Ahiahi mārie Pīwakawaka whānau,

Te Rā (The Sun) is out in full force today in the Mighty Manawatū! What a beautiful weekend of weather we are having – here’s hoping it sticks around!

We had a massive week at kura with the highlight being our trip to Mount Biggs School on Thursday. It was so wonderful to catch up with James (former RSS Deputy Principal) and make many new connections with the tamariki out there. Our kids had a ball! Going on an all-day excursion with the whole of Papatūānuku was a big undertaking but it was an absolutely awesome day, full of rekareka (fun and enjoyment) and whakawhanaungatanga. The kids were buzzing over so many unique experiences like sheep shearing, patting lambs, gumboot throwing, sandpit digging, mountain bike riding, and much, much more! I’m sure you’ve had some pretty ngenge (tired) little fantails this weekend. Ngā mihi (thanks/acknowledgement) to our parent helpers – your support in outings such as this is greatly appreciated. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Somehow we’ve made it to the end of Term 3 in what feels like record time. Here is your ‘Heads Up’ as we look ahead to our final wiki:

  • Festival of Cultures Event THIS TUESDAY September 25th – Come to school between 4pm and 7pm for a celebration of diversity, culture, and of course whakawhanaungatanga. Every class is showcasing something they’ve been working on especially for this event in a variety of ways throughout the evening. Pīwakawaka are sharing some waiata we’ve been working on and we’re scheduled to perform at 4.15pm. If you’re able to make it, it would be helpful to arrive in Room 3 at around 3.45pm so we can get organised before our Kapa Haka group opens the event at 4pm. If you and your child can’t come can you please flick me an īmēra so that I have a rough idea of numbers for our items. If our boys could wear black shorts and our girls wear tights, that would be fab! Thank you!
  • Calendar Art – Our tamariki have created some beautiful mixed-media masterpieces for their calendar art! Click here to view them! They haven’t scanned up as vibrant as they look in real life, so if you’d prefer to view the real thing then come on in to Pīwakawaka and look through the clearfile. Orders are now open – Calendars and packs of Cards are $10 each, and Diaries are $15. Orders close on Wednesday 31st October.
  • Teacher Only Day Tuesday 23rd October – Labour Day is Monday 22nd October, and we’ve got a Teacher Only Day scheduled for Tuesday the 23rd. It is important that alternative arrangements are made for your children on this day.
  • Book Bags – I know some of you are in the market for a new Book Bag, which get very heavily used! Nate’s one is from ‘Haptics bags’ on Facebook which is run by a family member of Nate’s. Their products are very durable and funky, check them out if you’re after a long lasting and unique book bag.
  • Old, but clean, T-Shirts – Room 7 need some old (but clean!) T-Shirts for a sustainability workshop they’re running at Festival of Cultures. If you’ve got any unwanted tees lying around the house that could do with going to a charity bin, throw them my way by Tuesday morning please!
  • SchoolStream – It’s been brought to my attention that since the latest app update, some of you aren’t receiving notifications of posts. I believe this in an Android phone issue and can be fixed by altering your notification settings, once you’re aware of it! Many teachers post frequently so it pays to regularly check the ‘Leadership Pānui’ and ‘From the Office’ tabs to ensure you don’t miss anything important!

Last, but certainly not least, I am super excited to share that we are welcoming a new little fantail into our Pīwakawaka whānau in Term 4. His name is Connor and he’s coming to visit us on Monday to hang out and get to know his new RSS family. What a beautiful opportunity for our kids to show Manaakitanga and Kotahitanga, two of our school values. We’re looking forward to having Connor join us!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?

We learnt this phrase last week during Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori. Now that we have a new friend in our class it seems like perfect timing to practice it!

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend! Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any pātai about any of the above updates.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day),

Nā Lucy

Walking Wednesday – our pahi (bus) was HUGE this week! Tau kē – fantastic!

Lily having a go at being the Rousie at Mt Biggs

Making sand saucer creations in Room 2 at Mount Biggs

Dress ups with the Mt Biggs kids!

Farm walk. The paddocks were so lush and green!

James educating us about electric fences and how to unhook the farm gate – there’s a knack!

The view behind us was amazing! It’s such a beautiful setting.

Travis walking a lamb (they get brushed every day and are super fluffy)

Kamupūtu (Gumboot) Throwing Competition

Sausage Sizzle!