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CHANGES IN CLASSROOM NUMBERS
We are enjoying a steady growth in roll and our numbers are now at 103! Ka mau kē te wehi. Whaea Ria and the junior team are in the process of reorganising the junior classrooms to accommodate the new students. The numbers of Y4 – Y8 children is also growing considerably and we are keeping an eye on that as well.
PORIRUA CITY COUNCIL CONSULTATION HUI FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Thank you Whaea Miro for taking our children to the Long-term Plan consultation workshop for Porirua primary schools at Plimmerton Hall, 9:30-12:00 Wednesday 28th March. The overall purpose of these types of workshop is to increase the number and quality of submissions on the Draft Long-term Plan from primary school students so that their interests and concerns can be considered by Councillors when making decisions. The workshop will build capacity among primary school students so they can lead the preparation and presentation of submissions from their school. This is the second year that we have been sending students, and our tamariki interact positively with others and contribute well to discussions. Check out photos that have been taken on the Porirua City Council FB page.
MATHS CONSENT FORMS STILL OUTSTANDING
River, Metallica, Ritchie, Ivanhoe and Peter, Ramu, Escalade, Hazel and Harley, Tinielu Whānau, Jullius, Ashley and V-Eight. You are the Orange Paper brigade. We need your forms back on Wednesday. Get it signed now and put it in your bag.
What a great opportunity for us to experience a visit from Michel Mulipola. Michel is a Samoan comic book artist based in Auckland. In 2006 he received the Gibson Award for Best NZ Comic Book Artist as well as a Grand Finalist in the 2013 Secret Walls x Aotearoa Live Art Battles.He is currently working on the American graphic novel, ‘Headlocked: The Last Territory’. He has also contributed work for the New Zealand School Journals, the Pasifika Heroes series of books, illustrated Marvel Comics trading cards and comic books for the WWE. When he is not drawing comics, Michel can be found ‘working’ at Arkham City Comics store in Auckland. Kei runga noa atu Michel!
Our tamariki have an opportunity to participate in the Kowaiau progamme again. Ko wai au? means WHO AM I? This program is made to help create resilience within our children.The program is aimed to take children back to the traditional ways of learning by adopting a Maori philosophy of education. This Philosophy is predicated on a holistic model of development that integrates the physical, social and cultural growth of individuals within the supportive environment of the extended family. This programe was so successful last year that it is very timely to have it back in the school to capture the new students and also to reinforce what was learnt last year.
TE AHORANGI GENESIS – Maurākau
Waerea and Herea Winitana have been in the school for two days introducing Maurākau to all of our tamariki. This culminated in a performance by our tuākana yesterday afternoon. A great opportunity to learn new skills.
DATES TO REMEMBER
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
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, Whaea Ria will be the Acting Principal
Website picture: Michel Mulipola the Duffy Hero who came to speak with our tamariki yesterday