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Week 7 – Stay safe and look after yourselves

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Week 7 is  Mahitahi week.  Co-operation


On behalf of Te Huruhi School we would like to acknowledge all of the essential workers in our community who have given so much for us to maintain as much normality at these times as possible.  Thank you. As a reminder please get a test if you have cold or flu symptoms! We hope that this is the last week at Level 4.


I have loved hearing kaiako talk about the learning across the remote school world.  Several of our children are also being invited into different classes’ zooms or script reading zooms etc which has been great for keeping in touch with friends and also learning new things. 

If like me you feel the walls are sometimes closing in, in our instance they actually are, we must remember to get out for some exercise.  We’ve been in a state of repair in our house for nearly 5 months now with most rooms like a building site. 

Looking at scaffolding is not exciting, but atleast we have windows added just before the lockdown to make it a bit warmer.

“Bubble” photo competition

It has been lovely to see some of our tamariki out for walks with family, even if from a distance.  What about putting your caregiver’s, mum or dad’s phone, or yours, to great use.  The theme- bubble.  What does it mean to you?  Try and take a photo that sums up this very familiar word in a creative way.  Send your photos to me at [email protected] and we will try and make a gallery to add to the next newsletter. 

My place of sanctuary is this gorgeous beach.  I have had many reflective walks along these shores.  I think without my daily exercise I would have found this lockdown pretty hard.  Palm Beach is definitely a part of what “bubble” means to me. We are so lucky to have this on our door step.


Just in case you have missed these links…


Story Page – This has been shared on all Class SEESAW pages at Te Huruhi but just in case you have missed them here is the link.  More stories are being always being added to the page.



Puppet Pals – Instructional Video.  This is something that many tamariki have used at school so we thought this link might inspire some more use.  



School holidays

I have had one or two questions asking about the school holidays being moved to support parents at this time.

Sadly we are not in any position to move the school holiday forward.  This is beyond our mandate.  In a recent bulletin at the end of last week, the Ministry stated that due to NZCEA exams, this is unlikely to happen.  The Education Secretary did however also say, anything is possible and things may change.  So watch this space.  We will of course inform you of any changes.


What Level 3 will look like (if that will be our next level)?

We have been busily preparing for Level 3 at Te Huruhi.  More information will come out as we draw closer to what this may look like.  The conditions for Level 3 appear to remain similar to before with a few changes.

Bubbles can only be a maximum of 10 and there can be no singing in classes.  Level 3 is for students whose parents are essential workers or cannot work from home.  The same advice remains; if you can provide child care then please keep your child away from school. 

Our bubble teachers are ready as are the systems for when we need to get organised for any change.  


Te Huruhi School is strictly out of bounds

Thanks to all who have not been tempted into coming to the school grounds during this time.  Sadly we are hearing about a few members of our community who are using our playgrounds whilst we are in lockdown.  The school site is strictly out of bounds and is locked.  


Preparation for 2022

Please can you let Emily Petronelli know if you have tamariki starting our school in February (and beyond) 2022 for New Entrants/Year 1.  This is very important for us as we are in the process of getting numbers ready across the school to plan for staffing.  We would love it if tamariki were all enrolled by October.  Please send your information to [email protected] who will arrange a tour of a school (as soon as we can) and support with what is needed.  We would love to see you! 


Hard packs for remote learning

I have been in contact with the Ministry of Education as these packs have not been delivered to the island yet.  We are chasing them up so we can get them as soon as possible.  We apologise for the delay in these hard packs.


One of our story winners: (more to come next week). 

Congratulations to Hanife Atamer

Four Friends find  a forest – By Hanife Atamer- Year 6

Green lush meadows, and caramel cows whizz past me as I pedal hard on my bike. My green eyes water as the crisp air hits my freckled face.This is a marvelous adventure! I think to myself. “Hey Olivia! Wait up,” My friend Sophie calls behind me. I break hard, skidding a little as I try to turn my bike around. Regaining my balance, I watch impatiently as Sophie slowly chugs up the hill, peddling at a snail’s pace.


When she finally catches up to me (huffing and puffing), she collapses on the ground letting her bike fall with her. I sigh. Sophie can be so over dramatic sometimes. Just then, two boys come into view, both of them barreling TOWARDS US at top speed on some bikes! I take a small step backwards and Sophie lets out a small scream. The bikes are rapidly gaining speed and still zooming forwards! There’s a massive screech of tyres, as the bikes stop abruptly ONLY A FEW CENTIMETERS FROM OUR FEET!


Sophie’s eyes are popping and I’m making strange gasping noises. The two people, surprisingly mine and Sophie’s other best friends Peter and Joe, stare then start laughing carelessly. 

“Me and Joe were racing to the top of the hill.” cheered Peter. Joe smiled back at him timidly “Fancy seeing you guys here.” Sophie said to them. They laugh again, carefully avoiding the question. “Can we join you guys?” They ask hopefully. “Yeah I guess, but we’re just about to eat,” I say without hesitation. “Perfect! We will come. What are we eating?” asks Peter. I pat the picnic hamper attached to the back of my bike. They nod in unison. 


We arrive outside a big bushy dark green forest, all of us staring up at the tall thin pine trees set in front of us. We all jump down from our bikes and start pushing them along.As we enter, Sophie stops and groans theatrically. “Can we leave our bikes somewhere and go and eat? All this pushing is exhausting!” Peter and Jo agree. “Alright. We can leave our bikes leaning against this tree,” I say, pointing to a sturdy looking tree. “And then we can explore & have lunch!” We all agree, so we leave our bikes leaning against the tree. 


Peter and Joe rush ahead, making Tarzan noises, while me and Sophie find a nice sunny opening in the forest to set out our picnic. Baby cucumber sandwiches and my mum’s special homemade freshly squeezed lemonade spread over the picnic blanket.“Go find the boys, then we can eat,” I say to Sophie. So she runs off bouncing up and down as she goes.


One full hour later me,Peter,Sophie and Joe were lying on the picnic blanket, staring up at the looming sun hovering above us. “We better get back soon,” I say sleepily. None of us move. I slowly sit up and look around “Guys, where are our bikes?” I ask. They sit up, and look around. “They are leaning against the big pine tree over there,” replies Peter, sounding sleepy. We all get up and start looking around a bit. No luck.“How are we going to get back?”, moans Joe, who’s usually very quiet. Sophie starts trembling. “Olivia,” says Peter, “How are we going to get back?” This I did not know…


I look down at my watch. 6:15pm, It read on the face of it. We had all retreated off the picnic blanket and were running around trying desperately to find a way out. I looked up at the sky (which was now slowly morphing into an ominous night sky) and gulped. Sophie suddenly burst out from behind some bushes. “Olivia! “ She shouts. “I was thinking, and you know how we were learning how to read a compass at school. why don’t we just use a compass to get out?” I sigh at her. “But we don’t have a compass.” I replied. “But we do,” She says grabbing my hand. Sophie clicks on my digital watch and scrolls onto the compass app. I smile. Me and Sophie call for the others, and they come bounding up to us.We tell them Sophie’s idea and they agree on it.


We set off once again,walking in single file. We didn’t care about finding our bikes, we just wanted to get out of the forest and back to our warm safe homes. After about 8 minutes of walking, we start to see headlights of passing cars up ahead. We scream with joy and start sprinting towards the road. 


We were out of the forest, that was all that mattered. 


Hanife Atamer- Year 6


As always, we wish you a happy week forward.  

Please feel you can always contact us via email if you would like to.  We know this is a hard time for so many of our island’s whānau.  Your tamaiki’s teachers are on the end of the computer to make things as easy for you as they can.  Some days are great and some are not.  The ordinary days are perfectly fine too.  We know many tamariki miss their friends and that contact.  We can not wait for this to return back at school.

Ngā mihi maioha

Phil Wainwright

Acting Principal