Kia ora whānau,
Ngā mihi nui ki a tātou kātoa
I hope you have all had a wonderful and relaxing break with family and friends, enjoying our (mostly) lovely weather and that you feel refreshed and excited for the new year ahead.
My family stayed at home, did lots of work on the house as well as enjoying some days out and visits to Lyttelton pool. We did have some sad news recently, my lovely father-in-law Sid died after battling on since having prostate cancer treatment a few years ago which cured him of the cancer but set off a series of other ailments. Mick has gone to the UK to farewell Sid and spend some time with his family. Sad times indeed, but we have some marvellous support and feel blessed with our adopted NZ whānau.
Down to business then. I know you have received emails reminding you of dates etc and the importance of booking your IEM. There is some important info on this page, please read it and come prepared to your IEM. As you scroll down there is also a link in case your child needs supervision for 31 Jan/ 1 Feb. Please complete this so I can safely provide supervision.
Your child’s community leader has also shared stationery lists with you. Please talk to your child’s HBLA if in doubt of anything. It is really important that stationery items come to school on the first day (or before, bring them to the IEM) so your student is set up ready to roll straight away.
There is a mihi whakatau (welcome) for new students and families at 9.00 at the Unlimited campus, outside in the quad. Please come along to be officially welcomed to your kura, and then go on to your child’s community day/ school.
If you have any questions, please ask your child’s HBLA in the first instance. Nadine, Melva and myself are also very happy to answer questions/ address concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch. Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question.
Niki Stephenson – Deputy Director