Week 1 Term 1, 2023
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Ngā mihi o te tau hou 2023


Strike at the horizon and be the best that you can be!

Kia ora koutou katoa, he pai te hokinga mai ki te kura mo te timatanga o te tau.
He mihi hoki ki nga whānau katoa o te kura nei.
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Key Dates:

A short week for our first week back at kura.
We are already getting the tamariki back in to routines and learning!
To make sure all whānau are up to date with what is happening; here are a few key dates in Term 1.
Week 2:
14th- 16th of February- Our kura will be based at Whāngārā Marae for learning activities for the week. We also plan to organise Hikitai at the marae.
NB: We will not be sleeping at the marae and this will be weather pending

Week 3:
Monday 20th February- BOT Meeting
Tuesday 21st February- VST Technology
Year 7 & 8 at Tolaga Bay Area School
Wednesday 22nd February- Te Matatini
Whāngārā-mai- Tāwhiti (10am)
Kia kaha Kōkā Shaela raua ko Kōkā Te Oranga
Saturday: Touch

Week 4:
Matua Ayden's last week at kura.
Wednesday 1st March- Whānau Hui/ Kōrero with kaiako
Friday 3rd March- Kohine Year 6-8 Girls Robotics & Hikitai (TBC)
Saturday: Touch

Week 5:
Tuesday 7th March- VST Technology
Year 7 & 8 at Tolaga Bay Area School
Thursday 9th March - ERO visit
Friday 10th March- Hikitai (TBC)
Saturday: Touch

Week 6:
Matua Jay - Skipper Training for the rest of term.
Wednesday 15th March - Follow up ERO visit
Friday 17th March- Kōhine Year 6-8 Girls Robotics
Saturday: Touch

Week 7:
Monday 20th March- BOT hui
Tuesday 21st March- VST Technology
Thursday 23rd March-Waka Ama NPEC - Uawa (TBC)
Friday 24th March- TEACHERS ONLY DAY
Porou Ariki Wānanga - Turanga
Saturday: Touch

Week 8:
Monday 27th March- NPEC Touch Tournament, Uawa (Hosted by Whāngārā)
Thursday 30th March- Whānau Goal setting
31st March- Kohine Year 6-8 Girls Robotics
Saturday: Touch

Week 9:
Tuesday 4th April - VST Technology
Wednesday 5th April - Poverty Bay Rippa Rugby Tournament
Thursday 5th April - NPEC Horse sports
Friday 6th April- Easter Good Friday
Last day of Term 1

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Akonga Hou

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Kia hiwa rā , Kia hiwa rā. Nau mai haere mai ngā tamariki hōu, kua timata ki Te kura o Whāngārā. Starting from the left we have Te Rai Coffey (Y8) Ritihia Tomoana (Y4) Kiwa Kahurangi (Y4) Kaea, (Y3) Pōnui Te Purei (Y2) Billy White-Hawkins (Y7), Ridge White-Hawkins (Y4) , Nila Green (Y4) Tawhipare Te Purei (Y6) Whirituarangi (Y6) Raizel Pokai (Y3) Xiahn Hinaki Pokai (Y2) ,Waimihia Kotiro Hinaki (Y5)

Term 1 Learning Focuses

Building whanaungatanga and our learning culture at kura.
  • Whakatauki of Ngāti Konohi will be unpacked to support our ākonga in becoming active learners.
  • Reconnecting with our place, reinforcing local kōrero and histories.
  • Te Reo Māori, building our confidence and competency in Te Reo Māori across the kura.
  • Developing our community and whānau of learners, in particular in DMIC Mathematics.
  • Structured Literacy and supporting Kōkā Gwen in Reading Recovery Specialist
  • Year 7 & 8 - Visiting Schools Technology in Uawa; will begin this in Week 3
  • Hauora/ Sports- a range of opportunities for ākonga; regular swimming
  • Wānanga Hauora- Well-being strategies, kaihaumanu (counsellors in schools) to begin.
  • Kapa Haka for Tamararo - to be confirmed.

Property Update

During the holidays the roof of the Admin Areas was replaced.
You may have noticed the Waharoa down and new concrete area in the entrance way.
New fencing and gates will be placed around the perimeter of the whole kura for safety purposes. We are working closely with the Ministry of Education.
We will be re-constructing the waharoa under the guidance of Simon Lardelli.
The completion date for the fencing is March/ April.
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Hākinakina -Sport Updates

Please check the calendar for the Sports Opportunities this Term. These are the Sports that our ākonga will be taking part in.
Saturday Sports is Touch. Pānui have been sent out to form teams. Please return asap.

Bus Information

We have created a seating plan for our town bus to ensure our tamariki travel to and from kura safely, changes to this seating arrangement are to be made by our kaiako. If there are any concerns regarding a child on the bus contact the school immediately, please do not board the bus.
Our town bus is full, so if your child does not usually catch the bus to town, we can not guarantee them a space on the bus, we suggest that you make contact with school and we will let you know if there is a space available on the day.
Costs for the bus: $15.00 per week for one child and $25.00 per week for two or more.
Please keep up with the bus payments whānau as this supports us to provide the transport.
We have Bus Wards (Tuakana) on the bus, who will be supporting our ākonga.
For more information about the bus contact the office.
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Hikitai/ Marae Haerenga

We have planned to head to the marae for most of the week next week but that will be very weather dependent.
Our plan is to reconnect our ākonga with the place, build whanaungatanga, set goals and Hikitai. The tamariki will come to school as normal, bring lunches, drink bottles etc. We will not be sleeping at the marae, day trips. If weather is not favourable next week, we will remain at kura.

Learning in Pūtahi this week.

Pūtahi whānau are very lucky to have 4 kaiako working along side them in a collaborative space this year, Koka Ashleigh, Koka Amy, Koka Maree and Koka Celeste. This week has been all about collaboration and by doing that Pūtahi have revisited the story of Paikea and created plays and diagrams to retell the story.
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Learning in Te Puna a Tinirau this week.

Kua hoki pai mai ngā akonga ki roto i te whānau o Te Puna a Tinirau. Ko Matua Jay rātou ko Whaea Lisa, ko Koka Te Oranga, ko Koka Shaela ngā kaiako. E toru ngā rōpu o Te Puna a Tinirau i tēnei wā. Ko te kaupapa matua o tēnei wahanga, ko te whakatauki, Patua ki Tahatū o te Rangi.


Learning in Pounamu this week

Pounamu whānau are geared up and ready to go! Koka Gwen, Koka Nikita, Koka Louise and Koka Jade (on Fridays) in their learning space this year. Koka Monika will also be supporting Pounamu on Wednesday and Thursdays. Koka Lisa is also supporting pangarau on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Koka Gwen is training to become a Reading Recovery teacher to support learners in Reading.
This week Pounamu have just been settling back into school routines. Pounamu whānau have used this week to get to know the new tamariki in their class. There here have been many whakawhanaungatanga games, crafts and cooking activities this week.


  • Pōtae every day
  • Sunblock and water bottles.
  • Togs
  • Healthy kai (please do not pack noodles or unpopped popcorn )
  • Wai ora (Water only)
Also if you have changed your contact details recently, it is important to let the school know so that we have easy point of contact if there was an emergency.
Please keep in contact with kura so that you are up to date with what is happening. We frequently post to Te Kura o Whāngārā Whanau Facebook and School Apps so please join so that you do not miss any alerts.