Uenuku Newsletter

Term 1 Week 7

Nau mai, Haere mai ki Uenuku

Kia ora


This week we enjoyed watching the digger moving soil and stones and speculating what the other piece of machinery in the car park was, and what its job might be. We used this as a stimulus to draw a picture and share our ideas in our writing books. It also features in our poem for this week and our shared big book on Google Classroom - Big Machine Boogie. The children have been quite amused by the words and rhymes in this book and will be putting actions to the text tomorrow.


We are pleased to welcome Owen and his family to our Uenuku whanau.

Google Classroom and Seesaw

It's been wonderful to see our tamariki independently using our iPads to share their creations and learning via Seesaw. We love reading the comments that you add from home too, and appreciate you taking the time to connect with your child's learning in this way.


We also appreciate the time that you are putting in to support your child if they are learning from home and accessing the lessons on Google Classroom. Please contact us if you have any queries.


Please do check that you have connected to both of these digital platforms, as they enable us to share the teaching and learning happening at school with you at home, especially during this time of red level setting and Covid restrictions.

How can you help? Craft materials, recycled boxes, loose parts...

We like to keep our stock of craft materials and recycled boxes etc at a premium. If you have any to donate please send them with your child and they will be made great use of. Thank you.


We'd also love to increase our collections of 'loose parts'. Items such as buttons, corks, shells, glass pebbles, fir cones etc - anything that the children can use their imagination with, to extend their play.

A few requests/reminders

  • Please send a spare change of clothes in your child's bag. There are many eventualities when a change of clothing is useful.
  • At this time of year layers of clothing are a good idea, to enable your child to add an extra layer if it's cold, or to be happy in shorts and t-shirt if it's hot. We do help the children to regulate their temperature if they are looking particularly hot or cold by suggesting they take off a layer or put on a jersey if they are cold.
  • Students need to wear a wide brimmed sun hat outside everyday in terms 1 and 4. Thank you for sending these to school so promptly. We keep the hats in class overnight unless you request otherwise.
  • We encourage the tamariki to drink lots of water throughout the day, especially during the warm weather. Please male sure that your child has their water bottle everyday.
  • Library Days are Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure that your child brings their books back at least once a week so that they can change them.
  • Poetry books come home on Fridays and should be returned on the following Monday.

How can we help?

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wonderings. We can respond via email or phone, or a quick verbal chat at the gate at drop off or pick up time.

Team Uenuku

Mr M - Jason Middlemiss jason@paparangi.school.nz (part time teacher)

Miss Jensen - Michaela Jensen mjensen@paparangi.school.nz

Rebecca - Rebecca Arrowsmith rebecca@paparangi.school.nz (team leader/AP)