14 February, 2020

Powhiri for new ākonga & whānau

This term we welcome four new ākonga, and three new whānau to our school. Ngati Manuhiri formally welcomed them, and Hope, who is helping the teaching team, with a beautiful Powhiri.

This term we welcome four new ākonga, and three new whānau to our school. Ngati Manuhiri formally welcomed them, and Hope, who is helping the teaching team, with a beautiful Powhiri.

This term we welcome four new ākonga, and three new whānau to our school. Ngati Manuhiri formally welcomed them, and Hope, who is helping the teaching team, with a beautiful Powhiri.

This term we welcome four new ākonga, and three new whānau to our school. Ngati Manuhiri formally welcomed them, and Hope, who is helping the teaching team, with a beautiful Powhiri.

Last week I felt great when we welcomed new kids. By Jack.

Picture by Nero (we all stood in lines at the Powhiri).

Sport

This term we are lucky to have daily swimming lessons with Georgia Bryley to get the ākonga ready for the inter-school swimming competition at Rodney College and cricket lessons with Brendon Bracewell.

The tuākana (seniors) also have an exciting opportunity to be part of a Pakiri/Leigh School basketball team. A letter has been sent home with tuākana. If your child is interested, please send the expression of interest back to the office as soon as possible.

I like swimming with Georgia when we are floating. By Rose.

Picture by Oliver ( I am a fish ).

On Monday Brendon came for cricket.  He taught me a new skill, holding a bat.  It was very hot and it was enjoyable.  By Chloe.

Does your child want to sign up for basketball? Let us know!

Message from the Principal

Community Consultation Night

Thank you to everyone who attended our community consultation – it was a great night.  For those who could not make it, we imagined what a future Pakiri Graduate should be like – what skills, knowledge and behaviours they should have.  People worked in small groups and wrote down their thoughts.  From this work we have established some common themes,  refined the 'future graduate profile', and are now planning how the teaching team can achieve this. This work is also guiding the creation of our 2020 School Charter.  The charter ensures the governance, leadership, teaching, and learning are in line with the vision of the school community.


Our focus question for Term 1 is “Who am I as a Learner at Pakiri School?” To support this we are introducing a school-wide 'Language of Learning' and iTime inquiries in the afternoons.  iTime inquiries are when learners self-select an area for research or development that they are interested in, and we will support them to develop their research skills.

Another action we're taking, which came out of the consultation night, is to get out into the community more. We are in the process of planning a rotation of activities from week 7 – 9 on Thursday afternoons that will see our learners out and about in the community.  Please see the events calendar for dates and details will follow once plans are confirmed.

Water 

Although we are lucky to have bore water at school, we are mindful of preserving our water source as much as possible.  For those of our whānau on town supply, ensuring your child is bringing a water bottle to school each day would be appreciated.

Staff Vacancy

We are looking for a Fixed Term Part-Time .4 Teacher until the end of T1 (or to be negotiated).  They should be a NZ Registered Teacher with strengths in an Inquiry model of learning and familiarity with Montessori Pedagogy.  Please apply in confidence to principal@pakiri.school.nz. Applications close at 3 p.m. on the 20th of February.

Te Reo Māori Adult Study Group

We have a new Te Reo Māori adult study group at the school:  Monday's at 4 pm.  Our goal is to support each other’s learning, and to offer a place to meet and talk about the courses/work we are following independently at home.  All are welcome.  Please bring a small kai to share and a koha for the school.

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons are available for students and adults with Margaret Palmer.  Please email Margaret at marmuzz10@gmail.com.

Parent and Whānau Help

Help is needed for our upcoming sports days and outings. Please see the events calendar for more details.

We are also looking for help with lunchtime playground duty from 12:30 - 1 p.m. every day. Having extra adults around enables one of the teachers to have a proper lunch break. If you can help please contact Liz and she will add you to the roster.


Warm regards,
Whaea Kelly (Acting Principal)

The Universe Story

By Joe

On Tuesday morning we went to Room 2 to listen to a story from our teacher, Whaea Hope. We had time to also try out the experiments that were crazy cool! There was an experiment that when you put this type of paper in water and they would attract  like a magnet and they were like they were friends. There was a giant volcano that we put this red colour thing in and it exploded and went everywhere. She taught us about fire, water and a lot more than that. She was doing a very mysterious voice that it sounded like she was being from when the first people were born. We needed to be very quiet so she was able to talk to us. We were very excited but stayed calm when we had to listen carefully. In the end this was all about when the darkness was all around the world.