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Courage is the magic that turns dreams into reality

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Value for week 5 is Maia – Courage

Sometimes the smallest of things require the greatest amount of courage.  Sometimes it is even our conversations with one another. Sometimes it is to try something new or something we find hard.  I certainly saw courage at the junior cross country run.

Te Huruhi’s vision and values are so important. 


  • Be the best we can be, to ourselves, to each other and our environment by making good choices.
  • Grow creativity and unlock curiosity. I am loving seeing this around the school.
  • Wellbeing for our tamariki and staff, listening and supporting are great examples of this.


Looking after our environment!  

Here’s a fabulous photo of a small team of enviro kids who are working with Alex to clear a track through the growth on the side of the hall. They will then start on the growth on the seaside of the school. We plan to make signage to label the natives. We will be moving into some pest tracking very soon.


Other sustainability areas we want to celebrate:

Akoranga Ono is following the Litter Intelligence programme this year.  We started by sending one of our Kaiako to a training day.  Our second step was to participate in a ‘Dive in Day’.  Litter Intelligence is tackling Aotearoa’s litter problem.  This is done by harnessing the power of citizen science to provide high quality data to inspire insights and actions.  The tamariki were totally inspired and are well on their way with their action. 

Watch this space!




Fuelling the Love

We love our coffee fundraiser and we are certainly “fuelling the love!”

Wow and thanks for all your support.  A huge thanks especially goes to Nick for being a tremendous barista and also a massive thank you to Elske-Sanne from Waiheke Bean for donating all the coffee.  You are both truly amazing!  

Cross country – home and away!

Congratulations to our mini cross country legs to our senior competitive legs last week.

The junior cross country was a fantastic event with so many parents supporting our tamariki. We were so happy with the commitment and courage shown by the young athletes at our inaugural junior event.  I could not believe the speed they ran which proves how hard they had trained also.  Congratulations to our runners who came in the below placings.  


Year HineTama
Year 1 (White- A-3)1st – Olivia Seaville

2nd – Zoe McAllum

3rd- Martha Harrop

1st – Braxton Greacen

2nd – Billy McMiken

3rd – Patrick Durney

Year 1 (Blue A-3)1st – Lily Brogden

2nd – Bella Hearn

3rd – Aaliyah Epiha-Sao 

1st – Bailey Van Der Speck

2nd – Luca Torrance

3rd – Joshua Dawson

Year 21st – Layla Thom-Chew

2nd – Rita Sayles

3rd – Maia Turner

1st – Arlo Coddell

2nd – Billy Carter

3rd – Harlee  Spencer

Year 31st – Evie Saunders

2nd – Sunday Matheson

3rd – Nina Sayles

1st – Stanley Harrop

2nd – Hemi Harrison

3rd – Bodhi Moffat


Inner City Cross Country Report:

Te Huruhi was represented by 19 students at the Auckland Interschool Champs on May 27th where 14 schools competed. The weather was fantastic and boosted our team into high gear. Every runner performed well on the day. There were exceptional performances by our 9 year old girls with Lucia Lindesay placing 6th and Sasha Landhuis placing 12th (even after losing her shoes!). Tor Spence placed 6th in the 9 year old boys and Merlin Lauper also in the top 20. Noah Meyer placed 13th in the 10 year old boys. Other runners placed in the top 30 including Mia Escolme Pillado, Noah Ballard, Neo Saaiman and Sam Nuthall. Well done to our team and a big thanks to all the parent helpers!

House Team Points so far, including junior cross country 

(Thanks to House Leaders for working out the statistics)

Kākāriki     469
Kōwhai    320
Kikorangi  337


School camp 2021

All Year 5 & 6 children will be attending school camp at the end of the year and we are very conscious that our Covid-19 experiences have made finances challenging for some of our school whānau.  If any of our fabulous community would be in a position to help sponsor or part sponsor a child whose family may need support, we would really appreciate it. I know it is a big ask but camp is something all of our children should be able to attend and it really does make a positive difference.  Please get in touch if you are able to help. Nga mihi nui.



We love scooters as much as anyone and so we need to make sure the tamariki are all safe.  

Please do not be offended if we ask your child not to ride scooters or skateboards in the main courtyard of the school.  Wheels have a great space on the lower court, as long as a helmet is worn.  We also suggest footwear as well to eliminate stubbed toes! 


Volunteers Needed for The Iceberg Event:

The iceberg swim event requires 3 x volunteers on Friday 2nd July from 1.00-5.00pm and 5 x volunteers on the event day on Saturday 3rd July from 11.00 am-5.00 pm. Please email me if you are able to support this.  [email protected] 

Key Dates coming up:


  • Wednesday 2nd June- Marae visit Nga Purapura Akoranga
  • Monday 7th June- Queen’s Birthday- school closed. 
  • Tuesday 22nd June – Hui whānau Nga Purapura Akoranga 
  • Wednesday 23rd June Musical concert; The School voices/ sister shout and WPS voice group.6.30pm           school hall.


Parent/ Student/ Teacher interviews

On Wednesday 4th August the school will close at 12.15pm with parent teacher interviews starting at 1.00pm- 5.00pm.  On Thursday there will be later slots from 5.00pm – 7.00pm.  We will be providing the booking forms in week 9 of this term to prepare.  If you can not find the slot you need, please contact the teachers to arrange an alternative time.


As we get to the hump of the term and closer to the shortest day of the year, we would like to wish you a wonderful week.  We hope all goes well and that you please keep in touch with things you would like us to know. Thanks for the feedback we receive- we hope you see we listen so we can reflect and continually try and improve what we do.


Phil Wainwright