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SNU Department —

On our way, with many new adventures to be had for ‘The SNU Crew’, in 2017…

We travelled in style on our first ‘All-N-SNU’ trip of the year to the College Sport Athletics Meet at the Newtown Athletics Stadium in Wellington in March. Personal bests, fun, whanau support and congratulations were successes that we all celebrated. During Term 2, we designed and created costumes and props for our Multicultural Day performance. Hours of practice went into our Zimbabwean item ‘Shosholoza’, before we performed in the NNC Multicultural Day Concert at the end of Term 2. ‘Shosholoza’ was originally sung to express the hardship of men working in the mines. It continues to be very popular in Zimbabwe and South Africa and means “Go Forward’. In modern times, it applies to a show of support for any struggle. It is a term of encouragement, hope and of solidarity. Te Whare o Te Atawhai (SNU) students, are all about facing and embracing challenges and demonstrate ‘shosholoza’ every day. They performed their version of this song with great passion and pride to their inspired Te Whanau Tahi audience. During Term 3, a number of Te Whare o Te Atawhai students were involved in designing, creating and ‘selling’ daffodils to raise money for the Cancer Society of Aotearoa’s annual appeal. As well as donations coming from our amazing NNC community, we are also very grateful to the Naenae Bowling Club members who as well as coaching some of us in Indoor Bowls, also generously contributed to our final donation of over $225. Term 3, also saw us focussing on Light as an Inquiry Project. Once a week, SNU students explored and discovered many aspects of light in their Inquiry groups. They engaged in a range of light-inspired experiences and invited staff and whanau to an end of term presentation. All SNU students have made some excellent creations with Mr Lea’s guidance this year. We will miss his great sense of humour and skilful expertise in the workshop. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement Mr Lea and please come back and visit us in SNU next year!

We would like to make special mention of our of our teaching staff, Alex Kleyn who is leaving us at the end of this year to take up a permanent position with the Central Regional Health School. Alex has taught part-time in the SNU for the last three years. During that time she has taught across all four class-rooms and brought in some exciting new ideas in Social Studies, Literacy and Art. We will miss her positive enthusiasm for learning and the great trips she organises. We wish her all the best in her new position.

Speaking of leavers, Anne-Marie, Amy R, Marcus and Andrew are also about to begin their next adventures as they graduate from NNC this year. They have had great times and memories in SNU and are looking forward to their next ‘chapters’ beyond school. They will all remember and continue to be Te Whanau Tahi for life! We look forward to hearing about their journeys and wish them well! Mr Russell, as he looks into his future, we know will also be taking a bit of Te Whare o Te Atawhai with him, wherever he goes… Arohanui to you all!   

Term 4’s highlight was our renowned ‘Snormal’ which this year took on a student-initiated ‘Spooky’ theme. Students from the Greater Wellington Region, came to dance, dine and pose in our photo booth, late in the term. The attendance and support of a number of NNC staff was greatly appreciated also. It has been decided that from next year on, our annual dance will take place towards the end of Term 1.

The SNU EOTC week was also a HUGE success and this year took place just prior to the mainstream EOTC and Discovery Week. Day Trips to Petone Beach, a local farm, Jumperama, Stokes Valley Pool, the Mini Putt course at Avalon Park and a day with Ignite Sport, meant there was a range of fun and quality learning experiences to be had by all.

2018 is set to be another year of new, fun adventures! Ka kite for now.