Saturday, November 21, 2020

Tree Felling

Big thanks to Jim Oxton who cut down the dead kanuka in the orchard. It needed to come down before the outdoor learning space gets built early next year. Many of the branches will be used in the structure of the outdoor learning space.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Outdoor Learning Space

Today Rob, Willie and a group from Manuka worked in the orchard trying to get it ready for the builders to start work on the outdoor learning space next term!

We limbed Manuka branches so they can be used on the railings of the learning space. We also made another raised planter bed so that we can get sand and bark delivered in the holidays.

Clay Honey Pots

Rob, Su and Scout have been learning how to pot in Kaitaia for the last few weekends. We have made around 20 honey pots for students to paint and glaze, and fill with honey ready for market day. Hopefully the cork bungs make it from Portugal in time!
Thanks to Meg, Jimmy, Pia, and Taylor for your help painting the honey pots last weekend.

Doubtless Bay Garden Safari

Thanks to Mary and John Ralph for letting us pitch our honey stall in their gorgeous garden last weekend. Thanks also to Cooper for being such an amazing ambassador for our school and selling more honey.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Kowhai Bee Towels

Kauri have been supporting Kowhai to set up their teatowel project for market day this year. Scout and Lewis went with Rob to see Julien at Taipa turn Kowhai's bee designs in to silk screen templates ready for printing on to teatowels.

Number 8 Wire

We have started our market day projects and it is great mixing with Totara and Manuka. Watch this space to see how we are getting on!

Refuse and Recycling Crew

Today we celebrated the successful year our refuse and recycling team have had, especially by helping to get our silver wastewise award. To say thank you we took the crew to the Little Kitchen for lunch.

Monday, November 2, 2020


We are starting to see ducks nesting and having little ducklings. We have two new arrivals who seem to enjoy their new home in our school pond.

Kerikeri Garden Safari

This weekend we had our stall at Kerikeri Garden Safari. It was a great couple of days and we raised $420 selling our honey. All of the students did a great job. Well done team!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Ukulele lessons with Tups

Today we started learning to play the ukulele with Tups. He made it really fun. We enjoyed learning c, f sharp and g chords and playing them in time together.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Enviro Day 17,10,21

Today we all had to work hard as a team to get the pond fenced completely so the ducks can't escape. We cut wire and made pegs to hammer the fence netting into the ground and we finally got the hawk scarers up.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Scrambled egg for breakfast

Now that we have more ducks we are getting more eggs. This means that we can regularly serve scrambled egg on toast at breakfast club.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Mustelid Traps

Today was the first day back after a nice two week break. Kauri class got straight back into it and used some off eggs as bait in our new mustelid traps. It was great having Willie back to show us how to set the traps!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

New Ducks

Over the holidays Rob bought six new ducks so that we can have more eggs for breakfast club. Scout helped to collect them and put them in the pond too.

Pottery Practise

Over the holidays Rob, Susan and Scout decided to visit Joyce in Kaitaia to learn more about pottery ready for market day next term. We learnt heaps about using pottery wheels and how to use our slip moulds.

New Ducks

Over the holidays Rob bought six new ducks so that we can have more eggs for breakfast club. Scout helped to collect them and put them in the pond too.

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Kiln

Its taken quite while but we have finally managed to hook up the kiln. Massive thanks to Craig at Messenger Electrical for getting it connected.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Enviro Day 25,9,20

A really warm and sunny day today. We worked really hard to finish the floating duck house, finish the shelter and finish the bridges. We capped the day off with ape crumble and ice cream!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

What an awesome class!

This morning we patiently waited for whanau to come and look at our pet day art. Doesn't the classroom look tidy? 

Alice's dad kindly gave us a lesson on 'old fashioned' ways to work out multiplying 2 digit numbers!