Ko te pipi te tuatahi, Ko te kaunuku to tuarua
From small beginnings come great things
Week 4 Term 3 Thursday 15th August 2019 School Roll: 104
Huge welcome to our newest enrolment Pukerau, Nia Talivai, who is Maraea-Jean, Manawa and Dupree’s cousin.
It has been so cold lately and we understand many children are becoming unwell. Please contact the office if your child is going to be away so we can mark the roll accordingly. If your child is away more than a few days please provide a medical certificate and drop it into the office. We also have our own school nurse who come’s to visit every Tuesday, if you would like your child seen on that day please contact Whaea Miro and she will let the nurse know.
Lately we have had a string of sore throats, please parents it is very important if your child is complaining of a sore throat that you take them to the doctors straight away to get a throat swab. Sore throats can turn into Strep throat and if not properly treated it can lead to Rheumatic Fever. You do not need to make doctor’s appointments for throat swabs, just take your child and let the reception know your child has a sore throat and they will get a nurse to take a swab of your childs throat.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
As we continue to have wet conditions at school please be reminded that some of the smaller children might need a change of clothing in their bags as this week a number of children have fallen in the mud. We do not carry many spare clothes and they are not being returned to school to help other children. If you have spare pants to offer for these sorts of accidents please send them to the office.
PRIMARY SCHOOL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Every year 2 senior students are chosen for showing such awesome leadership throughout their schooling life at Natone Park School. The students chosen for these awards were Ianeta Tinielu and Calais Wawatai who are both in their last school year at Natone Park School. They both have come along way from being shy little 5 years olds to up and coming Leaders. Iantea and Calais attended the Primary School Leadership Awards held at Elim Church on Monday accompanied by Whaea Steph. Welldone Ianeta and Calais.
As the senior students wind down their sessions with Rangataua Mauriora and the WaiTECH Waka Ama programme we would like to thank the whanau for their support in allowing your children to participate in such an uplifting programme offered for free to our students. All students who attended WaiTECH will be graduating on Wednesday the 21st August.
Natone Park School is very interested in making some garden beds at the back of our school. Thankyou to Harley and Hazel’s awesome mum, Shanna for coming in and starting off the process, You rock! I would like to set up a working bee when the weather is a little more kinder to us so that the children can grow some vegetables again. If you have time to come and share your skills along with Shanna then please let us know at the office. All help gratefully accepted.
COOKING CLASSES FOR STUDENTS
Wesley is holding sessions for children to learn to cook after school. These sessions are limited and cost nothing yet the numbers are limited. If you would like you child/ren to participate please ask for a registration form at the office.
PORIRUA CITY COUNCIL
Last week students from Whataitai and Ngake participated in helping to beautify the newly developed pathways at Bothamley Park. The students planted native bush. On Tuesday Whataitai planted over 400 plants and were told that is the most one school has planted. Ka pai Whataitai. Yesterday it was Ngake’s turn and they planted at least for plants each. Our kids had such a fantastic day and they are looking forward to the next one. Last week you saw some photo’s of Whataitai and this week we have published some photo’s with Ngake kids.
As we move into the warmer weather we are hoping to have more attendance by our families at our Whanau Hui. We hold them in the afternoon at 5pm for 1 hour at the most and like to share some of the events that are happening here at school. We are also looking for people who are interested in representing us on our Board of Trustees. If you are interested we would love for you to come and have a talk at the office with either Whaea Miro or any of the teachers. It would be great to have you on board.
Once again the school will be holding their Mini Gala in Week 6 of this term so watch this space. We have found this event an opportunity to mix and mingle with our growing whanau and it is great to see the parents come and share with the students.
DANCING FOR FITNESS
Each morning from 8.55 to 9.15-ish we have dancing with our students. These are modern songs played on the big screen where the children learn steps to help improve their fitness levels. If you are game enough to come along or stay when you drop your child/ren off you are more than welcome to join in. We would love to have you with us. We are inviting Te Toka Ahuru Kohanga Reo and BestStart Waitangirua Kindergarten to bring some of their children along too. Don’t be shy. Come and let your hair down and show us some of your moves. It was so awesome having BestStart join us this morning, We are looking forward to the next one.
Our Junior students took part in a 3 day programme with Zealandia. They participated in their first in-school activity on Tuesday. The children got to learn lots about different animals.
What is even better is the kids got to travel to Zealandia in Karori to get the whole experience. Their last in school visit is tomorrow, I heard it is going to be fun and practical. The children get to identify and view some of New Zealand’s endangered native specials and even handle the creatures and learn about their habitats.
Here are some awesome photo’s of the trip.
HOUSING NZ DONATION OF SCHOOL BAGS
Last Friday Some of porirua NZ Housing staff stopped into Natone Park School and generously donated some school Backpacks with a Jacket and socks inside. They told us they done a fundraiser at their work and chose only a couple of schools in Porirua to donate what they fundraised for and we were so lucky to be chosen. Thankyou so much Housing NZ Porirua Staff for your generosity.
17th August – Junior Netball @ 3.00pm
Senior Netball @ 11.45am
Please arrive at the courts 45 minutes before the game starts.
20th August – Year 1 & 2 Soccer. No soccer this week.
21st August, Ole Soccer 4pm
22nd August, Senior Basketball TBC
The Senior students continue to play Netball on the weekends, Basketball during midweek and Soccer on a Tuesday afternoon. We thank you for your support and know that our children represent our school with pride.
Last night our Senior Basketball team had a rivetting game, It was awesome to hear lots of cheering on the side lines. They came away with a well deserved win. Can’t wait for the next game.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we have our lovely Whaea Millie cook all our children a warm kai for lunch. If you would like to help come along from 10am to prep the food and serve it out. You know the saying ‘more hands make light work’. This venture has been provided to help feed our children and keep them warm. Unfortunately lately we have had a few lunches stolen from childrens bags and this is not good. We hope that if children don’t have food that they are brave enough to tell a teacher. We will endeavour to make a sandwich for them.
It is not the time for you to start making a choice about where your Year 8 child will be attending school next year. To save you the embarrassment of missing out on a good class please make arrangements with your college of choice or come and have a conversation with Whaea Ria.
DATES TO REMEMBER
21st August – Waitech Graduation
30th August – MIni Gala TBC