Ngā Timatanga Hou - New Beginnings

Matariki signals the start of the Maori New Year. Reflecting, setting goals and making plans for the future are part of  the mahi that is done during this time. A meeting between members from Ōruanui Marae and Wairakei Primary culminated in ideas being shared around cultural values and school practi…

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Students and their whānau  had the opportunity to research the Matariki stars and create a project explaining the stars over the term break. An assembly was held to acknowledge the strengthening relationship between Ōruanui Marae and Wairakei Primary. Students who entered the Matariki Competition were given a certificate and the first place winner was awarded a taonga that was gifted by Ōruanui Marae. 

The assembly was hosted by our eight Whanaungatanga Manukura, who through their commitment to Kapa Haka, Powhiri and Tikanga Māori have been identified as leaders. They worked hard to learn to pronounce the te reo Māori phrases in the script correctly and did so with confidence. 

It was also a perfect time for our Kapa Haka groups to practise performing in front of an audience. The Years 2-3 group performed Purerehua with support from the Years 4-5 group who performed Kāhuri Taku Reo.

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Leanne Jackson

I have a long history of being part of the education world. My experiences include being a parent, grandparent, and teacher. I have had training in both Early Childhood and Primary School.

I have been working at Wairakei Primary School since 2014 and I am teaching in the junior school. I have a strong belief that all children are capable learners and I am passionate about developing learning programmes that are creative, challenging, authentic and fun with my team. I nurture the children’s curiosity while encouraging them to become self- motivated and independent learners who understand what they are learning and why they are learning it.

I enjoy working in the supportive learning community of Wairakei Primary School where children, families and teachers learn and grow together.


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