Our school roll has jumped which is a good indicator that whanau want their child to be part of our
special school. The junior classrooms are amazing!! A great place to start the school years. The Board
of Trustees are 100% behind Purposeful Play and gave $5000 for more resources. Lots of cool stuff to
play and explore with. We welcome any perspective parent to come and have a look. To organise a visit
just contact the school office and Angela will sort out a suitable time. We also have our new classroom
‘Koru’ led by Miss Jessie Maihi and supported by Kai Mahi Sue Greaves functioning and full of excited
and happy junior students. This has reduced our classroom sizes in our junior school which makes a big
We know that these are economically tough times and this places additional stress on the bottom line
especially around affording kai. This term we are doing hot lunches for any student who does not have
enough kai. Teachers check lunchboxes and if students do not have enough kai they let Whaea Linda
know. Whaea Linda runs the lunch club each day. If your child needs some kai let us know. We want
every child to be successful. Having a full tummy is number one. Do not be whakama, we have the
resources and love helping out our whanau!
This year our senior students have taken on a whole range of new leadership roles across the school.
They are an amazing group of students who have really stepped up to the challenge and made our
school a better place for it. One of the roles is mentoring new students as they enter school making the
transition to school easier for our young ones. These students spend time each day with their student.
Each day they visit them in the classroom spending time reading or doing maths and then visit them in
the playground. They make sure that they are happy and supported as they start their journey through
primary school. This is kaitiakitanga in motion, it is humanity in action. Well done to all our seniors who
have stepped up and made our school a better place to live and learn.
Next Tuesday (weather dependent) we are having a Papatuanuku Planting Day for our whole school.
We would like to plant seedlings (that we have grown at school) at Rangikapiti Pa. We do this for a
number of reasons. We have a commitment to our community to be good citizens and give back where
we can. Our students are the leaders of tomorrow - ‘Nga Rangatira mo Apopo’ to be a great leader you
need to be kaitiaki of others. We teach our students to be kind to Papatuanuku, treat your whenua as
though it is your whanau. Also we want Mangonui School students to know how to plant a plant
properly. Some of our senior students will lead the day. These leaders have been up at Rangikapiti Pa
this week preparing the planting site. Everyone is very welcome to come along.
On August the 4th between 5pm and 6pm we are running a programme for our parents and caregivers.
We have heard from many our whanau that they want to know more about using digital devices and l
We have some seriously amazing students at our school. Our senior students read with the Junior
students each day. It is part of our senior leadership programme. I watched Cody MacDonald working
with a student who was really struggling with his book. He was so kind and patient (he did not know I
was looking) he persisted and made the young students feel really good about his efforts. What a
wonderful experience to witness, so authentic, so kind. I suggested to Cody that he might want to be a
teacher. With a big smile he politely said ‘no’. A special young man, well done Cody. I have a group that
I take for Basic Facts each day. PJ has committed himself each day, 100% focused and enthusiastic. As
a result he is getting faster and faster with most correct. You are a pleasure to teach PJ. Keep up the
Nga Mihi, Dave Sedcole