Term 3 Week 10

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Term 3 Week 10 Newsletter

Principal’s Message….

Today brings us to the end of a somewhat disrupted term and the holidays will hopefully be a time to reset ready for the final leg of 2021. I want to say a big thank you to our parents and caregivers who have been nothing short of AMAZING with your support during the recent lockdown, from my point of view, everyone took it in their stride and just got on with it. It is remarkable how this community just dug that little bit deeper and we all got through. Thank you to our classroom teachers who responded to our learner needs with a mixture of learning packs, online classes and programmes and social zoom meetings. It’s a very strange feeling to not have that personal connection and daily laughs and interactions with our kids that make this job special, even more so at Pirinoa School where we just know each other on that deeper level.
Thank you to everyone for your feedback regarding our school uniform. Included in the responses was the desire for a tidy, cost-effective uniform with a choice of natural and synthetic options. We will take this information into consideration and will move forward with the view that in 2022, Pirinoa School will have a new look. Some more consideration around the logo needs to happen and we will seek more feedback from the school and wider community before considering any changes, a common theme was that it would be good to see it include an aspect of Te Ao Maori and somehow reflect even more of our local history and culture without making wholesale changes to what we currently have. We will certainly be seeking input from the community next term.
We had an awesome time last Friday up at Mt Holdsworth walking to Rocky Lookout and Donelly Flat. The weather was perfect and everyone managed to complete the various tracks, for some it was their first time. Overall, a really positive experience. At Pirinoa- School, we love exploring and learning about our local area to gain more understanding about our geography and history and our ‘place’ here.
Thank you to our parents for coming along and helping with the transport, we appreciate you so much!
Miniball 2021
This was a great competition which saw Pirinoa enter two year 5 and 6 teams who played on Wednesday at Kurunui College after school. We improved with every game and finished last Wednesday in a winning fashion. Thank you to Jasmine Watson and Scotty MacDonald for coaching the teams, they took time out of their day on Wednesday to come down to school and work on building the skills of our players and it was awesome to see them improve each week.
Teacher Aide Appointment
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Skye Marshall to the advertised Teacher Aide vacancy. Skye will be joining us in Term 4 and working across all three classrooms, we are really looking forward to her joining our team, Skye’s profile will be added to our website soon!
Please remember to regularly check student bags for notices, most of the time it will be on skool loop, however sometimes we need to send paper copies out, if this is the case, we will put a message on skool loop that something has come home.
We hope you have an enjoyable break, we look forward to seeing everyone back on the 18th of October!
Nga mihi nui
Pirinoa Staff

Room 1 News

Kauri’s Story

“Little red riding hoods mum gave her cupcakes for her grandma but she got distracted by butterflies”. 

Room 2 News

Room 2 has been doing country studies! Here are Caleb and MJ’s:

Room 3 News

Last week Room 3 joined the school on a hike at Mount Holdsworth. For a lot of us, this was a challenge as we went up to Rocky Lookout. This tested our fitness but we persevered and made it to the top and back down again! 
At the end of the hike we pulled out the water testing kit from House of Science and spent some time seeing what we could catch in the stream at Holdsworth. The water was freezing, much colder than we anticipated, but despite this we managed to catch a couple of small critters. It was a beautiful day and an excellent school trip to be part of.
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