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!

Great to have our first FULL week at kura!

Week 5- Monday 6th - Friday 10th March
Sure was good to have our first full week at school last week. It has been an unsettling beginning to the year with the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on our communities.
We have been open to our tamariki only 12 days this term so it is feeling like we are starting the year again. I thank you all for being patient and understanding as we all get back on our feet. I am feeling fortunate as a tumuaki that our kura had no property damage as we see some of the challenges schools across Tairāwhiti and Hawkes Bay are facing. Ka nui te aroha ki a rātou.
Great news, all our communications are back in action, internet and phones are working. Our water situation is good with plenty of full tanks of water!
We have had many messages of support from around the motu and a huge mihi to Martinborough School who fundraised $1500.00 for our kura. Awesome tautoko!
We will be sending them a thank you video from our kura this week!
This pūtea will be used for well-being opportunities for some of our whānau within our kura who have been impacted.

Our big FOCUS at kura.. next few weeks..
Great to see the attendance at kura on the increase last week - so our main focus in the next few weeks is to improve attendance at kura so that your tamariki can get back in to a good routine. So please whanau, we understand that there has been some big kaupapa on in the last month, so only keep tamariki home if they are sick, have important appointments (eg doctors, medical etc).
Thanks whanau for using the School Apps email to notify us- that works well too!

Hauora and Well-being
With the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on our local communities and whanau, we have decided that one of the key focus is ensuring the well-being of our tamariki is well. Kōkā Rose, our kaihaumau (counsellor) is on site on two days a week to support our tamariki. Matua Nepia Stewart will also be working in this space. Our focus will be on whanaungatanga and building positive relationships. We will be sending out more information this week.

Pounamu class is now called HAKIHEA
We have a new name for Pounamu whānau, the new name for this year is Hakihea. Hakihea is the name of the bailer of Rongomaituohu, that he sent to find his father Paikea.

Year 7 & 8 Visiting Schools Technology - Uawa
This week our Year 7 & 8's will be heading to Uawa for their first week, Food Technology.
We are excited about this opportunity for our tuakana, as it has been many years since we have made this happen. They will travel to Uawa every fortnight.

Developing our Mathematical communities
This week, we will begin the teaching of Pāngarau, using the DMIC approach. This is our second year, implementing maths through problem solving and developing strong social, collaborative approaches to mathematics.

Kōkā Gwen - Reading Recovery Training
Koka Gwen is starting her training in Reading Recovery to become a Junior Literacy Specialist for our kura in the future.
Hakihea will be supported by Kōka Monika this year. All the best to Kōkā Gwen on this learning journey. We will also continue to implement Structured Literacy as well to Hakihea and Pūtahi whānau.

NO ERO Visit - Our ERO review was planned for this week, but due to the Cyclone, the ERO review has been deferred to a later date in the year.

NO TEACHER ONLY DAY - Please note that we did have a Porou Ariki teacher only day on Friday 24th March -however, this has been cancelled.

A huge mihi to Whaea Lisa and Kōkā Petra for organising our Touch teams for this round, appreciate the time to co-ordinate this and find coaches! Well done whānau for
getting your tamariki ready for the Touch season. Special thank to those whanau are helping with coaching.

KŌHINE ROBOTICS TEAM- Last Friday, 10 girls learnt about Robotics with Tōnui Collab, and this programme runs most of the year. The aim of this programme is to engage girls in to engineering and programming and incorporating Kaupapa Māori. A huge thanks to Tōnui Collab for including our girls in this amazing learning opportunity.

Te Matatini 2023
A huge congratulations to our kaiako and whānau who participated in Kapa Haka last week at Te Matatini. We all know the time and commitment involved in the campaign. Our tamariki enjoyed welcoming back Kōkā Te Oranga and Kōkā Shaela back to kura last week.

  • Monday 6th March - BOT hui at 5:30pm -First for the year.
  • Tuesday 7th March - Year 7 &8 Technology, Uawa
  • Thursday 8th March - Hikoi..connecting with our taiao
  • Saturday 10th March - Touch @ the Oval


  • 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.