Kia Ora Whānau, It is great to be writing our first Pukeko Nest Newsletter of 2017. We hope you and your family have had a relaxing summer holiday filled with many happy memories even if the weather has been rather disappointing! It was lovely to be greeted by so many happy eager children this morning. We welcome you all back and especially wish to extend a warm welcome to all our new children and their whānau. It is exciting to have Ava, Victoria, Ben, Breanna, Blake, Skyla, Chloe, Carter, Alex, Kaitlyn, Louie, Neve and William join us. We look forward to getting to know you and your whānau further! We are lucky to have Wiki Brown join our Pukeko Nest team this year. The Pukeko Nest is made up of three homegroups. Matthew Boyce has the older children while Wiki Brown and Ann Gain have the new children. Our priority is to ensure that the social, emotional and intellectual needs of all children are met. This means that, within this collaborative environment, the children are grouped accordingly and may see more than one teacher throughout the day. Please make your first contact your home teacher. Each Wednesday we are lucky to have Kellie Simms releasing Matthew for his Beginning teacher release and every 2nd Tuesday releasing Wiki for this term. We have an exciting first term planned for our young tamariki including a hub trip to Spencer Park and a flower show later this term.