Together Again

2020 has brought with it many changes and challenges to our school life. An area of change was the need to keep groups of students and our community separate from each other. 

At the beginning of Term 3 we were able to briefly welcome the wider community back on site before COVID- 19 restrictions were put in place again. The construction of our amazing new classrooms delayed the reunion of our students in the playground throughout Term 3. 

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This term, full school assemblies have been occurring every fortnight. These assemblies, led by our Year 6 students, celebrate the achievement of our students who are awarded POWER certificates for their work in the classroom and playground.

Assemblies are an important part of school because people get acknowledged for their learning. Mikayla

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During the first week of the term, teachers watched students with huge smiles on their faces playing freely with students from other teams in the school. This is a real and authentic example of tuakana-teina, whereby older and younger students work together in a reciprocal relationship - learning from each other.

I like it better when we can all play together because I can play with all my friends - even the younger and older ones. Bailey

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Our seniors led games and activities for our junior students, and this has continued throughout the term.

Another highlight of our school calendar has been the revival of our fortnightly Power 4 Learning assemblies. These assemblies are energetic and interactive as the Manukura take an active role and the students wait with excitement and anticipation that their name gets pulled out of their teams’ POWER award box. 

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Our annual Pet Day was another reason for the school community, and in fact the wider Taupo community, to come together at school and celebrate the work of our students.

The lead up to the day was full of energy and enthusiasm as students created beautiful floral arrangements, often supported by friends and whanau. They made picking winners a very difficult task for our judges!

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On Pet Day, the community flocked to Wairakei Primary School, relishing in the chance to be a part of a community event. Our students took great pride in showcasing their animal rearing skills, and the Year 6 stalls proved a big hit - challenging the dexterity and skill of the participants. 

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2020 has been a very different year for us all, and despite the challenges and changes, our school and our students have worked together to make the most of the situation. 

We are very fortunate to have a supportive school community that recognises the importance of all of the people within it. 

He aha te mea nui o te ao? 

He tangata! 

He tangata! 

He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world? 

It is people! 

It is people! 

It is people!

Keywords:  Tuakana-teina, School Community

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