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 21st September 2017


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Oh my golly people, this is a tight General Election! Thanks to all of you who have made displays, put stuff on your Facebook pages, and encouraged your families (including your own) to enroll and vote. Thanks also for distributing our Whānau Newsletter Election Special – it is really important that people understand the environment we have worked in for the last few years and the implications of their vote in relation to high quality early childhood education.


It would be great if either today or tomorrow you put something on your facebook page and put out your own notice to families, encouraging them to vote and providing a few facts from the kit and information we’ve already sent you.


If you personally haven’t done anything to contribute to the democratic process to this point, please do so over the coming days – to be blunt, you have no right to criticize what happens in the future if you haven’t actively been involved in this General Election: the personal is political!







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Maori Language week at Waitangirua Kindergarten



Waitangirua kindergarten tamariki had an awesome Maori language week. We would like to share the photo with everyone. 😊

Tamariki made a tipare and wanted to paint a moko on their face like a Maori warrior. We Surprised Maitu on Thursday. 


Waitangirua team




He Whānau Manaaki Symposium


November the 25th at Te Rauparaha, Porirua.


The Senior Teaching team are pleased to provide you with another opportunity to enrol and engage in either one, two or all three of the most popular workshops/presentations from our Annual Staff Conference in July 2017.

  • Workshop 1: 9.00am to 10.30am Jenny Ritchie: Enhancing teachers understandings of Tātaiako
  • Workshop 2: 11.15am  to 12.45pm Sonja McFarland: Culturally responsive practice that affirms language, culture and identity
  • Workshop 3: 1.30pm to 3.00pm Lucie Zwimpfer: Infant mental health, emotional regulation and brain development


You are welcome to attend the whole Symposium, however, please note that you will need to enrol into each individual workshop on HR.Net as places are limited and enrolment in one workshop will not secure a place in all workshops.



Victoria University of Wellington, Institute for Early Childhood Studies Spring Research Seminar: Te Whāriki 2017: new realities


If you are interested in taking part in the Professional Development opportunity below and it aligns with your teaching and learning goals and or appraisal goals, then support with registration fees may be available.


Please contact your Senior Teacher to discuss this further.

Thank you, Sharon and the Teaching team 


Institute for Early Childhood Studies, (.pdf Format; 323Kb)



Singalong Books, A Great Resource for Teachers


Check out the following link for four of the Te Reo Singalong books that have been translated

into New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).


This project was achieved with funding from the NZSL Board.  You can see the videos with Te reo Maori and English subtitles.


They have been beautifully signed by the awesome Tuhoi Henry Enjoy!






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