Well done parents. You did it! Six weeks of having your delightful offspring at home, and now…. the sweet delight of sending those precious little darlings back into the care of professionals. Jokes aside, kids thrive on routine so hitting Monday like a drill sergeant was like tonic for exhausted parents who have juggled work and kids like a circus performer for the last few weeks.
Take Kārara finally opened and you would have needed CLR and a wire brush to wipe the smile off principal Jodie Howard’s face. She was beaming with delight as Bubba Thompson from Ngai Tahu officially opened the school by returning the original sod that had been dug up in March last year to its resting place in front of the new school hall, where a po is set to mark the spot.
Thompson, with Matua Dean and Whaea Evelyn Cook from Ngai Tahu led the students, staff and parents around the school, blessing each building before entering the hall for speeches and kai.
“I don’t know,” Howard said, when asked how many kids had shown up for the first day. “We haven’t done a roll yet.” It didn’t look many so those foundation students will have the benefit of an extraordinary teacher to student ratio.
At Wānaka Primary the first day was different to usual as no classes had been assigned while they wait to see how the roll is affected by the opening of Take Kārara. It is expected to take up to two weeks to let the dust settle and allocate kids to classes.
At Hāwea Flat School change was afoot now that principal Sue Heath has retired. She has been replaced by Tania Pringle who has big boots to fill.