Impromptu Tuakana Teina

Last week during our fitness time we were able to join with Room 11, 12 and some students from Room 10 in an impromptu Tuakana Teina time. They had just finished their library session and came outside to read their books in the warm sun. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to get to know the younger students of our school. We read their library books to them and had a few conversations on what they liked to do.

Here are some photos of our time together. Sooo Cute!!!

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Visiting our Friends at Lawrence House!

This week we took a trip to visit our special friends across the road at Lawrence House. As part of our giving back topic this term, we thought it would be nice to spend some time with our elderly members of our community. We asked questions about their childhood, what they like to do, and where they lived or grew up. We met a man who was creative in drawing Donald Duck and a lady that travelled all around the world when she was young on a boat instead of an aeroplane.

Over the next few weeks,  we are going to visit them to do some crafts, play Bingo, and sing Christmas carols with them. Here are some photos of our first visit!

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Tuī Team Heritage Walk

In the Tuī Team we have been looking at giving back to the community but found that we didn’t know much about the history of the town that we live in. We decided to take a trip around Te Aroha to study our landmarks and why they have a huge importance to us.  We got into groups and travelled around the 25 landmarks and had to answer questions that related to each landmark. We also took a trip around the Domain Museum, that gave us a look at what it was like in the olden days in Te Aroha. We then all came back together for a picnic lunch and a well deserved Ice-Block in the Domain. We had a blast learning about the History of our town.

Here are some photos from our day!

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Our BF’s (Buddy Friends)

This term, we have buddied up with Room 7 for Tuakana Teina to communicate, read to each other, share our learning and teaching each other new games and activities. We have enjoyed sharing some of the learning that we did last term with our buddies. We also had the opportunity to teach our buddies how to play our favourite game Castles.

We met each week on Wednesday afternoon so keep an eye on here to see more of our Tuakana Teina sessions with our buddies. Here are some photos of our Tuakana Teina session.

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Horo Hopu

This week The Tuī syndicate was taught a new Maori traditional game called Horo Hopu in Te Reo Maori. We used hand-made Poi Toa which are large poi’s. The children swing the poi’s and throw to each other to get the poi toa over the try line to get a try. The children had a great time giving this new game a go and are becoming professionals to teach their buddies and other students in the school.

Can’t wait to learn the new game as part of our Te Reo Maori programme. Here are some photos of us having a go at Horo Hopu.

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Life Education Sessions

Wow! What a week we have had with Mike and Harold in the Life Education truck. We have learnt about who we are, what makes up our identity, and what reputation is and why it is important to maintain a good reputation. We also had time to hear a few jokes from Harold and sing along to his favourite songs in Harioke. A big thanks to Mike for two great sessions and getting our minds thinking about our actions and how we talk to each other.

Heres some photos from our sessions below.

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Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori

Last week was Māori language week. We have been doing fun activities based around the Māori culture.

This week across Aotearoa we are celebrating our native language Te Reo Maori through a range of activities. The theme this year is Kia Kaha: Be strong and give it heaps. Here at Stanley Ave throughout our classes, we have been busy learning Kupu hou (new words), mihi (greetings), and he tono (simple commands) to use every day. Students have been practicing our school whakatauki each morning to start and end their day.

In Room Three and Four this week, they have planned and created a taonga to give to a special person. A taonga is known as a treasure that could be anything from a word to a memory. The taonga that they planned is a necklace that represents the relationship that they have with somebody special.

Here are some photos below of us making our taonga and other activities that we did during this week.

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