by Wendy Russell, Acting Principal
It has been a very busy term with four new entrants commencing school. They each bring a certain little wow factor and huge character to the classroom.
The school has been extremely busy with our annual Matariki celebrations including the lantern parade and beach clean-up, Kaupapa Maori Festival, the Fun Run and the visit from Starlab. Our winter sports teams have had a fabulous and successful season so far with pleasing results. Some children are now trialling for Otago representative teams and we wish them luck.
Matariki was a huge success this year. We have had such positive feedback, which is fantastic. We were confined by space this year, with our new playground still under construction, but it seems to have proved very successful having the performance in a different area! We were lucky with the weather which brought out the wider community. Thanks to Paul and Patrick for their wonderful ukulele entertainment and Tarn, Mira and Florence for their amazing stilt walking.
Fun Run. The students and staff were all buzzing last Wednesday. A large number of children dressed up as favourite characters for this event and I have to say they looked amazing! There were lots of spot prizes which were supplied by Nicola Shanks from Sport Otago. The Otago Daily Times included a photo of us in last Thursday's paper and it looked very cute. At the end of the run, children were each given a fruity, juicy ice-block. Back at school we held a presentation where each student was given a participation certificate. There was a medal for the best dressed participator which went to Jazzy Couch. The winning class that fund-raised the most money was presented with a trophy – well done to Room 2 for winning this. Overall the school made a profit of $1,300 which will go towards sports equipment. Thank you to everyone who supported this event!
Our principal, Mr Parker, has been on leave this term travelling around Europe and we look forward to his return in term 3.
On Monday it was Matariki. There are four corners of Warrington that you go to, I went to the domain with Floyd. I carried a star-shaped lantern. Floyd and I ran to the front. The people coming from the domain were the first to get to the place where all the groups met. Then it was the people from the Paua Farm. Then we went up to school. First the drummers did their drumming. After that Room 1 did the haka. Then the whole school sang two songs. Then we went and played in the dark. The bank looked like a deep swamp in the dark. Floyd and I stayed close together.
I was walking to the Paua Farm with a lantern shaped as a star. There were many people at the farm, there were drummers and one teacher there. We waited a long time so we started to walk, then we met Jacob and Isaac. We kept on walking then finally we got to the top of the hill. Everyone was waiting at another hill. When we got to school we sat down. All the children sang -- the singing was amazing. Then everyone went and had some food and the children played in the bushes.