Ahiahi mārie koutou,

We’ve had a massive week in Pīwakawaka and we’ve officially hit the halfway mark of the term (how?!). The pace is only going to pick up, so below are some things you need to know about to stay in the loop:

  • Book Fair Dress Up day is this Friday, August 31st. This is a favourite day of the year for many students and kaiako (teachers) – I’m looking forward to seeing some creative costumes!
  • Jam Out with Jennifer (Tuesday, Week 7) – We are so lucky to be going to Shed 23 to experience a variety of musical instruments from different cultures. Click here if you’d like to read more info, and shoot me an email if you can offer parent help!
  •  Mt Biggs Trip Permission Slips (Thursday, Week 9) – These are due in to me as soon as possible. The form may have got lost in your child’s book bag so have a dig in there – if it’s vanished into thin air (as they sometimes do!) then come and see me or flick me an īmēra (email) and I’ll get another one to you pronto.
  • Walking Wednesday – it was so great to see some of our Pīwakawaka kids join our first Walking Wednesday! I loved the hīkoi (walk) back with tamariki from other classes, and picking up other children from the corners as we walked. Our cards get clipped by Nick once we arrive at school, and after 5 clips they go in the draw to win prizes! Looking forward to this Wednesday – it would be great to see more of you out there with us!

We had a lovely visit to Willard Home on Thursday. The children were respectful and kind – demonstrating one of our school values, Manaakitanga, very strongly. I was so proud. In Maths we’ve had great fun making graphs and interpreting the data we’ve gathered. There has been some amazing mahi tahi (teamwork) and collaboration as we’ve worked together on different tasks.

Our class photo was taken on Wednesday and I can’t wait to see it – trying to get 22 beautifully wriggly Pīwakawaka to look the same way and smile was hilarious! It was wonderful to have the whole family there for it so thank you to those who made the special effort to bring your kids in!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

Pahi – Bus 🚌

Pihikete – Biscuit 🍪

Kāreti – Carrot 🥕

These kupu have all been new ones we’ve learnt in Pīwakawaka as they’ve come up during our learning. Handy ones to know for home, too 😀

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Hopefully Te Rā (the sun) hangs around this wiki. I’ve attached some pikitia from our week, including some beautiful examples of Manaakitanga alive in our class! Our kids love to help each other and that always puts a smile on my kanohi (face).

Mauri tau,


P.S. Awesome weekend of sport! Gutted the Turbos couldn’t bring home the shield, but the Warriors had a great win and so did the AB’s so I’m a happy Kiwi 😀