Kia ora Pīwakawaka whānau,

I can’t believe we are already at the end of another week! Even though it was a short one, we managed to pack lots in as always. We’ve been lucky that the weather has been pretty kind to us so we’ve still been able to get outside in the fresh air every day – the kids jump at every opportunity to remind me that chasing five year olds in a game of tag is harder than it sounds!

Pānui from me as we head into Week 7 (it turned into a bit of a novel – grab a cuppa!):

  • Activity fees for Term 2 are now due. Notices regarding this went home in book bags on Friday, so hopefully they have found their way to you. Payment details and options are outlined on the form.
  • Kelly Club (the before and after school programme that runs in the Hall) has holiday programme options available. Those tamariki who are currently enrolled in Kelly Club received brochures about this in their book bags on Friday. With the holidays only four weeks away, now would be a good time to make contact with Grace from Kelly Club if you are wishing to book your child in over the break.
  • Instructional reading has looked a little different for us this week. I have been working with children on a more one-on-one basis and using texts that need to stay at school, so you may have noticed less books coming home this wiki. We’ve still been doing lots of shared, buddy, and independent reading during class time. Thank you for continuing to support your child by spending at least 15 minutes a day reading any book of their choice with them. We want reading at home to be easy and fun, so we strongly encourage using books from home as much as you can to further foster a love of reading in our kids.
  • Toys from home have continued causing a few issues across the school. The beyblade club isn’t running out of the library anymore, so there is no reason for toys to be at school now. Please keep supporting your kids to follow the school rules and leave their toys at home. Thank you!
  • We had another ‘Papatūānuku Play’ session with the other junior classes on Thursday afternoon. It is such a beautiful way to maintain across-class friendships outside of the playground, while engaging in rich and meaningful learning experiences. We always look forward to having that time to be creative, explore, collaborate, and wonder alongside our friends in other classes. Ask your child what they got up to during Papatūānuku play this week!
  • We watched our Tuakana/Big buddies practising their waiata and haka for Pae Tamariki next Friday. Our kids sat in awe, totally engaged and joining in with the waiata they know. We’ve got many future RSS Kapa Haka rōpū (group) members in our class!
  • I just wanted to say a huge thank you for supporting Arewhana’s adventures with us. We now have the most incredible pukapuka (book) full of memories from our first two terms as a Pīwakawaka whānau! I’m in the process of getting a new one sorted so hopefully we will have that ready to go home this week and the old one can become part of our class library. I know that you are all super busy people and your efforts to take photos and write stories is greatly appreciated. The kids value Arewhana and his book more than words can say! They just love sharing what they got up to with him with the rest of the class – listening to his adventures is a treasured part of our morning routine. I’m so grateful for your continued support (including throwing him in the washing machine occasionally!).

Bit of a frosty morning for Rippa today but hopefully our boys had fun out there! We are quite a sporty class with some girls playing mid-week netball, too. It’s so great to see so many of our kids getting into sport!

Today’s Te Reo Māori ‘Phrase of the Week’ is ‘Kia kaha e hoa mā’ which translates to mean ‘Let’s go team!’ Thought this was a bit appropriate given the All Blacks have their first test of the season tonight! If you’re a bit of a fan like me then I hope you’ve got somewhere with good heating to enjoy watching it.

A huge Happy Birthday to Luca who is 6 today! Hope you’ve had a really special day.

Have an amazing Sunday, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces on Monday morning.

Mā te wā (that’s all for now/bye for now),

Nā Lucy