Cross Country, Child Safety and Ranfurly Shield Excitement

Talofa lava — Hello

This week is Samoan Language Week and today it’s 54 years since Samoa became independent of New Zealand in 1962. We have been promoting some greetings and basic phrases with the children this week.


This is tomorrow, Thursday 2nd June at Morgan Park. We will be leaving school at 11am and returning at 1.30pm. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can help. We are also asking that children run in sneakers as there might be prickles, gravel and glass to run over. We are still happy to accept donations of sneakers to distribute on the day.


As you know, I have been reading the book, ‘I said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private’ to all classes. If your child mentions a ‘red flag’ to you, these are the words in the book that are used to describe a person or event that made them feel uncomfortable, yucky or in danger. It is recommended that you don’t question your child as it is possible to put ideas or words into their heads, but to repeat what they say and wait to see what they say. Record what they say and seek support from either school or another agency (e.g. police, child, youth and family, doctor). The book encourages children to talk to adults they trust. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Congratulations to Room 2 — their attendance rate was 96% last week!


We had a visiters today from the Thames Valley Rugby Union who told us all about the history of the Ranfurly Shield and allowed us to get up close and personal with the shield too. Thames Valley’s ‘home’ Ranfurly Shield challenge is now only days away with Waikato’s first defence of the famous ‘Log o Wood’ in 2016 taking place at the Paeroa Domain on Queen’s Birthday Monday 6th June. Kick off is at 2.30 p.m. The curtain raiser is a Thames valley Under 19’s selection taking on a Corinthians Under 19 selection at 12.45pm. Check out the photos below of our students with the shield.

Fa’afetai tele lava (Thank-you) - Whaea Steph (Anich)