Tēnā rā tātou katoa

We welcome five new tamariki  to our school this week.   Naumai haramai, Talofa, it is our pleasure to have you with us.      Well what an interesting week we have had. Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th were great opportunities for our  parents/whānau  to come and meet the teachers and have a chat about your child’s learning.   It was a time to share information so we can better understand our tamariki – together.    If you missed out on these evenings and would like to meet their teacher, please make an appointment with Whaea Lyn and she can coordinate a time that suits you and your child’s teacher.        Reflecting on this from a teacher’s perspective, I believe parent teacher interviews symbolise the three-way partnership that exists in a child’s journey through school. When parents and teachers come together it creates a positive relationship that results in everyone working together with the child’s best interests as the priority.   Here are some other benefits of attending a parent teacher interview, and an opportunity to strengthen a three-way learning partnership between, you the whānau, the teacher and the tamaiti.

  • The big picture: An interview will offer a better understanding about your child’s academic, emotional, social and physical development. Your child’s strengths and weaknesses in all subject areas can be explained in detail.
  • Insight into class interactions: Teachers can provide invaluable feedback on the behaviour of your child in the classroom — which can sometimes surprise parents.
  • Educational support: Teachers are in the best position to recognise when learning support is required. An interview enables teachers and parents to make plans for further educational support if necessary)
  • You have your say about your child.   You are able to share your hopes, dreams and aspirations for your child.
  • Shared goals: Progress in relation to goal setting based on discussions during interviews will further improve the relationship between parents and students.

Whaea Miro and Whaea Lyn, thank you for taking the lead in organising a very successful Mini-Gala.   What a rocking MC!   Thoroughly enjoyed Matua Josh taking it to the people!   The weather was perfect and we had fun.   It was great to have the community moving between the Market and the Gala and we are very grateful to Titahi Bay Lions Club for supporting our school.   A big thank you to our awesome parents that helped out on the stalls.  We drew our pig raffle and the winning number was Karen Spencer 82.  Thanks to all our tamariki for their stunning cakes. There was such a variety of decoration that I wonder how Matua Tiwha managed to decide the winners.   Congratulations to our cake winners: 1st prize went to Mikro, 2nd equal were Maraea-Jean and Manawa whānau and Euodias, 3rd was Izaiah. Minne Mouse and Mickey Mouse and one of the Ninja Turtles came to spend some time with us and Whaea Linda for your many disguises.     You know, there were so many happy moments and I overheard so many positive comments, it  would just warm your heart.

Special mention to Whaea Toa for activating and motivating our tamariki, Whaea Linda managed to share a  rocking hula class as well, Whaea Nebula awesome fried bread,  Matua Meka, Matua Jardin, Matua Josh, Whaea Mima, Whaea Olepa, Nanny Linda, Whaea Shaz, Whaea Loa, Whaea Ru, Whaea Daughter, Whaea Sharlene, Whaea Marie, Whaea Selina, Matua Mac, Whaea Grace, Whaea Ria,  Whaea Mikayla, Whaea Kaokao,  Matua Shane, Whaea Christine, Whaea Barbara, and Mr Itamura our reliever who also came to help. Matua Tiwha came all the way from over the hill to help out and to be the BBQ chef. We loved seeing our beautiful year 9 girls and our handsome year 9 boys. Thank you to all the  whānau that helped, you guys know who you are.  We would also like to thank Fizz Bang our candy floss people, Whaea Charmaine for the use of the quick-fire paddles and wheel and Whaea Mere for the use of her balls the Mad Butcher for the use of the BBQ and David at Pak & Save for the voucher and to our two awesome garden centres Palmers at Mana,and Leacroft nursery at Pauatahanui.  The Warehouse, Noel Leeming, Whittakers, ASB kites. The amount raised over that three hours was $3,000 and climbing.  Ka mau kē te wehi!  We do not have a final figure yet as we are going to be pushing to sell the raffles this week. Keep an eye out for notices that will come home.   Check out our facebook site as well.  


We are going to raffle the school van.   $100 a ticket and only 60 tickets.    Start putting putting the word out whānau and make contact with Whaea Lyn.


Friday 23 March is the preferred day, but rain is forecast.     Friday  6 April will be the alternate day.   If that day is rained off, the event will be postponed to the last term of the year when the weather is warmer.


21 – 22    March   All Y4-8 children, and all of our staff will be interviewed to capture their understandings of maths. Check out the link below to give you an idea about the maths program we have begun in the school.    Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities | Education Counts

19 March    Staff Hui 2, Understanding Behaviour

21 March    ERO longitudinal Review update and Commissioner in school

23 March   Friday Waikanae Pools Whakawhanaungatanga Day, payments are due now please.   Alternate day is Friday 6 April if it rains

30 April      Good Friday, Easter Holiday begins, it is a loooooooong easter break

4 April         Wednesday, school begins after Easter

13 April       Last day of school for the term, school finishes at 2.45pm as usual

30 April       Monday, School begins for Term 2

Website picture:   Decorated cakebox.  This is just one of the beautiful cakes entered into our cake competition