17.12.08 Check out these photos of the senior social last night!! Today's the last day. Water fight then holidays here we come!!!!
16.12.08 Last night
was Fancy Dress. Here are some cool photos.
The year eights were farewelled, the dance troupe and band (Twisted
Mindz) had to try and perform with the sound system overheating! It
was hot! Well done to Jasmine Hope, Renko Barkema and Hannah Gooch who
received the Principal's Award.
12.12.08 Yesterday was the middle school picnic. They played games after playlunch and then had a picnic under the trees with their friends and family.
Brylee Bramley got permission to be on the website. This is really cool
because she has done lots for the school this year. She sang for the
opening of our Olympic games, had a main part in the production
Starblaze, is the lead singer in our school band, Twisted Mindz and
is a house captain. Now if you click here
you can see a wider range of photos for the Twisted Mindz performance
last Friday, including Brylee!!!
8.12.08. On Friday we heard, for the first time 'Twisted Mindz' perform their song Confused. 'Twisted Mindz' is a group of five. They wrote their first song which they'll perform to the school and parents at Fancy dress. Twisted Mindz is Elaine, Rachael, Zac, Toby and has a lead singer whose name is withheld from the website. Their song involves guitar, trumpet, drums and vocals. They were chosen by the teachers to be tutored for two days by Tama. Tama plays the clarinet, guitar and sings too. He helped them become more confident performing to and in front of people and helped them arrange their song as well. We'd like to thank Tama for his hard work he did over the two days and to Mrs Parker who applied for him to come to the school.
Click here to see some cool photos of Twisted Mindz, plus the inside information!
4.12.08 Today Toby, Elaine, Rachael, Zac and one other, had their first session with the music tutor Tama Waipara. Today's session was focusing on getting ideas for a song to write and ways to write it.
2.12.08 There are some more cool photos of the intensives last week on this page. Look out for the photo of Alex in pain! Today Rooms 9, 10, and 11 are at Ohope Beach.
28.11.08 Today was the first of the Year 7 & 8 Intensive. The Year 7s (and 6s) practised leadership skills, like reading to the juniors, teaching juniors a game, getting new house flags etc ready for next year. Meanwhile.... the year 8s went by bus to Tauranga and played indoor sports and ten pin bowling. Hannah rulz! Check out these photos of the year 7s and 6s in action. Tomorrow the year 7s do team building activities at Barr's Farm while the yr 8s play golf or go to the skate park and Tauwhare Pa site. Then we all meet at the Awakeri Hot Springs.
24.11.08 Last week was our school marae stay. Rooms 14, 8 and 9 were welcomed onto Wairaka Marae on the Tuesday, on behalf of the whole school. During the week, every room came to either visit or stay. In the end, Room 12 was farewelled, on behalf of the school. Check out Emma's story of the stay on Room 12's page. Check out Rachael's collection of photos too!
14.11.08 Yesterday our
senior students went to inter-school athletics sports. It was a great
day at Edgecumbe. Caleb Robertshaw won the 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m and
his team, the Yr 7 boys, won their relay!! Taylor Drake won both sprint
finals for the Yr. 7 girls, she also almost helped her team grab the win
for the relay. It was a close finish! Alex Albright came 2nd in high jump,
relay and 3rd in long jump amd Brittany Harder was another star, she got
2nd in 100m and high jump, and 3rd in relay and 200m! It was a very exciting
11.11.08 Check out these
cool photos of the athletic sports this
week. A number of school records were broken too. Well done Caleb Robertshaw,
Brittany Harder, Jordan Fretwell, Tiaan Brownless and co. Check out our
Sports records page. The Tawa 4 x 100m relay
team of Jonas Rika, Taylor Drake, Brittany Harder and Adrian Swift were
only 1 second outside the Kowhai time. Close!
Monday Was the middle and senior school athletics. It started off with
the 1500 metre girls and boys open race. Holly Davis, and Caleb Robertshaw
won the races, with Ari Wilson-Porter, Kelsei Haddock, Kurt Turpie, and
Nikki Turpie trailing close behind. Although they didn't beat the school
records they came quite close to them.
29th October Today the the senior students went to see a performance in the hall. The group's name was Rhythm Interactive. Everyone that went got to use their own drum and the group mimed the whole performance. It was a very entertaining show that involved everyone's participation. Here are a few pictures of the performance.
17th October Rain, rain, rain! A wet Ag Day. Click here to see a few pictures of seniors making their indoor show creations yesterday.
16th October Today kids
were making all sorts of things. The juniors were making Vaseline saucers,
posies, pet rocks, leis and miniature scenes in shoe boxes. The middle
school students were making miniature scenes, decorated driftwood, decorated
tennis balls, recycled creations and posies. And the seniors were making
miniature scenes, flower jewellery, flax flowers, aqua jars, novelty animals
and flower arrangements in novelty containers.
Ag day this week kids are getting excited.
7th October Slight changes to the Ag Day indoor show schedule (link on the left). Good luck to everyone with their animals. Who's been doing Mathletics in the holidays? Building going on at school: a new Room 1, where the sand pit was, and a new storage shed, by the school house.
26th September A great
final show of Star Blaze last night! Check out these awesome
photos of the show!
23rd September On
Saturday our Kapa Haka group competed in the Rangitaiki festival. We performed
at 12 o'clock at the Edgecumbe college hall. Our girl leaders were Rachael
Griffen, Carrie Fynn and Elaine Taylor and our boy leaders were Kayne
Brabant and Oliver Richmond. All of the group did very well and sang their
loudest. Click here to see some cool photos of
18th September Here are a few cool photos of our rehearsals for Star Blaze.
17th September Today
is our first dress rehearsal for the production. We'll go through the
whole production again as well as Kapa Haka at the start. Next week we
have a rehearsal in the Little Theatre in town and then we have the actual
shows. We do one performance to the rest of the school and two night performances.
12 September Our first
full run through of Star Blaze went well yesterday, and four groups were
chosen to be entertainers: Up Town Girls (hmm hmm), Star Trekker dancers,
Nick the juggler and joke teller Vanessa! Some highlights were Jesse and
Brittany dissolving into hysterical giggles when Jess was trying to tell
Britt she was a "treacherous tyrannical toad" but it came out
wrong! Plus Aroha having to practice picking Jesse (her Mum!) up. The
new identities of the Up Town Girls were pretty funny too, eh Nimalina!
Last week was the EBOP
science fair. Everyone that got a highly commended, first, second, or
third in our science fair went through to the EBOP fair and competed with
other schools from around the area. Last Thursday those students who were
participating in the fair went to be judged in town. On Saturday it was
the prize giving. A lot of students got prizes and awards, some got more
than one. Our school got 12 prizes and awards. Here are the results from
11th August On
Friday we had the opening ceremony for the Olympics. All the countries
marched out excitedly and assembled on the new astroturf. We watched a
cool dance routine and we heard from a great singer from our school (name
withheld). Holly Davis lit the Olympic flame. Vanessa Stoddart and Nikoli
Christensen recited the Olympic oath. Delina Dibben from Sports BOP opened
7th August Tomorrow is the start of our Olympic games. It will start with our opening ceremony that is going to be very exciting. All the countries will come out waving their flags, going in alphabetical order then finishing with China as they are the host country. There will be some very talented kids that will be performing, including some singers and dancers. In the afternoon the events will begin. All the kids will split into their age groups and do half of these activities: gumboot throw, javelin, standing jump, goal shooting, target shooting, egg & spoon, obstacle coarse, and coconut shy. On Wednesday the 13th we'll do the other half of the events. On Thursday 14th there is the optional events, some of these are knuckle bones, juggling and fencing. On Friday the 15th there are girls and boys marathon and then the closing ceremony. It's very exciting!
6th August The results
are in and so were the viewers. By saying this I am announcing that the
judges have viewed all the science fair entries, interviewed the students
and have decided on the winners who will be going to the
29 July Last week a
new room started in our school, it is Room One! Mrs Plews is teaching
the newest children in the library while Room One is being built. Susannah
Williams is going to be their website monitor. Mrs Geor and Mrs Turner
are teaching Room Two.
27th July On Friday Hamilton Girls High School gave us a concert. Their orchestra, choir, barbershop quartet, guitarists, and, best of all the drummer, performed very well for us. Jenna Wilson was lucky enough to be selected to conduct a song. Click here for a few photos.
The main cast in this year's school operetta have been announced today. Here's who got the parts....
Out of the semi finalists Ari, Remè, Fiona, Shannon, Zac, David,
Rachel, Susannah have made it to the finals. The C block teachers will
not be judging the finals. For this they have recruited 3 out sider judges.
The P.T.A Oratory Shield has been located once again, and will be presented
to the winner of this years speech final.
Today we found out who are in the semi-finals from Rm14 and in no particular
order it is Shannon Mower, Carrie Fynn, Ari Wilson-Porter, Fiona Coulter
and Remè Barkema. From Rm12 Susannah Williams, Rachael Griffen,
Joshua Ridley and Kelsei Ingle. From Rm13 Olivia Smits, Zac Fretwell and
Kara Sanson also the best year six in Rm 13, Hamish Inwood will be speaking
in the semi-finls but will not be apart of the Yr7&8 semi-final competition.
5th June To see some
photos from yesterday CLICK
4th June Today we have our Cross country (or as Mr Hawkes likes to call it, Happy country). It starts this afternoon. For the older children, if they come first to tenth they will go to Manawahe. Manawahe is a very challenging run that involves the kids running up and down lots of hills. So compared to our cross country track, ours is a lot easier! The first race is the 7 year old boys followed by the 12 and 13 year old boys. Next is the 7 year old girls and then the 12 and 13 year old girls. The afternoon carries on like that. There is also a house compitition with our four houses: Rimu, Rata, Kowhai, and Tawa. We also have time records, some are set by people from our school and some are set from former members of our school.
3rd June Tomorrow will
start C block's speech competition which is between Rm's 14, 13 and 12.
The topics to choose from were....
29th May We had a great
day at the interschool sports yesterday. At Matata, Awakeri, who don't
even have a rugby team, entered more teams than any other school. One
of our senior teams beat Te Teko 3 tries to 1, with Kurt Turpie getting
three tries. Other highlights: Elaine Taylor scoring against Texas and
Thornton, Jonas Rika's tackles, Brylee Bramley pulling the jersey right
off a Te Teko player when tackling him, Nimai Carrington tackling a huge
Edgecumbe player, the refs playing for us in a couple of games! It was
20th May Today
is a special and exciting day for rooms 12 and 13s camp at Tui Ridge.
They will take on the challenges of abseiling,
BMX biking, flying foxes, high ropes (including the leap of faith) and
more. They will also be supplied with scrumptious food and drinks to munch
down on. And I'm sure they will arrive back at school with lots of mishaps
and stories to tell us all about. They may even bring back some outrageous
photos for us to view :) :)
14th May Yesterday a
New Zealand writer came to our school to tell room 14,13 and 11 about
her books e.t.c . That writer is Phyllis Johnston. She was very informing
about her books, what inspired her to write them and she even explained
to us how much money she makes from each book. She thought we were very
polite classes. We were
7th May For the last two days we have been lucky to have Brent McKillop and Exia Edwards here introducing rugby skills to everyone. Each class has had a turn, and we have all loved it! Rachael Griffen even got her knees dirty!
5th May Today
is the first day back for term two. This term there are only two bus runs
instead of three. The Angle/Putiki run have been split up between the
White Pine/Station Road and McDonalds Road bus runs. This means there
will be more kids on the bus but, luckily we now have bigger buses so
that it's not as crowded! All the students that go on the bus will all
leave at 3 o'clock instead of some leaving later.
18th April Today
is the last day of the term. After today we'll have a two week holiday
break. We'll be back to school on Monday the 5th of May.
17th April Yesterday was our senior Fundraiser. It was to fundraise for the senior camps, Blair Lodge and Tui Ridge. The senior students had to organize a stall, selling food or doing an activity for the rest of the school to enjoy. Because it's been raining heaps here, the stalls had to be moved inside or under the decks. We raised $1 400 to put towards our camps. There were stalls like Slurp 'n' Burp, Singstar, the Tunnel of Doom and Delishimo Cafe' (DC). Here are a few pictures of the fundraiser.
15th April Tomorrow is the senior school's Fun Raiser. Hopefully the rain will stop for an hour. We'll be having it anyway. All welcome to bring some money and have some fun.
Wednesday is the senior syndicate's annual fundraiser to raise money for
their camps. The fundraiser occurs during the lunch hour. The fundraiser
is when the senior children get into groups and think of ideas to raise
money for their camp, things like food stalls,
obstacle courses, sumo wrestling in fat suits, or jumping out the room
12 window. Some of the senior classes presented plays to advertise thir
stalls at the school assembly. They were really creative and energetic
when presenting their plays, everyone seemed to enjoy them.
8th April Today is inter-school touch day. It is held at our school every year and lots of other schools are coming to play for a fun day of Touch. The PTA will be selling food in the canteen as well to fundraise money. It's for kids aged from about eight to twelve or even thirteen. It's a really fun day for everyone!!
4th April We had a lady
called Janie at our school to talk about the enviroment. She talked about
the water and how little we have to drink and share between so many people.
It was really interesting to listen to and she also gave us homework.
It was very interesting to see how many litres of water we all watse.
She only talked to the seniors and middle school as the juniors don't
2nd April Yesterday
Room 14 went to their camp, Blair Lodge. It's near Katikati and is home
to lots of animals like pigs, chickens, donkeys. They'll be back on Friday
afternoon. They'll be doing lots of fun activities, like on the last day
they'll go to Waimarino water park. There are other activities like archery,
slug guns, confidence course. And we can't forget the mock court on the
last night which is quite a laugh!!
26th March Today's the
first day back from our extra long Easter weekend. It was a refreshing
vacation from our regular learning routines. It was a five day holiday
so I'm sure we have all had a relaxing time with our families. And don't
forget all the chocolate we consumed over the holidays.
Yahh yesterday and today have been half days for the students because
of parent interviews. The lucky teachers get to stay at school for hours
telling our parents what little angels we've been (cough, cough). Tomorrow
is another holiday because of Easter weekend, we also have next Monday
and Tuesday off, yahhh!!
17th March Yesterday
was our Top School, which was a really fun day. Congratulations to our
Top School team and cheerleaders who did really well in their competitions.
The cheerleaders came first, and the team came fourth.
14 March Yahhhh! Only
a couple of days until Top school! Over the last few weeks our Top school
team and cheerleaders have been working hard ready to represent our school
on Sunday, so good luck to them, as well as all the other schools entering.
We're under way already with a lot of the field starting to be set up
for Sunday. A lot of work will be done tomorrow as well.
Yesterday B and C block had their swimming
sports at the Edgecumbe college pool.
29th February Jaime Clarke is a lucky leap year person. Today she had her 3rd birthday!!! We all sang Happy Birthday to her at assembly!
28th February Yesterday just after the end lunch bell had gone, the firebell started going. We all thought it was just the regular fire drill that we have every term but once we all got into our class lines and did the roll, Mr. Fitz moved us all onto the back court. This is when some of us thought it might be due to a real fire. We were all waiting anxiously on the back court, when we saw the big digger that had recently been working on the turf pop around the corner. Seeing the digger relieved us of the thought that it was a real fire. The real reason the digger also came to the backcourt was to tear down the big oak tree that was in the middle of the staff parking lot. The news monitors went to investigate the reason for the destruction of the tree, this is what we found out....
Why- Because in place of the staff parking lot and the tree
the school will be building a new classroom for Extensions and enrichment.
26th February Last
week room 8 and room 11 went on separate camps to the Ohiwa Harbour. Room
8 went on Monday and arrived back on Wednesday and room 11 went on Wednesday
and came back on Friday. Here are some photos
from Room 8's camp and some from room 11's camp.
22nd February Today
we found out who made it into the top school team. Twelve senior students,
six boys and six girls, got chosen. Over the last few weeks they have
been on trial, testing their speed and accuracy. Lots of students tried
out, but only twelve could be chosen
19th February Yesterday
C block ( room 12, 13 and 14) went to Otarawairere beach. They went there
to explore the creatures and plants that live in the rock pools and to
compare the creatures in the high tide and low tide areas. We have some
awesome photos as well!
15th February 08 We
have just received information of who our new House captains are. Congratulations!!
11th February 08 The
new website monitors have been chosen. Below is a list of who they are
and what class they're doing. :)
5 February 08 School
is back! Lots of happy students are enjoying catching up
with their friends, and no-one has got too lost with the new room numbers!
Lucky Room 14 and Room 13's year sevens are off to Tech at Edgecumbe College
3 February 08 There are a number of room changes for students, from those listed on the children's reports at the end of last year. This is because of quite a few enrolments in the senior school, and the resulting reshuffle of students down through the school. Please check the notice board out the front of the school to see which room you / your child has been allocated to.
30 January 2008 Welcome back everyone. School starts on Monday, get yourself ready!! Welcome to new teacher Esther Geerlings, who will be teaching in Room 5. Mr Sheather is the 'new' Deputy Principal in charge of the juniors.Welcome back to Mrs West too.
18 January 2008 The updated school calendar is online (click on the link to the left). The new room numbers have been put up too! Hopefully everyone will soon get used to them!! We will be changing the links to the rooms' pages on the website soon!!
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 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 or even 2002 and before.