Saturday, 4 January 2020

Week 10 - A love story

In our last week of school our class put together a little mini play.  We had watched another school do it and we thought we would give it a go.  
For me the biggest thing was seeing my kids have fun with their learning and to stand up in front of the class.  At the beginning of the year I would never have imagined half of these kids doing it because they were too shy and wouldn’t even stand up in front of the class.
I hope over the years this gives them the belief that they can do anything.  This was whanaungatanga at its best!
We performed three times and it was cool every time, it wasn’t perfect but the kids loved it!

Monday, 16 December 2019

Term 4 week 9 - Graduation

This week is graduation week for the year 6's.  It is their time to shine and reflect on the year.  Here is the video of Whakapono 21 & 22. 

This year for our graduation dinner we decided to have it at school with a follow up disco.  What a night it was.  The hall looked amazing and so did our kids.  We are very grateful at our school for our Board of Trustees and Mr Vasau who made it happen.  Honestly watch the video, it was such an epic success.  The kids will raving about it for years.  Memories to cherish.  I'm going to miss my kids but I hope they leave Rowandale School with a great work ethic and a sense of self belief!

Monday, 9 December 2019

Prize giving

What a day!  As the last few weeks pass us by it seems bittersweet that our class for 2019 will all go their different ways soon.  It’s been awesome seeing all my kids grow in some way.  Always wishing them the best and hoping that they become independent people who work hard.

Our winners today were Micah Hayes for the Year 6 academic excellence award in Maths, Reading and Writing.  He topped his year group and I can only be proud of him!  He’s going to be a doctor one day and I can’t wait to see.  He also got our academic award for Whakapono it.

Next we had Taniara Lavea for most improved.  She has worked so hard on fixing the little things to make her grow as a learner.

Our Participation certificate went to Kanume Kautai.  She has been actively putting her hand up and giving everything a go  and just brings her own flare to her dancing too.

Our Respect award went Toko Aviri.  She is an amazing kid that always exemplifies our PRIDE values.

Our Integrity award went to Utumaoe Pilimai.  She always makes good choices and has high standards.

Our Determination award went to Heleina Kirkwood.  She has pushed herself to be better and she has succeeded.

Our Empathy award goes to Ayden Steven.  He is one of the nicest kids I’ve ever met.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Term 4 - week 8

The end of the year is fast approaching.  Kanume, Taniara and Utumaoe were on lolly lei duty.  They totally volunteered for it and were so excited to do them for our prize winners this week for graduation.  I literally just gave them everything they would need and let them just go for it. They did a great job, excited as for Friday!

Term 4 - week 7

This week saw us doing Art.  Our focus was going from dark to light using pastels.  The kids did a great job of blending their colours to give it a better effect.  All in all the kids loved it and it really looks nice up on our windows.

Friday, 22 November 2019

Term 4 - week 6

What an experience it has been to work with our kids and Miss Parry to put together a Tongan performance for this year.  The kids gave it everything they had and all their practices paid off!  So grateful to be a part of this community.

Big thank you to Mrs LoLo and Mrs Kautai for helping us heaps and to all the parents that came to dress our kids.  They looked absolutely amazing!

Here are a few pics from today.  I hope someone videoed the performance.


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Term 4 - week 2


On Monday, 21 October we welcomed all of our new students and teachers to Rowandale School.  This is a tradition at our school where the students take a leading role in welcoming everyone.  Our boys were lead by our Head boy Peni Kautai for our kai haka and our girls were lead by Roslyn England for kai karanga who is our head girl.

We had two new teachers that joined our staff last term.  They are Bobby Peacock who is a release teacher and Sandra Jenkins who joins Team Tumanako.  I hope they enjoy being a part of our community and helping our children grow!  We also had many children that have started their school journey by reaching the great age of 5 and we have others that have moved into our community.