We said good bye to our friends the Bliss Family, Sam, Ollie, Alexander and Annabelle (and Mum and Dad). We wish you all the best for your time in America. Here are some photos of our dress up parties (also the shared lunches were top quality!!)
While the school held the Meet the Teachers evening, some of our families came into class and took part in our learning. Check out a few of the A-Wing parents in action.
A huge thank you to Alex McCarthy for organising and decorating our Christmas Float this year. Also thank you to Tweeddale’s Hire for loaning us the trailer and thanks to Kate Lee for being our ‘on board’ health and safety monitor on the day!
On the Wednesday night of Term Four, Waiouru School enjoyed a magical evening of music and dance during our inaugural ‘Dance Off’ evening. Thanks to a Creative Communities Grant through the Ruapehu District Council we were able to bring Mark Glastonbury, of Glastonbury Dance Studios, to teach our students through out term three. Mark worked with our entire school to master several dances including the waltz and the cha cha. This was all part of our whole school ‘Celebrating the Arts’ learning theme for term three.
We had a full house on show night, with the hall packed to the brim with proud parents and whanau who also enjoyed to showing off their dance moves during the two Principal’s Challenge dances. Students were put through their paces, with our three houses ‘dancing off’ against each other in a traditional dance competition format. It was a close competition with only one point separating our winning house, Ngauruhoe, from the rest. This has been an amazing experience for the whole school and we will certainly be bringing Mark back again in the near future.
Here is a video of our Cha Cha Finals!!
Kia Ora Koutou,
To kick off our celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, I would like to share a beautiful speech by a rather talented young Kapiti College student. As a proud owner of a Māori name, with a son who also has a Māori name, I can really relate to how important it is for people to at the very least try their best to pronounce your name correctly. A name is a special thing, it’s the very first gift given to you. Here is a link to a rather good page with explanations and recordings to help you on your pronunciation journey.