Sunday, 3 March 2013


This term we are basing our learning around Whakawhanaungatanga – building positive relationships in our class, with our buddies, and across the school. As you know we will all be spending time at Te Ahu A Turanga Marae, a Marae in Woodville, in Week 10 with our buddies and the rest of our block. The dates are as below…

Tuesday 9 April – Rm 11, 12, 13, 14
Wednesday 10 April – Rm 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Thursday 11 April – Rm 2, 3, 4, 5

We will be spending the day at the Marae with our buddies and will return to school by 3pm. The seniors will stay on for the night, walk the new Gorge Loop and return to school the next afternoon.

As a part of our inquiry, the children will be learning their mihi (how to introduce themselves in Maori). This includes information such as their mountain, river, school and parents names. The following is our Russell Street School mihi, which the children will all learn unless your family has other affiliations that you would like your child to use.

     Kia ora
     Ko Ruahine me Tararua nga maunga (Ruahine and Tararua are my mountains)
     Ko Manawatu toku awa (Manawatu is my river)
     Ko Russell Street toku kura (Russell Street is our school)
     Ko _____________ raua ko _____________ oku matua (My parents are ____ and _____)
     Ko _____________ taku ingoa (My name is ____________)
     Tena koutou katoa

We are going to be making cloaks to represent this information. Could you please help your child fill in the above information and make any changes that are necessary. (e.g. you may just wish to include one parent). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We would love to include a photo of your family on our special cloaks.

Please email to your class teacher if posssible so that we can print it out the correct size. If not, we are able to scan an original at school and return the photo to you.

Thank you
Sonita and Elly

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