Week 7 Term 1, 2023
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Te Wiki Tuawhitu - Week 7, Term 1, 2023


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

Awesome learning opportunities lately in our own place..

Waewae 35 - Te Aorere Pewhairangi
Last Monday, our whole kura welcomed Te Aorere to SH35 as he started his first day on his hikoi/oma on his fundraising journey.
Our ākonga were inspired by his drive and strength to take on the challenge. He took some time to mihi to them all and answer some questions from them all. He is a wonderful role model for them all. To date he has raised close to $85,000! Ka mau te wehi!

Learning about whakairo/carvings from the past..
Our ākonga had a very special opportunity to connect with some very old and special whakairo which were being placed in the wharekai. Papa Derek Lardelli was there to explain the origin of these whakairo and he loved sharing the kōrero. The ākonga also walked around the marae to see all the restoration work being completed by students of Toihoukura.

Te Kura o Waikirikiri
100 students and kaiako popped in to our kura last week for a brief opportunity to build whanaungatanga between our kura. Always great for our ākonga to connect with others.

Kei te ako mātou i te aha?
So what are your tamariki learning about lately?
  • Our taina are harvesting the kumara and checking out the crops!
  • Reinforcing the language of learning- eg Te āwha ako; that learning can be challenging, we need to work out strategies so that we don't just give up!
  • Ākonga are settling in to routines and kaiako are reinforcing positive behaviours and expectations.
  • Pāngarau- developing our group norms for our learning
  • The teaching of Structured Literacy for some ākonga (Hakihea/ Teina o Putahi)
  • Te Reo Māori -kaiako from Te Puna a Tinirau are supporting kaiako and ākonga in Putahi in learning Te Reo Māori.
  • Reinforcing positive relationships amongst our ākonga.
Kaiāwhina i te Pahi (Bus Wardens)
Koka Lisa has been working closely to support the Kaiāwhina on our buses, especially our town Go Bus. We have implemented some positive strategies and this week she will be meeting with the Police to do further training.
Each Kaiāwhina is responsible in ensuring the safety of a group of students within their area. The kaiāwhina will be recording both positive and challenging behaviours daily to the kaiako. Each week, the kaiāwhina will be selecting ākonga who are generally positive on the bus (eg, quiet voice, facing the front, staying in seat, looking after others etc) and we will be celebrating this.
Kaiāwhina on Local Go Bus: Mahinaarangi
Kaiāwhina on Town Go Bus:
Torrin, Pyper, Kuraunuhia, Tina May, Keanu, Te Rito, Pine, Terai, (Zion/Kate)

Please encourage and remind your tamariki about managing their behaviour on the bus.
If they have any problems, they need to communicate with their Kaiāwhina first!
Kia kaha tamariki mā, we know we can do this!
Counselling/ Wānanga
Last week, information was emailed out to all whānau to let you all know about this service which is available to all whānau.
Matua Nepia and Kōkā Rose are our kaihaumanu (counsellors).
Please let us know (any of the kaiako) if you think that your child may benefit from this support.

Sports Update:
Touch- A great turnout and support for our ākonga in playing touch this term! Awesome.
Rippa Rugby - Two Tournaments this term.
Netball Registrations and interest - Whaea Lisa is collecting up netball forms.
Football/ Soccer -Kōkā Petra has information about the Gisborne Football season.
Rugby - Please register your tamariki with Clubs.

  • Koka Nikita will be our new cleaner this year. Thanks to Koka Treena for filling in this term. Also we thank Nanaia Kutia for cleaning our kura in the past few years.
  • Jordyn Jones (ex-student of Te Kura o Whāngārā) is beginning her teacher training and our kura will be her base school. Jordyn will be working alongside Koka Ashleigh on Tuesday and Wednesdays most weeks!

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Week 7 & 8

  • Tuesday 21st March-Rippa Rugby Tournament, Ngā Uri a Maui (Korero Māori event-awesome!)
  • VST Uawa- Year 7 & 8 to Uawa for Technologu
  • Thursday 23rd March -HPV Immunisations, Year 7 & 8 (those who whānau have consented to this)
  • Saturday 25th March - Touch
  • Friday 31st March - Kohine Robotics (3rd Workshop)
  • Rippa Rugby Tournament (TBC)


  • Pōtae every day
  • Absenstees: Please let us know if your child will be absent from kura. If you use the SCHOOL APP absentees function, an automatic email will be sent to most of the kaiako.
  • Sunblock and water bottles.
  • Togs (We are close to ending the swimming season, however we still have some HOT days)
  • 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.