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Newsletter - Week 7, Term 2 2023


Principal’s Update


Kia ora Waitetuna Whaanau, Aramiro Paa Marae trip—I would firstly like to extend our condolences to Aramiro Paa whaanau for their loss this wiki. We look forward to securing another date for our marae visit. This connection to Aramiro Paa is an important part of our kura and our Living Curriculum Maahanga. We will let you know as soon as we can when our new visit will be.


I trust you all had a tremendous long weekend. The Rural Principal Conference was an excellent opportunity to connect with other Principals and learn with them. Being in Te Waipounamu (South Island) really captivates the senses with its awe-inspiring beauty. Tahuna Queenstown was an excellent place to reflect and think about next steps. Aotearoa New Zealand is a unique place and our special Waitetuna community is very important. On the table at the conference was some very serious conversations on the importance and role of anti-racism in schools. We heard inspiring speakers share their education journey and how we can continue to support amazing pathways and learning experiences for our students, supporting our students to be the best they can be. At the next board meeting this will also be on the table. I invite you to share your thoughts on next steps too. Where should we be going next as a school? Email principal@waitetuna.school.nz with your thoughts.


I would also like to acknowledge the staff for covering in my absence. I had unfortunately managed to test positive for Covid over the long weekend so have missed being back at school this week. Luckily I will be back to enjoy Book Week—we are all very excited that book week is upon us next week. An overview for the week is attached but here is Book Week at a glance—


Monday—students can view and create wish lists—children and parents welcome after school on Monday—2.45-3.45


Tuesday—Local author—Liam O’Dwyer talking to students—1.30pm and Parents Only purchasing after school from 2.45-3.45


Wednesday- Dress up day—14th June and our Fun Family Booknic (Indoor if wet)—12.00pm—book sales available

Food for sale—a few options—Burgers/Nachos/Sausage in bread


Thursday - book sales available—8.30-9.00am– Hot choc for sale—$2—BYO Mug—and on the deck with a book Structured Literacy Information Session—3.15pm—Junior Room

Evening—pirate movie with book sales. Time 6-7pm


Friday—Buddy Reading in the afternoon and Last chance Saloon—book sales before school Friday, 8.30—9am Kia pai too whakataa. Have a great weekend. Ngaa mihi Amanda and staff.

All the Happenings


  • BOOK WEEK—from Mon 12th June (Week 8) - see above

  • 15th June—Structured Literacy Info session—3.15pm—all par-ents welcome

  • Board Meeting—20th June

  • Mud Run—21st June

  • Pie day—22nd June

  • Ki-o-rahi tournament—23rd June

  • Matariki shared kai—29th June

  • Last day of term 2 and International Mud day —30th June

Reminder—Information Evening at Raglan Area School—for all parents


Invite from Raglan Area School—date for your diary


Te Ao Māori at Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa /

Raglan Area School - Thursday 20 July 5.30-8.00pm


Kia ora e te whanau E ngā mana, e ngā reo, rau rangatira mā

nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai ra ki tēnei hui e whakanuia

ana te matauranga i te taiao kākano rua kei Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa.


Kaupapa


We will share how we enact our School Vision and Mission Statement


Waitetuna Way


Well done to Mathilda & Asher

For Self Control

Think before you speak

(Is it kind, is it necessary?)

Manage yourself appropriately in both formal and informal situations

Being adaptable when our plans change


Together we are growing the seeds of success

Na too manaaki, na tooku manaaki, ka puawai mai nga kaaka-no

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