Entries for June 2016


Term 2, Week 9, 2016

The term is flying by and next week is our last week of Term 2. It has been an enjoyable term despite the weather being rather wet in recent times. You will now see that the pavilion on Te Kete Tangaroa is now complete. This is going to provide another great space for learning to occur both in the winter and summer months. Also this will provide a great place for outside assemblies and our Christmas Prize Giving at the end of this year. Thank you to all those people who read last week’s rant about parking and I’m happy to say that we have noticed a marked improvement. Te Kete Pounamu is in its final stages and with the external decks complete now just waiting on the completion of the roof structure and footpaths. Internally it is almost complete and looks fantastic. 

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Term 2, Week 8, 2016

The winter solstice has been and gone so we are officially on the road to summer once again. I know that I’m probably tempting fate but if this is the worst that winter is going to throw at us I’m pretty happy. I must congratulate all of the children who represented Hokowhitu School at the recent Interschool Cross Country. All of the students gave it their best effort. Special congratulations must go to George B from Te Kete Tangaroa who won the Year 6 Boys race which backs up his first place in last year’s Year 5 race – awesome effort George. Thank you to all of you for the donations in today’s ‘Just Zilch’ mufti day. We will be delivering the goods to Zilch at the beginning of next week along with the monetary donation. 

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Term 2, Week 7, 2016

This term is flying by now already at the end of week seven. It’s been nice to have rather settled weather also which has helped the children to play during breaks and it has also sped up the couple of construction projects we have on the go. I can now confirm that the new building to be known as ‘Te Kete Pounamu’ will be ready for operation on day one of Term 3. Having been in there yesterday the space looks amazing with the carpet tiling and joinery being installed this week. The rain we have had has hindered the outdoors part of the project and the area outside Tararua 1 has become a mud pit due to heavy machinery. I must commend the staff and students of Tararua 1 for their maturity, as I know how enticing it must be for 5 and 6 year olds to have a great old time in lots of mud accessible to them on their classroom doorstep.

I can also announce that we have appointed Laura Flaus to take over from Mrs Handcock in Term 3. Laura is an experienced educator who has experience in both primary and early childhood sectors. She is going to be a great addition to the Te Kete Pounamu team with Mrs Mildenhall and Miss Coley in Term 3 and we look forward to having her as part of the team here at Hokowhitu School. 

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Term 2, Week 6, 2016

Who doesn’t love a short week and I must thank Queen Elizabeth for allowing an extra days holiday! It would be remiss of me to not thank everyone for your kind thoughts and messages last week. It was a hard week for all but we have come through the other side and the send off for Ben was really nice and a true celebration of his life. I want to also thank the PTA as they have provided the staff beautiful morning teas every morning since Ben’s passing, which is a very kind gesture and appreciated by all. Jack Frost has been around this week but one can’t complain because he has brought along with him some beautiful sunny, clear skies, whilst not warm it does allow the kids to get out into the playground and enjoy themselves. I have seen a number of students without jumpers on in this cold weather please remember to look in the lost property room for any item of clothing that has been lost. 

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Term 2, Week 5, 2016

As you can all imagine it’s been a very sombre and sad week around school after the passing of Ben McCarthy at the beginning of the week. We have all shared many memories of Ben and laughed and shed tears. Ben was a very important member of our staff for many years. I was lucky enough to have known Ben for over 20 years as we both started PNBHS together. I was very happy to see his happy, friendly face when I arrived here two years ago. The condolences that we have had from a range of people and workplaces in the wider Hokowhitu School community has been welcomed and appreciated by all. Thank you also for your consideration and understanding too at this time. We will miss Ben greatly, his laughter, his commitment to teaching, his impact that made kids smile and learn to the best of their abilities , his aerobics and overall we will miss his cheerful and caring nature.

Rest easy old mate, travel safe. 

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