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Week 9- some amazing learning, competition winners and your voice needed!

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Our value of the week is Manaakitanga-Caring

Time feels like it is moving by so quickly but slowly at the same time; if that makes sense.  It certainly feels like a strange moment in our lives but hopefully we will move into the next chapter and get back to doing the things we love as soon as possible. Atleast the levels are moving in the right direction!

I have purposely sent this newsletter out a bit later than normal as I did not want it to get lost with the announcement from Jacinda Ardern last night and our communication around that.


Sometimes too much information is overwhelming.  However, we still want to continue as normal as we can and share school related items and information other than Delta Covid-19.


Please read on to read some of the amazing learning our tamariki have produced during online learning.


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Challenge

Here are the winners of our Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Challenge. Whaea Te Ao has made a video clip to congratulate tamariki for doing the challenge. Te Ao announces the overall prize winner, kaiako winner and the class winner.  





Overall Winners of the competition

Phoenix and Zaria Aspden


Winners (In alphabetical order – Last name)

Hemi Cash-Tua

Ria Cash-Tua

Noah Deacon

Sonia Deacon

Aaliyah Epiha-Sao

Charlotte Fraei

Gwynnie Houston

Frankie Neilson

Remy Neilson

Bella Robson

Layla Thom-Chew

Zoe Thom-Chew

Xanthe Thorpe

Sylvie Turner

Freida Wulf


Kaiako winners

Whaea Greta

Miss Nicholson


Winning Akoranga

Akoranga 6


All certificates and prizes will be presented when we return to school.


New enrolments

If there are any parents with an upcoming 5 year old before the end of 2021, or any children who you will be enrolling into Te Huruhi in 2022 (either at the start or any time in the year), we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch as soon as you can as it helps with the planning of classes and our school organisation for 2022.  

Please send your intentions to [email protected]

Emily will organise a time with you along with a tour of our school to make you and your child feel welcome straight away.



Reviewing our distance learning for August/September Lockdown:

Getting your voice after such a long time with distance learning is very helpful.  We need to hear from you about how you felt the distance learning went this time so we can review and make more improvements in case we are in this situation again.

Please complete this form.  It should not take you too long to complete and we really value your input. 




Future dates

There are many dates on the school calendar for the rest of this year.  All the staff are meeting this week to discuss and realign our plans so they are manageable in light of the lockdown. Priorities change and we want to make sure the tamariki’s return to school is as positive as it can be. We will be in touch with you after we have had these conversations to let you know any changes we may need to make. 


Whānau in need of support

We know times are hard for some of our whānau and we would like to support by putting anyone in touch with helping organisations on the island.  

If there is any whānau in need of support (food for example) please get in touch with Kerry on [email protected]. We will work in confidence of course. 


Alert level restrictions: tips for parents from Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis


We have heard that many parents and whānau are feeling anxious about their children’s behaviour and routine changes through alert level changes and extended alert level restrictions.


Thank you for sharing these concerns – in response, the MOE asked Dr Hinemoa Elder (child adolescent psychiatrist) and Nathan Wallis (neuroscience educator) for some tips and advice.


In the video we’ve made, they describe what parents can do if they have concerns.



If you are still concerned your tamariki aren’t coping, it’s important to know you can reach out and talk with a health professional. There’s a lot of support, information and help available.


Runner Up of our senior writing competition: “Ruthless” by Ayla Kurtini

In Ruthless, Ayla does a great job creating the characters of the four friends, and gives good depth to her narrator. A well-placed flashback adds drama to the story, and sets up a meaningful conclusion.  Well done! (Paul Mason)

Ruthless by Ayla Kurtini

I tried to sit up and let out a pained scream,  Kimmy bounded up the stairs. She looked at me with a worried expression on her face. I loved that she cared so much but the way that everyone looked at me like that really got on my nerves.

“Are you Ok?”  she asked, concerned.

“Yes I’m fine” I replied, “and you don’t have to worry. Can you wheel me downstairs?” 

She leapt into action and slowly rolled me down the homemade ramp she made (I couldn’t do it myself. I tried once and just went speeding), I set to work with my one hand and rolled myself around the kitchen. I used my claw to reach the bread and placed 2 eggs on my lap. I buttered the bread and cracked the eggs on the pan, then I turned on the TV for Kimmy. 


You may think that because I am in a wheelchair I am incapable of doing anything but NO, I’m Ruth and I’m 19 years old. I’ve been in a wheelchair for 15 months and 17 days.


After an easy breakfast of fried eggs on toast I called Jake and Molly to see if they wanted to go for a picnic.


1 hour and a lot of baking later, Kimmy wheeled me up Watercress Hill, my favorite place in the world. When we made it up the hill, Kimmy clicked the brakes on my chair and laid down the blanket on the lush grass and a tea towel on a crate for me. I gently pulled out the jam sandwiches, homemade orange juice and vanilla muffins. Molly panted up the hill and collapsed on the floor “I don’t remember this walk being so hard”she wheezed when she eventually caught her breath. Almost as soon as Molly collapsed Jake bounded up and sat down full of energy. “I swear this run gets easier each time”. 


I giggled and looked at everyone around me. I felt calm and happy, but then I didn’t. The tree came to my mind and my heart dropped to my knee. The tree, the tree just under Watercress Hill, the tree that got me in this wheelchair.
I saw it so vividly. The sudden storm, me at the top of the tree and Kimmy with tears down her face as she held my hand in the hospital. Kimmy, my 8 year old step sister who looked after me non-stop with no adult help. Kimmy, who just left me at the top of the hill.

“Kimmy!” I screamed “where are you?”. No answer. I sat there cramming muffins into my mouth, then I heard a click and I took another bite of my muffin cautiously. I started rolling down the hill at speed. I screamed.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the hill. “I have a feeling we left something” said Molly. “Where’s Ruth?” asked Jake. “WE LEFT RUTH UP THE HILL” roared Kimmy. She sprinted up and was just in time to see me roll off my wheelchair, but I didn’t stop, I rolly-pollied down the hill screeching like a monkey as I did.

Molly who always sees a bright side even when there isn’t one said “welp now we are Ruthless, you get it Ruth-less we lost Ruth ssssssohhhhhhh.……..” she stopped after seeing Kimmy’s face. Molly looked around for Jake to help her but he was already down the hill after me. I  came to a stop about a metre away from a giant pine tree. I lay there and there I stayed. When I lifted up my head I saw that Jake sat on his knees next to me. Above me I glanced at the beautiful pine trees towering over me. I took a deep breath then… “oh shoot”  I grumbled, “I’m allergic to pine needles”. I sneezed and everyone looked at me in shock. “What?” I asked. Kimmy leapt up and started doing the macarena in joy, Molly hugged me tight and Jake clapped loudly. I didn’t know what was happening, I just sneezed. 

“Your foot, it moved,” Molly whispered into my ear. As I looked at my foot in wonder my big toe wiggled slightly. I gasped. “Can we please get away from this pine tree?” 

“Oh sure” giggled Molly, her and Jake carried me into the wheelchair while Kimmy held it still.

Now I’m 21, I can walk but I need crutches, the doctors say I should be able to walk in a year.


If we all continue to work hard as a team, we will back to level 2 as soon as is possible.  Please remember that the school grounds will remain locked as playgrounds are still out of bounds.  We know this is frustrating but it is the directive from the Ministry of Education.

Please make the most of the resources available from staff who have worked hard to keep distance learning going throughout ths time.  

As always, thanks for your support and enjoy the rest of the week.

Ngā mihi maioha 


Phil Wainwright

Acting Principal