Week 2 Term 2 Panui

Monday/Rāhina - 9th May 2022

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,

Our focus this term is Hauroa - meaning Wellbeing. We have developed our understanding over the last couple of years through the lens of the Whare Tapa Whā model (Dr Mason Durie) of wellbeing which looks at 4 aspects/dimensions of wellbeing ensuring BALANCE = Tau.

We all know when we are in BALANCE = Tau we are able to work at our optimum and this is no different for children, their growth and learning.

The four dimensions are;

  1. Henengaro - Mental and Emotional (IQ/EQ) = positive mindset and life-long learning
  2. Whānau - Social = connections, friends, whānau and being Kind, Safe and Fair
  3. Wairua - Spiritual = mindful activities, self-regulation, meaning and purpose
  4. Tinana - Physical = take care of your body; move, drink water, sleep, eat well

There has been some significant work in New Zealand with the Whare Tapa Wha model and Wiremu Gray has taken this model and reassembled it so everyone can use it. It has an added Strand of Mauri Ora which is all about what makes each of us unique, and special - our life force that is our own and how schools can connect with each child and ensure their Mauri Ora is able to shine bright.

The new model is called Te Whare Mauri Ora.

Te Whare Mauri Ora

  • “Te Whare Mauri Ora incorporates health and wellbeing but also factors in mātauranga on Te Ao Māori, Māori knowledge, world views, tikanga and Māori beliefs and cultural narratives.
  • “It values the mana, gives it a New Zealand flavour, and is bicultural. As the saying goes, what works well for Māori works well for all.
  • Te Whare Mauri Ora includes Papatūānuku as the grounding, moving up through the central pou the Mauri Ora (life force) to Ranginui, symbolising the aspirations of students."

The picture below is the Te Whare Mauri Ora model and although this term we focus on Hauora this remains a focus for us 100% of the time. It ensures that our staff and our students are able to function at their best.

As a community you can help us with this by staying connected through events and Seesaw, getting on top of little things early with our classroom teachers before they become big, sending the BEST and most BALANCED children you can to school, reaching out if you need help or advice in any way, participating in our events, following our school policy and processes.

We have all our teams off to Fundamentals this term which drills down to the; physical / tinana, whānau / social and mental and emotional / hinengao dimensions of wellbeing through the expertise of the staff at Stadium 2000 everyday for a whole week.

We are so lucky to have this resource in Marlborough and we appreciate that whānau and families recognise the importance of this. We ask that you ensure the payment of $25 is made before your children attend. This covers the transport via bus to and from each day and all the activities throughout the week.

Community Message

A Community Safety Message was sent out last night and we do need your support with the overall safety of our school and community by following our policy and procedures at school;

  1. Orange Light = mask-wearing onsite and social distancing
  2. 8:30am children at school - NOT before
  3. 3pm school finishes and children go straight home
  4. Close all gates behind you
  5. Stay OFF gates and fences - NO climbing or swinging

We are delighted to have most of our students back healthy (a few in isolation) and to have the community onsite again.

We cannot thank you enough for respecting the RED Light restrictions and following these so that our school was a safe place to have open.

Bring on Term Two together!

Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

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Welcome to Witherlea School

We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;

Casper F, Eloise H, Archer M, Parker M, Henry T

Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Flag Raising on a Monday morning at 9am. During Red Light, ONLY parents of New Students receiving Welcome Certificates can be onsite.

Term 2 Events

Important Events

Matariki Hikoi and Hui = Thursday 23 June (Open Classes)

Whole School Cross Country = Tuesday 28 June

Fundamentals @ Stadium 2000

Ponga Team-Week 2: Piwakawaka-Room 6 / Pihirihiri-Room 7

Ponga Team-Week 3: Pitoitoi (Room 8, 9, 21)

Kowhai Team-Week 4: Kereru-Room 15 / Tui-Room 16 / Kōtare-Room 17

Kauri Team-Week 5: Huia-Room 10 / Kea-Room 11 / Kākāpo-Room 13

Ferns Team-Week 7: Pukeko / Weka-Room 3 / Kiwi-Room 5


Week 6: Monday = Queen's Birthday

Week 8: Friday = Matariki Day

Week 9: Monday = Teachers Only Day

Term 2 Events - Wahanga Tuarua

Week 2 - Wiki Tuarua


Fundamentals @ Stadium 2000 - All week

Ponga Team; Piwakawaka-Room 6 /Pihirihiri-Room 7

Monday 9 May

Mihi Whakatau Welcome - Flag Raising Hui (Top Court)

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

Tuesday 10 May

Ride-On = Room 17

Wednesday 11 May

EPro8 Heats @ Bohally

School Photographs

Friday 13 May

Subway School Lunches

Week 3 - Wiki Tuatoru


Fundamentals @ Stadium 2000 - All week

Ponga Team; Pitoitoi

Monday 16 May

Flag Raising Hui - Top Court

Friday 20 May

Subway School Lunches

"PINK SHIRT DAY" - Gold Coin

Week 4 - Wiki Tuawhā


Fundamentals @ Stadium 2000 - All week

Kowhai Team; Kereru-Room 15 / Tui-Room 16 / Kōtare-Room 17

Monday 23 May

Flag Raising Hui - Top Court

Friday 27 May

Subway School Lunches

Week 5 - Wiki Tuarima


Fundamentals @ Stadium 2000 - All week

Kauri Team; Huia-Room 10 / Kea-Room 11 / Kākāpo-Room 13

Monday 30 May

Flag Raising Hui - Top Court

BOT June Meeting @ 5:30pm

Friday 3 June

Subway School Lunches

Week 6 - Wiki Tuaono


Monday 6 June


Tuesday 7 June

Flag Raising Hui - Top Court

Friday 10 June

Subway School Lunches

Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu


Fundamentals @ Stadium 2000 - All week

Ferns Team; Pukeko / Weka-Room 3 / Kiwi-Room 5

Monday 13 June

Flag Raising Hui - Top Court

Thursday 16 June

Play House Theatre - The Emperors New Clothes

Friday 17 June

Subway School Lunches

Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

MON 20 June - THURS 23 JUNE

Monday 20 June

Flag Raising Hui - Top Court

Thursday 23 June

Matariki Hikoi and Hui

7am start on the Top Court

8:15am Open Classrooms across the school

Friday 24 June

SCHOOL CLOSED - Matariki Holiday Observed

Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa


Monday 27 June

SCHOOL CLOSED - Term 2 Teachers Learning Day

Tuesday 28 June

Whole School Cross Country

Friday 1 July

Subway School Lunches

Gumboot Friday - Mental Health Awareness

Week 10 - Wiki Tekau


Monday 4 July

Flag Raising Hui - Top Court

Friday 8th July

Subway School Lunches


Our New and Improved Forest

A huge thank you to our new Caretaker Mr Smit. He has come into this role with such positivity and his love of our Ngāhere / Forest is remarkable.

In conjunction with Mr Robertson and the Enviro Team they have revamped both Forests, combined them and are going to create some amazing outdoor learning spaces for our students, whānau and the wider community.

Students will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in a natural space; barefoot, mulch, the regeneration, birds and fresh air can be enough to reset and regulate. We are so grateful for this space and for the dedicated staff like Mr Robertson and Mr Smit who continue to develop and improve our facilities and grounds.

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;


Immy B - Always doing the right thing, without being asked to.


Harriet M - Breathing our school motto! Harriet you consistently model to all others what being a kind safe and fair student is. You are such an asset to Room 8. I am so lucky to have you and so are all of Room 8!

Henry S -Henry is great at making others feel welcome and safe, and he is always willing to lend a helping hand. Ka Rawe Henry!


Rydah E - Being a compassionate and kind member of Room 10. You are selfless and always look for ways to help others. Ka pai!

Early Words Recognition

Congratulations to these students for completing their Early Words;

Arjun G, Cayden B

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.

Great News - Another Witherlea Pēpi

We are delighted to inform you that Tracee Lee our wonderful kaiako / teacher in Kākāpo-Room 13 and a valued member of the Kauri team will be leaving us at the end of Term Two with the birth of her first child. While we are always upset to lose great teachers and the worry it can bring finding high calibre replacements. We have always been so fortunate at Witherlea to attract great teachers.

This time is NO different. Ms Jemma Herdman, who returned from Maternity Leave this year will take up this position (which was originally hers), join the Kauri team again and due to her experience, knowing the Year 5-6 students and the curriculum we are again ensuring that our students get high-quality teaching and learning and a seamless transition.

We have Tracee Lee all the way through to the end of this term.

Congratulations to the EPro8 Teams off to Bohally Wednesday!

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