Thursday, 15 March 2018


As part of our Te Māra Kai ki te Tēpu (Garden to Table) unit we have looked at composting. It is a great way to give back to the garden so it can have nutrients to grow more food for us. What's even better is we had food scraps left over from our vege prepping we did for the kai cooker at the Family Fiesta last week so we used those!

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Family Fiesta

Last Friday we had our annual Family Fiesta to raise funds for our school. Our class had two jobs we had to do to help out with it.
The first was performing in the Kapahaka group. We sang He Honore, Tiaho Mai Rā and did a haka which was a combination of Ruaumoko and Tahu Potiki.

Our second job was helping with the kai cooker (like a hangi). Our whanau came and prepped the veges for the kai cooker on the Thursday after school. On Friday morning we helped put the veges and meat in the trays.

First we put in the watercress on the bottom, then added a mixture of paukena (pumpkin), kumara, riwai (potato) and karoti (carrots) then spread the chicken drumsticks around on top. We carried the trays and stacked them in the kai cooker.
In the bottom of the kai cooker we had to put manuka wood chips to flavour the hangi. They had to be soaked overnight in water so they could create smoke and not burn.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Te Tiriti o Te Hiringa

We have been learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. We read a story about how Waitangi got its name, the story of Maikuku's cave. 

We decided that we needed to come up with a class treaty to make sure that we all have the best environment to learn in. We came up with lots of ideas and then managed to get them down to 4 things that we could follow. 

Here is us with our Treaty that we each signed to say that we would abide it. 

Our class treaty

Monday, 12 February 2018

When Harold came to visit

We have also had Harold visiting school over the last fortnight. We love it when he comes to visit. 
This visit he was telling us all about food and how it powers our bodies. He taught us about the food pyramids and the nutrients different foods give us. 

Listening to the information Carmen was sharing with us
Thinking about the cards Carmen had given us and whether they were true or false.

Having an X-ray so we could see what happens to the food we eat when it gets to different parts of the body
 The seniors were really interested in what types of nutrients were in different foods. Carmen gave us some labels from boxes so we could analyse the sugar, fat and salt content. 
Analysing the fat, sugar and salt content of some snack foods.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Visit from the Super 15 cup!

What a great start to the year we have had! We got a visit from the Super 15 cup in the lead up to the pre-season rugby game between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes. This game was held on the field right next door to our school and the teams used our hall and classrooms to get changed in. We were all so excited!

The cup was really heavy. It was something we didn't expect!

Our whole school with the cup.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017


This term we started off by looking at the value 'Kotahitanga'. We came up with ideas about what it meant and how we could use Kotahitanga at home and at school.

We looked at two whakatauki too. The first one was 'Ma pango, ma whero, ka oti te mahi' and the other was the one in the picture.

This picture is a representation of our class using Kotahitanga to get something completed. We each had to colour in a square of the picture and we had to look carefully at the original picture to make sure that we had similar colours. If we had have tried to colour this each by ourselves it would have taken us a long time. 

Kotahitanga is great for getting anything done quicker!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Māori Language Week

For Māori Language Week 2017 we watched the video 'Say it Tika' made by Voadafone and starring Temuera Morrison. It was to highlight the fact that Google Maps often say our Māori place names incorrectly. We also notice that the place names around our West Coast are regularly said incorrectly so we have created a slideshow showing how to say them correctly. 

We are going to screencastify it at a later date so people can hear the correct pronunciation.

Are the place names in your area pronounced correctly?