Panui 22 February 2023

Term 1, Week 4


Kia ora koutou,

Greetings to all whanau of our kura.

My thoughts go to everyone who has been impacted by the storm. I am finding it difficult to comprehend the enormousness of what has happened through the pictures I see on the news. Ko koe kei to toi o ngā whakaaro.

We have had many new whānau join us this year. Either myself or Matua Geoff are at the gates to welcome students each morning. We are available for that quick chat or you can arrange to make an appointment to see us.

I look forward to everyone attending our Picnic at the Pools on the 1st March at 5.00pm. Our Manu Taki are busy creating the advertising for this event and so by the end of this week everyone will know the finer details. Unfortunately, we will also be closing early on the 1st of March 2023 for Teacher Union Meetings. In collaboration with Forest Lake School the YMCA is putting on an afternoon of activities starting at 1.00pm until 2.45pm to coincide with the normal school day hours. (please note we need a minimum of 15 children in order to run this extra afternoon) (this cost is not covered by WINZ)

The cost for this afternoon session is $5. Please click the link below to make your booking if you are new to the Y out of school care system. To make a booking you need to select special programme

If you are already an exisitng Y Hamilton Out of School Care customer, log into your Aimy plus and make a booking. Our normal after school care hours are also running on this day from 3.00pm until 6pm

We recognise that life is not easy at the moment and as a kura we are trying to support whanau as much as we can. All students have been provided with their stationery. I am now asking for clean, quality second hand uniform donations to be dropped in at the office. We are gifting these to whanau who need additional support.

Attendance is a focus for our kura this year. We are trying to remove barriers such as food, uniform and stationery so everyone can attend. If you believe we can support you to get your tamariki to kura, we will do our best to help - we just need to know how.

The Ministry of Education has 4 brackets of attendance. They want all students to attend 90% of the time. Last year only 27% of our students met this criteria. To date, in 2023, 52% are reaching this goal. Many of our students fall in the bracket of 70% to 80%. If you would like to know what bracket your children are in, just flick me an email ( We want to make a difference to our attendance but this can only happen if we work together.

Ngā mihi

Whaea Chris

Dates to Remember

Keep an aye out for information on the following events:

Wednesday, 1st March - School Community Evening at Waterworld, 5pm to 7pm

Week beginning 6th March - Wheels Week - celebrating children.

Wednesday, 8th March - Class Photos (order via website after photos are taken)

Wednesday, 22nd March - Interschool Triathlon (Interested Year 5 and 6 students)

Thursday, 23rd March - Postponement date for Interschool Triathlon

Thursday, 30th March - Interschool Swimming Sports (Interested Year 5 and 6 students)

Friday, 31st March - Forest Lake Funders Fun Run

Thursday, 6th April - Last Day of Term 1

Monday, 24th April - Teacher Only Day - No school for students

Tuesday, 25th April - ANZAC Day - Public Holiday - No school

Wednesday, 26th April - First Day of Term 2

School News


Unfortunately this has been a concern for the kura as we have seen many near misses and cars illegally parked. I know parking is an issue and it is made worse by the construction sites on Storey Ave.

The yellow lines opposite the school steps is not a parking zone. The bay in front of the steps is a 5 minute bay where the driver does not leave the car and the children are on the steps to either be picked up or dropped off independently. If this is not the case then you need to park where there are no restrictions. If traffic flows here freely then we don't get double parking and students walking between cars.

Another alternative parking spot is on Garnett Ave and students can use the patrolled crossing and walk to you.

Hamilton City Council is aware of our concerns and will be patrolling more frequently and issuing tickets. Don't let this be you.

School Uniform

We are now fully stocked once again of all our clothing items, though some sizes are limited at this stage. Thank you for your understanding while we awaited more stock.

School Photos

Class photos will be taken on the 8th of March. Students should be in correct school uniform for this. All students will have their individual photos taken as well, and these will be available to order after the day via a website ordering system.

Auraki Teina (Matai Classes)

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

MATAI 1 & 2

Welcome to our new faces and our familiar faces! We are excited to be back for another fun filled year. We have been focusing a lot on letter sounds, rhyming and syllables. As well as our heart words (these are words that include sounds we have not learnt yet, so we have to remember it off by heart). We hope the students have been sharing what they are learning with you at home.

Check out our beautiful self portraits we have created.

MATAI 4 & 5

Welcome back to another year of learning. Matai 4 and 5 are so excited to be focusing our learning on our school inquiry Te Awa O Waikato. Whilst exploring this we have begun by unpacking and linking the learning to individuality and the uniqueness we each bring to our classrooms. We look forward to sharing many provocations with you, upcoming learning opportunities and experiences. Check out some of our amazing self portraits and what our likes and dislikes are.

Rumaki Teina

Kei ngā mareikura, kei ngā whatukura ō a mātou kuru pounamu,

tēnei mātou o Kauri 4 e mihi maioha atu nei.

Tau 1

Kua waimarie a kauri 4 ki ēnei kākano hou kua tae mai hei morimori mā mātou,

Nau mai, whakatau mai e Harry Kingi, Harmony Liddell, Nikki Tupaea, Endeavour-Iris Thomas, koutou ko

Weston Joseph-Walker.

Kaiako hou

Kua tīmata he kaiako hou ki waenganui i a mātou, ko Whaea Pikirangi Kohunui, ko ia te kaiako mō ngā Tau 2.

Tau 2

I ngā wiki kua hori kua whakaū ngā tau 2 ki ngā āhuatanga o te whakawhānaungatanga, kia tipu matomato ai ngā hononga ki waenganui i a rātou me tō rātou kaiako hou. Mō te taha mātauranga, kua tīmata te rāweke atu ki ngā mahi pū, ngā mahi kūoro, ngā tau me ngā āhua anō hoki.

Tau 3

I ngā wiki kua tāha ake nei, kua kaha aro ngā Tau 3, ōtira te akomanga o Whaea Te Aroha ki ngā mahi o Te Reo Matatini, i tēnei wā e aro rātou ki ngā whakawhanaungatanga o ngā mahi tuhituhi.

Ngā whakaihu waka

Ko ngā mihi aroha ki ō mātou tauira e toru Anika Matena, Parengaope Pihama, Kyla Kim-Hilaire i whatuwhiwhi atu ki tētahi tohu i tō mātou hui-ā-kura tuatahi mō tēnei tau.

Auraki Kahikatea (kahikatea 1 and 2)

Auraki Waenga students have settled into their classrooms well. They have been getting to know each other and building relationships through games and activities. It has been wonderful getting to know your tamariki over the weeks and we look forward to a fun filled year ahead. Check out some of the things they have done below.

Ngā Mihi, Kahikatea Kaiako

Self portraits: Students drew half of their faces and then wrote their names down the side, then coloured their portraits in. Ka rawe!

Classroom treaty: Students learnt about the significance of Waitangi day. We read the book 'The tree hut treaty' and discussed why a treaty.agreement was needed in the story. This then led to Kahikatea hubs creating their own classroom treaties.

Rumaki Tuakana

Kauri 2

Hīkaka katoa ngā tauira i tēnei tau i te mea kua whiwhi akomanga mō ngā tau 7 me te 8 anake.

I ngā rangi kua tahā, ngā wiki kua pahure ko te whanaungatanga, te haere ki Nga Taiatea mō te Hangarau, te whakarite i a mātou mā te tuhi reta, te tā whakaahua, ā, waihanga kōrero e pa ana ki ngā whakaahua ngā kaupapa matua o te akomanga. Nā ēnei mahi kua tau a wairua, a tinana ngā tamariki ki tō rātou akomanga hōu.

Kāore e kore he maha ngā mahi kei mua i a tātou Kauri 2, engari mōhio ana, e rite ana ēnei tamariki ki te kawe ake i ngā manuka katoa o te tau.

Tēnā koutou katoa te Whānau o Kauri 3,

Nau mai hoki mai ki te wāhanga tuatahi o te tau 2023. E rere ngā mihi ki ngā whānau hōu o te kura, nau mai haere mai whakatau mai ki tō mātou kura o Rotongahere. I tēnei tau, kei te ako ngātahi a Kauri 3 me ngā tauira Tau 4-6 ki te taha o Whaea Tala, Whaea Anamaraea rātou ko Whaea Manaaki.

I ēnei wiki tata nei, kua aro a Kauri 3 ki te mahi ngātahi, te whakawhanaunga me te mahi tuakana teina. I tīmata mātou ki te hanga i tō mātou haki. I whakarākei ngā tamariki i te haki mā te tā i ngā āhua o tā mātou ringa.

I hanga ngā tamariki katoa i tētehi tuhinga pānui e pā ana ki ōna rongomaiwhiti. Ānei ngā tuhinga pānui o Irie, Jahde, Shayd rātou ko Archie.

Ka rawe tuakana mā!

Auraki Kauri (Kauri 1)

Kia Ora whānau, Auraki Tuakana students have settled into their classroom spaces well. We are excited for the year ahead and are not going to let Covid and Cyclones dampen our spirits. To introduce ourselves, Auraki Kaiako have put their pepeha below.

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Below is an overview of what the Auraki students will be focusing on for their learning programs in Term 1

Topic: Children will be doing inquiry-based learning on a unit entitled Ko Waikato te Awa.

Math: This is our second year of Numicon, a multi-sensory approach to children's mathematical learning.

Reading: Learning reading skills and strategies such as summarising.

Writing: Learning about sentence and paragraph structure.

Physical Education: Target Skills and Games.

KiwiCan: This term's focus is Positive Relationships/Respect

Music: With Matua Matt

Financial Literacy: This is taught through the Banqer program.

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