Kia ora families, what a week it’s been! I sincerely hope everyone is managing to do whatever you need to do to look after yourselves and your families. It is a true test of our mettle and I know families are digging deep to support us as a school and community. My thoughts are with all of our families but particularly with those afflicted by the virus. Thank you for your awesome level of communication with us throughout the ups and downs of navigating through the pandemic, it has made life infinitely easier and we hope that we can look forward to less stressful times in the not too distant future. Please continue to keep in touch with us, especially if you have any concerns or questions you might have and let us know if we can assist you in any way.
It is with sadness that I announce to you all that at the conclusion of this term my time at Pirinoa School will come to an end. As you may be aware, my partner and family are in the Manawatu area and I have found my life gravitating that way for some time among other determining factors that have led to this very difficult decision. I do have very mixed emotions as the last 20 months have been nothing short of an incredible journey with the staff, students, BoT and wider community. I have really loved being the Principal of such an amazing school and part of an equally amazing and supportive community and I do understand and appreciate the impact of change on everyone. I have been appointed to a Principal’s position at Waituna West School just outside of Fielding which is almost a mirror image of Pirinoa School in terms of size and demographic. My heart really is in smaller schools, they have so much to offer and I truly believe the experiences our children have are life influencing and extremely memorable. Unfortunately, the only constant in life is change, and while this has come about a lot sooner than I could have expected, I will however, remain fully committed to Pirinoa School and its wonderful community in the time I have left here.
I look forward to making the most of the final few weeks of Term 1 and wish you a safe week.
Ngā mihi nui,
Room 1 News
We have been learning about healthy habits. A good nights sleep is very important.
Room 2 News
In the last two weeks, Room 2 has been learning about Māori myths and legends. We have been busy creating some Taniwha artwork to go with our narrative stories where we retold a Māori myth or legend.
We think they are looking awesome!
Room 3 News
Room 3 are learning how to draw realistic hands. While this has been quite challenging so far, we’ve made some good progress towards our final copy. We can’t wait to share these with you.
Thanks for your support at our recent swimming carnival. This was an opportunity for our kids to participate in some swimming races, as swimming sports has been cancelled this year. The kids looked fantastic in their house colours and it was awesome to hear the support they had for each other in the pool or on the running track. We look forward to seeing you at our next big event.
How much time does BEING ON THE BOARD take?
It’s hard to put a number on it but there are 2 board meetings per term (so 8 meetings a year), usually under 2 hours long.
You have to do a bit of reading to prepare for the meeting, & like being on any committee, you might end up with some jobs to do – but usually nothing major!