Wednesday, June 15, 2022


We are loving making tukutuku panels with Awhina, Marewa and Kauri class each week. We designed our own ones and are now making them and then going to make a big one together.

Measuring the top part of the Adventure Playground

Last week we measured the top area of our proposed adventure playground. We worked out the area and then started planting Manuka to fill the space up to make a great bushy area for children to hide and play in.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Adventure Playground

Rōpū Ngaio are now steaming ahead with their research and design of the proposed adventure playground. Now that we have finished measuring and completing the designs we are speaking directly with contractors to create a proposal for the board which the students will present later this month. Our focus of speech writing this term has been a great opportunity to practise creating persuasive texts!

Friday, May 20, 2022

Visit from Kaingaroa enviro class

Last week we had a visit from Kaingaroa school's enviro class. They wanted to know more about our mahi and particularly our duck pond. We gave them a tour of the school and Rōpū Ngaio led the tour confidently. It was an awesome day and we are looking forward to supporting them more in the future.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Scrubland beneath duck pond

Today we started looking into turning g the scrubland beneath the duck pond area into a usable space. We looked at what we would keep, remove and add then called contractors to arrange them quoting to remove trees and gorse before we start replanting.


Mr Pickard did heaps of work on the orchard trees over the weekend. He added a new irrigation system with petrol pump. This will save us hours of watering by hand. Thanks Mr Pickard!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Tree planting

Our school has been donated 10,000 trees for the plant a million trees scheme. Nikau class are planting most of them in the wetlands and we will plants some below the pond. We have put them in the orchard where we are setting up an irrigation system. In the mean time we are all taking turns with Nikau to water them by hand in the morning and afternoon.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Kauri seeds

Rōpū Ngaio made the decision to tip out the pīngao seeds from the trial pots. We think they probably died the week Rob had covid.

We decided to plant some kauri seeds that Cooper found beneath the kauri tree up in the outdoor learning space, instead while we wait for more yoghurt pots.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Fruit Trees

The fruit trees are all responding really well the the care we have taken of them this term. They are all growing nice dark green foliage and sprouting flower buds. We have fed them work wee and compost and watered them every day.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Goal Setting

Today Rōpū Ngaio did some more assessment for learning. This time we were writing our next steps based on our self assessed eastle writing.

First we looked at our lowest number in our writing rubrics. Then we looked at the next scale up and added this as our next step to get up to the next writing level. 

This was really motivating for students who then used their set goal to improve their next piece of writing. 

When we finished our improved writing we tickled pink the features we improved.

Most people chose structure and language as their next step. Tamara chose punctuation for her next step.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Growing Pīngao Seeds

Today we used the yoghurt pots to plant our test batch of pīngao seeds. We mixed fertilizer and sand before filling the pots and then adding a few seeds. We then sprinkled a little sand over the top before adding some water. Students decided if they wanted to care for theirs at home or leave at school. Watch this space to see how they go. We are hoping they will be ready for pricking out in around 8 weeks.


Today we we were looking at the word germinate. Without prompting, Sam (who was unsure of the meaning) opened up his chromebook and typed it into an online dictionary. What awesome self directed learning, well done Sam!

Saturday, March 5, 2022


Yesterday Whāea Kaiya told us about Maramataka. So we did some research and found  a cool website that tells us which phase the moon is in. Māori follow the moons phases to help with identifying patterns in our wellbeing. By following the moon's cycles we can be more in tune with our own well being and the well being of the land. We followed the moon's cycle on Friday as it was in Tirea and moving to Hoata, which meant we should start preparing our raised beds for our Pīngao seeds. We dug out the old beds and mixed fertilizer and sand while another group fertilized and watered the fruit orchard. What an amazing group of students I have!

Who did you help today?


Yesterday Lewis from Sport Northland came in to see what we have been doing in Rōpū Ngaio. He is helping us with our online Pātākā Kai project and showed us a cool website called who did you help today? First we looked at synonyms  for help and community to build our vocabularies, then we built critical questions. We finished by looking at level 2 achievement objectives for Health and Social Studies. The students started to choose the ones that interested them. These will be the basis of our learning for this project.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Testing coastal defences

Today we recreated coastal erosion in trays. We used sand, bark and water with food colouring and added protection like wooden forks, fence cloth and skewers to recreate coastal protection.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022


Today Rōpū Ngaio met with Lily and Latiya from the Ministry of Education. The students gave a presentation on our findings from our school lunch waste investigation. Great work team!

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Critical Thinking

Every day we finish the day with a reflection on our learning that day. We use a template to prompt our critical thinking.

Please sign our petition

Please sign our petition

Rōpū Ngaio have created a national petition to lobby government to think harder about the unnecessary wastage from free school meals. If you click on the link above it will take you to the petition. Thanks for your support.

Music with Jade

We are loving music with Jade up in Kahikatea. We are learning rhythm and a new song by lab.

Vocabulary building

We have been exploring words in Rōpū Ngaio. We are looking at synonyms for words We use to build our growing vocabularies and make our thing even more exciting.

School Lunches

Rōpū Ngaio have been looking at the waste generated by our school lunches. After surveying the students we interpreted the data and discovered that only approximately 1/3 of students actually eat the yogurts that cause the most issues in our landfills. We think that the people that eat the yoghurt consume quite a lot and take spares home. This could be disguising the low number of yoghurt eaters.