Newsletter: 24 September, 2020

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

By Mees and Joe

For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), we were lucky enough to have Ra come in and share her knowledge with us. First she read the whole school a story called 'The Fish of Maui' which is about Maui fishing up the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui. Then we finished  up with a waiata. To celebrate the week we also took part in the Māori minute where we spoke te reo for one minute and read a Māori pukapuka. We enjoyed learning more te reo this week.   

Mini Pet Day

We had Pet day on Friday 18th.  We got to make vegetable animals and sand trays. We had competitions and made a lot of memories.  There was a lot of lambs. The people that won the competitions were Ralph, Chloe, Lenny, Rose, Stella, Florence, Sebastian, Siri and Percy.  We learnt how to share our animals so everyone can have a turn.  The worst thing about pet day was that it was cold and raining!

By Lucy and Fleur 

Pet day is an event where we can come in and see all of the pets and also we can have a fun day. We like doing this because we can have fun with our whānau and our pets. On pet day there are a lot of pets. We do challenges that the pets can compete too. You feed your animal so they come to you, and also have a race with the other animals to see which one comes back to their owner the fastest. It was a great day. We really appreciate the parents and teachers that helped make it happen. 

By Greer and Florence. 

Ribbon Winners


1st place – Ralph with Nibbles (and Champion of Champions)

2nd place – Rose with Flower

3rd Place – Siri with Mo & Stella with Milo

4th Place – Florence with Pip

All Animals:

1st place – Chloe with Oreo

2nd place – Sebastian with Chicken

3rd Place – Percy & Lenny with spiders


We'd like to say a huge thank you to the following people for making the day such a success:

  • Liz Brown and Cheryl Bartlett for judging the indoor displays
  • Tegan and Keith Greenwood for judging the pet parade
  • Fay Sworn at ASB for providing the certificates
  • Leanne at FMG for their sponsorship
  • Our amazing kaiako, Raewyn Hatfull, Di Greenwood, Kelly Norton and Skye Maginley for their organisation prior to, and on the day
  • All of the parents for helping the ākonga raise their pets and for turning up to support

Artist Study

By Whaea Raewyn

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist who lived between 1866-1944. He is generally considered to be the inventor of abstract art. He liked his paintings to express feelings rather than every day objects. He loved to draw circles and to contrast hot colours and cool colours together. He also liked geometry and shapes. 
We made circles just like Kandinsky and made sure that we had a mixture of hot and cold colours. The circles are concentric as we drew small circles first then another outside the first little circle and then another and another. If we finished with a hot coloured circle we would make our background a cool colour. Our finished art works look just like Kandinsky’s!

Bee Awareness Month

By Ralph, Oscar & Hugo

On the 11th of September a lady called Grass came in and taught us about bees. We had a Bee Parade  and we also got to try some honey, and had a parade and the whole school walked around the court. Some kids held big cardboard bees. We dressed in black and yellow. It was very fun. She taught us about the different parts of a supa. 

Trees for Survival Planting

By Olivia 

On Monday [the 21st of September] the whole school went tree planting down at the river. Frankie put out 450 trees for us to plant. We planted all of them. I was planting with Fleur. We planted about 40 together. We would all like to thank Frankie, Jacky, Steve, Nick, Jas and Frankie’s sister for doing the tree planting with us.

Author Study

By Whaea Raewyn

Kauri class have been studying the author Mo Willems. Mo is an American author and illustrator who writes books using animal characters. Our favourite character is the pigeon. Mo wrote about 8 books with the pigeon character, who tries to persuade you to let him do things he really shouldn’t. We made our own stories up about the pigeon, persuading our parents to let us stay up late. We also learnt to do drawings of the pigeon like Mo Willems.

He has an awesome website that helps you know more about the characters and books. 


Dawn Ceremony – Turning of the Soil

Saturday the 26th of September,  5:45am at Pakiri School.

We'd like to invite you to the dawn ceremony for the turning of the soil before the construction begins for the Kowhai classroom verandah extension. If you would like to join us please be at the school gates by 5:45am.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 6am and will last for approximately 45 minutes, followed by a cup of tea, or coffee and biscuits.  Please don't join the ceremony late as this is disrespectful of our kawa and to those leading proceedings.

School Working Bee

Saturday the 26th of September from 10am – 4pm, and the same again on the 3rd and 4th of October.

We'd love to get a group of building-minded volunteers as well as hammer hands, some hole diggers, and painters together to support the build of the Kowhai classroom verandah extension. 

If you are able to lend a hand for a few hours, or a day, we would be very grateful.  If you can bring some tools, even better - paint brushes, rollers, spade, hammer etc. 

Foundation Gallery & Arts Hub – Kids Holiday Program

The aim of the holiday program is to give children an opportunity to investigate a range of artistic pursuits.

> Download the flyer for more info

School Holiday Fun at Wellsford Library

Join us for fun events and activities in the library. Challenge the mind, get crafty and play Minecraft!

> Download the flyer for more info

Kiwi North

Spring school holidays at Kiwi North, Whangarei

Join our immersive activities Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October


Tuia Mātauranga GeoTour
The Tuia Mātauranga GeoTour will be in Tai Tokerau in November 2020

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2021 Science Roadshow
Bookings are now open for the 2021 Science Roadshow!

Auckland 24 May - 11 June, 4 - 8 July

Northland 16 June - 2 July

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