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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.


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.


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.


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.


Olé Academy is excited to announce that they will be running a school holiday programme for children aged 7-12yrs old. The programme will run for both weeks of the holidays. Kids can register for 5 days, 3 days or 1 day per week, and you can also register for both weeks.  If you have any questions, please direct them to erik@ole.co.nz
Please check the link below to the website to register your child.
Congratulations to the Winner of the Easter Raffle.    The winning ticket was number 83 won by Euodias drawn by Mr Itamura in the presence of Ngake!   Thank you so much for your support.   Next week Whaea Lyn will be able to give us a final fundraising figure from the Gala.   This raffle was part of that.


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