Term 3 Week 8 Newsletter

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Term 3 Week 8 Newsletter

Principal’s Message….

Hi everyone this week I’ll mainly just point to all the great events coming up soon that involve the Pirinoa School Community. =)

I will be away overseas from Friday night to the end of the holidays, so if you need to see me get in quick.

As part of our preparation for being the hosts of the Kapa Haka Festival next week we are going to have some students helping Lee Flutey run her Ruby Lane coffeecart. So to get ready for this, Lee came down today and shouted the kids hot chocolates and parāoa parai so that the baristas could get some training. Thanks Lee!

Coming Up

There are some big events coming up in the next month or so to tune into. Here are the key dates and scroll down for more info on them all.

  • Kapa Haka Festival, Friday 15th September, Pirinoa Community Hall
    • Pirinoa performs at 12:30pm
  • Kia Hākinakina holiday Pop Up play event, 2nd October, Pirinoa Hall
  • Pet Day, Friday 20th October, here at school
  • Booktown evening community event with Kahutara School, Wednesday 25th October, Kahutara School 
  • Cyber Safety evening for parents Thursday 26th October, Kuranui College

More info, in no particular order!…

Featherston Booktown – Rural Readers Outreach Pilot Programme Update #2: 

Plans are well underway!  Featherston Booktown has three well known and respected New Zealand writers coming into our schools on 25 October (Pirinoa) and 26 October (Kahutara). 

Featherston Booktown, the three authors and our principals are working hard to create a unique learning experience for all classes that will inspire, engage and unleash imaginations! 

Here’s a sneak peek at the first of the three authors coming along: 

Save the Date: Community Event Wednesday 25 October at Kahutara School Hall 


Want to come along to the shared kai event?   

It would be wonderful, if you could bring a plate of shared kai – whatever you can rustle up will be great. 

After the delicious kai, we will have an informal panel discussion with the three authors, so whānau can learn a little bit more about them and (if there is time) ask them any burning questions you may have. 

The Featherston Booktown Rural Readers Outreach Pilot Programme has been generously funded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.


Author Profile:  Gavin Bishop 

A children’s author and illustrator of more than 60 books, Gavin Bishop has won numerous national and international awards for his distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations and original stories.  

He has appeared as a teacher and guest speaker at many international forums and has been commissioned to write and design several successful ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company.  

The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award was established in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to children’s literature. In August 2018, Gavin’s non-fiction book, ‘Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story’, took out the top honour at the Children and Young Adult book awards. ‘Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story’ also won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award.  

In 2018 Gavin was awarded Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka (Sir Kingi Ihaka Award) for his contribution to Māori art and culture.

Cyber Safety parent evening Thursday 26th October

Kuranui College Auditorium 6:30pm – 8:30pm

++This is a Kāhui Ako event, meaning all South Wairarapa Schools have organized and paid for it so you can get it for free++

Because of the rapidly changing times, our tamariki are growing up in and, the mounting challenges and harms they are facing online we need to start talking about and tackling this as a community.

I’m Author, Filmmaker and Speaker Rob Cope, producer of the documentary “Our Kids Online” and I’m coming to give what I promise will be a humorous and eye-opening evening talk to your parent community.

My talk will cover

  • Cyberbullying – How cyberbullies can reach our kids 24/7
  • Social media – The pressure for kids to build an online brand that is often far removed from their authentic selves. FOMO, Highlight Reels 
  • Gaming and the developing brain – An oversupply of dopamine leading to dopamine deficiency, synaptic pruning, and the underdevelopment of social skills and empathy
  • Naked Selfies – The pressure to send nudes from intermediate up through high school 
  • Online predators – The methods they use, how to spot them, and how to get out from under their control if your child has been trapped
  • Online porn vs healthy sexuality – How consuming online pornography as a child or teen can create a sexual template where violence, aggression, and dominance are seen as normal and consent can become very blurry


  • Filters – Which filters are best and how to install them
  • Smartphones – How to lock down a smartphone to make it a safe phone
  • Boundaries – How to put good boundaries in place around device use 
  • 3 golden rules – The 3 golden rules that will keep your kids safe
  • Talking to your kids – How to have difficult conversations with your kids
  • Challenging our own phone and device usage – Reconnecting as a family.

Here is a promotional video for you to watch Our Kids Online Parent Evening.

Room 1 News

We had a fabulous day on Wednesday at Matiu/Somes Island.  The weather was a bit cooler than we would’ve liked, but we wrapped up warmly and got on with it!  
Brax – “My favourite thing was the geckos! I got to hold one in my hand”
Tiljeigh – “my favourite thing was the penguin, because he was cute”
Kauri – “I loved the gecko’s, because they can stick onto walls”
Hugo – “My favourite thing was the penguin because it was blue”
Kyan – “We saw two seals, he were lying on the rocks getting warm”

Room 2 News

For the last 2 weeks we have had the Wools in Schools container at school. We have enjoyed learning about the production of wool and how it can be used in many different ways. We especially loved the woolen slippers! 

Room 3 News

The Year 6’s had a fun adventure to Cobblestones last Monday, while the others were at Technology. We completed a scavenger hunt around Cobblestones, headed up to Norfolk Road Nursery where we picked up some kindly donated plants, and then found some ice cream.
This week, we are busy baking some yummy treats to sell at the Kapa Haka Festival on Friday. Come along, watch the performances and snag yourself a sweet treat!


2023/24 Wairarapa Spitfire Baseball season online registrations are now open!

We have club teams available for all levels of experience.  The season will start on October 15th and pause for the summer school holidays before re-starting in early February and finishing at the end of March 2024.  All Local Development games and trainings are held on the Spitfires Baseball Diamond at Kuranui College, Greytown.

ROOKIE BALL – Ages 5 to 8 play games on Saturday mornings at 9 am.

MINOR LEAGUE 10U DEVELOPMENT (School Yrs 5&6)– Ages 9 to 11 play games on Saturday mornings at 10 am

INTERMEDIATE 12U/14U DEVELOPMENT (School Yrs 7+) – Ages 11 -15 play games on Friday afternoons at 3.45 pm

12U/14U TRAVEL TEAMS – Competitive baseball in the Wellington Regional Competition.

Wairarapa Spitfires Club Travel Teams will be formed mid-September, email mcwilliamae@gmail.com asap if you are interested.  Games are on Sundays and played at home on the Spitfires Baseball Diamond at Kuranui College and away at other Wellington regional diamonds in Terms 4 and 1.

16U TRAVEL TEAM – Will be entered if there is sufficient interest.   Please email mcwilliamae@gmail.com asap if you would like to play.

Our Have a Go Open Day is on Saturday October 14th from 10am to 12pm at the Kuranui College Baseball Diamonds.  Come along for a fun morning learning about baseball and free sausages.

For more information and to register check out our website https://www.sporty.co.nz/spitfiresbaseball/register-for-the-2023-24-season

Join our Facebook Page for news and updates: Wairarapa Spitfires.

Contact our Teams Coordinator, Eileen McWilliam, mcwilliamae@gmail.com or phone 0276028597

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