Panui 29th June 2022

Term 2, Week 9


Tēnā Tātou Katoa,

He mihi maioha ki a koutou nā runga i ngā āhuatanga o te wā ka mānawatia e tātou i a Matariki


I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend as we celebrated Matariki for the first time as a nation. It is fantastic to see a Public Holiday to recognize Aotearoa and it’s cultural heritage. As Term 2 draws to an end I want to use this opportunity to say thank you to the school community for supporting home based learning from June 13 to 17 allowing staff and students time to focus on their own wellbeing due to winter illnesses. I would also like to thank you for your continued support in this matter as we have had difficulty finding relievers this week to provide a safe learning environment, meaning a few classes this week have been left short staffed. Hopefully with the holiday break, both the tamariki and staff are able to rest up and rid themselves of these winter bugs.

A reminder, that mid year interviews are next week with online hui, Monday 4 and face to face hui on Tuesday, 5 July. The school will close at 1pm on Tuesday, 5 July to allow face to face interviews to start at 1:30pm.

Next Monday (4 July) Whaea Linda and Manu Taki will meet a representative at school from the Tania Dalton Foundation who is kindly donating 50 sports balls to the kura. A huge thank you to the them, it is greatly appreciated and I know they will get a lot of usage around all areas of the kura.

Sadly, Whaea Liz, our school SWIS worker is leaving us at the end of Term 2 to work for the Waikato DHB. A big thank you to Whaea Liz for her support and contribution to the school and community and wish her the best in her new role.

As this is the last school newsletter for Term 2, I want to say have a safe and happy holiday, rest up and we look forward to seeing tamariki back on July 25.

Matua Geoff

Acting Principal

School Newsletter

Thank you to those that took the time to have their say on the survey around the school newsletter in the last issue. We will take that feedback and see if we can incorporate it in future newsletters.

Board of Trustees Elections

We are now calling for nominations to stand for our Board of Trustees. Click the images below for details.

Dates to Remember

  • 1 July - Winter Sports Exchange for Senior School students
  • 1 July - Mid year Reports sent home.
  • 8 July - End of Term 2
  • 25 July - Start of Term 3

Parent Interviews 4-5 July

Don't forget about parent interviews next Monday and Tuesday. If you are wanting an online hui, these are happening Monday, 4 July from 2.00pm, if you are wanting a face to face hui, these are happening on Tuesday, 5 July from 1.30pm. To allow for the face to face hui at 1.30m on Tuesday, remember that the school will be closing at 1.00pm on this day.

If you haven't made a booking already and are wanting to do so, you can go to, click on the 'make a booking tab' at the top of the page and enter krh5q as the event code. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible attend these hui either virtually or face to face.

Auraki Teina (Matai Classes)

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

Matai 1 & 2

Matai 1 & 2 have been very busy since the last newsletter! We have been working hard at learning our letter sounds, practising our reading, writing and math skills.

We have also been learning about Matariki and the nine different stars and what they each represent. This included activities that related to the stars such as planting vegetable seeds, writing stories and lots of art and amazing creations. We continued our Matariki learning with a Hautapu ceremony where we cooked food related to four of the different stars so that the steam could feed them. The added bonus was that it was also yum!

Matai 3

Over the past term, Matai 3 has been learning about Matariki. We made personalized Korowai and learned about their importance in Maori culture. Matai 3 is learning to add sums with the help of a number line. We had a small competition in class where cute cats (girls) and handsome hamsters (boys) decorated the Matariki Kai chart and the boys won that.

This term we enjoyed Jumping June and did lots of skipping with skipping ropes. We went to Naghere with different shapes and tried to locate similar shapes in Naghere. the students were inquisitive to find that and felt happy when they saw a similar shape to one they had in their hands. We did lots of artwork related to Matariki, where we made Matariki kites, did weaving, an artwork showing that children are trying to reach Matariki stars, made Korowai, and colored the feathers.

Matai 4

It has been a very busy term for Matai 4! We have been working hard at practising our reading, writing and math skills. One of our favourite things to do in class at the moment is count in 2s, 5s and 10s like robots!

Matai 4 has been finding out all about Matariki! We discussed our wishes and goals for the coming New Year, planted some carrot and spinach seeds, made some beautiful art and even got a chance to make our own Paraoa parai (Fry bread) . We were so excited to hear how everyone in our class was celebrating our first ever Matariki Public Holiday.

Matai 5

Over the past term, Matai Five have been exploring our school Ngahere and learning how to take care of Ranginui and Papatūānuku (our earth mother and sky father). With the use of mirrors, we explore a new perspective and view of the world around us. It was an exciting time when we met a Hedgehog during our travels through the Ngahere. From there, our interest drifted and we began learning about the small creatures that live on Papatūānuku and how we can care for them.

Check out fantastic Hedgehog artwork.

During Matariki Matai 5 celebrated by having a Matariki feat together. We chopped vegetables and made some healthy vegetable soup which some vegetables were harvested from our very own school community garden.

Rumaki Teina

Mauri ora e te whānau

He maha ngā mahi kua taha mō te whānau o Rumaki Teina, i te tīmatanga o te wāhanga i waihanga mātou i tētahi momo mahi toi o Tumeke Taniwha me ngā wāriu matua e toru o te kura e noho ana ki ngā kapua ki te taha o Whaea Te Aroha. Mā te tutuki pai i tā mātou mahi toi, i whakamahi i ngā rauemi pērā i ngā pepa karakara, kutikuti me te kapia, he rawe te kite i ngā tamariki te mahi ā rōpū me te whakaatu tuakana teina ki te whakaoti pai i tēnei mahi. I kōrererero mātou e pā ana ki ngā wāriu o te akomanga me te kura hoki hei whakawhanake i ā rātou māramatanga.

I tēnei wāhanga hoki, i tīmata e 6 ngā tamariki hōu ki waenganui i a mātou, ko rātou hoki ngā pipi paopao o te akomanga, nō reira, nau mai haere mai ki a Nikau, Cora, Manawa, Anais, Anika me Hawaiki, ko te tumanako kei te pai te haere o tō koutou whakawhitinga ki te kura nui, tā mātou hōnore i kuraina mai koutou ki tō mātou akomanga. Harikoa ngā ngakau o ngā kaiako kia poipoia ngā tamariki ki te whai mātaraunga.

I ngā wā katoa, e rata ana ngā tamariki te kuhu atu ki KiwiCan ki te taha o Matua Terry rāua ko Whaea Kiara, he pai ki a rātou te ako i ngā mihi rerekē huri noa i te ao me te tākaro i ngā kēmu ki reira. Kei roto i te whakaahua e whakaatu ana i a rātou e tākaro ana i te kēmu ‘Kiwi, Kiwi, Can’ he ōrite ki te Rakiraki, Kuihi’ engari he rerekē ngā kupu.

I waihanga mātou ngā whetū o Matariki hei tohu i tēnei rangi, kātahi anō tēnei rangi kia tīmata huri rauna i te motu nei. He mīharo hoki mātou te rongo kua tae mai te rā whakanui o Matariki, e tohu ana tēnei rā mō te tau hōu Māori, te whakawhānau ki tō whānau me te tuku inoi ki ōu raukura kua wehe ki te pō. He pai ki ngā tamariki o Rumaki Teina te karakara me te whakaataahua i ā rātou whetū, he mahi hei whakatau te wairua tēnei mā rātou, ōtira, ka taea e ngā tamariki te whakaatu i ā rātou pūkenga toi.

Ko te tumanako, i rawe tā koutou rangi whakatā roa, i whakanui pai i tōu tātou tau hōu Māori, ōtira, i ngawari hoki ōu rā whakatā. Mānawatia a Matariki!

Auraki Kahikatea

Kahikatea 1

Kahikatea One has been learning about MATARIKI over the past fortnight. Below are some of the research, art, and poetry tasks the students have been completing:

The first snap shots are of country studies that also recognise the Matariki constellation.

Kahikatea 2

Kahikatea 2 have also been learning about MATARIKI over the past fortnight. Below are some examples of student’s writing about Matariki and a picture of the lanterns they created for contracts.

Rumaki Tuakana

He mihi ana ki a Ama

He rite ia ki te taiao, ki ngā rākau. Kei runga noa atu ōna pūkenga

tunu kai. Ko te mea nui kia ia ko te awhina whānau.

- Nā Ocean.

E mihi ana kia Raukura. He rite ia ki ngā rākau o Tane Māhuta.

Kei runga noa atu ona pūkenga, he hoa pai ia.

Ko te mea nui ki a ia ko te tiaki teina

He rite ia kia Papatuanuku nā te mea i tū māia me te tiaki teina

- Nā Lily

Haki Kahui

He tohu whakaute ēnei haki ki ngā Kahui o te kura anō hoki hei mōmō kanohi kitea mō ngā kahui o tō tatou kura. E maha ngā kaupapa e taea ana te whakauru ngā kahui. I whakaatahua mātou a Kauri 2 i ēnei haki tuatahi kia mōhio i ngā ingoa o ngā kahui engari kia whakapono mātou i o mātou kāhui kia eke pānuku kia eke tangaroa tatou kātoa ki te kura whanui o Rotongahere.

Nā Te Miringa