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Week 2 Term 1                        ursday 8th February 2019                     School Roll: 86

Week 2 attendance

Our roll is currently sitting at 86 with the withdrawal of students to college, children who have moved and families that have not yet returned to school.  We would like to thank whanau and caregivers for ensuring that your children are at school learning.  We would now like to ask you to encourage our students to make sure that they attend on a regular basis.


Some students have still not purchased their books.  All classes have commenced their book work.  Please collect a stationery list from the office.  If you are finding it difficult could you at least buy a writing and maths book.

Waitangi Day

Children have been learning about The Treaty of Waitangi and Waitangi Day.  Some students have been going home and initiating conversation around their opinions and sharing their learning.  Please take time to listen and talk.

Topic Studies

Our kaupapa is about ‘Our Journey’ and classes have started investigating things that they have done, that their ancestors have done and similarities and differences.  If you have time come and see what your child’s class is doing.


Mini Gala will be held during lunch break on Friday 22 February.  Start time will be 12 noon. If you have goods to donate please send them along to school. All donations are gratefully accepted to help towards swimming costs.


The cost for swimming has changed.  All students will need to pay $15.  Please pay this at the office. Please see the attached form.

Waikanae Pools – Annual School Picnic

This year our Annual School Picnic will be held on Friday 8 March between 9.30-2.30pm at Waikanae Pools.  All students will travel on the bus at a cost of $15 each.  We will be using the funds from the Mini Gala to subsidise the trip.  We have always had good weather and a great turnout of support from whanau and friends.

Year 7 & 8 Immunisation consent forms

All Year 7 & 8 children would of received their consent forms this week. Can parents please fill and sign these forms and send them to the School office.

Updated Phone numbers and Address

Can you please fill out these forms and send back to school as soon as possible, Incase of an emergency we need to make sure we have the correct details for all caregivers.

School website/Facebook page

We are currently updating our website page and you will be able to see more of the children’s work online.  Staff will be participating in a workshop to learn how to utilise the website to its full potential.  We will keep you informed.

KCA Food

Every Monday we have sources of bread and vegetables that are available for our whanau to come and help yourself.  All you need is a shopping bag to carry your goods.  Please come and help yourself.

School Security

Do you know where your children are after hours?  We have had a number of incidences of vandalism.  Please talk to your children about care and safety when they are away from home.  If they use our school grounds please do so with respect and encourage their friends to look after our school.  Our vandalism funds were used up in the first four days of the year.  Please help us out.

Netball trials

Netball trials will be next week on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8am. Please make sure that your child is on time to save disappointment.  We are hoping that we can field a Y7-8 team and a Year 5-6 team.

YMCA sports at the Arena

Watch this space as Whaea Ruhina has a calendar of events that will be happening at Te Rauparaha Arena after school. The cost will be $15 per student which is to be paid before the season starts so we can secure a spot. We are also looking for volunteer coaches as the teachers need to be at work until 4pm.

Wheels Day

Next Friday 15 February we are having a Wheels Day.  This will be held during lunch time only.  While the weather is hot let’s celebrate!!!!  All cyclists will require a helmet with their own bike, We will construct a cycle track behind Waitangirua Mall.  The scooters and other small wheels will be within the fenced boundary of the school.  If you are available to come and help supervise please let us know.

DMIC Maths

We are having two visitors to our school on Tuesday 12 February to look at how the children learn maths.  We are currently in our second year of the programme as part of the Porirua East COL/Kahui Ako.  Our children enjoy sharing their ideas during maths and helping to problem solve in groups.

Dates to Remember

  • 14/02   DMIC advisors in to watch Maths              sessions
  • 22/02   Mini Gala
  • 08/03   Waikanae Pool
  • 1/04     Week 10 & 11 – Swimming   programme commences

Here are some photo’s of Whataitai working hard and filling out their reflections for the week. Kapai Whataitai…