End of Term 2 Week 8 Pānui

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou (Warmest greetings to you all),

WHAT A WEEK! A super proud tumuaki right now. Your tamariki have really stepped up this week and showcased their talent, passion and confidence in Kapa Haka. From smashing it on the stage at the Regent for Pae Tamariki on Tuesday, to then blowing the roof off the Linton Army Camp Gymnasium yesterday. It is something I definitely couldn’t have done at my primary school growing up, nor really had the opportunity to, so it fills me with pride that our tamariki have this. Mihi atu (thanks) to Whaea Tūrehu for getting them performance ready and to all our whānau for coming along to support us. If you couldn’t get out of mahi (work) and missed this, please take ten minutes to watch them here, they are pretty awesome!

We trust you all enjoyed a ‘taste of NZ’ last night if your child brought home a hangi (Māori traditionally cooked food in the ground). Cooking this way is a real skill and a lot of people don’t get a chance to try, so whakawhetai (gratitude) to Lazir AKA Chewy (Ariki from Rātā’s Dad) and the team at Ngāti Tūmatauenga (NZ Defence Force) for providing this for us. We all enjoyed our day of Mātauranga (learning) with you about Matariki and Puanga and we hope those of you who came too did also. Today they dropped off the garden beds that they made as one of the activities which are made out of our old fence that got crashed into giving them another life, which fits in nicely with one of the many themes of Matariki.

On Wednesday, we welcomed Grace, who has joined us in Rimu with Meagan and Hannah. She is cousin to Greer in Pōhutukawa who has been such a great tuakana (senior) by helping her settle. Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Turitea (Welcome to Turitea School). Unfortunately today marked the last day for Sanah from Mataī though. Her whānau are moving up to Auckland and she will start at her new school Panmure Bridge School next term. We wish them all the best for the next chapter in their life. 

Hopefully when you were driving here this morning, our flash new sign caught your attention, pictured below if you haven’t already seen. We are pleased that our front entrance is now looking even better than it was before. 

Hui ā Kura (Assembly):
Today we had our second to last Hui ā Kura (assembly) of the term and Carmen, Harper and Neve were our Year 6 hosts and did a fab job. Today we handed out the Cluster Cross-Country certificates from last week and as always, we recognised those who consistently demonstrate our uara (values) and getting their tiwhikete (certificate) are:

Rimu: Isla – Manaakitanga and Thatcher – Mātauranga
Rātā: Scarlett – Mātauranga
Pōhutukawa: Jonah – Mātauranga
Mataī: Lily – Whanaungatanga
Tōtara: Wid – Whanaungatanga
Kahikatea: Harper – Mātauranga
Tumuaki: Charlee – Mātauranga

Reporting to Whānau:
Our amazing kaiako are adding the finishing touches to our Mid Year Reports. In addition to reporting on how they are doing in reading, writing and maths, they have also been capturing student voice to add the learner’s perspective to this reporting process. We think this is a really valuable part of the report and combined with the progress graphs and the comment around how they are showing our uara (values), provide a great window into how they are progressing at school. This will go live in Hero in the first week of July. You will receive an alert when they have been published. If your child is in Rimu, their report will look slightly different and will be printed. Today we are opening bookings for Kōrero Mai (Learner Conferences) for Wednesday 3rd July and Thursday 4th July (the last week of kura). If you would like to make time with the teacher to discuss the report, please book in for these. 

Interschool Ki-O-Rahi:
Next Wednesday, Cameron is taking our Year 5/6 team of Ada, Billy, Cassius, Elias, Ezekiel, Hugo, Kazuri, Milana, Natalie Ruby, Ryleigh and Sophia to compete at the Interschool Ki-O-Rahi tournament at Fitzherbert Park. This traditional Māori game is getting more and more popular, so this tournament has nearly 30 schools taking part, which is mīharo! (amazing) 

Cluster Cross Country:
Thanks again to those who came to support our runners last week. Tokomaru has done their best to compile the results for us, which was a fast and furious event. So much amazing success from all the highlighted names on the list. 

Miss ‘Do it All’ Dani is going to take our DanceNZmade team to the Interschool event in August. It is for tamariki in Year 3-6 and she will do a taster with everyone next week and then work with those who are keen at being a part of this. Please refer to her previous post on Hero for more information.

From the PTA:
We have a PTA meeting next  Wednesday 26th June in the staffroom at 7pm. All are welcome to join us. Another reminder to get your team together for the Quiz Night which is coming up on Saturday 6th July at the Manawatū Hockey Pavilion at 7pm. Register your team here

Turitea Keyrings:
Please fill out the form to order if you haven’t already done so. Today is the last day so don’t miss out!

Celebrating Puanga:
The PNCC have organised a whānau-friendly Puanga Festival next Friday 28th June from 3pm – 7pm which will be held at Central Energy Trust Arena’s Pit Lane. This is one for all ages, with plenty of kai, stalls, kapa haka, free activities and the incredible Anika Moa will also be performing. More information here.

Holiday Programmes:
Look at all the options available for your tamariki these upcoming holidays. You could do a ‘pick and mix’ if you like. 

Want to do something cool this afternoon? Head on down to Memorial Park from 4pm today for Onboard Skate’s Go Skateboarding Day for their free taster session. It is open to children of all ages and skateboard riding experience. They will provide everything, you just need to show up.  

Hei te Rāhina (See you Monday)