Newsletter Term 3 Week 8
Pekapekarau Primary School - 15th September 2022
Tēnā koutou katoa
Nau mai hoki mai ki te wiki o te reo māori. We hope that you have seen our bingo challenge on our Facebook page, it is a fun way to challenge yourself and others to include even more te reo māori in our day to day lives. Our kura are also looking forward to our upcoming waiata and moteatea challenge. Encourage your tamariki to practise and share this with you at home - they sound awesome already!
Our kapa haka rōpū have had a successful noho marae and wananga at Mangatoatoa on Tuesday night, an experience many of our tauira will remember for years to come. A big thank you to Israel, Natasha, Hera, Ryley and Mikaera who made this happen, and all of the adults who provided transport, kai and other ways of support. The hau kāinga of Mangatoatoa were so welcoming and we look forward to returning again. The growth of the rōpū within 24 hours was phenomenal.
As you are likely to already be aware, the New Zealand Government has announced that Monday 26th September will be "Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day". This is a one-off public holiday and there will be no school on this day. We have decided that we will go ahead with our Teacher Only Day on Friday 30th September as planned. It is important that our kaiako take time to learn more about the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum under the guidance of a local Curriculum Lead from the Ministry of Education. Please also note, that the Te Awamutu Intermediate Enrolment Information Evening for our Year 6s that was scheduled for Monday 26th September, is now on Tuesday 27th September at 6pm.
The Government has recently announced the removal of the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights), which has taken effect from Monday 12 September 11:59pm.
The two key changes impacting kura are:
The removal of the requirement for household contacts to isolate. Instead, they will be asked to test for COVID-19 for five days.
Masks are no longer required on public transport or school transport and in line with other mask changes, they are no longer strongly recommended in school settings.
Positive cases remain legally required to isolate for seven days. Anyone who is symptomatic, including household contacts, should stay at home and get tested for COVID-19. All other public health measures will stay in place for our kura, including ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, good coughing and sneezing etiquette and most importantly, staying at home if they are unwell. Please continue to advise our school office of absences when unwell or have tested positive.
Lastly, as the weather has been changeable over the last few weeks, we have noticed many non-uniform items being worn, shoes, jerseys, and jackets. Our tamariki look smart in their uniforms, however, when we have assemblies or gatherings, and visitors to our kura, random items of clothing stand out and look untidy. We have many lost property items on display near the office, if you are missing items, please come and claim them.
Term 3 has certainly flown by with all of the exciting opportunities that our students have been involved in. We cannot believe our next newsletter will be the end of Term 3. Thank you for your ongoing support during this busy term. One of the major events, the school colour run was a successful and fun day! We could not do all of this without your support. Be sure to check out the dates that you need to save in your calendar at the end of this newsletter.
Ngā mihi mahana,
Tania and the Pekapekarau team
Sharing from Room 11
Colour Run & Cross Country
The biggest thank you to our whāanau community for the fundraising and support for our Colour Run / Cross Country. Also a special shout out to our parents who ran the BBQ and juicies, as well as the Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade, Waikato Police and Te Awamutu Sports Rugby Club for joining in on our event. We look forward to 2023!
This Week's Board Introduction
Introducing Regan - Board Member
Mokau ki runga, Tamaki ki raro
Ko Mangatoatoa ki waenganui
Ko Pare Hauraki, Ko Pare Waikato
Ko Te Kaokaoroa-o-Paatetere ki te Nehenehenui
Ko Tainui te Waaka
Ko Hoturoa te Tangata
Ko Mangapu te Awa
Ko Tokipuhoki te Maunga
Ko Te Nehenehenui o Maniapoto te Iwi
Ko Regan ahau!
Tainui is the name of my ancestral vessel that traversed ‘The great ocean of Kiwa’ (Pacific Ocean) the biggest expanse of water on this planet. Hoturoa was the namely chief who navigated these tough waters. When my Waaka landed my ancestors disembarked their vessel and they began tattooing the face of the earth and divided up a portion of land for each of us to care for. The portion of land I belong to… Ngati Maniapoto! We don’t own anything, but we have a responsibility to care for and to give love to these areas.
I begin this way because it is important to understand who I am and where I come from. This is where my choice to carry out my duty to represent Te Ao Maori and our Maori people is defined.
I didn’t have a statement prepared as such, I had been approached by numerous staff and whanau to put through an expression of interest to become a board member. For some as I asked, ‘why ’? the response I received was mostly to assist in the shaping of the Mana and to provide opinions and support from a cultural perspective, to steer the vessel of Pekapekarau in the direction it wants to move towards to achieve our goals as a collective. I have a variety of board experiences from previous roles, but even more experience in the community as majority of you will already know. As a Maori parent in the Waipaa community I always want what is best for not only mine but our tamariki, for their wairua to be constantly elevated, for their hauora to be priority, and for their potential to be forever expanding. For them to reach their true capabilities they need to be led by a strong roopu with the same goal. Being tauira centric we can build a strong foundation for our tamariki to stand on as they expand their potential and move in their own directions.
Pai o koutou ra Whakahirahira!
Nei ra te mihi ki a koutou katoa
Te wiki o te reo māori at Pekapekarau
Below is a bingo that we would love for all of you to have a go at and complete as many activities as you can. You can share your reo moments with us by uploading it to our shared drive with photos or videos of you and your whānau giving these activities a go. There will be prizes for the first 20 people that complete the most, if not all of the activities.
Keep an eye on our fb page as we share resources and ideas also check your seesaw messages as we have added how to videos etc.
We look forward to seeing your reo māori moments, but most of all have fun. Kia kaha te reo māori.
Rerenga kupu ō te rā & Wero ō te rā
Save the DATE!
RUGBY & NETBALL JUNIOR 7S
We have 3 teams representing our kura at the Rugby and Netball Junior 7s on the last Thursday of Term 3. Thanks to the volunteers who are supporting this event. Another notice will come home soon with event details. For all questions and queries, please contact Kylie email@example.com
Visit Our Local Museum!
Get Involved in Cricket!
6-week after school programme during Term 4.
6x 1hour sessions for $30!
A wide range of locations set up across the Waikato, with hubs in your local area. Available for year 1-8 students, with girls only programmes available too. A focus on the fundamental skills, with small modified games. A direct link to the registration page with all options of registration - https://www.ndcricket.co.nz/district/waikato
SuperSmash Holiday Programme
Available during the October holiday period.
The closest programmes are available in Te Awamutu.
Available in Year 1-4 softball, and Year 5-8 Hardball groups.
Registration available – www.ndcricket.co.nz/programmes
For registration support for either programme, of further information, please contact Naomi on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are welcoming new enrolments to our Kura! Do you know someone who is interested in enrolling their tamariki at our school? This also includes out of zone enrolments.
Share this with whānau that you know.
Save the Date
Wednesday 21st September 5-45pm - 7.45pm
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - Public Holiday
Monday 26th September
TAI Year 6 Information Evening
Tuesday 27th September (note date changed)
6.00pm to 7.00pm
Wednesday 28th September 2022
5.30 to 7pm
Rugby & Netball 7s - Year 5 & 6 @ Pirongia
Thursday 29th September
Last day of Term 3
Thursday 29th September
Teacher Only Day
Friday 30th September 2022
Term 4 Starts
Monday 17th October
Monday 24th October
Friday 4th November
Kapa Haka Festival - Whakamana Rangitahi
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