Senior School Blog

A summary of the exciting events in our Year 5 and Year 6 classes....

Time Flies when you are having fun!

Joshua and his Grandparents from South Africa enjoying Grandparents Day together

We cannot believe it is Term 4 already! So far, we have had a successful and enjoyable year. We are looking forward to the exciting events and activities planned for this last term of the 2018 school year!

During Week 1 students participated in the New Zealand ShakeOut. This was a nation-wide earthquake drill. It was important that students knew the correct action to take in the event of an earthquake. All students practised their Drop, Cover and Hold techniques. Students are currently completing the ShakeOut Challenge at home. When this is returned to school, students may choose a prize at the office!

Also during Week 1, we celebrated our annual Grandparents and Grand- friends’ day. Senior students could not wait to show off their classrooms as well as their wonderful work they have completed throughout the year.

Looking forward to Week 3… Senior students will take part in Owairoa’s annual Athletics Day. The senior school has been training hard in the long jump and high jump and are looking forward to the big day.

Clarity, Tone and Intonation

Senior School Speech Winners 2018

A few weeks ago we held out annual Year 5 and 6 Speech competition. The topics were wide ranging from: The Changemakers, Braces, Hugs, Nagging, DNA, Bacteria, Lego, Environmental concerns to Gender Equality. The winner was Tim Wallace speaking about Changemakers, second was Brooke Martin with DNA and Ella MacDonald came in third with nagging.

Tim went through to the Interschool Speech Finals, which were held in our school hall on the 18th September. There were many and varied speeches from contestants from the local schools. The winner was Kate from Buckland’s Beach Primary while Tim came third. Well done, Tim.

We have all worked extremely hard and are looking forward to the school Gala which will be held on the 29th September and the holidays which should have nice Spring weather.

Inventors Fair and Speeches

Room 21 students creating their own taniwhas

During Week 7 Owairoa held its Inventors Fair. All students took part researching, designing, producing and testing their own inventions. All students had a fabulous time in the hall viewing the fabulous inventions that students produced. Some inventions included lolly dispensers, automatic apple peelers, mugs that keep your drink warm, safes and hydraulic motors.

During Week 8 the senior school watched the speech finals in the hall. It was interesting listening to the variety of speeches presented. Well done to our first, second and third placements – Timothy Wallace, Brooke Martin and Ella MacDonald. We wish our first place winner luck as he competes in the zone speech finals to be held in Week 9.

During this week, Owairoa also took part in celebrating Maori Language Week. Students enjoyed taking part in a range of Te Reo Maori related activities.


Solid Liquid or Gas

Intense measuring to ensure fair testing

During Science this term we have been focusing on the Material World. Each week we are learning new science terminology and completing fair tests.

We learned how to classify materials as solids or liquids according to their properties. Then we  observed the viscosity of liquids and ordering them accordingly.  The next week we learned whether solids (e.g. marbles, sand, flour, cornflour) were insoluble or soluble and if the state was reversible or irreversible.  The children then observed the melting points of ice, butter and chocolate and that they all started to melt at different points. Using a thermometer was a skill, especially learning to read the scale accurately.

We are all learning a great deal about fair testing and that each stage needs to be conducted in the same manner so that our results are correct.

A busy week for all!

Room 21’s International Day shared lunch

On Tuesday, students participated in Owairoa’s annual Cross-Country event. This year students were given the option to compete competitively or for fun. Students enthusiastically cheered on their peers in the bright morning sun.

On Thursday we celebrated International Day. Students were excited to come to school in their national dress and share foods from their country, during the shared lunch. A highlight of the day was the International Day concert where students were able to watch a variety of international performances. We even had a Japanese drummer from Pakuranga College come and visit.

On Thursday the following week, the top 8 competitive runners competed in the Interschool Cross Country. Students enjoyed taking part in this event and representing their school.

Hallo! Ni Hao! Bula! Bonjour! Guten Tag!

Sorting solids into groups for the Material World, Science

We have started off the term with a bang. Term 3 is full of excitement and learning activities. We are writing speeches, hosting international students and running the Cross Country.

We have started writing our speeches and the topics are wide-ranging. Subjects include the environment, why we should have pets, factual reports about science, and many more ideas that whiz and whirr through the children’s brains.

Last week, we welcomed the first of our international students. They have joined our school family for times spanning one week to several weeks. They are integrated into our class programme completing English activities, Maths, science experiments and musical theatre. We will celebrate the different cultures on our International Day.

We have also been training, in between the rain showers, for the Cross Country which will be held in Week 3. We look forward to the usual race for the ones who love and enjoy running and a fast walking race – tailored to those who like walking but not running.

Bridge over Troubled Desks

Room 25 students enjoying the tech challenge

Over the last few weeks, each class has been working on a Technology Challenge. In groups of 3, the task was to make a newspaper bridge that would span a one metre gap between desks. We only had 5 minutes to plan and 30 minutes to make them.

There were all different kinds of designs from flat, to rolled to tunnel effects. Some were more effective than others. To test the designs, a toy car had to travel from one side to the other freely. Then the bridges were tested to see how much weight they could hold.

The best team from each class will go to the final which will be held next week.  This challenge encouraged the children to focus on their key competencies – participating and contributing and relating to others.

Senior Update

Students who took part in the Trees for Survival planting day

The NZ Athon began this week as students received their test sheets and sponsorship cards! Students are excited about the challenge of getting sponsorship and developing their knowledge about New Zealand. There are many prizes to be won, let the competition begin!

In the Science Room, senior students have been learning about the Earth, Moon and Sun. We have mapped out their relative distances, looked at their relative movements and discovered how night and day occur.

On Friday we had a Principal’s Assembly. Photos from challenge week were shared and we also got to view photos from the recent Trees for Survival planting trip – over 400 trees were planted by students who took part in this. We also celebrated the achievement of one of our senior students, Maria Secara, who won a gold medal at a recent karate competition. She showed us some of her moves.

Tread Lightly

Human power light bulbs

Last week, the senior school had the opportunity to go to the Tread Lightly caravan. The children learnt how everyday choices have an impact on our environment. During the session, one of the activities was to use a hand-powered turbine to power lightbulbs, a hairdryer and a sander. They realised that it takes little power/human energy to light an LED bulb but needed far more energy to light a 60W incandescent bulb.

Other rotations included looking at microscopic things through a microscope, examining the different types of waste and working out their environmental footprint. Did you know that soft plastic could be recycled via your local supermarket?

The sessions were very informative and at the end, the children all had to make a pledge: something that they could do to help the environment within their own homes.

Challenge Week!

Students proud of the art they produced during challenge week

Term 2 began with a bang as all senior school students took part in Challenge Week. This week provided students with the opportunity to make new friends, try new things and support each other.

On Monday, students had a go at creating an alien themed costume. Costumes were modelled during a fashion show before lunch. To finish the day, students enjoyed a disco.

On Tuesday, students were given the opportunity to learn how to roller blade in our very own school hall.  For the remainder of the week, students took part in a variety of activities including art, orienteering, finger knitting, team challenges, rock climbing, archery, and various blow up obstacle and battle courses.

A big thank you to Mrs Bull, teachers and parent helpers for a wonderful week!

Parents Teacher Conferences and Peter and the Wolf

The Senior students accompanying the Toy Symphony

Week 10 has been very busy. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons we were talking about our learning and sharing our learning achievements with our parents at parent teacher student conferences.

On Thursday afternoon, we were lucky enough to have the St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra play for us. They entertained us with three pieces of music. The first was a narration of The Lion in the Meadow with musical accompaniment. After that, senior children played instruments and accompanied the orchestra for the Toy Symphony.

The last item was Peter and the Wolf. The narrator told us the story that included a cat, Peter, a wolf, a bird, a grandad and other characters. All the instruments played their parts well and we could imagine the characters and what they were doing as the orchestra played. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

On Friday morning, the senior children had a short service to remember ANZAC day. Some of the House Leaders read about: what ANZAC day is, the meaning of the white crosses, and four children read two poems. It was a moving ceremony.

Easter Is On Its Way!

Senior students enjoying the sun on our fitness trail

Staff and students are enjoying returning to their learning programmes after the excitement of last week’s Wild West Book Fair.

This week the Year 6 students were given their jobs for this year. Students look forward to starting these in the coming weeks.

Approaching are the 3-way conferences. Preparation for these has started and both students and teachers look forward to sharing students’ learning successes with their Whanau.

It has been a very busy term and students as well as staff are looking forward to the opportunity to catch their breath this coming Easter weekend.

Look Out! The Wild, Wild West is coming!

One of our completed Wild West artworks

This week, we have been making a large artwork that will be displayed in the hall for book week. Book Week is important as it allows our students to look at the range of books Scholastics has to offer. It is an opportunity to get more books into homes. 

The week will begin with students dressed up as cowboys or cowgirls, going to the hall to look at all the books and making wish lists. Parents have been invited to join their children for a shared lunch on the field. A whole school parade will occur after that. More fun filled events are planned for the rest of the week. Watch this space.

We have also been concentrating on our learning so we will be able to share our achievements with our parents at parent teacher conferences.  There is much to learn over the year and we are trying our best to show we understand the Key Competencies: Managing Self, Relating to Others, Participating and Contributing, Thinking and using Language, Symbols and text.

Four Weeks into the New School Year!

Senior students enjoying their second drama session

It is hard to believe we are already four weeks into the new school year!

Following the house leader elections in week two, eight house leaders and eight deputy house leaders have been appointed. These leaders attended a training session with guest speaker Garth Collings in Week 3.

The school swimming programme is well underway! Every class is making the most of the beautiful weather and taking part, once a week, in the swimming pool working on various swimming skills.

Over the last two weeks, senior students have been very busy sitting a range of tests. The results of these will be discussed with each student and then with their parents at the end of Term Parent Teacher Conferences.

Coming up in the next few weeks is Owairoa’s Book Week, with a Wild West theme. Both students and Teachers are looking forward to this.

Welcome to the Senior School, 2018

Senior students happily playing at lunchtime

Welcome back to 2018.  We have welcomed three new Teachers to the Senior School this year - Mrs Booth in Room 19, Mr Ackermann in Room 28, and Mr O’Brien in Room 27.

We have made an excellent start to the year with ten classes, five in Team 5 led by Miss Randhawa, and five in Team 6 led by Miss Findley. Learning programmes are up and running in each room and the students are settling in well.  Most students turned up on day one with their stationery which has enable a prompt start to class room programmes.  

We welcome new families to the Senior School and we look forward to meeting you throughout the year.

Hilton Cup, Poetry Competition and Intermediate Visits

Listening intently to a performance in the school hall

The Hilton Cup continued this week with the semi-final games. These games will continue next week and students are looking forward to see which class will win the Hilton Cup.

On Friday, the annual poetry finals took place in the school hall. These were of a very high standard and students put on entertaining performances that were enjoyed by all.

This week Year 6 students have had the opportunity to visit the intermediate schools that they will be attending in 2018.

Swimming has begun and students are enjoying the opportunity to improve their skills and cool off in the pool.


Athletics Excitement


Both students and teachers have been busy with end of year tests and the marking of these. While not always enjoyable for students, they are an opportunity for progress to be celebrated. These will be completed early in week four.

Athletics day dawned, if not bright and clear, at least fine enough for it to go ahead! Children have been anticipating this day for weeks and competition has been heating up with semi-finals in high jump and long jump being carried out before the day.

Senior students are busy learning their poems in readiness for the poetry semi-finals which will take place during week five.

Final Weeks

Our Year 6 leavers t-shirts

Excitement is mounting as year six students begin their final term of Primary school. Their year 6 T-shirts arrived and these are being worn with great pride.

Preparations are well under way for Athletics day, which will take place on Thursday 3 November. As well as high jump, long jump and sprints, there will be fun activities for those who did not get into the semi-finals.

Testing begins with a vengeance and this will continue through weeks 3 and 4. Poems for the poetry competition have arrived and after selecting a poem to work with, students will learn these by heart then practise their delivery ready for consideration for the year 5-6 poetry competition.

Gala, Gala, Gala

Senior students laying mulch on the gardens in preparation for the gala

Year 5 and 6 students have been busy wrapping up Term 3 with basic facts and mapping tests.

Students have all begun working on their calendar art – to be completed next term.

Senior School students have also been lending a helping hand to Gala preparations. Excitement is building as the big event nears. Aside from the regular face painting, food stalls, trail of terror and rides we will also be welcoming new activities, including Nerf Combat! We look forward to seeing students, family, whanau and the community at this special occasion.

Voting, Zone Speech Finals and Conferences

Students proudly holding up voting papers before casting their vote

This week the Senior School cast the votes in their very own Student Elections. Results are in and National lead followed closely by Labour.

On Tuesday the Zone Speech Finals were held at Owairoa Primary School. Senior School Students enjoyed the opportunity to listen to the finalists.

Students have begun training for athletics day with high jump and long jump. Students are looking forward to this event next term.

Three-way conferences were held over Wednesday and Thursday nights. At these, students received their reports. Teachers and students enjoyed the opportunity to share successful learning with parents.

A Week in Review

Students enjoying playing some Maori board games as part of their Maori Language Week learning

This week we celebrated Maori Language Week. Senior classes took part in a variety of Maori based activities.

Selected senior students performed their speeches at the Senior School Speech Finals. Years 4, 5 and 6 came to watch. Mrs Mawdsley and Mrs Beukins judged the presentations.

The highlight of this week was our Principals Assembly. Students were entertained by excerpts from the Dance Festival and Kapa Haka performance. As well as certificates and songs we were introduced to a new game to be played at the Gala – Nerf Combat. One of the students was even lucky enough to win a free ticket and nerf gun.

Next week 3-way-interviews will be held over Wednesday and Thursday evenings

Gala Preparations have Begun

senior student helping with the school gardens

Most students have presented their speeches to the class and the selection process in underway. Two students will be chosen from each class to compete in the Owairoa Speech Final. From there, the winners will present their speeches in the zone speech finals.

Students time this week colouring in posters to advertise for our upcoming school Gala. We look forward to seeing some of these posters around the community.

Next week students will bringing an item for the tombola stall at the Gala. In return for this item, students will be able to wear mufti on Thursday next week.

Students have also been busy preparing work for their portfolios, to present to parents at the upcoming 3-way interviews.

Senior Dance Festival

Our Dance Group looked amazing in their coloured dance outfits

This week has been dominated by the amazing, annual dance festival. The fourteen Year 5 and 6 senior dancers have been rehearsing during lunch times from the beginning of Term 2.

The week finally came and they represented the school on Wednesday and Thursday evenings dancing to the song from Moana, ‘How Far I’ll Go’. This was popular with students from other schools when they instantly joined in when the song began. They wore cobalt blue island skirts with black t-shirts and lei of all colours.

They look forward to hopefully presenting their performance to the whole school.

Celebrating our Green-Gold Status!

Senior dance students in their rehearsal

This week our school celebrated achieving Enviro Green-Gold Status. Senior classes had the opportunity to visit junior and middle school classes to see what environmental inquiries they have undergone so far this year. This was an inspirational experience as they shared what they had learnt and enjoyed being able to participate in the learning of others.

The senior dance group have been working really hard this term for the coming dance festival to be held in early August.

We are thrilled that another group of international students will be joining our classes for different lengths of time in Term 3.

Next term we also look forward to international day where students can represent a country of their choice.

Winter Wonderland Rocks

Frosty Manoeuvres!

Winter Wonderland has begun and just to add to the authenticity of the occasion, the weather has been suitably wintry also!

On Wednesday, Year 5 and 6 had a hugely successful rotation, with students enjoying a variety of activities including interpretive dance, snowflake making, snow ball fights and sled designs.

The skating lessons and class sessions have been a hit, with students going from holding onto the rail to skating across the hall like a professional in mere minutes. Movies with a winter theme as well as other art activities made the week special and memorable.

With the shortest day behind us, now we can look forward to Spring and Summer celebrations!

Spell-a-thon, Winter Wonderland and Enviro

Senior students busy identifying different native plants in our school

On Thursday of Week 6 the big Spell-a-thon testing day took place. Students have been diligently learning their words and can now put their knowledge to the test. Over the next few days students will collect their sponsorship money and look forward to hearing who wins the prizes.

The countdown is beginning for our Winter Wonderland fiesta. More about this next week!

Year 5 and 6 have divided the school up into sections. Each class has been busy identifying native plants in their designated areas!

Classes are busily completing their various enviro inquiries in preparation for sharing day. We look forward to sharing our findings in the hall when our school will be presented with a Green-Gold Enviro award.

Rugby sevens undefeated for a second year running

Evan evades a Shelly Park defender

Monday morning was chilly but the sun was shining. This meant that the conditions were going to be perfect for the rugby sevens tournament.

Owairoa sent a strong team of keen boys and girls to play at Lloyd Elsmore Park. We had a tough draw which included typically strong schools with us facing the likes of Pigeon Mountain, Cockle Bay and Shelly Park.

We arrived at the park and it was obvious there were some nerves flowing through the players. After a quick warm up we were ready for the whistle to start tournament. We completely dominated the opposition in all seven games and came away undefeated for the second year running.

Standout players were Evan, Braxton and Will who dictated play and always posed a real threat to the opposition with their speed and skill. Of course, these players wouldn’t have been standouts if it wasn’t for the rest of the team supporting them and doing their part to win possession and take the ball forward.

The children had and extremely fun day and would like to thank those parents who helped transport and support the team.

Coles Corner

Finally the playground was declared well and truly open!

On Thursday we had our official opening for the Coles Corner Playground. The sun shone on us, the thick morning fog had cleared and the rain stayed away. The whole school surrounded the playground and the choir brought their best singing voices.

Mr McIntyre welcomed staff, students and special guests. One of our house leaders Yazan Saleh spoke at the special event. The ribbon was cut and confetti cannons were fired!

A playground challenge in which children from all year groups took part was a highlight!

We were honoured with the presence of our special guest Spiderman. He performed many exciting stunts on the new playground. There was even a chance afterschool for the children to meet him in person.

We Welcome our International Students from China

Some Senior Buddies with their International Students

We welcomed 54 International students to our school on Monday from our sister school in China. The Kapa Haka group performed a Powhiri on Tuesday afternoon for these students and their teachers. The Year 5 and 6 classes are enjoying the opportunity to work with their new classmates.

As well as learning about Kiwiana and developing their English skills they are getting a chance to see how our school system operates in New Zealand. Friday will see New Zealand and Guangzhou battle for the best rugby team.

Winter sports trials are underway. It is good to see so many students keen to participate.

Conferences, Performances and more Rain!

Camp skit night!

The water has returned just in time for Easter! So far, three-way interviews are going well and students are enjoying sharing their learning successes with their Whanau. The Senior school have been excitedly preparing to present their camp plays to the Middle and Junior schools.

It has been a very busy term and students as well as staff are looking forward to the opportunity to catch their breaths. Anzac day will again give us an opportunity to remember those who gave so much so we could enjoy the freedom we do today.

Arrr me hearties!

Room 21 “Arrr” really into reading!

Owairoa Primary School is currently being transformed by staff and students into a land Captain Hook would enjoy.

After weeks of preparation, Book Week is nearly here! Pirate ships are being completed, costumes organised, and pirate programmes are underway.

The week will begin with a parade in which the whole school will have an opportunity to show off their pirate costume creations. Other events planned include, children being read to by a guest author and hearing from a book illustrator.

We hope to break the Guinness World Record for the largest pirate clash on our very own field. And of course an amazing selection of books will be available to be purchased throughout the week.

Team 6 Camp Returns

Mud slide with a view.

Team 6 has just come back from their camp at the beautiful Camp Raglan.

The weather was superb from day one and children had the opportunity to experience all the outdoor activities camp had to offer. They participated in BMX, scooters, the confidence course, rock climbing, archery, air rifles, the low ropes and the flying fox. As well as these, team 6 were lucky enough to do the challenge course, the Burma Trail at night as well as, take the glow-worm walk. Free time included swimming in the pool, going on the mudslide or having a well-earned rest.

Nightly activities included tabloid sports, a fashion parade from children’s own designs and creations and of course the final night camp concert. This was a highlight as each class performed their play. The four night, five day camp was an opportunity to make new friends, experience some activities they would not otherwise have done and grow in confidence.

Team 6 are extremely grateful to Mrs Bull for all her hard work preparing for and running this. Thank you too to all the parents who worked so hard to make this such a successful event. It was an unforgettable experience for all involved.

Come rain or shine, we had a good time!

Lunch on the beach below Camp Raglan

Team 5 has just come back from a very exhausting but fun week at camp.

While we did experience changeable weather in Raglan, the children got to experience all the outdoor activities camp had to offer. They participated in BMX, scooters, the confidence course, rock climbing, archery, air rifles, the low ropes and the flying fox. They also got a chance to swim in the pool or go on the mudslide if they dared.

Night times were filled with tabloid sports, a fashion parade, Zootopia and the infamous camp concert. This year each class enjoyed rehearsing a skit to perform at the camp concert. Everyone was very excited to take part.

The children also made lots of new friends, found out they could achieve their goals and had a lot of fun. Thank you to Mrs Bull for allowing us to have this experience. We wish Team 6 well on their way as they head to Camp Raglan this week. 

Four Weeks In…

Hands on learning about erosion caused by the rain

It is hard to believe we are already four weeks into the new school year!

Senior children have been very busy over the last few weeks sitting a range of tests. Students have also enjoyed as carrying out science experiments based on weathering and erosion prior to a beach visit on the way to Camp Raglan.

Over the next two weeks, all nine year 5 and 6 classes will attend camp. A highlight of this year’s camp will be the opportunity for each class will to perform a play based on a children’s book. There has been great excitement as much time and effort has been spent preparing props, costumes and script for this.

Students and teachers will soon be preparing for three-way-conferences due to take place at the end of term 1

Welcome to 2017 in the Senior School

Making a splash during our swimming lessons

We have made an excellent start to the year with nine classes, four in Team 5 led by Miss Randhawa, and five in Team 6 led by Miss Findley. The classes are all about the same size but still more boys than girls overall! They are composite Year 5/6 classes.

Our great excitement and experience this term is our annual trip to Camp Raglan! This is an ideal Camp for children to have their first experience away from home as it sits on its own grounds, it has excellent dormitories and modernised toilet blocks, the kitchen and dining rooms have been updated and the food which is prepared by the wonderful Camp cooks is outstanding and child friendly; there is even the option of second and third helpings which the children love.

The activities which the children experience are: science investigations at the beach, and in the native bush and natural stream, the rock climbing wall, archery and air rifles, BMX bike riding, scooters, confidence course, and the flying fox, just to mention just a few!

We look forward to sharing our experiences with you after Camp.

Christine Bull
Deputy Principal

What a year it has been…

Joel and Ella standing proudly under the honours board

As the 2016 school year comes to a close we can reflect on what a wonderful, eventful year it has been.

It is with great pride that we see our amazing year 6 students leave and take on their next big challenge at intermediate. We have seen them grow into fine young boys and girls and we are very confident that their next step will go smoothly and they will hold onto their Owairoa values for many years to come.

A special mention must go to Ella Cowley-Andrea and Joel Goody who took the prestigious Kenny and Mawson cups as the top performing all round girl and boy. They have been excellent students throughout their time at Owairoa we look forward to hearing about their continuing success at intermediate.

Good luck to all our students leaving Owairoa. We will miss you!!!

Hard Work Rewarded

The Hilton Cup

Last week, we celebrated the effort year 6 children put into their monitor roles around the school. These included certificates for jobs such as road patrol, mediating and Chinese Garden. After that, there were certificates for children who showed excellence in academic subjects.

Next week we celebrate excellence and achievement in academia and sports at our annual prize giving. The awards are given in areas including academic subjects, sporting and cultural.  The class teacher also awards three certificates to children they feel have excelled within their classroom environment.

And finally, we are down to the final game in our interclass Hilton Cup Netball tournament. It has been a closely fought race and this year the finalists are Room 22 and Room 21. We look forward to supporting both classes next week at the final.

Summer is coming!

Year 6 students continuing to work to their highest standard!

With only 5 weeks to go for 2016 the students in the senior school re getting excited about the range of learning activities that come during the summer term.

The year 6 students are in the process of visiting their intermediate school that they will be going to in 2017. We have had some really excited children coming back from being shown around their new school and we can certainly feel the buzz in the air.

The interschool athletics team are preparing hard for their HPPA athletic finals on Wednesday. Unfortunately, these were rained out last week but there was some relief on a few faces when the news came in that the date had been changed. We are looking forward to a successful event as the calibre of Athletes this year is exceptional.

We have a busy few weeks ahead of us but we are excited for the challenge!

Annual Athletic Adventure

A qualifying jump

On Thursday, the senior school took part in the annual athletics day. The weather was perfect, not too hot or cold.

The children took part in long jump, high jump, sprints and softball throw. The best from these will be going through to the Interschool Athletics Day, in week 6.

Throughout the day, the children also got to take part in fun activities such as relays, dodge ball andTug-o-war. There were fierce competition amongst the children to see who was the strongest.


We wish to thank Mr Barrett and Mr Rossiter for their help in making time to run before school practice sessions for those children who turned up early and for the organisation of the day.

The touch team flies into the semi-finals!

The unTOUCHables!

On a Tuesday 18th October Owairoa took a very talented group of boys and girls to the interschool touch tournament which was held at Mission Heights School.

We turned up feeling ready to play in what is known as a very tough and competitive tournament. The weather gods were on our side for the entire day as the sun shone and the grounds remained hard and dry. Perfect conditions for the sport!

We were in a pool with Elim, Cockle Bay and Riverhills primary schools. Our skills came in to play early and we easily beat Elim 5-0. The team was very confident going into their second match against a very formidable Cockle Bay outfit. The children played their hearts out and came away with a 1-1 draw thanks to an amazing try by McKenzie Tucker in the corner! Our final game was against Riverhills which we won comfortably. This meant we qualified top of our pool and earnt a spot in the semi-final against Baverstock which we narrowly lost 2-0.

We had an amazing day and would especially like to thank the parents for their support and driving us to and from the event.

Bring on the 2017 tournament!

Flexing our Brain and Body Muscles

Our amazing faces Y1 and Y6

We have an incredibly busy term. In week 7, we had our speech competition and were amazed at all the new information we learnt as the speakers tried to persuade us to their point of view. Well done to Erin Stuck who won with her speech on Anxiety; she came third in the Interschool Competition. 

We have worked hard this term improving our writing, reading and mathematics skills. Early next term we will be sharing our progress with our parents at the parent teacher conferences.

Now the Cross Country is over, we are into perfecting our athletic skills. In week 9, we started our long and high jump practices. We have to practise our running and jumping techniques in readiness for Athletics Day in term 4.

On the last day of term, the senior classes welcomed a junior class for part of the day, so the classrooms could get ready for the Best Gala in NZ. Many classes tried their hand at art, drawing, talking and all manner of fun activities.

We look forward to having a restful holiday.

Off and Running

Regan Kennerley celebrates as he wins the Year 6 boys race

For several weeks the senior students were training twice per week in preparation for the school cross country which was held on the 30th of August.

We were very lucky on the day as the weather conditions were perfect for running as there was no rain and it wasn’t too hot.

Nerves were flowing through the students as they were preparing their final routines before the gun went off to start the race. During the races we noticed a huge amount of effort was put in. There were red faces and heavy breathing which amounted to a very successful event.

The staff would like to congratulate all of the students for putting in 100% effort and we look forward to seeing our place getters representing our school at the interschool event in week 8.


Top three placings…

Year 5 girls
1st – Madison Harada

2nd – Braxton Sorensen-McGee

3rd – Kahlen Flexman

Year 5 boys
1st – Brent Kennerley

2nd – Ethan Blyth

3rd – Taigo Yamagami

Year 6 girls
1st – Ella Cowley-Andrea
2nd – Hannah Webb

3rd – Merie Lacsamana

Year 6 boys
1st – Regan Kennerley
2nd – Josh Sanders

3rd – Joel Goody

Scientific Investigations

Measuring and Recording

This year we have been focusing on Science as our inquiry topic. In term 3, we began our Material World Investigations. With investigations, we are given the equipment and materials and we have to figure out how we can make a fair test. With a fair test when comparing, you must do everything the same for each investigation and only change one variable at a time.

We have investigated: how different solids dissolve in water, if temperature makes a difference to dissolving rates, whether solids once dissolved can be re-formed (reversibility and irreversibility) and comparing the absorption rates of different cloth products to determine if their claims on the packaging are correct.

During this time, we have shared what we found out and gained valuable scientific vocabulary and knowledge.

Ni Hao, Konnichiwa, Anyoung Haseyo, Welcome and Haere Mai

Welcoming our Buddies into our Classrooms

Welcome to Term 3 and what a busy first week we have had. We have welcomed many children into our classrooms from South Korea, Japan and China. They are a welcome addition to our classes as we celebrate the diversity within our school family.

This term we will be learning about the Olympics, completing cultural activities from different countries, and covering concepts within the Material World in Science.

Our first investigation in Science was to see what different powders (flour, sugar, Raro, and salt) would do in water.  We were not given any instructions so we can learn how to set up investigations with fair testing.

Next week, we have our annual International Day, followed by an Olympic Day. We look forward to sharing our experiences at a later date.

The Rugby Team Storms to Victory

The team photo after their final win against Buckland Beach Primary School

On a cold and brisk winter morning in June the boys’ rugby team were lucky enough to take some time out of the classroom to compete in the Rugby Sevens’ Fun Day.

This is always a very popular day with the children and we were lucky the weather was on our side.

We arrived early to warm up and check out the opposition. As usual, the team knew all the players from other schools and had a great time interacting and socialising with their mates.

The team enjoyed success by going undefeated and winning all six of their games. It was very pleasing to see the children following the fair play charter by playing with respect for the referees and other players.

Special mentions go to Josh Sanders, Will Bolton, Regan Kennerley and Evan Forbes who completely dominated the opposition with their superior skill, strength and speed.

We would also like to thank the parents for their support on the day. The children really appreciated it!

Entertainment and Sport

The winning corner kick...

On Thursday afternoon we had guest musicians come from the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. They were called the Jade Quartet and entertained us with music played on violins, a viola and a cello.

Over the course of the performance we heard music by Haydn, Handel, Schubert, Brahms and David Hamilton (a NZ composer). To round off the concert there was baroque, gypsy, ballet, Mexican and bluegrass music. We were amazed at how the musicians could make different sounds with the instruments.

On Friday, at lunchtime, the first ever girls’ soccer match against Mission Heights was held. Considering that the majority of the girls had not played soccer before, they played well, both on offence and defence. The final score was a win, 4 – 0. Well done to both teams for their great sportsmanship.

Sun, Lightning, Laughter and Buckets of Fun

Climbing the walls....

What do you get when you combine 220 children, 40+ adults, 8 teachers, Mrs Bull, Roger,   changeable weather and a fantastic view?  You get our annual Camp at Raglan; with team 5 going in week 3 and team 6 going in week 4.

While the weather was changeable for team 6, with fine spells interrupted by thunder and lightning, the children got to experience all the outdoor activities on offer. They participated in BMX, scooters, confidence course, archery, air rifles and the flying fox. They also learnt new skills in first aid. Climbing walls in the gymnasium were also a challenge for all.

Night times were filled with dancing, boxes, a fashion parade and the camp concert.

The children also made lots of new friends, found out they can achieve their goals and had a lot of fun.  Thank you to Mrs Bull for allowing us to have this experience.

Our Favourite Learning-focussed Term

Trying out the balancing log on the confidence course

Term 2 is always a very busy term in terms of learning. With the rigor of term 1 testing out of the way the children are now well established into their learning groups and excited about the challenges that are ahead.

The children in team five have just came back from a very exhausting but fun camp. The reports from the parents and teachers have been very positive with all the children trying all the different activities that were on offer. This is a very important week in their young lives as it challenges them to break the ice and give everything a go no matter how nervous they might feel.

Finally, term 2 is a time when our winter sports teams go out and compete against local schools in their chosen sport. We are very excited to see how we will perform on the inter-school stage!

We can’t wait to rise above the challenges ahead!

Mr Read comes back for a day of science

All smiles in our science lesson

At the end of term one some senior children were lucky enough to be given a science lesson by an expert scientist!

Mr Read gave up his own time to take the students for a lesson on dissolving. He gave each student four Skittles and asked them to place them in a dish and observe what happens with the colours. The results were amazing and not what was expected.

The children were very good at asking ‘why’ and ‘what if’. This led them into using different materials for further experiments and the results were a rainbow of fun!

Science at Owairoa has gone from strength to strength in recent years and the students are enjoying conducting experiments and observing results. These types of experiences would never be possible without the help of experts who give their own time to support our children.

We would like to thank Mr Read and really hope he can come back another time!