Mōrena Atawhai whānau,

It’s the end of another week already and we’re past the midway point of Term 1 now. As always, there’s lots going on, so read on to stay in the know.

Te Kupu O Te WikiMotuhaketanga

This RSS school value reflects self-awareness & taking ownership for oneself. In Atawhai, we are currently learning how to manage ourselves & our things to increase our independence. To help our kids achieve this, it’s important they have opportunities to be in charge of their own belongings & routines. As a class we would love some tautoko (support) to help us achieve our Motuhaketanga goal. You can help us by encouraging your kids to be ‘in charge’ of simple tasks like putting away their own brainfood, drink bottles, and book bags every morning. This will also help us to know where our things are when we come to need them later in the day. Thank you for helping us to grow as leaders of our own learning!

Wiki 7 Pānui:

    • Marae Trip ‘Thank You’ – A huge mihi to everyone for your support of our marae trip last Thursday. We had an awesome day and the feedback we’ve received about the trip has been so positive. For many of our tamariki it was their first marae experience. It was very special to travel together & share in a treasured part of our unique culture as Kiwis. We’re looking forward to unpacking what we learnt on the day and exploring more Māori culture together over the coming weeks & terms.
    • Ranginui Swimming Sports – This Wednesday, March 13th, our senior students are out all day at Swimming Sports. This does not effect us as Juniors. We have a normal school day.
    • RSS 90th Birthday – Make sure you’ve got Saturday March 23rd in your diaries for our birthday party! It will be a fun celebration from 3pm – 7pm. Hope you can join us!
    • Swimming Showcase – Our swimming unit is coming to an end, but as the weather is still nice and warm at the moment we are going to make the most of our heated pool and continue swimming for a bit longer! Our showcase will be on Thursday of Week 8 (March 21st) from 1.30pm-2.15pm. You are invited to come along & celebrate the growth in confidence all of our kids have made.
    • Library Books – Due to the marae trip we missed our library time last week. If your children want to return their pukapuka before Thursday this week, they are more than welcome to do so. Just send their books to school in their book bags and we’ll collect them up during the day for a ‘returns’ delivery, or alternatively they can return them as part of getting ready for the day one morning.
    • 8.30am Bell – Just a friendly reminder that we need to stay down on the playground until the 8.30am bell rings. As teachers we are often in meetings before school and the classrooms are not available to the children until 8.30am.
    • Learning Conferences – These will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 11, but bookings are open now. Click here to book a conference using the code 8w2hf. Remember, it’s extremely valuable if your children can join us so they can share their learning!

That’s it from me! Thank you for your ongoing support of all we do in Atawhai. It’s been a fantastic first half of the term & we’re looking forward to a busy and fun second half too.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday,

Hei te ata (See you in the morning),

Nā Lucy 🙂


We had our caterpillar turn into a chrysalis on Monday! Sophie also found a caterpillar in her helmet and it’s turned into a chrysalis too – so we’re waiting for 3 monarch butterflies now!

Tuakana/Teina (Big Buddy/Little buddy) time!

Pōwhiri at the marae

Our moko looked awesome!

Us teachers were so proud of our kids sharing our school waiata ‘Whakawhanaungatanga’ with the tangata whenua of the marae to support Troy’s whaikōrero (speech) as part of the pōwhiri. They were outstanding and performed with so much Wairua (spirit) and passion.