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Tena koutou katoa, naumai ki te wiki tua waru. Greetings everyone, welcome to week eight.

It has been a very busy time on many fronts over the past week. In the media a lot, there has been positive progress in the teacher paid union negotiations, which will hopefully make all of the disruption worthwhile, not only for teachers but also for children in the long run. In the next week or so, all teachers across New Zealand will vote to either accept or decline the offer. All indications look positive that we may be nearing agreement.

We truly appreciate the support we have received from our community during these negotiations.

 Farewell Mr Kennedy- We have been very fortunate to have Mr Luke Kennedy working in our Senior Team since the start of this term. Luke is in his last year of teacher training and completed his final posting here with us. He finishes with us at the end of this week. Thanks Luke, we have all loved having you at Norfolk. Good luck for completing your studies and securing your first teaching job!

 Puanga Celebrations Tui Tree and Totara celebrated Puanga this week, with kai and activities.

Puanga isn’t celebrated over one or two days, instead it is a period of approximately a month or longer with at least two months of preparation followed by two months of wānanga (learning).

The first new moon in the month of Pipiri (June-July) is the period when stars like Puanga, Matariki and Whānui set. This time is a chance to reflect on the past year and to remember your loved ones.

Puanga and Matariki then rises again in a fortnight in the eastern sky, this is the time to acknowledge the rising of our loved ones that have passed so that their spirits become stars and to prepare for the celebrations of the New Year.

The appropriate time to commence celebrations is based on the nights of abundance for your locality and some will recognise the nights of Rākau and others, the nights of Tangaroa – one week after full moon.

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Norfolk Legends: Well done to the following students who have been demonstrating our community values.

Sunshine Room: Bochuan Wong & Cole Hollins

Mamaku Room: Thomas Palmer & Olivia Kingston

Tui Tree: Nikita McQueen & Pippa Moke

Totara Room: Tess Salisbury & Toby Flynn

Moa Hut: Mackenzie Leathers

Summit Room:  Jak Knowles

 Student Leadership in action!  This term our school values focus is around Taking Responsibility and Showing Integrity– This is all about taking responsibility for our actions, ourselves and our environment by making decisions that we know to be sensible and well thought out. These concepts link strongly with key competencies Relating to Others, Managing Self and Participating and Contributing

There have been some outstanding examples of students living our values without needing any encouragement from adults. Here are a couple of great examples!

The Special Children’s Extravaganza Fundraiser – A group of our senior students are wanting to raise money to support the Special Children Extravaganza. The Special Children’s Extravaganza is a fun day that helps put a smile on kids faces who might need some support in life. Many of them may suffer from a disability, a life threatening illness, violence or living in underprivileged circumstances.

On Friday June 21st, is International ‘Make Music Day’.

We thought this is a perfect day to have a fun musical day and ask children to bring a gold coin donation to support the Special Children’s Extravaganza. Children can bring musical instruments along or just join in and have a boogie with us at lunchtime!  It would help us and the community to put a smile on their faces. We hope to raise about $150 for this awesome cause.

The organising crew are: Tamzyn, Amelia, Milly, Genaya, Charlote, Leigha, Te Waikaukau and Mackenzie

Lunchtime Sports Fun

Recently two of our senior boys have been ‘caught’ being awesome role models in the playground. A group of younger boys asked Linkin and Oscar to help them play a game of soccer. They happily set up the game and then spent their entire lunchtime playing along with the group. It was loads of fun and the juniors really loved playing with the older boys. Since then, Oscar and Linkin have given more of their lunchtimes to play alongside the juniors. Well done to you both!

Lunchtime Library

Last week the staff received a very convincing letter from Toby Flynn, asking for the school library to be available for children during lunchtimes. Toby prepared a very, very comprehensive argument for this which we couldn’t possibly deny! Well done Toby, you are a great leader in our school!

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Upcoming events:

Year 5/6 Interschool Sports: Our next interschool Sports fixture is against Waitara East School here at Norfolk tomorrow, June 20th. Games will start at 11:30am. We welcome parents and whanau to come along and support.

 Year 5 – 8 Cluster 7-a-Side Soccer – This date has now been pushed back by the organisers until Term 3 (Tuesday September 24th- Week 10). We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused those who have offered transport and support. This change was beyond our control.

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Dates For Your Calendar:

Thursday June 20th – Y5/6 Interschool vs Waitara East School @ Norfolk

Wednesday June 26th – Y7/8 Rippa Rugby Finals Day – NP Race Course

Friday June 28th – Y5/6 Interschool vs Puketapu School, @Puketapu

                             – Home and School Hot lunch –

                             – Mid Year Reports home to parents

Thursday July 4th – Year 7 and 8 Debating vs Inglewood @ Inglewood  

Friday July 5th – End of Term 2

Monday July 22nd – Term 3 Begins