It’s really ramping up around the school at the moment as I’m sure it is for many of you. Planning for Prizegiving is well underway, Big Day Outs are being planned in earnest and the teachers are busy working with the students to prepare the end of year reports for you.
Meanwhile we have a number of works around the grounds in the pipeline before the end of the summer break. Thanks to the parents who have signed up for our new way of doing working bees, (an ongoing list of jobs and people sign up for a job and a time that suits them). At this stage it looks like we will be renovating the PE shed, trimming / removing some trees, installing a new staffroom kitchen, moving classroom furniture for the Rm 1 and Rm 3 swap, and fixing a collapsed fence. If more people sign up, we can get more done, so see Richard, Jess or Marcus if you want to help.
This week I took the Year 8s to the Moving On Conference held at Kuranui. This annual event gives a valuable taste of the bigger world that awaits them next year: more experiences, more challenge, more people. But all in a vibrant, safe community. The Year 8s had a go at things like cycling, dance, car mechanics and had talks by Fire and Rescue and a local professional musician / singer. Thanks to REAP Wairarapa and the principals of the SW Kāhui Ako for organising.
Bruce Wenden who has been mowing the lawns and doing various other caretaker tasks at school for a number of years is finishing up with us in December. I’d like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication. I especially appreciate that he has been so flexible in carrying out his work. Bruce travels quite a distance to get to us and of course it’s not easy juggling weather conditions and rampant grass growth with very limited times for getting into school to do the mahi. Our fabulous cleaner / caretaker Marijke Henderson will pick up the lawn mowing duties with some assistance from the Admin team (Jess and myself!)
Ka Ora / Ka Ako – Free Lunch Programme
Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback to me over the last few weeks. It seems pretty clear that a one term trial is warranted. This will start at the beginning of the school year next year. More information will follow.
Te Āo Māori Strategy
Pirinoa School would like to increase the use of Te Reo in our school and help our students be confident in their use and understanding of tikanga. This will start to ramp up in a number of ways into 2023 through a number of strands: regular visits to Kohunui Marae; more te reo integrated into the classrooms; a reinvigorated Kapa Haka programme with the goal of presenting at the schools Kapa Haka festival in term 3; and the ‘Karewa’ programme introduced into Rooms 2 and 3 – this is a resilience programme delivered by Manaia and Iraia from Te Hau Ora (the Room 3 kids love Manaia!) using waiata, kapa haka, games etc.
Will be open next week!
Little Farms is an organic market garden based in Pirinoa which supplies weekly seasonal vegetable boxes to the Wairarapa. The vegetable boxes are a collaboration between three Wairarapa organic farms in order to provide variety and quantity all year round.Pirinoa School is now a pick up point for the boxes on a Friday 2-3pm from the school office.
You are able to order a seasonal box in four different sizes:
Little $35 (the size shown in the picture – estimated to feed 1-2 adults)
Classic $45 (estimated to feed 2 adults + 1-2 kids)
Whanau $55 (estimated to feed 2 adults + 2-3 kids)
Super Whanau $75 (estimated to feed your whole family and maybe the neighbors too)
You are able to order as a one off, or set up a weekly or fortnightly subscription which you can pause or cancel at any time.
We also offer “Mama boxes” which are filled with seconds vegetables. These boxes are ideal if you like to use vegetables for purees, smoothies, or hiding in lasagnas and bolognese.
We offer two sizes of the Mama boxes:
Small $17 (at least 5 vegetables)
Large $32 (at least 10 vegetables)
There is only a limited number of the Mama boxes, so they can sell out fast. Whereas our other boxes are plentiful in supply.
You can also pick your own box, where you select every vegetable that goes in your box. This is ideal if you have your own garden and don’t want to double up on anything or if have some picky eaters in your house.