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Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

It has been such a great pleasure to be the Acting Principal for 2021.  Just like our tamariki, as adults our learning journey never ends and this year has been a learning year for me too.  It has been a year that has highlighted the importance of working together.  It has taught us about how important it is to be resilient and to be resourceful; to be able to solve complex problems, to think critically and creatively and to try and involve others as much as possible. 


How apt that our vision for 2021 at Te Huruhi has been:


  • To grow creativity and unlock curiosity
  • Positive wellbeing for tamariki and staff
  • To be the best we can be, to ourselves, to each other and our environment by making good choices


Together with our 5Cs values, 2021 has definitely been a year for learning in a very difficult time and perhaps in a very different way. 


We have actually only been at school (physically) for approximately 19 weeks out of 40 this year. This is under half a year at school in 2021.  Yet the children (and ourselves) have also benefited from learning these other skills of resilience and resourcefulness.  It has given tamariki more knowledge to add to their kete for their next chapter. 


Hopefully, we will see a more nomalised year in 2022. 


We can also reflect and take heart in all the fantastic things that have happened at Te Huruhi in 2021.  For the small portions of time we have physically been at school, and through distance learning we have achieved so much.


Exciting science programmes, magical artwork, drama shows performed remotely, new fields, new playgrounds,  new trees and courtyard area, marine programmes, pest eradication programmes, eco cup changes leading towards winning our Green Gold EnviroSchools Award; several sports teams representing our school, amazing writing across the school, Garden to Table, much improved behaviours (as shown in our data), meaningful and exciting technology and digital technology programmes, te reo across the school, movies made by tamariki for weekly bulletins for tamariki, Kapa Haka, a new facade for the school, fundraising successes and a very, very positive place for tamariki and staff.  


Yes there have been some curveballs, and that is life. Yes, expect a little dip in academic achievement but also growth in other areas.  With the competencies, the vision and values, I am confident that this can be rewatered next year.


I am sure you will have learned to appreciate the talents that our staff have.  They have been so adaptable and resilient, always seeking to put the children’s learning and well being first. We have certainly appreciated our amazing staff team and what they have had to juggle.  It is quite inspirational. A huge thank you to them.


2022 is an exciting prospect. One of opportunities and new beginnings.  That is good.  It is healthy.  To our leavers, congratulations and good luck.  For those leaving, and also our tamariki and whānau staying; enjoy what you have.  Enjoy learning in every situation.  If you look for the good, then you will find it.  Make good choices and strive toward your own best.  


Thanks for our devices and books

Woooohoooo you did it!  We have received all of our devices out of 100 plus.  Thanks so much for their return.  We hope they were of use and we do not need to use them in the same way next year.  Now they will be cleaned, catalogued and then returned to the classes for 2022.  If there are few outstanding books, we would love to complete the picture and have them returned too. 

Our alternative Camp 2022

Great fun had by all- what a way to end the year- on a high!

I wish you all a fantastic summer holiday.  I want to say a huge thank you to whānau, to tamariki and to staff for all your amazing teamwork and support for Te Huruhi in 2021; a year we will never forget. You have all been amazing beyond words.   


Te Huruhi looks forward to seeing tamariki again on Tuesday 1st February 2022.


Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei.  Ka kite anō. 


Good friends never say goodbye, they simply say “see you soon”

Ngā mihi maioha

Phil Wainwright

Acting Principal

Some of our highlights for 2021