MANAKAU SCHOOL WORKING BEE ON THE SCHOOL HOUSE
on Sunday December 8th at 10:30am
We are organising a working bee at the Manakau School house to repair and spruce up the school house so that we can get it back up to a rentable state, all the while trying to make it as cost effective as possible.
No experience necessary, just lots of hands on deck to spruce up the inside, outside grounds, and fence lines, pathways and tidy entrances.
Bring along your gardening tools (named), secateurs, forks, wheelbarrows, weed baskets, pruners, spades, rakes. And any cleaning supplies you may have on hand.
Please fill out your details below and return this form back to Annette by no later than Wednesday 4th December.
Kirsten Housiaux will be in touch with you on the Thursday/Friday to go over what areas you would prefer to work in or if you are happy to be placed anywhere.
Thank you for your support
Working Bee Contact: Kirsten Housiaux 027-466-3317 with your name, contact number, and email if you can help or provide some refreshments.
Please read the new blog for more information Dedication of Te Pou Korero
Please see more facebook photo's about the big day
Speech notes form Juliana Mansvelt Board Chair,,
Tena koutou katoa,
Kia ora and welcome to all our tamariki, whanau and friends, Kuia, Kaumatua, and distinguished guests. In the speech read by Paddy, Pauline Masters has talked about the historical components of the ‘totem’ sculpture here. Talking with Richard Orzecki, perhaps Te Pou Korero is an appropriate name for this pieces these taonga (treasures). I really like this term, which reflects the purpose of the sculpture comprising talking poles which speak to the past and to the present. As I thought last night about what I would say today, I also reflected on the three poles that comprise this monument. These three poles or pou’s are also a representation of the partnership we have between Manakau School, Ngati Wehi Wehi marae and the wider Manakau Community. And so it is wonderful that we have representatives of all three groups here today.
It is special, to be celebrating this dedication on this the day that Manakau School opened on this site 125 years ago. Manakau School Board of Trustees is very grateful for all those who contributed to this monument: to the work of Pauline and the School Reunion committee, our fabulous school staff and teachers to Rod Graham and helpers Otaki Pottery club and Creative New Zealand for covering the costs of firing. Our thanks also to Dean Murray who helped put the fixture together in the rain! This dedication is an important event in the life of Manakau school, not only because it is a reminder of the school's whakapapa and heritage but also because it showcases the talents and abilities of our current pupils - the life of the school going forward.
A special final thank you to the Rev Kahira Rau who has come to do the blessing for Te Pou Korero, this will help make these taonga truly blessed and the Mr Bill Miles to do the honour of cutting the ribbon.
The construction of our Te Pou Korero sculpture also reflects many of our school values –
Perseverance – trying and not giving up. I know doing clay sculpture myself, it is not always easy to make the clay stick, but our teachers and students persevered to see it completed, even when at the last the tiles were sliding off their backing boards!
Respect: Creating this has builds a respect not only for those students and staff who came before, but also for the teachers and community members who assisted our children in its production.
Integrity: As in any project, this one was about recognising and being honest about strengths and weaknesses and helping one another to complete the task together.
Diversity: This beautiful piece represents the diversity of our pupils and their whanau past and present, and the diverse styles, characters, colours of the tiles are a celebration of the wonderful variation that gives Manakau School its special character.
Excellence: And it goes without saying that all those involved has given of best to produce something of excellence!!
Together the first letter of these words spell PRIDE. Again thank you to all involved, but now I want to say a special thank you, to the tamariki of Manakau School. Young people, you can be proud of what you have done in making these Te Pou Korero. You can take great pride that your efforts have helped create something which will be a reminder to successive generations, of our school motto Personal Best always! Well done
Kia ora, Juliana Mansvelt,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees
The school's vision is to develop academic, social, physical and spiritual growth in children and therefore equip them with the qualities they need to develop a rewarding future.
Specifically, it aims to achieve excellence in literacy and numeracy, whilst providing exciting opportunities in ICT and The Arts
Established in 1888, Manakau School is situated just off State Highway One, 7km north of Otaki, on the outskirts of the small attractively presented village of Manakau. This decile five school enrols children from New Entrants to Year 6 and consists of three classrooms, of which two are currently used and are composite over at least two age levels. Thirty six percent of the children attending Manakau School are boys, with twenty five percent of children Maori.