Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ruma Tahi Authors.

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Haere mai Nau mai

Welcome to Ruma tahi!

We have been learning to speak Te Reo Māori through waiatas (songs) Māori games using rakau and poi and listening to Māori legends. We learnt about Māori symbols so we decided to make our own book. We wrote sentences using similes and we drew straight and curved lines and used collage to make our symbols.


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Our pikorua is blue like the pacific Ocean and it looks like number eight. Tamerita, Latai & Teremoana

Matau looks like red hot flames of blazing fire. It is strong as a lion. Eli

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Porowhita represents the past and future. It looks like warrior's eyeballs popping wide open.
Toakase, Pauline & Taylah.
Koru represents new beginnings. It is beautiful and you can wear it like a necklace. Jahmani.
It looks like a baby in mummy’s tummy.   Ngatokorima.
Matau is a Māori fish hook. It looks like a bonfire. It is parakaraka like a goldfish. Izrayl, Taufa & Mark.
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Our porowhita looks like my nana’s earrings.  Mahine.
It is blue like fresh air. Susana.
It is blue like the ocean. Miana.
It is white like fluffy clouds. Fakalelu & Sekola.
Koru is a spiral like a snail’s shell. Koru is green like the dense bush and forests of Aotearoa. Taniela & Moses.
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Our muri paraoa is black and shiney like the stars.
Room 1

Our roimata is kakariki like a tall totara tree.
Mrs Tu’ikolovatu.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Bubbles in Room 5!

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Bubble Trouble with Room 5!

This term, we had Science in a Van come and visit. It was wonderful and magnificent. We learnt about bubbles and mixtures.

“In class, Miss Kelly did some predictions work with us. We guessed what we thought would happen when we made our own bubbles” - Omera.
"The bubbles go POP! The bubbles fly in the air. Bubbles are fun.” - Gideon

Can you make your own mixture? Put two things together and see what happens!
Remember in Science we…



Friday, May 26, 2017

Science in a Van with Room 3.

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Science in a Van.

My favourite part about the science show was the big bubbles.
From: Kaya and Aroha.

My favourite part was when Alan got the trumpet to blow the bubbles.
From: Sokopeti.

My favourite part was when we blew the bubbles to the ceiling.

From: Calais, Dimitri, Brian, Lazariuz, Emanuel, Meilani and Sione.

 My favourite part was seeing a cloud in the bottle.
From: Rose.

My favourite part was seeing the food colouring mixed with the water.
From: Jayla.

My favourite part was the student holding a bubble.
From: Jhoanne and Malachi.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Te Ao Maori in Junior School

Ka mau te wehi!

Yendarra is outstanding!
Ka pai (well done) to our kaiako (teachers) and tamariki (children) for engaging in Te Reo me ona Tikanga.

We have been blessed with visits to Whaiora Marae, to different classrooms to learn rakau, weaving, te reo and waiata and had the privilege of welcoming He Oranga Poutama into our kura to teach poi and ki o rahi.

Tena koe whanau

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Room 2’s Te Ao Māori Experience

Room 2’s Te Ao Māori Experience

Room 2 had an awesome Te Ao Maori week! We learnt so many new things and we were excited to share our learning with our friends and families.

First, we visited Room 5 and learnt to use rakau. Next, we danced to Kotahitanga, a Maori Jump Jam song. Then, we learnt Te Reo Maori names for our body parts. Finally, we learnt Te Reo Maori names for our favourite fruit.

We can’t wait to learn more about Te Ao Maori!

“In Room 6, we did Jump Jam. It was fun. I was really scared but I did it.”
By Ocean

“In Room 5, I was using rakau. I was trying to throw the rakau up but then… I didn’t catch the rakau.”
By Sofaea

Te Ao Maori in Room 5

Te Ao Maori Week!

Room 5 loved our amazing week of learning and we had so much fun! We had Maori stations where we learnt different Maori skills - Rakau, Maori dance/drama, poi and some language too.

Amelia and De’Jon wanted to share their writing from our wonderful experiences…

On Friday, we had lots of fun! Room 5 played catch with the poi in a special Maori game. Room 5 did balancing with rakau which were very long and thin sticks. We danced and I was so exhausted. We went outside for Maori activities. Our learning was amazing!

By De’Jon.

On Friday we did rakau, poi, a ‘wha’ Maori counting game and hand activity. The poi was so wonderful! It was so exciting doing all of these things and so.. So…much FUN!!!!!

After that we welcomed the seniors back from their Noho Marae. I felt elated because we had fun and it was very cool welcoming the seniors back with our song ‘Haere Mai’ that we learnt. Some of the Junior children even did a pukana! I heard our voices booming around the school. We were all happy from our exciting day.

By Amelia.

Te Ao Maori Week in Room 4!


Room 4 have been learning all about Te Reo Maori myths and legends. We have been looking at ‘How Maui slowed the sun.’

We re-created the story in both art masterpieces and performed by reinterpreting the story through drama.

A long time ago, Maui and his brothers slowed down the sun. With his brothers, Maui said “you are to use flax to catch the sun.” The sun heard him and said “I will slow down.” The sun slowed down and Maui ate.
-     Shiloh

A long time ago, the sun was going too fast.

We had a great week with lots of amazing learning all about Maui and his legends. We can’t wait to continue our learning and learn more.