Kawerau Pūtauaki School

Newsletter -Friday 5th of August 2021

E ngā reo, e ngā mana, rau rangatira mā, ngā matā waka, tēnei te mihi nui atu ki ā koutou katoa. Ko te wawata me te tumanako ka noho ora mai koutou katoa.


I can’t believe that we are already at the end of week 2 and our staff and children have had another busy week.


I would like to thank all our whanau who participated in our parent conferences this week. We hope that these were beneficial for yourselves as partners in your child’s education as well as our staff who enjoyed having the opportunity to spend some time with you.


Yesterday children were given the opportunity to try out to be a part of the Kawerau Combined Schools Choir. 10 children will be chosen to participate and practices will start next Monday.


Next week on Thursday 12th August, we have 60 students attending the EBOP Sevens in Whakatane. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their talents and represent our school. As a result the school bus will not be in service next Thursday 12th August, both morning and afternoon runs.


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Kia ora Koutou

My name is Natasha Kohu or Whaea Tash and I am from Te Teko. After living overseas for the last 5 years and also travelling around the world I have recently returned to Aotearoa. I am here at Pūtauaki school for the next 6 weeks as a student teacher and am so excited to be here. I look forward to getting to know all the tamariki and staff here.

Nga Mihi

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Every week you will be seeing a staff profile in the school newsletter. This will help you to get to know all the fantastic staff we have here at Kawerau Pūtauaki School.

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Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Ngahina te marae

Ko Ngati Tawhaki te hapu

Ko Tuhoe te iwi

Ko Tawhaki te tangata

Ko Tawhaki te whare tipuna

Ko Tonga Okioki te wharekai

Ko Meri August tōku ingoa.


Kia ora everyone. My name is Meri August and I am one of the Deputy Principal’s here at Kawerau Putauaki School. Although I have only been here at Kawerau Putauaki School for the past two terms, I was born here at the Kawerau Maternity, which is now Mountain View Retirement village. I


I have been in senior leadership for the past 21 years in roles such as a Teaching Principal (Tikitiki) and Teaching Deputy principal (Te Mahoe School, Kawerau North School and Taneatua School). This is a new chapter in my life being a Walking Deputy Principal and it has been an interesting journey over the last two terms.


A little bit about my whanau. I am married to Tuakana August. We have four children: Keefe (27), Lisa (25), Mareko (23) and our baby Tawhai (17). Lisa has given us four beautiful grandchildren (3 girls and a boy).


My mum and dad (pictured above) have instilled into us since we were children the importance of whanau, respect, tikanga, education and work ethic both within te ao Māori and the modern world that we live in. So much so that in March of this year I gained my Masters of Contemporary Education, which looked at Leadership and 21st Century Learning. I hope to be able to use the skills that I have learnt throughout my past 51 years to help make a difference in the lives of our children and the lives of others.


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Here are the pictures of today's winners

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Wiki Tuarua

Kua tīmata te taha Rumaki ki te whakanui i tō tātou reo rangatira ia wiki. Hei whakamana i ngā tamariki e kōrerotia i te reo ia rā. Tētahi taonga mo te taha tuakana me tētahi taonga mo te taha teina.

Ko ēnei ngā tamariki i whiwhi i ngā taonga nei e pā ana ki te Reo-ā-waha.

Ko Manaakiao Peters i whiwhi i te taonga mo te taha tuakana.

Ko Ahorangi Taylor-Natana i whiwhi i te taonga mo te taha teina.

The Rumaki have started our acknowledgement trophies for the children who try really hard to speak māori all day everyday. Every week the trophies will be distributed to a senior student and a junior student. The trophies will remain at school but their certificates will go home with them. Manaakiao Peters received the senior Reo-ā-waha for this week and Ahorangi Taylor-Natana for the juniors.

Nā Whaea Hotu

KŌREROTIA, AROHATIA, WHAKAMANA I TŌ TĀTOU REO!!!


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EBOP 7's Tournament .

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A reminder to all whānau please make sure that all personal belongings that are brought to school are named. It makes it hard to track down lost equipment/clothes when it is not named.

Jeff Dunn

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