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


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