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Masterchef brings smiles to Te Kura o Waima

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Current Masterchef winners Kasey & Karena visited schools around Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) this week bringing excited smiles and igniting the belief that kids from small towns can ‘dream big too’.

Their schedule included a morning at Northland College where their mother Atarangi taught and attended, a visit to Rawene School where Karena’s namesake is the new Principal, and then on to Waima  where mum Atarangi was raised and  went to school.

At Waima the small entourage were met by an ‘all tamariki’ powhiri as the senior students of Waima School took the lead in welcoming the celebrities and their whanau onto the school. The opportunity was used practice putting into place the tikanga (traditions) of their hapu (sub tribe) Te Mahurehure. Young Elyse Williams called their guests on with her first ever karanga (traditional call) after which fellow student Cornelius Fakahua led those gathered in karakia (prayer). Mustering up the courage, young Caleb Thompson delivered his mihi (welcome speech) and the whole school sang with gusto in support.

Excitement in the children was evident as they heard how Kasey and Karena started their educational journey at a small school just like theirs and recounted the series of events that led them to success on the television show Masterchef NZ.  Mother Atarangi shared stories from her childhood about what the school looked like when she lived there and went to school in Waima. Tales of rope swings along the line of pine trees by the river would have made today’s health & safety guru’s cringe but the more Mrs Te Awa-Bird shared, the more  students began to picture the life of a student at Waima School in a time gone by. 

The Masterchef winners were gifted some Waima School apparel and some ‘school values’ wrist bands when they arrived and were farewelled with a gift of some peruperu (small potatoes) that students Nevayah & Moana had dug out of the school gardens that morning. The hope being that the authentic ingredient might inspire more of the culinary excellence the two ladies are renowned for. When asked what they were having for dinner tonight the response was “we’re having a boil-up made for us” which brought forward giggles from  children for whom that is standard fare.

The visit illustrated how celebrities with small town beginnings can bring a sense of wonder and excitement to students who otherwise may not have the courage to dream of bigger beginnings to a life of expression and achievement. In one visit these two exceptional young women have flared the flame of hope in so many children throughout the Hokianga.

Thank you Kasey, Karena, and family for taking the time to visit us in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland).




Our new Board of Trustees at Te Kura O Waima

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

Te Kura O Waima – Champions Again!

The students of Te Kura O Waima embodied the whakatauki or proverb “Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu” or “Though we are small, we are precious” when we competed at the NISS Rythym and Groove Dance Competition in Kawakawa this year. As one of the smaller schools in attendance Waima Kura once again came through with a creative performance which embodied dance instructor Rui DeSousa’s individual style and allowed our students to perform.

The routine titled “Charlie and Muppets” followed the story of a young boy waking in a dream where the toys came to life and offered a unique perspective to the audience of the more dramatic forms of choreography as opposed to the traditional hip hop ensembles that we are all used too.

Te Kura O Waima’s dance troupe called the ‘New Stylerz’ entered in the Alternative Open category and won. Then started a tense wait for the judges to announce the Overall Winners for 2012. You can imagine the excitement when the favourites from Kawakawa Primary School were announced as runners up and then the ‘New Stylerz’ as the WINNERS!!!!!

A huge congratulations to those students who were a part of the New Stylerz for 2012 – Wiremu Kingi, Mano Kingi, Aylah Williams, Rahera Warmington, Shylee Horo, Jaymee Makiha, Miria Harris, Cornelius Fakahua, Elyse Williams, Martha Kingi, Te Rangimarie Kingi & Witika Harris all of whom were tutored by Rui & Chantal De Sousa.

Term 3 gets off to a great start at Te Kura O Waima

Stage two of our community development project is off to a great start with news that the Lotteries Grant Board has approved a grant towards the core community aspects of our project. The grant has been allocated by the Lotteries Grant Board into the following areas with specific amounts for each.

1) Sport & Recreation: – Astroturf, & permanent fixtures for multi-sport.

2) Performing Arts: – Stage Construction, Archgola Covering, & Stage Sound System

3) Storage: – 20ft Storage Container

A total amount of $111,698.35 has been approved and every cent will go towards creating a recreational environment tailored to the needs of our community.

THANK YOU to the Lottery Grants Board for seeing how special our Waima Community is!

The environment improvement, sports equipment, & senior playground components were declined but the school will be doing some works included in the overall project plan which are necessary to co-ordinate the works approved in the funding from Lotteries. At this stage those things will be:

1. Improved sand pit surround and cover;

2. Metal bike trail around the school property;

3. Improved playground and garden surround;

Parents and community members who wish to find out more about our project are encouraged to contact Dallas Williams our BOT Chairperson through the school office.