End of Term 4 Week 6 Pānui

Kia ora e te whānau,

Today marks 14 days of school remaining in the year, how about that? Thank you to those of you who have taken the opportunity to provide your feedback around our class placement for 2023. I welcome you to have your say and fill out this form if you haven’t done so already. I want to acknowledge that our idea of running two Year 4-6 classrooms is a change to what has previously been done out here. Now I could bombard you with a bunch of research that supports this methodology, however this has been common practice in small schools all over New Zealand for many years. Teachers teach students where they are, not what year level they are, so we have been teaching this educational band for a while now. I have prepared a slide with a bunch of our thinking behind this to give you all more background if you would like to read this. On Wednesday next week (30th) at 3.30pm I am going to go through this slide in more detail in Matai for those who are interested or have some further questions about this.

Cluster Touch:

“Our kids aren’t made of sugar” was the call on Thursday from Team Opiki, the organisers of Cluster Touch. I was a little surprised when I got this email saying they still wanted to proceed with the day, despite being inundated with rain at that exact time. Thankfully, it turned out to be a fab day for our 4 teams of touch players as the weather did improve over the day. Cheers to the parents who helped coach, referee and transport the kids to and from Monrad Park. Heaps of tries scored like the pictures above. Tumeke!

Anneliese’s Graduation:

Today is a very special day for Anneliese and her family as she graduates from Massey University. It was nice that she came in to see us today and show off her awesome attire. Check out the amazing pic of her and her class above.

PNBHS Slog Sweep:

If you have no plans this evening, head on down to Fitzherbert Park tonight to watch the Slog Sweep 20/20 Cricket Clash. It is a 2.30pm start, tickets are $5 per child and $10 per adult.

Sports @ Turitea:
-Touch Draw – Friday 25th November (tonight)
U6’s Turitea Titans vs. College St @ 4pm on Field 10B, then vs. Aokautere @ 4.30pm on 15B.
U8’s Turitea Tigers vs. Mana Tamariki @ 4pm on Field 9B, then vs. Lil Souljahs 1 @ 4.30pm on 9A.
U10’s Turitea Thunder vs. College St @ 5pm on Field 14A, then vs. Takaro @ 5.30pm on 10B.
U12’s Turitea Terriers vs. West End @ 5pm on Field 6, then a bye.

Y-Kids Holiday Programme:
The Holidays are approaching quickly and it’s time to book your child into Y-Kids Holiday Programmes over the summer holidays! Book online here before the 27th November for a 10% discount: The Y-Kids Holiday Programmes offer a varied and interesting range of activities like trips, art, and craft to sports and games. Here is some more information about what they offer.

Note from Meryl our gardener/caretaker:
Does anyone have any old wood lying around their house and might like to help me make some more garden beds? This is to keep up with the demand on all the planting that our gardening team wants to do. Also our worm wee reservoir is ready for those who would like to buy some for $1 per litre. Check out this poster made by Leah with all the details. 

Epic Music:
Last day for Epic Music lessons is Friday 9th December which means our kids doing music have 2 more sessions with Oscar before the end of the year. This will continue in 2023, along with Heather’s Monday session.

Red Cross Christmas Fair:
This is back in the Square on Saturday 3rd December, the same day as the Christmas Concert. The fair runs all day and into the evening, so come for the day, the evening, or both. For more information phone Vivien on 022 3299 033 or email her on pnrcxmasfair@gmail.com

Hoping you all have a fantastic weekend.

Ngā Manaakitanga,