Newsletter LogoWednesday 17th March 2021            No. 4

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,

Thank you for taking the time to come to our ‘Whānau Aspirations Kōrero’.
This was a time for you to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your learning aspirations and goals for your whānau.

This newsletter is to outline the support and assistance that we have available to be able to ensure that your child/children are set up for success with their learning.

Within the school we have the following supports:

Learning Support Co-ordinator (LSC) – Whaea Tara
The LSC is a new role that is about supporting those students who might need some assistance for any reason at school. This role covers support with mental health, physical health, learning or behaviour.

Te Aka programme – Whaea Rachael
The Te Aka programme (The Vine ) is designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. This movement based programme helps the child to become responsible for their own learning by increasing awareness of their physical regulation and specific thinking skills. It helps improve focus and concentration and encourages positive relationships and attitudes which impact on the child’s academic achievements, social interactions and emotional well-being. The vestibular work done during these sessions also strengthens the auditory and visual systems to support the child’s academic work. These sessions are set up for small groups and are running daily for 30 minutes.
Additional one-to-one sessions are also being run for some of these children. These are more specific to the regulation needs of the individual child. These programmes include movement, therapeutic listening and breathing exercises to help set the child up ready for their school day.

Te Manawa Tahi – Ministry of Education
Te Manawa Tahi is a learning support hub where you can talk to education professionals about your child’s learning needs. This is a free service. For more info see the brochures in the next section.

If you have any concerns about your child’s learning please talk to your child’s teacher and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person to best support you.
We are here to help.

He waka eke noa – we are all in this together

Nga manaakitanga

Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

TeKakano: Roman

Rm 4: Marlia, Hartley

Rm 5: Junior, Rivaan

Rm 6: Te Rina, Oliver, Leigh-Ray, Spencer

Rm 9: Brooke, Hine, Daemon

Rm 10:  Moroni, Cherish, Tayden

Rm 11: Olivea

Rm 12: Amo, Tyrhys

Rm 13: Jahvis, Skyla, Dymond, Wyatt

Rm 14: Ajay, Preston, Shivika, Adele


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 4: Samuel, Jorja

Rm 5: Rewi, Janie-Marie

Rm 6:  Soulja, Parris, Lorde, Armani

Rm 9: Tayo, Dijonay, Ella, Leah

Rm 10: Maka, Marnu, Shekairis, Nikora

Rm 11: Cruz, Kaysha

Rm 12: Amo

Rm 13: Monique, Ava-Leigh

Rm 14: Jacob, Maika, Stephen, Tyla-Mei


Free school lunch programme

This fortnight’s lunch menu:


Te Manawa Tahi o Whangarei

Pause Breathe Smile – Teacher Only Day: 7th April

School will be closed on April 7th to allow for the staff to take part in learning the Pause Breathe Smile programme.

Pause Breathe Smile can help ensure that our tamariki are equipped with awesome mental skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, uncertain world. Skills like learning how to regulate emotions, build self-awareness and relate positively to others. We know that learning these skills early in life can help kids thrive now and in the future.

Breakfast club 

Just a reminder that Breakfast Club does not start until 7:45am.

We have been having a number of students arriving at school before this time – there is no supervision at school until 7:45am.

Welcome and thank you to Whaea Lydia who has volunteered to take breakfast club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

School Term Dates for 2021

Term 1          4th February – 16th April

Easter break: 2nd – 6th April, School closed Friday, Monday and Tuesday

Staff Only Day: Wed 7th April

Term 2         3rd May – 9th July

Staff Only Day: 8th June

Term 3          26th July – 1st October

Term 4          18th October – 14th December


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