E ngā mātua, e ngā piki kōtuku, e te whānau o Te Tikanga Rua Reo, nau mai hoki mai ki Hato Opani. He nui te mahi e haere ake nei engari he nui hoki te hīkaka a mātou ko te kāhui kaiako mō ngā hua ka puta i tēnei tau. Mokori anō kia mihia rātou kātahi anō ka uru mai ki roto i tēnei whānau – Ko te whānau Pakeha-Kennedy (Te-Ataarangi rāua ko Ashley), ko Piata May Douglas, ko Logan Golledge, ko Viliami Uluakiafua, ko Ezekiel Johns, ko Ryder Rihari, ko Dreah-Jane Norris-Turipa, ko Kytara Stanley. Nei te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.
Welcome back to our whānau of Te Tikanga Rua Reo for 2020. We trust that you have all had a lovely break and no doubt you are happy to have your tamariki back at kura after a long holiday! There are many events and activities coming up and the kaiako are excited for the year ahead. Our kāhui kaiako include Whaea Hannah, Whaea Nikkita, Whaene Maria, Hākui Carmen, Whaea Rachael, Hākui Stephanie and Matua Mikaere.
We are happy to welcome Piata May Douglas, Logan Golledge, Viliami Uluakiafua, Ezekiel Johns, Dreah-Jane Norris-Turipa and Kytara Stanley as our newest members of Hato Ōpani. From mainstream we welcome Te-Ataarangi Pakeha-Kennedy, Ashley Pakeha-Kennedy and Ryder Rihari. A warm welcome to you all.
Ngā mihi nui to those whānau who attended our Getting Connected meetings this week. We had an amazing turnout and we appreciate the connections made. We truly value the time spent to hear mātua share their tamariki strengths and aspirations for the year ahead.
From these meetings you are aware that we are starting the year with a Pō Whakawhānaungatanga on Tuesday 11th February at 5:30pm. Our expectation is to have at least one family representative at this hui, we appreciate your support! This is a chance for new whānau members to meet all of us and for us to re-acquaint ourselves with one another. It will be a relaxed affair with a hui, sausage sizzle and swim (we will need some whānau to support our swimming session by being active watchers from the side of the pool). We will begin with mihimihi (this can be in English), and the kaupapa of this hui is Teaching and Learning, the kaiako will talk about the programme we are implementing for the children.
NB: You do not need to bring a plate of food.
As many of you are aware from Getting Connected sessions, we have planned a noho marae trip at Koukourarata (Port Levy) on Monday 30, Tuesday 31st March and home on Wednesday 1 April. We need parents to attend with us and because it is an overnight event all parents need to be police vetted. There is a 6 week processing time of these checks so we need these sent off as soon as possible. As of today, if you attended noho last year, your police check is still valid. If you would like to attend please complete a police vetting form (available in TTRR or given to you at Getting Connected) and take your two forms of ID to Diane in the office who will verify these by Monday 10th February as these MUST be sent off to meet the timeframe. We will need 13 - 15 adults.
During the first couple of weeks we will take some time to settle back into the akomanga, the routines and connecting with the kaiako. Our main foci are Te Tiriti o Waitangi, pepeha, our whakataukī ‘Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu’, and we will end the term learning about ‘Rā o Ngā Hōia’ and the Māori Battalion.
You are welcome to be a part of minenga every morning to familiarise or re-familiarise yourself with this tikanga. We are continuing from last year, that all whānau can wear their shoes inside the classrooms, as we realised that whānau stayed outside because it was too much of a hōhā to take off the shoes. We enjoy having mātua/whānau come into the akomanga.
As part of our pepeha learning as mentioned above, all children will continue to revise, refresh or record their pepeha for learning. As part of minenga all children take turns to be on the paepae where they share their pepeha. As this is something we will be working on in week 2, we would appreciate your support with pepeha information for your tamaiti. We have already seen, some children do know their pepeha well, others can remember portions and we want to support our newbies to be successful for both minenga and other occasions pepeha is required.
In 2018, Matua Mikaere, Hākui Stephanie and Whaene Maria spent a considerable amount of time with senior leadership developing our Hato Ōpani cultural narrative and part of this was the creation of kāhui and building names. So for new whānau, we proudly introduce:
Riroriro Is our tau 1/2 roopu of akonga with Whaea Hannah as home base kaiako
Kōtuku is our tau 3/4 roopu of akonga with Whaea Nikkita/Whaene Maria as home
Pouakai is our tau 5/6 roopu of akonga with Hākui Carmen as home base kaiako
Tipu is our building name for class next to Pīwakawaka
Ngā kete is our building name for the main entrance to TTRR space
Rea is our building name for the class closest to the playground
Papaki ana te tai o mihi ki a koutou ko te whānau o Te Tikanga Rua Reo
I tipu ake au i raro i te mauka o Tuao Wharepapa
Ki te taha o te awa Wairoa
Ko Whakatū tōku tūrakawaewae
Ko Hannah Lineham tōku ikoa
I am so very excited to be returning to Te Tikanga Rua Reo this year. I am looking forward to reconnecting with the students and whānau I have had the pleasure of knowing for the past three years and to also connect and learn more about the tauira and whānau that are new to Hato Ōpani or to Te Tikanga Rua Reo. Nōku te whiwhi!
I look forward to seeing you all again back at kura and at whānau hui in week two. I love connecting and having a kōrero so please feel free to come before or after school to have a natter.
Poipoia te kākano kia puawai
Nurture the seed and it will blossom
He mihi matakuikui ki a koutou e te whānau ō Te Tikanga Rua Reo.
Tu rangatira mai ai toku maunga a Ngongotaha
E rere kau ana toku awa a Utuhina
Terea mai ai toku waka a Te Arawa ki Aotearoa
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Whakaue to hapu
Ko Te Kuirau te marae
Ko Te Roro o te Rangi te rangatira
Ko Nikkita Koia tōku ingoa
I am pleased and excited to return to kura after being on maternity leave since June of last year. We welcomed our beautiful kōtiro Te Atarangi into the world and these past 7 months have flown by. My husband and I also have two boys - Phoenix, who is in Pouākai for his last year at Hato Ōpani and Jeremiah, who at 3 would happily come to kura already! I have enjoyed my time being a māmā and soaking up every minute with my tamariki and whānau, and now I am eager to get back into mahi and be amongst you all again. This year I will be working part-time (3 days a week) and am teaming up with Maria as the hub kaiako for Kōtuku.
We have an amazing team of kaiako who have worked so hard already this year to create a programme that supports our tamariki. It is such an honour to be a part of Te Tikanga Rua Reo and I am once again looking forward to seeing each and every one of us grow and succeed this year.
Kei ngā ihoiho o ngā maunga whakahī e tū kāwekaweka mai nā i ō koutou nā rohe taurikura tēnā koutou katoa.
E rere kau mai te awa nui, mai i te kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa
Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.
He muka tēnei mai i te taura whiri o HInengākau
Ko Ruapehu te maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Te Ati Hau-nui-ā-Pāpārangi me Ngāti Rangi ngā iwi
Ko Pipiriki, ko Paraweka ngā marae.
Ko Maria Hema ahau.
I have worked within Te Tikanga Rua Reo for approximately 10 years having followed my own tamariki into this whānau. I have had varying roles over this time and am looking forward to this year job-sharing with Whaea Nikkita. Our programme this year allows us to teach to our strengths which has us kaiako teaching across the whole cohort in some shape and form.
I look forward to continuing to make strong connections and supporting our tamariki, whānau and kaiako in our shared aspirations for te reo me ōna tikanga.
Noho ora mai,
Tēnā koutou e te whānau o Te Tikanga Rua Reo
Ka rere te hā o mihi ki koutou katoa
Ko Aoraki te maunga
Ko Ōpihi toku awa
Ko Waitaha, ko Ngati Mamoe, ko Kai Tahu oku iwi
Ko Huirapa toku hapū
Ko Stephanie Richardson ahau
Ko James toku hoa rangatira
Ko Reihana, ko Rehu rātou ko Hinetū aku tamariki
I am a Resource Teacher of Māori based at St Albans School. I am fortunate to work within the unit and have been part of the TTRR team for the last 3 ½ years. In particular I support with the Poutama Reo programme, Te Reo Matatini (literacy) and this year some junior maths. I am also on the working party to develop our Cultural Narrative for Hato Ōpani. I look forward to working with your beautiful tamariki, the amazing TTRR team and the rest of our kura whānau.
Mōhukihuki ki te tiketike o Aoraki
E te whānau o Te Tikanga Rua Reo
E ngā karangatanga maha
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko tōku kāinga tipu ko Whakatāne
Ko Kapu-te-Rangi e tū ana
Ko te awa Whakatāne e rere ana
Ko Ngātiawa te mana whenua.
I retired from my work in Māori Education three and a half years ago, having been based here at St. Albans School for many years. I am fortunate and privileged to be able to maintain my connection to Te Tikanga Rua Reo, and to all who make up the whānau, especially the tamariki. I work here on Mondays teaching te Reo groups, sharing knowledge, and supporting our kaiako. I also have a role in the wider school as we endeavour to maintain and develop tikanga Māori as an essential element in the school culture.
My best wishes to all for a fulfilling and successful year. Kia tau te rangimarie.
Nāku me ngā manaakitanga
Matua Mikaere (Mike)
Tēnā koutou e te whānau ō Te Tikanga Rua Reo
Ko Hokonui te maunga
Ko Mataura te awa
Ko Tākitimu te waka
Ko Kai Tahu, ko Ngāti Mamoe, ko Waitaha ngā iwi
Ko Uenuku te marae
Ko Carmen Aldridge tōku ingoa
I feel privileged to be in TTRR and I am really excited about my second year in TTRR.
This year we are excited to continue developing our vision for our bilingual unit to meet the learning needs of our tamariki in a biliterate environment. The opportunities available for our tamariki are very special and we look forward to celebrating their learning together.
It is a pleasure to be a member of the TTRR whānau, I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you over the coming weeks starting on Tuesday at Whānau hui.
The tamariki will be placed in ability groupings for Te Reo lessons which will occur after minenga until 10.00am, Monday to Thursday. This is a te reo oral language programme and we see this as an opportunity to frontload language structures and reo to be used as appropriate throughout the day. We have a display in the kāhui in which you will be able to see the kupu and structures currently being taught so you can support your tama/kōtiro in their learning.
Our school wide foci for 2020 is ‘Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu - adorn the bird with feathers so it may fly’, this is a particularly exciting kaupapa for us to delve into. With a Te Ao Māori focus we are looking at the origins of who we are and where we have come from (pepeha) with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Anzac Day. Mid term we are looking at how we nurture ourselves as learners to get our feathers so that we may fly. We will revisit the meaning and connection with our manu names - finding out about the characteristics of the bird, why we are named as such through the cultural narrative and what is the connection we can make with ourselves the learners and collectively as year groups.
Core curriculum areas of reading, writing and maths will be taught throughout with a focus on skills that can be used to make progress, share research and learning outcomes of the inquiry. The kaupapa may be integrated across other curriculum areas so maybe science based, a technology creation, an artistic interpretation via dance, drama, music and/or visual art or maybe a poster or slideshow presentation. Tamariki will be grouped from tau level, ability, tuakana/teina and at teacher discretion as required. Across the kāhui there will be a similarity in what akōnga are learning but it will be adapted to individual learning level.
A blog has been set up via the school web page - www.stalbans.school.nz and our blog address is https://ttrr2020.weebly.com/
A popular addition to our communication in 2019 was a closed Facebook group. Here is the link for the TTRR 2020 whānau group, it will send an approval request to the kaiako and we will accept direct whānau of the unit. As this is a public forum, ensuring the safety of your tamariki is important to us through the use of their name and photos, hence a closed group and we will not accept any requests by people we do not know.
A parent notice board has been set up in Rea beside the whiteboard, please feel free to check this for information. The closed Facebook group, blog and your email will be your main sources of information from Te Tikanga Rua Reo. Please ensure you have the correct email address at the office.
Our email contact details are
Whaea Hannah email@example.com
Whaea Nikkita firstname.lastname@example.org
Whaene Maria email@example.com
Hākui Carmen firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to raise an issue or concern, our schools concerns and complaints procedure, outlines seeking the following support:
1. See your child’s home base teacher/learning teacher
2. If the issue is still not resolved, please contact Hākui Carmen as Kaiwhakahaere
3. If the issue persists or unresolved, please contact Mrs Ginnie Warren our tumuaki
This is the information in our St Albans Information Booklet
Will begin in Term 1 with a few more details to be confirmed. Cultural Festival is in Term 3 - August 30 to September 3.
For our new whānau
Big Day Out
This is a kāhui termly activity that is a reflection of our values or a fun activity connected to our learning. Each kāhui organises these activities and at times our tau level may join the mainstream Big Day Out activity. In wahanga tuatahi, our Big Day Out is incorporated into our noho marae
Every Friday the PTA runs a sausage sizzle. Orders must be placed before school outside the hall, the children then go and collect at the beginning of lunchtime. Sausages can be ordered in vegetarian and halal also. $2 each.
Home Fun is the Hato Ōpani version of homework, it consists of spelling, reading and mathematics basic facts. This will vary for each tau/tauira eg Tau 1/2 main focus may be daily reading and reading sight words, rather than spelling them.
Our initial spelling programme will be Essential Lists and during the next couple of weeks we will test the children to work out a level appropriate for them. Each week children will bring home ten words to learn and testing will happen once a week. Spelling is also integrated into our Literacy learning.
For reading, we encourage the children to self select a text of interest from home, local library or our school library. We ask that reading is for a minimum of 15 - 20 minutes. Depending on your child’s reading level (tau 1/2/3) they may have a school text sent home to read with you, please ensure these are read and returned daily. Te Reo Māori pānui, for some children, will also bring home books to be read.
Mathematics/Basic Facts are the main focus. This may be spending time on Matific, once this has been set up for the year 3 - 6. For those who like variety or may not have access to a device at home we can use array tables, oral recall and learning of basic facts. We will teach the children how to complete these and we appreciate your support at home with these.
School Leadership Opportunities
These are available for Tau 5/6 if they are interested in applying for leadership opportunities. in the first few weeks of kura. These include School Council representatives (prepare a speech, share with Pouākai, Pouākai vote), House captains (apply explaining why you would make a great house captain), specialist leaders for Eco Warriors and Techie Kids (apply explaining why you would make a great leader in these areas). I am strongly encouraging our seniors to give things a go, put your name in the hat and take the opportunities to try the leadership and sporting opportunities available. Students can apply for as many positions as they like.
Thank you to whānau for your support in devices and sending these to school to support our learning programme. Hato Ōpani preferred device is an iPad HOWEVER we will be grateful for any device your child brings to school. There are so many benefits to bringing your own device - children have immediate access to the learning taking place, they are also able to share their learning with you at home easily - some even choose to continue their learning at home. Our Board of trustees provides some iPad’s and we have previous kind donations of Chromebooks to TTRR. So there are some devices available to be shared amongst the children who do not have access to a device from home.
A BYOD form must be completed for new devices to kura, can you please send the device to school so we can get it set up through Sam our digital support teacher in Kāhu.
Please ensure all stationery is at school as soon as possible.
Term 1 is a sunhat term, please ensure your child has a hat at school everyday. No hat means children need to sit/play under the shade sails in the U.
Timetable - as a hub we have swimming times on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The children generally swim in their manu roopu, however on these really hot days we will give everyone the opportunity to cool off in the pool. These will be on a rotation as swim slots are 30 minutes in duration, however with certain events on we endeavour to provide an equitable approach for everyone.
Please send togs to school every day!!
Tau 3 - 6
This is from 10th - 14th February, the children travel by bus to and from with an experienced swim coaching session at Aquagym.
Tau 1 - 2
This is from 17th - 21st February, Aquagym sessions will occur at kura with instructors in our pool.
Scholastic Book Orders
These will be sent home this week, if you wish to order they need to be returned by Friday 21st February.
Absence/Lateness/Early Pick Ups
We understand that children become unwell and need to stay at home and we truly appreciate whānau keeping their unwell children at home instead of passing bugs around and causing the wider group to get sick. If your child is absent it is necessary and important that you let the office know before school by 9.00am.
If your child is late to school, they need to go to the office to collect a green late pass. It is not ideal for tamariki to be late, as it generally upsets the child’s start to the day in which they are rushing to unpack their bags and don’t have that time to connect with kaiako and friends before the bell. If minenga has started, children are not able to interrupt, so they enter into Ngā Kete and sit quietly until the formalities are complete. This is a glass door so they are fully supervised once in Ngā Kete.
Ongoing monitoring occurs of students absence and lateness and parents will be contacted should the need arise.
Should you require to remove your child from class for an appointment, you need to sign your child out in the office and children need to sign in again on their return. This is the same if you pick up early, all children who leave the school site between 9.00am and 3.00pm must be signed out. We appreciate at times these situations are unavoidable however, tamariki leaving school on a regular basis are missing learning opportunities that could include key learning or the independence to finish tasks or class activities including swimming or trips.
If your child arrives at school before 8.30am, they need to wait on the green and blue astroturf until the bell rings. There is no active supervision at this time as teachers can be in meetings or preparing for the day.
As always, we look forward to seeing you around school, at events and in the hub. Please contact us in person, via email or phone if you have any questions or concerns.
Noho ora mai,
Carmen Aldridge, Hannah Lineham, Nikkita Koia, Whaene Maria
Te Tikanga Rua Reo