Message from the Principal
September 4 2019
Tēna Koe, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Fakatalofa atu and warm greetings to you all.
Malo e lelei. Tongan language week got off to a great start on Monday morning with some of our KURA kids going to the Porirua City Council flag raising ceremony. Thank you to those children who represented our school. Back at school we started the week off listening to the Tongan national anthem and raising the Tongan flag. We are all greeting each other this week in Tongan.I have been in this school for a long time and I have seen many performances over the years but our Senior Performance group on Thursday night at Kotahitanga were exceptional. I cried from the moment Millie Crawford started to sing and I was still crying at the end of our 15 minutes on stage. Renata, Nadia and Del, there are no words, what you have worked on with our tamariki is just next level. On Friday when the group performed for all our tamariki you could hear the year 1 - 3 comments around when they are seniors what part they will play in the performance group. I want to thank Dairne Kaimoana, Principal of Titahi Bay Intermediate School for organising and running this amazing event every year.
Spring is here! What beautiful weather we have been having to celebrate its arrival. The ground is still quite wet so if you know your child likes to get in amongst it with mud, a change of clothes in their bag is always handy.
Kerry is now on her sabbatical, she will be away until week 6 in Term 4. We are excited for her and wish her a fun filled time where she can focus on her study and rejuvenating. Miranda McMahon and Jamie Merrick are acting co-principals while she is away. We are both looking forward to working with you all to ensure that our tamariki are happy and learning. One of us will be available in the office area if you need to see us.
Onesie/PJ day is this Friday, 6th September. It is a fun day and a great cause. Wellington Free Ambulance are the only free ambulance service in NZ. We are asking that children bring in a gold coin donation to help us build a coin trail and fund this amazing service. We will be getting into our house groups and doing activities related to the ambulance service until morning tea. Thanks in advance for helping us support this cause.
This is for Year 6 students. We will be going to El Rancho Camp in Waikanae. We are there from Wednesday 12 February through to Friday 14 February. https://elrancho.co.nz/
We see this as an opportunity to set up our leaders at the start of the year. It is also a great chance to expand friendships, relationships and horizons.
It will be an action packed three days and two nights where children will be challenged to push themselves outside of their comfort zone.
You are invited to a meeting at school Wednesday 18th September at 6.30pm in the hall where we will share more information and register interest of any parents wishing to attend camp as helpers.
The aim of camp is to:
- Encourage children to challenge themselves to try new experiences.
- Teach children how to manage themselves.
- Develop/extend social relationships.
- Build self-esteem and develop resilience.
- Develop leadership and provide leadership opportunities with peers
- Teach children to learn about their personal limits and strengths.
- Provide a fun experience and celebrate their senior years at Kura St.
We are running an activity based camp. The children will be split into groups with approximately 12 children in each to complete the activities.
The activities we have put down for are:
- Go Karts
- Rock wall
- Archery Soft
- Air Rifles
- Raft Building
- Team Initiatives
- Low Ropes
- Water Slide
- Swimming Pool
- Confidence Course
Each activity will run for 1 hour.
Check out this youtube clip to see some of them in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij1TB21b2vM
The cost for camp per child is approximately $230. With grants and school funding we have managed to lower the cost to whānau to $50 per child.
Any children who have some anxiety about being away from their family will definitely benefit from experiences staying overnight at a friend or family member's house before camp. It is not as daunting spending time away if you’ve done it before.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask - firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: Puberty topic evening for parents of year 5 and 6 students is tonight, Wednesday 4th September, at 5pm, in the school staffroom. This will be a short meeting to discuss with you the topics we will be covering, share resources we will be using and to answer any questions or concerns you may have. This meeting is optional for those who would like to know, in more detail, about what is being covered. As a parent or caregiver, you do have the right to withdraw your child/children from this unit. If, for whatever reason, you do not wish for your child to take part in these lessons, or you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher via email.
We want to thank the people who advertise in our school newsletter as their adverts for their business actually pays for our school newsletter. We have some spaces available and if you have a local business and want to advertise , can you ring Christine in the office to set this up .
With the cold weather we have had a lot of sick KURA kids - Please ring, text, email or use the school APP to inform us if your child is going to be absent.This saves the office having to follow up if your child is not at school.
You can ring 04 2368399
text 027 7570272
or use the absence tab on the school APP
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou
Tumuaki/ Acting Co Principals