Ahiahi mārie Pīwakawaka whānau,

What an awesome week we’ve just had! Athletics Day on Wednesday was so much fun – I couldn’t be prouder of our little fantails. We have a largely sporty class so Athletics Day is a highlight for most. What made me the most proud though, was seeing the Wairua (Spirit & Determination) that each and every member of Pīwakawaka showed on the day, especially those who found it challenging. I heard from other kaiako and saw for myself the effort everyone was putting in to giving their best at each rotation. Throwing yourself into the Learning Pit and trying new things is what we’re all about at RSS so we’ve been celebrating everyone’s efforts all wiki. Tino pai tō mahi koutou!

Our kids have inspired the kupu hou for the week:

Te Kupu O Te Wiki:

Whakapau kaha – to give one’s all.

Another highlight of Week 5 was our trip to Ross Intermediate to share our love of Te Ao Māori. The kids were so excited to have two bus trips in one week!! We couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed by the kaiako and tamariki at Ross. It was a really beautiful way to experience Whakawhanaungatanga outside of RSS, and to see Panekiretanga (Excellence) within our wider community. Their Kapa Haka rōpū are outstanding, and they were supportive and impressed by our kids’ passion, too! I’ve attached some pikitia below & there’s videos on Seesaw for you to check out too. We even got to re-connect with some ex-RSS students who we remember from last year!

We were treated to a Haka Pōwhiri as we arrived, played Māori kēmu (games) together, shared haka and waiata performances, and learnt all about tā moko (for boys) & moko kauae (for girls). Whaea Jay even gave us our own moko using a cool stamp! I’m sure you’ve been hearing a lot about our ‘big humans’ at Ross – we miss them already and hope they can come to visit us one day. We left feeling inspired & so fortunate for the opportunity! To end our trip, the bus driver kindly stopped at the park for a picnic and a play before heading back to kura. A huge thank you to the parents who joined us – you make these special experiences possible. I’ve loved hearing all the feedback you’ve given about how much your kids enjoyed the trip and how invested in Te Ao Māori they are. Tau kē nei! It’s so cool!

Pānui for Wiki 6:

  • Anna is teaching for me on Wednesday this week as per usual. I am off-site on Thursday so Ebony will be taking our class. She is well-loved by our tamariki and is super excited to be back in Pīwakawaka for a day!
  • Lots of our kids are LOVING playing with water in the sandpit during break times. I encourage this kind of play as there is so much rich learning involved – and it’s fun! If you know your child loves the sandpit could you please throw a spare change of clothes (or two!) in their pēke (bag). This makes it easy for them to change into a fresh set ready for class when the bell goes. Ngā mihi!
  • Lucky Book Club order forms went home this week – if it hasn’t made it’s way to you I’ll give you three guesses as to where it might be hiding… #bookbag
  • We have one more trip planned for 2018! This one is a whole Junior School outing to Memorial Park on Thursday in Week 8. Stay tuned for more info as the date gets closer. It’s a whānau event so pencil it into your diaries – we’d love you to come along! Flick me an īmēra or touch base with me if you can offer parent help on the day. Click here for the latest available info. 
  • Tea Towel Fundraiser – Our amazing Supporter’s Club has one last Fundraiser for the year and it’s a goodie! 3 beautiful tea towels have been designed which you can purchase for just $20 a set. Click here to see the designs and place your pre-order.
  • Raffle for a Ride – Our 25 lucky winners of Raffle for a Ride were drawn out at a full school hui on Friday morning. We’re a bit lucky in Pīwakawaka to have 2 winners! Nate will be arriving at school in a Mini Cooper, and Levi will be driven by a member of the Turbos!! Come down and join us this Friday (November 23rd) to see some pretty special vehicles and join in the fun! Click here to read more about the day.
  • Whakamihia (Congratulations) to Kaidyn & his whānau on the safe arrival of pēpi Greer. She is absolutely beautiful & we felt a bit special getting to meet her this week!

That’s it from me for Week 5! I can’t believe it’s Wiki 6 āpōpō and we only have 4 more to go for 2018. Time is flying and Christmas will be here soon! 

In All Blacks news… this morning’s loss to Ireland might be just what we need – you can’t win everything all the time! Mistakes are where learning happens so I’m sure they’ll reflect on the match and come back stronger.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday – it’s a good day for popcorn and a movie I reckon!

Hei te ata,

Nā Lucy


What a proud big brother!

Whaea Jay giving Liz her Moko Kauae

Practising our pūkana!

Andy’s Tā Moko


We love our Tuakana at Ross!

Playing games – this one was called ‘Rakiraki’

Playing a game called ‘Pūkana’

Playing ‘Ka Mate’

We were well looked after by our ‘big humans’

Singing a waiata together at the end of our visit (Te Ahu a Turanga)

Picnic at Papaioea Park

Having a play on the playground before heading back to school