Friday, August 3, 2018

Cook Island Language Week!

It was an exciting week in Room 24 and at Owairaka School this week! We observed and celebrated Cook Island Language Week through a range of different activities. In Room 24 we were very lucky to have Hamida come in to teach us about Cook Island culture and dance. Some interesting things we learnt were:

1. That there are more people, who identify as Cook Island Maori, living in NZ than in the Cook Islands!
2. There are 15 main islands that are a part of the Cook Islands
3. The Cook Islands were named after Captain James Cook
4. We greet each other in Cook Island Maori by saying "Kia Orana"

Along with this we also got to learn some awesome dance moves! Check out our videos below!

Monday, July 2, 2018

ARL Taster Sessions!

On Friday, in Week 9, Room 24 had the awesome opportunity to take part in Rugby League drills with ARL (Auckland Rugby League). They worked with us on our basic rugby league skills like carrying the ball correctly, putting it on the ground safely, holding and passing the ball to the right place, and using space effectively to avoid defenders. We had a great time. Thanks ARL!

Garden to Table Week 9!

Room 24 had a great week at Garden to Table in Week 9. The gardening team were faced with the frosty temperature of the early morning. They all persisted through the cold and did an excellent job of mapping out paths around the garden, and covering muddy patches with mulch. While digging the mulch, Trudy taught us that the piles of mulch are very hot in the middle (up to 75 degrees Celsius!) and the heat helps kill all the germs and bacteria. The kitchen team prepared a delicious meal for us which included, bread, kawakawa butter, roasted vegetables, and Matariki star cookies for dessert! We look forward to our last week at Garden to Table!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Matariki Shared Lunch with Rm 21!

 Rooms 21 and 24 came together to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Matariki through a shared lunch! Students from both rooms worked hard, with their families, to prepare delicious food for us. As part of our Matariki learning we also learnt about the names of the Seven Sister stars. Each of the Seven Sisters represents a different aspect of nature. Waita represents the sea, Waiti represents freshwater, Waipuna-a-rangi represents rain, Uru-a-rangi symbolises wind, Tupu-a-rangi for forests, and Tupu-a-nuku for crops.

Week 8 Awards!

Well done to Emacyn, who was awarded the Merit Certificate for Week 8! She showed great Manawanuitanga (resilience and persistence) through her work on Time. Emacyn showed a positive attitude when answering questions and worked hard to show her knowledge of time displayed on analogue clock. Keep up the great work!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bigfoot Bike Training!

On Monday, Room 24 had an exciting day of  learning about bikes with Bigfoot Bikes! We learnt about the importance of wearing our helmets correctly, wearing appropriate clothing, checking important functions of our bicycle like brakes and lights, and also about riding safely. After our lesson we got to test our knowledge by practising all the safety procedures and techniques and challenge ourselves through a range of obstacle courses. Well done Room 24! Remember to practice safe use of your bicycles and always be prepared with the right equipment!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Samoan Language Week!

Last week, Owairaka School observed Samoan Language Week! It was a week of awesome fun where we got to learn Samoan culture. During Garden to Table, two of our awesome parent volunteers showed us how coconut cream is made in Samoa. The coconut is first grated by hand, on a large tool. Some lucky students from Room 24 got try this task! Room 24 also got to learn about a traditional Samoan game called Lape. It is a game similar to softball and there is a lot of emphasis on teamwork. Each team had to come up with their own dance and chants to use during the game. We had a blast!