Summer Reading Event

Despite the un-Summer-y weather, there was a good turn out after school for the annual Summer Reading event. Children and families enjoyed a warming sausage sizzle before or after taking part in a range of fun activities. These included completing a quiz to identify mystery book readers; origami and art activities, making bookmarks and, best of all, selecting six books each to take home to enjoy throughout the holidays. Many children were delighted to receive a mystery parcel containing a ‘surprise’ book and spot prizes of magnets and pencils were gratefully received.
Many​ Te Aro whanau are going to have lots of pleasure enjoying books together during the long holiday period.

  

Concert for new Children’s Garden at the Botanical Gardens

On the last day of November, at the Soundshell, there was a children‘s concert to publicise the plans for a new children‘s garden in the Botanical Gardens.
From Te Aro School a choir sang Chuntian Zai Nali? (Where is Spring?) in Chinese while a band accompanied them on Indonesian angklung and on the xylophone.
Then the Kapa Haka group performed a bracket of 4 items – waiata and haka. For the first time they performed with taiaha and tī rakau and poi and wore the piupiu.
  

Skyping Diva

In Ruma Rimu some people got chosen to skype an Indonesian student called Deva and her friends to support her.

We talked about our school and they also talked about their school and we were amazed by the differences. In Deva’s class there are 32 students and she showed us her class and they were very friendly. Deva sang a traditional Indonesian song and she sang the song beautifully. Then she told us to sing us a song so we sang Te Aroha.

Next she questioned if we could do the haka and we said yes, so the boys performed and Izzy sang. Then she told us a traditional Indonesian folk story which sounded like a mix between sleeping beauty and jack and the bean stalk, that was awesome! Next we finished skyping and we were delighted to get a Indonesian map from a elderly man.

By Dominic, Anika (:

  

Technicraft

Every Wednesday year 7 and 8 students go to Mt Cook School for Technicraft where they learn woodwork, cooking, electronics, sewing and movie making. It’s great fun, they learn a lot and make all sorts of things, including skateboards, pencil boxes, cushions, sports bags, macaroni cheese, samosas, burglar alarms, advertisements and horror films.

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Art Exhibition 2014!

DSC02226-1024We ended the third term holding our biennial art exhibition. This event is a wonderful way for the school community to celebrate our students’ creativity, their curiosity, their innovation, and their perseverance. Students individually and collectively in classes are encouraged to seek excellence in their artistic endeavours as they build a body of work leading up to the school-wide exhibition.

DSC02218-1024The art exhibition like the school production provides a context for students to actively contribute to a school-wide project. Participation and contributing to the community (citizenship) are key values of both the New Zealand Curriculum and our own core school values.

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Celebrating the Arts

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Mahuru/September 2014

Our art exhibition in Week 9 of this term is a wonderful way for us to celebrate our students’ creativity across the school, their curiosity, their innovation, and their perseverance. Students individually and collectively in classes have all been encouraged to seek excellence in their artistic endeavours as they have built a body of work over the term. Our school art exhibition, held every two years, provides a context for students to actively contribute to a school-wide project.

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Celebrating Mataraki

Te Aro School Celebrating Matariki
Thursday 26 June 5.30 pm – 7.00pm Rain or shine 

This year we are celebrating Matariki – the Maori New Year with an evening of activities up at school including star gazing on the top playground, weaving and a number of Matariki based events in the main block. Across the school students have been learning about Matariki.

The evening will get underway with the school’s kapa haka group entertaining us at 5.30pm.

As part of the evening we will also have a sausage sizzle, curries, mulled wine and drinks for sale. Children will be able to toast marshmallows on a brazier. The fundraising from this event will go towards purchasing activities and games for each class to enjoy when the weather is wet and the children need to stay indoors during lunchtime.

We need your help to make this a great event. If you’re keen to be involved please fill out the form linked here and let us know how you can help.

  

Hui tanguru/Pepuere/February 2014

Xin nian kuai le
Hari tau hou
Happy New Year

This summer my family and I holidayed together in Auckland over the festive season where we enjoyed lots of barbecuing; outdoor living and plenty of swimming. In mid-January I travelled with Ailsa, my youngest daughter, to New York where she sang at Carnegie Hall as part of a massed choir performance. While in the States we experienced very different weather from Auckland with some days being as cold as minus 25 degrees Celsius. Those days were truly the coldest weather conditions I have ever experienced! New York was bustling and exciting – just like everyone said it would be. Trip highlights for me were a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park in the snow; seeing Manhattan spread out below me from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center; the fairy lit trees throughout Manhattan; walking on a foot of pristine snow in a park in Brooklyn and seeing Ailsa’s face at the Metropolitan Museum when she saw the black figure Greek vases which she had studied while at high school. Continue reading