Week 8 Term 2 Panui

Monday/Rāhina - 20th June 2022

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,

Thank you so much to those of you that participated in our Community Survey related to our PB4L journey and the characteristics of the "Ideal Witherlea Student" - this closes off tonight so our PB4L team can collate all the information from all stakeholders.

We are so excited about our upcoming Matariki Hikoi and Hui, our community joining us at this event, sharing kai (scones and milo), reflecting on the year and opening the classrooms to show you the progress your children have made.

COVID has interrupted so much and this has affected the involvement of our community. We lost our amazing Gala in 2019 just before the first Lockdown which has seen a collective loss of $90,000-$120,000 of fundraising for our school. We have had events cancelled, we have had shut gates, we have had mandates and masks and we have had to endure lockdowns, bubbles distance/online/hybrid learning and disruptions to the very fabric of our community BUT we have made it through.

We get to have our community back, we get to celebrate and reflect, we get to learn from this and do things differently even BETTER in some ways. We still have to wear our masks but that is small compared to what we are gaining...let's hope the weather holds out for us.

Matariki Hikoi and Hui

  1. BYO mugs and school bags put in cloak bays
  2. 7am Start on the Top Court
  3. Kauri and Kōwhai Waiata
  4. Staff Waiata
  5. Hikoi to the Teahouse - whole school Karakia and Waiata
  6. Punga Waiata on the Hill as the sunrises
  7. Hikoi down for Milo and Scones
  8. Ferns Waiata
  9. Open Classes
  10. Open Hall - to see all the Matariki Art

We want to encourage as many whānau and families as possible to join us as each team has practised a waiata and many children have been chosen to speak. It will be cold so wrap up warm with gloves and hats. It will be beautiful watching the sun rise together and it will be my last with you.

Matariki is a VERY special time in the Māori Culture;

Across the country, communities are getting excited about the first-ever celebration of Matariki as a public holiday. Matariki is known as the Māori New Year when the constellation of stars appears in the winter sky.

Matariki, including Puanga, has traditionally been celebrated with several important themes.

These themes are:

  • Reflection: remembering loved ones who have passed on, especially within the past lunar year
  • Celebration: celebrating the bounty and blessings of the present
  • Aspiration: setting aspirations to ensure that that bounty can continue long into the future with a focus on environmental protection and regeneration.

Food / Kai Donation

Sharing kai / food together is an important element - if you want to support us and can make / bake or bring scones or muffins for a breakfast snack that would be amazing. The day before, Wednesday or the morning of, Thursday dropped to the Hall deck. We have a group of students who will be using our Weetbix from 'Breakfast in Schools' to create breakfast bars for the children. Everyone 'mucking in' is such an important part of Matariki - knowing that every person in our community is essential.

We look forward to seeing you all bright and early for a 7am start Thursday morning before you enjoy the extra long weekend with your whānau and families.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

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Bank Account Details

Witherlea School Board of Trustees


Eftpos available at school office

Term 2 Events - Wahanga Tuarua

Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

MON 20 June - FRI 24 JUNE

Monday 20 June

Mihi Whakatau Welcome - Flag Raising Hui (Top Court)

New Students, Early Words, Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Awards

Tuesday 21 June

Rippa Rugby Tournament @ Lansdowne Park: 9:30am-2:30pm

Thursday 23 June

Matariki Hikoi and Hui @ 7am (Top Court)

Open Classes @ 8:15am

Postponement Day: Rippa Rugby Tournament @ Lansdowne Park: 9:30am-2:30pm

Friday 24 June


Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa


Monday 27 June

SCHOOL CLOSED - Term 1 Teachers Learning Day

Tuesday 28 June

Whole School Cross Country

Friday 1 July

Subway School Lunches

Ferns (Year 1) Reports go home


Mental Health Awareness

Week 10 - Wiki Tekau


Monday 4 July

Mihi Whakatau Welcome - Flag Raising Hui (Top Court)

New Students, Early Words, Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Awards

Tuesday 5 July

Cross Country Postponement Day

Friday 8 July

Subway School Lunches


Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Congratulations to these students who have displayed one or all of our school behaviour expectations and are a model to others;


Xavier S - Being a kind member of our Pukeko room. We love learning alongside you!

James S - Always looking out for your classmates and lending a helping hand.


Isla A - Always coming to school with a huge smile, greeting everyone, using exceptional manners and being kind to all. Isla you are a kindness superstar!!

Indy M - Being consistently kind to your classmates. You display lovely manners and politeness. You always try your best and a great listener.


Keanu T - always challenging yourself and taking every opportunity that comes your way. You are a bright shining star in room 10

Early Words Recognition

Congratulations to these students for completing their Early Words;

Aoife F, Amelia-Rose C, Eliza M

We are very proud of the effort towards learning that our youngest students put in as the Early Words is the start of mastery at Witherlea School.

Cross Country Timetable (Approximate times only)

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Table Tennis Tournament

Mitchell Sportspower Marlborough Primary/Intermediate Schools table tennis tournament Sunday 26thth June, 9am start, Simcox Stadium.

Open to all children up to and including Year 8.

You do NOT have to belong to a club to enter. Separate boys and girls events, lots of prizes. Entries are available here, or from Mitchell Sports Power, 15 Queen St.

Info phone Debbie 5786822, or 0211632140 e-mail deb_e_j@hotmail.com

Harcourts Helping Hands

Thanks to the Birtles family who nominated Witherlea School when they sold their home. Harcourts gives $500 to the nominated school
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