Kawakawa Primary School

      Te Kura o Kawakawa

31-39 Albert St, Kawakawa, 0210        Phone:  09 4040424                  

 Email: office@kawakwaprimary.co.nz        Liz Ross:  principal@kawakawaprimary.co.nz

Term 1: Week 8: Monday 20th March 2017

Principal’s Point

Thank you for your support with our Mufti Day and School Disco last week. Less our expenses we expect that we will have made around $750.00. This money will all be going to camp fundraising.

Fundraising Meeting: A reminder of the upcoming fundraising meeting tomorrow (Tuesday). As Room 8 and 9 are using the school wharenui for their noho we will meet at 6pm in Room 6. All parents wanting to pay the reduced price for camps need to attend.

Te Ahuareka O Ngati Hine: Unfortunately due to the weather we did not make it to this festival. Money paid for this event can be either refunded, transferred to another event or held for a future event. Please contact Jennifer in the office with your preference

.Kids Can Gear:  Each year as part of the Kids Can program we are able to order in certain articles of clothing for students who require them. Available at the moment are black water-resistant nylon jackets in sizes xxs to 2xl, black trouser, water-resist nylon outer (heavier than jacket material) with lining, drawstring waist and zip ankle opening, only available in large sizes 18 to 24 and black soft sport shoes which will fit a dual purpose of black school shoe and sports trainer from a small 10 through to a large 12. If your children require any of them items please contact the office by Friday 31 March.

Weetbix Tryathlon: This year’s event which takes place on Sunday 2 April is fast approaching. I have sent out a separate notice of information to parents, please return the bottom portion of this notice to school asap.

Easter Raffle: As an additional fundraiser we have an Easter raffle available. There are 100 tickets and these are $1 each. Students or parents are able to buy tickets from the office.

School Swimming Sports: A reminder that these are next Monday. Seniors and competent middle school swimmers will be at the Kawakawa Pool from 10-1pm. Middle school will swim at school from 10am and Juniors will swim from 2-3pm.

Liz Ross


     Ko Ruapekapeka te maunga

Ko Taumarere te awa

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Nga Puhi te iwi

Ko Ngati Hine te hapu

Ko Tumanako te marae

Ko Te Puna Atawhai te wharekai

Ko Te Kura o Kawakawa te kura

What’s happening

Tues 21 Mar:  Room 8 and 9 noho

Tues 21 Mar: Fundraising Meeting

Thurs 23 Mar: Room 2 noho

Fri 24 Mar: Bilingual Unit swimming at

                  Te Kura O Motatau

Mon 27 Mar: School Swimming Sports

Tues 28 Mar: Bilingual Whanau Hui

Fri 31 Mar: Inter School Swimming

Sun 2 Apr: Weetbix Tryathlon

Tues 4 Apr: Parent Chromebook Meeting 6pm

Thurs 6 Apr: Parent Chromebook Meeting 12pm

Wed 12 Apr: BOT meeting 6pm

Thurs 13 Apr:Term 1 ends

Happy Birthday

This week

Ryker Tepania - Rm 2

Shontayne Davis- Watling - Rm 2

Vaden Blackwood - Rm 3

Hirini Heta - Rm 7

Tyreses Rogers - Rm 8

Tane Crossley - Rm 13

NOTICE:  Soccer  practice with Whaea Jade senior field apopo.  6,7 and 8 year old boys and girls interested in playing soccer this year.

Term 1 Week 7 Certificates

Rm 2 - Payton Maihi and Nathan Brown

Rm 3 -  Ebony Norman and Tyler Ngawati

Rm 5 -  Taylor Bristow and Mase Vaughan

Rm 6 -  James Broughton and Luke Dent

Rm 7 -  Tyler Davis and Ana Havea

Rm 8 -  Ben Pene and Rukai Kopa-Albert

Rm 12 - Jerney Brown-Comes and Jah-kyra Amaarni Mahanga

Rm 13-  Blayd Rogers and Vontayveiz Tautari

                         WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR CLASSES???

Room 2

It has been very busy in Room 2, there is so much happening in our classroom.  We have noho marae this coming Thursday where we will be visiting Ruapekapeka Pa.  We also have our assembly this week so all week we will be practicing up a storm.  We have been reading a lot of myths and legends such as Maui and the Fire Goddess, Whaitere the enchanted stingray, Hinemoa and Tutanekai.  Over the next few weeks we will be writing our own myth or legend. Keep an eye out for them on our individual blogs.  We have started learning about fractions last week and that is what we will be working on over the next few weeks.  

Room 12

Room 12 have been practicing working with others. We have learned that patience is a big part of working with others and also turn taking. One of our activities that let’s us practice these skills is buddy reading. We sit with our knees touching and wait patiently for our buddy to finish reading to us so that we can take our turn and share our reading skills.

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Kia ora tatou. Last Wednesday our class participated in a noho marae (overnight marae stay). We visited Ruapekapeka pa site. At school we have been learning about its history and significance.

It was also an experience about whanaungatanga, pepeha and te hono a te tangata ki te whenua.

A big thank you to matua Alb for giving up his valuable time and sharing his local  knowledge. We learnt soo much.



1. What did you enjoy about Kawakawa  Primary?
Probably have to be coming to school to see all my mates and playing touch at morning tea and lunch with the boys.

2 What are you doing now? What did you have to do to get there?

Right now I am contracted with the Sydney Roosters and playing in the SG Ball Comp in Sydney (under 18s league), and what I had to do to get there would have been just a lot of hard work at trainings and pushing myself.

3. What helped you get to where you are today?

I would have to say my family is a big one that got me to where I am today, my mum dad and sister, without them I wouldn't know where I would be, but there always there for me with everything I do and they always keep me motivated to do my best in everything I do . 2nd thing would have to be confidence ,like I'm one of the shyest kids around but once I moved to Sydney I just knew I had to be confident about myself and take on any challenge that gets thrown at me. And lastly is my brother, my brother has been my idol since I first started playing rugby league and I've always looked up to him. He taught me everything when I was little how to kick,pass,sidestep and nearly everything I can do but yeah my brother has helped me to get to where I am also.

4.What would be some words of advice for Kawakawa Primary Students?

To all the Kawakawa Primary kids I just wanna say don't be scared to take on new challenges with whatever you do and work hard at school and out of school and enjoy the little things.

And a quote that I live by is:" I don't train hard to be better than YOU. I train hard to better than ME yesterday"