Friday 26 May 2023

Kōwhai News Term 2 Week 5

Kia ora whānau,

We have had a busy couple of weeks and it is so good to see the sun again. Unfortunately, school photos were postponed due to sickness. The children looked so gorgeous and smart!

Strike Schools for Percussion

We were lucky to have a group of performers from Strike School in Wellington last week. This was a stunning performance ending with a percussive fire experience! The performers had trained for weeks with Weta Workshops for obvious safety reasons. 

Industrious Learners

We are constantly amazed with the focus and creativity our students display when engaging in Discovery. Charlotte has been teaching a group how to knit and how to make fabric bookmarks and one of our students has even been teaching herself how to crochet! Construction is always popular. Thank you to those of you who have sent along empty boxes and materials. This has been a huge help. 

It is always great to share our knowledge and skills.

Donations of Art Shirts

Our students love painting and it would be helpful if we could have more art shirts. If you have an old shirt you no longer require, could you please send it along to school. We try hard to avoid paint on uniforms!

Cross Country

Thank you so much for coming to support our tamariki on the day. It was fantastic to see everyone participating and rising to the challenge. Nau mai te wero! Congratulations to those who got through to the Hillview Cross Country Challenge which will take place at the end of this term. 


As part of the New Zealand history curriculum, we are studying early migration to New Zealand. Our students are fascinated by this topic and we have planned lots of engaging fun activities. This will culminate in designing and making a model of a waka. We would love donations to support our waka creation, especially recycling and natural materials, such as: 
  • bark or small pieces of wood (not sticks etc. though) 
  • unwanted pumice or driftwood 
  • bamboo, harakeke or other foliage that might be useful
  • small boxes, such as biscuit, toothpaste, tea boxes 
  • unwanted bubble wrap, corks or other materials that float
If you have or can access (e.g., through your work) any other materials that you think might be useful, we would love to know about these...just email your class teacher.

Reading Folders

This is just a reminder to make sure your child is returning their reading folder and book to school daily. 

Thank you for all your continuing support. Have a wonderful weekend!

From the Kōwhai team

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