Tuesday, 26 June 2018


Last week we were lucky enough to have some great people and their awesome big trucks visit us at Ara Tū Whakatā - Gilberthorpe School. We got to go inside and I am sure that everybody could hear all of the students sounding the horns across the whole of Hei Hei and Hornby! Thank you so much to  Miranda for organising and all the awesome people involved for giving our students this amazing experience.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

National Simultaneous Storytime

Yesterday at 1pm a group of students all sat down during their lunchtime to listen to a story. This was a really special storytime because many other people were reading the same story at the same time throughout the whole country! This was called National Simultaneous storytime and we joined over 1,062,000 other people that were reading Hickory Dickory Dash at the same time. Below is a video of someone else reading the story in case you want to check it out.

Monday, 14 May 2018

End of term Celebration

At the end of term 2 we celebrated the end of the redevelopment of our school and we shared our new hub, building and classroom names. At our celebration each class did a little presentation to share with the other classes, hub, and our Whānau how to pronounce them and what they mean. Take a look at the presentations below to learn more about our names and what they mean.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Our New Blog Buddies

We are very excited to begin working with our new buddy school in Auckland. We are going to follow their blog (see the link on the left of this page) and comment on their learning this term. 

Our blog buddies are Room 8 from Wesley Primary School. We look forward to getting to know them a little better by watching their learning that they share on their blog. 

We took advantage of the Warehouse Stationery 'Get NZ Writing' postcards to send some greetings to our new buddy class. We did a 10 minute Quick Write to send them a little message.

We hope the mail will give them a nice surprise and Make Their Day!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Busy In The Kitchen

Today we made the most of our excess carrots and bananas that we had delivered as part of our Fruit in Schools programme. We have had lovely roasted carrots for the last three days. The smell of them cooking made all of our tummies rumble each morning and the tamariki gobbled them up so fast when they came out of the oven. 

Miss Corry and a small team of professional bakers whipped up two banana cakes today for the tamariki to eat. There were queues for a piece of lovely cake at the start of lunchtime today.

We love having a kitchen to be able to learn in and would hugely appreciate any donations of baking ingredients that you could spare to keep our tamariki learning such wonderful and practical life skills.

Olivia mashing the bananas.
Miss Corry helping with the measurements.
Olivia and Amira leading the washing up team.
Gobbling up the roasted carrots.
Deegan measuring the butter.
Impatient kids waiting for the microwave to finish. 6 minutes is a long time!
One of the beautiful banana cakes.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Duffy Theatre Show

Last week we were lucky enough to have a visit from the Duffy Theatre Show. It is always so exciting at the beginning of each year to watch the very funny and entertaining theatre show. This year Duffy showed us how the power of reading can help bullies learn to use kind words and change their attitudes towards others. We also something else really cool about reading, it is a great tool to relax. This means it is awesome to read before you go to bed so you're nice and relaxed and fall asleep really easily!

Look at this awesome Duffy song with sign language included!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Our Sunflowers - Part 2

We had let our sunflowers dry out for a few weeks and today it was time to remove the seeds from the plants. There were excited squeals as we gathered together and scraped and flicked the seeds out of the flower heads. Seeds flew everywhere! We ended up with a lot of seeds. We are going to prepare some of them to eat and put away some of them to plant next spring!

Lucy, Casey and Hakeem removing the seeds from the biggest flowers.

Rylan was so excited to find big fat seeds that he put some in his pocket to take home!

Natania and Payton loved picking the little seeds out of the smaller sunflowers.

Olivia and Hakeem showed great attention to detail, leaving no seed behind!