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?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Matariki Banners

For our Matariki celebrations this year each class made a Matariki banner. Each class had to choose one of the 9 stars of Matariki to represent on their banner.

We used heavy calico and fabric paints to create them.

They are now hanging up outside at school so everyone can enjoy them. 

Enjoy having a look at them.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Cassidy @ GMS: Awesome Writing

Cassidy @ GMS: Awesome Writing

Check out this Awesome writing from Cassidy! He played the Game of Awesome and used the card he got to make a story. Cassidy also created is own character pictures.

Have a listen to his story!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Property Patrol

It was our to last week to show Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship/caring for our place) by doing Property Patrol.
After morning tea and lunchtime it was our job to pick up any rubbish that had been dropped or had fallen out of people's pockets.
We each got a different area of the school to pick up rubbish in.
This is a picture of the teina who did property patrol all by themselves on Friday while the seniors were at assembly.
Look at all the rubbish we collected after morning tea!

Visit to Scenicland Preschool

On Thursday 1st June, Te Hiringa and some of the other tamariki from the Kapahaka group went to visit the tamariki at Scenicland Preschool.
We sang some waiata (songs) to them and then we sang a waiata with them.

Performing Utaina

Waiting to perform the next waiata

Singing and dancing with the tamariki from the preschool.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

School Cross Country

Yesterday we had our school cross country. For our cross country we use the rugby field next to our school and the street around our school as our track.
Our class all participated and this photo shows the people who received placings and made it through to the West Coast Cross Country event!
We are so proud of them!