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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.

Discovering Maths Together

How often do your children come home with homework that seems ‘airy fairy’ to you? For many parents understanding the vision behind the numeracy project is difficult because there are so many different ways our children are being taught as opposed to the this way or the highway methodology that we were taught in school. Addition, subtraction and multiplication all used the same stacked up on top of each other method and anything else was just pointless to try because teachers would not have marked it correct if you tried something else. There may have been the lucky few who were naturally good with instant memory recall but the rest of us learnt how to work equations out using a pen and paper and after many many years, we became very good at it (or we brought a calculator).

These days maths is called numeracy or pangarau and there are around 6 different ways or strategies for each equation. All six of which are right, encouraged and supported by teachers in the classroom.

Tonight we had 18 parents and caregivers and a stack of children attend a Maths Evening that the staff at Waima School had put together. Parents greeted on arrival by our students who gave out programmes for the evening and escorted them to the staff room where they were treated to wine and cheese. Parents were then shown a presentation by Mrs Bawden which included examples of the different strategies our students are using to solve a variety of maths problems and the differences between the levels of understanding which students are assessed on. Mrs Colebrook then explained the new triangular assessment process involved in introducing the National Standards and then Parents were given packs of cards and some dice along with booklets that have fun games that they can play with their children at home to ‘keep the learning alive’. A black n white video of Ma & Pa Kettle gave us another perspective on maths going hilariously wrong followed by Miria drawing our $50 fuel voucher competition winner which was Katrina Wharerau – CONGRATULATIONS, our Board Chairperson Dallas thanked staff and parents for their effort and Les King closed in prayer.

Another fantastic initiative! Thanks to all the wonderful staff at Waima School!

Opportunities Galore!

As you know we try hard to offer as many opportunities to our tamariki at Waima Kura as we can. This is usually focussed on those things that they may not be able to access regularly at home or learning environments that our students might not recieve in the general day to day ‘in class’ teaching environment.

We are now in week 4 of Term 1 and already we have OPPORTUNITIES GALORE! Rui is back teaching Hip Hop, Sheryl Smith from Sport Northland is in every week with each class on Thursdays, Sensei Gary Clarke comes in to take Karate, Uncle Mano is in on Thursdays teaching Te Reo in every class and on Fridays taking a specialist group for carving.

It is my very great pleasure to advise all of our parents and whanau that we have finalised and sent in our application to the Lotteries Community Facilities Fund to progress our Community Development Project and realise the second stage which includes many of the aspects on our wish list from our community consultation and even includes student led initiatives like a littlies historical  walkway and a bike trail. The next step is for us to enter into discussion with Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi to progress our Hapu Development application for funding which we will report back on as we make progress.

Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu!

Roadside Beautification

Celebrating Our Kura!

On Monday the 12th of December students, staff, families, the neighbouring pre-school & the wider community of Waima Kura celebrated Grandparents Day & Prizegiving in the rain. With more than 60 family members in attendance we welcomed our new Year 7 & 8 teacher Whaea Trudy and her whanau to our school in anticipation of a wonderful 2012 year.  From there we walked to our new roadside area where local carver, parent and past chairperson of the BOT Tony Makiha said a karakia over the pou he carved for our school. Landscaped gardens (thanks in large to the Community Workers), a new school sign, a new school logo (inspired by our school bell and a drawing by Mano Kingi Jnr), school t-shirts, a new website, and new brochures (EVERYTHING NEW) made for a very full and exciting morning. Add to that performances by our school kapahaka, hip hop, star readers and our annual prizegiving and you may have guessed it, we were happily exhausted at the end of a very long day. In a final note, we also had a visit from the big red jolly guy – SANTA, and every child from school and from the pre-school got a fabulous present thanks to some awesome whanau in our school.