Kia ora te whanau,
Spring is just around the corner! It’s a fabulous time of the year to put a hard winter of ills and chills behind us and look forward to what awaits us in the season of growth.
By now I’m thinking you will have heard the Maori word Kaitiaki being used at school. Perhaps it is a word used in your home. A kaitiaki is a guardian. An extension of Kaitiaki is Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and protection. Kaitiakitanga is consistent with the Creation story in which we are given dominion over the earth: “And God blessed them. And God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28 – ESV)
Dominion includes stewardship. What a huge responsibility!
At school the junior hub has been immersed in activities that promote this value of Kaitiakitanga during our Theme-based learning and Living Christianly time. Have you spotted the amazing creation quilt the children made to depict Genesis 1:26-30? Each day the children illustrated a square that represented the days of creation. You can see this above the glass doors in the assembly room.
Last week we participated in a ‘waste audit’ with Toni Watts – a facilitator from Enviroschools Canterbury. All the rubbish in the school was collected for one day of the school week. With Toni’s help the juniors sorted the rubbish (re-usuable, re-cyclable or just waste), and weighed it to compare the amounts collected. Unfortunately (but perhaps not surprisingly) the biggest collected amount was the ‘waste’ category. It was quite an eye opener to see what has been put in the rubbish bins.
We are now thinking about ways that we can keep waste to a minimum. Have a chat to your children about their thoughts and whether there is something you at home could do to help us reduce waste at school. Thanks to Mrs Cleave for all her hard work organising this learning.
It has been such a blessing to welcome new families to school and new children of families already at school! In a couple of weeks time Trinity McLenaghan will be the latest edition to our whanau. Trinity is Chloe-Rose’s little sister. This term we have had the Millington, Hunt, and Trenuela-Chan families join us with Jack, Ethan and their sister Holly Millington (in the middle hub), Ethan Hunt, and Ayden Trenuela-Chan. It’s wonderful to have these families in our school community, thanks for choosing RCS.
We extend a special thanks to Vickie who has been a frequent helper at RCS in these opening terms. We wish Vickie, Izzy and Owen all the best in their new adventure.
Wishing you all a very blessed week,
Nga mihi atu
Junior Hub Leader