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Value of the week: Mahitahi Co-operation 

It’s not long before the long Easter weekend.  It is so needed by all of us to refresh and revitalise before we head into the last couple of weeks. 


Vision 2021

  • Grow creativity and unlock curiosity.

Have a look below to see how our tamariki have been using creativity in their learning this week- sometimes you have just got to know where to look!

Ka pai!

Patterns on artwork from Akoranga Toru.

 Being creative thinkers through inquiry 


  • Positive wellbeing for our tamariki and our staff- what are we doing?


Enviro- I am thrilled to be hearing such fantastic enviro ideas from children and staff!  We are really taking an interest and caring for our environment- this creates a great vibe and – this makes us feel good. Win win! 


Pause Breathe Smile- In the April holidays,  staff will be undertaking Professional Development around the Pause, Breathe, Smile Programme (as recommended by Nigel Latta).  The aim is to “create a healthier New Zealand by teaching mind health skills to help Kiwi kids navigate life’s challenges.”



Positive Behaviour- We have also been working incredibly hard on our PB4L programme- (Positive Behaviour 4 Learning). “Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) improves the behaviour and wellbeing of children and young people….. The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, otherwise known as PB4L School-Wide, is helping New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life.” 



  • Be the best we can be, to ourselves, each other and our environment by making good choices

The first winners of our values tokens- congratulations! 

We have had so much opportunity to be positive this week- here are some of the tamariki who won extra free time by really displaying our school values.  


Highlights have been many over the last week, as is often the case.

Out and about on The ROCK- Creativity Rocks!


“Our Te Huruhi School 5Cs Values” in Creative action….

The art tiki tour with Akoranga Tahi and Rua proved to be incredibly successful and I have heard lots of positive comments.  The lady in charge of the art gallery stated this was the loveliest visit from school children in a long time. 



 Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Coaching

The SLT (Emily, Andrea and Mickala) are attending a coaching course on Tuesday and Wednesday with The Education Group.  This is a great opportunity for the team to bring great new ideas of leadership back to the school.  


Field up-date

We are so excited – and even though I love the sun, I am looking forward to a bit of rain.  As soon as we get sustained rain, the final sowing of grass seed will take place and the bare patches will grow.  At that point, we will be able to use the much-awaited new fields.  


Planting update for the school grounds

Emma Bolser, our Board Chair, Miss T and I met with a landscape designer last Friday to put together all of the ideas for our “outside” school environment.  This is very exciting, especially as we near the planting season. We will keep you in the loop, but great ideas are growing!


We would like to wish you all a wonderful long weekend break.  We will see you again on Wednesday 7th April. Being on an island full of hospitality workers etc, this next statement may be a challenge- but please enjoy as much of the weekend as you can and try and spend some quality time with your tamariki.  


Phil Wainwright (Acting Principal)