15 December A couple of pictures from the farewell on Friday. Click here to see some more cool photos of the assembly.
13 December This morning started off with a school assembly, where we stood in silence thinking off all those affected by the Whakaari tragedy this week. Whaea Andrea said a karakia, Mr Mac spoke and then we did a waiata.
11 December Marbles has turned into a huge craze at school at the moment. Every break time there are loads of kids playing marbles under the trees by the school house. There haven't been too many arguments about the marbles, so that shows everyone has been sensible.
10 December Our best wishes go to anyone affected by the terrible events on Whakaari yesterday afternoon. We know that quite a lot of Awakeri family members have worked for White Island Tours over the years.
8 December We have added some photos of the second day of intensives to the page. The seniors had a very good day, the year 7s did team building games at Thornton, while the year eights either played golf at Te Teko or went to Tauwhare Pa site and the skatepark, before joining the year 7s at Thornton for a swim.
5 December The year 7s and 8s had an awesome day of intensives yesterday and hopefully they have another great day tomorrow. Click here for a sneaky look at all the new house chants for next year. They were created by the year 7s yesterday afternoon, along with new flags and signs. The house chants look excellent! The flags and signs are really good too. Have a look at some cool photos of the first day of intensives.
29 November Yesterday some rooms were very lucky to get to interact with ten beautiful eight-week-old hound puppies. Katelyn and Tara's mum Gillian brought them to school. Go to Room 14's page to see some cool photos. Also today we say good bye to Guan Yu Liu. Good luck in Matamata Guan Yu.
27 November Yesterday's visit from Science in a Van was very cool. Alan and Emily did a whole school session on balancing objects and forces for a bit. They did a session for all the older classes on States of Matter. We saw gas being made and dry ice going straight from solid to gas states with some impressive displays. Lots of kids were up involved, acting as atoms, molecules etc. Then they did a show for the younger classes, all based on bubbles. It sounded great!
21 November Read the message about the changes to our end of year Prize Giving. It's quite a big change: no dancing or fancy dress. It's all explained in today's newsletter.
19 November The school swimming pool is open. Hopefully the temperature will come back up to where it ws two weeks ago. Some classes have been enjoying a swim anyway. Here are some room 14 and 15 students testing out the water temperature yesterday!
15 November Happy Birthday Mr Chelley!! Today our excellent caretaker John has reached a huge birthday. He was born in 1949. Can you work it out?? Yes he is whitu tekau rau!
13 November Loads of cool photos from last week. Have a look!
10 November Well the marae noho is all over. It went very well and was a wonderful opportunity for all our students to experience some marae protocol, learn some local history, have some fun, take chances to be a leader or a teacher, test yourself etc. We have lots of great photos coming. Check out the first few here.
2 November What a great day of track athletics we had yesterday. Lots of excellent competition and efforts. We had a number of records broken on the track too, these will be updated on our records page next week. It is a top achievement, because our athletics records are at a very high standard. We still have nine records that go back to 1999, when we first started keeping records, that have never been broken. Rata house won the 4x100m relay in a terrific finish from Kowhai, then Tawa. It was great to see Sophie Growden of Kowhai powering down the straight trying to catch Jon Tiwha-Smith at the finish line. A BIG thankyou to Louise Howard and Naomi Courtney-Tennent for organising the athletics sports. It was excellent. Check out the cool photos of our athletics action.
31 October Here are some photos of the first day of athletics yesterday. Today was also James Shailler's last day at Awakeri. All the best at your new school James.
30 October Wow, what a great day of athletics. The day started with the 1500m races. There were lots of entries. The rest of the day was field events. We were very grateful to have the help of lots of Whakatane High School students, nearly all of them ex-Awakeri, who came to assist at the events. They also hung out with our kids during the breaks, played 2 cone football with us, etc. One highlight was Jon Tiwha-Smith breaking the 12 year old boys discus record that was set way back in 2002 by Kakara Ratema of 30.2m. Jon threw 30.6m today. Kakara must be aged around 29 these days!
25 October Many thanks to Suzi Tetenburg of Family Planning Rotorua, who has been taking our health lessons on Sexuality, focusing on puberty, with the senior students. Suzi does a brilliant job teaching our kids.
24 October Check out the scary items on the Library page! If you're looking for the map of our school's enrolment zone, here it is.
21 October Wow things are busy. Everyone is getting ready for athletic sports next week and the marae stay the week after. We are practising jumps, throws, running, our pepehas, learning waiata. Some people are learning karanga and whaikorero even. This week the seniors have the puberty lessons with an educator from Family Planning. The orchestra are getting ready for one more concert.
16 October Today turned out to be fine for Ag Day!! After thunder and rain, we had a good day and even needed sunscreen and hats. There were all the usual events for lambs, kids, dogs and pets. Mrs Derbyshire also did a special demonstration of dog agility. Caleb H reports: "She was running around and the dog followed her. Which ever direction her hand pointed, the dog followed that command. For example, she swung her hand up and the dog jumped over a post. She swiped across ways and the dog went through a tunnel. She was amazing at it."
15 October Welcome back to the new term. Everyone is getting ready for Ag Day tomorrow. The Events Centre gym is full of indoor show exhibits by all children. Make sure you have a look. Hopefully it won't be miserable tomorrow when the animals are here. The ducks might do well!
25 September Oh no!!! We still have technical difficulties at school with our server at the moment. This makes it extremely difficult for our students to update this website at the moment. Sorry, we can't upload the usual helpful pages, like this year's Ag Day information, or the class news and work. Hopefully it will be sorted out in the next few days.
17 September This week we have lots on. Year eights have open days and information evenings at Trident and Whakatane High Schools. The kapa haka have two days of intensive, getting ready for the Awakri Showcase next Thursday. The juniors school production is rehearsing hard for the Showcase too. Life Ed's last day here is tomorrow, all the classes have learned a lot from Whaea Rhonda and Harold. Harold even joined in jump jam this morning! The AIMS players are back. The hockey won their B section, coming 29th out of 56 teams, and the rugby sevens won their last three games.
11 September Our AIMS hockey team are very competitive, they lost their game against Aquinas College 3 - 2 last night and this morning they lost against Otumoetai Intermediate 2 - 1. Their next game is at 10am tomorrow (Thursday) against either Rototuna Junior High or Wainui School.
10 September We have had the Life Education caravan here for the past week and another week to go. All classes are getting learning sessions in the caravan, on a variety of topics, as selected by the class teachers. Harold the giraffe is helping teach the lessons.
8 September Good luck to our two AIMS teams competing in the AIMS Games this week. We have a rugby sevens team and a hockey - mixed 6-aside team. Both have two or three games a day. Tomorrow the first rugby game is at 11.18am against Devon Intermediate from New Plymouth. The first hockey game is at 1.20pm against Strathallan College. Go Awakeri! There are four live streaming channels of AIMS Games on the internet, maybe we will see bits of our teams in action.
6 September Today our school cat Dexter went to live at a new home. He is now going to live at Mrs Sandra James's house, so it will be nice that he has company even in the weekends and after school hours. Good luck Dexter.
5 September Today Chloee Munn of Room 11 set a new record. She sat, balanced on a balance board for one hour and 31 minutes!!! She even sat there all the way through her class's maths lesson! Well done Chloee, you've beaten Room 14's record.
4 September Check out Margo's message about the success of the book fair, book awards and next week's focus. It's all on the Library page.
3 September Wow, congratulations to Margo and Jo Elliot, who organised the book fair. A lot of books were sold and the library now has a lot of extra money to spend on even more books! Life Ed is here this week. The educator is Whaea Rhonda. All classes have two sessions in the caravan with her and Harold. Room 14 loved their session on the first day. Theirs was about making healthy choices, especially considering the influences of peer pressure. Harold the giraffe was going through puberty when room 14 were in their session, he needed to have a shave!
27 August Our school book fair starts today. It opens from 3pm to 4pm today, and the next two days it is open till 7pm. Come and look at a great range of books for your kids! A wide range of prices too.
25 August On Friday most kids and teachers got dressed up as their favourite book character. We had a parade to view all the costumes. We also carried around poems in our pocketses, and we shared our poems with other people. Thanks to Mrs White and Mrs J. Elliot for organising the day.
22 August Feedback from Mrs D in Te Awamutu... "The band did so well and I am happy with the way they played. We got a special mention at prize giving for our first performance and how well we played. Silver award. Only beaten by Southwell - worthy opponents!"
20 August If you are interested in the school's audited financial statement from 2018, here it is. There is also a link to it on the Principal's page. Welcome to the two new BOT members, who attended their first meeting last night: Dermott Sweeney and Lara Akers-Douglas.
19 August The updated BOP Science Fair awards are on our science fair page. Nathan John won $500 altogether!!
18 August It sounds like Rooms 9 and 10 camp was a big success. It was very busy with lots of students pushing their limits.
14 August Today the senior syndicate all did the twelve minute run. The track was fairly muddy in one part, so some of the scores were a bit below their best. However, some people did set personal bests, so they must be super fit at the moment.
13 August Good luck to rooms 9 and 10 on camp today at Tui Ridge. Yesterday afternoon we had a visiting group of actors perform for us. It was an amazing show Capital E, fast moving, lots of visible sound effects and a great message about embracing differences.
8 August Sadly, the sports day tomorrow has been cancelled. The weather forecast is for periods of rain.
7 August Yesterday afternoon three of the BOP Steamers rugby team came to school to present our AIMS games rugby sevens team with their new jerseys. Then the Steamers did a training session with the team. Today the team went to play a pre-tournament tournament in Whakatane. What was it like? "Sore!" said Joel. It was great practice for working as a team.
6 August Science Fair prize giving... some awesome entries. Well done to Vaughan Hathaway and Kaleb Grindrod who won the technology and science sections. We have twelve students who have qualified for the BOP Science Fair next week. Here are the full results and some nice photos.
29 July This week is Miss Grundy's last week for now as she is about to take maternity leave. All the best Josie and Logan as you prepare for the arrival of twins! Mrs J. Elliot is going to be teaching in Room 10.
25 July The year 7 & 8 students are busy getting ready for the science and technology fair that is on next week in the Awakeri Events Centre lounge. Entries are judged by people who work with science and technology at Fonterra, Whakatane Mill, Comvita, Oji Fibre Solutions and REAP House of Science. We are very grateful to these businesses for giving us these people's time. Our students are interviewed by the judges, as well as having their entries looked at.
22 July Welcome back to the new term and to our new students. A special welcome to Mr McDonald, our new principal. Click here to see some photos of our powhiri for Mr Mac, his whanau and his old school Opotiki Primary.
15 July Last Friday 5th we farewelled Mr Fitz. We had a special assembly at 11 oclock, where all the children were involved. Click here to see photos of the farewell assembly. In the evening there was a community farewell too.
3 July Today the Rangitaiki Tai Mitchell team came to visit on their way to their rugby tournament. Awakeri School has three members in the team :Jon, Sonny and Matiu. Jon did a speech to the school about Tai Mitchell, then the team did a haka. They sounded good!
2 July A big week for our school as we get ready to say goodbye to Mr Fitz. We have a farewell assembly for him on Friday at 11.15am in the Events Centre (all welcome) and there is an evening on Friday starting at 6.30pm in the Events Centre, but registrations for the evening have now closed.
26 June Have a look at all the cool info on Matariki on the Library page (thanks Margo!). There are also some cool Holiday Tips.
20 June Today was the third frosty morning in a row, as always the kids are scraping up ice, printing their hands in the frost, feeling the pain, some kids still wearing bare feet! Reminders that tonight is the school disco ($2 entry, things on sale, 6pm till 8pm), tomorrow is teachers only day, so no school for kids.
19 June Rooms 6 & 7 had a special Matariki celebration this morning.They all turned up nice and early, in the frost, kept warm by the brazier burning, ate some kai and did some cool sharing with their parents. Ka pai! The start of a new year. Watch out for Matariki appearing in the sky in the next couple of days.
14 June Today was the last day of hut building. Mr Fitz judged the huts and it was a tie. Paper scissors rock! Then everyone helped pull the huts down and pile up the branches for a bonfire. Have a look at some photos of the huts and the ending.
13 June A reminder to book your teacher interviews. Go to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz (opens in new tab) and use the code akjqu
12 June There was a big turn out last night for the senior speech finals. The library was overflowing. Many thanks to our judges: Peter Fitz, Louise Howard and Margo White for choosing between the eight fantastic speakers: Brooke Nolan, Caleb Hanlen, Ella Murphy, Jade Rika, Joseph Spalding, Kaleb Grindrod, Leah Rowe and Summer Jones. The standard was very high. The winner was Leah Rowe, who taught us about looking after our teeth, second was Summer, who taught us about the digestive system and 3rd was Jade, who made us think about why we need self confidence. If there was a prize for the funniest, it would have been Brooke, the most powerful might have been Ella, best use of a prop might have been Caleb or Joseph... Check out these cool photos.
10 June Some great results in the Manawahe cross country. Huge congratulations to four of our students who won their races: Joseph Spalding, Aramie Hanlen, Bailey Le Prou and Ryan Somerville. There were lots of other great placings too.
5 June The interschool cross country has been postponed till Friday because of the forecast weather. Good luck to the runners for the challenge of the Manawahe course.
4 June Lots of kids are having fun building huts with the sticks and branches from the row of gum trees that were felled. Unfortunately there have also been some fights and arguments, so several children are now not allowed to play there!
28 May The seniors are all doing speeches or debates for their English topics at the moment. There have been some very entertaining speeches and strong debates. Room 12's page tells you their latest. Watch out for the senior speech finals coming up in week seven. Everyone invited! The past winners are listed on our Academic Archives page, and photos of some of the speech finals are on our Photo Archives page.
26 May Check out the strange goings on on Room 14's page!
22 May Congratulations to both our Kids Lit Quiz teams. Last night they did really well against 23 other year 7 & 8 teams. The A team came 3rd, only 3 points behind the winners. Aquinas College and Tauranga Intermediate came 1st equal and had a sudden death question to sort out the winner: Aquinas! The B team came 18th, only two places behind Whakatane Intermediate's A team. A highlight was Ashlee Jennings of our B team answering one of the open questions for all the 100 competitors. She completed the telling of an Aesop's fable, using the microphone to the whole audience. Well done Ashlee! Check out all our past placings and championships on the Academic Archives page. Here are a few photos.
21 May Kids Lit Quiz tonight. Go teams!! It's at Tauranga Intermediate School. Yesterday we had a good walk through of the cross country course. There were a lot of prickles and blackberry in places, but luckily most people had listened to instructions and had shoes or gumboots on.
16 May The Kids Literature Quiz BOP competition is on next Tuesday. Read all about it on the Library page. Our teams are: Team A Addi Dodson, Belle Warner, Leon Mahy, Sam Smith; Team B Ashley Jennings, Cole Broadmore, Finn Smith, Katelyn Bach-Christensen. We are past NZ and World Champions at Kids Lit Quiz. How will this year's teams go??
13 May Rooms 11 and 12 have returned from their camps at Rotorua, with both groups having great things to say about their activities and their time getting to know each other better. A big thank you to both sets of parents!
8 May Today Room 12 head off on camp to Rotorua. Room 11 will be arriving back later today. We look forward to hearing all about the camps. Today and tomorrow we have Sports BOP here doing badminton with the middle and senior school. The Kiwi Trackers are here teaching the junior school about our national bird.
2 May Welcome back to the new term everyone! Mr Fitz's last term! This week there has been lots of work done on our school environment. Mrs J Elliot has had her enviro team out painting activities on concrete ( like redoing the four square and hop scotch lines) and gardening. There are lots of things happening at school. Next week Rooms 11 and 12 are off on camp, Rooms 13 and 15 have tech at Edgecumbe College this term. Badminton people are coming in to organise sessions on that sport, football kicks off this weekend, kapa haka starts this Friday....
11 April Check out the great holiday ideas on the Library page. Thanks Margo, our super librarian!
5 April Touch Day was a big success yesterday. The attitude of all the players was excellent. Lots of seniors also refereed, as well as played. We also had twelve students from Whakatane High School here reffing, quite a few were ex-pupils. They did a great job too. Here are a few cool photos of the day. The Singapore group cooked and sold food for the day, they made a very good amount of money towards their trip - over $2000. There are 13 of our students going to Singapore, all year 7 & 8s.
1 April Winter sports are getting organised for the year and some have even started. We have ten hockey teams and it looks like we will have twelve football teams. Today our senior netball team anounced at assembly that they had been put in B grade after grading, which is a whole grade higher than last year. They started off with a win against Waimana, 18 - 8.
27 March Check out some nice photos from Top School on Sunday. They are in the Photo Archives, with pics from lots of other events.
25 March Wow, what a weekend! Mr Fitz's last Top School. It went very well, despite a damp morning, a good crowd turned up to be part of the colourful entertaining scene. The Dragon Boats was the mystery event. In a very tight contest, Awakeri School won their section by one place from Whakatane Intermediate and then beat the other two section winners - Thornton and Edgecumbe to take the shield. Awakeri's fabulous cheerleaders won that competition too, so it was wins all round. Watch out for photos coming soon. A very good amount of money was raised, but we won't know the amount for a while yet.
21 March Everyone is getting ready for Top School this weekend. There are tractors out on the field setting up events, the garage sale people are getting ready to set up from this afternoon, the gear for the mystery event is being organised, the food team are testing their coffee machines, the sun is practising shining...
20 March Margo has written a very relevant piece in the Library Column, following the horror events in Christchurch last week, and helping people move forward. Lots of good books that help deal with these issues.
18 March Because of the tragic events in Christchurch the teachers have called off their Stop Work meeting tomorrow. School is normal tomorrow, all day! Room 14 will go to tech at their normal time. Today most classes will be observing one minute's silence at 1.48pm to respect the victims and their families.
14 March It sounds like this week's camps at the Lions Hut (Room 8) and at Manawahe Eco Trust (Room 7) are going very well. The cheerleaders and the Top School team are training hard for Top School, which is only 10 days away. A reminder about football enrolments closing this weekend.
6 March Room 13 are halfway through their camp at Waitomo. Room 6 have their overnight camp at Ohope today and tomorrow, good luck to both groups. Room 14 have safely returned from Aongatete Lodge near Katikati. Have a look at their cool camp photos. Interschool swimming sports were yesterday. There were some very good placings. Sadly no time for relays.
22 February Yes!!! We have some web site monitors. Many thanks to these students who will be responsible for keeping the classes' pages up to date. Have a look at what they have done today.
Stop Press!! The Awakeri Top School squad has been named, after five rounds of trials. Congratulations to Jake Laurent, Joseph Spalding, Jon Tiwha-Smith, Kyan Edwards, Ben Peat and Cody Neale; Phoebe Carter, Sophie Growden, Ella Murphy, Reghan Harrod, Kendall McKane and Leah Rowe. Well done to all the 24 others who missed out too.
21 February Margo tells us all about the librarians' job on the library page. It's worth a read.
20 February News out today that Awakeri's new principal will be Craig McDonald-Brown. Craig is currently deputy principal at Opotiki Primary School. He will take up the position at the start of term three and we look forward to meeting him. We have two terms left to enjoy / harrass / joke with Mr Fitz!
19 February Today Rooms 12 and 13 are off to do beach education, it should be a great day, learning important things at the beach. Tomorrow and Thursday are parent-teacher interviews, so school closes at 12.40pm. The teachers and parents will talk about what is important for each child. Friday is a "normal" day. Monday is swimming sports for the middle and senior school. This year we are going to be at the Whakatane outside pool. On Tuesday Room 14 head to Katikati on camp. School is a rather busy place!
15 February The house leader elections were today! There were lots of good speeches, some included personal chants and raps, before all the children voted on their new leaders. The new leaders were announced at assembly today. Congratulations to all the children who were brave and stood for election. Here are the new leaders:
10 February Applications for the principal's job have now closed. There was quite a good turn out for the Meet the Teacher and BOT evening on Thursday. Hot sunny weather coming this week. Make sure you have your hats and swimming togs!
7 February Check out the welcome back Library Column. Margo gives a good run down of our wonderful library. We are very lucky!!
4 February Yes!! School's back. We have pretty full classes. Most people are well organised with stationery bought, children with their swimming togs and sun hats. Students are putting their names in for cheer leaders, Top School trials, librarians, book club members and house leaders. It's great to see lots of children taking their opportunities.
31 January The class pages on this website will take a little while to get up to date, so they will still have last year's info on them. We will be looking for website monitors for this year to be responsible for them, once school gets underway.
21 January Good luck to our departed year eights who are probably now gearing up for high school. Uniform sorted? Start date, time? This year 22 of our ex-year eights are going to Whakatane High, 10 to Trident High and 2 to Edgecumbe College.
16 January 2019 We hope you are all having a happy and safe holiday. Who will be our new principal??? Mr Fitz has half a year to go and hopefully people have been applying for the job. Awakeri would be a great school to be principal of! Applications close quite soon. You can check out all the info about the job, or even apply, see all the details on our Vacancies link.
Old News Do you want to look at the news from last year and before that? It is reeeeaaallllly cool. Click here to find that interesting old news from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 or even 2002 and before.