Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Cultural Cooking Experience

To celebrate the end of our Inquiry Topic on Citizenship the Ngake Hub had a shared International cooking experience and shared lunch. Some of our parents came along to help us make food from different countries. These included nachos, empanadas, sushi, Yorkshire puddings, crepes, dumplings, waffles etc. We had so much fun making, then tasting the different dishes.  Our teachers were amazed that we tried most of the food and discovered that we liked them. Many thanks to all of our parents that helped on the day.


Puppet Show

We have had such a busy week, leading up to the end of term.
On Monday morning at 9 o’clock we had a very exciting beginning to our school week.  The whole school was invited by Toro Pikopiko Puppets to watch a puppet show called Te Rerenga-the-flight, which retold Ngai Tahu legend about Pourangahua and her epic flight to Aotearoa. This was a musical show featuring life size moving plywood puppets. We were taken back in time a thousand years, where we were told the story by animating lots of rock art puppets.  We were amazed to find out there were 80 puppets involved throughout the story and lots of children from the audience were chosen to take the part of the different characters.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Storytime with Mr Austin

In Room 1 we are so lucky to have Mr Austin come to our classroom every Friday after morning tea to read us a story. Last Friday he read us a story called Grandpa’s Inventions by Richard Johnson. It was all about a girl named Sophie, whose Grandpa loved making things. Her Grandpa spent hours in the workshop at the end of his garden, building all kinds of incredible machines.

It was an interesting book and Mr Austin always makes it fun by getting us to stand up and act out parts of the story. In this story we pretended to drive a car and be airplanes zooming through the sky. 
We love it when Mr Austin comes to read to us!

Thursday, 14 June 2018


Today we celebrated Matariki,  and we had so much fun. There were twelve activities to choose from and we got to choose three of them, which we did during the course of the day.  Our groups were mixed and we had children from Rm 1 up to Rm 10. The activities included kite making, star art, poi, cooking kai, koru patterns, making lanterns flax weaving, kite making etc. We had an amazing time in all the different activities.  In the evening we were invited to watch the Kapa Haka group perform, followed by a sausage sizzle and vegetable soup made from the vegetables from our school garden. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Morris Dancing

On Tuesday, as part of our Citizenship Inquiry Unit we had a visit from a group of Morris Dancers.  Morris Dancing is a form of English folk dance, usually accompanied by music.  Our visitors danced to the music of an accordion and wore bells on their ankles. They also wore traditional costumes and used sticks, handkerchiefs and flowers in their folk dance. At the end of the performance, some of us got to join in and have a go at some Morris Dancing. It was lots of fun!

Inquiry Unit - Citizenship

As part of our Inquiry unit into Citizenship, the teachers decided to turn our shared learning space into an airport/airplane and take us on a trip around the world. 
Before our trip we all made passports and learnt about the information that they contain. On the day of our travel we all got a plane ticket, used our reading folders as luggage and headed off to the airport!  Our tickets told us what country we were flying to.  Four flights to India, England, Japan and Samoa were called one at a time. We had to go through check in, show our tickets and drop off our bags, before heading into the waiting lounge. When our flight was called, we boarded the plane and found our correct seat.  On the plane we watched a safety video and enjoyed a dramatic monologue from the pilot. After we disembarked, we went through immigration where we got a stamp in our passports, collected our luggage from the baggage claim and headed off to customs. When we finally got out of the airport, we made our way to India (Rm 1), England (Rm 2), Japan (Rm 3) and Samoa (Rm 4), where we learnt a little bit about each country and had a lot of fun along the way!