Panui 17 August 2022

Term 3, Week 4


Kia ora koutou,

It's great to be back at kura although the weather here is much colder than where I have been. Thank you for your welcoming messages and for the hugs from the students. I truly am back in my happy place.

Rumaki have been practicing for their performance at Koroneihana and it has been beautiful listening to their collective voices drift across the top asphalt.

I have spent the first week catching up and some of you will have received a letter regarding your students' attendance this year. While it is a difficult time for us all, my ultimate goal is to have students attend regularly if they are well. Education has been disrupted since April 2020. As a school we continue to implement strategies to reassure parents that school is a safe place for all.

Te Whatu Ora (Health NZ), have visited and informed us that If we had a case of measles at school the guidelines are that unimmunised staff and students cannot attend school. We are currently updating our register. This may mean you will be asked for information.

The shortage of relievers and sickness amongst teachers is impacting the school currently. We cannot close classes but ask that you support us by keeping children home if you are able to, should this impact your children’s classes. These decisions are not made lightly but are based on the health and safety for students and staff. All communications pertaining to this situation are sent through Seesaw to the families of classes concerned by 4.00pm where possible. These decisions are made by the Senior Leadership team.

Ten nominations for our Board of Trustees tells me we have a community who are interested and want to be involved in our kura. If you would like to meet the candidates before you vote we have an informal evening planned on 31st August. See below for more information.

If you know of families who want to bring their tamaiti to our kura but live out of the zone, we will be publicizing the dates and steps to take for our ballot very shortly.

Hei konā mai

Whaea Chris

Board of Trustees

Kia ora Parents/Whaanau,

The Voting Papers and Nominee Booklets have been sent out. Please be mindful that NZ Post has reduced postal delivery days in most areas, so you may not receive a letter on your expected delivery date.

The School Board of Trustees Elections are a postal vote. Therefore, you must send the voting form back to school or hand deliver your vote to the office ballot box in order for your vote to be counted.

You can choose up to 5 Candidates Only. If you select more than 5 on your voting paper, your vote will be null and void.

School hours to drop off voting paper are Mon-Fri (8:30am to 3:00pm).

If you have any questions or have not received the letter before the Voting Closing Day (7 September 2022, 4pm), please contact the Returning Officer at

Ngaa mihi.

Postal Address:

To Returning Officer

59 Storey Avenue

Forest Lake

Hamilton 3200

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Meet The Candidates Evening

Kia ora Parents/Whaanau,

This is an invitation for a "Meet The Candidates Evening" at Forest Lake School on Wednesday, the 31st of August 2022 at 6:30pm.

Come and meet the 10 nominees give a brief introduction and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

Please see poster below for further information..

Ngaa mihi,

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Auraki Teina (Matai Classes)

Namaste, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Talofa, Anyoung, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bore da

Matai 1- have been working hard on learning our addition facts to five. We loved using a fives frame and double sided counters to practise these, we then made an abacus out of pipe-cleaners and five beads to each to help us learn these facts.

Matai 1 & 2 have been using the xylophones to learn about pitch in Music. Pitch is the quality that makes it possible to judge sounds as "higher" and "lower".

Matai 2 has been making patterns in Math too! We were so surprised to find different patterns all over our school grounds!

Matai 3 has been learning addition with the number line. We have also been learning skip counting by 10’s. Students learnt to make their own addition stories by looking into the pictures. We learnt a few new digraphs and are learning to write more than one sentence.

We learnt a few basic things about Waikato River like, it is the longest river in NZ and it starts from Mt. Ruapehu. We figured out important places in Hamilton by using Google Maps and saw their locations.

In the first week of Term 3, we made art for our best friend as it was a friendship day on 30th July. We made a fairy to learn how to make fans which was focused on increasing fine motor skills.

Matai 4 has been learning all about the Commonwealth Games and why it is different to the Olympics. We made our own medals and even had our very own Commonwealth Games in class. Matai 4 practised their throwing, spinning and building skills using their paper cup athletes to help them. We even got a chance to see New Zealand win a gold medal on the TV!

Rumaki Teina

Kia ora anō e te whānau

He maha ngā mahi kua pahure mō Rumaki Teina i tēnei wāhanga, i te wiki tuatahi i haere mātou te whānau Rumaki ki te Whare Pikitia ki Chartwell mātakitaki ai te kiriata Kīngi Raiona Reo Māori, ka karawhiua ngā mihi ki a Whaea Moana mō ngā whakaritenga maha kia taea e mātou katoa te tutuki i tēnei haerenga, ōtira, ki ngā kaiako me te whānau whānui mō ngā tautoko ki a mātou te whānau Rumaki.

Kua tīmata hoki mātou i ngā mahi auaha huri rauna i te akomanga nei, ia Rāmere ka mahi mātou i tēnei mahi. E whā ngā huringa, kei ia kaiako he mahi rerekē ia Rāmere mō ngā tamariki. I ako te akomanga i tētahi waiata hōu e pā ana ki a Kīngi Tuheitia ki te taha o Whaea Tatiana. I parakitihi ngā tamariki me pēwhea te waihanga tētahi rākau mā te whakamahi peita me te ‘bubble wrap’ ki te taha o Whaea Te Aroha. I peita hoki ngā tamariki te awa o Waikato me te whakapiri ngā uri o Tangaroa, pērā ki ngā ika me ngā tuna ki te taha o Whaea Hana. He pai ēnei mahi toi, ka taea e ngā tamariki te whakaatu i ā rātou pūkenga toi ki ngā kaiako me ā rātou hoa akomanga. Ki tā Whaea Moana rāua ko Whaea Renee taha, i tunu aihikirimi, he wheako rerekē mō ia tamaiti, nā te mea i whakauru rātou Te Ao Pūtaiao hei tunu i ēnei aihikirimi, he reka te aihikirimi mō ngā tamariki hoki. Tō tātou waimarie, i kōwhiri mātou i tētahi rangi paki kia mahi i wā mātou huringa mo te wā auaha.

Auraki Kahikatea (kahikatea 1 and 2)

Kahikatea students are doing a fantastic job with Ditch The Tumble, our Student Agency Program. At Phase 3 of the program, students work through their weekly Must-do and Can-do tasks as well as an open task which they develop over a period of two weeks. This gives them the opportunity to research a topic of interest to them while following an Inquiry cycle. Semisi and Theodor from Kahikatea 2 have been working on a Science Inquiry; The Living World. check the images below to see their awesome presentation on cheetahs.
Karly and Sarah's (Kahikatea 1) research presentation was on the Dodo Bird. The girls had to come up with key questions to lead their research around their chosen animal.
Here is Jade's research presentation from Kahikatea 1. She had to research about the habitat and life cycle of a chosen animal. Jade did her presentation around Deer.
Students also completed a small research task around the insect of their choice. Below on the left is Cyrus' of Kahikatea 1 and to the right. is Willow's from Kahikatea 1.

Rumaki Tuakana

Kia ora mai tātou e te whanau! Our kaupapa for this term is Kiingitanga and this week multitudes of iwi, hapu and people of all walks will travel to Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia to celebrate the 2022 Koroneihana of Kīngi Tuheitia. I ngā wiki kua hipa kua aro nuitia mātou te whanau Rumaki Tuakana ki te kaupapa nei o te Kiingitanga. Hei te Rāpare e tū mai nei ka kitea a tinana, ka rangona hoki ā-wairua i te kaupapa nei. On Thursday the 18th of August at 2pm our Rumaki classes of Rotongahere will stand for the first time on the Koroneihana stage.

This is an exciting opportunity for our tamariki to experience Koroneihana. To see, feel, celebrate and experience Kiingitanga up close and personal and to put into practice what it means for them to whakatinana their “Tū Rangatira” “Tū Māia” and “Tū Māori”.

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Auraki Kauri (Kauri 1)

Welcome to Auraki Kauri,

Six students from Maeroa Intermediate came to speak with our year six students along with their Deputy Principal's Ms Taylor and Mr Hume. They delivered messages and information about starting at Maeroa Intermediate, learning and opportunities that are available. Mrs Taylor said that if students are out of zone and get their applications for Maeroa in before Friday, 16 September they will be accepted.

Matua Matt introduced our students to Abstract Art. Abstract Art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. In addition to this, the students added their pepeha to introduce themselves and answered questions about themselves.

Ngā mihi,

Auraki Kauri Kaiako.

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