End of Term 3 Week 6 Pānui

Kia ora e te whānau,

Yesterday marked the start of Mahuru – Māori Language Month. I challenge you to Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori – Have a go at using Māori Language. Sadly, we only have 3% of fluent speakers of Te Reo, a language that is native to us here in Aotearoa. You could start small; even if it is just changing from saying Hello to Kia Ora (Key or-ra) or See you later to Ka Kite (Car key-tear). I’ll try and support you with the pronunciation and give some phonetic pointers to help you out. One cool site I’ve stumbled across is Māori word a day so give it a go and let me know if you are taking on the challenge in your workplace or whare. (far-rear: house)

School Disco:

See you all at school tonight from 6pm – 7.30pm for our Spots/Stripes themed Disco. Refreshments will be sold in Totara, so bring a few dollars for the kids. Parents will wait in the ‘quiet while the kids have a kanikani (car-knee-car-knee: dance). DJ AJ will be on the decks and thanks to those who lent us their party lights. 

Jump Jam:

Our squad of Abigail, Ava, Cory, Dana, Grace, Izzy, Katelyn, Khobe, Kiara LG, Kiara M, Leah, Myah, Rania, Ruby and Samantha performed at the Jump Jam Regional Competition on Saturday. They missed Maggie, who was unable to attend. They were Tumeke! (Too-meh-keh: Amazing) and made it through to the final round and gained a merit for technical execution and presentation. Massive thanks to Coach Kate and the parents for your support. Check out their performance here and give them a like! #welovejumpjam

Year 5/6 Camp:

This is booked at Makahika OPC from 7th-10th November. The cost is $340.45 per student. Come and talk to us to arrange a payment plan if that is a struggle. We don’t want price to be a barrier for our tamariki attending. Sally is taking a parent evening for all on Thursday 20th October at 6pm in Tane Mahuta.

Bike Safety:

Nigel, Johan and Erin from Sport Manawatū took our Year 5/6 students for their Bike Safety programme this week. It was great to see the confidence our tuakana (Too-a-car-na: Big kids) had riding on the road when they went to the Esplanade. Maybe enjoy a bike ride together this weekend to let them show off their skills.

Te Rā Daffodil:

Thank you for your support with this last Ramere (Rar-meh-reh: Friday). We raised just under $400 for the Cancer Society, who were extremely grateful for the koha (core-har: donation). Tau Ke! (Toe care: Awesome)

Board of Trustees Elections: 

Don’t forget to vote for our new Board of Trustees. You have until 4pm on Wednesday 7th September.

Hero Notifications:

I have heard a lot of you are having success with the Hero app notifying you of new posts if you have had a play with the notification settings on your phone. Hero has told us that all our settings are correct so we need you to check them on your end. If you’ve fixed your phone, be a good friend and help someone else out. 

Sports @ Turitea:

Netball and Hockey concluded last weekend. Thanks to Jennifer Burke, Ruth Cookson, Ben James and Alice Bradnock for all their work with coaching. Thanks also to all the other parents who have supported these teams throughout the season. We have a few spaces in our Year 5/6 Summer Hockey team, register here if your child is keen. The rest of the teams are full. Anna’s job has been hectic fitting everyone in!

From the Office:

We have plenty of eggs from Hercoe’s Farm for sale for $7 a dozen, cash only. Lucky Book orders are due back Wednesday 7th September. If you have any Yummy Apple stickers, please send them in as we have to post them in by the end of term to get our share of free sports gear. 

Here are some of my favorite photos from around the place this past week.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā! (Have a great weekend!)