Thursday, May 13, 2021


Kauri class are loving their phonics lessons. We are enjoying the combination of movement, sound and sight to help us learn particular sounds in a word. Today we were working on ir sounds.

Production Masks

Today we started making our anglerfish masks. You can already see that they are going to be realistic and quite scary!

Sunday, May 9, 2021


Kahikatea is the new name for the outdoor learning space. Students from all of the classes are now timetable to use it for their learning. Below is a photo of rump kauri listening to a story by Whaea Fiona while getting comfy on the been bags in the covered area of Kahikatea.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Green/Gold Enviroschool

On Friday we had lots of visitors who helped us to reflect on the school's enviro journey over the past 5 years. We all decided that we fit the green/gold enviroschool criteria. The day was held at the newly opened outdoor learning space which is now called Kahikatea. It was a great day for everyone, we will all remember it for a long time. Thanks to everyone that took part!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Caring, Confident and Responsible

Congratulations Tee Jay, Tamara and Molly for an outstanding activity week. All three stood out as caring, confident and responsible role models.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Thank you Dream Builders

Now that the outdoor learning space is nearly finished Kauri class learnt how to write a thank you letter last week. We will give the letters to the builders when the come back tomorrow.

Building vocabulary

In Kauri class we have been building our word knowledge. We have been using phonetic sounds that we know to discover words we dont know. Some people used online dictionaries and thesauruses and other used old fashioned paper dictionaries. We found some cool short a sounding words like asteroid and atrocious.

Preparing for Powhiri

As we get closer to our enviri green/gold reflection day Whaea Kaiya has been teaching us about the protocols around powhiri. Whaea Kaiya showed us what the kaikoranga does and how visitors are welcomed onto the site.

Matai Bay

Kauri class have had an amazing activity week this week. We have seen ancient Kauri trees at Puketi Forest, learnt about the Treaty of Waitangi at Waitangi and been snorkelling with loads of fish at Matai Bay! 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Outdoor learning Space

Yesterday ruma kauri had our first taste of the outdoor learning space. It was great hearing the cicadas and breathing fresh air, without any walls. Tomorrow we are writing letters to the builders to say thank you for such an awesome job.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Strange Day

Today was a strange day. We spent the day up the hill as a precaution because of the tsunami threat. While we were up there we thought we might as well do some maintenance. Thanks to the crew from Nikau who helped with fence strengthening and trap setting!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Outdoor Learning Space

This week the building work will be completed on the outdoor learning space. There are still some things to be done like the roof, pvc covers, shade sail, solar power and guttering to be done but we are confident it will be ready for our green/gold enviro reflection day on April 13th.

Independent Writing

This week students in Ruma Kauri have been doing independent writing samples for assessment. We were learning about narrative language features. The students produced some great work that they were really proud of.

Home Reading

This week we started new levelled reading groups in Ruma Kauri. Each group will have two or three books to take home to read through the week. They are photocopied so that students can highlight and practise words they get stuck on. Students can even take activitiy sheets home to share if they want.

Bee's wax

Today a new load of bees wax arrived thanks to Anne at Honeytrap in Kaitaia. She has been donating beeswax to the school and we really appreciate it! 

Pest Capture

Today we caught our first pest in the duck pond area. It was only a mouse but we know there are more mice, rats and possibly stoats up there to catch. We have even seen eels so we need to get the hinake out again!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Water Safety with Averil

Yesterday, Averil showed us three ways to save someone from drowning. We learned how to throw a life jacket, rope and use a noodle to rescue someone.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Pest tracking

The students in ruma kauri have been hard at work building and designing their tracking tunnels. Today we placed them in the pond area to see what footprints we can find!

whanau kauri

Today at Whanau Kauri we were discussing how to build a growth mindset in maths. My experts showed their parents how to test themselves and then reflect and set their next steps and how to work towards meeting their targets. It was a great session and everybody left with a smile, despite being tested!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Tracking pests in the duck pond

Today we put some chew cards and wax peanut butter chew trackers out at the duck pond to see if anything nibbles on them. If we get any bites, we will then put our tracking tunnels out to see what we have!

Whanau Kauri

This afternoon at Whanau Kauri, we had maybe our best turnout yet! Its really great to see students confidently sharing the success with their parents and equally as cool when parents have that Ahaaa! moment! 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Enviro 2021

We are really excited to welcome Whaea Cindy into the 2021 enviro team. We started the new year off with an induction and brainstorm session to see what was on top for the students this year.

Outdoor Learning Space

The outdoor learning Space has begun to be built. Some of the seating and solar equipment has arrived and the students are really exvited to see their plans and ideas materialising!

Whanau Kauri 2021

Well, we are 4 weeks into the term and the students are getting into the mahi tahi nicely. Here are some examples of awesome teamwork and tuakana teina at whanau kauri last week.