Raureka School Term 2 Week 1

Newsletter 5 May 2021


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Here we are at the beginning of term two. As usual there are lots of activities planned and the children can look forward to an educational and fun filled time.

A reminder that Rooms 12 and 13 are working in different places as their rooms are being renovated and upgraded. Room 12 is in the Library and Room 13 is in Room 3.

We will have a Teacher Only Day on Monday 21 June (no school) so the staff can work on finalising achievement data ready for the Three Way conferences in Week 10.

We welcome Whaea Jane MacKinnon to Raureka School for Term 2 while we appoint a new permanent teacher as from the start of Term 3. Whaea Jane has been relieving for us for the past few years and she knows our routines and our children. I want to thank her for stepping in to take the class while we make our new appointment.

Congratulations to both Sarah Smith and Darian Caney they have both become fully registered teachers. They have worked hard and deserve this status. We're proud of you both.

Hockey: Please remember that the children need to have paid the registration fee before we start playing. The Year 5/6 Tui's team practice on Wednesdays at 12:30 with Anita. The Year 5/6 Kowhai team practice on Tuesday's with me at 12:30. I am hoping to get an update on the starting day for the teams as I think the original dates I gave were incorrect as they were Sunday's. All games will be played on Saturday mornings.

Yesterday our children started the Scooter/cycling programme and this will continue for most of the term with children learning how to safely ride a scooter or bicycle. This is only run on a Tuesday. Seniors and Juniors will both take part in this programme. Thanks to Mrs Sanders and Mrs Corbett for organising this and to iWays for running it.

We will also be running the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme this term with Constable Che. The programme is run to help keep our tamariki safe. More notices will come home about this.

Today we were fortunate to have had a performance put on for us. This was done with the support of the Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre, Kahurangi Maori Dance Company and Mary Kippenberger. They have collaborated to create a unique performance called Te Whawhewhawhe and Te Marama. This piece explores anxiety in our young people through the character of Te Marama as she journeys through our beautiful New Zealand Native Bush.

This performance was a gift (Taonga) to our community as we are all increasingly aware of the challenges and struggles our tamariki face on a daily basis. The piece blended both Te Reo and English through stereotypical characters based on different aspects of our personalities. For example, Te Whawhewhawhe (the gossip), Te Maminga (the trickster) and Haupukeri (the egocentric).

Te Marama journeys through the forest meeting these personalities and with Te Whawhewhawhe, acting as her overbearing protector, finds how challenging the world can be. After working themselves into a frazzled state of mind Raupukeri (the peaceful one) encourages Te Marama to work back through her struggles and teaches her ways to deal with her anxieties.

The piece was framed with waiata and used a soundscape of New Zealand’s beautiful wildlife. The set, like Te Marama, falls apart progressively as each character is introduced.

A huge thank you to them for providing this for us.

Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 6 May) we are having a special assembly to unveil our new Korowai and explain its significance to us. You are all invited to come in and be part of this. It starts at 2:30 p.m. Our Kapa haka group will welcome us into the hall.

We are fortunate to have the Duffy Theatre come and visit us this term as well on Tuesday 22nd June at 1:30.

School will close on Monday 21st June for a Teacher Only Day- No staff will be on site then. The YMCA will be open that day if you need to have your child looked after, please see them to organise a place.

On Wednesday 30th June starting at 5:00 p.m we will have our Matariki Celebration at school, everyone is welcome to come and attend, we will have more information about this closer to the time.

In the last week of term we will have our 3 Way Conferences on Monday 5th July starting at 1:00- 6:30 (the school will close at 12:30) and Tuesday 6th July from 3:15-6:30. The conferences are an opportunity to come along with the children and talk to the teacher about your child's progress so far. You will be able to book interview times with us.

Please remember that classes start at 8:55 a.m. each day and all children should be at school, unless they are sick, ready to start then. When the children arrive on time they do not miss out on valuable learning time and they feel as though they haven't missed anything. Keep in mind too that when children arrive late it can be hard on their classmates as after an interruption - some children struggle to refocus on the lesson.

We will also be starting on the remodelling of Room 12/13 from next week, let's hope they have no problems and everything gets completed on time.

The hall area will also have some work done it and new tables and shade areas will be installed (see the photo at the top) for an idea of what it may be like.


Start of Scootering yesterday

A warm welcome to new tamariki!

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Our Values

Our four values are :

Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.

This week we are focusing on -Haepapa/Responsibility - which means, look after yourself and those around you by being a committed, contributing member of society.

Expected behaviour for this week: use your initiative.

Our value for Week 11 was ...


The following children received awards:

R1 , R2 Nikhil Sehjal, R4 Hereora Watene, R5 Iris Pere, R7 Meelah-Rose Hema, R8 Kaylee Gibson, R11 Caitlin Eagle, R12 Kaiden Dell, R13 Teina Paikea, R14 Lincoln Platt, R15 Hereraina Ngahuka-Dunn, R19 Charlie Timmins, R20 , R21 Numia Kitiona-Numia, ESOL Zakariya Gul.

Our Award Winners

Back Row:

Caitlin Eagle, Iris Pere, Charlie Timmins, Hereora Watene, Zakariya Gul, Nikhil Sehjal.

Middle Row:

Kaylee Gibson, Meelah-Rose Hema, Numia Kitiona-Numia, Lincoln Platt, Hereraina Ngahuka-Dunn.

Front Row:

Teina Paikea.

Senior Award Winners

R1 Christine Tunufai, Malachi Kawana.

R2 Hunter Boddy, Hannah Bayley.

R4 Ashton Scannell, Khan Mahia.

R5 Sulianah Crichton, Cooper Burns.

R11 Edie List, Nikayla Windley.

R19 Alysha Smith, Tai Khumalo.

Hello Room 14 - what have you got to share with us?

Room 14 has welcomed some new children into their class from Room 12 and Room 13. To celebrate the end of term and to have a special day with our new friends, we had a "Bring a Toy to School Day"!

Upcoming Events

  • Tues May 11- Senior Cycling
  • Tues May 11- Ready for Raureka (In the Library 2:00-2:45)
  • Tues May 18 Senior Cycling
  • Tues May 25 Senior Cycling
  • Tues May 25- Ready for Raureka (In the Library 2:00-2:45)
  • Mon 31 May- Thurs 3 June- Keeping Ourselves Safe
  • Tues June 1 Senior Cycling
  • Mon June 7 Queens Birthday- No School
  • Tues June 8 Junior Scootering
  • Tues June 8- Ready for Raureka (In the Library 2:00-2:45)
  • Fri June 11- Disco
  • Mon June 14-Thurs 17- Keeping Ourselves Safe
  • Tues June 15 Senior Cycling
  • Mon June 21- Teacher Only Day- No School
  • Tues June 22- Wed 23 Keeping Ourselves Safe
  • Tues June 22 1:30 Duffy Theatre
  • Tues June 22- Ready for Raureka (In the Library 2:00-2:45)
  • Thurs June 24- Leadership Day School Leaders
  • Tues June 29 Senior Cycling
  • Wed June 30 Matariki 5:00pm meet School Quad
  • Mon July- 5, 3 Way Conferences - School closes 12:30- 6:30 first Conference 1:00
  • Tues July 6, 3 Way Conferences first Conference 3:15-6:30
  • Fri- July 9- Last day- Mufti Day
  • Last Day Term 2 - Fri. - July 9 (School Closes at 2:55)
  • First Day Term 3 - Mon. - July 26 (School Opens at 8:55)
  • Last Day Term 3 - Fri. - October 1 (School Closes at 2.55)
  • First Day Term 4 - Mon. - October 18 (School Opens at 8.55)
  • Last Day of 2021 - Wed. Dec. 15 (School closes at 12.30)

Other Notices

· School Uniform – this is compulsory. No exceptions.

All children are required to have the school royal blue polo-shirt, royal blue hat, and on colder days the royal blue polar fleece jersey. All of these are available at the school office.

The lower half of the uniform (short, longs, skorts, skirts) must be plain black and can be purchased in town No stripes, no flowers etc, can

be purchased in town.

· Do your child’s records need updating?

  • moved house?
  • phone/cellphone numbers changed?
  • living arrangements changed?
  • emergency contacts changed?
  • medical details?

Medical Reminders

We often have a few ‘bugs’ around the school.

· A common one is a nasty cough/flu type illness. Keep your children home if they have symptoms of this as it spreads easily.

· If your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, they MUST stay home for 2 days after the last event. This illness definitely spreads quickly around the school.

· Headlice are always around so make sure that you check your child’s hair regularly (we suggest weekly) and treat the hair if necessary. We have treatments available from school for free. Just pop in and we can give you some.

· If your child is at all unwell, please keep them home so that they don’t pass bugs on to other children. Also if a child is feeling unwell they are not able to learn easily and are much better off at home snuggled up in bed.

Don’t forget to contact the school office to let us know when your child is unwell please.

Volunteers needed for supervision of our school patrollers. The children are well trained, it is just a matter of having an adult supervise from 8.30-9.00. We need help on the following days - Front Gate: Wednesday, Friday, Back Gate: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

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