Kia ora,

Yrs 4-5 Camp

Thank you so much to everyone for the support with our camp at the Kōkiri centre. There were many highlights, including:

  • walking from the sculptures at the top of Ngarunui Beach down to the Kōkiri;
  • the kōrero/talks by Matua Sean about landmarks and the local history of the tangata whenua;
  • the movie presentation by GT (Greg Townsend), explaining his passion for surfing, and his role as the organiser and founder of The Ultimate Waterman contest (recently won by local legend Daniel Kereopa – a descendent of the ancestors of the Kōkiri);
  • the epic sand sculpture competition;
  • the super fun swim;
  • visiting Nanny Eva at the urupa and having Whaea Helen tell us some of the things she remembers about “Nanny Wrinkles”;
  • hearing the stories of land struggles and protests, including some of the stories that Whaea Steph and local whānau had to share;
  • tenting and sleeping in a new environment, pushing our boundaries and developing confidence;
  • and so much more!

We could not have had a camp without our parents, transporting, walking alongside, being with and cooking for the tamariki. To our head cooks, Nat and Vicki, thank you for coordinating the kitchen – your efforts were immense. And to every single person that contributed in some way, THANKS!! To read more about our students’ experiences, please check our website from tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday).

Food/morning tea/lunch/snacks

We as teachers have recently noticed that many of our children are getting to lunchtime hungry and with not enough food. We have also noticed that some other children are eating very little of their food provided to them. We have been trialling a morning tea and lunchtime system: the children sit in the cobblestone area/decks of E3 and E4, and we as teachers are ensuring your child is eating/has enough by monitoring their lunch boxes (with the added benefit of sharing time together as a group).

Please check with your child to make sure they are getting enough food, or to be sure that they are eating what you have provided.

We are also having in-class fruit and veggie snack breaks, so it would be appreciated if your child is well stocked up for these, as it benefits their learning. We have discussed with our children the benefits of healthy eating, and that if they wish to eat sugary or high calorie foods, to please balance this up with a majority of healthy choices.

Curiosity Projects

Each of the classes has been involved in ongoing curiosity projects, as well as other  in-class topics of study. The purpose this term has been to build up research skills including Google searches, library skills, asking questions, skimming, scanning and summarising. Each class has worked slightly differently, with some having oral recounts of the learning, and others looking towards extending the project into next term with a final presentation. Next term all classes will create projects, (e.g., posters or other forms of creative expression) which will be displayed for us to celebrate and learn from.

Passion Learning Teacher Presentations and Shared Kai

Today, each of the three teachers shared one of our passions with E3, E4 & E5. The purpose was to share a little more about ourselves, and to inspire next term’s passion projects. It was fantastic to see the faces of the children lighting up as each teacher shared a snippet of what we are passionate about. We concluded this with a shared kai of  the fruit, crackers, cake and bikkies we had left over from camp. Lovely!


  • Thursday 2nd April – Last day of term
  • Thursday 2nd April – 10:00AM – Year 4/5 Certificate Assembly including Values Certificates, Western Cluster Swimming and acknowledging placegetters in the recent Primary Schools Triathlon Event
  • Friday 3rd April  – Good Friday – Public holiday
  • Monday 20th April – Term 2 begins

Thanks again, and have a wonderful and safe time with your children during their school holiday.

Matua André, Whaea Hilary & Whaea Sarah Jayne