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Barnett Bush

At last! We have finally got our tracking stations into the bush. The class have spent a lot of time and effort designing and trialling different designs of stations to see which type were more manageable and effective.  We have ended up using 2 litre milk bottles and some drain pipes.

The stations have been placed in the bush for a few weeks for the wildlife to adapt to them, then we will put some tracking sheets in and collect them in two days later to analyse and form conclusions to  report to the Barnett Bush committee.  Real authentic learning!

Room 7 Update

We have started Term 3 with a hiss and a roar, so many exciting things to learn about.

In class at the moment we are investigating animal tracking stations - how to make, how many and how to read the tracks. These will eventually be setup in Barnett Bush to see how effective the baiting round is.

We are learning Spanish and about the countries where it is used.

The class will continue to attend Putaruru College for technology every Friday for the next six weeks, where they are learning cooking and woodwork skills.

Year 7/8 Basketball Draw

Senior Camp photos

Senior Camp

We are off to Auckland next week for an exciting week in the big city!

With the tremendous effort from the students to fundraise, as well as the School Support Group donation, this camp has been made affordable to all.

We will be visiting  Sky Tower, Auckland Zoo, Rangitoto Island, Kelly Tarlton's and many more places for a variety of experiences.

I am sure the students will arrive back on Friday extremely tired but bubbling with lots of interesting and exciting stories to tell.

A huge thanks for all the parent support.


We're counting down and everyone is super excited for the Sportathon this Friday, the 20th March. The students have worked hard to raise money towards our camp and are now geared up to carry out their 24 hours of sport!

It all starts 8am Friday and will finish 8am Saturday, so if you are driving by give us a toot or stop in and play a game!

There will defiinitely be lots to write about in class next week. 

Welcome to Room Seven

We are off to a running start.  The students have had a very focused start. We are straight into swimming, Sacred Writing Time, The Reading Zone and many more activities.

Our Class Economy inquiry unit will be underway next week, the class are busy creating the money we will be working with.

The big thing the class are looking forward to this term is the Sportathon of course. This will be held on the 20th March and is to raise funds towards camp which will be held in May this year.

Room 6 Update

Room 6 Update

We have an extremely busy start to our term with the show this week! So much work has gone into this fantastic show over the last 8 weeks or more and I am sure the children are all looking forward to their moment of glory on stage, an excellent opportunity to develop their confidence for the speech contest coming up later in the term.

Our inquiry focus this term is all about science, with lots of observations and hands on experiments.

For maths, we are looking at fractions, decimals and percentages, whilst continuing to increase our multiplication and division knowledge.

Room Six Term Two

Welcome to  Term Two, we have lots of exciting events to look forward to such as:

The Leadership trip to Te Awamutu

The Room 6 and 9 production.

Cross Country training for our event near the end of the term.

Practicing Waiata and Protocols before our marae visit.

Participation in a variety of Winter Sports.

The LIFE Education truck visiting.

The Reading Reward Challenge starts.



As well as our core subjects, our major focus this term is Cyber Safety.

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