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

Post date: Apr 5, 2016 5:50:37 AM

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 āhuareka. Tēnā 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.

Please print and return this permission slip ASAP.