4 July, 2020

Term 2 Round Up 

by Ralph & Hugo

At the start of 2020 it was all going along nicely until COVID came. About 300 people got it but now it’s going back up to 9!  Let’s hope it doesn’t get major again!

Now we are back at school and we have had the disco. It was amazing how we made it in the space of 3 days!  It was so fun!  I missed school in the lock down but now we are united with each other again!

Lockdown Report Image by Fleur (Dutch student) 

New Starters

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to four new ākonga and their whānau who joined Pakiri School this term. Stanley even started during Lockdown Level-4, that will be a great story to tell when he's older!

Haere mai Stanley, Tom, Louis, and Leo.

Lockdown Learning

We're so proud of our kaiako who delivered an amazing learning programme while switching between the COVID-19 Levels. Here's a small taste of what our ākonga got up to while learning from home.

Ākonga planned their day in their work journals.

Stanley worked on his maths using Lego.

Rose created some beautiful nature art.

Joe researched the history of his name.

Florence learnt how to whittle.

Chloe create some amazing poppies for our lockdown dawn parade.

Zadie experimented with animation.

Oscar learnt how to light a campfire and cook damper.

Indigo created a  poster to help with the dune restoration at Pakiri Beach.

Olivia worked on her baking skills.

School Disco 

by Olivia

We wanted to do the disco to celebrate Level 1.  Hopefully the end of Covid19 for a while, and to unite the school as the Kowhai students moved back from the hall. We started with karakia and shared kai to honour Matariki.  We danced in the blacked out Library, we played tag outside and there was a photo booth and face painting. It was a very successful disco uniting our school.

Ecosystem – Ocean 

By Pipi

Ecosystem With humans 

Humans drop out plastic that gets washed out to sea. Humans use big fishing nets to catch fish, they damage the seafloor and coral beds by dragging them along the sea floors . Some people catch sharks and cut off the fins for fin soup.Sharks are the main predator in the food chain so if we start to take more and more sharks the coral reefs are going to die. Sharks eat big fish and sometimes turtles and big fish eat small fish and plankton, turtles eat jellyfish, jelly fish eat small fish, small fish eat small animals such as plankton, plankton eat small micro animals. Fishing nets capture big and small fish and sometimes catch turtles and stingrays that they just throw back into the ocean.We are polluting the ocean with our rubbish and petrol. Coral is dying all over the world because we are taking more and more fish so that is why we are killing them by running over coral by breaking the coral tops. Sea urchins eat kelp and seaweed by eating the roots of the plant so that's how they die, but bigger fish like snappers love to eat kenya.

Ecosystem without humans  

Our oceans would be way cleaner if we did not start to pollute it, with rubbish more and more rubbish.(Just imagine if you were a fish or any marine animal would you like it if we started to pollute your home you had to leave it all behind. It's like come on people think how can we change  the world just a little bit!) Sea birds eat small fish, small fish eat and help the coral and find little pieces of food on the seafloor. Crabs eat sand by filtering it through their mouths.Sharks  like to eat big fish, big fish help coral and eat plankton.Turtles eat jellyfish, jellyfish eat small fish and small fish eat coral.Sperm whales eat arrow squid, arrow squid eat big and small fish. Coral eat and clean the water by filtering the water through their tiny holes.(that is why the water with coral reefs in it are so clean)

Hope you enjoyed it!!!

Matariki Celebration

Matariki arrives late June, early July, signalling the Māori New Year. This is a time for harvesting, storing food, story telling, spending time with whānau and setting new goals. Our ākonga had a special day to celebrate Matariki filled with activities and visits from Te Whānau o Pakiri.  A big thank you to Cherie Williams, Trina Greenwood, and Coral Clinton from our local iwi and Cheryl Bartlett a member of our community and valued school helper, who spent time with us on our Matariki Day. 


by Jack

CatchIT Programme

We are learning with CatchIT what pests are around our homes. We are using special ink pads that will help identify pests, so we can help the Kiwi live in peace. There are not alot of Kiwi left and they can be eaten by ferrets, stoats, weasels and lots more. So please look after our Kiwi - Thank you. 

By Joseph G

We are trying to bring back the habitat for the native kiwi bird. A team of kind people have volunteered to help schools protect the kiwis environment. One of the ladies that volunteered is named Liz and she taught us how to track these pests that are killing kiwis. Liz also taught us how to protect kiwi and the native birds of New Zealand, otherwise New Zealand would be not a good environment for kiwi and all our native birds and trees.

By Stanley

Trees for Survival Planting Day

On the last day of term our ākonga planted the native seedlings that they've been growing at school on a local property to help protect the site from erosion. What a great way to wrap up the botany and ecosystem learning ākonga have been doing this term. Thank you to Frankie and our wonderful kaiako and whānau who helped make this day a success. We planted 645 trees!

Community Notices

Pīataata Mai - Shine light on Matariki

Auckland Libraries Matariki celebrations. Enter to win!
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Children's Community Dental Clinic

Some of our dental clinics will be open during Alert Level 1. Our staff will be in contact with the parents/caregivers to book appointments.
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Harbour Basketball Holiday Camp

9-13th of July at Horizon School.

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