eating to go alongside the fabulous ‘Ka Ora, Ka Ako’ initiative that will deliver free healthy
lunches to all our students each day. The Junior School are looking at Bugs and Bees with the
intention of making our school more bug friendly...love it!!
So many exciting things going on!! Ka Ora, Ka Ako is an amazing opportunity for our students
and whanau. The emphasis is on ‘healthy’ and providing daily opportunities to practice healthy
eating. This initiative started as ‘providing food for hungry students’ but has moved to ‘providing
healthy food’. We see lots of lunch boxes full of unhealthy kai. We understand that the cheap
processed, sugary kai is cheap and affordable. This will set an even playing ground for
everyone as all our children will get a beautiful kai each day. The government has confirmed
that they will continue to support this until at least 2023. Thanks Jacinda!
Mangonui School is part of the Te Kahui Tai Kura o te Hiku. The Kahui is a connection and
partnership between Far North Schools, Iwi and Whanau focusing on our shared interest to
improve educational outcomes for Far North students. It has taken time to gain an
understanding of each other and grow relationships but now it is at a point where a big shift is
taking place. Iwi have spent considerable time developing their vision, needs and desires for
tamariki and fed this into a strategic document. It is not just about coming up with ideas but also
ways in which we can make these aspirations work. It is a really interesting time, it is an
essential step and we feel privileged to be part of this. All of the Eastern Schools are part of the
Kahui and are focused on two goals - Te Tangata Ora - The physical, mental, spiritual and
whanau well-being of akonga (students) are protected and matured . Te Marama Ora - Akonga
are inspired to learn and engaged in quality learning experiences that are rich in culture,
environment and heritage of Te Hiku O Te Ika. Both statements have been broken down of
which many we already feel confident happen in our school on a day to day basis. However
there are some good challenges that will only improve what we do at Mangonui School. We are
thrilled as this is the voice of the Far North speaking and not some bureaucrat from lala land.
This term we have seen our seniors grow into their leadership positions. We were challenged
two years ago by whanau to make more of our student leadership and we are confident that this
promise has been fulfilled. Our Kapa Haka, Jump Jam, Kaitiaki, Mentors, Library, Admin,
Assembly leaders have really stepped up and blown us away with their maturity and sense of
purpose. They are proud, planned and professional. Watching our senior students organise and
then manage Tabloids was evidence of this. Anna and Janet have worked really hard and given
it special status within their syndicate, Nga Rangatira mo Apopo - Leaders of Tomorrow is not
just a statement but a real living breathing entity within our school.
Thank you to all the team at Mangonui School. Thank you to all our amazing supporters and
whanau that have supported us to have a great term.
Next week is the start of the school holidays. Please stay safe!! Remember to sanitize and trace
your visits. We look forward to seeing you all back for our new adventures in Term 2.