Thursday, 30 June 2022

Matariki Celebrations

 Nau mai Matariki, nau mai Puanga, nau mai te tau hou Māori - We welcome Matariki, we welcome Puanga and the Māori New Year.


Matariki / Puanga is a time for learning and storytelling and an occasion for people to come together and celebrate what has been achieved in the past year. A time for whānau being together, celebrating a new year where everyone can flourish and remembering friends and whānau we have lost over the past wee while. 

We met on the beach to see the stars and say karakia together. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Te Iwa o Matariki- Celebrating The Matariki Stars

When Matariki disappears in the sky and then reappears, it marks a very special time in the Māori Calendar as each star in the Marariki cluster has links to an aspect of our environment. You can read more about them here. 

We've spent time in our whānau groups across the school learning about the different stars and also connecting with all our teachers and peers. Here, some of us were learning about Waitā, the star that looks after ocean creatures, and creating musical rhythms to represent the animals. We used rakau sticks to create musical beats that represent different animals. It was wonderful to work with seniors from across the school.

We also learned about how Matariki is a time to celebrate with our whānau. We made some whare (house) that show our whānau and the Matariki stars shinning in the sky.

Here are some of works in progress!

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Dwarf Beans

This week we wrapped up our plant inquiry, which we’ve been working very hard on this term! To finalise the end of our inquiry we planted our dwarf beans into the school vegetable garden. We first planted these beans as seeds and have been watching them grow, learning all about how plants change and the resources plants need to survive in the meantime.

We documented these developments in our Tautoru seed diary, and also drew scientific diagrams of how our seeds have developed throughout the term. Our Tautoru kids have really embodied the learner attribute of “I am a thinker,” learning all about how scientists think, and how we can be scientists ourselves when learning new things!


We have enjoyed learning about Matariki in Tautoru this week. Matariki marks the Māori new year and is a time for us to come together with our whānau, reflect on the past and look forward to what is ahead. Sharing the wisdom of our family members marks an appreciation of what they do and allows tamariki to reflect on what they do for others.

The youngest sister star of Matariki, Hiwa-i-te-rangi, is often called the wishing star. People send their goals, aspirations and wishes to Hiwa-i-te-rangi, in the hopes that they will come true in the new year. In Tautoru this week we’ve been drawing Hiwa-i-te-rangi and writing our own wishes on the back of the star. Doing this allows us to ask Hiwa-i-te-rangi what we want to see in the new year and tell her hopes we have for our futures.

Wednesday, 1 June 2022


 These last few weeks alongside Autahi, we have loved our Friday swimming sessions at the Kilburnie pools. We use lots of Grit when learning how to swim, making sure to not give up when it is tricky and telling ourselves things such as “keep trying” and “you can do it!” 

Swimming has also been a great opportunity to show Character Strengths such as Respect and Honesty. We show these to our peers, swimming instructors, teachers and parent support. 

It has been a pleasure talking to our tamariki and picking up an increased confidence in their swimming abilities. 

Leaf Art

 As part of our inquiry into plants this term, we have been learning how to use plants to create artwork that honours the natural beauty of our surroundings. Leaf rubbing helps us see the unique markings to each leaf and how different they are, like our own fingerprints!

Please enjoy these photos of our leaf art creations. We will be finishing this art at the end of the week so check out Seesaw for the finished products.