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