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Term 2, Week 7, 2013
Thanks for the support we received for Jump Rope last Friday afternoon. My highlights of the afternoon were watching the perseverance of the children who gained much excitement from mastering a challenging move; the support that was offered by our older children for the younger members of their Whānau groups, and the large numbers of parents and Whānau who came along to watch the children. All money raised by this Jump Rope activity will be sent to the Heart Foundation. Please send all sponsorship money to school by Friday.
All classes have been learning about Mataariki, the Maori New year, with a focus on the importance of this for Maori. Children have read the Legend of the Seven Sisters, and shared the information they have sourced from home and the internet. On Friday morning, our Barnados friends are joining our Kapahaka group, to share some waiata, as part of the Barnados Mataariki celebrations. At 12 o’clock, all classes will be sharing the kai, they have prepared – from our school pumpkin harvest. Each class will prepare a pumpkin based dish (soup, muffins, pumpkin wedges, pumpkin humus etc) for children to sample prior to lunch. (This will not replace lunch, as it will be sample of food only.) Mataariki is a time to commence preparing the ground for the next season’s planting. It is fitting to celebrate this time, by using the last of this year’s harvest, to remind children of the value of our vegetable garden plantings.
With snow forecast we are reviewing the ways we communicate with parents re school closure or delays. Parents will be notified by email, our school website, through community notices on MORE FM or Radio Wanaka, texts or phone, and via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GoldfieldsSchool (Please like this to get status notifications). There is more detail re this in the newsletter.
Ka kite. Kia pai tou wiki. Keep warm, Sharon.