Thursday, October 21, 2021


So great to be back at school yesterday, and an extra added bonus to be able to spend some time with Whaea Gina in the sunshine learning about shotput pushing.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Bouncy eggs

Did you see our bouncy eggs? They were left in our jars of vinegar for the entire lockdown period. We had some fantastic discussion around why they were so big before we bounced them on the bench.

Whare pukapuka

Don't forget to bring your library books on Tuesdays - tamariki are able to borrow 2 books each week from our whare pukapuka if they remember to bring back the previously borrowed pukapuka 


It was great to get back into kapahaka this week. The tamariki are making great progress with their short haka and waiatas too. 


Ukepe with Matua Tupps is great fun and a great way to engage both sides of our learning brains.

Working with clay

This week we had a go at making a traditional Maori anchor out of clay. It was great learning how to manipulate and work the clay, building the muscles in our hands and wrists too.

Shared chapter books

We have started reading shared chapter books in class. This is fantastic learning for our tamariki, helping us to hold stories in our head over multiple lessons and days, making predictions about stories and talking about authors intentions over longer stories. 
We really enjoyed reading the enormous crocodile, and have already started George's marvelous medicine!

The wiki o te reo maori

This week we have been embedding lots of our te two into our daily interactions - but we also learnt a new game!
Tokuhia ngā tangata? Toku rua! Toku rima! Toku waru!
Ask your tamariki about this game in your whare 🙂

Monday, September 13, 2021

Back to school - week 8!

As we start back to our first full week of learning since we went into lockdown during week 4 the tamariki are having a blast with a mix of old and new games in class, welcoming new members to our Rimu Whanau, and getting back into familiar routines. Today we got to see our wonderful kiwican instructors again to continue learning about relisience. Tomorrow we will have kapa haka, library, te reo, ukelele and some experiments to explore our sense of hearing.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Reading to an audience

Scout and Lilly were invited to read their journals to Kauri class today. They did an excellent job using strong confident voices.

Karaoke time

Our lesson with Matua Tupps today was karaoke singing. It was good fun and the tamariki showed great resilience and confidence getting up to sing into the microphones!

Goodbye Millie

We wish Millie the best on her new adventure yesterday. We know she is going to have the most amazing time at her new school, and can't wait for her to come say hello and tell us all about it when she can!

Buddy reading

It's still so great being able to read to and with our buddy's twice a week. It's wonderful watching the confidence grow of both junior and senior students as the year progresses.

Buddy flowers

Last week we learnt how to harvest harakeke and make putiputi with our buddy class.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Library day

Don't forget our library day is still Tuesday this term. Bring in your library books to change them for new stories to read at home.

PAL fitness

It was great fun getting out to do PAL fitness with senior students today playing a range of team building games to get our blood pumping for the day.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

NED mindset mission

The students participated in the NED mindset mission this morning filled with yoyo's and lessons about having a positive growth mindset when approaching challenges. It was so much fun!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Term 3 ukelele

We started back with our ukelele lessons today

Congratulations Remi!

Congratulations Remi on finishing the early words program today!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Skip counting

Practicing our skip counting in 2's today with footprints on the concrete

Whaea Gina and healthy kai

Whaea Gina from Sports Northland is teaching us all about healthy food choices for our bodies this term

Monday, July 26, 2021

Term 2 week 10 class awards

Class awards from the end of last term. Well done tamariki for your hard work and effort!!

Kiwican - resilience

This week's catchphrase at kiwican is 'emotions are what we feel, so let it out and keep it real'

Olympic games

Today we started our unit of work on the Olympic Games. We have lots of questions to start our inquiry with!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Kiwi can - week 10

Kiwi can catch phrase today is 'reliable kiwis do what they say they will do'. The tamariki had a great game of circle ball tip too.

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Mariana Trench

Learning about the different zonesnof the ocean today lead to snippet of a David Attenborough documentary on the Mariana Trench and some of the fascinating creatures that live there.


Congratulations to all the tamariki on an excellent performance day and night. I am so proud of the effort and persistence shown in getting all the songs and dances learnt, and the bravery shown by ALL when performing on stage. What an excellent job they all did!!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Production practice

Production practice has started to ramp with this week. The tamariki are doing really well remembering all the words and actions to the songs!


Today's catchphrase is "Do the right thing, even when no-ones watching"