Whanau / Community Newsletter - June 2019

Kia ora Whanau,

As we celebrate Matariki week and Term 2 comes to a close, we can reflect back on what a jam packed term it has been. This week Matariki has been celebrated throughout our schools with the sharing of kai, bringing a great sense of togetherness.
Matariki and International Volunteering week fall at the same time each year – what better way to celebrate both than a dinner at the Marae where volunteers, the Waiata Joy Group and Early Childhood professionals sat together and shared a meal and were entertained by the students with some beautiful waiata. Thanks to Diane for organising such an amazing event.

Check out our re-vamped website! It has been updated with new photos, fonts and information. While our facebook page will always be the main means of communication around day to day events and photos, our website is the place to go if you are wanting to gather organisational information. Click here for quick access.

Our Annual Report is now available for viewing on our website. This is the first time we have produced a report of this quality and is an awesome reflection of what a busy 2018 we had. We hope you enjoy reading the stories and achievements and in
particular how I Have a Dream has grown. See more on page 3 of this newsletter. Click here to view Annual Report.

Thanks to Catherine and David Davies-Colley for once again agreeing to open their magnificent Magnolia Gardens next term. The entry fee of $5 will support I Have a Dream camps taking place in December and January. Staff and students will be at the
gardens providing support to the owners and to mix and mingle with enthusiastic gardeners. The dates for this event are now confirmed—17th and 18th August and 24th and 25th August. Look out for further information as we get closer to the time.

Also thanks to Weber Circus and Mayor Sheryl Mai for providing 50 circus tickets to I Have a Dream. Students who were able to go had a really fun experience.

Congratulations to Tikipunga High School for running the highly successful school ball at Toll Stadium. More information and photos on this later in this newsletter. I would like to say thank you to all the donors who provided such beautiful gowns for the
girls to choose from.

Finally enjoy the school holidays which are coming up rapidly. I hope students come back refreshed for what’s shaping up to be a busy term 3.

Ngā mihi, Ant Backhouse – CEO



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