Friday, 7 July 2017

Arts Celebration

Wow. What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of a term and all our talented Tautoru artists! 


Our Arts Celebration held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights was a great success. Tautoru was filled with  all sorts of beautiful artworks - dioramas, masks, weaving, lanterns and many other collaborative art projects.

Everyone was impressed with the hard work and effort that all of the children put in toward creating their piece of art. The weather was perfect, the music just wonderful and with all of the sculptures and artworks outside and around the school, it truly was a magical two nights.

Thank you to all of the families and friends that came to our Arts Celebration. We loved seeing you admire our work and that you took the time to visit all the spaces around the school. 

A BIG thank you to all of the wonderful parents who helped us get ready for the celebration. We couldn't have done it without you!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

There's No MATH Problem That We Can't Solve!

This term we have been doing LOTS of problem solving in maths! 

We start off each math session by getting into groups of our choice, and working together to solve different types of problems. Our problems are usually based around activities we do at morning tea. We come up with the problem together.

In our groups we discuss and compare our ideas and STRATEGIES to try and solve the problem. Our goal is to see if we can come up with at least three ways to solve each problem.

All of this talking and sharing helps us to think about HOW we get an answer. We also learn new strategies from others in our group that we may be able to try next time. We are enjoying collaborating with each other and our confidence in math is definitely improving every day. 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Celebrating Matariki and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day: Suz and Anna's whanau group

We had a fantastic day in our Whanau. We did lots of different things with our main focus being around appreciating the environment around us. We also had a focus on Tuakana Teina. Tuakana Teina is the idea of an older sibling helping and guiding a younger sibling
It was so cool to see so many people ‘adopting’ siblings and helping them out. 

Our first activity involved print making. We chose our favourite leaves and made prints of them onto fabric. We are going to turn these into mini tents so keep your eyes peeled for them at the Arts Celebration!

Our second activity involved the remnants of Seatoun beach constructed into dreamcatchers. We used wool to make a spider web effect to attach different bits and bobs onto. 

The last activity was some rock painting. We brought some rocks to life by painting a base colour, and then adding black, white and red. Everyone did a range of different patterns and they all look really unique. 

Overall we had a great day! Looking forward to see everyone at our Arts Celebration to see the awesome work we made. 

More from Matariki

More photos of the students in action.

Tuesday Art Day

What a day of creating.

Shona's base group has been creating art based around native plants, birds, and those nasty predators. Wanwan has been busy creating masks that represent each of the student's culture. Susie has her group working on lanterns to represent extinct birds. Scott's group have created diorama around stories from the past and native flora and fauna.

In addition, look out for our Maori Gods we you come next week!

We are in full blast at the moment creating and producing art for the Arts Celebration next Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

Here is a sneak preview!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Celebrating Matariki and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day; Gabrielle and Wanwan's whanau group

We had a very enjoyable day working with everyone. A real highlight was Stan joining us, sponsored by Asia New Zealand, who introduced the children to Chinese painting. He showed them how to paint pandas and birds with a brush and black ink, adding more detail as appropriate.

We also talked about, and appreciated, what people and things were special to us. For many it was pets, family or friends.

We found special leaves and shared what we found beautiful about them, then made our own pictures from groups of leaves. Some of us did a little yoga. We also made stars as collaborative origami pieces to celebrate Matariki. We also had a few student workshops run by people sharing a skill that they had some excellence in. To finish we learned a waiata about Matariki and some of us made videos about what we learned.

Thanks to our parent helpers and friends for sharing the day with us.