Newsletter Week 9 Term 2 2015

Our Matariki hangi is fast approaching and we have been overwhelmed with the support for the event. Vegetables have been arriving, the tin foil is cut and the classes are ready to begin peeling and cutting tomorrow. I am aware that not all children will eat the hangi food for a variety of reasons. I do want every child in the school to make a pack as that is very much a part of the process and to eat with us as part of the whole school. 

I do need your support with the money for the pack as this covers the costs of the meat, the tin foil, herbs and other things that make the day special. We are cooking 350 hangi packs on Thursday so that everyone can join in the fun and celebration of the day. We won’t waste the food and we won’t force anyone to eat the food, however every child will be a part of the day. This is a rare occasion where we get to partake in a part of New Zealand culture unique to us. I do hope you will support us with the small cost to the experience. The extra orders that you have made can be picked up from the staffroom. The classroom hangi will be given out by the hall. If we have any spares they can be purchased from the office on the day. Matariki is a true celebration of renewal. It is a time for the planting of trees and also follows the legend of the seven sisters in our night sky. All children who have started school since our last whole school planting will plant a tree 

within the next week. The classes will be mixed up into groups and moving around the school on the day. If the weather holds I would like us to eat outside on the grass. There will be tarpaulins for us to sit on. If the weather is against us we will eat in the hall as a group. 

Thank you to Room 7 for Friday’s assembly. They did a superb job of hosting the day. It is so nice to see our pupils in action with their learning. 

I would also like to thank everyone for supporting the school crossing and using it rather than running across the road by the car park entrance. It is your safety that I am looking out for as cars do speed up that hill and visibility is not always good. 

See you all over the next few days. 

Paula Farquhar 

Principal 

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