Monday, 6 November 2017

Run, Jump, Throw Day!

Junior School – ‘Run, Jump, Throw’ Event
Wednesday 29th November 2017, 10:30am ~ 12:30pm
(Postponement Day : Friday 1st December)
The Tui, Tipu and Ngā kiwi teams wish to invite you to our sports morning. This will be a fun event in which the children are able to participate and show the athletics skills they have developed over the term. The activities that the children are learning form the foundation of the skills required when participating in the middle and senior school athletics. The focus is on participation and fundamental skill development in a fun environment. Come along and watch, lend a hand or join in.
The children will be moving from station to station in house groups. Each station will be approximately 7 minutes long and then the groups will rotate to another activity. The activities are based on the developmental skills of: running, jumping and throwing.
At the conclusion of the rotation of activities, the children will move to the 60m track where the relays will conclude the event.
We plan to finish by 12:30pm when we will break for lunch. Feel free to stay and have lunch with your child on the school field.
Please ensure your children have appropriate sports gear (T-shirt, shorts) in their house colours, sunscreen applied that morning, a hat, warm jersey, water bottle and normal morning tea and lunch food for the day.
Many thanks,
Junior School Teachers

Monday, 30 October 2017

I runga i te kaupeka o te wā, ka tuku mihi ki a koutou ngā whānau o Te Tikanga Rua Reo.
Kua heke tōtā, kua whakapau werawera, ā, kei te tau mai tātou ki te mutunga o te tau.
Nei ngā mihi ki a tātou tamariki kua aro pū ki te kaupapa o Te Manu Kōrero. Kei te hīkaka mātou ko ngā kaiako ki te whakarongo ki a rātou hei tērā wiki.
Seasons greetings to all of you as we near the end of our year. Our tamariki have been working very hard on their Manu Kōrero and we all look forward to listening to them next week.

Manu Kōrero
Week 4 Tuesday 7th November from 10:30. Please come and support your tamaiti/tamariki and share in this important event. We will have shared kai at the culmination. Please bring a plate of food. The speaking order of year groups are as follows: Tau 6, Tau 2, Tau 5, Tau 4, Tau 0/1, Tau 3. Each group will be approximately 15 minutes but this is only a guide!
Tēnā koutou e te whānau me ngā mihi o te wā ki a koutou katoa. Can you believe it that we are almost starting Term 4! The year has gone too fast once again and before we know it will be Kirihimete. We have got a busy term ahead of us once again and hopefully the table included allows you to keep a track of things for this term. 
Our big focus is Manu Kōrero for the first few weeks. Kaupapa to be sent out soon. I also need everyone to update their tamaiti's pepehā, particularly for our new tamariki as for most of them, this will be the crux of their speech. See attached.
To culminate the term, we will be holding our annual Te Puāwaitanga Prize Giving which is our own special TTRR prize giving. Can I please have all taonga returned to kura for those who received some prizes last year?

Wk 1
·         First Day of Term/Kura Pōwhiri 9:30
·         Kōrero on Parihaka by Matua Mike for first few weeks of kura in lead up to Parihaka Day Nov 5.
·         Manu Kōrero preparations
Wk 2
·         Hui Whānau, Mon 5:30 (TBC)
·         Tipu story time presentation Fri 10:30-12:30
·         Manu Kōrero preparations

Wk 3
·         Snr Athletics, Wed
·         pp Snr Athletics, Thurs
·         Parihaka Day/Market Day Sun 12-3
·         Manu Kōrero preparations
Wk 4
·         Manu Kōrero, Tues
·         Worm Farm, Wed
Wk 5
·         Zone Athletics, Tues
·         Tipu Beach Ed, Mon
·         Yr 5 Beach Ed, Wed
·         Junior Athletics day TBC
Wk 8
·         Big Day Out, Tues
·         Te Puāwaitanga/TTRR Prizegiving, Thurs
Wk 9
·         Yr 5/6 Wainui Camp, Mon - Wed

Wk 10
·         School Prizegiving/Yr 6 Leavers evening, Mon
·         Last Day of Term, Wed 20th

Sunday, 13 August 2017


St Albans School Maths-a-thon 

Monday 14th August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This year we are celebrating maths week with an emphasis on engagement and motivation. Each team has planned an exciting programme for the week which focuses on knowledge building.

As part of maths week and fundraising towards school mathematics resources, games, equipment and learning we are running a school-wide ‘maths-a-thon’.

This will be a great event. We have given each child a sheet of knowledge facts to learn. Children are expected to practise these every night and aim to get them all correct in ten minutes. On Monday 28th August, all children will be tested on the facts they have learned. The test will be similar to their practise sheet and will have a ten minute limit to ensure that the children have learned the facts to a mastery level.

Also coming home with the children today is a sponsor sheet, which we would like all students to fill in, getting as many sponsors as they can. Please ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family, neighbours and friends to sponsor an amount for each fact learned. It could be as little as 1 cent a fact, or as much as a $1 or more a fact. Some people may find it more appropriate to offer a donation instead of a sponsorship, and this is fantastic too. Please don’t send any money to school until after Monday 28 August.

You can return your completed forms to a drop box in the office. Please make sure the money and form are in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and home base written on it. This is so we can determine prizes for our top sponsored home base and the top performing home base.

Please return completed forms and money by Friday 8th September. Only the forms that are in on time will be in the running for prizes. This is a ‘win-win’ situation – the students are learning and the school is able to fundraise.

Thank you for your support with this ‘maths-a-thon’.

If you have any queries please contact your child’s home base teacher.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Celebrating the reo!

Whakanuia te reo!
Hei akiaki i a tātou tamariki ki te kōrero Māori, ia Rāhina whiwhi ai ētahi o ngā ākonga i ngā manu, arā, a Kahukea rāua ko Kirikiwi. Ko te tūmanako ia, ka mārama pai ngā ākonga mena ka kōrero Māori rātou ahakoa iti, ahakoa rahi, ka whakanuia rātou e mātou o TTRR, ā, ka tiaki rātou i te manu mō te wiki.
Hei tāpiri ki tēnei kua whakairohia e Matua Mikaere rātou ko ētahi ākonga i tētahi whakaahua o Te Ika Roa o te Rangi. Ia wā ka whiwhi te manu ka whakapiria te ingoa o te tamaiti ki te pikitia. Ko te tikanga, mena ka whiwhi he maha ngā wā, ka whakatata ki waenganui o Te Ika Roa o te Rangi tau ana, ā, ka whakanuia aua tamariki hei te mutunga o te tau.

Celebrating the reo!
To encourage our tamariki to kōrero Māori, each Friday some of our ākonga receive the manu, Kahukea and Kirikiwi. The hope is that our ākonga will understand that if they kōrero Māori, no matter how little or how large, we will celebrate this and they will get to look after the manu for the week.
To add to this Matua Mikaere and some of our ākonga have created a beautiful painting of The Milky Way. Every time the manu is received, that tamaiti's name will be added to the picture. The purpose is that if they get their name on the picture many times, then they will move closer to the middle of The Milky Way and at the end of the year we will celebrate the achievements of those tamariki in some way.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Kai Hauora/Healthy Living

I tēnei wiki kei te ako ngā Tau 4-6 i ngā āhuatanga o te Kai Hauora. Ko Reta Trotman te kairapuhara kai e whakaako mai ana. Ko te painga, he kaiako reo rua ia.

This week our Yr 4-6’s are learning about Healthy Living. Reta Trotman is the Food Nutritionist who is teaching them and what is fantastic is that she is delivering the lessons bi-lingually.

Kua akona e ngā akonga ngā kupu Māori. Our tamariki are learning the Māori words for:
Kai Hauora – Healthy Living
Kairapuhara kai – Food investigator
Taiora – Nutrients
Huaora – Vitamins
Huawhenua – vegetables
Huarākau – fruit

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Te Mahuri


E te Pou Ihorei o Hato Opani!

Tēnei ko tō rāngai tamariki e mihi atu ana ki a koe
Ko koe tērā i whakarangatira i te kura nei, i whakarangatira
ēnei tauira me ngā tauira o mua

E te Raukura Rangatira!

He mātanga ki te mohimohi
He mātanga ki te whakakata
He mātanga ki te whakamingomingo i ngā tamariki o Te Māhuri e
Kua rongorongo ko te epa i tō aroha mō Te Reo Māori me ōna katoa
Anei rā ko ngā tamariki o te kura reo rua e whakanui ana i te
Pou Ihorei o Hato Opani

E Pā e!

E Pā e!

E Pā o tōku manawa
E Pā o tōku Māoritanga
E Pā o tōku okeoke

Ko au Te Māhuri
Ko koe Te Māhuri
Au, Au, Aue Ha

Here is a video of Awatea doing the actions to the entire haka. He is mirroring the actions for you. So, when you practice these actions you do the actions as if you were looking in a mirror. Karawhiua! (sorry about the water mark over it - I tried hard to get it off but I couldn't).

E pāpā waiari
E hine, hoki mai ra. 

E pāpā Waiari, 
Taku nei mahi 
Taku nei mahi,
He tuku roimata 
Ē aue, aue, ka mate au;
E hine hoki mai rā 

E hine hoki mai rā
Māku e kaute
Ō hīkoitanga 
Māku e kaute 
Ō hīkoitanga
E hine, hoki mai rā x2

ANEI RĀ TE KURA (our entrance song)

Whaea Maria is mirroring the actions for you. So, when you practice these actions you do the actions as if you were looking in a mirror 

Anei rā te kura                                              Here we stand before you
Hato Opani                                                    St Albans school
Hei maharatanga                               As representatives of
Ki ngā tīpuna                                     Those who have preceded us
Mihi atu mātou                                              We offer greetings
Ki a koutou ra e                                            To you all
Ki te whakangahau                           And to entertain
I te minenga                                                   This gathering

Haere mai rā, haere mai rā  Welcome, welcome
E ngā iwi, e ngā iwi                           To all the people
E ngā mātua                                      And to the parents (families)
Haere mai                                                       Welcome
Te manaaki                                                    We offer our hospitality/warmth
Ki a koutou                                                    To you
E ngā iwi katoa                                              And so once again

Haere mai!                                                     We bid you welcome

Here is the tune and the words to our exit song:

Riporipo haere ngā wai o Waitaha
Te whenua taurikura o Ngāi tahu eeee

Kōpiko, hakoko ngā awa tīpua
Whakarongo ki ngā patapata o koro Aoraki

Ka rere ki uta
Ka rere ki tai

Ko ngā awa rangatira e

He hononga tangata
He hononga whenua
He hononga whakapapa e



This song is to a tune from 'The Little Mermaid'

Ka rere ko taku poi
Ka piki ka heke
Ka rere arorangi
Ki ngā hau tōpito

Poia atu ko taku poi
Wania atu ko taku poi
Ka rere ki runga
Ka rere ki raro

Te ataahua
Te ataahua o taku poi e rere nei
Whakarongo ki ngā kōrero o taku poi e hāro nei

Whakarongo ki ngā kōrero o taku poi.  

Here is an audio link to listen to the song

Poutama reo groups - Term 2, week 2.

Tupupupunga te reo

Last week my group learned to play Monopoly in Māori.
This week we learned to ask "what do you want?" and reply to the question.

He aha tō hiahia? What do you want?
Kei te hiahia au ki te .... I want the + noun/to+ verb.....

Sadie was our shopkeeper selling various items in our presentation.  
Raumana added his own twist at the end (youʻll have to ask him what that was). 

Te Puāwaitanga

Hei ngā wiki kei te haere mai, kei te ako ngā tamariki i te tikanga me te rerekētanga o te wai, hea, aha, tēhea, pēhea, me te hia. He kupu pātai ēnei?
Hei Tauira:
Mā wai ngā rīhi e horoi?
Mā hea haere ai ki Rotorua?
Kei te/I/I te/Kua/Ka aha...
Ko tēhea te pene tika?
I pēhea te kiriata?
Tokohia ngā kotiro?

Mena he pukapuka pānui tonu kei te kāinga, whakahokia mai.

In the weeks to come, the tamariki are learning the meaning and the differences of the wai, hea, aha, tēhea, pēhea and hia. These are all questioning words.
For example:
Who will wash the dishes?
How are we getting to Rotorua?
What are/is/have/will (happening)?
Which is the correct pen?
How was the movie?
How many girls are there?

If you have any of the reading books at home, please return them.

Te Oreorenga

This week we have been looking at antonyms in te reo Māori.

Here are the ones that we have been learning:
Nui/iti = big/little
Mā/paru = clean/dirty
Poto/roa = Short/long

We have put them into sentences that look like this:
He nui te arawhana (the elephant is big)
He iti te kutu (the kutu is small)
He paru tēnei (this is dirty)
He mā te kīhini (the kitchen is clean) 

Te Kakano

Learning how to say where things are.  

Kei roto = in
Kei waho = outside 
Kei runga = on 
Kei raro = under

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Ngā Whāriki Manaaki

We had so much fun at our haerenga to Ngā Whāriki Manaaki and the Margaret Mahy papatākaro.

A big mihi to our parent helpers!  It was awesome to share the day with you :)  And thank you to Debbie for telling us about the history and stories of these beautiful whāriki.

Te reo Māori Kaupapa mō wiki iwa

Poutama Reo: Te Puāwaitanga (Whaea Maria)

I tēnei wā kei te aro atu ngā māhuri o tēnei roopu ki ngā tūwāhi. Ia wiki whakawhanake ai rātou i ngā wete reo, te puna kupu me te mahi pānui. Hei āwhina i tāu tamaiti, pānui tahi; aromatawaingia ngā kupu hou, pātaitia rānei. Tirohia te ataata kua tāpirihia – I te whakataetae ngā ākonga i te Quizlet.

This week the ākonga of this roopu are working on locatives. They are beyond the roto (rō), waho, waenganui, muri, mua, runga, raro and are now onto the konei, konā, korā (kō), anei, anā, arā as well as other descriptive words for locations. Each week the ākonga are developing their grammar progressions, their pool of vocab and also reading ability. You can help your child by reading with them (they have reading books every week as well as ); testing them on their new words (Quizlet and/or Te Reo Māori books) and questioning them about their mahi. Have a look at the video attached of the tamariki competing in Quizlet.

Poutama reo: Tipupunga (Matua Mike and Hakui Steph)

Mā wai e....  (who will ...)
māku            (for me to do)
māu              (for you to do)
māna            (for s/he to do)

The te reo work we covered today (Monday with Matua Mike) was how to ask - Who will (do something)? and give a range of replies.
Ma wai e āwhina? Who will help?
Mā wai au e āwhina? Who will help me?
Māku e āwhina. I will help.
Māku koe e āwhina. I will help you.
Māu e āwhina. You will help.
Māna e āwhina. He/she will help.
Mā Hēmi e āwhina. Hēmi will help.
We also acted out our version of "The Little Red Hen" with Sadie as Heihei (ka pai Sadie).

Poutama reo: Te Oreorenga (Whaea Hannah)

This week we are learning many different sentence structures based around asking questions.  
We are going to be looking at how to ask how many there are.  

To do this we use "e hia ngā (noun)" for objects and animals.  
To respond, if the answer is two or nine and in between you say "e (number) ngā (noun)."  If it is only one you would say "kotahi te (noun)."  If it is 10 or more you use "tekau ngā (noun)"


Here are some we tried in class.  

E hia ngā panana?
E rua ngā panana.

E hia ngā karapa?
Tekau-mā-whitu ngā karapa.

E hia ngā pea?
E toru ngā pea. 

To ask how many people there are we use "tokohia ngā (tamariki/matua/tangata/etc.)?"
To respond we use the same rules as above with the numbers but with the preface of "toko" instead of "e".  

For example:
Tokohia ngā tamariki?
Toko whitu ngā tamariki.

Tokohia ngā pepe?
Kotahi te pepe.  (we use "te" in this if the answer is one because "te" indicates a singular object instead of "ngā")

Tokohia ngā matua tīpuna?
Toko tua ngā matua tīpuna. 

Poutama reo: Te Kakano (Whaea Cha)

We are working on house hold items this week. 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Rehua Marae

I tērā Rāhina i haere mātou ki te marae o Rehua.  I haere a Tipu mātou ko Rea ko Ngā Kiwi (tau 0-1).  I tino pai te haerenga.  I ako mātou i ngā tukutuku me ngā poupou me ngā mahi toi o te marae hoki.  Ngā mihi nui ki a Matua Mikaere mō te kōrero - ka mau te wehi!

I tērā Rāmere i hanga mātou i ngā tukutuku mō te akomanga Tipu.  He tino pai te mahi.  Me titiro koutou ki ērā.  Kei runga ērā i te wāra kei Tipu.  Ngā mihi ki ngā tuakana mō tō koutou āwhi ki ngā teina!  Me pātai koe ki tōu tamaiti i ngā kaupapa o ērā tukutuku...

Last Monday we went to Rehua Marae.  Tipu, Rea, and Ngā Kiwi from mainstream went along (thank you to the Ngā Kiwi team for bringing us along!).  The trip was very good.  We learnt a lot about the tukutuku panels, the poupou carvings, and the structure and art of the marae.  A big thank you to Mike for your talk - we learnt heaps and it was great!  

Last Friday we recreated some of the tukutuku panels for Tipu.  You should have a look at them, they are on the wall in Tipu.  A big thank you to some of the tuakana that help our teina with their mahi.  You should ask you child about what the tukutuku panels represent - hopefully they can remember!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Māori kaupapa for Te Oreorenga rōpu

Kia ora whānau.  This week in Whaea Hannah's rōpu we are looking at learning how to ask what something is and how to respond.

"He aha tēnei?" means "what is this?".  Tēnei is the kupu for "this", and aha is the question word for "what".

To respond we replace the question word (aha) with the name of the thing.  For example...

He aha tēnei? (What is this?) 
He pōtae tēnei. (This is a hat)

Here is another example that we have learnt in class.
He aha tēnei? (What is this?)
He kūaha tēnei. (This is a door)

You can help your tamaiti at home learn this by using "he aha tēnei" around the house with many house hold items.  The aim is for our tamariki to kōrero Māori so the more encouragement they have from kura and home the better!  


Every Friday in Tipu we get to do discovery with Ngā Kiwi and some of Tui hub.  It is all about play based learning centered around our school values.  The Ngā Kiwi team are awesome of thinking of cool and interesting ways to get involved with our values.  Last Friday we were looking at what it's like to have FUN and use our imagination to have fun.  There were so many cool activities like dress ups, an imagination station room, hula hoops and balls on the court, but the most popular by far was the bubble station.  We had lots of equipment to blow bubbles with and have fun.

One of the ways we decided to use "fun" at the bubble station was to create a big bunch of bubbles by putting our bubble blower straw into the bubble mix and blow hard to make bubbles come up.  Have a look at some tamariki having FUN with bubbles!

Azarlia with a Santa beard made out of bubbles.

Otiia got some bubbles in her mouth - yucky!

Manea loves making lots of bubbles!

Look!  Another Santa bubble beard.  Must be the fashion.

Part of the bubble blowing process.

Xanthe having heaps of fun!

Mikaere came up with this idea.  Tion pai tō whakaaro, e hoa!

Rawe, Kieran!