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Pause Breathe Smile with art around the school

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Value of the week: Maia – Courage

Manaakitanga; Manawanui; Mahitahi; Mana; Maia

Key Dates:

A key dates sheet will be sent home this week to give clearer and advanced notice for the rest of the school year.  This can be printed and stuck onto your fridge.  Due to life in a school, there will always be new things that pop up and will be added or amended, but we are trying to map things a little clearer for you. The website will be updated over the holidays too. Many Term 1 events were reorganised, postponed, or rescheduled due to Covid-19 knock on effects.


REMINDER: There is a Teacher Only Day on Monday 3rd May.  The staff are completing their First Aide training. School will start for children on Tuesday 4th May. 


Art walkthrough:

This is not a scheduled event, more like icing on the cake, as we could not predict the term and how our art units across the school would end up – due to lockdowns etc.  We had also planned to host a Meet The Teacher evening.  Both dates were postponed due to Covid-19.  

The staff and children have worked incredibly hard to complete/nearly complete their art work.  We are inviting you in to see your child’s art in their class or outside on Thursday 15th between 1.45pm and 2.30pm. This is informal, but we just wanted to connect with our whanau. If you can not make it, do not worry! I am sure you will be able to pop in next term and see them on display. 

Please be mindful that some children may not have completed their art due to the term’s inconsistencies.  That is ok!  You can still see their direction.


Pause Breathe Smile Programme

“We believe that every child deserves to thrive and not just survive. That means creating opportunities for them to feel supported, nurtured and empowered to live their best lives.” 


As mentioned two weeks ago, staff are currently having Professional Development to deliver the Pause Breathe Smile Programme.  We are so lucky to be doing this.  It is directly in-line with our vision for the year, to focus on student (and staff) wellbeing. Please visit: https://pausebreathesmile.nz/ for more information.

In term 2 there will be a daily lesson using the training.  We know we live in times that have created anxieties for our tamariki, staff and whanau in many ways.  So we are trying to be proactive to equip our tamariki with strategies to help.


PB4L (Positive Behaviour 4 Learning)

Directly linked to our 5Cs values and choices philosophy we follow the PB4L framework.  As a beautifully eclectic island community we have a diverse range of personalities in our school  and we celebrate that.  However, this sometimes causes challenges between peers.  The PB4L programme helps us to work collaboratively and positively with students.  It also teaches them to manage themselves and participate with others in a healthy way.  Our focus is to educate and prepare our tamariki to make positive choices. 


Rip Rugby 

Some of our junior classes have been participating in rugby ‘taster’ sessions with Delyth Morgan-Coghlan. Here is a message from Delyth.

Hi Parents!

We have had so much fun running rip rugby taster sessions at Te Huruhi over the past 3 weeks. There’s been so much laughter and learning and it’s been great to show the kids a rugby format which has no tackling in it. Rip rugby is all about running around and having fun using some basic rugby rules and can be played from Under 5’s to Senior level for those who prefer this non-contact form of the game. It’s also a great introduction to rugby for kids who might get involved in tackle rugby as they get older. 


We’re getting ready for the start of the rugby season now and you are all very welcome to bring your kids down to the rugby club at Onetangi Sports Park for more fun sessions. These will be on Wednesday afternoons starting Wednesday, 14th of April at 3.30pm. Then again on Wednesday the 5th of May, after the school holidays. New members get a hoodie, mini rugby ball, boot bag and lots more!! 


You’ll see information on the poster of the types of rugby available for all junior players at Waiheke Island Rugby Club and also how to register or get involved as a helper. 


You’re also welcome to contact me if you have any questions. 



Delyth Morgan-Coghlan

Waiheke Rugby Coordinator.

0210 260 1273


P.S. Thank you so much Te Huruhi for helping with these sessions and allowing Mark and myself to come in to run them during school time!


Successes from week 9

A fabulous Noho Marae was buzzing at Piritahi last week with the tamariki learning and enjoying so much.  Thanks to our school whanau and kaiako for making this happen and being so involved – there was such a lovely feeling.  


Below are some photos of the learning that has taken place around the school last week.


Have a wonderful week.

The children, staff and probably yourselves are tired from all the starts and stops in Term 1 so keep looking after yourselves.  In Term 2, ask your tamariki to guide yourselves through the Pause,  Breathe, Smile too.  We can all benefit from it.


Phil Wainwright