Mānawatia a Matariki
This year, the first te ao Māori public holiday to celebrate Matariki will be held on Friday 24 June. Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori new year. During form and class time this week, students learnt more about Matariki by engaging in a range of activities, and personalising their learning experiences. Early on Wednesday morning staff were Matariki star gazing, followed by a dawn karakia, the planting of harakeke, ake ake, and tī kōuka, and shared kai. There were a number of other events held including a harakeke weaving workshop, and on Thursday evening, a whānau dinner.
Matariki is a chance for everyone to māharatia (reflect on the past), whakanuia (celebrate the present) and wawatatia (aspire - plan for the future).
I have recently visited two of our contributing schools, Belfast and Casebrook, to talk to and answer questions from their Year 8 students who are looking to attend Papanui High next year. Accompanying me were three students from Year 9, and members of the Head Student team. This process forms part of our enrolment and transition programme, by giving some insight into what high school is like, including through the eyes of current students. Feedback has been extremely positive, and the students were wonderful ambassadors for our school. Next week we visit Breens Intermediate.
Last Monday the PTA met for their monthly meeting. As a school we are very grateful for the wider contribution that they make in supporting our students and staff. I know they would welcome new members, and if this interests you please have a look at the ‘mini-poster’ on the following page.
COVID Update - Rostering Home
As indicated in an email home earlier in the week, the school has made the decision to re-commence rostering home for the remainder of the term. COVID has had an ongoing impact on staff and students this term. The additional effect of influenza, and other winter illnesses has reached a point whereby we need to employ extra strategies to support teaching and learning to continue as best we can.
On Wednesday 22nd this process began. When students are rostered home the expectation is they continue on with their school work, whether it be online or on paper which teachers will have already discussed with the class. This work will be able to be completed independently without teacher input. EOTC will still go out as per the calendar for the rest of the term. A reminder that if your child is sick the primary focus is on recovery at home.
Limited supervision can be provided at school for students who are unable to be looked after at home on their rostered home day. If your student needs to come to school on their rostered day off, please email [email protected]
Rostered home days
Week 9 (June 27- July 1)
Week 10 (July 4 - July 8)
We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. If your student or someone in your household has COVID please let us know by emailing [email protected]
I hope you all have an opportunity to enjoy the long weekend.
Ngā mihi nui