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This week’s message from the Principal:

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whānau and Friends of our School,

Our Kapa haka group were fabulous last week presenting for their school-mates and our community. It was an excellent opportunity for them to perform with an audience in their full kapa haka uniform before heading to the Murihiku Polyfest in Invercargill next Wednesday.  They have worked really hard and the performance is looking great.

We had three teams of Year 5 and 6 students competing at the annual ODT current events quiz in Queenstown yesterday.  The format for this has changed, it has always been an after-school event held at Cromwell College – so a move to during the day and out of town meant we had to limit participation this year to ensure we had adequate transport and supervision.  Our teams were great competitors but did not manage a podium finish on this occasion.

Kāhui Kākano children in Rooms 2, 3, 4 and 11 are hard at work rehearsing for their annual production that is being staged next week.  Our youngest children always manage to put on a fabulous show. It is all still pretty secretive so I am really looking forward to seeing them perform next week.  Reminder that there is no assembly this week or next week as the junior children get ready for their show.

I had the opportunity to celebrate a milestone with my family last weekend with my middle son’s graduation.  It was a fabulous opportunity to bring our family together to share in the rewards of his hard work.  It also gave me time to reflect on the different pathways my children have taken after leaving school as they move away from home and become independent.  Treasure your children while they are young – childhood is so short.

Kia pai to wiki, Naku noa atu,

Anna Harrison, Principal

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Children in Kākano Toru working collaboratively