1000 paper cranes – a gesture of hope and goodwill
As a response to the devastating triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear threat in Japan, the students at Whangarei Heads Primary School have been folding cranes. Television images and news reports of the disasters were horrifying, and appeared scarily close to home, coming so soon as it did after the Christchurch earthquake. But instead of focussing on the awful negative consequences of nuclear fallout, the students have been working to create symbols of hope and goodwill. Origami cranes have a special significance in Japanese culture with the folding of 1000 cranes being particularly important. They can be thought of a bit like paper wishes, in this instance, wishing that the worst outcomes can be averted and that Japan can look to a future of health and happiness. Sisters, Amelie and Isla Tuato’o (7 and 6 years old), initiated the project at school, but were supported by all the students, the principal Lil Ogle and the staff, as well as by many families. The total of 1000 cranes was reached on the last day of Term 1, a huge achievement for a school with less than 100 students. The cranes will be sent to the Japanese Embassy, as it is the official representative in New Zealand of Japan and her people. The students hope that their thoughts and messages of care and hope will reach Japan.
Ben Farr has been running a gymnastics programme at our school over several weeks. Ben is a skilled gymnast himself and has been helping our students challenge themselves. The students have really enjoyed learning a new skill and the safety aspects of it.
It was a glorious day on Tuesday for our School Cross country, in fact it was almost too hot for our runners, but no one was complaining. Rain the night before ensured we had a suitable quantity of mud and everyone had a great time watching each other run. Our senior students once again stood out as they supported the juniors and I think Mr Dennis and Miss Batten deserve a special mention as they did several laps encouraging the children. On Friday we will present certificates to the winners in each age group – Room One will have theirs presented on Monday. The races were run in age groups this year to match the interschool event. Ages were based on ages as at January first this year.
Many thanks to all the parents and friends who came along to support the children on the day, and a special thanks to Matua Caleb and all our fantastic teachers, for organising the event, setting up the course and managing the day! You make it look so easy but I know the work that goes on behind the scenes! MANY THANKS TO KEN AND MAUREEN VINSON FOR LETTING US HOLD THE EVENT ON THEIR FARM!!
As part of Room 1's Whangarei Harbour Investigation, the students went snorkelling at the Motukaroro Marine Reserve at Reotahi. This was supported by the EMR team who provided their equipment and expertise free of charge. Students were able to indentify a diverse range of marine plants and animals.
As part of the Environmental Schools programme, a group of Room 1 students have taken the initiative and are working towards their "Grow for Profit" garden. The THANA growers - Tiare, Hiromi, Ayla, Natalie and Amber are hoping to earn funds by selling plants to enable them to buy seeds for ongoing planting and selling.
These students represent students across the school and promote student voice in decision making within our school. They meet regularly with the Principal to relay ideas from other students and represent the school at special events.
Congratulations to the following:-
Room 1: Benny and Chloe
Room 2: Luke and Kyle
Room 3: Cory and Maddy
Room 5: Seabren and Grace
Room 6: Cooper and Daniel
A great day was had by everyone at the Funky Fishing Competition. Our school venue worked really well and we had very positive feedback.
Although the morning of the competition started off overcast and windy, we were very relieved that the weather held on the Saturday and the following days were wet.
Thanks to everyone who helped and also huge thanks to the sponsors - local and otherwise.
A four day camp was held at the Tangihua Lions Lodge in which students experienced a range of new challenges which included a six hour hike, mini beast hunting and a night adventure on the Burma trail.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the camp and the camp parent helpers were amazing
Room 3 have been collecting water samples from the streams and sea in the Heads area.
These samples are being tested at the NZ Refinery laboratory and one of their scientists will bring the samples to school and explain the results to the students
On Saturday and Sunday of Easter Weekend forty five very talented artists will be showing their paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles, prints, jewellery, metal and wood work as part of the Whangarei Heads Art Trail.
Six artists will be stationed at our school in Te Mangoroa.
If you are visiting the school, please stop and enjoy a devonshire tea from our talented cooks, and served by the senior children. The children are raising funds for their forthcoming camp being held at Rotorua in early May.
Wild Kiwi event
Good luck to those people entering in the Wild Kiwi Multisports event.
Please visit our school stalls where we will be selling delicious food and drink.
Thank you to all that participated in the School Funky Fishing competition.
The weather was good and allowed for good fishing in the morning. As usual, there were some decent sized fish caught which went down really well at the auction. The bonus this year was having fish filleters on hand to clean and fillet the fish for people who wished to use this service.
There was plenty of games and activities during the day. The Bouncy Castle as always proved very popular and Room 1 children had activities to entertain.
The food was delicious and drinks both non and alcoholic were available.
People enjoyed relaxing and watching both the prize giving and Wayne hard selling fish at the fish auction.
We can't give an accurate figure as there are still accounts outstanding but profits should be in excess of $10,000.
Thank you to everyone
Congratulations to our swimmers, Tai, Cooper, Owen, Josh and Ceara who competed at the Interschool's swimming. You swam your best and all did our school proud.
Thanks to the parents who provided transport, supervised and provided training and support to our students.
2017 House Captains
Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as House leaders and deputies:
Manaia House - Captains: Amy and Nathan Deputies: Maisie and William
Kauri House - Captains: Manaia and Eloise Deputies: Maya and Seabren
Lion House - Captains: Star and Hayden Deputies: Tai and Grace
Aubrey House - Captains: Jayden and Nadia Deputies: Cole and Rocco
Student Record Update
Help us to keep our information correct by advising if you have changed addresses, have a new cellphone, or your child has medical issues we need to know about. Let us know as soon as possible please.
2017 School Camps
Most of our class camps have been held. They all enjoyed great weather and all the camp's activities were fun for the students.
Theses two classes are still go have their camp.
Room 2 - Lonsdale Park Camp, Matauri Bay - Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st March
Room 1 - Rotorua - Monday 8th to Friday 12th May
2017 TERM DATES
Term 1: Tuesday 7th February to Thursday 13th April
Term 2: Monday 1st May to Friday 7th July
Term 3: Monday 24th July to Friday 29th September
Term 4: Monday 16th October to Wednesday 20th December
Reading Together is a programme which empowers parents to help their children with reading at home. It involves four sessions over a six week periiod. the workshops ae designed to guide you how to support your children with their reading. The programme is free and parents who attended last year's workshops commented on how they felt they gained a ot of ideas which helped make reading more enjoyable and positive experience at home.
Adopt a Plot
Room 1 have committed themselves to adopting a plot on Limestone Island. This will be weeded and planted but the long term expectation is that all our children become involved and get the chance to develop this area. We also hope that families visit Limestone Island and become involved in the care and maintenance of our plot. Limestone Island is very important to Whangarei Heads as it is the nursery for the Kiwis that are eventually released at the Heads.
Rooms 1 and 2 are also involved in tree planting at Urquharts Bay, along the stream that our school has a long term commitment to clean up and develop. They are planting a range of natives including flax, manuka, kanuka and pohutakawa along the stream under the guidance of Adam Willetts the Bream Head Ranger.
We have also been fortunate in receiving funding for a trapping project in and around school. The funds will be spent on rat and stoat trapping, pest tracking and weta hotels.
KUA TAE - OUR SCHOOL SONG
Our School Song, Kua Tae was written by Laurence Berry, and Cathy and Danny Tuato'o and the Youtube clip was made by Billie Berry before she left our school for High School.