Kia ora Pīwakawaka whānau,

What a creative week we have had, full of innovation and Rekareka (FUN!). Highlights have been our Papatūānuku Play afternoon on Monday, SportStart & Waiata with 2Meke on Tuesday, and our whole school Matariki Art day on Wednesday where we got to work with Harakeke (Rm 5) and make manu tū (kites) to celebrate the Māori New Year.

We also had ‘Shorts Day’ on Thursday, and on Friday we all got to showcase our amazing Matariki Art to the rest of the kura & watch our talented Kapa Haka rōpū (group/s) perform. Two of our friends from the Senior School – Henry and Kate – presented a piece of their mahi (work) to us on Thursday which we really enjoyed, too! It was about National Young Leaders Day & they made it really interactive which kept our tamariki engaged!

A huge mihi (thanks/acknowledgement) to everyone who joined in on ‘Shorts Day’! It was fantastic to see so many Pīwakawaka kids rocking shorts even though it was tino makariri (very cold!). Levi won an award for the funkiest shorts in the Junior School! The Arohanui Hospice staff were incredibly overwhelmed and appreciative of our massive effort as a kura (school). It’s such a special place in our community and is close to many of our hearts.  We’re very proud to have contributed so generously to such an amazing cause. Thank you for your koha (donations) – your tautoko (support) for events like this is truly valued.

We didn’t get to the Library on Friday but I collected all of our books that the kids wanted to return. We’ve got a couple of outstanding overdue pukapuka (books) that we can’t track down though! Can you please check your homes for ‘Daphne and the Diamond Fairy’, ‘The Treasure of Captain Claw’, and ‘The Bad Guys, Episode 5’. If you happen to find them hiding in your whare (house) somewhere it would be so great to have these returned to the library, or to me.

I loved watching some of our boys playing Rippa this morning – the Wairua (spirit/determination) our kids show on the sports field makes me so proud every time! Ka rawe e tama mā (Awesome, boys!).

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

We learnt some new kupu (words) associated with Kai Hauora (a loose translation of ‘Brainfood’) this week. We like to see how many different kinds of huarākau (fruit) we can name! New words for us this wiki were:

  • Paināporo – Pineapple
  • Manarini – Mandarin
  • Kerepe – Grapes

We also learnt ‘Hanawiti’ which means Sandwich.

Hope everyone is staying warm and you’re having a restful weekend. Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday for the start of Week 9! Enjoy some photos from yet another full on week in Pīwakawaka!

Mauri tau,


P.S. Go the All Blacks! Hopefully it’s a more entertaining game than last week and we can go 3/3.