2017 Hopunipuni ki Rotorua

posted Feb 7, 2017, 6:33 PM by Susanne Simmons-Kopa   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 6:54 PM ]

Kia ora koutou

Please see the list of what you will need to bring to camp and the updated itinerary as per below:

Camp Fees:  Tamariki $375 and Adults $465

Dates: 13th – 17th February 2017

Accommodation: 5 days & 4 nights @ Keswick Camp

AT LEAST per child (please hand the food below in to staff, by the Thursday 9 Feb) prior to departure so that these can be packed appropriately):

  • Some legal snack food to share
  • 1 pkt of biscuits or crackers to share

Tamariki need to bring (you MUST name all clothing – it is helpful to put clothes in a daily plastic bag for each day):

  • Appropriate bedding – sleeping bag, pillow etc
  • At least 8 towels for showers and maybe swimming
  • Toiletries, toothbrushes & toothpaste, soap, shampoo face clothes etc
  • Swimming Togs just in case
  • Shoes that can get wet – ideally, reef shoes 
  • Appropriate clothing (they may need something warm for evenings or if it gets a bit chilly), footwear (they will need closed in shoes & sandals)
  • Pyjamas
  • Versatile mufti clothes
  • Warm clothes, a jersey or coat, covered in shoes & socks just in case
  • Insect repellent if necessary but please make us aware

Tamariki will need the following items on the first day in a school / carry bag (which they will need daily):

  • a large packed legal lunch
  • a large drink of water
  • hat


Money, lollies or cell phones are permitted on this kura camp.


Tamariki do not need their kura uniforms.


(Timing and details may alter slightly)

13 February – MONDAY - 7.30am Depart from kura

Travel to Rainbow Springs, Rotorua

10:00am Arrive at Rainbow Springs  

It’s the quiet majesty of the native bush, ferns, trees and plants that defines  Rainbow Springs Nature Park as uniquely New Zealand.  See the crystal clear  cold water that flows from subterranean springs, home to magnificent  specimens of Rainbow, Brown and Tiger trout. Continue your walk through the  native bird aviary to see the tuatara house and kiwi nocturnal house.   

Big Splash

The big splash is a nine minute long journey through time that features an  informative narrative, state of the art animation bringing to life dinosaurs,  Moa and the Haast eagle, and an adrenalin boosting plunge at the end.

11:30am Bird Show

12:30pm Lunch – packed lunch from home   

4pm – depart for Keswick Camp

4:30pm Check into Keswick Camp

6.00pm Dinner – provided by Keswick Camp

14 February - Tuesday

7.30am Continental Breakfast – provided by Keswick Camp

9.15am Depart for Buried Village

10:00am Buried Village – Self Guided

Discover history alive today … 120 years on and known as the ‘Buried Village’,  the excavated village of Te Wairoa offers a first-hand insight into the  devastation, chaos and mayhem that transpired on the night Mount Tarawera  erupted.  

12:30pm Packed Lunch at Paradise Valley Springs – provided by Keswick Camp  

See the feeding of the Lions at 2.30pm, and visit the Lion Cubs!  Paradise  Valley Springs is a beautiful New Zealand Trout, Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary,  set in native bush and ferns with freshwater springs, pools and a magnificent  trout stream.  They even bottle their own water!  

4:30pm Return to Keswick Camp  

6:00pm Dinner – provided by Keswick Camp

15 February - Wednesday

6.45am - Depart Keswick Camp

7:30am Lakeland Queen Breakfast Cruise

Enjoy breakfast and a cruise on the Lake Rotorua

9.30am – Travel to Rotorua Museum of Art & History  

10:00am Rotorua Museum of Art & History –  

We will be splitting into 2 groups and we will have 1 hour each working with robots and Da Vinci inventions and 1 hour doing an amazing race in the vicinity of the Rotorua Museum.  Both groups will participate in both activities.  This is a result of the recent earthquake activity in the centre of NZ causing some movement in the Museum building to the point that is deemed unsuitable currently.


12:00pm Packed Lunch – provided by Keswick Camp in Museum gardens

12.30pm Travel to Te Puia

1:00pm Te Puia  

Join the Guided Tour of Te Puia, taking in the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute  and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, home to bubbling hot springs, plopping  mud pools and the mighty Pohutu Geyser!  

3.30pm Travel to Mitai

4:10pm Mitai Hangi Dinner and Maori Concert

Journey back in time to a pre-European lifestyle experience of customs and  traditions while ambling down the pathways of the rediscovered village as it  comes alive to the sound and activities of tribal songs, dances, myths, legends  and spiritual stories.  Enjoy the hangi dinner, a banquet of succulent foods  cooked traditionally on hot rocks in an earthen oven.  

7:00pm Return to Keswick Camp

16 February - Thursday


7:30am Continental Breakfast – provided by Keswick Camp

9.00am Travel to 3D Maze

10:00am 3D Maze

The aim is to go in one of four entrances, make your way around either an  easy or tough course and get to each of the four coloured mini towers, which  are blue, yellow, red and green.  See who can do it the fastest.

11.00am Zorb Rotorua – need to bring swimwear and towels

Roll down the hill in a plastic ball with flipping and rolling around full of  laughs and heaps of fun.


12:30pm Packed Lunch – provided by Keswick Cam    

1.00pm Skyline Rotorua & Luge  

Take a ride in the 8-seater Doppelmayr Gondola to the top of Mt Ngongotaha  and see the magnificent view of Lake Rotorua and the city.  Enjoy Two Luge  rides, a fun filled gravity ride on a 3-wheel cart, returning to the top via a  double seater chairlift.  Additional Luge rides can be purchased at the School  Group rate on the day at Skyline Rotorua of $7.00 per person, per ride.  

4:30pm Return to Keswick Camp  

6:00pm Dinner – provided by Keswick Camp

17 February - Friday


7.30am Continental Breakfast – provided by Keswick Camp

(Don’t forget your packed lunch on departure)  

Pack and clean up camp, depart Keswick Camp 

Redwoods Forest Walk \ Blue Lakes \ Waka Ama  

12:00pm Packed Lunch at Lake front – provided by Keswick Camp



If you have any queries whatsoever please don’t hesitate to ask.

Ngā mihi.

Whaea Sioux

He Pānui - 3 Whiringa-ā-rangi 2016

posted Nov 15, 2016, 4:56 PM by Susanne Simmons-Kopa


Tēnā koutou e te whānau                                                     3 Whiringa-ā-rangi 2016


Mā te kahukura ka rere te manu – “Ko te tamaiti te mea nui”


KURA PHOTOS – 8 NOVEMBER:  These are happening on 8 November, next week - Tuesday and we need payments sent within the envelope that was sent home last week before photo day.  Any payments made by cheque need to be made out to Kinder Ward Photography.  The cost of photos can NOT be put on your kura accounts, they NEED to be paid in advance in CASH before photo day.


THANK YOU MORNING TEA – 15 NOVEMBER at 10.30am:  As is usual this is the occasion when our tamariki go to huge effort to thank those generous people who have helped out so generously with donations and time throughout 2016 and these have been substantial this year.  We count on whanau, you to supply a plate of exceptional home baking please.  The kai does not have to be legal for these occasions either – just perfect beautiful food befitting of the huge effort our kura and our tamariki go to ensure that those who have assisted us in one way or another feel fully valued and appreciated.  Remember too – some of these people do not have tamariki at kura or any other affiliation – they have just helped with either, goods, money or time regardless.  So please whanau we count on you to help us make this perfect for all concerned.  The speeches our beautiful tamariki make to each and every guest truly brings tears to your eyes, so much so, that on occasion some of the beneficiaries have ended up giving more before they leave.  THIS IS NOT A DAY FOR PIZZA BREAD OR CHIPPIES AND THE LIKE PLEASE.


To avoid having too many of one thing – could each class / akomanga follow below please:


AK 1 – Savoury                       AK 2 – Sweet

AK 3 – Savoury                       AK 4 – Sweet

AK 5 – Savoury                       AK 6 – Sweet

AK 7 – Savoury                       AK 8 - Sweet


Your own tamariki do not need kai on this day unless they are particularly hungry as we always give them the left overs which usually are reasonably abundant.  There will be no bought lunches available.


PŪKANA:  Some of our tamariki are currently on Pūkana from their visit to Whakawātea last term.  If you have missed this on Māori TV then you can catch up on TV On Demand or on Saturday on TV3 at 6.30am.


RAINBOWS END – 28 NOVEMBER:  Please urgently return your permission slip or just email your approval and payment ASAP no later than 17 November as per below so that planning can be completed. 


There will be no staff at kura on the day as kura is being implemented from Rainbows End on 28 Nov, NOT 132 Saxby’s Road. 


We will be departing at 7.45am SHARP (be warned we leave on the dot!) so all travelling will need to be here ready to leave by then or they will be left behind.  There will be staff at kura from at least 7.30am.



Normal uniform followed fully in all aspects with the proper sandals.


·       Sports uniform with sports shoes.

·       They will need to either wear their normal kura uniform CORRECTLY or their PE uniform CORRECTLY.  They must be wearing proper shoes or they may not be able to go on the rides for safety reasons. 

·       Tamariki may bring their own sun hats or caps but they must bring them in their bags and will only be permitted to wear these once we arrive at Rainbows End.



We do not want any tamariki bringing any money on the trip for any reason.  If any does it will be confiscated.



We expect to be back at kura at approximately 4pm.



They will need a large legal lunch and a large bottle of water for their day.



WHOLE KURA HŌPUNIPUNI (CAMP) HAERENGA 2017:  We are planning our onshore haerenga for 2017 to Rotorua from 13-17 February.  The cost is $375 per child and any accompanying adults are $465.  It is important to hear from you all about whether your child/ren will be coming on the camp or not as we have to book and once the new year starts, it won’t be long and we will be gone so the planning and confirmations need to happen before the Xmas break.  To ease the burden of camp costs and Xmas clashing a non-refundable deposit of $150 per child and per adult will be required by 15 December 2016 to confirm your child’s or an adults camp booking with the balance due the first week of term one, 2017.  If you have an automatic payment set up for your kura account you are able to use this to pay for camp.  If you would like to discuss ways to pay for camp please know we welcome supporting you as much as we possibly can with this as it is extremely beneficial for tamariki to participate in kura camp.


The proposed itinerary is as per below:

·       4 nights @ Keswick Camp including all meals

·       Paradise Valley Springs – Lion Feeding

·       Buried Village

·       Te Puia

·       Rainbow Springs – Bird Show

·       Lakeland Queen Breakfast Cruise

·       Rotorua Museum of Art & History

·       Mana Adventures / Zorb

·       Tamaki Hangi Dinner and Maori Concert

·       3D Maze

·       Skyline Rotorua & Luge


HAERENGA 2018 – L.A, AMERICA:  Our next offshore haerenga in 2018 will be to L.A, America as this was such a wonderful destination and experience last time we went.  We will be attempting to stay a little longer 10 -12 days and change our itinerary slightly, something similar to the following:

·       3 day Disney Pass

·       Universal Studios

·       Lego Land

·       Mexico Day Trip

·       Las Vegas Day Trip

·       Rain Forest Cafe

·       NBA Game and / or Major League Baseball Game

·       Hollywood Tour – Santa Monica Pier – Walk of Fame


NGĀ HAKINAKINA / SPORTS – TERM 4:  Touch Rugby (Thursday’s after kura at Swarbrick Park) commenced yesterday and one junior Poiuka Ti / Tee Ball team (starting this Saturday morning at Resthills Park).  We are immensely grateful to the whānau who are coaching and assisting our tamariki to be able to play sport they love, ngā mihi.  Please be aware there is a minimal sports fee charged for all tamariki involved in our sports teams which will simply be charged to your accounts.  We will also have our new sports uniforms available for term 4 which consist of Whakawātea black shorts and our new koru tops which will be the only acceptable uniform from 2017 onwards.


KURA UNIFORMS – SUMMER UNIFORM COMMENCES NOW – THIS TERM:  These need to be on properly each and every day – no exceptions.  No excessive jewellery, taongā and / or religious necklaces only, no arm bands, sleepers or small plain studs only.  No long hanging multi coloured shorts under the girls’ dresses, if your daughter needs to wear something under her skirt then it needs to be short black bike shorts.  No coloured singlets, bra tops or t-shirts under their school shirts, if they need something then it needs to be a plain white.  Short sleeved shirts, plain black sandles, long pants or shorts with sandles, black hair ties and head bands ONLYSports uniforms need to be worn properly each and every time the tamariki play in Whakawātea Sports Teams as well please – these are available to purchase at the office.


RONGOĀ FOR SALE:  We still have some of this available for sale and we would love whānau to purchase this before the end of this year as they can only stay available for so long.


KURA BANKING:  Don’t forget kura banking – bring in your bank books and money each Tuesday and you will get them back by Thursday.  This is a great tool for PROMOTING saving.  Please see Whaea Kirsten to set up an account if you don’t have one already and would like one.  We have our accounts with Credit Union, Collingwood Street.  We also offer kura banking via ASB if you would prefer that alternative.


A REMINDER - NOTIFICATION OF ABSENTEEISM:  Please remember to ring us no later than 9.30am to let us know your child is going to be away. 

« You are obligated to have your child at kura.  If your child is sick or absent then you need to let us know by 9.30am

« We need to make sure also that they are safe and that people know where they are


TOY DONATIONS TO TKR:  we were hoping that some of you may have some appropriate girl toys sutiable for 4yr olds you might like to donate to our kōhanga as we are in desperate need of some please.  Feel free to drop these in, we will be truly grateful.




Ngā Wāhanga / Term Dates:

Term 4     -         10 Oct – 15 Dec


8.11.16                           -         Kura Photos


15.11.16                         -         Thank You Morning Tea


25.11.16                         -         Kaiaka - Athletics Sports – 9.30am sharp


28.11.16                         -         Rainbows End


5.12.16                           -         Year 8 Dinner (by invitation only)


13 & 14.12.16                  -         Working Bee (jobs list on staffroom whiteboard)


15.12.16                         -         NO WĀ ATAWHAI


15.12.16                         -         Term 4 ends (Prizegiving 10am sharp, Ngāhau and

                                                shared lunch, bring a plate to share)

Kura finishes directly after shared lunch, USUALLY 1 – 1.30pm with No Wā Atawhai service available.


Please sign & return with payment no later than Thursday 17 November 2016

Rainbows End

Monday 28 Nov 2016


I give permission for my child/children ____________________________ to travel & enjoy activities at Rainbows End in Auckland on Monday 28 Nov 2016.  I also agree to pay the required fees as advised, $30 per person by 17 November 2016.


We will be leaving kura at 7.45am sharp.  We will be back by approx 4pm.  All tamariki will need to bring legal kai, a water bottle and will need to wear either their normal or sports uniform correctly or they will not be permitted to attend and will need to return home.  They must also be wearing the correct sandals / shoes for safety reasons as well as uniform requirements.


Parent/Caregiver Name :  ___________________   Date : _____________


Parent/Caregiver Signature: ______________________




Return with non-refundable camp deposit no later than 15 Dec 2016 – not able to extend deadline as we have to book




My tamaiti / tamariki ______________________________________ in Akomanga____


have permission to participate in the 2017 whole kura trip to Rotorua on 13 Feb 2017 returning 17 Feb 2017.


I ________________________________ agree to pay the trip expenses of $375 per child and $465 for any extra adults attending by week 1, term 1 2017 and a $150 non-refundable deposit per child / person no later than 15 December 2016.


I ________________________________ am able to be a parent helper and will assist with all tamariki, not just my own and the camp programme.


Contact Numbers:      

Home _____________  Work ______________      Cell_______________


Any issues that need to be mentioned with regards to my child / ren such as allergies, medication information or important issues etc:




Signed: ________________________________  Date:  _______________

HE PĀNUI - Tēnā koutou te whānau 22 Kohi-tātea 2016

posted Apr 4, 2016, 10:50 PM by Karyn Tattersfield   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 10:51 PM ]

Mā te kahukura ka rere te manu – “Ko te tamaiti te mea nui”
Mā te kahukura ka rere te manu – Mā ngā huruhuru nei Ka rere koe – rere runga rawa e Kia tae atu koe ki te taumata Whakatau mai rā e
Mau ana taku aroha Whai ake i ngā whetū Rere tōtika rere pai Rere runga rawa rā e
He mihi nunui, he mihi mahana tēnei ki a koutou katoa, ko te tumanako kua pai o koutou Kirihimete, hararei, te wā ki te taha o tō koutou whānau whānui. Nau mai, hoki mai, mō te tau hou nei, 2016.

A warm welcome back to you all, we truly hope you all had a fun filled, amazing, and wonderful Christmas / Summer break enjoying time with whānau or doing things you love, in places you love being, and that 2016 is a fabulous year for you all. Whakawātea is ecstatic to welcome you all back for another great and exciting year. 

Nō reira, nau mai, hoki mai, whakatau mai, ki tēnei wāhi, Te Kura Amorangi o Whakawātea. He wāhi tēnei mō ngā mahi pārekareka mō ngā taonga tuku iho, tō tātou tamariki mokopuna. Auē hoki, te rawe ka kitea tō tātou tamariki mokopuna i te hokinga mai ki Whakawātea, koia te pai, te āhuarekaTēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. 

Due to the many iniatives and the delirously busy timetable ahead please read carefully below so you know about all the latest news and the events we have planned. Many exciting opportunities unfold as 2016 gets underway, such as Te Haerenga ki Ahitereiria, OYOD, Kauhoe, New Buildings, and much more… 

As stated previously, 2016 will be even more amazing on many levels. I have been able to confirm and forward many aspects of our 2016 preparations throughout the Summer break… 

  • Our major classroom building project has now been completed, the carpet has been installed, it is a beautiful and more importantly a functional learning space – please feel free to come in and take a look around, you are always most welcome 
  • AK’s 4 & 5 are the lucky ones to be located in the new classroom areas in the new building 
  • OYOD is entrenched with all new whānau being required to opt in. We want to ensure the tamariki of existing whānau are not disadvantaged and that tamariki from AK 4 – AK 8 are supported by their whānau to own their own kura Chrome / Note book 
  • CHROMEBOOKS / NOTEBOOKS: All tamariki from AK 4 to AK 8 use these everyday and the kura has a very limited number of spare devices for tamariki who don’t have their own. It is imperative that whānau empower their own tamariki to have their own device. You can pay them off via us and our new ones come with guarantees and insurance which is wonderful. If you are worried or concerned about these please see me asap to gain clarification. We install all the programmes they need within the cost and these are able to be used in any NZ school once they have left Whakawātea. These devices stay at kura unless the tamariki are leaving to move away or to secondary school and they are fully paid for. 
  • OYOD for existing whānau – remember these can be paid off, and from the moment you pay your deposit your child is issued with their computer and then there are reasonable weekly or monthly payments to pay it off. Please see Whaea Kirsten for the detail and paperwork to do this 
  • New PE uniforms options will be available this term which will be on display asap 

Kaiako and their akomanga including new kaiako 

 AK 1 - Whaea Natasha                     AK 2 - Whaea Petalla 

 AK 3 - Whaea Rangiamohia          AK 4 - Whaea Marama 

 AK 5 - Whaea Rangiaho                   AK 6 - Whaea Lynda 

 AK 7 - Whaea Jalna                            AK 8 - Whaea Ihipera 

Whaea Hira, Matua Zane and Huia have sadly returned to Whitianga with Tangaroa and his bountiful goodies were just too hard for them to give up long term. Whaea Ihipera proved her capabilities last year and is excited to work with our older students moving forward, so will step into AK 8. Whaea Rahera has also departed as she has planned to begin her OE some time early this year. Two beginning kaiako who have recently graduated from the University of Waikato who come to us with truck loads of enthusiasm, dedicated to reo Māori and bursting with a desire to contribute to the learning at Whakawātea. Whaea Marama will be the AK 4 kaiako and Whaea Rangiaho will be the kaiako in AK 5. There will be some adjustments within the senior kura in term 1 as Whaea Ihipera is due to deliver her new baby mid February but we will manage this until she returns. Whaea Kayla’s maternity leave has now finished so she will be back and hence Whaea Rongo has gone as she was only relieving in her role in the interim. Matua Zane will no longer be our caretaker and we have not as yet decided whether to replace him. 

Will be available at kura from now on between the main hours of 9 – 2pm but always ring first (07 843 3499) to check we are here and haven’t zapped out on an errand. 

Pōwhiri at 12 noon for all new tamariki. Summer uniform as per below. Please send tamariki with their uniform black togs and towel from the first day of term and everyday thereafter.

Whānau please remember that we provide pōwhiri on the first day of each term for all new tamariki starting school during the term coming and we really need and appreciate your support in the form of a plate of legal kai on these days to cater for our whānau hou and manuhiri. 


We would seriously appreciate whānau gardening support as we would really like to try to get the new entryway beautiful to then get the TAMARIKI ART displayed asap. We are very keen to get the students Manu Amorangi pieces into place. Please let me know if you might be able to help. 

KAUHOE: Tamariki will commence swimming daily and we will be working with Swimming NZ & Sport Energize hopefully to deliver a rigorous programme in an effort to keep our taonga safe in the water and to ensure it is hopefully never one of ours that suffer whilst having fun in the water. This will also help prepare them for Swimming Sports Day on 26 Feb. 

UNIFORM BLACK TOGS & TOWELS DAILY: Swimming is compulsory. Everyone needs to bring the correct swimming uniform along with a towel daily for swimming. 

KURA UNIFORMS: These need to be on properly each and every day – no exceptions. No excessive jewellery, taongā and / or religious necklaces only, no arm bands, sleepers or small plain studs only. No long hanging multi coloured shorts under the girls’ dresses, if you support your daughter wearing something under her skirt then it needs to be short black bike shorts. 

No coloured singlets, bra tops or t-shirts under their school shirts, if they need something then it needs to be a plain white. Short sleeved shirts, black sandals, shorts, black uniform togs, black hair ties and head bands ONLY. Sports uniforms need to be worn properly each and every time the tamariki play in Whakawātea Sports Teams as well please – these are available to purchase at the office. 

TECHNICRAFT – YRS 7 & 8: This commences on 11 Feb and the tamariki will not be permitted to attend if they do not wear the correct uniform and uniform shoes. The correct uniform, including the correct shoes is mandatory at all times but if they are not wearing their uniform correctly for excursions such as this they will not participate. 

HATS: It is compulsory for tamariki to wear their uniform hats at kura each and every time they venture outside. If tamariki accidently bring them home please make sure they bring them back to kura. 

KAI PAI: Please be mindful and respectful of our rules regarding kai as this is extremely important to the culture of Whakawātea. We will also confiscate illegal kai and we will not return it, which is hard on your child, so parents – do not cause this to happen to your child. 

WĀ ATAWHAI: Wā Atawhai ends at 5.30pm daily. This service is never available on the last day of each term. This will return to the extra class 

space beside the junior classrooms. The staffroom will return to being a staffroom. 

KURA BANKING: Don’t forget kura banking – bring in your bank books and money each Tuesday and you will get them back by Thursday. This is a great tool for PROMOTING saving. Please see Whaea Kirsten to set up an account if you don’t have one already and would like one. We have our accounts with Credit Union, Collingwood Street. We also offer kura banking via ASB if you would prefer that alternative. 

ADDRESS CHANGES: If anyone has moved or changed their contact details over the holidays please make sure you notify the office urgently in order to make sure we have your correct details and in case we need to contact you in an emergency. 

A REMINDER - NOTIFICATION OF ABSENTEEISM: Please remember to ring us no later than 9.30am to let us know your child is going to be away. 

You are obligated to have your child at kura. If your child is sick or absent then you need to let us know by 9.30am 

We need to make sure also that they are safe and that people know where they are 

Due to our size we do not have the resources to spend time checking with everyone and often we can’t get people on the phone or some don’t have a phone so if you don’t let us know where your child is we will utilise Truancy Services to locate your child. This can result in awkward situations and in some cases consequences. Please work with us to keep our tamariki safe and provide them the education they deserve. THIS IS RIGOROUSLY IMPLEMENTED DUE TO UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF ABSENTEEISM AT TIMES. 

NGĀ HAKINAKINA / SPORTS: Pā Whutuporo / Touch Rugby commences in approx 2 -3 weeks and is played at Swarbrick Park. We always need parents support for sports if we are to meet the needs of all tamariki that would like to play. If any parents have skills or a desire to coach or assist with coaching please make yourself known to the office urgently as we would love your support. Please be aware there is a minimal sports fee charged for all tamariki involved in our sports teams which will simply be charged to your accounts. 

IMMUNISATIONS - INFO HUI: For all Year 7 and Year 8 Girls 1.30pm Tuesday 23 February 2016 (all whānau welcome to come along). 

HAERENGA KI AHITEREIRIA – TRIP TO AUSTRALIA 7 – 14 AUGUST: It is important to get an idea of those interested in going on the trip to the Gold Coast in August 2016. Please complete the slip below or EMAIL me. You are not obligated to go by completing the form but rather giving us an idea of numbers as this is critical for getting quotes. 


Enrolments are open NOW for Term 1 2016 classes at the Hamilton Community Centre of Music. The first session is on Saturday 13th February. The school offers affordable group tuition in a wide range of musical instruments, for all ages (from 3 to retired) and ability levels. Most classes are 30 minutes long, and class sizes are kept as small as possible. Class times are between 8am and 12:30pm on Saturday mornings 

during primary school terms. The school is located at Gate 4, Hillcrest Road on the University of Waikato campus. 

We offer Electric and Rhythm Guitar. Young Voices children’s choir is available for those ages 9+, or try our Junior Brass Band Programme for students aged 7 and over. Classes are filling up, so don’t miss out! 

The term fee includes the option to participate in our Sinfonia Orchestra or an ensemble at no additional charge. Fees range from $35 to $95 per term depending on student age and instrument chosen. Stage payments can be arranged, and we have some instruments available for hire. 

Contact us or enrol via our website http://www.hccm.ac.nz/ or on 07 838 4611. 

Kind regards, 

Ann Shaffer 
Hamilton Community Centre of Music/Sistema Waikato 
Pokapū Pūoro o Kirikiriroa 


+64 7 838 4611 

Enrolment policy 

An enrolment in any HCCM course is not complete until payment has been received. Once enrolment is complete, the student and his/her parents/caregivers are deemed to have agreed to the HCCM Terms & Conditions, which can be viewed at http://www.hccm.ac.nz/fees/ 


Ngā Wāhanga / Term Dates: 

Term 1 - 2 Feb – 15 Apr 

Term 2 - 2 May – 8 July 

Term 3 - 25 Jul – 23 Sep 

Term 4 - 10 Oct – 15 Dec 

2.2.16 - Te Rā Tuatahi - First Day 

2.2.16 - He Pōwhiri (please provide a plate of legal kai for 

our manuhiri) 

8. 2.16 - Te Rā o Waitangi / NO KURA 

9. 2.16 - Te Wā Kura 

11.2.16 - Yr 7 & 8 Technology Commences 

26.2.16 - Reihi Kauhoe / Swimming Sports 

25 – 29.3.16 - Aranga / Easter 

30.3.16 - Te Wā Kura 

14.4.16 - Working Bee 

15.4.16 - Term 1 ends (no Wā Atawhai) 

2.5.16 - Term 2 commences, 9am sharp 

2.5.16 - Pōwhiri - new tamariki starting in Term 1 - 12 noon 

Thanks to those who gave kai to share 

14.6.16 - Te Ahurei o Whakawātea / Idol 

7.7.16 - Working Bee 

8.7.16 - Term 2 ends (no Wā Atawhai) 

25.7.16 - Pōwhiri - new tamariki starting in Term 3 - 12 noon 

Thanks to those who gave kai to share 

7-14.8.16 - Kura Haerenga ki Ahitereiria / Trip to Austrailia 

26.8.16 - Te Oma Roa – Cross Country 

4 - 9.9.16 - AIM’s Yrs 7 & 8 (proposed, not yet confirmed) 

16.9.16 - Grandparent’s Day 

22.9.16 - Working Bee 

23.9.16 - Term 3 ends (no Wā Atawhai) 

10.10.16 - Pōwhiri - new tamariki starting in Term 4 - 12 noon 

Thanks to those who gave kai to share 

1.11.16 - Kura Photos 

15.11.16 - Thank You Morning Tea 

24.11.16 - Kaiaka - Athletics Sports – 9.30am sharp 

1.12.16 - Year 8 Dinner (by invitation only) 

13 & 14.12.16 - Working Bee (jobs list on staffroom whiteboard) 

15.12.16 - NO WĀ ATAWHAI 

15.12.16 - Term 4 ends (Prizegiving 10am sharp, Ngāhau and 

shared lunch) Kura finishes directly after shared lunch, USUALLY 1 – 1.30pm with No Wā Atawhai service available. 

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