Kia ora Pīwakawaka whānau,

Week 7 was an awesome week! We kicked it off with a trip to Shed 23 where we were treated to an authentic cultural experience by Jennifer Moss. The kids absolutely loved it and we learnt SO much about instruments from around the world, what they’re made of, and the different sounds they can make. It was a perfect way to celebrate diversity in preparation for our Festival of Cultures night in Week 10. More about that below! Walking Wednesday was hugely successful yet again – I had a massive pahi (bus) by the time we picked everyone up from the side streets! Troy was very busy clicking everyone’s cards as we arrived at the gate. We had a crane visit school on Friday to relocate our wooden playhouse so we enjoyed eating our lunch on the quad while we watched the action. See the pikitia below!

I have a lot of pānui this week so I’ll do my best to whip through it all. Might pay to get comfy!

  • Mount Biggs Trip – Thursday, 20th Sept (Week 9) – We are heading into Week 8 on Monday so our trip to Mt Biggs School in Feilding is only about 10 days away now. Planning for this is in full swing! Parent helpers- we’ll be in touch with more info for you soon. In terms of kai, we are asking that every child comes with a packed lunch as per a usual school day. We are having a sausage sizzle in addition to lunch so if your tamaiti (child) has special dietary requirements that I’m not already aware of please flick me an email or come and have a kōrero with me. We are planning to have sausages (pre-cooked), white bread, and fruit. The sausage sizzle won’t be enough to keep the kids going for the entire day so it’s really important that everyone brings a packed lunch and plenty of water. We’re also collecting yoghurt pots for seed planting on the day so if you have any lying around, they can be delivered to me instead of your recycling bin. Thank you!
  • Festival of Cultures Event – Tuesday, 25th Sept (Week 10) – Keep an eye on School Stream for more info around this as it gets closer, but pencil in 5pm-7pm. It’s shaping up to be a pretty special event so we’d love it if you could join us. Pīwakawaka will be performing an item, and it will likely be within the first hour to ensure our kids get a chance to share before it gets too late. If you can’t make it, throw me an email so I can get an idea of numbers for our item on the night. Also, could our boys please wear a pair of black shorts. We’ve only got 7 girls so we’re planning to collaboratively make a piece of clothing for them to wear. Watch this space!
  • Poutokomanawa 2019 – Expression of Interest forms for this went home this week (they are green). As you may be aware, we currently have a Year 3/4 and a Year 5/6 Poutokomanawa. If there is enough interest we will consider creating a Year 1/2 space in 2019. Pīwakawaka kids would love it – thanks to those who have made enquiries with me already! If you have any pātai regarding this feel free to come and chat with myself or anyone on staff. Click here to register your interest online!
  • Ngā Uaratanga/Our Values – We’ve been enjoying doing lots of learning around our School Values lately. Click this link to download the Values-Matching-Card-Game I have created for you to use. Our kids would LOVE playing this with you at home and it’s a fun way for you to become familiar with what we are all about at RSS. I know our tamariki will enjoy getting to share what they’ve learnt with you – Karawhiua! Give it a go!
  • Heads up… – Head lice are doing the rounds in Papatūānuku. It would pay to do a check this weekend in case they’ve made their way to Pīwakawaka. If your child ends up with the unwanted visitors I’d appreciate it if you could let me know just so I can continue to monitor this space.
  • Heelies at School – These funny shoes with the wheels on the base of them are great fun for scooting around on at lunch, despite giving me heart flutters when it comes to stopping! It’s OK for our children to wear them for now, BUT if they become a distraction to learning, prevent us from walking around the school sensibly, or are the cause of tension between friends then I’ll re-assess and may ask for them to stay at home. Thank you for your tautoko in this!
  • Activity Fees Term 3 – These are due now. Notices went home on Friday for those who have outstanding fees due from Terms 1, 2, and 3. It could once again be lost in the depths of the trusty old book bag so have a browse!
  • Poroaki/Farewell – One of our beautiful fantails, Luca, is flying off to explore a new adventure in Taranaki! This is a very exciting time for Luca’s whānau, but it’s bittersweet because we will miss him so much! His last day will be this coming Friday, September 14th. I’m already stocking up on tissues and stealing lots of cuddles! Kia pai te haere, e tama – travel well our boy.


We’re very excited to celebrate Māori Language week this week. Te Ao Māori (The Māori World) is woven throughout everything we do in Pīwakawaka, so we’re looking forward to sharing what we know with the rest of the school. Te Reo Māori is a taonga, or treasure, so this week is all about celebrating the language and giving it a go to keep it alive and strong. I love hearing many of you use reo when you’re in class with us so I really encourage you to kōrero Māori – especially this week!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki:

He aha te kupu Māori mō…? What is the Māori word for…?

This phrase might come in handy this wiki!

Phew…that’s it from me! I know I’ve just thrown a lot of pānui at you – kura is a very busy place! If you have any pātai (questions) about anything above, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to flick me an īmēra (email).

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (Have a good weekend),

Ngā manaakitanga,


P.S. Whoever scheduled the Warriors knock-out game to be on at the same time as the All Blacks has made life a bit tricky for us tonight! I’ll be frantically switching channels in between nervous breakdowns – it’s crunch time for the Warriors!