14 December School is over for the year. The senior social went really well last night. Check out some of the awesome photos. Sadly there are no photos of the massive water fight today, everyone was too busy fighting! Mr Fitz blasted lots of people from the fire engine! There were some sad goodbyes as the year eights left for the last time (well, until they return as ex-pupils), but mostly lots of smiles as people went on holiday. Happy Christmas! Happy new year! Meri Kirihimete! Feliz Navidad!
13 December Fancy Dress went very well last night. It was a hot night, but the dancing and prize giving went well. Congratulations to Jamie Julian and Bonnie-Marie Wetting-Davidson who received the principal's award. Jame and Bonnie also spoke on behalf of the departing year eights. We farewelled the year eights and they responded with a powerful haka. Here are lots of cool pics of fancy dress.
12 December Fancy Dress tonight. Starts sharp at 7pm, be there early!! Congratulations to quite a few of our year eight students who have been notified that they got into the top classes at high schools next year. Some of them had to sit exams, with 60 people trying to be in the 30 that got in.
10 December The last week of school! School reports and school magazines go home tomorrow. The advertisement for the principal's job is now online. You can check out all the info about the job, or even apply, see all the details on our Vacancies link.
2 December Teachers have been busy writing reports about all their lovely students (and the other ones!). Students have been busy writing their self assessments on their year's learning. Some of them are very well expressed, e.g. anonymous senior student writes "Writing to me is like a secondary weapon in a computer game, it is good to have, but not much used." That person certainly writes well!
29 November Some great holiday reading ideas on the Library page. Find out about the 50,000 words statistic!
28 November The last day of intensives went well on Friday. The year sevens did team building and problem solving at Thornton Beach, while the year eights either played golf at Te Teko or went to the skatepark and Tauwhare Pa site. We all joined up at Thornton for a barbecue lunch and a swim. Have a look at the updated photos.
14 November We hope everyone survived the teachers' strike yesterday! Some great news from Trident High School: ex-pupil Amelia Howe has gained a scholarship from Otago University Leaders of Tomorrow for 2019.
2 November Lots of cool reading role models shared on the Library page. Have a read!!
1 November We have tried to have athletic sports this week. In between sun, rain and wind, we have got through all but the high jump for the older kids. Yesterday was field events day. We have had four new records set, Odin Herrick beat the 200m record, Bailey Le Prou, Mihaere Gillies and Kyan Edwards set new records too. Yesterday one of our record holders from the past, Tiaan Brownless, came back to watch events and to present certificates. He now only holds nine records (!) because Odin broke one of his! Check out all our sporting records here.
23 October Welcome back after a long weekend. Athletic sports is one week away. The track (running) events are on Monday and the field events (jumping and throwing) are on Wednesday. Tonight's BOT meeting has been postponed to next Monday 29th October.
18 October Have a look at Mrs White's very useful Library column on Mental Health. Lots of great ideas and info.
16 October Welcome back everyone!! What a busy week we have to start the term. The ERO have come to inspect the school, so we welcome Paora and his team and hope they enjoy their time at Awakeri. Yesterday the kapa haka performed for ERO, then a group of senior students told them about lots of aspects of Awakeri School through their eyes. Today they are spending time in our clasrooms.
28 September Closing night went very well. It's all over! Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess. Congratulations to all the children in the show, special mentions to our powerful Sheriff, Jamie Julian who managed to get his voice to last even though he also helped lead the kapa haka; to Robyn (Asha) who had her best performance; Pip (Bonnie-Marie); the dwarf (Summer Jones); Captain of the guard (Marshall Foxx) and the brilliant kapa haka, who continue to get lots of admiration. At the end, Kiri Carter and Brett Grindrod from the BOT thanked everyone and made special mention of Mr Fitz's fantastic contribution of organising shows every year for the last 30 years. This was his last one. There won't be a musical next year, as our booking for the Little Theatre was taken away by the WDC. Next year we will have to do something else to showcase our amazing Awakeri talent. Photos photos photos.
27 September Tonight is closing night! Break a leg everyone! Mr Fitz's last show, ever! Hopefully he can give it a ten out of ten! Hopefully too, there are no more accidents with people's piupiu falling down in the kapa haka! Here are some photos of Wednesday's show. There are more to come.
26 September Good feedback from the opening night of the show last night. Today the juniors were a good lively audience, they booed the sheriff and cheered for Robyn. They loved the lights and were impressed by the kapa haka. They also joined in the jump jams. Everyone laughed when the jokers ended their act saying, "Just like Mr Sheather, we are out of here (hair)!"
25 September What a great item on Good Sorts about Daniel and his chicken rescuing. If you missed it, you will be able to find the video here. It screened on Sept 23).
18 September Today Hayden Jones from TV One came to visit. He was filming Daniel Parsons from Room 15 because Mrs D nominated Daniel as a Good Sort. Daniel loves chickens and he is a chicken rescuer. Hayden filmed Room 15 doing work in their class, and he is off to film Daniel at home. The item might be screening on TV One this Sunday or next.
14 September Have a look at two excellent items on the Library page, great reasons to celebrate being NZers!
13 September Wow!! Tickets went on sale for Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess today and heaps of them were sold! Sharlee and Lucy were kept busy selling tickets before school started. Only four days of rehearsals to go until we head into the Theatre. Tomorrow is Grandparents Day for the junior school. That will be exciting, both for the grandparents and the grandchildren!
6 September Year eight students have been given prospectuses for the Whakatane and Trident High Schools to take home. Our production rehearsals are now well under way. We hope to have tickets on sale around the middle of next week. The show is only three weeks away! Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess has great music and an entertaining story. The very demanding lead roles are being played by Asha Stevenson and Jamie Julian. Good luck!
1 September A big thank you to everyone who brought a donation for the Daffodil Day yesterday, over $450 was raised for the Cancer Society. Thanks Miss CT for organising it.
30 August There is a very appropriate Library column on the Library page. Thanks Margo! It's to do with choosing a good library, might be relevant for checking out potential high school for the year eights!
28 August Today the year eights were all given an important letter to take home about all the local high school enrolments and open days information. See your child's teacher if you didn't get it!
19 August BOP Science Fair, Awakeri's results:
17 August Four of our students are getting prizes at the BOP Science Fair today, but we don't know yet what they are: Congrats to Joseph Spalding and Michael Seales, Rhys Robertson & Frank Butler. The sports day for today was cancelled, just as well with rain continuing to fall on our wet fields. Welcome back to Room 9 from their camp at the snow, hopefully they get back safely.
14 August Teachers are on strike tomorrow!!!! Don't come to school! Good luck to those 17 students who are off to the BOP Science Fair in Rotorua on Thursday. An early 6.45am start to get there on time. Sounds like Room 12 got up onto the mountain today on their camp. Well done! Good luck to Room 9 leaving for their snow camp tomorrow.
9 August Yay, it has stopped raining!! Unfortunately our fields are still very wet, so we have to stay off them for at least another day. People are using the artificial turf lots so they can do some P.E. and fitness. There are some good games of force back, king dodge ball, etc on the turf in break time too.
7 August School photos were taken today. Many thanks to Kushla for doing that for us! Order forms were given out today too. $10 a class photo.
5 August Awakeri School held a very successful science and technology fair last week. The judges spent five hours reading projects, interviewing students and then decision making about the entries. On Friday at the prize giving, the awards were handed out. Click here for all the awards and some nice photos of science fair. Well done to all students and their families. Over-all winners: Jamie Julian (technology) and equal first Samantha Whiteman & Katelyn Peterson and Lucy Jones & Addison Dodson (science). All those who got a place or highly commended have now qualifed for the BOP Science Fair in Rotorua on 16 & 17 August.
1 August The teachers have voted to strike on August 15th, so the school will be closed on that day. However, those two classes on camp will still be going. An official letter from our BOT about the strike day is coming home with your child today.
31 July Science Fair entries can be handed in today 3.30pm - 4.3pm, or tomorrow between 8 and 9am. Judging is on Thursday, with judges coming from several science and technology businesses (many thanks Fonterra, Whakatane Mill, Comvita, and REAP House of Science). All welcome to the public viewing in the Events Centre lounge on Thursday evening 5 - 6.30pm and Friday 8.15 - 9am. The prize giving is at 12 noon in the Events Centre, again, all welcome.
26 July Welcome back to the new term everyone! Term three is an exciting, busy term. The seniors have science fair next week, so most people have been busy getting their projects ready to be handed in and displayed. The middle school and junior school have practical technology with Mr and Mrs Marple, which is always interesting and fun. Later in the term the musical production is the main focus for the middle and senior school. There is also a sports day coming up for year 4 and up: hockey and football.
9 July Happy holidays everyone! On Friday Uruguay (our winning team from the lunch time World Cup tournament) played the teachers at lunch time. It was a fun hard fought game. The teachers scored twice (well done Mrs Cass!) and Uruguay scored once (a Bonnie-Marie Wetting penalty). Mr Fitz limped off with a hamstring injury. Late in the game Uruguay were unlucky when Kobi Wetting hit the bar with a good shot. The score: Teachers 2, Uruguay 1. Here are some cool photos of the game.
5 July Check our some cool holiday ideas on the Library page (thanks Margo)
4 July Today the Rangitaiki Tai Mitchell team called in on their way to Rotorua for the annual rugby tournament. Awakeri School has a number of players in this year's team: Jamie Julian, Fearghus Byers, Joel Jones & Jake Laurent. Jamie spoke to our school about the Tai Mitchell tournament and then the boys did their haka. Good luck at the tournament!
Today over 100 people auditioned for roles in the Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess production. There were many brave attempts at acting and singing! People will find out this week whether they have got a speaking / singing part.
2 July Today scripts were given out to those children who want to audition for a role in the production Robyn Hood Outlaw Princess. Auditions are tomorrow. At lunchtime today Uruguay beat England in a great final 2 - 1. England had a last second chance to equalise but a defender just managed to block a shot on the line. On Friday lunchtime Uruguay will be playing the teachers.
30 June The semi finals of our lunchtime football World Cup tournament were played today. Two great games, with Uruguay beating Sweden 2 - 1 and England and France drawing 2 - 2, Englnd won the penalty shoot out. On Monday lunchime will be the final. Uruguay v England!
29 June A big thank you to all parents who helped take our 26 superstar cross country athletes over to Rotorua yesterday. Well done to every single student who went over, you all raced so well against terrific competition, with children coming from over 90 different schools. There were some fantastic results! Three children even went on to become Bay of Plenty Champions. A massive congratulations to Teigan Nolan, Joseph Spalding and Bailey Le Prou who all won their races!
24 June Check out the cool Library news on the Library page. Well done to the Singapore fund raising group on Thursday. Lots of fun at the school disco, and they raised over $2000 for their trip!
20 June Results from EBOP cross country:
19 June Today we have 39 people at the EBOP cross country races in Opotiki. The weather is shining, we wish them luck!
15 June Phoebe Carter and Summer Jones have been training a junior jump jam team in the year 1 to 4 category. Last night they competed at the regional competition in Tauranga. Summer and Phoebe were both really pleased with how the team went. "They smiled, they did loud chanting, they were in time. They were super super nervous but they used their nervous energy to perform. They did good facials. They looked like they were enjoying themselves and having fun!" said Phoebe this morning.
14 June Today 98 children from year 4 up, put their names down to play in a lunch time World Cup football tournament. They have been split into 12 countries. The tournament will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes for the rest of the term.
13 June The speech finals were excellent last night! About 70 people packed the library and there were many comments that the standard of speeches was extremely high, right across the nine finalists. Our independent judges were Peter Fitz, Louise Howard and Margo White. Bonnie-Marie Wetting won with her speech about body image, 2nd was Jamie Julian with a convincing speech about second hand smoke and 3rd was Mikayla Jamieson who told us why nurses should be paid more.
12 June Tonight are the school speech finals, in the library at 7 pm. All welcome! Come and hear 9 great speakers: Bonnie-Marie Wetting, Summer Jones, Marshall Foxx, Caleb Hanlen, Ella Murphy, Fearghus Byers, Shivaun Burgess, Jamie Julian and Mikayla Jamieson.
Team Results (Top 3)
Individual Results (Top 3)
7 June Book Character Day is on Tuesday. Get dressed up as a book character! Bring a donation. Loads of ideas on the Library page
5 June Manawahe cross country has been postponed till Friday! Let's hope things dry out by then.
1 June Winter! Brrr our second frost today. Only a light one. Yesterday though, the usual thing. Kids were out scraping the frost off the outside tables and making little ice collections.
29 May We had a glorious day for cross country yesterday. Congratulations to all those students who pushed themselves and gave their best effort. It was well appreciated by the big crowd of parents who came to watch. Many thanks to organisers Naomi Courtney-Tennent and Louise Howard, and land owners Colin, Mark and Katie Carter. Check out a few cool photos of the day. Our placegetters:
24 May Princesses! No...no...noo.. But Yes, check out the Library page!
23 May Today cross country has been postponed till Monday. The weather is wet and cold.
17 May Nice to see our jump jam team in the Beacon this week. The netball teams did play at Te Teko yesterday and had a successful time. The senior team had two wins and one loss. Our senior students are getting ready to do speeches next week. The year 7&8 topics are health issues. They have a choice of three topics. Our letters are nearly ready to send back to the school in France. We are waiting for one more room to be finished. Hooray, today it is not raining!
15 May The netball is now on Wednesday at te Teko. No rugby though. Mrs Howard and Miss CT went to inspect the cross country course yesterday. Rather wet. However, when we look at the course this morning, it is more like a lake! Cross country swimming anyone?
13 May The rugby day tomorrow at Matata has been cancelled. However, we haven't heard about the netball at Te Teko. It could well be on.
9 May Yesterday and today groups of students have been repainting all the lines on our concrete. The map of New Zealand is now nice and shining in front of room 2 and 3. Unfortunately.... Mr Sheather didn't realise there was wet paint on the four square markings. After about six yellow footprints, he kindly helped the team clean up the concrete. Now, for the shoes!
Mothers' Day is coming up this weekend. Check out the cool stories about mums on the library page. The whole range of mums are there!
8 May Try your French out on this article about Awakeri on the school website of College Le Calloud in La Tour Du Pin that the seniors are writing letters to. It opens in a new window.
2 May Welcome back everyone! Rooms 10 and 11 have headed off to Tui Ridge camp today. Good luck to them. Jump jam has started, three sessions a week for the school. Kapa haka are taking enrolments (year 4 up). We are training for cross country. Names are taken for rugby/netball day.
13 April Today we are having our school's Commonwealth Games. It is going really well. The main scoring is for sportsmanship, but some of the ganes have exciting scores too.
12 April Congratulations to Laura and Dan Edgecombe on the arrival of their baby girl... Matilda.
6 April The interschool touch day went very well yesterday. There was a great attitude out on the fields, with all games played in good spirit. It was very hot but people played hard right till the end. A big thank you to everyone who refereed, including those 13 Whakatane High students who came along. They were mostly ex-Awakeri sudents keen to come back for the day. Well done to Mr Fitz who organised the day and to Miss Grundy and Mrs Petersen for sorting out the refereeing.
3 April A big thank you to every one who supported Rooms 13 and 14's Fun(d) Raiser on Thursday. They made $1148 in the lunch break, which went towards their recent class camps. The food stalls were very popular, but so were the activities, like Jumping out Room 13's Window, the Games Kiosk and the Very Scary House. Here are some photos of the happy customers and the activities. There was lots of learning for both organisers and customers... things like money handling, decision making, communicating, planning, organising....
28 March Check out New Zealand Heroes books on the Library page. Some cool suggestions from Mrs White.
27 March Already a lot of schools have entered for next year's Top School! Wow it is popular.
26 March Congratulations to everyone involved in Top School. Despite the weather, we had a very good day. Although takings were down by about $4000 on the day, there was still a good amount of money spent. Well done indeed to the Awakeri Top School team who won the year 7&8 section, beating rivals Whakatane Intermediate. Well done too to the very professional cheerleading squad, first place! Here are some photos of the day.
22 March The fields have lots of activity on them as the Top School gear is set out. Make sure you get your Top School helping roster. All children were given the rosters to take home today. Check out Room 14's camp photos too.
18 March This is the start of one of the busiest weeks of the year: Top School week. Hopefully everyone will be involved to do their bit to help the school have a very successful day on Sunday, raise lots of money and help everyone have a good time.
7 March Tomorrow we have 27 students going to the interschool swimming sports. Good luck to all those swimmers. At the moment the Top School team and the cheerleaders are practising hard every lunch time. The attitude of the team has been one of the best ever. They are organising practices and working on their skills even when no staff members are available.
5 March Lots happening this week: Room 13 are off on camp at Waitomo this week (let's hope it isn't interrupted by a cyclone like it was last year!), Room 7 goes on camp tomorrow at the Lions Hut. The Life Ed caravan, complete with Harold the giraffe is here for the seniors this week. Visiting today we have the Trillians Trust Trek vehicles at about 2.30pm. That should be entertaining, as well as making it interesting getting into the out of the car park at 3pm!
1 March A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! Check out the new library update on the Library page, specially if you are into farming stories!
26 February Football (soccer) enrolment forms were handed out at school today. See Mr Hawkes or the office if your child missed theirs. More info on the Awakeri Football web site.
25 February A few photos here of swimming sports last Thursday. Spot the biggest splash!
21 February Top School Team. After days of trials, our squad for this year's Top School team has been selected. Congratulations to: Mikayla Jamieson, Teigan Nolan, Isabel Lambert, Sophie Peat, Olivia Nolan, Phoebe Carter, Jamie Julian, Kalib Schuler, Elijah Wetting, Dan Rowling, Jake Laurent and Ollie Fort.
19 February Because of the approaching bad weather, Room 8's camp has been postponed. At the moment, our swimming pool is out of action. The pump broke down and it is taking a while to get it swimmable again. Hopefully those people going to swimming sports on Thursday will still remember how to swim! A reminder that there is a collection at the start of school tomorrow raising money for guide dogs for the blind.
15 February Here are our new house leaders... what a handsome lot!
14 February Do you enjoys thinking, puzzles, challenges, mysteries? Go to the Library page to read Margo's latest message / challenge. She has set up a Thinking Zone in the library. Cool!
13 February Today sees our first group of students off to technology at Edgecumbe College for the year. They go one day a week for half of the year and learn skills in wood, materials, metal, food, biotech and electronics. The Edgecumbe unit is one of the best in New Zealand, so we are grateful that our students get to go there.
9 February Congratulations to our new house leaders, listed below and big ups to all those seniors who put themselves up for election. It takes courage and self confidence.
5 February If you want a preview of the new house chants, before the houses learn them on Friday... Click here.
2 February Top School is coming up in six weeks. If you don't know what Top School is... have a look at the photos of last year's one. It's an amazing day. On the Photo Archives page you can go to see photos of lots of other year's Top Schools.
31 January School is back underway with everyone working hard and settling in. Classes are swimming, our pool is nice and warm! There was lots of enthusiasm for being librarians, Margo's meeting today had 40 people turn up, that's to go with the 30 that are already librarians!! There is lots of enthusiasm to be house leaders too. Mrs Howard had lots of year 8s and some year 7s who were keen to be leaders. The elections are next Friday.
27 January 2018 Happy new year everyone! School starts on Tuesday! Lots of people have been in to get their stationery sorted so their children are ready to go on the first day. Welcome to our new teachers: Carrie-Anne Dennis (Rm 12), Rosie Ulrich (Rm 11) and Josie Grundy (Rm 10).
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 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 or even 2002 and before.