Pānui ā Kura – 15 March 2024

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Pouhere

As you will see from this week’s panui, the Kura is well and truly underway for 2024. Its important to us that we share with you, the mahi we are involved in and the learning taking place. Exciting times!

The kaupapa of this Kura was left to us by our Tūpuna, handed over to us by our Rangatira, blessed with the wairua of the ages by our Tohunga, while the 28 Māori Battalion paid the ultimate price so we could have better lives.  It is important that we not only acknowledge the value of this gift but that we fully comprehend it.  Too that end I remind us that we, the ākonga, whanau and kura are

 

Launching Māori Futures!!

Our name Te Kāpehu Whetū represents – Charting Māori Futures

The symbolic star compass….guides our enduring pursuit of excellence as Māori

Ākonga at Te Kāpehu Whetū advance  – Through The Four Horizons

Paenuku (Yrs 1-6) -> Paetata (Yrs 7/8) -> Paetawhiti (Yrs 9/10) -> Paerangi (Yrs 11-13)

Mahi is organised around the Three Pou – Navigating Māori Futures

Kia Māori……Kia Mātau..….Kia Tū Rangatira Ai

Be Māori….Be Educated….Be Rangatira

BE….KNOW….DO

So that ākonga are confident, competent and accomplished

“Tū ki te marae…..Tū ki te Ao”

Each week at TKW is jam-packed with growth, development and opportunities for the majority of the ākonga who have chosen to attend regularly and engage; as we start to bed in our kaupapa through the planning put in place by each whare.  The overall feeling is one of settled, enthusiasm!!

For Kia Māori – At Teina theres the constant, relentless embedding of Te Reo Māori in all they do.  While at Tuakana the mood is palpable, as they prepare for Tai Tokerau Festival at end of term.

With Kia Mātau – Learning and assessments are well underway with a great turnout at the Pouako – Whanau evening at Tuakana last Wednesday and Teina planning theirs shortly.

In terms of Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Both Kura sites have daily fitness regimes to improve the overall physical condition of ākonga and improve their mental fitness in terms, of grit and resilience.          Of course Tuakana is preparing for the triathlon at Kai Iwi Lakes in April….but for an example of how sports can positively impact, look at the effect of Poitūkohu at Paenuku, amazing!!

“Titiro atu ki te taumata o te moana…

Tākiri ko te ata” (Te Ruki Kawiti)

(Look beyond to the configuration of the horizon…..to the breaking of a new dawn)

 

Na,
Pouhere
Raewyn Tipene

Paenuku

Rāhiri mai ki te Kāhui o Monoroa! – Kei runga it Mongoroa e kōpae pū ana!!!

Whakamau ritenga, whakamau tikanga, he kawa whakaara e tuku iho, ko te kōkiritanga a ngā mahi rangatira i te taumata! He Whakaaro Rangatira, he wairua mauritau, he waiora whakaiti… o te taumata whakahirahira

Kaupapa Matua – E ako ana mātou ki te whakahoahoa i tō mātou ake kara. Me whai he tohu rangatira māori nei. Me tohua mai hoki i ngā māramatanga o tō kara.

Na Te Areka rātou Katiaki, ko Puhi e whakaputa ana i ōu rātou whakahoahoa

Te Reo Matatini

E ako ana mātou ki t āta whakarongo ki tuhi kupu, rerenga kōrero me ngā oro-puare. Mahi Whakarongo: E hia ngā a?

  • He honore, he kororia, he maunarongo ki te whenu = 4 ngā a!
  • Mau ana taku aroha = 6 ngā a!
  • Taumarere-herehere-te-riri-te-puna-i-keteriki-te-rere-i-tiria = 4 ngā a!

Te reo Tuhinga – He tuhinga Auaha

E ako ana mātou ki ngā tuhinga auahi – Creative Writing

Te Tuhinga Tautohetohe – Pursuasive writing

E ako ana mātou ki ngā āhuatanga o te Tuhina Tautohetohe.

Poitūkohu

Nuku and Māui
Nuku ana Matau
Waitā ki tai
Waitā ki uta
Paenuku Hi, Paenuku hā

 

Mihi ana ki a Waitā me te kaha ki te tākaro, te tohatoha me te whai i ngā akoranga o te poitūkohu.

 

REMINDER!

  • Fees for basketball is $50.00 per child for two terms. All fees can be paid to the tari
  • Appropriate sports shoes to be worn for all games and training
  • Trainings are on Moday during kura time (unless stated differently by the team coach)
  •  Plain blacks shorts, no pockets are to be worn for games
  • Water bottles are a must
  • A parent/adult must drop off and collext tamaiti to the stadium each Wednesday (Please be on time to collect tamaiti after their game)

NO GAMES NEXT WEEK!!! – WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH

ATTENTION WHĀNAU:

Vehicle congestion is now becoming dangerous in the carpark and is unsafe for tamariki, mokopuna. If you do not have tamariki enrolled at the Mokopuna Centre, please refrain from using the carpark. Paenuku akonga can use footpath and bridge from Bernard Street. (Access from Maunu Road)

 

Paetata me Paetawhiti

Koa au te whare, ko te whare ko au

E mihi ana ki a koutou e te whānau whānui o tō tātou kura. Anei tō mātou karere mō te wiki i pahure nei,

What’s happening this week?

Hui Whakapiki

He mihi nui to our whanau who attended our hui Whakapiki this week. It was wonderful to see such a great turnout of whānau supporting the haerenga ako of their tamaiti. we met some new faces and caught up with whānau from previous years. A few key focuss and to share her views on following your dreams, being determined and standing up for what is right. E mihi ana ki a koe e te Rangatira.es were on goal setting for term/year and tauira progression.

Pepeha Presentations

Paetata have had a very intense few weeks learning and researching whakapapa, pepeha and ngā me e hāngai pū ana ki tōku ake. Tauira worked towards presenting their research and mahi to Paetata Whare. We’re very proud of their efforts and grit, to get things done, to a high standard.

Huhana Lyndon

Te Kāpehu Whetū Tuakana were very fortunate to have staunch Ngāpuhi advocate and Green Party member, Huhana Lyndon in, to have a kōrero to our tauira about her time so far in Parliament, the highs and lows of being at the forefront of leadership

Upcoming Events

Paetata will be heading off to Alms games in term 3. There will be an upcoming hui before the end of this term where whanau will be able to attend to get more information about this haerenga. First hui date TBC.

See Calendar for Events

 

Paerangi

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau.

NorthTec Trade Academies

We have three ākonga enrolled in NorthTec Trades Academies this year.  Raukura Keerako is attending weekly classes in the Level 3 NCEA Cookery Course and Helena Larkins and Natalie Maihi-Hansen are enrolled in the Health Studies Course.  The aim of these academies and courses is to give the ākonga an insight into the industry as well as the preparatory skills and credits needed in the various job sectors to give them a head start when they leave school.  There are a variety of different academies and they are available generally for Year 12-13 students.  Although courses are full for this year if you and your tamaiti think this is something they would be interested in, feel free to contact Whaea Brenda and we can look at future opportunities for accessing and pathwaying.

Action Matakana

TKW Tuakana (Year 9-13) are heading back to Action Matakana to take on the 3km Military Grade Obstacle Course! With 34 obstacles and a lot of mud.  Ākonga will be challenged well outside their comfort zone, but will come out with more grit, determination, and resilience to tackle all challenges they face with knowledge that hard work pays off.  It is also an opportunity for akonga to increase their leadership and teamwork skills and to see that everyone has a part to play and something to contribute to the success of the group.

Permission slips have gone home or been emailed to whanau…PLEASE RESPOND

TKW Tuakana kōhine are starting us off this coming Wednesday 20th March

TKW Tuakana boys heading down the following week on Wednesday the 27th March.

 

Annual Tuna Survey

This Monday the 18th of March, Te Kāpehu Whetū will be participating in the 2024 Tuna Survey overseen by our local hapū Ngati Kahu O Torongare.

Academy cadets from Year 9 and 10 will be traveling to Ngararatunua marae to work alongside one of our Alumni of Te Kāpehu Whetū and founding cadet of the Leadership Academy Of A Company – Haane Rudolph – Fred Baker – 2011

Alongside Haane, Iwi and local hapu, our Tai tama tāne will learn about mahi in the awa, working with tuna and the protection and preservation of our local waterways.

Permission slips have gone home or been emailed to whanau…PLEASE RESPOND

* Boys please be at Kura at 7:30am *

Vans will be leaving at 8.00 for a 8:30 start at the marae, returning around 3pm

Whare Hauora @ TKW

At Te Kāpehu Whetū we are committed to the health and well-being of our ākonga, our whanau and our staff.  Whare Hauora is our attempt to raise awareness, create opportunities and actively pursue a higher level of wellbeing for us all.  At Whare Hauora we utilise the concept of Te Whare Tapa Wha (Tinana, Hinengaro, Wairua & whanau) as a means to introduce Hauora to our TKW community.

Consider this: If we aren’t mindfully active in seeking our own health across Te Whare Tapa Wha, we will struggle to attain the heights we pursue!

This week: I would like discuss the concerning trend of vaping among young people and emphasize the importance of discouraging your children from partaking in this harmful behaviour.

Vaping, the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices to inhale vaporized nicotine or other substances, poses significant risks to the health of young individuals. While marketed as a safer alternative to traditional smoking, vaping still carries numerous health hazards, particularly for adolescents whose bodies and brains are still developing.

In 2021 The Asthma + Respiratory Foundation New Zealand in association with the Secondary Schools’ Principals’ Association carried out one of the largest youth vaping surveys in the world.  The Survey included students from Year 9-13.

  • 27% of students surveyed stated that they were vaping regularly And of that
  • 27%, over half felt that vaping was having an adverse effect on their health, but they still continued

Another survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health, found that daily vaping among 15-17 year olds has almost doubled between 2021/22 and 2022/23

“While vaping is often perceived as harmless by young people, there is increasing evidence showing significant health risks. Vaping with nicotine is consistently associated with depression, ADHD and conduct disorders in adolescents, and nicotine exposure has been shown to impact learning and memory.” PROFESSOR PHILIP PATTEMORE PAEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY PHYSICIAN

Given the risks, it is crucial for parents and guardians to have open and honest conversations with their children about the dangers of vaping and to actively discourage them from engaging in this behaviour. By providing education, setting clear expectations, and offering support, you can help protect your child’s health and well-being.

See the Public Health Nurse Message in the dowloadable Pānui

I am based at Teina (Paenuku) most Mon/Wed and Tuakana (Paetata/Paetawhiti/Paerangi) Tues/Thurs. I will work with Whaea Jackie and Whaea Petina to gain whānau permission.

Naku nā

Whaea Karlene

 

Congratulations are in order

NZ Basketball U16 Regionals

Congratulations to Raiha Leuluai and Petina Randell for selection into the U16 Development Team 2024. They have been training twice a week, Monday and Friday at Kensington stadium. Each weekend they will compete in the Auckland supercity competion in prparation for the NZ Basketball U16 Regionals.

Basketball Junior Development

Raiha and Petina have also been a part of the whangarei Junior Development and Northland Basketball “Girls got game” sessions. These sessions are every Monday, 3:30 – 5:30pm at Kensington stadium, open to any kotiro year 8 upwards, and are aimed at growing, and providing a space for kotiro to explore, grow and fall in love with the game bball.

Te Tai Tokerau Māori Netball Team

Congratulations to Kowhai Wilson, Anahera Aekins and Kamaia Ngapera-Tito, for their selection into the 2024 Te Tai Tokera Māori Netball Teams. They have been in trials, training and wananga since the end of 2023. They will represent te Tai Tokerau at the Māori Netball Nationals over the Easter weekend in Rotorua.

Ki-o-rahi

For the past 6 weeks Paetata and Paetawhiti have been learning the fundamentals of Ki-o-rahi and extending their skills under the guidance of Whaea KC and Matua Richie from Ngāti Hine. They have gained knowledge and experience in preparation to play against other Kura. We look forward to having some Ki-o-rahi hit outs against Te Kura o Taumarere and Christian Renewal School in the near future to put our new   learning into action

 

KIA TŪ RANGATIRA AI – Kapahaka

Just sending ALL our Pouako and Pou Awhina who are performing next weekend at Tai Tokerau Kapa Haka Senior Regionals…….

PIKI MIHI MAHANA

Go hard!!!

Whaea Hari with Waerenga Te Kaha & Yeehaaaaa!!!

Whaea Arohaina, Whaea Erana, Whaea Toni, Whaea Del, with Waerenga Rangi

NOTE: Paenuku, Paetata and Paetawhiti have been invited to take a few ākonga along to hear from Rongo Keene and his story of transformation.  Permissions slips out soon!!

 

KAUPAPA

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.

To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be

An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.

Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know

Encouraging innovation, inquiry, the development of specialised knowledge and skills.

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do

Development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana.

 


Raewyn Tipene 
POUHERE

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates

 

Pānui ā Kura – 8 March 2024

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Pouhere

All four of our whare are well into their 2024 programme and everything is going extremely well. Most of our ākonga are in a settled and an engaging space.  As promised at the Whanau Hui last week, we are now calling whanau in to meet Pouako at Hui Whakapiki, starting this week with our three Tuakana whare.  We look forward to meeting with you all.

**Hui Whakapiki**

This coming Tuesday 12th March Paerangi, Paetawhiti, and Paetata are holding the first of their hui whakapiki with whanau so you can come in and discuss the learning and progress of your tamariki.  Paenuku will be later in term.

This will be held between 5.30-7.00pm.  An email has been sent out to book a time with Pouako

If you haven’t received one or haven’t set a time please contact:

All hui will be held at our 3 x Whare on Hihiaua Peninsular.

  • Paetata 173 Lower Dent St
  • Paetawhiti 183 Lower Dent St
  • Paerangi 177 Lower Den St

 

WARNING: Tear-Jerker!!!

One of the most enjoyable parts of the week for me was being present when Staff Louis brought the Academy Corporals down to Paenuku to work with our young tama.  To see our youngest ākonga engage with the oldest ākonga of TKW, on Academy kaupapa was heart-warming.  They plan to visit once a week with full Paenuku Platoon challenges once a month.  Below I’ve posted (hopefully) a couple of videos for whanau to see the mahi they are doing together.

7 Platoon – Katipō
 

8 Platoon – Mako

9 Platoon – Tui
 
Na,
Pouhere
Raewyn Tipene

Paenuku

Nau mai, piki mai ki te akomanga o Merermere

Me ngā karakia, ngā hīmene me ngā waiata. Ko ngā tūāhuatanga o Paenuku katoa. Ahakoa ko tenei te wiki Tuarima, e tino harihari ana rātou ki te mau i ngā akoranga Kura, kua tau pai.

E ako ana mātou i ngā arapū Māori, me te ako hoki ki te tuhi pū. E kaha ana mātou ki te ako i ngā tikanga o Paenuku. Miharo rawa, i tā rātou kaha, ki te ako, ki te mau. Kia kaha tonu tamariki mā, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

 

Paetata/Paetawhiti

Tēnā tātou e te whanau

Ko au te whare, Ko te whare ko au

E mihi ana ki a koutou e te whānau whānui o tō tātou kura. Anei tō mātou karere mō te wiki i pahure nei,

What’s happening this week?

Kapa Haka

As tauira prepare for the Ngāpuhi Festival at the end of the term, the intensive rehearsal schedule of three days a week demonstrates their commitment and dedication to showcasing their talents and representing our kura with pride. With guidance from Whaea Sam, Staff Louis, and Matua Ropata, students can hone their skills in poi and haka, ensuring a captivating performance. This collaborative effort not only strenthens the bond within the kapa haka group but also reinforces the values of teamwork, cultural appreciation, and excellence that extend beyond the stage.

Platoon Challenges

Platoon challenges every second Friday provide students with an opportunity to engage in friendly competition, develop essential skills, and strengthen relationships with their teams. These challenges encompass a variety of activities and games designed to test different abilities. By participting in these challenges, students not only enhance their leadership skills but also cultivate resilience.

Pūtaiao – Sciences

House of science has been running in Paetata which allows students the opportunity to experience a range of scientific experiments and projects that focus on the environment. The house of science experiments run in a two week cycle which allows tauira enough time to explore, and experiment.

Aromatawai – Assessments

We have been working on our assessments this term. Assessments cover different learning areas and help us as pouako to see where each tauira is at with their learning and which areas need improvement, support and more attention

 

Paerangi

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau.

Paerangi is currently experiencing an enthusiastic atmosphere as students are fully engaged in kapa haka rehearsals, preparing for the upcoming Tai Tokerau Festival. As the festival approaches, it is imperative for students to maintain their practice routines and stay updated with the performance bracket.

**Kapa Haka Preparation:**

Students are encouraged to dedicate time outside of regular rehearsals to practice and refine their performances. Consistent practice is essential for ensuring a polished and cohesive performance at the Tai Tokerau Festival. The commitment of each student to their individual and collective improvement will contribute to the overall success of the group.  With dedication, perseverance, and support from staff and caregivers, we can ensure a memorable and rewarding experience at the Tai Tokerau Festival.

**Academic Focus:**

While kapa haka is a significant aspect of school life, academic responsibilities should not be neglected. Students are reminded to utilise all class time effectively to complete tasks and assessments across all subjects. Balancing academic commitments with extracurricular activities like kapa haka demonstrates discipline and time management skills.

**Uniform Expectations:**

Maintaining a high standard of uniform is essential for fostering a sense of pride and professionalism within the school community. It is imperative that all students adhere to uniform guidelines, including proper attire for physical education classes. Consistency in uniform standards reflects positively on the school and reinforces our commitment to excellence in all endeavours.

Ngā mihi

Matua Ropata
Pouwhakahaere Paerangi

Platoon Challenge

This week’s platoon challenge at our tuakana site was volleyball. Once again the sporty Mako came away with first place, extending their overall lead.  Katipo 2nd and Tui 3rd.  Then it was time for the staff vs students game.  It was a close game but in the end the staff came away with the win.  But if you removed the last minute ring ins from the staff team it may have been a different story…..  Overall a great way to end a busy Week 6.

 

Te Kāpehu Whetū Kaupapa

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

  • Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be
    An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.
  • Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know
    Encouraging innovation, inquiry, and the development of specialised knowledge/skills
  • Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do
    The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana).

“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”
If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Raewyn Tipene
POUHERE

 

Important Dates

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Pānui ā Kura – 1 March 2024

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Pouhere

Unbelievably we have just completed week 5 of Term 1.  We started the week on Monday with an important kaupapa for the Leadership Academy, who were asked to support the powhiri at Motatau Marae, for the Waitangi Tribunal, who were there for the Veterans Claims Hui. As usual, outstanding representation by our Tai tama tāne, from standing for 1.5 hours during the powhiri process, providing the waiata with our senior Kōhine and helping out back. Very proud of all of you.

During the week Paenuku continued to build our response in Poitukohu (basketball) with our teams now attracting sufficient ākonga to create a third team….awesome Waita me Nuku!!!

We ended the week with a packed house at Maumahara for our Term 1 Whanau Hui.  Hopefully we were able to provide an understanding of what our Kura stands for and how we plan to go forward.  Before the end of term, our 4 whare will hold a “meet the Pouako” Hui so you can get a clear picture of the mahi taking place in the Whare and your tamariki’s progress.

Our 4 Whare = Paenuku (Y1-6), Paetata (Y7/8), Paetawhiti (Yr 9/10) and Paerangi (Yr 11-13)

Na,
Pouhere
Raewyn Tipene

Paenuku

Ngā mahi o te wiki nei:

  • Toitū te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Poitukohu ki te kura ki te Whakataetae
  • He ngakau aroha ki te ako

Kia Hiwa Ra!!! te whanau of Paenuku

Kia ora tātou – Ka ako tonu ana matou i ngā kaupapa pai mō ā tātou tamariki, mokopuna, ara, te Tiriti o Waitangi. I hanga mātou i ngā kara tino Rangatiratanga me te Whakaputana. Ka whawhai tonu mātou mō ake tonu atu.

E tautoko kaha ana matou i a ngai tātou ki te whare miēre a Huhana i tōna korero mo te korenga o te Whatu Ora. Aroha ki a tātou.

E mihi ana tātou ki ngā rangatira a Herbie, Matt me Casey mō a rātou awhina i a mātou ki te kura hei whakarite ngā tamariki mō te whataetae poitukohu ki te whare Hākinakina o McKay. Ka rawe ngā mātanga poitukohu.

I timata ngā tīma e rua ko Waita me Nuku i tēra wiki me tenei wiki anō. Ka toa ngā tīma e rua inanahi. Mihi kau atu ki ngā mātua me ngā kaiako a Poi raua ko Ren ki te awhi i a mātou.

TE REO MATATINI

Ka ako tonu a Tūahiahi ki te mau i nga mahi o te taumata. Ētahi e kaha ki te karakia, waiata, te kōrero tauparapara, whakatauki hoki. A te mutunga o te rā ka taea te reo matatini e rere ana mai i ngā tamariki, mokopuna o Tūahiahi. Muari ora, mauri tau.

Paetata/Paetawhiti

Tēnā tātou e te whanau

As we steadily reach the halfway mark of our first term, we have seen some really good progress with student learning engagement and whanaungatanga. We have settled nicely into each of our whare and our tauira have shwon some really good commitment towards striving for greatness in all ares of their learning and self development.

What’s happening this week?

Pepeha – Ko Wai au

Ko wai au is a fundamental aspect of knowing who we are and where and who we come from. This week was a reflection of all of those things. Over the course of this term, our tauira will be learning different ways in which they can approach their pepeha and whakapapa connection stories. Each morning we start our day with wā whakarite, which allows a place of safety for tauirato practice and deliver their karakia, tauparapara and mihimihi.

Thank you to whānau who took time to support their child with filling in their tātai whakapapa and pepeha information.

Kia Māori

 

Paerangi

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau.

“Showing up is half the battle”

A big mihi to all our ākonga who turn up on time, in the correct uniform, positive, and ready for the mahi.  Being in the right place at the right time is a major step in the right direct for success. It is pleasing to see more and more ākonga jumping on this waka.

Thank you to everyone who attended our whanau hui on Thursday. We hope you found the evening informative, and you are confident in the kaupapa and direction of the Kura.  Thank you to Taihoronuku and Kruize for the excellent chef skills manning the bbq and to the tuakana ākonga who looked after and entertained the teina during the presentations, it was beautiful to see the whanaungatanga in action.  If whanau wish to meet with their tamariki’s pouako to discuss their individual plans and mahi please email Whaea Brenda to arrange a suitable time, b.meyer@mokonz.co.nz

Our Kura uniform is looking better, but there are still some areas needing improvement mainly:

  • Shoes must be all black
  • Skirts need to be the Kura pleated style
  • Boys’ shorts need to be fully black and cannot be sport/exercise shorts

 

Paerangi have fitness class 3 times a week as well as their timetabled PE subject classes.  They need to bring their PE gear every day.  Unfortunately, the state of our PE uniform is not meeting our high standards.  Ākonga are to wear:

  • Either the kura PE shirt or a plain black t shirt
  • Fully black shorts appropriate for sport and movement

Your support in helping your tamariki dress correctly is appreciated.

We have hit the half way mark for Term 1 with just 6 weeks to go.  Every moment of every kaupapa counts so Paerangi ākonga come ready to give your best in every subject, every class and across all 3 pou.

Ngā mihi

Whaea Brenda
Pouwhakahaere Paerangi

 

Hauora

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau

As we reach the end of fifth week of Term 1, we are thrilled to share some early highlights from our tuakana Physical Education program. Despite being in the early stages of the term, our students have already engaged in a variety of activities aimed at enhancing their physical abilities and fostering teamwork.

In junior PE (Years 9 and 10), students have been immersing themselves in invasion games such as Ki-o-rahi, basketball, and touch rugby. Through these games, they are learning fundamental skills and strategies essential for successful gameplay. It is inspiring to see their enthusiasm and dedication as they tackle these new challenges.

Meanwhile, our Year 11 students have been delving into the concept of kotahitanga, exploring how unity and collaboration contribute to success in sports and other physical activities. They are beginning to understand the importance of supporting one another and working together as a team.

In Year 12, students are balancing fitness training with personal achievement goals. While participating in invasion games, they are also focusing on improving their strength and fitness levels. It is encouraging to see them set personal targets and strive towards achieving them.

The weather is still very hot and it is easy to get dehydrated while during physical activity.  Please remind your tamariki to bring a water bottle to Kura. Our ākonga are active every day of the week and adequate hydration is ones the most important factors in your child’s education.

Mauri ora!

Rua Paki

Te Kāpehu Whetū Kaupapa

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

  • Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be
    An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.
  • Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know
    Encouraging innovation, inquiry, and the development of specialised knowledge/skills
  • Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do
    The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana).

“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”
If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Raewyn Tipene
POUHERE

 

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates

 

Pānui ā Kura – 23 February 2024

View/Download23 February 2024 Pānui PDF / 1 MB

Pouhere

It’s Week 4 already….. and it is all on here at Kura.

The first few days of the year we had a Teachers Only Day and produced an overarching 2024 plan.

The focus for Term 1 across the whole kura is: Tikanga/Uara -> Ko Au Te Whare/ Tū Ki Te Marae

Our Pouwhakahaere with Pouako, have been working hard on their whare programmes for Term 1.

In the weekly Pānui they will provide a glimpse of what that mahi looks like on the ground.

But to get a comprehensive understanding of what TKW has planned we invite you to our first Whanau Hui for the year, for an overview on the Kaupapa of the Kura, Whare Plans and Expectations.

Date: This Thursday 29th Feb           Venue: Maumahara – 40 Herekino Street, Whangarei

Yeaaaaah!! Poitūkohu (Basketball) is underway with the first games last week….fabulous evening Wednesdays if you have nothing better to do come cheer our crews on!!

Na,
Pouhere
Raewyn Tipene
 

Paenuku

E ako ana matou

TE REO MATATINI

We have been aligning our kaupapa (te Tiriti o Waitangi) with our kura values “ko au te whare, ko te whare ko ahau” to enable us to make familiar connections between the treaty and us.

Learning through art is so muc funs and Whaea Arohaina has been teaching us all about Tino rangatiratanga and all things relating to our flags.

Nuku ana Māui
Nuku ana Matau
Waiatā ki Tai
Waiatā ki uta
Paenuku Hi, Paenuku Hā

Tēnā tātou katoa e te whānau

Just a quick pānui to inform whānau that Waitā Players only have a meet and greet with their new coaches for the year and their first training after kura.

When: Monday 26th February 2024
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Where: Paenuku Court

Things you need to know

  • Things you need to know
  • Players are to arrive 30 mins before game time.
  • All players need to wear proper sports shoes.
  • All players need to have a plain black shirt for their first game.
  • Make sure they have a water bottle.
  • Please make sure you hand over your child to their kaitiaki. Do not drop them outside the stadium alone.
  • All fees can be paid to the tari.
  • All whanau are welcome to be a happy cheer. Positive vibes!

Awesome start for our tamariki this week.  Teams have now been registered into the appropriate age groups.  We look forward to the coming weeks.
 

Paetata/Paetawhiti

Tēnā tātou

Throughout the week, both Paetata and Paetawhiti embarked on a journey of exploration and growth, delving into new concepts in maths and science while also nurturing there sense of whanaungatanga, understanding the significance of our pepeha and our deep connection to the environment, emphasizing the importance of staying grounded and interconnected.

What’s happening this week?

Fun with Pūtaiao
This week, Paetawhiti had the exciting opportunity to step into the cience lab, where they enthisiastically engaged with bunson burners and a variety of other captivating science experiments, igniting their curiosity and passion for discovery.

Fun with Pāngarau
Paetata embraced the world of mathematics this week, as they dove into practions with enthisiasm, discovering the joy of learning how to make fractions engaging and fun with everyday resources provided by the dynamic and engaging Whaea Serena.

Poitūkohu 2024
Poitūkohu has kicked off this term and there’s an electric buzz as our teams proudly represent our kura. The first game back served as a thrilling test of the waters, allowing players to shake off any initial nerves and rediscover their rhythm on the court. E mihi ana ki a Whaea Kei for once again navigating our roopu this term and ensuring that everyone has an enjoyable and encouraging time on court.

Staying Hydrated
These days have been HOT! Staying hydrated during hot weather and while at school is crucial for optimal cognitive function and overall well-being. Dehydration can significantly impact our ability to learn and concentrate. Whe we are dehydrated, cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and reasoning are impaired, making it more challenging to absorb new information and retain knowlege.

Reminders:
Pepeha, Pōtae, Pātara wae
E te whanau, due to the season, please remember to supply your taiaiti with a drink bottle and a school hat or a bucket hat, that covers their entire head. We will also send home a form for you to fill in with your tamaiti in regards to their pepeha, then return it with them Monday. This will be of great help in supporting the learning journey of your tamaiti as we delve into our kaupapa of, Ko Wai Au, this term.

Ngā mihi ki a koutou

 

Paerangi

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau.

It’s been a busy week with our students getting into the full swing of mahi in each subject area. Pouako have been working hard with students to help them get into to good routines for completing assessments for this term.

One of the priorities for Paerangi this term is Ngā Mahi a Rehia (Performing Arts). This mahi entails preparations of our kapa haka for this year’s Tai Tokerau Festival to be held at Okaihau College. Students have been busy learning new items for their bracket and are doing well.

Please Remember: It is important that all students in Paerangi come to kura ready and organised for each class. This includes:

  • Being punctual
  • Have the correct equipment to learn
  • Have correct uniform
  • Have a focussed attitude to working hard and completing all tasks
  • Being respectful

This term is a very busy term with numerous kaupapa happening both in and out of the kura and therefore it is important that ākonga stay up to date with their class commitments.

Also a reminder:

  • NO PHONES in kura
  • NO sweets, soft drinks, fast foods

We will continue to raise here at TKW awareness of the effect that phones, social media, what we eat, what we drink, daily movement/exercise has on our health.  To be the best that we can, we need to be as healthy as possible across Te Whare Tapa Wha.  More on this as the year progresses……

Ngā mihi
Matua Ropata
Pouwhakahaere Paerangi

 

Whānau please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.

Hauora

Throughout this week, the Year 13 Health class delved into the art of reading and understanding nutritional labels on the backs of food packaging, helping them improve their ability to choose the healthier options available. This journey prompted them to do some research into the recommended daily intake of sugar. While various sources offered slightly differing insights, a general consensus emerged:

Adults should aim for no more than 6 teaspoons (30g) of sugar per day

Whereas children’s intake should ideally range between 3 to 5 teaspoons (15-25g).

This is the same amount of sugar as in a single small (250mls) can of V!

“On average, adults in Aotearoa New Zealand consume about 37 teaspoons of sugar daily through their food and drink intake. Sugary drinks are one of the main sources of the rising sugar intake among children and adults in Aotearoa New Zealand.” Te Whata Ora website

At TKW, we are steadfast in our commitment to promoting wai Māori as the only option for drink during kura hours.  We urge whanau to ensure their children come to kura with a water bottle every day, enabling them to stay refreshed and hydrated throughout the day with a wholesome drink option.

 

Te Kāpehu Whetū Kaupapa

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

  • Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be
    An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.
  • Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know
    Encouraging innovation, inquiry, and the development of specialised knowledge/skills
  • Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do
    The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana).

“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”
If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Raewyn Tipene
POUHERE

 

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates

 

Pānui ā Kura – 16 February 2024

View/Download16 February 2024 Pānui PDF / 1 MB

Pouhere

Week 3 done and dusted.

Both sites have completed their whakawhanaungatanga and starting to refine their programmes to meet the needs of ākonga.  Ill report more on that over the Term.

Under our Kia Tū Rangatira Ai Pou we have initiated:

  • Hakinakina/fitness programmes at both site
  • Initiated the Leadership Academy programme for the year (more on that later)
  • Initiated korero with our senior Kōhine (who I’ll introduce to you over little while)
  • Looking for teams for our sports
  • And introducing our approach to better nutrition

PAENUKU SPORTS TEAMS

Poitūkohu:

  • First game for Paenuku Basketball starts this Wednesday.
  • We have two teams
    • Year 5/6
    • Year 1/2/3/4
  • Training for Paenuku will be Mondays during kura time (pls bring PE gear and shoes)
  • Still waiting for the draw to come out.
  • Time of game and details to be confirmed.
  • If you are still keen contact Whaea Toni through Whaea Sam at Paenuku

Netball:

  • Netball season is approaching.
  • If your tamariki is interested in playing Netball
  • Again please contact Whaea Toni

PAETATA/PAETAWHITI/PAERANGI

  • Sports teams, seasons and training still being worked on Whaea Kaye and matua Rua to report on shortly

Nutrition:

Kia Ora Whānau!

We hope you are aware, from our previous panui, drinks other than wai Māori are not permitted at Kura.  Neither are fast foods, sweets or junk food.

This is derived from our desire for better futures for us all.  If we want Mana Motuhake, we need to ensure we have the health to achieve this in our day to day lives.  The health of our ākonga, our mokopuna, ourselves is absolutely vital.  So we make it part of what we do here to inform our ākonga (and ourselves) of the importance of nutrition.

We thought it best that we explain to all our ākonga why we believe these rules are important. At the beginning of this term, all our Tuakana students have learned about the basics of nutrition, focusing on the three main nutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Students learn what each nutrient does for our bodies and the importance of having a balanced diet that includes all three.

One thing we looked at was the difference between complex and simple carbohydrates and how they affect blood sugar levels. This understanding helps our students make better choices about the foods they eat, which can lead to better health and sustained energy levels throughout the day.

We encourage all parents to talk to their children about what they’ve learned. Ask them about the nutrients and their roles as well as the differences between complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates and the effect they each have on blood sugar levels.

At Te Kāpehu Whetū, we believe in promoting the overall well-being of our ākonga and their whanau. By sharing this information, we hope to help our community make healthier choices when it comes to kai and meal planning.

Remember, making good food choices doesn’t just benefit our physical health – it also helps us stay focused and ready to learn. Let’s continue to learn and grow together as we prioritize the health and well-being of our ākonga and whanau.

Mauri ora,  Matua Rua Paki

Na,

Pouhere

Raewyn Tipene
 

Paenuku

Rāhiri mai … Ngātahi Mangoroa

“Tini whetu ki te rangi, ko Paenuku ki te whenua, Ko Mangoroa e rērere ki tua o Paerangi, Paeroa”.

E ako matou ki te tuhinga taki, he mea hanga nō ngā hararei me te rā o Waitangi.

TE REO MATATINI. He maha ngā akoranga ki te kete kupu, ki te kete kōrero hoki. Me aro ki ngā kupu hōu, kia rahi ngā hua o te kōrerorero.

 

POITŪKOHU

Nau mai, hoki mai te roopu whakahaere a te poitūkohu ā rohea Whangārei Terenga. Nga mihi anō ki a Matua Herbie.

 

 

Paetata/Paetawhiti 2024

Mihi

Tēnā ka mihi nei mātou ki a koutou e te hunga pikoko ana ki te reo kāmehameha hei whakarangatira ai tō tātou māhuri tōtara. Tū mai he toka tū. Tū mai hei manawa aroha, tihei wa mauri ora

 
Whanaungatanga

Kia ora koutou e te whanau. We hope your tamaiti has settled in well at kura this week. Whanaungatanga continues to guide us as we start to become more familiar with our new learning environments and faces. It has been great to see our tauira coming back, together with their olds friends, along with seeing new friendships starting to take shape.
 

Paerangi

We are thrilled to welcome back Matua Stanko to Te Kāpehu Whetū.  Matua Stanko was an integral part of our kura in our early years and is a valuable asset in the promotion of numeracy and maths skills.  We look forward to watching our ākonga’s numeracy and maths confidence and strategies grow under his guidance. Nau mai hoki mai, matua Stanko

This week has seen Paerangi settling into their classes and our kura routines.  We had our first tuakana kapa haka session on Tuesday, starting our prep for Te Tai Tokerau Festival at the end of the term.  Fitness sessions are in full swing, ākonga completed their first RFL last week establishing their baseline to work from and improve through the term.  With this hot weather it is essential ākonga are bringing a drink bottle to kura every day.  We finished the week with a trip to the town pools for some whanaungatanga and a change to unwind after our first full week of kura.  It was great to see the different year levels mixing together and bonding under the korowai of TKW.

The Ministry of Education has created a pānui for whanau Māori with children in the Education system.  Iti s sent monthly via email to whanau who sign up.  Kia Manawaroa is about:

  • Opportunities, changes, and milestones in Education
  • Celebrating Māori success as Māori
  • Promoting and normalising te reo Māori

Check it out via the link below

https://parents.education.govt.nz/essential-information/kia-manawaroa/
 

Te Kāpehu Whetū Kaupapa

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

  • Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be
    An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.
  • Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know
    Encouraging innovation, inquiry, and the development of specialised knowledge/skills
  • Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do
    The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana).

“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”
If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Raewyn Tipene
POUHERE
 

Whānau please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.

 

SchoolDocs

As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

 

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates

 

Pānui ā Kura – 9 February 2024

View/Download9 February 2024 Pānui PDF / 1 MB

Pouhere

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

  • Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be
    An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.
  • Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know
    Encouraging innovation, inquiry, and the development of specialised knowledge/skills
  • Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do
    The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana).

“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”
If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Raewyn Tipene
POUHERE

Paenuku

Whānau and Pouako hou

On Wednesday 7 February, 2024,  Te Kapehu Whetu welcomed and embraced our new staff and students, alongside returning ākonga and pouako, in traditional TKW style at Maumahara.

Paenuku Leadership

TE URI O MOTUKIORE

TE HAPŪ O TE NGAHENGAHE,

TE IWI O NGĀPUHI

Ko Toni Hack tana ingoa

Is a partner and mother of 3, who was raised amongst her people.
Toni comes with a wide range of skills to offer TKW, 18 years of Teaching, Sporting and ECE skills. Toni has held deputy Principal roles at Horeke Primary and has been a kaiako and head Kaiako for Mokopuna ECE for well over 10 years as well as having her own tamariki nohinohi over at Paenuku since the opening.

We are very excited to have Toni’s skills set amongst us at Paenuku as the Pou Arataki.
(Pou Arataki – Deputy Principal Teina)

HOEA MATA O TE ATUA MAI HAWAIKI

NĀU TOROA TE KII

NĀU TĀNEATUA TE KAA                                                                   

TŪ TONU MAUNGA PŌHATU

TE TOKA TŪ O TE AO

RERE ANA TE AWA O ŌHINEMATAROA

TŪ ANA A OTENUKU

TE PĀ TŪWATAWATA O NGĀTI KŌURA

TE WHĀRUA O RUĀTOKI

TE ROHE PŌTAE O TŪHOE… tau ana!

Ko Hera Henare tēnei e mihi ake nei.
Ka toro ngā parirau whakaako I ngā rua tekau tau kua hori.
Ka tau nei aku tapuwae mai ki Te Tai Tokerau.
Kāpehu nei ngā wawata e ngā whetū a Matariki
Hei tohu Pouako ki te kāwai rangatahi e whakarauora nei.

Nā Hera Henare Pouwhakahaere
(Pouwhakahaere – Head Pouako Paenuku)

Rāhiri Mai, tauiti mai…

Tēnei matou te mihi ake ki a tātou katoa o Te Kāpehu Whetū

Paetata/Paetawhiti 2024

Ngā Pouako

(Matua Wiremu, Whaea Kei, Whaea Petina, Whaea Serena)

Matua Wiremu

Ko Taupiri, ko Taranaki ngā maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Te awamarahi te marae
Ko Ngāti Tiipa te hapū
Ko Poutatatewherowhero te tangata
Ko Hohaia ko Clark ngā ingoa whanau
Tihei mauriora

Kaupapa – Wāhanga Tuahahi

  • Pepeha me whakapapa
  • Ko ahau tēnei
  • Whāinga mātua
  • Kaupapa ā iwi
  • Haerenga
  • 28th Māori Battalion
  • Kapa Haka

Ngā Kaupapa ō te wiki nei

  • Powhiri ā kura
  • Whanaungatanga
  • Kaupapa Mātua

Wiki tuatahi

Ko Rangi ki runga
Ko papa ki raro
Ko te ira tāngata kei waenganui
E kiko e wairua ki te ao
Tihei wā mauriora

Ngā mihi ki a koutou ngā whānau hou ki to tātou kura nei. Otirā nau mai hoki mai ki a tatou ngā pouako me ngā tauiri o mua. Whakatau mai rā.

Te Kāpehu Wehtū started back this week with our whole kura pōwhiri held at Maumahara. It was wonderful to welcome our new whanau, pouako, kaimahi, and tauira to our kura.

Nau mai anō ki a Matua Wiremu who will be the new pouako in Paetata, tau whitu ki the tau waru, working alongside Whaea Kei.

Ngā manaakitanga ki a tātou

 

Paerangi 2024

Tihei Winiwini….
Tihei Wanawana….
Tihei ko te wao tapu nui a Tāne
Tāne whakapiripiri
Tāne te wānanga
Tāne nui a rangi
Tihewa mauri ora

Kei ngā atua Māori e tiaki, e manaaki nei i a tātou katoa

Tēnā koutou.

Kei ngā mate o te wā, koutou mā kua hoki atu ki tua o te pae o maumahara
Haere mai haere.
Ki a tātou e pae nei tēnā koutou katoa.

E te whānau o Te Kāpehu Whetū nau mai hoki mai ki te wāhanga tuatahi o te tau 2024.

Welcome back to another new and exciting year. We hope that you have all had a nice break over the Christmas period.

It has been an amazing start to the year with our haerenga last week to Kupe Waka Centre and this week our pōwhiri to welcome new staff and students into the kura. We then came together as Kura Tuakana to do different fun activities to set tikanga and expectations of our kura and to Whakawhanaungatanga with our new students and teachers.

It has been awesome getting to know the new students and staff and look forward working with them all during the year.

Nau mai haere mai matua Wiremu ki te whānau.
Nō reira ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa,

Nā Matua Ropata

TE KĀPEHU WHETŪ KAUPAPA

Whānau please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.

SchoolDocs

As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates

 

Pānui ā Kura – 2 February 2024

View/Download2 February 2024 Pānui PDF / 1 MB

Pouhere

Teachers Day Only – Day 1

Te Rerenga Walker Pōwhiri, Te Kura o Waikare

What an exhilarating beginning to the year for Te Kāpehu Whetū! On TDO day 1, the staff journeyed to Waikare to extend their support to Te Rerenga Walker as she assumes her new position as Tūmuaki ki Te Kura o Waikare. Nestled in the heart of Northland, Te Kura o Waikare, a true hidden gem, opened its doors to new students and its new leader, and we were privileged to be a part of it. It was imperative for TKW, considering Te Rerenga past roles as Pouhere of Paenuku and Kaiwhakahaere, to stand by her in this transition, honouring her years of dedication to the TKW cause. TKW extends its warmest wishes to Te Rerenga and her family as she embarks on this new journey.

Teachers Day Only- Day 2

Staff meet and greet kaiako hou, worked as a whare on our overarching kaupapa, to set the scene for 2024. What a wonderful start to our new year as we reset.

Poitukohu Rotorua 2024

Celebrating the success of our tamariki over the summer break! Te Kāpehu Whetū students proudly represented Ngapuhi/Tai Tokerau in basketball, Poitūkohu, and touch. Among our TKW students, Petina Randell showcased her skills in the u15s category for Ngāpuhi, with the team finishing 3rd in their pool and 5th overall, despite facing setbacks during the tournament. In the U13’s category, Kowhai, Raiha, Julie, and Ahuareka also demonstrated outstanding performance, securing 3rd place in their pool and finishing 6th overall. Congratulations to all TKW students on their achievements – we are incredibly proud of each one of you!

Paerangi

Term 1 2024 started for senior ākonga with a haerenga ki Sir Hek Busby Waka Centre, ki Taipa, hosted by matua John Panoho and his team, Ricky Lee, Jay, Moko and others, impressive manaakitangata was truly a welcomed space at Sir Hek Busby Waka Centre.

TKW seniors overnight stay was to enable our ȃkonga to take advantage of an opportunity to listen about Wayfinding and Te Kāpehu Whetū (Compass) while late night star gazing under a clear sky, our learning was like a tiny drop of water in the ocean about waka navigation. It was amazing…

Day 2 saw an early morning raise for us, the programme was to exercise, and no better way to start the day by playing touch and then matua John gave them a kōrero on kaitiakitanga before breakfast.

Although the highlight by far was enabling ākonga and kaiako being drilled on how to utilise a paddle on the waka Te Rangatahi, stop, starting, left turn and right turn, and reversing of a Waka Hourua (Double Hull waka) were the drills before having a bit of a paddle on the roto, great opportunity.

 

Final Notice for Paerangi from whaea Brenda  

Paerangi course selection Monday 5th Feb All Paerangi ȃkonga need to come in for about an hour to discuss their individual plans and subject choices for 2024. They will be reflecting on their 2023 school year and their NCEA results and forming strategies and goals under each Pou to help them strive forward with purpose. Ākonga can arrive any time between 9-12 and do not need to wear kura uniform.

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.

To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be

  • An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.

Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know

  • Encouraging innovation, inquiry, and the development of specialised knowledge and skills.

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do

  • The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana.

 

“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”

If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Whānau, please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.

SchoolDocs

As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates

 

Pānui ā Kura – 30 January 2024

View/Download30 January 2024 Pānui PDF / 1 MB

Board Kaumatua

He honore he kororia ki te Matua Nui I Te Rangi, nāna nei i hanga ngā mea katoa o tenei Ao whakawhetai atu ki te Rangi-i-tu-haha.  Ka huri ngā mihi ki te tira wairua, ngā kotuku rerengatahi e kī ā nei “kāhore a muri i hokia”

Mā aku roimata e tuhi ngā mihi koe e kō e Tīkaro, nau te taha māori o tenei kura whakapakari i te wā he ākonga koe i te kura o Te Kāpehu Whetū. E Tīkaro e kore koe e warewaretia e hau ara e ngā kai ako ngā ākonga o tō kura. Tuakiri ē, te mamae, mō koutou katoa kua whakawhiti atu ki tua-o-te arai. Moe mai rā i runga i te rangimārie.

Ka tatū ake ngā mihi ki a koutou ngā whānau tūārangi, me ngā whānau i hokia tuarua mai, ngā mihi nunui ki a koutou i takahia mai te nuku o te whenua mai o tātou marae maha ki te whakatutuki i ō koutou whakaaro mo ngā mātauranga ō ā tātou tamariki.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, kia ora huihui mai tātou katoa.

Papa Telly Warren

Pouhere

Tēna tātou katoa te whānau whānui o Te Kāpehu Whetū.

Nau mai hoki mai ki te wāhanga tuatahi o te tau Pakeha ō 2024.

Kua tae mai a Raumati hoki! 

 

Welcome back whanau…….to a new year and new beginnings.

Such a short break and so many things have occured.

To those who have lost loved one over this time, and there were many, my sincere aroha.

To my Henare whanau, there are no words I can find that might be of comfort to you all, at this time.  Know only that I am heartbroken at the loss of our girl Tīkarohia Te Mārama Henare.

Tīkaro….you will always hold a place in my heart and a place in Te Kāpehu Whetū.

Fly high our girl……moe mai rā i runga i te rangimārie!!!

 

I have decided to include key items in this panui, to help whanau re-connect with our kaupapa.  In the next day or so we will send a link to each whanau who have ākonga enrolled for 2024 to join our school app.  This will provide you with regular updates on events, policy and information necessary to be part of the Kura going forward.  In terms of Communication, we will continue to email directly (so keep that up to date!) and will utilise the App.  The website and Facebook are public sites.

TKW whanui ngā mihi….I whakamana I te kaupapa nei, mo ngā mokopuna te take!!!

 

Background

Te Kāpehu Whetū was established in 2014 as a secondary charter school/Kura Hourua. Our Kura Tuakana included the two whare Paetawhiti (Years 9-10) and Paerangi (Years 11-13). In 2015 we opened our Kura Teina which included Paenuku (Year 1-6) and Paetata (Year 7-8). Both Kura were extremely successful and were one school.

In 2018, charter schools were closed and we were moved back to mainstream as two separate Designated Special Character schools. The change did not suit our vision and the Kura has struggled to work in the system. So in 2023, the Board decided to merge both Kura under Te Kāpehu Whetū. We are now a full Year 1-13 Kura sometimes referred to as an Area School.

We are still in rebuild mode but can already feel and see positive change occurring. We expect 2024 to be Te Kāpehu Whetū’s breakthrough year. To do this we need the support and co-operation of staff, whanau and our ākonga. Communication will be key as is an understanding and belief in our mission….our kaupapa The App, regular term whanau hui, Pouako/whanau relationships and our prospectus, (which is being currently renewed and out before the end of Term 1) will help.

Thank you for making TKW your Kura!!

Te Kāpehu Whetū

Te Kāpehu Whetū is an educational model that has, at its heart, a desire by Iwi Māori for Tino Rangatiratanga. This is nicely captured in the well-known whakatauki;

“E kore ahau e ngaro, He kākāno i ruia mai i Rangiatea”

Simply translated this means “I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in Rangiatea.”

This allows us to say “we know who we are, we know where we come from and we have a world view which is ours.”  In its simplest form Tino Rangatiratanga is our right to see and be in the world, as Māori. This gives power to the premise that Māori can live as Māori in this modern global world.

Te Kāpehu Whetū is committed to this vision and committed to the strategic action necessary to provide the space, time, and opportunity to facilitate ākonga, whanau and staff growth and development.

Launching Māori Futures

To that end, what we do at Te Kāpehu Whetū must enable our collective and individual transformation.

To aid this quest a number of us attended the ‘Hui Ā Motu’ at Turangawaewae on the 20th January. What a way to start 2024, reassessing and reinforcing our position and responsibility as tangata whenua.  As a result the following has become the catch cry of the day:

Tākiri tū te Kotahitanga

Tākiri tū te Mana Motuhake

Tākiri tū te Rangatiratanga

And to achieve these goals the following was encapsulated:

“Kei roto i a tatou ano ringaringa to tatou oranga”

– Our destiny remains in our own hands –

Pita Tipene

And as was mentioned many times – the future lies in the hands of whanau.

This is our belief, despite what Government is in place or what policies are being implemented, that at Te Kāpehu Whetū, our potential, our prospects, both good and bad, for our tamariki/mokopuna lay with us.

 

Charting Māori Futures

Te Kāpehu Whetū understands this expectation as we were given the distinction of being named after the Māori Star Compass as a means of signalling our Kura’s purpose and direction.  We were named by our esteemed rangatira and navigator Tā Hekenukumai Busby, and our tohunga whakairo, Te Warihi Hetaraka and our kaumatua, Adrian (Telly) Warren.  We also have the privilege of using the navigational names in Tā Mason Durie’s books.  We understand the expectation and this is reflected in all we do:

Te Kāpehu Whetū utilises the symbolism and metaphor of the star compass and deep-sea voyaging for:

Our primary purpose:             “Launching Māori Futures”

Our strategic framework:       “Charting Māori Futures”

Our delivery response:           “Navigating Māori Futures”

Navigating Māori Futures

In addition, ākonga move through 4 whare reflecting increasingly further horizons signalling the gradual progressive learning process, moving towards their own aspirations that exist out, over the far horizon.

Paenuku:          Year 1-6 (the land we stand on),

Paetata:           Year 7-8 (the horizon in front of us),

Paetawhiti        Year 9-10 (the distant, far horizon),

Paerangi:          Year 11-13 (that place over the horizon)

 

At Te Kāpehu Whetū, as we move forward, we cannot afford to be distracted by matters of the moment but instead seek out distant horizons and create futures where we, our tamariki, and mokopuna

 

‘Live as Māori and Live with Mana’

 

VISION

 

Te Kāpehu Whetū is founded on Ngāpuhi history and stories, this is central to how we see ourselves.

In Launching Māori Futures – we envision a future where our ākonga, steeped in Ngāpuhi history and stories, are confident and comfortable conducting themselves in both a Māori and Tauiwi world.

In Charting Māori Futures – we know we must create a culture, a curriculum, a delivery programme, that enables this to occur.

In Navigating Māori Futures – we commit to “raise generations of Ngāpuhi who are confident, competent and capable so that they may find their place on the marae and their place in the world”.

“Tū ki te marae…..Tū ki te Ao”

Te Kāpehu Whetū, together with whānau, ākonga, and partners, will explore opportunities and navigate the possibilities to lift the aspirations of our ākonga and contribute to the goals of our whānau, hapū, iwi, local community, and the greater Aotearoa society.

To do so, Te Kāpehu Whetū continues with a focus around three pou set in place by its tuakana, the

Leadership Academy of A Company:

Kia Māori – Be Māori – BE

Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – KNOW

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – DO

Leadership Academy of A Company

Code of Conduct

Honesty

Integrity

Respect

Courage

Responsibility

Generosity of Spirit

Self Discipline

Loyalty

Commitment/Focus

Confidence

We are indebted to our tūpuna of the 28th Maori Battalion who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could enjoy the privilege of citizenship as defined by Article III of Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

The Leadership Academy of A Company was created to pay homage to those men and use the symbols and mechanisms of the 28 to raise young people who display discipline, confidence, respect for self and for others and for the greater wellbeing of all….

In other words to be future leaders for our people but above all be good men/women, be good partners and good parents.

Te Kāpehu Whetū embodies the values known as the Code of Conduct

The Future

Waka Collaborations in progress

Heemi Eruera

Last year I met with Heemi Eruera. Heemi Eruera is described as being the protege of the late Master Waka Builder & Navigator, Tā Hekenukumai Busby, from whom our kura and waka kaupapa derive it’s origins. He is currently repairing our waka Whakaruru Te Hau over at matua Te Warahi’’s shed.  Joelene Busby

Late last year I met with Joelz, who is currently building and sailing waka hourua around Tūtūkaka and Pataua.  We have agreed to develop a programme for our Kura, introducing ākonga to building and sailing waka.

Dr Shelly Spiller and John Panoho

In addition, I met with Dr Shelly Spiller and John Panoho, two of the three authors of the Leadership book “Wayfinding Leadership”.  We discussed a working relationship for future leadership training for our ākonga.  On the 1st of February, we initiatie that training.

On Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February Paerangi and Year 10’s will travel back to Aurere.  This is a signal to all of our return to our roots and to the concept of Wayfinding, a means of navigating our own futures.  Ākonga and Pouako will take part in a number of workshops on wayfinding, while there.

 

Taiao and Moana Capability building

Discussions are underway with several organisations and roopu regarding education, training and practical application of skills, knowledge and science in relation to the wider Taiao and Moana.  We intend to build these relationships so that we can both ‘train the trainers’ and offer programmes.

This is important both in terms of our name and legacy, Te Kāpehu Whetū but also in terms of ensuring that ākonga have the skills for kai collection but also have an understanding of the value of Taiao and the Moana in relation to Climate Change.

Papakainga Prepper

Similarly, we are looking for ways to grow ākonga capabilities around mahinga kai and papakainga prepping to ensure they have skills to grow kai and have knowledge around whenua ownership and papakainga development.

TKW 2024

As we gear up for 2024, we ask that whanau note that we are returning to a Kura of high expectations.  We start this term by gently reminding whanau that high expectations starts with ourselves.  Below are some simple practices to ensure we are all on the same page in terms of what TKW is a Kura of – High expectations of ourselves as Staff, High expectations of Whanau, which combined will ultimately feed into High performing ākonga on many different levels.

As we look to 2024 Te Kāpehu Whetū will return to the following initiatives that will lift our collective expectation of ourselves….as role models for our ākonga.

  • Commitment to Te Reo:
    • Our administrative team is actively exploring courses to enhance whānau members’ proficiency in te reo Māori. Keep an eye on the weekly panui for updates.
    • We ask that all TKW whanau commit to improving their own use of te reo Māori
  • Enrolment Procedure and Whānau Agreements:
    • For clarity we will re-introduce a whanau agreement in 2024
    • New enrolments will need to sign up to the whānau agreement.
  • Readiness:
    • Ensure prompt arrival, rested and maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Uniform Compliance:
    • Ensure your children are in uniform.
    • TKW will be vigilant in enforcing this standard.
  • Ongoing Uniform and Shoe Costs:
    • Uniforms are a cost to be met by whanau
    • Remain aware of continuous uniform and shoe expenses.
  • Attitudes and Behaviours:
    • Adequate rest and nutritious meals significantly impact behaviour and outcomes.
    • Please support our children in these aspects.
  • Upholding Standards and Conduct:
    • We request all whānau to engage in discussions with their children and collectively uphold the Code of Conduct and TKW’s standards.
  • Mobile Phone:
    • Leave it at home. Adherence to this rule is required

 

Outlook for 2024:

Stay tuned for updates and insights into what lies ahead for TKW. We will keep you informed of our progress and future plans via the school app and email.

Whānau, please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.

SchoolDocs

As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

Important Dates

See Calendared Dates

 

Pānui ā Kura – 8 December 2023

View/Download8 December 2023 Pānui PDF / 1 MB

Pouhere

Firstly apologies whanau, with so many events, haerenga happening these last two weeks and having 2 separate sites, has caused more confusion than normal across the four whare. Our apologies.

So to confirm – the last day of Kura is tomorrow Monday  11th December 2023 at 3pm

If you absolutely cannot change your arrangements please contact.

  • Whaea Sam for Teina (Paenuku)
  • Whaea Kerrian for Tuakana (Paetata/Paetawhiti)

Now, last week was off the charts, as we worked day and night to ensure our Prizegiving ceremonies would happen.  Again, the weather played havoc with us and our Paenuku ceremony was transfered from Wednesday to Friday BUT despite that, we held two fabulous prizegiving and the graduation ceremonies for the Kura.  It is important that we acknowledged key ākonga and their achievements and accomplishment across all four Whare.  On Friday, we had the Paerangi prizegiving and Graduation dinner, where we handed out the Kura and Academy Pou awards and graduated our two Year 13 ākonga.  Also at the Graduation dinner we announced our 2024 Pou Arahi (Leadership) team for Te Kāpehu Whetū.  The next few pages recognise those ākonga who have raised the bar.

Note: Paetata/Paetawhiti prizegiving is tomorrow in their whare at 11am.

And before the year ends Id like to acknowledge all the staff who have worked tirelessly, in what was another very challenging year, to ensure that our tamariki and ākonga received the learning and experiential opportunties, we believe, will provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary in a rapidly changing, fluctuating world.

Lastly, to the whanau of all our rangatira of tomorrow……borrowing korero from Te Pāti Māori…….

TKW whanui ngā mihi….I whakamana I te kaupapa nei, mo ngā mokopuna te take!!!

Toitu Te Tiriti

TKW Graduates

Our two 2023, Year 13 ākonga were rightly honoured at the Graduation Dinner, having carried the Kura and Academy, essentially on their own, as the year 13 leaders.  A lonely task at times and often difficult but the two always conducted themselves, admirably, as they went about supporting the Pouako of our Kura and the Academy staff and cadets.  At the Graduation dinner, both spoke and their korero were some of the best ever given by Academy leaders.  Without a doubt they set the scene for the night and we could feel the Academy mana of old returning.  Go well boys…..

Prizegiving – Prizes

Download the pānui to get  a list of all those who received prizes. Congratulations everyone who worked really hard this year and were able to reach and exceed their goals.

Te Kāpehu Whetū Head Girl

Congratulations to our new Head Girl for 2024 – Te Rauhina Tautari-Herrick.

Whānau, please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.

SchoolDocs

As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

Important Dates (October-December)

2023 – School End 11 Dec 2023

2024 – Paerangi starts early – TBC, Full School starts 7 February 2024

 

Pānui ā Kura – 1 December 2023

View/Download1 December 2023 Pānui PDF / 1 MB

Pouhere

We are into the last full week of school year with Prize-givings and Graduations all on the books.  It is so important that whanau come along and help us celebrate the year that was.

  • Paenuku – This Wednesday 6th Dec – 10am @ TBC
  • Paerangi – This Friday 8th Dec – 6pm @ Maumahara (whanau tickets with Whaea Jackie)
  • Paetata & Paetawhiti – Next Monday 11th Dec – 11am @ Whare o Paetawhiti

This week Paetawhiti (Year 9 &10s) will be off with Moana Futures Tues/Wed/Thurs…kinas on again!!

On the weekend a number of ākonga competed at the Iron Māori event in Tamaki at Okahu Bay.

It had been cancelled due to the sink hole that formed earlier in the year but at the last minute they decided to run the event and our kura stepped up and sent down 4 teams. Only Kura there!!!

And again, one of our teams took out first place in the team event…up against adult teams…TKW!!!

Paenuku

I haere mātou ki Tamaki Makaurau ki te Zoo, Rainbows End me Kelly Tarltons. He rawe ki a ratoute haerenga. Ngā mihi ki ngā kaimahi katoa me te roopu tautoko.

Paetata/Paetawhiti

  • This week we were visited by Geva, the art specialist at Humdervasser centre
  • On Tuesday we played Ki O Rahi with Ngātihine, and ākonga are becoming more skilled
  • On Thursday Staff Louis put ākonga through their RFL run, press-ups, and burpees. It was great to see the participation and everyone giving it their best.
  • Iron Māori Tamaki – What a weekend, what an event…Read more in the actual newsletter!

Academy

  • Teina Christmas Camo Disco, Raapa 6th Hakihea
  • Hoake tatou! E whai ake nei ko te pōkanikani o te tau
  • We need your support to send our cadets to ITALY 2024, where they will retrace the footsteps of the 28th Māori Battalion and commemorate the sacrifices made 80 years ago at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Whānau, please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.

SchoolDocs

As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

 

Important Dates (October-December)

Moana futures (Tau 7, 8, 9, 10), Paenuku Prize Giving, Graduation & Paerangi Prize giving,

2023 – End of Year 12 December 2023

2024 – First day back for Full kura – 7 February 2024

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