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Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi 

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Week 2 Term 3

Value of the week: Mahitahi Co-operation


Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi 

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive 


This whakatauki talks to community, to collaboration and a strengths-based approach. It acknowledges that everybody has something to offer, a piece of the puzzle, and by working together we can all flourish. 


Being in a team grows all sorts of skills and qualities.  We are so lucky that we live on an island where there is so much for our tamariki to do in and out of school.  Thanks to all our islands’ volunteers who make this happen week in, week out.  

Working together is part and parcel of our lives and supporting tamariki to be co-operative is vital.  For me it develops skills and qualities such as:

  • Communication.
  • Conflict resolution. 
  • Rapport-building and listening. 
  • Decision-making. 
  • Problem-solving. 
  • Organisational and planning skills. 
  • Persuasion and influencing skills. 
  • Reliability.
  • Resilience.

…..which is why co-operation is one of our core values. Co-operation sounds easy but is not. Sometimes we make mistakes, the wheels fall off and things get a bit messy. That is what learning is often about.  


Book week successes:

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles W. Eliot

Our book week was crazily good and the teachers and tamariki loved dressing up in all sorts of costumes on Friday.  The parade was great fun.  We thank the parents who stayed to enjoy the coffee and costumes. Thanks Nick too!  I have to admit that I did chuckle, looking out of the window to see five spidermen all climbing the playground at the same time.  


Our incredible book fair raised around $6000 (the final amount will be announced soon), which means we will receive a significant top up towards new books for the library. There was such a buzz with many children talking to their friends about a book they had read. Thanks to Emily Petronelli for organising this along with our parents; Bianca Dalton, Anna Theed, Tania Russell and Anna Morrison for helping with the fair.

Visiting local authors, Paul Mason and Anna Theed enthralled not only the children but also the teachers with their love for reading and their inspiration. Who would not want to get stuck into books? A huge thank you to Paul and Anna who gave up their time for our children. What an amazing community. 

Anna has kindly donated copies of her book to the school.  They are on sale for $20 in the office and all money goes directly back to restocking the library shelves.  Thank you Anna for your generous donation. 

We are also looking forward to our competition writers who will be getting their stories written this week.


Parent Interviews

Parent interviews take place this week:

Nga Purapura Akoranga:

  • Tuesday 3rd August: 3.30-5.50 pm followed by whanau hui 
  • Wednesday 4th August: 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

All other classes:

  • Wednesday 1.00 pm-5.00 pm
  • Thursday 4.00 pm-7.00 pm.


Please remember that school closes at 12.30 pm on Wednesday to allow for the interviews. Buses will leave at 12.30 pm. If you haven’t already done so, please book your appointment via this link:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz.  The code is 54kx3. 

….or contact your child’s class teacher if needed.


We also invite you to talk with Senior Leadership in the staff room, to collect your ideas and thoughts about the future direction of the school.  This will be one way of collecting your feedback for our new school charter that will come into effect in 2022. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.  For those who can not make it we will be sending out a link a bit later on so you can add your voice.


Parents & Friends of Te Huruhi: 

We need you! Please come along and get involved.  Afternoon tea will be provided.


We have additional dates to be included onto the “fridge planner” we sent out last term.  This will come soon.  Please remember the dates from the newsletter last week:


Teacher Only Days, reminder:

On Monday 6th September the staff, alongside all kaiako across Waiheke will be taking part in Te Tiriti Aotearoa history.  This is to upskill everyone for the new expectations and content of the curriculum for 2022. 


We are also giving you notification that we will be doing our final Teacher Only Day for the year in term 4.  This will be in week 8, Monday 6th December.  This day will be focusing on efficiently passing on student achievement data to their next teachers.  This will aid the transition to a new teacher which will mean the start of 2022 will start in a smoother way.


Some of our great experiences this week:



Programing robots with our own coding. 

This was the outcome of the first robotics lesson where the year 6s were given a coding challenge, to make a robot travel in a specific direction. They had to work it out themselves as a team.  It is fab! Lots of co-operation going on in this problem solving exercise.


Using what had been learned in the stop animation lessons and apply back in class

again, year 6s; this time had to create a stop animation.

“The Secret World of Blu tack”  This is brilliant indeed for one session.



Photos of the week:



Some learning from one of our young writing stars- Jakob:

On Tuesday, me and Alex (the caretaker) saved 4 ducklings that fell through the gaps of a drain. We tried to find the mum but she was nowhere to be seen.  So a caring child took them home to his house because he has an incubator and lives with lots of animals. THE  END


We wish you a lovely week, rain or shine. Cherish the fact we live where we do and get to know your child’s teacher/s this week.  Helping the teachers to know what makes your child tick is key to their learning…. you know them best.  


Phil Wainwright (Acting Principal)