Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 4, Week 1

18 October 2022

Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 4, Week 1

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The Year 4s will be looking at the lessons titled ‘Who can help me with my worries?’

The Year 5s will be learning about menstruation and conception.

The Year 6s will be learning about looking after our bodies.

Lollies at School

It has come to our attention that some students have been bringing lollies to school and giving them out to other students. Some students are also going to the dairy before school to buy lollies to give to others. We are aware that lollies are sometimes being eaten at school and sometimes being put in bags for later. Could you please talk with your child about not bringing lollies to school and not accepting lollies, or any other food, from others?

Halloween Disco

A notice went home yesterday about the Halloween Disco taking place next Friday 28th October. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased via Kindo or the school office. Thank you to the home and school for organising this event.

Sports Equipment at School

Now that the traffic light system has been removed we are able to provide students with sport equipment, such as basketballs and soccer balls, at break times again. We strongly recommend that your child does not bring their own sports equipment to school any longer and instead uses the equipment provided by school.

Hats in Term 4

A reminder that during Term 4 all students need to wear a wide brimmed hat when outside. Please ensure that your child’s hat is named and they know to keep it inside their closed school bag during the day. Hats are available from the school office for $25. We also encourage everyone to wear sunscreen and this is available in all classrooms if students wish to apply it at school.

Staff Development Day

Please note that school will be closed on Friday for a staff development day. The following Monday is a public holiday and school will also be closed on that day.

Bake Sale

On Thursday 27th October, Rākau Nui will run a bake sale. The money raised on the day will go towards the Year 6 day out, Year 6 graduation and resources for STEAM.

As such, we are asking that if you are in a position to do so, Rākau Nui students bring one plate of baked goods (cupcakes, cakes, biscuits, slices, etc) to sell on the day. These items will be available during morning tea and lunchtime for the students in the school to purchase so they can also bring money to purchase food items. Baking will be priced $1-2 per item.

Please send your baking to school in a clearly named container (if you would like it returned to you) with a list of ingredients. To keep our children with allergies safe, please do not bring items with nuts of any kind.

Activities for Year 4s

There are several activities planned for our Year 4 students, while our Year 5 and 6 students are away at camp:

Monday 7 November - St John will be running some age appropriate first aid training

Tuesday 8 November - Wheels Day - students can bring bikes or scooters and their helmets

Wednesday 9 November - Capital Basketball will be running a day of skills and games

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything with us, please remember that your first point of contact is your child’s home class teacher. Our email addresses are:







Hei konā mai

Jenni, Trelise, Sarah, Christine, Ali, Judy, Kath, Andi, Leah, Kuini, Haley, Min and Angela

Useful Dates - Please note that all dates are subject to COVID restrictions and events may be cancelled or postponed

Friday 21 October - Staff Development Day - School Closed

Monday 24 October - Labour Day (school closed)

Tuesday 25 October - Information evening for year 5 & 6 camp, 5.15pm in the hall

Thursday 27 October - Bake Sale

Monday 07 November to Wednesday 09 November - Year 5 & 6 Camp

Monday 07 November - St John’s First Aid Training for Year 4s

Tuesday 08 November - Wheels Day for Year 4s (weather permitting, helmets required)

Wednesday 09 November - Basketball Day for Year 4s

Monday 14 November - Northern Zone Athletics (pp 21nd)

Tuesday 22 November to Friday 25 November - Swimming Lessons

Tuesday 29 November to Friday 02 December - Swimming Lessons

Tuesday 29 November - Interzone Athletics (pp 1 December)

Tuesday 06 December - Year 6 Leavers Celebration (More information to come)

Friday 09 December - Year 6 Day Out (More information to come)

Wednesday 14 December - Rākau Nui End of Year Assembly (More information to come)

Friday 16 December - Term 4 ends 1.00pm