End of Term 1 Week 4 Pānui

Kia ora e te whānau,

Whaea Tūrehu has been working hard with our tamariki every Wednesday during Kapa Haka on learning new waiata (songs) and kupu (words). This morning at hui, they sang so beautifully without her, man I was proud to hear that. I’ll have to take a video for you all next time. We had some amazing leaders step up too which was great to see with Ada, Nate, Iti and Maikara showcasing their leadership – Ka mau te wehi! (great job). Our goal in Kapa Haka is to take the whole school to perform in Pae Tamariki in Term 3 at the Regent. 

This week at school we welcomed Eli, who has started in Rimu with Meagan, finally joining his big sister Marley at school, gotta love those sibling bonds.

Black and White Day:

Next Wednesday 1st March, we want to show our support to the schools in the Hawke’s Bay who’s buildings and grounds have been really badly affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. The idea is that we all dress in Black and White which are the colours of their region and bring a gold coin donation to lay a coin trail for them in our quad. Nina and Juliette from Kahikatea whipped up this video promoting it and you can check it out here. Angus and Richie from Tōtara came up with another idea of doing a Swimathon on Friday 10th March all day in the school pool. It is great to see our tamariki showing empathy for kids like them whose schools are a wreck currently. A beautiful link to Manaakitanga, one of our important school values.

Senior Cluster Athletics:

Notes went home this week regarding this. Congratulations to our team who will represent Turitea School next Thursday at our Cluster Event at the Massey Track. This year, the decision was made by Aokautere School to bring Athletics Day forward to Term 1, instead of the usual Term 4 because the weather is usually better. Kinda seems like that decision jinxed things didn’t it? This has meant that it hasn’t given us time to have a school event like we usually do. However, we are thinking that towards the end of the term, we will have a fun event at school showcasing all our Athletics skills.

From the PTA:

You hopefully will have read by now that due to the dicey weather, we’ve had to make the tough call to cancel just the overnight aspect of the Overnight Camp tonight. We still want to come together as a community and embrace our value of Whanaungatanga. The pool will be open from 4pm. Dinner will be served at 6pm followed by ice cream. Then there will be a movie for kids interested. Straight after the movie is a milo then farewell you off to the rest of your Friday evening. All you need to bring is your own plate to eat on, cutlery and a cup for each person attending. 

Turitea Talent Show:

For the last three days, Turitea Students have entered and performed in the Turitea Talent Show. They danced, sang and even played the piano. We were so proud of everyone who participated and gave it their best. It was very hard to choose just four people to win but these people really stood out. Fourth place was Iti Grayson and Nate. Third place was Skyla. Second place is Lily C and First place was Ruby H and Grace. We were really impressed with everyone. Written and Hosted by Harlow Te Aranga Natalie and Carmen.

Monster Garage Sale:

Thanks to those of you who have already sold Raffle tickets and returned these with the money to school. If you’d like to sell more, please come and grab them from the office. Our MGS is on Saturday 18th March. Don’t forget to save your items (just not clothes, screens or computers) for the white elephant stall. Feel free to ask friends and family if they have anything to donate. Look out for the MGS helper board to please put your name down to help out with something on or before the day. If you feel like delivering some fliers to your neighbourhood to get more people attending, please let someone from the PTA know.

Weetbix Tryathlon:

Last week I mentioned that I had 5x Free Entries (worth $50 each) to give away to the WBT for first time attendees. I’m running a little competition to see who might like to win these. All I’ve asked your kids is to show me some proof of them living and breathing our school values of Manaakitanga (kindness), Kaitiakitanga (looking after things), Mātauranga (learning) or Whanaungatanga (positive relationships). Use this to your advantage parents… wink wink! The proof might be in the form of a video, a poster, a letter, a comic, a photo, a diagram, a model, a drawing. Entries close Wednesday 1st March, so get involved.

Sports Uniforms:

Last week, we let you know our plan for how issuing these will look this year. Are you able to do the quick survey to let us know if you have a uniform at home (no judgement if you do) It is just so that we can take stock and get these all numbered and issued. 

Teacher Union Meetings:

If you have children at other schools, you may have heard that these are next Thursday or Friday and they may be asking you to pick up your kids from school early. Our amazing teachers are releasing each other to attend these to not inconvenience you.

Girls Brigade:

If your daughter is keen to make new friends, learn new skills, have fun activities and opportunities click here for more information about Girls Brigade. It is for girls aged from 5 years and up. They are in Takaro on Tuesdays – Juniors from 4.45-6.15pm – Seniors from 6.00-8.00pm. Contact Suzanne on 356 1974. There is also a programme in Milson on Thursdays from 4.30-6pm with Joanne being the contact on 355-3124.

You may have seen on TV or social media that Te Matatini, our biggest Kapa Haka festival of the year is currently on over the next few days. It would be cool if over the weekend, you could show your kids the quality of the performances. I think they will really enjoy seeing their mana and talent.

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki! (have a great weekend)