Newsletter - Term 2, Week 5

Friday, 3rd June 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Samoan Language Week

This year's theme for Vaiaso o Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Week) is:

Fa’aāuāu Folauga i le Va'a o Tautai - Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean.

As part of this year's overarching theme of 'Sustainability', the Samoan community chose a theme that would reflect the journey of language revitalisation and maintenance as well as recognising the importance of having the right tools, good leadership skills, relationships and the correct medium (va'a) that is adaptable to faring the ocean and its elements.

Samoa has a unique historical relationship with New Zealand. It is the only nation that New Zealand has a Treaty of Friendship. The Treaty of Friendship between Samoa and New Zealand is about a commitment to partnership, friendship and a mutual endeavour to obtain for Tagata Samoa fuller opportunities for social progress.

It was great to see some classrooms celebrating this during the week and recognising the diverse community we live in and celebrating the inclusiveness of our school culture.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Completed Tau Cards

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Spinning Wheel winners

Western Cross Country

What an amazing effort by our runners yesterday at the Western Cross Country. Looking at the results we are going to be sending a good contingent over to Waimumu on 17 June.

These students will be representing our school at the Southland Cross Country:

Tristan Morris, George Williams, Matt Baird, Max Swale, Russell Edge, Piers Van Miltenburg, Carter Holdaway, Aiden Montgomerie, Indie-Marie Nicol, Stephanie Paterson, Nevaeh Fox, Pippa Joyce, Laura Paterson, Zia Williams, Kayla McFadzien, Gemma McKenzie, Sophie Dahlenburg, Oliver Swale.

Congratulations to Tristan Morris, Max Swale and Indie-Marie Nicol on coming 1st in their age group.

Whats happening this Term.........

  • 9th June Board of Trustees Meeting, 7.30pm - All welcome
  • 17th June Southland Cross Country
  • 8th July End of Term
  • 25th July Term 3


Raffle Tickets

Thank you so much for all the effort from our families to sell these tickets. As of today, we have about half the tickets sold and returned. If you still have a ticket to sell, please can you do this and return to the school, with the money. We do appreciate you supporting the Friends of the School.

Pie Fundraiser

This is the last week to order pies. Please check out the school facebook page to make your order.

Pink Shirt Day

Well done $148.90 was raised for Pink Shirt Day last Friday.




This week is Samoan Language Week.

The class has been learning about Samoa and the Samoan Culture. Indiana taught a group a Samoan dance and they performed this to the school at assembly today.


What's been happening in Room 6........

Room 3

Room 3 proudly sharing their Camp Parents - thank you cards

Looking for a Fixed Term Cleaner

While Maureen is recovering from her broken leg we are looking for someone to do aprox 3 hours cleaning after school each week day. Duties would include cleaning of the toilets, vacuuming and wiping surfaces in the classrooms and general other cleaning duties.

This would be for at least the next 5 weeks, and there could be some extra cleaning in the school holidays if available.

Please contact the office or Simon if you wish to know more.

School Bank Account Details

Below is the school bank details which is our preferred payment method.

There is also eftpos available at the office.

Westpac: 03 1748 0003820 00


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Cleaner required Otautau business

Cleaner required for 1.1/2hrs a week general cleaning

Carpets, kitchen, office, toilets

$25 hr please contact Russell Nicholson on 0211954222 thanks

Paramount Services Ltd.

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