Panui 14 September 2022

Term 3, Week 8


Kia ora koutou,

Last night four tamariki from Rumaki Tuakana represented our kura proudly at the Waikato Full Primary Semi Finals Speech Competition. This was the first time students from a Rumaki have participated in this competition.Our tamariki stood proud to represent our school and their hard work was recognised by the school receiving two first placings and a second placing. These students now go on to compete in the finals. See the Rumaki report for more details.

Congratulations to those nominees who have been elected to our Board of Trustees. To all those candidates who stood, who were unsuccessful I want to thank you for giving our community the opportunity to choose and to those members who decided not to re stand, I want to thank you for your service and knowledge in your field of expertise and commitment to the school. I have valued working alongside you and learning with you.

By now you would have read the messages from the Government re the changes to how the country will manage long covid.

For our school that means:

· Masks are optional for staff and students. They are no longer strongly recommended to be worn.

· Close contacts can now attend school if they are not showing symptoms of Covid. Students of close contacts will need to take a rats test each morning for 5 consecutive days that is negative to attend.

· Parents are welcome to walk their children to class after 8.30am and collect them from the classroom from 2.40pm. Please wait outside the classroom until students are dismissed. Outside of these times you still need to go through the office. This is so we can account for all peoples on site if there is an emergency.

To remember and acknowledge the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the government has approved a public holiday on 26th September. School will be closed that day.

Term 3 is drawing to an end very quickly with the 30th September being our last school day, closing at the normal time of 2.45pm.

Term 4 starts on October 17th. Week 1 of this term we have a Board of Trustees Teacher Only Day on the 21st October – this allows for whānau to have a four day weekend. For whānau who like to plan ahead school closes on the Friday 16th December.

It is great to have warmer weather and sun even if it is watery!

Ngā mihi

Whaea Chris

Board of Trustees

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Dates to Remember

Monday, 26 September - Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - NO school

Friday, 30 September - Last day of Term 3

Monday, 17 October - First Day of Term 4

Thursday, 20 October - Reheko FLF Fundraiser - From 12.00pm

Friday, 21 October - Teacher Only Day - NO school for students

Monday, 24 October - Labour Day - NO school

Tuesday, 25 October to 11 November - Swimsafe Lessons (each class will have a set week)

Thursday, 27 October - National Shake Out Day - Country participates in Earthquake Drill - 9.30am

Wednesday, 16 November - School Athletics Day

Thursday, 17 November - Quest Grand Final Night - From 6.30pm

Friday, 16 December - Last day of 2022 School Year

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 creating beautiful art pieces over the last few weeks. Using pastels, pencil and scissors we have been working to strengthen our fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are the coordination between your child's small muscles, like those in their hands, wrists, and fingers in coordination with their eyes.

Take a look at our amazing Polar Bear art!

Matai 3

In Matai 3, We have been learning about rhyming words through various activities. Our Class participated in a "Duck Island Flavor Creator" competition and the result for the same is still pending. It was really awesome to see different Ice-creams which Students imagined and gave them beautiful names. We made some monsters out of the papers and enjoyed that. We have been revising various digraphs with different worksheets and in math we are learning skipping 10’s on a number line. That is quite challenging for the students and we are still working on that. We have also welcomed some new students to Matai 3. Welcome Laurel, Avleen and Dharv. It's great to have them in the classroom.

Matai 4

Matai 4 have been developing their writing skills through the use of adjectives, verbs and nouns to make our stories more interesting for our audience.

Here are some stories we wrote using a picture prompt of a magic book.

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I saw a mysterious book and it took me to a mysterious place that nobody had seen. I picked it up and it flew away.

By Rayan

I found treasure in the book.

By Levi

When I touch the book it turns food into monsters.

By Mason

If you touch the magic book you will disappear to Candy World. In Candy World there is lollipop trees and there is watermelon houses. In the watermelon house there was a fairy. “Hi.” said one. “How are you?” said the other. “I am June,” said the fairy. “I am Bob,” said the other fairy. The girl said, “I am Amaia. Do you want to play hide and seek?” “Yes,” said one. “One, two, three, four, five! I found you June. I found you Bob!”

By Frances

Matai 5

Matai 5 have been working hard on our calendar art. We decided to do wild birds and focus on smudging using pastels. This was quite challenging for us but with perseverance we created a piece of art. We are very proud of this. Last week we welcomed a few new members to Matai 5. We have enjoyed spending time getting to know each other and have done a lot of team building activities. Welcome to Matai 5 Pia, Yashveer, India, Izayah and Liam. We are so lucky to have you.

Rumaki Teina

Mauri ora ki a tātou katoa

Kua tata mutu tētahi atu wahanga o te tau kura nei, he maha ngā mahi kua tahā mō te whānau rūmaki teina. Kei roto i te akomanga nei, ko te Pāngarau te aronga matua, tōna tikanga, ka poipoia e ngā kaiako ngā tamariki ki te tutuki pai i ā rātou whāinga Pāngarau. Ko te whāinga matua Pāngarau mō ngā pipi paopao kia tautohu me te whakaraupapa i ngā tau 1 ki te 10. Mō ngā tau 1-2 kia whārikihia ngā whārite māmā mā te whakamahi rauemi, mō ngā tau 3, mā rātou e whakawetewete i a rātou whakaaro e hāngai ana ki tētahi pakitau. Ka whakaatu ngā pikitia kei raro iho rā ngā tamariki e noho pukumahi ana i te wā Pāngarau.

He mahi mīharo rawa mō ngā tamariki ko tā rātou haerenga ki te Koroneihana mahi kapahaka ai. Tokotoru ō mātou tamariki i tū ki te taha o te whānau Rumaki Tuakana mahi kapahaka ai, nā reira ka rere ngā mihi maha ki ēnei kōtiro e toru, arā ko Alexus, ko Tiahuia, ko Kiriana, nā rātou e kawea te manuka, nā rātou hoki i tū māia, i tū pakari, ōtira, i tū kaha.

I kawea mātou te whānau Rumaki he pōwhiri ki te pōwhiritanga i a Whaea Hariru rātou ko tōna whānau, ko ngā kaumātua o Ngāti Mahanga hoki. Ko te kaupapa o taua rā he ‘whakarewa pukapuka’ I whakaaturia e Whaea Hariru i āna pukapuka hōu kātahi anō ia kia waihanga, tō tātou waimārie kia whiwhi i ēnei taonga, he rauemi tino rawe tēnei hei hāpai i tō tātou nei reo rangatira. E mihi ana ki a koe Whaea Hariru, ōtira ki a koutou tō rōpū tautoko ki te kawea i tō kaupapa.

Auraki Kahikatea (kahikatea 1 and 2)

Kahikatea and Matai students had an awesome day at the Rippa Rugby tournament last Friday at Swarbrick Park. The weather was awesome and our kids made our school proud with their quality sportsmanship. The kids played hard and were very grateful for our awesome whānau support on the day. Ka Rawe Tamariki ma!
Kahikatea 1 have been busy getting creative in their writing about silhouette metaphors around themselves. Check out a couple of the samples below.

Rumaki Tuakana

E mihi kau ana ki ēnei tuakana i whakaheke werawera ki ngā Whakataetae Manu Kōrero mō ngā Kura Tuatahi o Waikato. I tū ēnei tauira ki mua i ngā kura me ngā whānau nō kura kē, me te rawe hoki o tō rātou tū. I kite whānuitia te hunga mātakitaki i te ihi, i te wehi me te wana o ēnei tauira tūmeke o Roto Ngahere.

Kaikōrero me ngā Tūranga

Kimiora Taniora - Tau 8

Apanui Watene - Tau 8 -

Liam Neal - Tau 8 - Tūranga Tuatahi

Tūranga Tuatahi

Te Miringa Roberts-Hapi - Tau 8 - Tūranga Tuarua

Ka mau te wehi tamariki mā.

Auraki Kauri (Kauri 1)

Welcome to Auraki Kauri,

The Calendar Art this year has allowed the children to express their creativity and unique personalities. I would describe it as bright, fun and creative. The students have used KA-POW Fun Modern Comic Book Pop Art in their own way to create their own unique poster name.

The Waikato River is a focus of learning for inquiry topic this term. The mural first started as an artwork designed from internet-inspired depictions of waka by one of our students. Whaea Jaimee provided a waka paddler template so that each student could add themselves to the waka. Students then created taniwha to add to the Waikato River. For some, this refers to the many taniwha of the Waikato River, while for others it is about the many important chiefs of the area.

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Tēnā koutou katoa, Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, anei ētahi rauemi hei awhina i a koutou me tō whānau.

Hello everyone, To celebrate Māori Language Week, here are some resources to help you and your family listen, learn, play and attend events using Te Reo Māori. Please view the links attached below:


Listen to podcasts like or to sharpen your reo



Check out this reo Māori Kahoot quiz for beginners (you will need to register to play - it's free)

Get your tamariki together to do reo Māori yoga for kids with Mauritau Yoga

Download some Māori apps and play with your tamariki


Search for Reo Māori Events | Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori

Kia whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori!!

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The Rauhī Project

2022 has been a challenging year trying to reopen the doors to the programme. However, the good news is that they are reopening the After School Programme in Term 4 for Junior and Senior Choir. The scholarship stream will continue for the rest of the year. Further information and enrolments forms are held at the Forest Lake School office.