Newsletter Week 4 May 19th 2017

Newsletter Week 4 May 19th 2017

Matariki celebration 2017

This year will be our 7th Matariki celebration.  It will be held on the Discovery campus on Friday, June 16th.

The successfulness of Matariki in the past has been because of the high level of support we’ve had from everyone in the community.  Hopefully this year will be even better than last.  Please take a few minutes to read through where we need support and have a think about ways you can offer help.

For those who haven’t been to Matariki before we’ve followed the same basic format since it started:

3:30-5:00 we have soup and bread rolls available 

4:00-6:00 a variety of workshops related to Matariki are available for all community to participate in

6:00 shared kai – families are asked to bring something to share and a hangi, that’s been cooked on site, will be available

After dinner we sometimes have music and/or dancing.  For the past few years we’ve let off sky lanterns.    Thanks from the .Matariki Team

Existing Students IPads

Just a quick note about iPads. We are noticing many students asking for laptops and saying their iPad isn’t working. If your child has a school iPad can you please check that it is in good working order. Part of the agreement when taking a school iPad was that families would keep them in good working order and this does mean repairing them if needed. We do need families to repair otherwise we lose a fairly expensive resource and this puts strain on the other limited resources we have. If you need any help with any software issues Liam maybe able to help us so please let us know.

Evan Ritchie would like some support

Hello all I am doing a photography course and I need a bit of help when it comes to transport and supervision. At this stage I am seeing if the trip would be possible.  

I am hoping to be able to go to the Selwyn River/Waikirikiri and the beach but I would love to go to the Waimakairiri River, and maybe Cave Stream/Castle Hill as well.  It would be a whole day trip. We would take the minibus if it is free or cars if a smaller group. If anyone thinks they could help I would really appreciate it if you could email me back.

Kind regards 

Carmen Dress Rehearsal

We have the opportunity to see the dress rehearsal of NZOpera Carmen. Please let me know if you would like a ticket for your child. Child tickets are $10. We can take one adult per 10 children at a cost of $25. Please email me on

From Anna Hoetjes NZOpera

I am touching base about the Dress Rehearsal for our upcoming production of Bizet’s tantalizing French opera Carmen on Tuesday 11 July, 6.30pm at the Isaac Theatre Royal. As is custom, we are inviting school groups to experience first-hand the power of opera – this is a great opportunity to introduce students to opera who may have never seen this exciting art form live before, as well as an offer to those students who may already be fans. Dress rehearsal tickets are offered for just $10.00 (with limited special offer tickets to accompanying teachers/parents – conditions apply).

Stage Challenge

We had a fantastic bunch of students compete in the stage challenge this week. Many took a risk by getting involved with dance for the first time. The whole project was run by Maddie Tumataroa, Josiah Morgan and Imogen Mackintosh. They performed a piece called Rona which told the legend of Rona and the Moon. They integrated this with the arrival of European settlers. They did very well picking up awards for costumes, drama, choreography, sound track and the most innovative performance / story.

PINs at the Discovery Site

We always love it when students run workshops for other students as there is so much they can offer each other and learn from each other. This term the Discovery Campus has PINs over 3 afternoons in week 7. We have been encouraging our students to maybe get involved. Below is the information sent out to families on the Discovery Site. Please let your LA know if your child would like to offer a workshop and then can help with the process.

In week 7 of this term we are having another round of PINs (Passions, Interests and Needs) workshops here on the Discovery Campus. These workshops have been something that we have done ever since the creation of Discovery 1 in 2001. This is the first time we have put out a request for workshops to the whole school community…it would be fantastic if some students or parents from the Unlimited Campus could find a way to get involved this term. Last term we had 7 students come over and run 3 days worth of workshops. They were amazing!

These workshops can be facilitated by children, parents or the wider community, and LA’s for children, or adults. An LA might run a workshop on computer use for adults. A child may run a painting workshop for peers, a parent may run a sports workshop for students or a design workshop for other adults including LA’s. As our special character states we are all learners and we are all teachers. The scope of the workshops is only limited by your imagination. The more people we have offering workshops the better the experience for the students.

Please have a read through the attachment and see what you may be able to help with… Term 2 is always a great way to get started with this as it’s only 3 afternoons of workshops that you could facilitate.

If you’re interested in offering something either on your own or as a team use the link below.