Connect Communication - 28th August 2019

Kia ora Whānau,

Another wonderful week at Ararira Springs as the weather gets warmer and the days start to get longer. I love the drive to and from school each day and the chance to reflect and witness spring arrive.

Please consider liking our Facebook page as we are regularly sharing snippets of learning and a picture really does paint a thousand words.

We are looking forward to planting out the Ararira next week and being able to live our kaitiakitanga value! Please contact your child's ako teacher if you can help.

Have a great week,
Claire and the team

Te Hapori Tautoko THT | Community Support

THT Tuesday Morning Get-Togethers
We are enjoying seeing new faces at the THT Tuesday morning get-togethers. These are held in Pūtahi/ library once you have dropped your child/children off at school. Please come along for a cuppa and a chat, preschoolers are welcome.

Family Movie and Popcorn Evening
Save the date for our family movie and popcorn night. It will be held on Friday 20 September from 6.30-8.00pm in the school hall. Wear your PJs (kids and adults if they want to) bring a blanket and something comfy to sit on and enjoy a family movie.
If anyone has an air popper we could use to make popcorn on the night that would be really appreciated. Please email us at

Lost Property Box
This has just been positioned outside Pūtahi |Library.

DJ Required for our Disco in Term 4
Is anyone interested in being a DJ or knows someone that would like to be a DJ for our school disco? This may interest a high school student. Please email us at

A Request
We are looking for reusable bags that could be used to put damp or dirty clothes in. If anyone has any spare bags at home, could they give them to Trine at the office, please?
Court theatre

Court Theatre Visit

We are having the Court Theatre coming to perform for us on Friday 6 September at 2 pm with a show called O le Malaga Fa’a’atua (The Journey of the Gods). This has been
inspired by classic myths and legends from Tonga, Samoa and Aotearoa. O Le Malaga Fa’a’Atua (The Journey of the Gods) follows demigod Māui’s quest to prove himself worthy of becoming a fully-fledged god.

This will be for the whole school and the cost of $5 will come from the term activity fee. Great value with no transport needed as they come to us.

What Now Audience

What Now has been broadcasting from around the country, showcasing a different community each week. After filming on the road in Wellington & Auckland, What Now is returning to Christchurch!

We loved having you part of our studio audience in 2017 so we’re inviting you to return! All the family (including Mum & Dad) are invited to come and experience live tv being made while being part of our awesome audience…& it’s FREE!! You may even get picked to play games! As space is limited, we work on a ‘first in best dressed’ approach…so don’t miss out!

To view available dates/locations and to register as part of the What Now Audience go to

We look forward to joining your community!
From The what Now Team
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The Week at a Glance

Lots of super caring, creative and capable learning this week as students focus on writing. Kaunuku led hui and then took Teretere learners back to their hub to share their learning. This week one of the action stations is a art based creative frame station.

Parenting Week

Mana Ake has asked us to share the link to Parenting Week with you this is the chance to listen to or attend a range of fabulous parenting workshops. Please follow this link to check it out.
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Bread Tag Update

Lucy is pleased to share that she has 7988 bread tags, keep them coming!
Thanks, Lucy for your perseverance with this task.

Parenting in the Digital Age

We have had a slow start to offering parent workshops but now they are coming thick and fast. This has been exacerbated by the postponement of the anxiety evening.
We are offering two sessions for parents giving information and tips to help you support your child with the digital world we live in. This will be run by Sandra Keenan, from Mana Ake who is an experienced Principal as well as Mana Ake Kaiarahi (Lead of the team).
These will be on 26 September 1:45 - 3 pm and repeated 6.30-7: 45 pm in Pūtahi | Library. Both sessions are the same so you can choose a time that suits you.
Please RSVP to

Daffodil Day this Friday 30th August

Cancer is an illness that has a far-reaching impact on the lives of many. As a school, we have decided to support the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day.
We will have pin on daffodils and daffodil stickers available for parents and children to receive in exchange for a donation. These will be available outside the office in the morning. Children are welcome to wear yellow or even come dressed as a daffodil. They will be invited to design a daffodil in absolutely any medium at all and bring these to share.
Thank you for your support.

Health Consultation

It seems a little strange to consult so soon after we are up and running, but consultation on the health curriculum is a bi-annual requirement. I have attached a link to a survey that we would love for you to take the time to complete. If however, you would prefer to pop in and have a chat, you are more than welcome.
We can provide a device in Tāhuna | Office if you would like to complete the survey when you are dropping off or picking up your wee gem.
Survey Link - you are able to edit your response. Email addresses are optional and we ask you to add these if you would like to engage in dialogue over any of your thoughts and ideas.
Book Launch
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