Pānui ā Kura Paerangi – 17 June 2015

Kohiti-te-marama! Tirama-nuku, Tirama-rangi! Tiramararama te tini a Uru! He whetu ururangi!
He whetu uruao, he whetu matarau!
Te whetu o te tau, E Mata e!
Tihewa mauriora!
Mōkori anō kia mihia ngā mate tuatini o te wā e takoto ana i ngā marae huri noa i te motu. Hoki atu koutou ki te huinga o te kahurangi, te mūnga o te tini, o te mano, ā, kāti e moe. Tātou ngā mahuetanga iho ki a tātou.
Tēnā rā tātou katoa.

Matariki occured at the end of the harvest season, it was a time when pātaka kai were filled with food, and the land was at its most unproductive. It was a time of bountiful catches, with the migration of fish like the moki and korokoro. Kukupa, having feasted on native berries, were snared and preserved in fat. People gathered during Matariki to survive the winter months, to remember the past and plan for the New Year.

This is a good time of year for us to reset our goals and put in the preparation that will result in success later in the year, this holds true for our ākonga and their academic work. Our senior ākonga are working hard in NCEA with a number of assessments due over the next 2 ½ weeks. They have plenty of mahi and need to be using as much of their time, in and out of Kura, to ensure they put themselves in the best position to succeed at the highest possible levels. Our junior ākonga are continuing with their work programmes and will be retested in reading and writing to allow a comparison with the beginning of the year so that we can track their progress or where they might need further support.

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Teachers Only Day

This will be on Monday 22nd June, no ākonga are to attend Kura this day as all pouako will be involved with planning and marking.


Matariki – Relaunch of Whakaruru Te Hau

hek-busbyWe are involved in the opening of the Whangarei District Council Matariki Celebrations on Saturday 27th June. The major point for us is that we will be officially relaunching our waka “Whakaruru Te Hau” here in Whangarei Te Terenga Paraoa. Matua Hekenukumai Busby and Matua Te Wārihi Hekaraka will be conducting the karakia for us. We will begin preparing our crew for the day and a group to provide haka pōwhiri, further details will follow.

 


Uniform

winter-uniformWe are now into the winter months as Matariki approaches. Ākonga are able to purchase the warm tops (see photos) to wear at Kura as part of their uniform. Both of these tops are available from the Warehouse and are under $20 each, tane and kotiro must wear their respective tops as depicted in the photos. How our ākonga wear their uniform is a good indication of the respect they have for themselves and the Kura so we expect that they have the correct uniform and that it is clean and tidy. This includes footwear which are solid black shoes and socks (no other colours, stripes or logos). Ballet flat shoes are a good option for kotiro.

 


Senior Reports

Senior reports will be sent home during the last week of this term. They will detail the progress each ākonga has made in their individual NCEA subjects, including a credit count and comments on attitude, application and any improvements that need to be made. We will have Hui Whakapiki in Week 2 of Term 3 for all senior ākonga.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Kura office directly on 094388422

 

Ngā manaakitanga,
Dr Nathan Matthews Pouhere

 

Oak Park and River Forest High School

Pānui ā Kura Paerangi – 11 June 2015

Tēnei ka hikitia, tēnei ka hapainga. Ki te tihi o te rangi i kakea ai e Tāne kia riro mai ai ko te whakaaronui, ko te wānanga, tēnei ka hikitia, ka hapainga.
Ko te koha nui mōu, mō te tangata. He mātauranga ka eke
Tihewa mauriora!
Mōkori anō kia mihia ngā mate tuatini o te wā e takoto ana i ngā marae huri noa i te motu. Hoki atu koutou ki te huinga o te kahurangi, te mūnga o te tini, o te mano, ā, kāti e moe. Tātou ngā mahuetanga iho ki a tātou.

Tēnā rā tātou katoa.

Just a short pānui to highlight two important events we have coming up. The first is a meeting for the whānau of senior ākonga that are considering going on the Kura Chicago Exchange, these ākonga know who they are or need to check with Whaea Robyn if they are unsure. The second is our first Teachers Only Day.

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Chicago Exchange

This year we have the opportunity to send a group of senior students on an exchange to a high school in Chicago, USA. Last year we were visited by an African American school teacher, Jessica Stowell, who was in New Zealand as a Fulbright Fellow researching indigenous education. Jessica teaches at Oak Park and Forest High School in Chicago. Her school runs the most successful “Spoken Word” programme in the USA. Spoken Word is a form of slam poetry that teaches ākonga how to articulate themselves and communicate their perspectives through poetry. We have introduced this into Te Kāpehu Whetū this year and are looking to develop an ongoing relationship and student exchange with Jessica and her school.

We are holding an information night to explain the details on Wednesday 17th June, 5.30pm, Tapatoru.

This hui is to provide information to the whānau of selected students about the proposed trip to Chicago in the school holidays at the end of Term 3, 2015. This will include the requirements in terms of academic progress and commitment from the ākonga and the cost for whānau. We will also be able to provide some detail around the proposed itinerary.

Teachers Only Day

This will be on Monday 22nd June, no ākonga are to attend Kura this day as all pouako will be involved with planning and marking.

 

Ngā manaakitanga,
Dr Nathan Matthews Pouhere

 

Whānau Pānui – 17 April 2015

To say that Term 1 has been busy would be an extreme understatement! We have been involved in a wide range of mahi across all three pou Kia Māori, Kia Mātau, Kia Tū Rangatira ai. This mahi is important to establish a strong culture and build whanaungatanga in the Kura. Our ākonga, both at Paenuku and Paerangi, have excelled in everything that has been asked of them and have been a credit to themselves, our Kura and their whānau. In this issue, I have attempted to capture the events and activity we have been involved in so far this year.

In this issue

  • Paenuku Opening
  • Kia Māori – start of year activities including the annual hikoi and Leader’s Retreat, and a number of kapa haka performances
  • Kia Mātau – 2014 NCEA results and the Paenuku art exhibition
  • Kia Tū Rangatira ai – integration of the Leadership Academy of A Company, Anzac Day commemorations, the launch of the Esther Muriwai Foundation, and lots of sporting success.
  • Upcoming Events – also see the online calendar
  • Permission slip for the April 25 field trip to the Waka launch in Taipa.  This permission slip is also online here.

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