Ahiahi mārie Pīwakawaka whānau,

We’re heading into Week 9 and the end of the term is fast approaching – we’ve been so full on it’s just flown by! Wiki 8 was Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori and we had lots of fun extending our knowledge of all things Māori. Every week is like Māori Language Week in Pīwakawaka – we’re always learning new kupu (words) and new waiata (songs). So this week we decided to share a bit of what we know with the rest of Papatūānuku as part of our celebrations, as well as learning some new songs and phrases.

We made some special ‘Taihoa’ signs to place near our creations to let other people know we’re not finished our mahi yet – in case we need to go somewhere like a reading group, or to the wharepaku (toilet). Our tamariki took turns visiting other classrooms to introduce our little signs and kōrero to each class, teaching them that ‘Taihoa’ means ‘Wait’. I was SO proud of our tamariki and the courage they showed doing this. It was such a fun and meaningful way for our kids to demonstrate Hautūtanga (Leadership). Every class was excited to receive our signs and thought they’d be very useful during play! Thank you for supporting us so strongly – I’ve heard many of you using Te Reo in the mornings and it always puts a smile on my face to hear everyone giving it a go. Kia kaha tonu – keep it up!

Some pānui for the week ahead:

  • Mount Biggs Trip (THIS Thursday 20th September) – We are travelling out on buses with parent helpers taking their own vehicles. Thank you to all who are coming! We’ve decided to have sausages, bread, and tomato sauce available at the sausage sizzle to compliment each child’s hearty packed lunch (including fruit). We’re getting pretty excited in Pīwakawaka!
  • Festival of Cultures – Tuesday, Week 10 – Keep checking SchoolStream for updates about this event (not always from me). It’s shaping up to be a bit of a ‘market’ type evening with some classes selling things, other classes doing performances (like us!), live music, coffee carts… and more! Come and join us from 4pm – 7pm on Tuesday 25th September for some RSS whānau time.
  • Farewell Luca – On Friday we sadly said haere rā (goodbye) to Luca. We wish you all the very best for this next stage in your learning journey and we hope you just love your new kura in Taranaki. We will miss you!
  • Calendar Art – We are working hard on this and have almost finished! Samples should hopefully be ready mid-week for you to come and view. There will be a clearfile full of your amazing children’s artwork in Pīwakawaka so feel free to pop in and have a look from Thursday onwards. I’m working on getting it all scanned and uploaded to here too, as I know some of you will find that more convenient. Stay tuned for info about how to order calendars and diaries etc over the coming weeks.
  • Assembly – Purapura Whetū block is hosting this at 2.20pm on Wednesday. All welcome.

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

We’ve enjoyed having our Tuakana from Poutokomanawa teach us new phrases every day this week – and some Māori hand games! They taught us using role play, modelling, and asking us fun questions. Ask your tamariki what their favourite lesson from our ‘big buddies’ was. Also, we joined Kapa Haka on Friday and knew some of the waiata – we loved being able to participate alongside the seniors!

Below is what we’ve written on our ‘Taihoa’ signs. I was inspired by the ‘koreromaori’ Instagram page – it’s worth a follow if you have IG! I’ve attached a PDF doc in case you would like to print these and use them at home.

Taihoa! Kei te mahi ahau. Kaua e tutū.

Wait! I am working on this. Please don’t touch.

We’ve been a bit blessed with ātaahua (beautiful) weather this weekend, but not so blessed on the sports field… hopefully the All Blacks bounce back fast from last night’s loss to the Springboks.

If you have any pātai about anything above or you just want to touch base, feel free to send me an īmēra: lucy@russellst.school.nz

Mā te wā (See you later/that’s all for now),

Nā Lucy

P.S. I was clearing out my camera roll yesterday and found this beauty of a selfie that I just have to share. We used the timer on my phone to take a class picture when we made our Shorts Day art for the hospice – and this was one of our practice runs (we learnt that we needed to move back!). It reminds me of the Ellen Degeneres photo at the Oscars a few years ago (also attached)…

Who did it better? (I vote Pīwakawaka…) 😃

Otis and Heath sharing our signs with 2Meke

Andy and Nate sharing with Tohora Nui

Levi and Ryan sharing with Harakeke

Jackson and Chloe sharing with Waka Huia

Watching our RSS Kapa Haka rōpū – in awe!

We were pretty excited to join in!