Newsletter Week 10 Term 2 2015

As a community you never cease to amaze and delight. 

I thought that the Matariki Day was outstanding and just a fabulous way to bring our community together again. 

The pure amazement on the faces of our children when they ate the hangi was incredible. Even in the slight rain, the day went off without a hitch. The food was prepared by our school children and placed in the ground and the steam hole by 7.30a.m. in the morning. That meant the fire had to be lit at 4.30a.m. Both John Painter and I had the ‘hosts of a party’ thing going on where you cannot settle to a task for fear that your guest will be underfed or the food won’t be just perfect. At the end of the party of Matariki we both stood back and marvelled how well the day went and how perfect our community was in their support of what we do at school. 

The stuffing was perfect. The hangi packs were wrapped to hold in the vegetable and the steam. The added extras gave the hangi the very best flavours. The helpers in the classrooms and the kitchen were truly amazing and dedicated to ensure that we had 400 packs of food ready to eat. And to top it off, I really enjoyed seeing all the parents and families that came to support us. I would like to thank you all for your support of our day. You all really supported us and joined in the fun of Matariki as we celebrated the Maori New Year. 

John and I have been discussing the planting of the new trees with the new children who have started school since 30 May 2014. The planting of the trees will take place on Friday 26 June, 2015 after Room 5’s assembly. We will be taking out small groups to plant their trees. As we have 100 new children this may take us most of the day. 

As we approach the end of the term we ask that all the readers and library books come back to school. This just helps keep them safe until we need them again next term. 

Today our Year 6 students hosted the preschool science day with our local kindergartens and day-cares. They were the leaders of the groups for the morning. 

Room 4 hosted another wonderful assembly on Friday. It was a great recovery experience after our celebration day. 

There are a few cold days on the horizon. I do hope you all keep warm. 

Paula Farquhar 


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