Community Pekapeka (yrs1-3) News week 2

Kia ora whānau,
What a lovely week we had last week, rekindling relationships from last year and building new friendships with new families. It was great seeing children making new friends, engaging in activities and learning about our core values. We also named our community “Pekapeka.” Pekapeka has several meanings – for the children the name is after the NZ bat however the other meanings are quite apt. As a noun, pekapeka can mean “branch” and we are but one branch of Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery. As a verb pekapeka can mean to visit or call in, something we hope all involved in our community will feel free to do at anytime.


This week we begin teaching maths and reading, have our swimming lessons and experience our first nature play day. Children will also have time to learn through play and/or work on their individual inquiries. I have attached the week’s timetable.


Swimming begins tomorrow. Please ensure your child has everything they need in order to have a great time. I will be sending out a separate email regarding transport/help for the week. Please let me know as soon as possible if there are any glaring errors.


Mindful Movers is on Tuesday afternoon as well. Most of the children will have a session this time but a few will miss out because of swimming – apologies. 


Community Parent Meeting/EOTC/LMS training We have our community meeting on Wednesday at 3.15pm in the wharenui. It will be followed by an EOTC training session which all parents need to do in order to be able to take children off site. I will also be running some training on how to use our Learning Management System (LMS) and Seesaw.


Nature Play at Halswell Quarry Our first day out is this Friday. A seperate email will follow (hopefully tomorrow evening) with more details about this.


Looking forward to another amazing Ao Tawhiti week!

Ngā mihi,

Nadine Walmisley

Community Leader yrs1-4

Learning Advisor