Awakeri School News from 2006
December 2006 Our last day of school for the year. The
social last night was awesome. Rhona and Riki won the best couple dancing
comp! Check out some of the photos. The rest
are off limits! (well you could ask to see them).
Last night was our fancy dress. Many kids got awards like highest scores
for Australasian Tests. This year, four students got the Year 8 Principal's
award. Rhona Whitaker, Harry Cotter, Marie-Louise Barkema and the 'so'
stunning Kirsty Wakelin. It was a great night. Check
out the photos.
December 2006 Tomorrow morning we have the premiere
of Room 12's (Rhona's) movie Don't Answer the Phone.
14th December 2006 Today we are going to have our first Fancy Dress Practice!! It should be a lot of fun!! Also tomorrow we have the final of house softball. Rimu v. Rata. ONLY four and a half days left of school (sadly).
December 2006 Lately we have been
having an inter-house softball competition.
Today Kate McConway is off to Wellington for the national science fair week. Good luck Kate! Kate got her free trip because she won the EBOP fair and then was selected from all national fair winners. She'll be meeting up with one of our ex-pupils, Rink Tacoma, who got there for her great work in year 12 near Christchurch.
7th December 2006 Our school has lots of support from parents and the general community. Many thanks to you all!! Here's the list of sponsors for our main fundraising event Top School. We're now taking entries for Top School 2007.
December 2006 If the photos
don't tell you enough, we just have to tell you some of the HILARIOUS
things that happened at the intensives last week. Brace yourself for
some BIG laughs!
December 2006 We've just had two great days of
Year 7 and 8 intensive. Everyone has gone home tired but happy. Yesterday
the year 7s did leadership training (including teaching the juniors
and getting ready to be house leaders) while the year 8s went to play
indoor sports at the Mount and ten pin bowling. Today the year 7s did
team building games at Barrs Farm while the year 8s played golf or went
to Tauwhare Pa, then we all met at the Hot Springs. Here
are the photos.
27th November 2006 Congratulations to two of our ex-pupils who are duxes of their high schools. Ian Sisam is dux of Whakatane High and Josh Pemberton is dux of Nelson Boys.
23rd November 2006 The padder tennis courts are the most popular place at the moment. Lots of kids are patiently waiting by the side of the court for one of their mates to get out. Eddie Sykes is really tough to get out.
November 2006 Check out our cool
photos from last week's marae stay.
16th November 2006 Well on Tuesday the first rooms went to Wairaka Marae. Rooms: 12, 6 and 5 had a lovely welcome and an ABSOLUTELY yummy morning tea!!! We had: lollies, biscuits, sausage rolls, muffins, butterfly cakes and lots lots more! Room 12 stayed Tuesday night and room 11 stayed last night. Room 10 is now at the marae and they will be saying over night. There was a very funny thing that happened when room 12 stayed the night. A few people were playing rugby and then it was time to say our karakia before tea. A lot of the people were exhausted and Steven went up to a few of the boys and said: Well you guys look very hot. All of us couldn't stop laughing. He didn't get why we were laughing until someone told him. Very Awkward! I'm sure that there will be more funny things happen when room 11 and 10 come back.
Oooooooh. Mrs. Campbell paid a visit to the school today, with her new
5 week old baby girl. All the teachers were drooling over her. Poor
Alex and Karis will be so upset. They would have loved to see her. Madeline
is also looking very big. She is nearly 4 now!!! Hopefully they will
come back to school while EVERYONE is here!!!
November 2006 Today was meant to
be Rangitaiki Inter- School Athletics. It has been cancelled!! It's
a shame because it would have been a good day out.
November 2006 On Wednesday we have the inter-school athletic
sports. A big congratulations to all those people who are going, and
good luck.Only people who got a first in something at our school athletics
get go. Good luck!
3rd November 2006 Today we had our sprinting. Lots of records were broken. The records that were broken were.
Gee whizz. All the people who broke records will receive
their certificates at assembly next week. It's sure going to be a LONG
30th October 2006 Room 10 and half of room 12 missed out on a very exciting day today. Today is our open-day, where all the parents can come and walk through the school, and watch us doing our work. Also, over the past 12 months, B-Block has been undertaking a HUGE 'plastic surgery', redoing all the rooms, getting windows that actually open, doors that can move, and toilets that DON'T smell!!!Ex-Board of Trustees Secretary , Alison Barr, was lucky enough to cut the red ribbon. Alison came to Awakeri as a small child, and said that the block, before the renovations, looked exactly the same as when she was at school. It was Alison who nagged at Mr. Fitz., a few years ago, to get the rooms done, and, with the Ministry Of Education's consent (and aid in money!), the renovations began. Now, a few years later, the rooms are finally finished,. Well, I shouldn't really say that, because rooms 7 & 8 are still undergoing their 'surgery'!!!
27th October 2006 Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have the field events (throwing and jumping). These are the events we will be doing.
The track events (running) are on
Friday. All the classes have been practising out on the fields. There
should be some pretty tough competition on the day.
October 2006 The seniors had a go at singing today,
for their stay at the marae.
October 2006 We are missing Siri right now, as
she is doing her practicum at Allandale School.
15th October 2006 Its always nice to see our ex-pupils doing well. In Fonterra's Farmlink magazine there was an article and photo of Brechtsje Tacoma who won a NZ Science Fair award for her project, I Say Teat Spray, which is about preventing mastitis in cows. Brecht now lives in Canterbury. Her sister Rink has also been a high achiever in Science Fairs (see our photo archives page). Well done both of you!
13th October 2006. It was a brilliant hot day for Ag Day today. There were competitions for calves, kids, lambs, dogs, plus pets and indoor show and cooking sections. Click here to see some photos of the great day.
October 2006 Welcome
back to term 4. We hope everyone had a nice relaxing holiday!!
5th October 2006 The incinerator is no more! Now we have to sort our rubbish. We also have to take our lunch litter home with us. Check out the photo of the incinerator going hard out on the Photo Archives page!!
September 2006 A great final show of Robyn Hood.
It started with Liam doing his winning whaikorero from the kapa haka
festival, then another excellent performance from the kapa haka. Check
out the kapa haka photos. They're
September 2006 All
the year three and fours have just performed a play called 'Little Red
Rocking Hood'. The year three and fours are the ones who are just a
little bit too young to be in our school production. While we have been
rehearsing hard they have been practising their play. It was very good.
There were Police men, Singers, Dancers, Granny, The wolf and Little
Red Rocking Hood. Well done.
September 2006 Well today
we had 2 Matinee (day) performances. Some interesting things happened:
September 2006 Well tonight
is our OPENING NIGHT for our school operetta. There are still
tickets for tonight's show. On tonight's show we have Emma Magee as
Robyn Hood and Marie-Louise as the Sheriff! Here are some things to
look out for, Boys in boxers, rugged girls in rags, someone with a handbag
and a big juicy hug!!!
September 2006 Congratulations to the kapa haka
on a great performance at the Rangitaiki Festival on Saturday. Liam
Richards came FIRST in the whaikorero (speech) section, and that
was against the schools from the competitive section as well as our
own novice section. He was also 3rd boy leader and we came third in
the whakaeke (march on). Great work! Tino pai!
5th September 2006 Some of the year 8 students went to the Trident open day today, to see whether they want to go to there. Whakatane's open day was last Wednesday, and there was a great turn-out of people. Trident's open night is tonight, and Whakatane's is tomorrow. Whichever highschool they choose to go to, we're sure our 'champion' year 8's will do well.
The senior students have been lucky enough to go to Life Education this week.
They have been learning about healthy diets, and have to see whether their body
(car) would get a warrant of fitness! Harold, as usual, told some pretty dodgy
jokes, about food. Thanks Shirley, it was cool.
August 2006 Well today room six had an auction!
It was a lot of fun. Room 6 pupils created their own notes. They had to earn them
by coming to school and being good. If you were naughty you would lose money!
August 2006 We have some very exciting news.
Last night Mrs. Bateson gave birth to her new baby boy, Joseph. We hope
he will grow up and attend Awakeri, since Awakeri is the school of champions!!!!
August 2006 Well there are a few people who
are getting prepared for the talent quest! The few winners will perform at our
own production 'Robin Hood outlaw princess'. Here are the categories:
August 2006 Great news! Kate McConway was the overall winner of
the EBOP Science Fair and could now win a trip to Wellington. We had lots of other
award winners too...
11th August 2006 Well about 5 minutes ago we found out who got prizes from the Eastern Bay Science Fair. Rhys Cram, Anita Hope, Joel Ingle, Chris Johnston, Alex Moore, Kate McConway, Stephen Glassbrook, Pete Dowden and Sam Schuler, Kelsi Parker, Liam Richards and Gareth Rowlands. Two other entries but we can't name them. Also 6 of our ex-pupils did very well with their science fair projects. They'll find out tomorrow what their prizes are. Well done guys!
August 2006 Friday is Miss Isaac's
last day at Awakeri School. Room 11 will be farewelling her with a 'interesting'
party on Friday afternoon. By interesting I mean they all have to bring an item
of food, and Miss Isaac will judge which piece of food is the most interesting!!!
What a strange way to say goodbye to her pupils!!! Also, boys in room 11 have
being wearing skirts at school!! They are planning to wear them at the party on
August 2006Well last night we found
out who won the science fair. 1st in the science section was Stephen Glassbrook
with his brilliant project. His was to do with RECYCLING!
July 2006 Some of you would remember
her but MISS LYNSKEY came back to school!!!
July 2006 Well today there are only
four more days until the science fair is to be handed in.
20th July 2006 Today Mr. Sheather got a rather strange e-mail (for the schools newspaper competition) from none other than yours truly... Kirsty!!! It included three rather gruesome pictures of a horse's eye with a tumour on it!
July 2006 Well today at lunch time
Karis da Silva brought her science fair to the school!
June 2006 About 5 minutes ago we found
out who got what parts for the operetta.
25th June 2006 Wanted... competent musicians for a small orchestra for our Robyn Hoodproduction next term. If you can play flute, clarinet, trumpet trombone or bass and you're keen, contact Barrie Hawkes. Ex-pupils and parents most welcome.
22nd June 2006 Last night we had the speech finals in the staff room. We had 7 brave and talented finalists. Rhona Whitaker, Marie-Louise Barkema, Meron McCardle, Steffi Rogers, Guy Kamphorst, Karis Da Silva and Alex Moore. They all did very well and the judges were tough but fair. The judges were George Chambers, Kath Shaw and Peter Fitzgerald. But in the end the third place getter was Steffi Rogers with an amazing speech on her healthy role model Sarah Ulmer. The second place getter was Marie-Louise Barkema with a another amazing speech on her healthy role model Dune. But the first place getter was (drum roll please) RHONA WHITAKER with an outstanding speech on 'I am unique'. Well done to everyone in the finals and semis. Now were going to interview the winner of the last nights speeches Rhona Whitaker
nervous did you feel when you arrived? Very nervous,
but after I had done it I felt more relaxed.
June 2006 The school has had a computer virus the last two days,
so we haven't been up to date on here.
June 2006 Well just a few minutes ago we
found out who was in the speech finals.
June 2006 Yesterday
our Cross Country went very well. Since there is a new track we have all new records.
Click here to see them.
There was a lot of disgusting brown MUD!!
That slowed all the runners down! Lots of smelly cow poo which was surely disgusting
especially for the girls. Some people powered through it and got extremely muddy!!!
1st June 2006 Well today we walked around the new cross country course. A new bit has been added that goes through the kiwifruit orchard. There was about 200m of bog! Stinky puddles and mud, lucky some of us brought our gumboots. Now it's a long weekend, with teacher only day tomorrow and Queens Birthday on Monday.
May 2006 C
Block are lucky to have their old carpet being replaced. Room 10s was done then
room 12's. Room 11 should get theirs this week some time.
May 2006 We were supposed to have an awesome
sports day yesterday, but the rain ruined it for us!!! The netballers got out
of the bus, and ran straight back in. That rain is shocking. The rugby players
got to the fields, and even though it wasn't raining, the rugby had still been
cancelled. There were still high hopes though, because good ol' Mr. Fitz let them
have a game between themselves. It ended up going for an hour!!! Mr. Hawkes couldn't
even resist to join in.
24th May 2006 Rooms 10, and 11 just got back from camp! Look at the cool photos they took there!
23rd May 2006 The year 7's got their Tetanus shots this morning. Surprisingly, so did the year 8's!!!! It's because last year, when the year 7's were supposed to get their Tetanus shots, they were too busy getting their Meningococal shots. So, when the year 7's slumped along to get their jabs, the year 8's tagged after. Those poor poor year 8's!!!
18th May 2006 Rooms 10 and 11 have had glorious weather for their camp at Ngongotaha. Lucky them!! Have a look at what Rooms 7 & 8 had to get up to on their wet camp last week in Taupo. Meanwhile we've had some good fun back at school. Harry's been organising interhouse soccer (I mean football) in the lunch hours. Mrs Gordon can't help herself in supporting Rimu, even though she's been kicked out of all the houses.
15th May 2006 It's Monday today, so room 10, and half of room 12 have gone to manual. Rooms 10 and 11 go on their camp to Tui Ridge tomorrow. Those poor poor room 12ians all on their lonesome. Rooms 7 and 8 came back from their camp on Friday, and they had an awesome time!!!
May 2006 Well
Room 6 came back from camp yesterday with smiles on their faces:) A few people
said that there were some really cool activities like Archery and slug gun shooting.
The down side for camp had to be cleaning the dishes and the TOILETS! But overall
they had an awesome camp!
May 2006 Room 6 went on their camp
today at Lake Taupo, and rooms 7 and 8 are going on Wednesday. Rooms 10 and 11
have their camp next week at Tui Ridge near Rotorua. It should be quiet in senior
school without them.
May 2006 Want to check out our favourite Maths Dictionary?
It has cool activities as well as explaining nearly everything you should know
about Maths. Click
here to try it out. Beware, you might get trapped by it and end up spending
lots of time! Room 12 even had an email from the person who put it all together.
Check it out on their page.
26th April 2006 Welcome back to another term. We hope you all had a nice Easter break and are now back into school mode! We have a few new wacky hair dos including Meron in Room 12 who has tried to camouflage herself by wearing camouflage shorts, but she sure stands out with her new hair color which is suppose to be red, but we all think it is more brownish orange than red!
April 2006 Well another successful term gone
past. Oh well, good to have a break, although it is only 1 week and 4 days!
10th April 2006 Check out Hamuera the kiwi on Room 5's page.
April 2006 Well yesterday we had our annual touch day with 700
children (including us Awakeri school pupils) aged from 8-13 years from lots of
different school around the Rangitaiki Plains.
3rd April 2006 Room 5 had a cool time at the Lions Hut last week. Watch out for their stories and have a sneak look at their photos!
March 2006 The seniors had a great trip to the rocky shore
at Otarawairere yesterday. The highlights were the octopuses, the swim, and all
the amazing creatures in the pools. On the way back, it soon got hot climbing
the track and Renee Falwasser complained "There's only a googol steps to
March 2006 Room
5 is off to camp today. We hope they have a good time. Check
out some of Karis and Alex's crazy photos!
March 2006 Mr. Fitz, the creator of Top School
21 years ago, allowed us to get an interview with him, and this is how it went.
20th March 2006 Top School yesterday. Our team came 3rd and our cheerleaders WON! Watch out for photos and more news tomorrow. By the way, Te Teko won overall, with Thornton winning the primary section.
March 2006 Yesterday was the inter-school
swimming sports. Awakeri did very well, winning the large school relay, but sadly
we didn't win the medley. Our relay team consisted of Oliver Butler, David Ernest,
Kelsi Parker, and Shauni Muggeridge. Congratulations guys. Awakeri also got lots
of firsts, seconds, and thirds from the finals of the races as well. Well done.
March 2006 On
Friday the middle and senior syndicate traveled on the bus to the Edgecumbe college
swimming pool for our school swimming sports. We all got into our awesome houses,
Tawa, Rimu, Kowhai and Rata! There were lots of events like the Breaststroke,
freestyle, backstroke and all the widths. As usual we have to have the Biggest
Splash and the neatest dive. We had some very interesting bombs!
10th March 2006 The Top School team is named. Congratulations to: Chris Johnston, David Ernest, Stephen Glassbrook, Jayden Haddock, Guy Kamphorst, Asher Jones, Steffi Rogers, Danielle Smith, Anita Hope & Kere Matthews. The reserves are Shauni Muggeridge and Matthew Orr-McKeown.
8th March 2006 Lunchtimes. Lunch is always interesting, and today was no exception. The cheerleaders weren't doing too well, so Miss Clancy and Miss Taggart showed them how it was done. Mr. Fitz thought it would be fun to join in. That's a typical Awakeri lunch for you.
March 2006 PATs! Who invented them? The middle and senior school
are doing the tests to see how their reading, maths etc are going. Here's what
Susannah Williams of Room 7 thinks of them:
A,B,C,D and E
Today Room 12 cut up a mako shark that Jayden's dad caught. Mr Sheather got Jayden to do the dissecting.
March 2006 Room 12 are back from a great camp at Blair Lodge,
near Katikati. Here are some cool photos and all the
gossip. Who got taken to court for making porridge in the dark? Who got rescued
from a burning chalet by the local fire brigade? Who 'accidentally' fell in the
river? Who tortured Mr Christensen in the soccer?
24th February 2006 Yesterday was the annual senior school Funraiser. There were heaps of cool activities like Fortune telling, Sumo wrestling, Pillow fights, Shooting Mr. Fitz with waterbombs, Haunted house, dress-ups and many more. We had eight food stalls, with the Works Food Shak raising $235.45. They didn't quite beat Pava Flava's record, but they still did very well. We all had a very interesting day, and the liitle kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr Fitz had bit of fun throwing back water bombs at Kirsty, Mickeala and Zara. Also the Haunted house was SO scary that a few of the little kids wanted to come out quickly and some of them even started to cry! In one of the food groups, Oli shoved a spoon into the blade of the blender, and it blew up into his face!!! It was a very funny day. Click here to see a bit of the fun.
20th February 2006 Click here for some cool photos of the Air Force band performance. Watch Oliver conducting the band, and Adrian doing hiphop in front of 900 kids and a professional band.
16th February 2006 Today was the very first trial for the Top School team. Top School is just over four weeks away. The trial today was the speed trial. Contestants had to run around the big soccer field 2 times. The boys went first, and when they had finished the girls had a go.
February 2006 Congratulations to our
new house leaders of 2006!!!
February 2006 Mr Hawkes has heaps of people applying to be website
monitors this year. I wonder who he will choose! We have our first training on
Friday, so look out for some interesting information in each class's page.
February 2006 Something
horrible happened at school today. Some children had hit a ball up onto the the
roof of the computer suite, and Mr. Rhem (the caretaker) climbed up the ladder
to retrieve it. Now, I know what you're thinking, what's so horrible about that?
Well, while he was up there, the ladder gave way and Mr. Rhem fell down. We're
not sure what happened, but it did look serious. It was probably a broken leg,
and maybe a couple of cuts. We hope he'll be O.K.
8th February 2006 Well, school has officially started. All those shrimpy year 6's have come up into senior school, and the old little year 7's are now big year 8's. The annual senior fun raiser is coming up in 2 weeks. The seniors are racking their brains trying to think of something that will raise MORE than $7.50!!! And yes, a group last year DID raise $7.50!!! Hopefully someone this year will even beat Pava Flava's record of $250 in one hour.
6th February 2006 Happy Waitangi Day! Welcome to Miss Taggart and Miss Young, who take over rooms 8 and 13.
January 2006 Here are some cool photos
of the senior social. Who had the best time? It's hard to tell!
11th January 2006 Happy New Year everyone! Check out some nice photos of the fancy dress night. Many thanks to Denise da Silva for them.