Ahiahi mārie Pīwakawaka whānau,

Lots is happening at kura as always. The Teacher Strike went ahead on Wednesday – thank you for your tautoko & understanding in this.

We’ve loved exploring Statistics this week through taking surveys – a highlight being visiting Nick & Troy to ask them pātai like ‘Do you like sour snakes?’ and ‘Do you like Sharks?’ We’re enjoying learning about tally marks and how to interpret the data we gather. We also loved making the most of some fine weather to create Chalk Stories on the quad – some of our boys even made a story about a Pīwakawaka!

Notes for the wiki ahead:

  • School Photos this week – our class pikitia is this Wednesday 22nd August. We love to smile and laugh so hopefully we get a pretty great photo. Orders are due on August 20th. Click here for pricing details.
  • Walking Wednesdays – this starts this Wednesday! Kaiako (teacher/s) will meet on the corner of Featherston Street and Russell Street at around 8.30am, and take turns walking back to school with groups of kids. We’d love you to join us as we revive a well-loved weekly tradition from years gone by. Whakawhanaungatanga in action!
  • We have a visit to Willard Home this Thursday afternoon. This is a special time where we get to delight the residents with our reading and singing. The kids had lots of questions last time so I’m sure it will spark rich discussions and wonderings this time too.
  • I’m off-site on Tuesday attending a course so Anna will be in Pīwakawaka. She has kindly swapped her teaching day for me, so I’ll be back in class on Wednesday!
  • Congratulations to us! We had no overdue library books this week which is a bit of a rarity across the school. It’s awesome to see our kids enjoying taking them home and regularly exchanging them.
  • We have 10 special Values (Ngā Uaratanga) at RSS. We’ve started delving into the meanings of each of them and what they look like in practise for us as Year 1’s. Come in to Pīwakawaka to see a new art display showcasing our whakaaro (thoughts) on Panekiretanga (Excellence)!

In other news, Levi got to play at CET arena on the back fields last night in a game of Rippa. His team was the ‘curtain raiser’ for the annual ‘Mana in Education vs Police’ Charity Rugby game. It was a great night out and Levi played his heart out, even in the cold and muddy slush! I’m proud of you, buddy! You showed such Wairua (spirit and determination) – scoring a try and never giving up. He whetū koe – You’re a star!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

Hīkoi – Walk: ‘Let’s go for a hīkoi to the park’

Have a fantastic Sunday and I’ll see everyone on Monday, ready to kick off Week 5!

Nga mihi mahana,


P.S. Hope the All Blacks win tonight & the Warriors can follow suit tomorrow against the Bulldogs! With the Turbos getting up over the Waikato this afternoon it’s shaping up to be a great weekend for sport.