End of Term 4 Week 1 Pānui

Kia ora e te whānau,

Lovely to be back on deck for our final term of the year. Sadly, our Friday Pānui has lost a reader. My beautiful mum Barb was an avid reader of this pānui, passed away over the holidays. I appreciated those of you this week who checked in and asked of her, it meant a lot. Some of you may not know, but I attended a rural primary school that Mum was a teacher at called Harrisville in South Auckland. Just recently she reminded me of an embarrassing story, that I had tried to erase from my memory, when I shared about how our upcoming Lamb, Pet and Calf Day will be my first since I attended one myself in the early 90’s. It was during the calling section of my first ever event, my lamb got startled and jumped outside of the ring, while I was trying to call it and it ran away. Luckily some parents tried for half an hour to wrangle my rogue lamb, leaving me in hysterics! Thankfully, I got better at rearing lambs over the years and this picture is of me, for your amusement, with my champion lamb ‘Ridgy’ as an 9 year old, which made up for said lamb above.

Lamb Calf and Pet Day:

Next Saturday 29th October is LCP Day. The following information went home with your child last term to keep you in the loop or give you an idea if this is your first LCP Day at Turitea. We would love your help to run some thing. Please fill in your name on the sheet here in the yellow boxes if you can assist.

Kapa Haka:

Whāea Tūrehu (Fire Too-Rear-Who) started our whole school Kapa Haka session, which will run every Wednesday until the end of the year. This got off to a fantastic start with her composing a song specifically for us. She was impressed with our focus as shown above, commitment to learning the kupu (words) and the confidence shown by a lot of our tamariki when asked if they were keen to do a solo. Ka rawe! (awesome)

Fencing Project:

You might have noticed that the final stage of our fencing project was started over the holidays and the new fencing around the turf and outdoor play area in front of Rimu has been completed and looks awesome! As mentioned previously, they then move on to putting in wooden panels onto the inward side of the wooden fence by the field and then continuing the black steel fencing in front of the tree line of the field. 

Junior Cluster Athletics:

Yesterday our Year 1-3 students went to Linton Camp School for Cluster Athletics Day. Like usual, it ran like clockwork and kids from all our neighbouring schools had a fab day. The one thing we couldn’t control is the weather and the call was made to can the day half way through, which was sad. Senior Cluster Athletics is next Thursday 27th October. Well done to all our kids for giving it their all!

Lucky Book/Photo/Calendar Orders:

Lucky Book orders are due next Tuesday 25th October. Photo order envelopes will be in your child’s bag this afternoon and orders are due back by Thursday 3rd November. Calendar order forms went home at the start of the week and are due Friday 4th November. All need to be handed in to the office please.

Year 5/6 Camp:

Last night, we had our parent information evening and it was neat to hear from Sally, who runs Camp Makahika. If you couldn’t make it, email Trish to get the notes she took or if you have any questions.

Little Gardens @ New World:

Broadway New World are running a competition for a local school to win a VegePod Garden Kit. The voting opens today and closes on Friday 28th October. To vote, comment on the post on the New World Facebook Page which comes out today, the number of the school you wish to vote for. (We are school number 1 – Quite fitting really)

Kelly Sport Afterschool Programme:

This starts back next Tuesday 25th October for the rest of the year. You can sign your child/ren up here if you are interested. Craig’s goal is to get as many kids active as possible! Open for all ages.

Epic Music Lessons with Oscar:
Epic Music Academy runs it’s one of a kind instrument tuition programs in school on a Friday and registrations are open for Term 4! To sign up, check out their website, or send an email here. 

Music Lessons with Heather:

If your child is interested in learning the piano/keyboard this term on a Monday at school, please contact Heather de Ridder on 357 6532 or email her on harmonyhouse@xtra.co.nz for information. 

Children’s Drawing Classes:

Mike Ryan is an art teacher with spaces available. It isheld at the Chinese Association on Napier Road on Tuesdays 3.30 – 5pm and costs $150 per term. Contact Rachel 021 624 892 or Mike 022 460 7311.

Hot Shots Tennis:

Big John is running his usual Marist Tennis Sessions at Vautier Park on Puriri Terrace for Term 4. Click here for more information etc.