Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 3, Week 7

06 September 2022

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Use of Disabled Parking Space

Unless you hold a mobility parking permit please do not park in our disabled parking space. This space is needed multiple times each day by at least one of our families and vehicles not displaying a mobility parking permit have been preventing them from accessing it.

Mask Update

From Monday 12 September, we will no longer be requiring students to wear masks indoors. Mask wearing is still encouraged at school. Should COVID cases begin to increase or we start to see in school transmission, we will review this decision. All adults will still be required to wear masks.

Garage Sale

As part of our fundraising for the Year 6 day out, we will be holding a garage sale on Tuesday 20 September. We would appreciate any donations of books, toys, board games or puzzles (no electrical items or clothing please). Could you bring these to Room 11. Thank you to those who have already donated.


The Year 4s will be looking at changes that occur during growth and puberty.

The Year 5s will be looking at changes that occur during puberty, answering true and false questions about these changes and also how these changes affect the Hauora dimensions of te whare tapa wha.

The Year 6s will be looking at the reproductive system.

Airtight storage containers

We are starting to think forward to the Market day next term. We require a number of large clean storage containers for what we want to make. If you have any large sistema, cake tins or similar containers that you wouldn’t mind us using please send them to school labelled with your child’s name. We will return them to you after the market day in November.

Hell Pizza Reading Challenge

The HELL Reading Challenge is a highly successful programme that gets tamariki reading and enjoying the pleasures of books, with the bonus of free pizza rewards.

How the Reading Challenge works:

Children are being given “pizza wheels”. Every time they finish a book, a slice of the wheel gets clicked off or signed by a teacher. When they have finished seven books, they can take their completed pizza wheel to any HELL Pizza outlet and redeem it for a free 333 kids’ pizza.

Here are the rules:

• Each pizza wheel is good for one 333 kids' pizza from any HELL Pizza outlet nationwide

• The wheel must be signed by a teacher and stamped with the official school stamp

• One pizza per visit per child

• Wheels are non-transferable for money

• Children must redeem their free pizza in person, and before Tuesday 31 January 2023.


Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes. Each week more and more learning is being shared there. We highly recommend you check it and engage in conversation with your child about their learning.


This term we are doing an athletics rotation during P.E. Please ensure that your child is coming to school each day prepared for such activities (i.e. clothing and footwear suitable for running and jumping). A spare pair of socks and shoes in your child's bag would also be great if possible.

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

Monday 12 September Māori Language Week

Wednesday 14 September - Māori Language Day

Wednesday 14 September - DanceSplash, 7.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Tuesday 20 September - Garage Sale

Thursday 22 September - Interzone Swimming

Tuesday 27th September - Enviro Day and memorial - more information to come

Friday 30 September - Term 3 ends 3.00pm