Junior School Blog

A summary of the exciting events in our Year 0, Year 1 and Year 2 classes....

Mrs Gill´s Calf

Getting to meet Mrs Gill's Calf

“Moo, moo, moo,” said the calf, as the learners in Year 1 experienced some wild things from the farm!

Mrs Gill told us that a calf has both their top and bottom teeth and that they drink two buckets of milk a day! That’s a lot of milk cartons to fold and recycle!

A special trip to special places

14/09/2018
Visiting the Memorial on Stockade Hill

What is a special place for you? In year 1, we have been looking at special places in our community. It was super exciting for many of us as it was our first time on a bus!

Our tour took us down to Stockade Hill where we learnt about its history. We even got to see the big Christmas tree up close! Our next stop took us to the Howick Rec Centre where we got active and participated in a variety of activities. Our third stop took us to the beach where we hunted for treasures and seashells in the sand. Our final stop took us to the library where we sang songs, listened to stories and even went on a scavenger hunt! Before heading back to school, our bus driver took us through a tiki tour of Lloyld Elsmore Park.

We were exhausted by the time we got back to school but had a blast visiting all the special places around Howick.

Let’s get inventing

31/08/2018
What are they inventing?

Term Three continues to be an exciting and wonderful time. We have just finished with the fabulous International Day celebrations and another new, thrilling challenge lay ahead of us.

We are all busy getting creative and innovative, preparing for the famous Owairoa Inventor’s Fair. The Year Two children have embraced the opportunity and while we might not re-invent the wheel, there are some state of the art and ground breaking products being developed in the secret Year Two labs. If you see around some weird looking umbrellas, never seen before floating devices, state of the art pest tracking tunnels, strange instruments, eccentric bird feeders and unconventional cat toys, you’ll know where they came from.

We won’t give up all of our secrets now. If you want to find out more come and visit the Owairoa Inventor’s Fair.

 

 

 

International Students

Welcoming our International Students to Owairoa

It has become an Owairoa tradition to welcome groups of International Students at the beginning of Term 3.

Like every year, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean students are joining us for a few weeks, keen to experience the New Zealand school life. Some of these learners have joined the Year Two classes and they are having a great time making new friends, learning new things, and practicing their English language skills in a full immersion environment.

It is a great opportunity for our Kiwi learners to exercise their kindness, empathy and friendliness, being amazing buddies for the International Students. We hope they love their time in our classroom as much as we love having them here with us.

We are all looking forward to celebrate International Day with them next week.

Games of Yesteryear!!

6/07/2018
Some Junior students practicing their knucklebones skills

Winter has arrived bringing rainy days and cold winds.  With that comes plenty of mud on our fields which of course gives our children less space to play and run off their energy.  What else could we do but teach them the games their parents used to play during their school days. 

Marbles have made a comeback at Owairoa and our junior school are loving the chance to learn a new game.  With some training from senior students there have been marbles flicked near and far, some friendly competitions and a load of fun.  With the added bonus of being able to play inside when we are stuck indoors.  We had such a great reaction to the marbles we also introduced the other popular game of knucklebones.  This craze has also been a huge success with many teachers joining in and showing off their gaming skills!

I wonder what we could bring back next? 

The Skink Garden

22/06/2018
New mulch for our skink garden

Learning about and for the Environment never stops at our school. The Year Two classes are focusing now on learning about unique and endangered New Zealand birds and animals. One of the species that we are studying is the common skink and one of our Enviro pledges is to create and maintain a safe skink habitat on our school grounds, behind the swimming pool changing rooms.

The Skink Garden was created a few years ago and the Property Team helps us to maintain it neat and tidy. This year it was time to trim some of the flax and wild grass plants and to refresh the mulch in the garden.

We are also planning to design and create some information signs about the common skinks to be displayed in the garden.

Tread Lightly Caravan

25/05/2018
What goes down the drain?

This week it was the Year 2 students’ turn to visit the Thread Lightly Caravan. It was such a great learning opportunity and all the children were motivated to renew their pledge to look after the environment.

The activities were designed to help children learn about the importance of protecting and treasuring our environment and taught them ways of doing their part to protect the planet.  Children learned how to plant seeds, how to grow and care about plants. They talked about recycling and composting, about the importance of keeping the streams and rivers clean and healthy.

Judging by the enthusiasm shown by the children we can assume that our environment will be in safe hands as they grow up.

The Junior Playground is Officially Opened!

11/05/2018
Our students and the local community enjoying our “Dragon’s Lair” playground

On Thursday 10th of May, Owairoa junior school students were thrilled to be involved in the official opening of our new Junior playground.

There was great excitement as a knight in shining armour galloped in on his horse to rescue his beautiful princess. The children took great delight in seeing Mr Rossiter, Miss Corbett, Mr Cornea and three Year 2 dragons in the skit.

We welcomed visitors from the Board of Trustees, the PTA and the team from Park Supplies who designed the playground to the grand opening.

The children have been thoroughly enjoying having their own area to play in since completion.

Sharing Our Learning With Our Parents

13/04/2018
Choosing our best work to show at the upcoming conferences

Believe it or not, Term One is finished! It was such a busy term, we did so many fantastic things and the learning was amazing. And what a better way to end it all, than having the opportunity to share our success with our parents.

On Wednesday and Thursday on the last week parents were invited for the Three Way Conferences. We talked about our Next Learning Steps, we shared our best work, we summed up our achievements and our parents took home our reports.

It is always exciting to have our parents beside us and our teachers, telling them about our learning and sharing our proud moments with them. Happy Holidays to all!

Owairuru

29/03/2018
Owairuru proudly perched in the Auckland creative arts trail

Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo… who is that sitting with his friends at Botany Library? Why it’s ‘Owairuru,’ Owairoa’s entry into the Big Hoot public art trail. He is there to greet you and let you discover Auckland’s rich cultural and creative art works, while supporting the Child Cancer Foundation!

The inspiration for Owairuru came from our student’s inquiry into New Zealand native birds and the Maori perspective that ruru were kaitiaki, and had power to protect and advise.  The design of our owl therefore incorporates these values and reflects Owairoa’s love of the environment.

There are over 100 owls in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary until Sunday 6 May. Get your trail map today and enjoy exploring the Haier Big Hoot art trail. 

 

Hello 2018!

16/03/2018
Ready for Swimming

Believe it or not we have already counted down six weeks of the new school year and the summer holidays are now a distant memory.

The Year Two teachers: lovely Mrs Parker, amazing Miss Hayward, fantastic Mrs Owen, wonderful Miss Anderson, incredible Miss Oliver and wise Mr Cornea have welcomed their new students. We are all settled in our new classes and the learning is exciting and engaging.

We took full advantage of the beautiful weather and the swimming programme was one of the highlights of the term.

We are looking forward to have a great year full of wonderful learning opportunities.

The Dragons are Coming!!

9/03/2018
Our first dragon is being assembled

The 2018 school year has started with a bang for our Junior school.  We have been in a state of excitement watching the construction of our new playground outside Rooms 1-4. There have been trucks coming and going, delivering slides and dragons!  Classrooms are full of discussions and are writing about each new addition.  Watching the concrete being mixed has been a highlight.

We are thrilled we will have their own little area to play without all the big kids.  The tree in the playground provides plenty of shade with extra seating for when they need a break from all their playing.  The sandpit has been moved to make way for the playground so that is now in the garden.  We look forward to being able to climb our dragons in the next couple of weeks.

Superkids Start School

Superstart Students Join Room 6

Owairoa Primary School welcomed 30 New Entrants in the first week of school. They have settled into Room 9 with Miss Emma Corbett, Room 7 with Mrs Shari Green and Room 6 with Mrs Kirsty Rice. Many of the New Entrants attended Super Start at the end of last year and school is familiar to them.

Mrs Rice will continue to welcome more new pupils until Room 6 reaches 18 pupils. New Zealand is the only country in the world where children start school on or close to their fifth birthday.

 

The next class will be with Mrs Lorraine Seekup. During 2018 we expect to have another 100 New Entrants. We need several empty classrooms for these children and a team of patient, caring teachers to give our New Entrants the best possible start to school.

Motion Master

24/11/2017
Using our thinking skills to figure out how to build the best marble run

What is push and pull? How do we make something go faster or slower? These are the questions the Year 1s have been pondering about in Science. We have been learning about motion in year 1 and what an exciting topic it has been!

We investigated many different things like pushing and pulling with model cars, making ramps for marbles and figuring out reasons as to why a marble would go quicker or slower. We recorded our observations and discussed how and why it happened.

 

One of the more exciting investigations we did was the Marble Run Challenge. We had to work together in groups to build a structure that could stand up on its own and be able to slow down or speed up the movement of an object. We had to use our brains and think carefully about how to put our tower together

Grandparents Afternoon

10/11/2017
Proudly welcoming our Grandparents into our Classrooms

On October the 20th we were spoilt by having our Grandparents come into our classes for the afternoon. They came to share in and celebrate our learning and participate in activities. The Grandparents were encouraged to bring along a treasure that was special to them.

The children were excited to share their Grandparents with others as well as showing them around their learning environment.

The Grandparents enjoyed sharing their treasure and the children enjoyed listening to the fascinating stories behind them. For example we had an old fashion stapler, an old fashion camera, war medals, family tree books, Vuvuzela (South African Horn), just to mention a few.

The afternoon was a huge success and we also had numerous compliments from Grandparents about the concert that was put on especially for them.

Both the Grandparents and the children felt cherished, valued and loved. Another successful Grandparents day and we are already looking forward to next year.

Year 0 Continues to Grow

27/10/2017
Welcoming Pepper the lamb to school

At the end of Term 3 we welcomed Mrs Richards back to Owairoa to start her Year 0 class in G1. Her class numbers grew quickly which meant we needed another Year 0 class. Mrs Jansen started in G6 at the beginning of Term 4 and works from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays we are delighted to welcome back another ex Owairoa teacher Mrs McCormack to teach Room G6.

We celebrated the arrival of spring with a visit from Pepper the lamb. The children loved being able to pat and feed the lamb. Thanks to Mrs Gill for bringing her to visit us.

Everyone looked forward to the Gala which was a first time experience for many children. Most children attended and had a wonderful time.

We have a busy term ahead. Our calendar art work is completed and will be made into calendars which can be purchased later in the term.

In November we have a Poetry Competition which gives all children the opportunity to learn a poem and present it to their class.

In mid December we will celebrate our learning and have an end of year concert in the school hall. Parents, family and friends are welcome to come and watch our concert.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

29/09/2017

In Week 7 of this term we celebrated the Maori Language Week. For the children in Year Two it was such a great opportunity to learn new words and to use the ones they already knew, to practice their language skills, to work on wonderful art projects and to be immersed in the culture through stories and songs.

These were some of the highlights of the week for each of the Year Two classes:

Room 9: rewriting myths and legends they had heard and sharing these with the class.
Room 10
: learning the names of body parts in Te Reo
Room 11:
colouring and constructing the traditional costume pictures
Room 12:
singing Maori songs
Room 13:
the Koru and the Taniwha art activities

Off on a Museum Adventure

15/09/2017
Listening to the fascinating Maori legend being retold

Everyone on the bus! Team 1B was on our way for an exciting day at Auckland Museum! We have been learning about storytelling in our Inquiry this term so we wanted to experience for ourselves how history can be passed down generation after generation through Oral Language.

When we got to the Museum we heard the Maori legend of Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Their love was so strong that their children were trapped between them in the darkness of their embrace. After much pushing and shoving Tane managed to separate his parents, and let the other children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku escape and create the world as we know it.

After our storytelling experience we were able to explore different cultures, the arts, and all the wonders that the Auckland Museum has on offer. Now we have lots of stories to share with our families!

 

Adopting a Kakapo

1/09/2017
Room 12 with their adoption certificates

It is official! We are the adoptive parents of five beautiful kakapos. The Year 2 classes have received their certificates from the Kakapo Recovery Trust confirming the symbolic adoption of Bluster-Murphy, Waikawa, Marama, Jem and Ralph.

Along with learning about the endangered New Zealand bird the children in Year 2 have decided to raise money to help saving the kakapo. They set themselves a target of a $ 100 per class – the cost of the symbolic adoption of one of the birds. The children’s enthusiasm and the way they have managed to rally the whole school in support of their cause has helped raising over $1500.

The children took immense pride in their effort and they are happy to know that they helped a worthy cause.

 

International Day Success

4/08/2017
Luca and his mum reading a story in Romanian in Room 12

The children in Year 2 have celebrated International Day together with the rest of the Owairoa family. We had our famous parade around the school, we waved our flags, and we proudly wore our traditional costumes.

After morning tea we went around the classrooms, and we learned to make Maori headbands, we learned about the Chinese Year of the Rooster, we practised sign language and Romanian language, and we did some Aboriginal Art.

Like every year, one of the highlights of the day was the shared lunch. What a great opportunity to taste delicious flavours from around the world!

 

Welcome to the Gresham Block

7/07/2017
The first students to learn in the Gresham Block

At the end of March Mrs Seekup started the first Year 0 class for 2017. The students were in Room 4A and were excitedly watching the building progress of the new Gresham block. Mrs Seekup and her class were delighted when they could move into their newly refurbished classroom mid-May. They were soon joined by Miss Corbett in G5.

Many of these students have attended Super Start with Mrs Gresham, providing them with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school environment. Super Start is also a great way for students to begin to understand classroom routines and expectations, not to mention, meet new friends!

This term the students have enjoyed the activities of Winter Wonderland and the many and varied learning activities in the classroom programmes. The students in G4 and G5 have settled into Owairoa quickly and are enjoying the challenges that school brings.

We welcome Mrs Borrie back to Owairoa at the beginning of Term 3 to start her class in G2.

Winter Fun

23/06/2017
Who said that ice skating is hard?

What an exciting week we just had! The Year Two children have joined the rest of the school in celebrating the arrival of winter during the week long Winter Wonderland Extravaganza.

Ice skating, making snow men, watching a movie dressed in warm pyjamas and comfy slippers, winter sports and winter art, snow ball fights and making snowflakes are just some of the activities we have participated in.

It was a great opportunity for the whole family to join in the fun and many came after school or in the weekend for extra ice skating sessions or for a play in the Snow Dome.

Insects are everywhere or are they?

9/06/2017
Some Year 1 Scientists creating playdough insects

What exactly is an insect? That is the question that the learners in Team 1A and 1B are discovering during our Science observations in Term 2.

First, we went on a nature walk and tried to identify insects in our environment. We found that all insects have three body parts, six legs and antennae.

Once we knew what insects looked like we decided to create our own insects with playdough in the Science Room with Mrs Farid. Be careful, I think that playdough insect is about to fly away!

Pirate Ships for Sale

26/05/2017
Captain Abby from Room 12 and her new ship

Team Two’s inquiry this term is about an endangered New Zealand bird: the Kakapo. Along with learning everything about the Kakapo the children in Year Two have decided that they want to do something to help saving the Kakapo from extinction.

In order to support the organizations that are involved in the Kakapo’s protection our Year Two learners will raise money to adopt a Kakapo. Our first fundraising activity was a Silent Auction for buying the class Pirate Ship.

Five of the Year Two students are now the proud owners of five amazing pirate ships. Their parents have placed the winning bids and have contributed generously to our fundraising effort. We have raised $195 through the Silent Auction.

Caring for the Environment

12/05/2017
Counting rubbish with Team 1A

In Term 2, the Year 1’s are looking at how we can be responsible for looking after our environment. We looked at how we could reduce the rubbish at school.

Team 1A started off the investigation by collecting things like chippie packets and cling wrap from our lunchboxes. We sorted them into four different categories – clear plastic, processed packets, paper and other. We then counted the amount of rubbish we had in each category and our results showed that we had:
48 pieces of clear plastic

60 pieces of processed packets
24 pieces of paper

15 pieces in other

Team 1A were quite horrified at how much rubbish we were making – That’s a lot of rubbish!!

We will now be looking into the different ways we can reduce the rubbish in our lunchbox and in our school environment.

Taking Care of our Teeth

13/04/2017
We are ready to try our home made tooth paste

The Year Two children didn’t waste too much time before getting engaged in fantastic, meaningful learning. Our topic for Science this term was Our Teeth. We have learned everything that is to be learned about teeth: the difference between baby and adult teeth, how many teeth we have, what different types of teeth we have in our mouths and what different functions they have.

We have learned about the parts of a tooth and about how to keep our teeth healthy. We talked about healthy food that is friendly to our teeth and about food products that can damage them. We had fun making our own toothpaste and we have used it to brush our teeth at school. What a great start to the year!

 

Ring! Ring! Ring!

31/03/2017
Getting hands on with our feely boxes

I hear the sound of the lunchtime bell and it’s time to wash my hands and eat lunch! The soap feels slippery and the food in my lunchbox looks, smells, and tastes delicious . Have you ever wondered what lunch would be like if we didn’t have 5 senses?

This term Team 1A and 1B have been learning about our different senses. Our senses allow us to observe the world around us and there are 5 ways we do this - we use our sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing to help understand what’s going on in our environment.

In Science we used feely boxes to identify different objects and describe how they felt. We had lots of fun trying to guess what was in the box. What do you think the learners felt in the feely box?

Follow the Leader with Miss Morrow

3/03/2017
Following the leader with Miss Morrow

Summer is finally here and what a great time to be enjoying our newly refurbished swimming pool. Team 1A began swimming classes at the beginning of the term and the children are thoroughly enjoying the cool water on these hot humid days.

We are very lucky to have Miss Morrow working alongside the teachers she assists and supports the learners in the water.  We have a range of swimming abilities and the teachers are working hard planning lots of activities to cater to all needs. These include everything from fun water confidence building games, breathing, floating to swim strokes. The pool gives us the opportunity to teach water safety and with our community surrounded by water it has been an important part of our lessons.

We have all watched their skills and confidence grow day by day.

Keep up the great work team 1A and well done to the swimmers who are doing us all proud!

Changes

17/02/2017
The Gresham Block in progress

The start of the 2017 brings many changes at Owairoa Primary School. The most obvious is the construction zone. The earthworks are in preparation for our exciting new playground and seating area. This will be completed in a few weeks. We look forward to watching it taking shape.

The classrooms will make up the new Gresham block. Six classrooms relocated from other schools will be upgraded with decking and everything we need for our expanding roll. It is expected they will be used for our Year 0 classes.

Twenty New Entrants started school for the first time this week. They are in Rooms 4, 6 and 7. Mrs Green will continue to fill up Room 7 until the magic number 18 children when Mrs Seekup will start her new class. Perhaps the Gresham block will be ready for its first class.

Wishing all Owairoa children and families a wonderful 2017.

Wendy Gresham
Assistant Principal

Finishing off the year in style!

16/12/2016
Waiting patiently for our turn on the stage

What a busy December we have had here in the Junior School. We’ve had many excited new entrant children join our Owairoa family and we wish them all the best for the start of their learning journey.

This term we have celebrated our years learning by producing some amazing Christmas concerts. Hours worth of practise went into perfecting these shows and the children were so enthusiastic about performing their items to their friends and family. We were even lucky enough to have a special visitor make an appearance at each of our concerts… he has a red coat, black boots and a white beard, can you guess who stopped by?

To all of our Owairoa friends and family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Stay safe over the holiday period and we will see you all next year!

Our End of Year Poetry Competition

2/12/2016
Our Year 2 Top Three Poetry Pros

The children in Year 2 had to learn and present a poem in front of their peers. The Poetry Competition is a tradition at our school and every year students compete in their year levels. Expression, volume, stance, eye contact are all part of the Criteria used by the judges when deciding the overall winner. The winners of the class competitions competed in the Grand Finale on Friday the 24th of November. Here is the Year 2 top three:

3rd place Tingwei Liang

2nd place Carla Muresan

1st place Thomas McLaren

Diwali

18/11/2016
Here is a picture of Alaina in her traditional dress and a sample of our learning

Owairoa is a school that celebrates and values the cultures of all students. We have many Hindu children within the school who celebrate Diwali “The Festival of Lights”. In Room 9 we decided to explore what Diwali is.

Alaina, a girl in our class, celebrated Diwali on the 30th October. She told us about the special sweets that they shared and the fun time they had. They even dressed up in their traditional dress for the occasion.

Diwali is important to Alaina and Alaina is important to us, so we did further research and wrote about it. During Diwali, people light special lamps, sing and dance, give cards and presents and watch fireworks. Some even worship at the mandir.

It was an enlightening learning experience for us all.

Grandparents Day

4/11/2016
Thomas Wildbore with his Grandparents, Margaret and Owen Wildbore

On the 20th of October Owairoa hosted the annual Grandparents afternoon.

Grandparents were invited to share an afternoon with their grandchildren. The Grandparents were invited to bring a family treasure to show the class. This resulted in a rich and entertaining afternoon involving a diversity of items and stories giving an insight into others’ lives and experiences.

For the remainder of the afternoon Grandparents were able to participate in activities with their grandchildren and look at their work. An afternoon tea was held in the hall at 2.30pm. It was a busy afternoon for all and many grandparents had more than one grandchild to visit.

To see the significance of having a grandparent visit the classroom was a lovely experience that highlights the importance of the day

Welcome back to Term 4!

20/10/2016
Writing time in Room 16 with Mrs Jansen

Wow! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. We can barely believe it’s Term 4 already. As always we have a busy term ahead of us with many fun and exciting events to look forward to.

Firstly we would like to welcome the new members of our Owairoa family; Mrs Christine Jansen and her eager young learners in Room 16. Welcome to Owairoa and we hope you have a fabulous term full of lots of learning and friendship making!

Looking ahead we have our popular Grandparents afternoon, poetry competition, athletics carnival as well as our end of year Christmas concerts. We hope so see many of our extended Owairoa family members at each of these events cheering us on. Keep an eye out in the notices to see when each of these events are going to be held, they’re not to be missed!

Our Brand New Owairoa Learners

9/09/2016
Wall display showing how Room 5 are Super Kids

This Term we had a brand new class of wonderful learners join the Year 0 Team. These children are in Room 5 and have a brilliant teacher called Mrs Pierterse.

Some of these learners have been at school for seven weeks and some have only been here for as little as one week. They all have one learning goal in common and that is to be an Owairoa Super Kid.

All these students are learning how to be at school and to understand what is expected of them. Here are some examples: Super kids whiri o ringa ringa and whiri o waiwai, they listen to the teacher, do their best colouring, learn their alphabet and their sounds, use their manners…

The children in Room 5 are settled, focused and making good progress in their learning. The most important thing that they have learnt is “Learning is fun”.

Science is Fun

26/08/2016
Hands on in the Science Room

Nothing beats being allowed to get your hands slimy and sticky. If you get to do that at school with your friends during learning time it is even better.

Room 12 children have enjoyed making and playing with ooze during one of the Science lessons about the Material World.

We have learned that if you mix corn flour, water and food colouring you can make this wonderful substance that looks and feels like a liquid and solid at the same time.

We had so much fun stirring the mixture, holding it in our palms, pouring it, letting it trickle through our fingers and talking about its texture.

Kia Ora! Ni Hao! Konnichiwa! Bonjour!

12/08/2016
Our newest friends in Room 5 on International Day

On Thursday 4th of August we celebrated one of the most anticipated days of the year – International Day.

The day was kicked off with our famous school-wide parade where the children proudly walked around the school displaying a fantastic array of clothing and flags. Can you believe we have 53 different countries represented in our school?

After morning tea it was time for the concert where we were amazed at the range of talent and cultural performances.  We could barely wait for lunchtime where each of the children had brought along a dish or two to share with the class. Shared lunches are our favourite!

We all had such an amazing day and can’t wait for International Day next year!

“I loved International Day because I got to wave my Filipino flag and I was so proud.” – Zachary Cillo.

“The parade was my favourite because my Mum was watching me and she said I looked beautiful.” – Bianca Rusu

Green Gold for Owairoa

29/07/2016
We made this as part of our Maori Culture studies

The Year Two students are proud because they did their bit to help Owairoa Primary School to become a Green Gold Enviro School.

From waste free lunches, to looking after the skink garden, from saving power in the classroom and at home to learning about Maori culture and language, from finding dripping taps to celebrating and respecting other cultures we all enjoyed our journey in becoming The Best Green Gold Enviro School That We Can Be!

Of course we are not going to stop here. There is still lots of learning to master and lots of work to do in order to make sure that we will know how to look after our environment in the future.

Team 1A´s Adventures at Butterfly Creek

1/07/2016
Team 1A ready to start their Butterfly Creek Learning Experience

Team 1A had an amazing learning experience at Butterfly Creek. The purpose of our trip was to learn about animal habitats. We got to visit the aquarium, butterflies, insects, arachnids, farm animals, crocodiles and reptiles. Dinosaur Kingdom was amazing but definitely very scary!

Team 1A also had the opportunity to hear about how Butterfly Creek is an active participant in saving the endangered Mahoenui Giant Weta.  It was thought to be extinct, but now they have established new populations on three different islands in New Zealand thanks to Butterfly Creeks help.

Room 6 are the guardians of the Wetapunga hotel in our school bush walk. The students were able to ask questions about the native weta’s habitat. There was torrential rain on our trip but we didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits. Thank you to the wonderful parent s who came on the trip we really appreciate your help.

A great learning experience was had by all!

Going Waste Free in Year 2

17/06/2016
Room 11 with all of their lunchbox rubbish

Some of our Year 2 classes have embarked on a waste free lunch journey! We have been looking at how much rubbish we have in our lunchboxes each day such as chippy bags, cling wrap and zip lock bags.

We have been talking about the best ways to cut back on rubbish and what happens to all this rubbish once we are finished with it! In Room 11, we counted how many pieces of rubbish we had one day after lunch and altogether we had 63 pieces of rubbish – wow! That is a lot for just 25 people! We worked out that would be over 100,000 pieces of rubbish each year if we didn’t make a change.

We have been doing this as a part of our Green Gold Enviro school journey! Will you join us in making a change?

Our Owairoa Family is Growing

3/06/2016
Welcome to Room 4a

This term we have welcomed Mrs Seekup and her lovely new children to our Junior School. Mrs Seekup is in Room 4a and is excited to be providing our New Entrant children with the best possible start to their schooling life. Our New Entrant teachers work hard to create a warm and caring place for our five year olds to start their educational journey.

Many of these children have attended Super Start with Mrs Gresham, providing them with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school environment. Super Start is also a great way for children to begin to understand classroom routines and expectations, not to mention, meet new friends!

The children in Room 4a have settled into Owairoa quickly and are enjoying the challenges that school brings. We wish Mrs Seekup and her children all the best and can’t wait to get to know our new friends.