Students from throughout the Hokianga had the chance to show case their talent at the South Hokianga Kapahaka Festival on Fridaythe 29th of November, 2013 at Waima School.
The annual event began with a traditional haka powhiri to welcome participant schools and visitors. Kaumatua Taite Renata and Eparaima Hauraki were on hand to give welcoming speeches and to introduce the name of the ‘manu-aute’ or ‘traditional maori kite’ that Waima School families had made to symbolise the aspiring dreams of the children of Hokianga.
Master of Ceremonies, Levi Bristow, kept the crowds entertained in between the eight performances of the day giving away spot prizes and showing great knowledge of local lore and genealogy which linked each school to the next.
Festival co-ordinator Dallas Williams said it was an opportunity for the schools of South Hokianga to come together and celebrate the talents of their children and traditions of their past.
“It really is inspiring to see such beauty and poise coming from our tamariki here in the Hokianga, we have a lot to be proud of, all of us. Kapahaka is more than just performance it is about continuing on the traditions of our past and highlighting that our culture is alive and well”.
On the day stand out choreography, poi, and harmony from Kura Hokianga and the haka from Waima School set a benchmark for the year but throughout the day families watched on proudly as the children from every school bravely took the stage to perform.
The symbolism of the traditional maori kite ‘Te Manu-a-Rangi’ was continued at the close of the day when participant schools were gifted framed artworks that contained an albatross feather to remind them of their part to play in supporting the dreams and aspirations of their students. Young Isla Jean Appelhof Butler from Opononi who had stunned the crowd earlier with her solo performance, fittingly finished the day off when she accepted the hand-over of the festival on behalf of Opononi School who will be the hosts in 2014. In a moving gesture students from Waima and Opononi challenged each other while Whaea Claire Papuni led a karanga or traditional call and MC Levi Bristow prayed a blessing over the exchange.
Acknowledgement must go to all of the participant schools -TKKM Hokianga, Horeke School, Rawene School, Opononi Area School and Waima School for their outstanding performances on the day and to host school Waima for a well organised and produced festival which was enjoyed by all. Nau mai haere mai koutou katoa ki te Kura Takiwa o Opononi I te tau 2014. Welcome one and all to Opononi Area School in 2014.
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Staff, students and whanau of Waima School are excited as they prepare to host the South Hokianga Kapahaka Festival for 2013.
This festival is an opportunity for schools & families in the Hokianga to celebrate the importance of kapahaka and the role it plays in bringing our communities together. Proud histories are acted out and sung as our tamariki work together to reinvigorate the stories of our past. Through waiata and whaikorero whakapapa links are affirmed and the ihi of our people is brought to the fore as the many hapu of Hokianga congregate in this one place to celebrate our tamariki and this kaupapa.
On Friday the 29th of November 2013 at 9:30am, nestled beneath Whakatere Puhanga Tohora and the ranges of Te Ramaroa the song of our tamariki shall ring out amongst te wao nui a Tane.
Nau Mai Haere Mai Koutou Katoa.
For more information please download the following documents or contact our school office on 094053901.
Programme: South Hokianga Kapahaka Festival Program 2013
Poster: Kapa Haka Poster
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On behalf of the BOT at Te Kura O Waima I would like to congratulate the following members of our school community on their election onto our BOT at Waima Kura and their recent appointments to the various portfolios:
Rebecca Wilcox – Health & Safety Porfolio
Susan Mokaraka – Community Portfolio
Aroha Parker – Student Achievement Portfolio
Julie Fakahua – Financial Portfolio
Dallas Williams – Property Portfolio
Patsy Davidson (Staff Representative)
Jenny Colebrook (Principal)
At our meeting on the 2nd of August we were presented with our latest achievement data showing marked improvements in many areas according to national standards. We the BOT would like to thank our dedicated staff for their continued efforts with our tamariki and encourage our families to continue to build on the support networks for this learning at home. Having a consistent routine that includes quiet time reading to your child, maths games, and just remembering to pop in and look in your child’s books to show your child that you value the work they do at school can create real change in a child’s attitude towards learning.
In addition to this I would like to acknowledge Jaymee Makiha who was recently awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award. Jaymee has bee a fantastic role model for many other tauira at our school. Congratulations Jaymee and a special thank you to Tony & Maree who invest so much into the continued excellence in their children.
On behalf of the BOT at Te Kura O Waima, nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, na
Dallas Williams – Chairperson of the BOT
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Tagged 2013, Activities for home, community consultation, Dallas Williams, Hapu Development, Hokianga, Hokianga School, Keep the learning alive, Maths Evening, Ngapuhi, Northland School, Te Mahurehure, Waima, Waima Puna Reo, Waima School, Waima Valley
WHAT IS A TRUSTEE?
Our communities need great boards to help build great schools.
Trustees are active leaders in our schools and we need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students.
Trustees have an important role supporting strong professional leadership and effective teaching for all students through informed governance.
Both parents and people from throughout the wider community can be school trustees. It is important that boards represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for our children. The elections also give parents of children at state and state integrated schools the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a difference for their schools. It is an important responsibility and all eligible parents should use their vote in an informed way.
“Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board you can make things happen – you can make a difference.”
- Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President
What do trustees do?
School trustees have a very important role in making sure every child achieves their potential at school.
Here are some of the things they do:
• Work with the principal and consult with staff, students and the community.
• Set the educational goals and strategic direction of the school.
• Monitor progress and let parents know how the school is progressing against its annual targets and how well students are achieving.
• Decide how the school’s funding will be spent.
What sort of skills do trustees need?
Trustees are active leaders in their schools and need a balance of skills and experiences. They need to work well in a team, be able to put plans in place for the school’s future, ask challenging questions and have good communications skills. It helps to have an understanding of financial matters and the education sector, and experience in managing people.
Working together for our children’s success
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The tamariki and parents of many Hokianga kura were treated to a great day out thanks to Sport Northland’s swim safe co-ordinator Esther Hone-Moore and her team of staff and volunteer organisations.
Students were rotated in their school groups through a variety of water based activities which included surfing, waka ama, yachting, stand up paddle boarding, boat safety, survival skills, and snorkelling.
A 1:2 adult to child ratio meant that there were plenty of parents on hand to help and keep our tamariki safe with many of the parents joining in on the fun and getting out on the water with their children.
The day was filled with fun and laughter and a whole heap of swimming but most importantly our tamariki were able to meet people who are experienced on the water and learn crucial water safety skills. Skills taught varied from how to get safely out of a waka, to how to sit safely on a catamaran, how to safely pull someone from the water, how to place someone in a recovery position, and to what types of items are best in a rescue situation as a flotation and retrieval device.
Parents and staff enjoyed the entertainment of watching as our children learn’t through trial and error about what was good to throw to their mates who were playing the part of the person needing rescuing. Some threw bits of wood which sunk or didn’t hold them above water, others threw floating noodles and other light devices that were picked up by the wind and blown away never reaching their mate in the water, eventually things like small chilly bins (with the lid closed) and milk bottles with rope tied to it were used with some success and all followed suit with successful rescues.
All in all it was a wonderful day out with many schools enjoying some fun in the sun and the opportunity to whakawhanaungatanga with other schools from the Hokianga area.
A big thank you to those parents who were able to come and make this day a possibility for our tamariki and to Whaea Merepaea who was our staff member for the day. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.
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Tagged Boat Safety, Esther Hone-Moore, Hokianga, Hokianga Schools, Kaikohe, Ngapuhi, Northland Schools, Opononi, sport northland, Te Mahurehure, Waima Kura, Waima School, Water Safety, Water Safety Day
Despite our best efforts some key date changes need to be made on your calendars at home!
1. Monday – March 4th Water Safety Day @ Opononi
2. Student Led Conferences (parent teacher meetings) – 18th – 22nd of March
3. Hokianga Hauora Whanau Festival – Saturday the 6th of April
4. Grandparents Day Friday the 12th of April
Thanks so much for you co-operation and support!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back to school the families, staff and wider community of Waima Kura. We are excited to have a few new families, some of whom have returned to us, some who have joined their extended families in attending Waima and others who are new to the area. Nau mai, haere mai, koutou katoa.
With sadness we offer our sincere condolences to Pia & Gail who lost a dearly loved member of their family recently and acknowledge the continued effort Gail has put in to keep our school grounds looking so lovely. Nga mihi nui kia korua.
The calendar page has been updated with the dates for Term 1 and as the year progresses and more things are confirmed we will add to it so keep an eye out for any changes.
Also if you are interested in recieving school newsletters via email please either contact the school office and let Whaea Hoki know or use the form function at the bottom of the ‘News’ page here on our school website.
We have a super busy term with lots of great opportunities for our families to engage in new and exciting ways of learning and developing relationships. Lets go 2013!