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Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai. Many hands make light work. Unity is strength

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In what is my first school newsletter, I wanted to start with a whakatauki that is important for us all.   Our student’s learning at school and home is a shared journey and we completely acknowledge and appreciate how important home and school links are. The cliche, it takes a village (an island in our case) is certainly very true.

School Values of the week:

We are highlighting two of our school values: caring(manaakitanga) and courage (maia) this week.  In a time of uncertainty and constant change, it is good to reflect on how we are caring for one another. Sometimes that takes courage to do the right thing.  It would be lovely if you could talk with your child/ren about what this means for them and how they can share these lovely values.

I have had a lovely time visiting the classes to see how the children are doing. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic group of young people. I love seeing what is happening and I love the learning “hum” when I walk through.

I’ve read epic novels, wonderful introductions to stories and even equivalent fractions in te reo! Our Garden to Table sessions always bloom! Thanks to the amazing volunteers our children have such a great experience, gardening and cooking fresh produce from our plots-how lucky.

It’s “Te wiki o te reo Mori” and as a school we’re actively taking part so ask your child about it each day.  Let’s take up the challenge of learning and using more kupu māori.

COVID-19 status

We will continue to operate the same procedures after yesterday’s announcement.

School curriculum review for parent community

Soon, we will be asking you a few questions about the learning opportunities your child has at Te Huruhi School.  This is a very important chance for you to have a voice about what is taught, to celebrate the successes, and to share ideas for future development. We’d love it if we could get a fantastic return of the questionnaires.


  • The QR code for the COVID Tracing App is located on the gates, office and Akoranga Space doors / windows.
  • Our drinking fountains have been turned off so please ensure your child has a drink bottle.

With only 2 weeks left of Term 3 it’s time to start the search for your for your wide brimmed sunhat. Check the wardrobe, under the bed, bottom of the washing basket and all the of the other hidey-holes.

Remember, wide brimmed sunhats are compulsory during Term 1 and 4.

Have a fantastic week


Phil Wainwright

Deputy Principal