From The Principal's Desk

MBS Colleen Margison Website

15th September 2021

Tena koutou parents and caregivers,  

It is Māori language week and I’d like to take this opportunity to mihi atu, thank you, for all  the hard mahi you have put in, to organise everyone at home and to keep everything  running as smoothly as you can. Despite all that is happening around you.  

I think after the announcement on Monday, the fact that we have another week of Alert  Level 4 impacted on people in different ways.  

Today we have been in Alert Level 4 for 4 weeks and you are doing an amazing job, (mihi  whakamiharo). We know that all our home situations are different and you are all trying to  cope with timetables, devices, space on the kitchen table, jobs, changes in jobs, routines (or  lack of) and we just want to say – that’s ok! Please, just do what you can. Family is  important.  

Please don’t put pressure on yourselves or your children. The last thing we want to do is to  switch our children off learning. Every child and every family situation is different and we  recognise that.  

When the children come back to school, we will be able to pick up where we need to and  the teachers are working hard on-line to continue the learning for your child/ren. I would  like to thank our staff for the wonderful job that they are doing. Just today I got a lovely  email to thank the teachers for the learning that is happening in this difficult time.  

If you want to make a day a Fun Friday or a Wacky Wednesday at home, this is a great idea.  You are the best judge of what is happening at home and we understand if you need a  break. We appreciate it if you can keep in touch, as we know the children like to see their  classmates as well as their teacher. At the same time, we want to keep the learning  available for your child and the varying situations that exist.  

Our next communication will likely be after the announcement next Monday, as we now  begin to prepare for Alert Level 3. The advice given is to stay home. Throughout Alert Level  3 online learning will continue for your child with their class teacher. We want to beat this,  especially after all the hard work you have put in.  

We also want to let you know that Mr and Mrs Costello have sold their house and are  moving to Cambridge at the end of the year, to be closer to family. We thank them hugely  for all that they have done for the school and our students and wish them well for their  future. 

As it is Te wiki o te reo Māori language week I’d like to share this song and its lyrics with  you. It is Pepeha, by Six60. I was at this concert as was Mrs Wymer and some of our staff,  and some of our parents who I happened to sit next to! Your child will be learning this song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_CJFEKNvX8

Kia haumaru te noho - be safe (in your bubble) 

Colleen Margison 

Proud Principal of Mellons Bay School 

 

Mana is my mountain 

Ko Mana tōku maunga 

Love is the sea 

Ko Aroha te moana 

Whānau is my canoe 

Ko Whānau tōku waka 

I am standing here 

Ko au e tū atu nei 

Mana is my mountain 

Mana is my mountain 

And Aroha is my sea 

And Aroha is my sea 

Family is my vehicle 

Whānau is my waka 

And all of that is me 

And all of that is me

Even remotely 

Ahakoa pāmamao 

You are here 

Kei konei koe 

Though you are far away Though you are far away 

I hold you near 

I hold you near 

I'll keep the home fires  burning 

I'll keep the home fires  burning 

So you can see clear 

So you can see clear 

Remember that 

Kia maumahara mai rā 

You are from here 

Nō konei koe

Mana is my mountain Ko Mana tōku maunga 

Love is the sea 

Ko Aroha te moana 

Whānau is my canoe Ko Whānau tōku waka 

I am standing here 

Ko au e tū atu nei 

Mana is my mountain Mana is my mountain 

Love is my sea 

Aroha is my sea 

Family is my vehicle Whānau is my waka 

And all of that is me And all of that is me 

Mana is my mountain Ko Mana tōku maunga 

And all of that is me And all of that is me

 

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