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30th June 2021

Kia ora e te whānau,

As the cooler weather sets in I must confess to a secret obsession with curling up with a good book by the fire. Never underestimate the restorative power of reading. Reading to your child is just as beneficial as having them read and is a wonderful way to spend quality time together.
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We are at the precipice of great change in education. Aotearoa New Zealand Histories is currently being developed for implementation and over the next 3 - 4 years all curriculum areas will be refreshed. This is both exciting and daunting. Our curriculum is very broad and permissive, allowing schools to localise their content. We are proud of our Ararira curriculum and how this evolved in collaboration with whanau, iwi and teachers.

The teaching of reading is also undergoing change. You will have heard of schools using a 'structured literacy approach. Members of our team are undertaking professional learning in this area. This should have a positive impact across the school as the emphasis on letters and sounds will benefit spelling and writing.

We are excited to host families for Matariki celebrations on Friday. Please scroll down to read about the details for Friday in the THT section of the newsletter. This is a wonderful way to celebrate something that is special to Māori and unique to NZ. We hope you can join us.
This is likely to the last newsletter for the term and an opportune time to say farewell to Whaea Stacey at the end of term 3. Stacey is heading to work in the world of structured literacy, offering one on one support to learners. We wish her all the very best. Stacey will be missed as a staff member but we will enjoy having her has a parent at Ararira.

Keep warm and we look forward to seeing you at our Matariki celebrations on Friday.

Ngā mihi,
Claire and the Ararira Team
This week we welcome Riley to Hikuwai and Ollie to Kaunuku. Welcome to the Ararira whanau, we know that you will soon love Ararira Springs as much as we do!

2022 Roll Projections - We are busy compiling our projections for 2022. If you know of anyone moving to the area and are in the zone for Ararira Springs, please forward them a copy of this newsletter and ask them to make contact with us as soon as possible.

Out of zone enrolments - As you know, Ararira Springs operates with an enrolment zone. If you have moved out of the zone since one of your children started at Ararira and they have a younger sibling due to start school in 2022, please complete the online enrolment form as soon as possible and email to advise of your situation so that we can ensure sufficient spaces are advertised in accordance with the Ministry of Education directives.

Facebook Page for Ararira Whānau Māori

We have created a Facebook page specifically for our Māori families. This is a space to post successes at home and school, share ideas and resources, and make connections. The page is called Te Puna o Ararira Whānau Māori. Nau mai, haere mai!
If you have pātai about the page, please contact

Dates to put in the diary:

There are dates to diary for the next two weeks below but please be aware that we also put events on a community calendar, this is linked to our website.

Thursday 1st July - NZ Playhouse at school - Rumplestilskin
- 9.30am soup making in whanau groups
- Hikuwai Winter Sport Rotation - Foster Park
- Hikuwai football and hockey zones Tournament
(Brookside Park)
Friday 2nd July - Matariki celebration
Monday 26th July - Welcome back to Term 3
Wednesday 28th July - Shaolin Kung Fu starts 5.45pm (see flyer for details)
Thursday 29th July - Emotion Coaching - parent workshop 7pm
Friday 30th July - Kelly Club Red Nose and Kids Cure Day
Friday 17th Sept - Quiz Night

REMINDER: most school communication from teachers comes through our HERO app.

If you haven’t installed the HERO app on your phone or logged in via a browser - please read the attached instructions, use the email address that you gave on your enrolment form to register and contact Trine if you aren’t able to connect to HERO.

Our SkoolLoop app expires on 30th June. All absences will need to be reported via the HERO app or by calling the office on 03 4200888 after this date.
Absences - Please ensure you report absences by either calling the office on
4200888 and leaving a message or report it via the HERO app before 9am. Please give a reason for your child's absence eg; sore throat/tummy bug etc so that we can monitor for outbreaks rather than using the default message 'sick'.

Lunches on Kindo
You can order your child’s lunch online via our Kindo School shop.
Order for just one day or use the calendar icon to order an item for multiple days.
Orders can be placed anytime up till 9am on the lunch day for Subway,
and up until 8.30am on the lunch day for Sushi lunch orders!
Click here to login to or create your myKindo account.
Need assistance? Our Kindo helpdesk is open 8am to 4pm weekdays.
Freephone: 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636) Email:
Online support:

Te Hapori Tautoko

Te Hapori Tautoko (THT) means Community Support Group in Te Reo Māori. Our main aims are to provide opportunities to tautoko (support) and connect our school community and fundraising for school initiatives and resources to benefit our school.
Anyone is welcome to come along for a cuppa and a chat. It is a great way to meet new people in our school community and preschoolers are welcome to come along.

When: Starting from 8.45 am
Where: Pūtahi (School Library)
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Save the date, book the babysitter
Friday 17th September!
AGM MEETING - Thursday 17 June
Te Hapori Tautoko (THT) means Community Support Group in Te Reo Māori. Our main aims are to provide opportunities to tautoko (support) and connect our school community and fundraising for school initiatives and resources to benefit our school.

The following people were elected into the positions of chairperson, treasurer and secretary.
Shelley Smith Chairperson
Sarah Fogarty Treasurer
Chloe Wilkinson Secretary

Our next meeting will be Wednesday 4 August starting at 7pm in Putahi. We always welcome new people.
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For the upcoming holidays in July, make sure you book in the kids for some fun days at Kelly Club! We have two awesome trip days to Flips and Tumbles and Ice Skating.
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Disney Moana Jr. is on at The Court Theatre during the next school holidays with one of our own students in the cast. Quinn will be in the cast for the following shows listed here.

Date Time
Friday, July 9, 1:00 PM
Saturday, July 10, 1:00 PM
Tuesday, July 13, 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 13, 1:00 PM
Thursday, July 15, 11:00 AM
Thursday, July 15, 1:00 PM
Saturday, July 17, 11:00 AM
Monday, July 19, 11:00 AM
Monday, July 19, 1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 21, 11:00 AM
Wednesday, July 21, 1:00 PM
Friday, July 23, 11:00 AM
Friday, July 23, 1:00 PM
Saturday, July 24, 1:00 PM
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