Monday, 30 November 2015

Te Iti Rearea Hui

Kia Ora whānau,
We have our final meeting for the year on Thursday 3rd December 2015 from 6pm to 7pm. We can't wait to catch up with you all! Thank you all for supporting our tamariki and Māori development at RSS! What a team! 
Ngā Mihi,
Rosie raua ko Nic!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Te Iti Rearea Hui Reminder

Kia Ora e te whānau,
We have a meeting this Thursday 22nd October at 6pm in the staffroom.

We will be discussing:
·      The car boot sale
·      Numbers in the Kapa Haka
·      Piupiu development
·      The future of Poutokomanawa
·      Māori development across the School

Please come along and show your support to our tamariki at RSS! We would love to see you!

Ngā Mihi

Rosie and Nic

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Thank you!!

Kia Ora e te whānau,
I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who supported the RSS Kapa Haka at the "Car Boot Sale" on Saturday! 

  • The bakers
  • The donators
  • The sellers
  • The buyers

We raised about $200 to go towards our piupiu. We couldn't have done it without you! 
Ngā Mihi!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Please support Kapa Haka

Kia Ora Koutou,
As you all know the "Car Boot Sale" is coming up and will be held on the 19th September 2015 at RSS. Te Iti Rearea (A group of whānau that support Māori development at RSS) will be running a stall to raise money for traditional piupiu for the whole kapa haka group (100 students). Any donations towards our stall would be appreciated. Large items would need to be delivered on the day, but smaller items can be left in Rm 11.
Thank you in anticipation,

Shar and Rosie

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Nei ra te reo - Nā Te Piki Kotuku Kereama i tito Ngāti Manomano, Ngāti Raukawa

Nei Rā Te Reo

A   E
Nei rā   te reo
Te ta ngi  o taku  ngakau
A          E          A      D       E
Ku  a  haehae   te tau   o taku ate

Tangi tonu e
mō ngā aituā   ko rātou kua   wheturangi tia
E E   E       A
E kore e nga  ro   te mamae   a u e

A            E   A            D             
Kei muri nei  tātou te hunga ora
A               E        D      
Kia mahi ai  ngā mahi  anga tūpuna

Tangi tonu e
mō ngā aituā  ko rātou kua  wheturangitia
E E   E       A
E kore e ngaro   te mamae   a u e

Nā Te Piki Kotuku Kereama i tito Ngāti Manomano, Ngāti Raukawa

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Ki O Rahi Update

Ki o Rahi Update
Kia Ora e te whānau,
The ki o rahi tournament (which was scheduled for 14 August 2015) has been postponed until further notice, due to unforeseen circumstances.
Ngā Mihi,


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Te Iti Rearea Minutes 6 August 2015

Te Iti Rearea Hui Minutes 6 August 2015

Whānau present:


Karakia - Rosie


Whaea Horiana
Whaea Meta

General kōrero 

Poutokomanawa feedback
Darryn started with the Poutokomanawa interim report. There were 3 areas of data that were collected about Poutokomanawa - Attendance, National Standards Data and an Engagement survey.

Attendance information
16 attending more
9 worse - but were justified (due to illness)
4 stayed the same

Māori are doing very well in Poutokomanawa and are above the national standards across the board.

That the children mostly and nearly always loved coming to School, and all our tamariki had family that were interested in their learning.

Sha - Quentin is thriving in Poutokomanawa (noticed it in the first term) She has seen a change in his whole being, she feels he has a real sense of self and his culture.

Marisha has been helping in Poutokomanawa on Wednesday afternoons and she said she has noticed that the children are so engaged and interested in whats going on.

Darryn also mentioned that having Whaea Meta in class was a real benefit to the children. She brings that caring Kuia element to the environment.

Kapa Haka - Pae tamariki

Rosie felt really well supported by the whānau with a large number turning up to help with getting the children ready and a large number being present at the regent to support the children with their performance. We are very proud of the children. They showed real wairua/spirit and determination There has been lots of really positive feedback from people who attended the festival and from the community.

Sha mentioned that special thanks should go out to Jo for making the extra uniforms so all the children looked the same.

Marisha talked about the Kapa Haka being like a family and how she saw the big children looking after the little children at the back of the stage at Pae tamariki.

Suggestions for changing the meeting night - Monday or Wednesday – we will email parents to decide.

Car Boot Sale, 19 September

Darryn thought this could be a good opportunity for the whānau to have their own boot / table to raise some funds. We all agreed. All present are happy to contribute something for the sale. It would be good to see if every whānau can contribute something towards the sale and the funds be used for Kapa Haka uniforms. We just need someone to run it on behalf of us. Sha said, she may be able to run it but she needs to check her calendar. I said, I might be able to help her on the day - need to confirm this.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Rosie reported on the week and the positive energy created by Poutokomanawa as they lead language activities and a competition for the week. The Te Taura Whiri posters were well received.

Next meeting date: 

Karakia - Rosie

Friday, 31 July 2015

Pae tamariki 2015

Kia Ora e te whanāu me te hāpori hoki
Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa mō tō awhi, mō tō tautoko ki a mātou tamariki. Ka nui ā matou aroha ki a koutou katoa.
Ngā Mihi hoki mō ngā  tamariki o a mātou kura, kei te whakahihi mātou i a koutou, koa ana ā mātou ngakau mō tō haka.
Ānei ngā whakaahua o ngā tamariki ki runga i te whakaeke o te whare tāpere o Papaioea.

Thank you to all the families and the community for helping and supporting our children. Our love goes out to you all.
We would also like to thank the children of our school, we are very proud of you, we are thrilled with your performance.
Here are the photo's of the children at the regent.
Ngā mihi ano,
Ngā kaiako o te Kapa Haka o RSS

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Thank you Jo

Thank you Jo! Thanks for buying the material and making 15 extra dresses for the girls in the Kapa Haka roopuu. Now, we have enough dresses and we all look the same, just in time for Pae tamariki!
Ngā Mihi

Pae Tamariki Update

Kia Ora e te whānau,
I have just received confirmation that RSS will be performing at the Regent on Friday 31st July at 10.40am - 11.00am. Since our roopū is so big we desperately need parent help to assist us with our tamariki on the day. Can you please let Nic or I know if you are available to help us.
Here is a copy of the Pae tamariki booklet

Monday, 29 June 2015

Pae Tamariki - Thursday 30th and Friday 31st July 2015 - Weekend Practice

Kapa Haka weekend practice!

posted 30 Jun 2015, 17:27 by Rosie Parker
Kia Ora e te whānau,
Pae tamariki is on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of July this year, which is basically straight after the holidays. So we are hoping to have a Saturday afternoon practice on the first weekend back, this will be on the 24th July from 1pm - 4pm. A reminder notice will go home with your child on the first week back.
We have also put the words to all the songs on RSS Matauranga Māori - and we are hoping to record the group during Kapa Haka practice today and put it on the blog too.
Ngā Mihi
Nic, Rosie and Ebs.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Kia Ora whānau - Here are the minutes from the last two meetings

Te Iti Rearea Hui Minutes 25/06/2015.

Whānau present:
Whaea Metarina

1 Karakia - Rosie opened
2. Whakatauki – Whaea Meta

3. Apologies
Whaea Horiana

4. Any additional agenda items
5. Minutes from previous meeting

Ae, Rosie will put them on the blog

Kapa Haka
We have opened it up to all age groups especially Māori whānau who request membership.
So the Kapa Haka group is very large, children are joining every week. Children are proud of being in Kapa Haka and wearing the uniform. We had to use both the black and the blue uniforms to make sure all the girls had one. Te Mātangi wore the black and the rest of the group wore the blue dresses. It was a real struggle to fit all the girls in a uniform, especially the little girls, we noticed even a small was quite big on them. We discussed how many blue dresses we have (32) and that we would need at least 20 more for Pae Tamariki. We agreed that we would get a small task force together to help sew the rest. Especially when we have so many new pipi starting. Jo said, she was happy to make some and if we could get some helpers that would be good. Jo will get the pattern from Rosie tomorrow.

Academy apparel quote for dresses, Ebs got onto this straight away and Apparel quoted uniforms for the boys and girls, but we decided to only go with dresses if we were going to apply for sponsorship. Bevan spoke about the power co sponsorship sadly we didn’t get it. We discussed whether we would still go for sponsorship for new uniforms. Someone mentioned where the money came from for the sports uniforms? Sha mentioned sponsorship. Whānau want to know if we could tag onto this sponsorship, since Kapa Haka represents RSS and needs uniforms, just like a sports team would. Maybe we could still make the uniforms??Looking at other sponsorship?? Bevan has spoken to David about other sponsorship organisations??
Where did the other Schools get their funding from for the samples we saw from Academy apparel?
If funding is not working out...we still need an alternative??

Poutokomanawa feedback
Whaea Meta - Children love it, want to stay on. For self, it’s been a great journey in learning. Children are good with each other.
Rosie- There is a checklist to be done, survey is one of these. This has been done with the children and has been really positive and will be shared with David. Whanau perspective is wanted so questionnaire has been sent to parents and feedback gained. Kids often ask for more Te Reo, likely do more than the aimed 14% Te Reo as it is.

Quizz night
There are some teams coming from the hospital. Darryn has suggested that because the supporters club has given us monetary support, that we show them our support by going to the quiz night.

Should we take the items gained by Marisha for the silent auction? All in agreement this is a good idea.

Next whakatauki -hands up!
Next meeting date: 6 August 2015

Karakia - Rosie

Te Iti Rearea hui minutes 07/05/15

Meeting opened at 6.06pm karakia timatanga by Darryn.

Whaea Horiana
Whaea Meta


Rosie made introductions and welcomed our new parents, Wayne, Ariana and Tu.

Rosie – whakatauki

Minutes accepted as read

Nic talked about the Kapa Haka groups
-       The competitive group is going well and on track for pae tamariki
-       The competitive group name is Te Matangi
-       The development group name is Roopu Whānau
-       Plan for this term is to prepare for pae tamariki
-       Bevan gives thanks to teachers and whānau for their hard work and efforts

Jo talked about the uniforms
-       Showed samples of pari patterns and uniform dresses
-       Fabric $12.99 per metre @ spotlight
-       Dresses can be made for less than $15 each
-       We need approximately 50-60 dresses
-       Jo has mended 20-30 dresses already
-       Ebony suggested the tukutuku could go on the boys’ tipāre

Committee took a vote on the tukutuku patterns and decided on Harrison’s design subject to costs for screen printing

Darryn suggested using ribbon instead of the tukutuku this year if screen printing costs too high and look at using tukutuku pattern next year.

Ebony suggested we could use Academy Apparel for pattern as the school already uses them for sports uniforms. Jo and Ebony to look into this further.

Both Kapa Haka groups are to have the same uniform.

We need quotes to be able to apply for funding.
Whaea Horiana stated that Awatapu College has said we can borrow their piupiu for Pae Tamariki for a koha. Haley to contact Zeb at Awatapu to officially request and confirm hire age of piupiu.

Rosie to get more info from Ropes on his contact for piupiu.

Bevan talked about the powerco application and said that we need to decide at the next meeting what our kaupapa as a group is. Everyone is asked to think of kaupapa for the next meeting, what the group means to them and the tamariki.

David has said we have the full support from the school. The committee has decided to have all finances go through the school pending that is rolls over each financial year and won’t get allocated elsewhere.

Darryn brought up that we should show all the support we can to the supporter’s club. For example, attending their quiz night.

The group needs to liaise with David. Haley to add David to the e-mail group.

Ebony talked about Support’s club car boot sale in September. Maybe we could join in and fundraise with them?

Rosie talked about what is happening in Poutokomanawa.
-       30 minutes of singing every day, songs are taught to Poutokomanawa tamariki so they can show the group.
-       Rosie is receiving great feedback from parents/whānau.
-       Tamariki are loving being a part of Poutokomanawa and are really thriving from it.
-       Whaea shout out to Rosie for her hard work.
-       Tamariki thirsty for Māori knowledge and are exceeding expectations.

Whaea Meta is doing a whakatauki for our next meeting.

Meeting closed @7.30pm
Karakia whakamutunga by all present.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Te Iti Rearea Meeting

Kia Ora e te whānau,

Te Iti Rearea are having a meeting this Thursday 25 June 2015. Te Iti Rearea is a group of whānau members who currently support Māori development and achievement in our school. We would love you to come along and join us.

Who: Whānau members
When: Thursday 25 June at 6pm
Where: Staffroom
Why: To meet other whānau, have a cuppa and to share your ideas and thoughts on Māori development at RSS.

Noho ora mai

Nā Rosie (Te kaiako o Poutokomanawa)

Ngā waiata mō Pae tamariki 2015

Wairua O Te Puna

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Matariki Celebrations 2015

Matariki is represented by a cluster of seven stars that can be seen from 18th June this year and symbolizes the traditional Māori New Year. It is a time for harvesting, collecting food, sharing stories, waiata and celebrating whānau past, present and new life. For more information about Matariki visit…

This year Russell Street School will be celebrating Matariki with each class presenting a variety of Māori learning: games and waiata in the hall and having lunch with their buddy class. All parents and friends of the school are welcome to come along, and join us.

When: Week 9, Thursday 18th June 2015, starting at 12pm in the hall.

Children will be having lunch with their buddy class on Thursday 18th June 2015 and may be asked to bring a healthy plate to share.

We look forward to a fantastic day and hope to see you all there.

Ngā Mihi,

Rosie and Nic