Wednesday July 4, 2018
Pasifika experience a hit in the Hutt Wainuiomata children will be part of an unforgettable Pasifika experience this week. From July 2 to 5, Walter Nash Stadium will host Poly Odyssey, a Pasifika health, education and arts day programme for school students alongside Polyfestival Hutt Valley The combined programme will make it one of the largest annual Pasifika events in the Hutt Valley. Polyfest and Poly Odyssey
were the vision of Luana Leulua’I, an inspiring teacher from Koraunui School, who with the backing of former Principal Barbara Hays, has driven the success of Polyfest over the years. Luana’s aspiration was for Polyfest to expand to provide a Pasifika experience at Walter Nash during the day. However, she sadly passed away earlier this year. The 2018 Polyfest and Poly
Odyssey will be dedicated to her memory. Te Awakairangi Health Network has taken the lead on Poly Odyssey with support from Pasifika community leaders, Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Koraunui School. A n a S o’o t a g a , o f Te Awakairangi Health Network, says: “We are weaving preventative health messages through traditional Pasifika
customs, arts and storytelling.” The theme of Poly Odyssey this year is, Ko tatou e tahi i te moana Pahewhika, We are all one in the Pacific Ocean. The Wainuiomata students and others around the region will travel through the displays and experience authentic pasifika practices and customs. “We want this to be an unforgettable, rich and healthy Pasifika experience for our young people,” says Ana.
Kindergarten steps away from plastic bags Arakura Kindergarten is on a mission to reduce their footprint on the environment. In an effort to use less plastic bags at the kindergarten, all children have been given their own reusable bags to take home wet clothing. “We are always looking for ways to further embed the Enviroschools philosophy into everything we do. “The idea is that this bag is kept in their backpack ready for when wet clothes need to be sent home for washing,” says Debbie Henderson, head teacher at Arakura Kindergarten. The reusable bags have been well received with parents getting straight into the swing of returning the bags into the children’s backpacks each day. “We had these book bags in our store room and realised that they would be ideal they’re waterproof, durable and can be sealed. We believe in using what you have first and once these are finished we will look into other options,” Debbie says. She believes this is going to significantly reduce the use of plastic bags as well as educat-
Wainuiomata High School understands the importance of developing student leadership. Already the school is leading a transformational change with the development of student-centred educational pathways and working towards a major property rebuild. Members of the community who want to be part of the school’s next phase have been invited to express interest in joining the board of trustees. At this stage, the position will see the successful applicant be a co-opted member of the board of trustees. If you would like to know more, contact board secretary Hayley Lawrence on 04 938 3224.
Lower Hutt’s new Events Centre, which opens on July 14, will provide an elegant, contemporary partner for the refurbished Town Hall. The old and the new side by side, the two buildings strongly articulate a respect for the city’s Modernist history, while embracing the present and future. The new Events Centre complex will officially be opened on Saturday, July 14 with a public formal opening, followed by community performances and events throughout the day.
Tamariki from Arakura Kindergarten, from left, Olivia Calcinai, Kaedyn Brosnahan, James Daniel and Para Pansuria with their bags. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
ing our tamariki with regards to looking after papatuanuku. Arakura Kindergarten was the first kindergarten in Lower Hutt to be recognised as a Silver Enviroschool in November last year.
Referred to as a reflection rather than an award, the Silver Reflection recognises the kindergarten’s long-term commitment to a more sustainable future. Arakura Kindergarten is now
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Innovative young mind selected Wainuiomata High School student Katie Atwell has been selected to attend the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) programme in Lower Hutt from July 8 to 13. The selection process was very competitive with more than 90 applications. Katie is one of the 40 successful young women who have been selected.
Wainuiomata News 04-07-18