Maihiihi School - Nothing Great is Easily Won - Kaore te mea nui e mama te whi whi


Highlights from the Principal's ...

“Ko Maihiihi, Ko Au - Ko Au, Ko Maihiihi

Maihiihi is Me - I am Maihiihi” 

“Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive”

Term 2 Week 3 Autumn Greetings to all our Maihiihi School families and Community

The meaning of the above whakatauki can be applied to the learning context of our school.  We all contribute to our students' growth in one way or another so let's support each other to do the job well and see our students thrive! 

With the changing of Alert Level settings to Orange and the Covid-19 case numbers reducing we have had a hopeful start to this term. Attendance has been good and I would encourage we all get back to good habits and getting our kids to school each and every day if they are well.  School is returning to a new normal which resembles a mixture of old and new processes to reflect the environment that we are now teaching and learning in.  Apart from the slight hiccup we experienced with our building project this week we hope to be able to get back on site and continue with our learning.  On this note we are investigating what Hybrid Learning could look like for our school as a means to counter “interrupted learning” no matter what comes our way - Covid, illness or asbestos!

We are continuing our inquiry learning into the history of Maihiihi.  We were very fortunate to have Amanda Kiddie come in to visit and bring some new (& old) information and artifacts to share with us that are specific to Maihiihi.  Who knew there was a Maihiihi Golf Club (just over the fence by the recycling center) or a tennis court across the road or the prominent family names that still reside here today. 

Students have also been learning about Ngati Maniapoto as we have confirmation that they are iwi and tangata whenua here in Maihiihi and we have been searching for the meaning behind the often used word “Te Nehenehenui.”  The latest snippet of news is that the great Chief Rewi Maniapoto was born in Maihiihi - just goes to show that Maihiihi is most certainly the home of leaders!  We are hopeful that later this year we can do a bus tour to visit some of these very special and significant places in our rohe.

A special thank you to the Menz Shed in Otorohanga and Darcy Lupton for the mini-houses they built to accompany our new values token system.  We really want to ramp up our house spirit and competitiveness and the house captains are warming to their roles in this.

As always, my door (or phone or email) is open if you have any feedback/feedforward you would like to give to make our school the best place it can be for your / our children.

Mauri tu, Mauri ora,

Vanessa Koroa