see pictures of you in your beautiful dress!

The biggest highlight of Wiki 3 was Niho Taniwha’s Assembly – we got to share our amazing artwork we’ve been working so hard on over the last few weeks. A special mention to Nate, Jackson, and Ryan who spoke confidently & clearly on our behalf. Kei te whakahīhī au ki a koutou – I’m so proud of you all! We were inspired by a pukapuka (book) we read called ‘Grandad’s Secret Giant’. The Giant wore colourful, patchwork dungarees which we recreated with pastels. I’m hoping to get our ‘Giant Village’ up in the hallway soon so you can all have a closer look – it’s been taking up valuable lino space in our class so thank you for working around it in the mornings! 

Pānui for Week 4:

  • Library Day for us is every Tuesday. Arohamai (Apologies) – we’ve missed our last two Tuesday sessions due to the Teacher Only Day & then Assembly prep being in our library time slot. We’re back to normal this week though! I collected in any pukapuka the kids had in their bags on Friday and returned them, as our overdue list was getting a bit long. If you could send any books you’ve had at home for a few weeks back to school on Monday, that would be fab. Thank you!
  • Teacher Strike Week 5 – Just a reminder that there is another Teacher Strike day in Week 5, on Tuesday November 13th. It’s important you make alternative arrangements for your children on this day as school will be closed. Thank you for your support in this.
  • Raffle for a Ride – This is an annual event at RSS which is well-loved by the kids (big and small!). November 23rd is the date of the actual event – I’ll give our tamariki a notice about this āpōpō (tomorrow) so keep an eye on that trusty book bag! 
  • Te Pikinga – Our RSS Kapa Haka Rōpū (Group), Te Pikinga, is participating in ‘Ko Whiri Tika Mai’ on Friday. This is a Regional qualifier for the National ‘Te Mana Kuratahi’ whakataetae (competition) which will be held in the Waikato next year. This is the first time RSS has entered ‘Ko Whiri Tika Mai’ and the group is largely made up of our Tuakana from Buddy Class. As a Pīwakawaka whānau we’ve watched Te Pikinga grow over the last two terms, and we are always inspired by the mana & passion they have for their craft. We wish them all the best and couldn’t be more proud or excited for RSS to be represented by such an amazing group of tamariki. Te Pikinga are scheduled to perform in Session Three at 4pm – it’s an amazing competition to attend so if you’re not busy on Friday, jump online and get some tickets (click here). Te Pikinga would love your tautoko (support). 

Just a reminder that we all need an RSS pōtae (hat) every day. I’m brainstorming innovative ways to store these in our classroom to make life easier for us and hopefully reduce the amount that seem to go walking! If you have any creative ideas I’d love to hear them!

The kids are loving our Athletics sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays – we’re getting excited for the real thing in Week 5. Our Calendar Art has gone to the printers this week – thank you for your orders! And our class photos should be with us shortly. Anna is teaching on Wednesday this wiki as per usual, and Walking Wednesday is back in full swing so remember to join us for a morning hīkoi! Also, a huge mihi to Hayley (Heath’s Mum) for kindly bringing in some jumbo chalk for us – we made good use of this on Friday with our chalk stories! Thank you!

That’s it from me this weekend. Troy has posted a newsy Leadership Pānui this morning full of info you may be interested in, so don’t forget to check it out and keep up with the play at RSS. Enjoy the rest of your weekend – hopefully this wet and windy weather doesn’t stick around for much longer!

Hei te Rāhina (See you on Monday),


P.S. Cool to see the All Blacks get a solid win over Japan last night! Games full of tries are always exciting to watch. I’m sure lots of our Rippa kids were entertained and inspired!

Working hard on our ‘Giant Village’

Enjoying a quick brainfood break on the deck!

Oliver’s fantastic chalk writing

Showing off our amazing creativity at Assembly

Nate, Jackson, and Ryan explaining our artwork to the rest of the school

Hugo’s awesome chalk writing. We just love getting outside!