20 December, 2019

Adventure Forest Trip

On the 12th of December the Pakiri School Community made the trek up to Whangarei for the annual Adventure Forest trip.  This trip was made possible this year thanks to a generous donation from Aunty Trina to subsidise the cost per student.  Many of our ākonga (students) have been working on their ‘Tree Licence’ this year and their developed skills were put to the test in the beautiful forest surroundings.  Thank you to all the parents and older siblings for your support. 

Here is what our ākonga had to say:

"I showed maia (courage) when I was scared of crossing the bridge."

"I showed kotahitanga (unity) by being with my friends."

"I was brave when my friend was scared I helped him."

"On one of the zip lines I was scared - but I learnt I couldn’t fall."

"I showed the value of  hiranga (excellence) by completing lots of levels."

"It was challenging and exciting at the same time. I am proud of myself because last time I went there I was two levels down. This year I went up by two levels.  I was amazed at myself!

End of Year Celebration

The culmination of a big year of change for our school and wider community was celebrated at the annual Pakiri School End of Year Celebration on Tuesday evening, 17th of December.  Thank you to everyone for sharing this night with our ākonga.  The Pakiri Hall felt alive with energy as the National Anthem was sung by our united voices. Thank you to all our speakers on the night and we were excited by a special appearance from Ingrid.  It was wonderful to see her up and on the mend after her courageous gift giving.

Thank you to Ringi and Jake for ensuring tikanga of the evening and to Aunty Cherie for the organisation of this.  The Kapa Haka group started off the evening and their performance set the tone for a great night.  Kia ora Ra mo to mahi nui i o mātou ākonga.

The evening was a tribute to the late Peter Gossage and the impact he and his whānau have had on learning at Pakiri School, and across New Zealand.  Having the Gossage whānau attend the evening made the night all the more special.

Our Teina retold the story In the Beginning and created their own costumes and masks as part of their study of Peter Gossage's art and literature. 

The Tuakana were challenged to re-tell their own myth of how the school values came to live at our school.  This was a collaborative feat. Thank you to Clive Gravatt for sharing your School Centennial Book that gave the script team stories to research.  The script was written by Allie, Tilly and Joe.

Our illustrators, Zadie and Indigo, worked hard to use thin and thick line, bold colours and koru design to complete the art for our animation team. 

The costume and mask teams, Tilly, Siri, Pipi, Flo and Greer, collaborated together and with the script team to create costumes that personified the values. 

Finally, the big guy, Santa, arrived and kai was shared.  Thank you to Jackie and Di for your work supporting Santa’s safe arrival.

Oscar and Zeb worked on the stop animation with patience and perseverance.  

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Our learners were celebrated for their achievements across the year with certificates and cups.  These awards were made all the more special by the attendance of the cup donors who presented them to our learners.  A special thank you to Gavin and Tui Brown and to Sharley Haddon for sharing the story of these taonga with our tamariki.

Leadership Award


Rising Star – Positive Attitude


Mcdonalds Adams Optometrist Certificate – Senior Learner In Science and Technology


Environment Award

Alexandra, Yma and Greer 

Trees For Survival 

Joe, Chloe, Alexandra and Jack

Pet Day Champion of Champions Cup 


Haddon Cup – Sports Award 


Julia Withers – Citizens Cup


Julie Turner Cup – Art Award 


Haddon Cup – Writing


Bob Williams Memorial Cup – Tikanga Maori


Gavin and Tui Brown Award – School Pet Day Indoor Exhibits Overall Winner


Norm Broadbent Cup – Computer Excellence


Natasha Greatorex Cup – Most Improved Year 4-8 


Ingrid Stewart Cup – Most Improved Year 1-3


Academic Award Cup


Clive Gravatt Cup – Highest Achiever in a Subject

Ralph (reading)

Save the Date

A back to school BBQ has been penciled in for Tuesday 4th February.  The Board of Trustees will be hosting this get together as part of their community consultation for the 2020 School Charter.  This is an opportunity for you to contribute your voice and have a say about what learning looks like at Pakiri School.  All members of the community are welcome, and childcare will be provided. Further details will follow in the New Year.