Kia ora te whanau,
Welcome to Week Two of this busy last term of 2015. The term has begun somewhat frantically with plenty to keep us busy and planning for next year already underway.
This term we look more deeply at our school’s value Rangatiratanga. My Maori dictionary describes it as: (noun) kingdom, realm, sovereignty, principality, self-determination, self-management – connotations extending the original meaning of the word resulting from Bible and Treaty of Waitangi translations.
Ano te whakauaua o te tapoko o te hunga taonga ki te rangatiratanga o te Atua! (PT Maka 10:23). How hard shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
In our school’s context we consider Rangatiratanga to mean:
- being in charge of your own behaviour
- making good choices because that is the right and best thing to do
- being the best that you can be
During Living Christianly we are going to look into the book of Daniel in relation to a character of God who has demonstrated making good choices by being faithful to God’s word.
This week we continue with swimming. This extra physical demand can tire children. Encourage them to drink water, have an extra healthy snack in their lunch box and get plenty of sleep. Please ensure that all your children’s clothing is named, even socks and underwear.
This term our children also need to be wearing their school regulation hat during break times and at other times when outdoors, to protect them from the harsh sun. It’s crucial that hats are clearly named and easily identified by the children. It’s a good idea to leave hats at school in the tote trays at the end of each day.
Thank you for continuing to support us in so many ways as we seek to do a great job for your children. We love to hear positive feedback and it encourages us to carry on with a smile even during the toughest of days. Remember you are most welcome to chat with us at the end of the school day and can always make an appointment for a bigger discussion for any time after school hours.
It’s heart warming to see the extra effort that our school community are prepared to go to to help us be a successful school in so many different ways. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
Junior Hub Team Leader