I'm using a Taiwanese greeting after attending the Waihi Academy Cultural day on Saturday. Quite an impressive venue, absolutely huge and well worth visiting if you have the opportunity. I attended with my Mum and family, and it was nice to share the experience with Ms Bartram's family and Jenny Burne who also attended. Later in May, the academy will play host to a Japanese drumming performance which I'm going to keep an eye out for and on Friday the 20th of March I will be taking Room 3 out to the Cultural Interactive Day Camp (keep an eye out for more information about that).
Last week's first whanaungatanga day, the school TRYathalon was another enjoyable evening at school, and I thank my staff and Sharlene Kelly from Project Energize for helping ensure the event ran smoothly. (Check out the photos on our Facebook page)
As Sharlene wrote the following day:
"What a fantastic event for your school! From the creation of your own bike obstacles, to the Whanau participation and even the Nashi pear reward at the finish. I will most definitely hold this up as a great success for how healthy a school can just be by nature! It’s the Waikino way and it’s awesome. "
Following the event on Friday, Waikino School was well represented at the Karangahake Triathlon and as with last year, we proved good competition at the event. Congratulations to all our students who attended, you did us all proud but a special congratulations to: Angus Roggeveen 1st place GO GETTERS, Kyle Sorley 2nd place GO GETTERS, Elliott Pilkinton-Brodie 3rd Place GO GETTERS and Noah Pilkinton-Brodie 1st place HARD NUTS, with a special Principal's award from J.D at Karangahake school for Kaisha Orr-Gosse and Lucy Beach also. The day is a well organised and fun event and we are grateful to Karangahake School for inviting us again, and we hope they invite us back again next year! (Check out the photos on our Facebook page)
This week marks our SUNDAISE performance at 1pm, Saturday 7th of March and we wish our children well for their performance on the Main stage (a main stage which also features Regan Perry, Soul Revolution, The Nomad and Trinity Roots that same day!!!) with Mike O'Donnell, Mr B also performing with the children, and Al Sorley our sound engineer and DJ. It's a great privilege to have been asked to perform at the SUNDAISE Festival and I know our children will do us proud representing Waikino School. Good luck to our Manu (Birds): Children performing: Ruru-Lachlan, Piwakawaka-Kyle, Korimako-Kaisha, Tieke-Ciara, Tui-Lily, Kereru-Noah, Kakapo-Ace, Pipiwhararoa-Elliott, Lucy-Riroriro, Kotare-Liam, Kaka-Pratik, Karearea-Hamish, Tauhou-Erana, Kokako-April, Kiwi-Duncan and to our Adults performing: Kiwi-Mike (Storyteller), Kereru-Colin (Teacher) and Ruru-Al (Sound).
Finally as you may have noticed, there is a new structure being erected in the main entrance to school. This is going to house a new school notice board and the community library-an idea and project which was featured on the cover of the Wakino Whisper in December last year. Thanks to Brian Habberfield for volunteering to make it happen and neighbour Dan Bustard for helping supply building materials, we will have a very country 'village' meeting point, connecting community and school.