Kia ora Pīwakawaka whānau,

First things first – get a cuppa! It’s a meaty one!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. On Friday night I watched our Kapa Haka rōpū (group) ‘Te Pikinga’ perform at the Regent – they were outstanding and represented our kura exceptionally well, demonstrating many of our values. They’ve inspired our kupu hou (new word) for Week 4:

Te Kupu O Te Wiki:

Whakahīhī – To be proud. For example, ‘Kei te whakahīhī au ki a koe’ – I am proud of you (to one person).

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Samantha’s wedding with some other members of our RSS family down in Kapiti. She looked absolutely stunning and it was so special for us to celebrate her big day together. Pīwakawaka enjoyed making some cards for her on Friday!

Today I have been helping my parents move EVERYTHING out of their home because they’re getting new carpet installed tomorrow. It’s been a busy and productive weekend for me!

This wiki is a bit of a full on week for us. I’ve broken it down so you can stay in the know:

Monday 12th: Normal day

Tuesday 13th: SCHOOL IS CLOSED – TEACHER STRIKE. There will be no staff on-site at all today.

Wednesday 14th: Athletics Day at Massey. Bring your children to school in the morning as per usual, and we’ll jump on the bus after we’ve taken the roll. You’re welcome to meet us out there! We all need a pōtae (hat), water bottle, hearty lunch, sunblock on before school, and probably clothes for many seasons! Comfy sport shoes are a must so that we can give our best effort in all events.

Everyone is welcome to dress up in their house colours – this is totally optional and stressless! If you’re in Kererū house (like me!) just throw on a blue t-shirt and you’re good to go! If the kids want to get into it and go all out then by all means they can do that too. It would be awesome to encourage some House Spirit out there on the day so feel free to get amongst it!

To help with outfit preparations, here are our house groups and colours:

Thursday 15th: TRIP to Ross Intermediate – We are leaving RSS at 10.45am and should return to school by approximately 1.30pm. Please pack a little extra lunch for your tamaiti (child) today as I’ll give them an early morning tea, and we plan to stop at the park on the way home for a bit of a picnic before heading back to kura.

Friday 16th: Normal day – but I think we’ll be a bit ngenge (tired)!

At the moment I am preparing reports for the end of term. Our daily programme looks a little bit different because I’m working with smaller groups of children and getting to see just how amazing they all are! I’ve been doing lots of one-on-one reading with the kids using pukapuka (books) that need to stay at school for the time being, meaning they won’t be coming home with as many little readers as usual which you may have noticed. This week will be similar due to the amount of time we’ll be spending out of class. Thank you for your understanding in this! I encourage you to continue reading well-loved books from home with/to your tamariki so that it remains a fun and enjoyable experience. Click here for some extra info on supporting your children with reading. 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. I’m off to get a well-earned cup of tea before getting stuck back into the moving! As always, I’m only ever an īmēra (email) away if you have any pātai (questions). Don’t forget to send me a note if you’re free to help us on Thursday, 6th December for our Papatūānuku whānau End of Year Celebration Trip to Memorial Park (Click here to read the notice about this). 

Hei te ata (See you in the morning),

Nā Lucy

P.S. The All Blacks had me sweating this morning! Good to get the win though, despite the controversy…

P.P.S. Mahi tahi (teamwork) is such a strength of the kids in our class. I’m so proud of the way they show Kotahitanga (Unity & Inclusion) towards each other as they learn and play together. Enjoy some photos showing examples of this!

Hugo and Travis solving a Maths problem

We had the playground totally to ourselves, but lots of us just wanted to play together on the monkey bars!

Problem-solving as a team

Ryan, Nate, Levi, and Jackson discussing the rules of the game before starting

Leigh, Ayush, and Hugo worked together to create this amazing structure they named ‘The Octagon’

Heath and Oli playing ‘Toss and Add’ together during Maths Choice

Experimenting with symmetry

Ella, Skylar, Connor, and Liz enjoying a game of Snakes and Ladders

The boys made this awesome tower on Friday afternoon!