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From the Tumuaki's Table - Term 3 Week 4

Mike Molloy —

Cultural Connectedness is alive at KSS

One of my favourite aspects of KSS is the rich cultural diversity that we have. We are fortunate to have so many courageous parents coming in to share about their culture. I have seen African drumming, Maldives fashion, highland dancing, creative curry cooking, South African trinkets,  and so much more! This connection for the children helps them appreciate and understand the differences and similarities we have. I think we are a fantastic example of how a community show respect for each other.

The bike sheds are finally complete and the 16 shiney new bikes are now at school. Thanks to Generation homes and all their partners that have completed this project. We are almost ready to start using the track. There are three tracks in total. The pump track is for general use for all children. They can borrow a school bike and helmet or bring their own (no sharing). The two jump tracks will be for riders that have been vetted for skill and safety - they will need a licence to ride these! This opportunity fits in well with our philosophy of healthy risk taking and activity.

We held an open morning this week to try and capture those that might take up the opportunity of our new kura. The more we know are coming to KSS then the better we can plan for numbers moving into 2020. We are so humbled by the positive messages that parents are sharing about the school. I know some of you are happy to keep the school buzz on the d-low too!

I visit classes daily and see all of the children actively engaged in their learning. School is such a more dynamic and interesting place these days. Our 'Learning Through Play' approach is really catering for all ages and abilities. I was thrilled last week when the Te Tupu Harakeke (Waitaha) children opened their doors so all the tamariki could learn together - this is inclusion at its best!

The first student led disco is on this Friday. Well done to the team that have helped put this together and for the parents that are supporting them too. It should be a great time!

Enjoy the cold starts and the warm days! See you at the party.

Matua Mike