Term 2 Week 10

  Welcome to all our Kākano families and friends! We cannot believe how this term has flown and we are in our final week. Our tamariki are definitely going to need some down time in the holidays to relax. We hope you all have a fantastic break with your family. Principal’s Lunch Mr Macmillan will be having a Principal’s Lunch on Wednesday for some of our children who have been recognised for their hard work or participation in the classroom. The children attending the lunch will be coming home with an invitation. R.E. Books We hope you have enjoyed looking through your childs RE books and seeing what the children have been learning over the last couple of terms. Please can you fill in the whanau page and kindly return the book before the end of the week. The week ahead: Monday: Book giveaway 2-2:15 Tuesday:  K2 library day Wednesday: Principals Lunch 11:45am-12:45pm Thursday:  Friday: Sausage sizzle and juicies $1.50 each, roller skating club at lunchtime (you need to bring your own r

Term 2 Week 9

  Welcome to all our Kākano families and friends! We hope you all had a lovely day with your families on Friday celebrating Matariki.  We celebrated the Sacred Heart Mass in Church last Thursday and we all commented on how well-behaved the children were and how beautifully they sang during Mass.  Although the mornings have been colder this week, it has been great for the children to be able to get outside during break times. Please make sure your child has a woollen jersey or polar fleece to put on when outside, as it can be a little chilly or windy.   Assembly Kākano 2 are taking the assembly this week on Friday. Whānau and friends are welcome to come along! Assembly starts at 2:05pm Friday afternoon in the hall. This week we welcome Melissa Elvidge to the Kākano team as she is opening the new class (Kākano 8).  This class will be in Room 11 (the classroom close to the astroturf).  We look forward to seeing all the children starting school tomorrow in Kākano 8. Matariki Cultural Dinne

Term 2 Week 8

  Kia ora Kākano whānau! The shortest day of the year (in terms of sunlight hours) occurs on Tuesday this week and marks the winter solstice. This also brings cooler weather for the next few weeks, so make sure you wrap up warm each morning before coming to school. Fingers crossed the rain stays away this week and we get lots of time out in the fresh air. Our play provocations continue to be around planet earth and beyond this week.  Congratulations to Klara in K6 who won the Young Vinnies talent show last week. Your creativity and originality made you shine like the super star you are Klara! Well done! Matariki Public Holiday - School closed on Friday This year marks the first year that we have an official public holiday to celebrate Matariki on June 24th. In Māori culture, Matariki is both the name of the Pleiades star cluster and of the celebration of its first rising in late June or early July. This marks the beginning of the new year in the Māori lunar calendar. Matariki is a tim

Term 2 Week 7

  Kia ora Kākano whānau! Well, winter feels like it is well and truly here.  It has felt like the rain has not stopped falling for days.  Here's hoping the sun will start to shine again soon. June also starts the month of Matariki, over the next two weeks our play focus is on planet earth and beyond.  The teachers will be providing opportunities for the children to participate to extend their learning around this. The young vinnies have been running a talent show, we have several Kākano children in the finals and will be there to support them on Monday. Sickness As we move into winter we are being notified of more illnesses going around our classroom.  Last week we had children away with chicken pox, step throat, vomiting and diarrhea as well as a virus that is causing high fevers.  We ask that if your child is sick please keep them home.  Giving them pain relief is not enough, they need rest.   Please also remind your child about hand washing and sanitise when entering school and

Term 2 Week 6

  Kia ora Kākano whānau! We hope you have had a great long weekend and have kept safe and dry. REMINDER: Tomorrow Tuesday 7th June is a Teacher Only Day. There will be no school. If you are needing childcare then please contact Maryanne Rolling on 0211215599. The teachers are out on a course at John Paul College all day. It will be a short and sweet week for our tamariki in class this week and we look forward to seeing them all on Wednesday. The teachers will still be sending home their reading homework this week. However this will most likely be a review of some of the concepts they have already been learning about, rather than a new book.  Attending Pentecost Mass last week was a highlight of our school year, as it was the first time we have all been in the church together as a school! The children were very well behaved and their singing was beautiful. Have you had a chance to ask them what Pentecost is all about? The week ahead: Tuesday: Teacher Only Day Wednesday: Normal school d

Term 2 Week 5

  Tālofa lava!  This week is Samoa Language week. Samoa Language Week celebrates the identity, language, and culture of students from Samoa and students whose families are from Samoa.  Throughout the week there will be activities children can participate in during class time as well as lunch breaks. Why not try learning some words or phrases to use at home this week… Tālofa lava: Hello (formal) Mālō le soifua: Hello/Good health ‘O ā mai 'oe? How are you? (to one person only) Manuia fa‘afetai: Good, thank you Manuia le aso: Have a great day Tōfā soifua: Good bye (formal) Our Learning This week sees our morning play change to a different curriculum area.  Over the next two weeks children will have the opportunity to develop their skills as scientists.  Teachers will be supporting the children to use the science capabilities such as observing, inferring, and gathering data while conducting simple science experiments. We continue to be impressed with the perseverance of all our childre

Term 2 Week 4

  Week 4 Pink Shirt Day was a great success - thanks for supporting this.  We celebrate diversity in all forms and we want our school to be safe, supportive, welcoming and inclusive for everyone.  Teacher Only Day Tuesday 7th June is a Teacher Only Day. The Teachers at St Mary’s will be joining John Paul College for this day’s focus of ‘Matariki’. There will be no school for children on this day. If you require childcare you can contact Maryanne Rolling on 0211 215599. Structured Literacy Our consultant, Marion Kirby from Learning Matters observed our structured literacy lessons and commented we could be a 'model' team! We also had a good turnout for her information evening. The week ahead Monday: Gym at lunchtime - girls bring a change of clothes Tuesday: Book Club at lunchtime Wednesday:   Thursday: Normal School day Friday: Sausage Sizzle & Juicies $1.50 each  Roller-skating club at lunchtime Enjoy the rest of your weekend Kākano teachers