FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
E te whānau, ngā tumuaki o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou katoa
Haera mai Matariki
This week it is all about Matariki at Wainui school. This has become one of the traditions we weave into the year, it is a time that gives us opportunity to explore aspects of culture and heritage, it signifies new beginnings. This year we have two key focuses; the first is to share waiata. Our expert in waiata LeeAnne Wade tutor for our kapahaka group, is working with each team on Tuesday to teach everyone some new waiata. These will then be further practised to perform on 23rd June at a celebration performance.
The second focus we hope, is to have a Hangi at school. We are currently working with the Whiti Ora o Kaipara Development Trust who are hoping to be able to support us with someone who knows how to put down a Hangi and will help us with the baskets and stones we need for cooking. This is exciting as we haven’t had a Hangi for quite a few years at Wainui School.
The Wainui School Kapahaka group will be performing as a culmination of Matariki week at the Tui Team assembly. The Tui team I know are looking forward to sharing their camp highlights with us at this assembly as well.
The staff and BOT are all participating in a Cultural Awareness workshop after school on Tuesday with Rewana from the Whiti Ora o Kaipara Development Trust.
Spellathon Sponsored by Simone du Bernard of Harcourts Cooper & Co – Last Friday every child was given a Spellathon word list to learn their words or letters if this was their level. This came with a sponsor sheet and some information on the dates these are due back, the prizes the children can win, as well as tokens that will be rewarded if children get their sponsors. Over the next few weeks children will use these words for spelling, for homework and in their class spelling work. The whole school will participate in a spelling test at the same time on Thursday 29th June. The aim is that all funds raised will be going towards some much needed shade improvement for our school. This is a great time to raise the funds and plan for the shade we would like for next summer.
Interschool Football Year 5&6 – Four teams, 2 girls and 2 boys are competing in a competition run by the Hibiscus Coast AFC. Schools from the Silverdale/ Orewa region are all included. We have a group of year 8’s managing and coaching the teams who are attending as well.
Hosting a Japanese Student!! – Have you thought about this? Can you possibly offer a space for a Japanese student this year? You will not be out of pocket, you will have the chance to learn about Japan and make new friends. We only need 5 more families, or 3 if two of those would like to take two students together. Please let Mel Ludwig in the office know if you can.
FOWS – Friends of Wainui School have a social – networking event planned for us. See the advert below. The group had a very enthusiastic and productive meeting last week and really hope lots of you do come along next Thursday evening to Wainui (golf club). Come and be involved – remember the saying, “many hands make light work!!” Come and have fun and get to know other parents.
Lost Property!! – The lost property box is full to over-flowing with shoes, gumboots, jackets, fleeces and sweaters. Please come and claim your clothes and footwear.
Waifactor – What a great week we had last week, every lunchtime we were entertained by our own talent. The semi finals will be next week. More information as to who has made the cutoff and times will be given by the school student leaders organising this event.
Ka kite ano,