Saturday, 9 February 2019

Swimming Sports Fun!

On Friday 8th February, Hinau and Totara made their way down to the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre to take part in the KNS annual Swimming Sports.

There was a lot of participation, many close races and lots of people being brave!  It was awesome to hear and see the great sportsmanship being shown both in and out of the pool.

Congratulations to all of our students who got involved, we are proud of you all!

Our C Grade Swimmers having a blast with Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Hunter

Sunday, 3 February 2019

2019 Begins!

Welcome to 2019!
We have had a great first week in Tōtara with getting to know each other, learning the routines and our first session at Kaiapoi Borough School for technology. We held a meet the teacher evening for parents to come along and hear about how things work in Tōtara.
The children in both hubs have been working on"All About Me" activities.
In Tiwai West (Rooms 18,19 and 20) we have been doing some self portrait art to brighten up our walls and writing to our teachers about things we would like them to know about us.

At Technology we were put into 4 groups - Food, Hard materials, Textiles and Multi Materials. We will spend one term in each area creating and learning.

Week one has also seen the introduction of our new school wide 'Ruataniwha Rewards'. These are given out to children who are achieving our weekly goal or showing one of our school values. In Tōtara these can be traded in for prizes and each token also goes towards house points for the school.

Check out the photos below to see some of the cool things we have been doing at Technology!

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Bike Safety

This week, we worked with Constable Ken on learning some essentials for keeping safe on our bikes.

Unfortunately, the weather has been very up and down and not all groups were able to jump on their bikes and get outside.

We did however, all learn about safely fitting our helmets, road rules and laws, and how to check our bikes before riding them.

Thursday, 27 September 2018


Little Red Rockinghood was a hit! We are so proud of every one for their full participation in this wonderful show.

Beeswax Wraps

On Friday we had Lesley Ottey come in to take a group of students through the process of making Beeswax wraps.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Technology Open Day!

Great to have so many parents come through the technology enter today to see what our students have been doing!

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Tiwai West

In Tiwai West, we celebrated Maori language week last week by integrating Maori language into our classroom activities.
We began the week on Monday by looking at different Maori myths and legends in small groups for reading. Each group read the story and then had to act it out in the group.
For PE we looked at traditional Maori games such as rakau, poi and taiaha. We learnt about the tikanga surrounding these activities and had a go at doing them.
For writing each class read one of the Maori myths and legends and then had to retell the story in their own words and change one part of the story.
Room 18 read Maui and the big fish.

Here is Lucy's story where she has changed the ending of the original myth...

Once upon a time there was a strong Maori warrior called Maui. He had 4 foster brothers, thery were all jealous of him. One night while Maui was sleeping his 4 brothers planned to go fishing the next morning. Little did they know that Maui could hear them. Maui woke up early the next morning and went to hide in the waka and waited for his brothers. The brothers set off to go and find a nice fishing spot. Once they had found one Maui wasn't satisfied so he jumped up and startled his brothers. Maui grabbed a paddle and started rowing. The brothers started to get tired and begged Maui to stop. Maui being Maui, he rowed through the night following the light that the moon provided in search for the best fishing spot. The next morning the brothers weren't happy so as revenge they did not give Maui any bait, so Maui cut his nose with his fish hook and smeared blood all over it. Flinging the hook around his head like a helicopter he chucked it as far as he could. The hook had caught onto something big. Maui yanked and yanked his rope in hope that it would float to the top. He used all his strength to pull it up but the boat started to go on a lean. Maui gave it one last pull and the boat tipped over and the land rose. It caught the brothers, but they had no way of getting home. Today we know that land as the North Island.

We enjoyed celebrating Maori Language week and exploring different Maori activities within our programme.

Swimming Sports Fun! On Friday 8th February, Hinau and Totara made their way down to the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre to take part in the KNS a...