Friday, 2 November 2018


Term four means technology for the Mokomoko pod! 

Last term was all about the arts and this term we continue the creative thinking with our focus on all things technology. Every Friday we are having technology challenges for the students where they must compete for glory bragging rights. The Friday challenges focus primarily on team work and construction challenges.
Other aspects of technology we are investigating at the moment are coding on scratch and hour of code, more recently adding some digital 3D construction to the mix to help the Friday challenges. Today we learnt all about the importance of bracing towers and making the most of our materials and we're already looking forward to seeing how all of this new learning will be applied to the challenges next week. 

Sunday, 30 September 2018


Kia ora whanau! 

We have finished term 3 beginning our measurement focus in maths. This will continue into term 4 and as you can see from the image above, is a great practical strand of mathematics. What has been really cool to see in rimu/kowhai maths class is seeing all of the recently learned multiplication knowledge being applied to finding the area of different shapes of various sizes. Feel free to pop into rumā ono if you would like to see some of the students creations. Architects in the making!

Friday, 17 August 2018

The Term of Art is Underway!

We're a few weeks into term 3 now and there is so much colour around! Students in every class are taking on different art techniques, making wearable art pieces and mask making makes mokomoko pod look like carnival!
As well as the creation of visual and wearable art we have been enjoying artistic rotations on Monday and Thursday afternoons that are in preparation for the school production in week 9. We have made excellent progress with this but there is also SO much more to do! The students are full of energy so there shouldn't be any issues in getting it all done. Or so we hope.

Here is just one of many concept designs for some of the wearable art that a student from ruma whitu has created.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Chapter Chat Interactions


Kia ora koutou!

Last week in our chapter chat we were lucky enough to link up with ruma Totara from St Teresa's during chapter chat. This normally happens around the country at 10am on a Friday morning and it just so happened that we were free last week (normally we're in maths). Here is a small snippet of some of the interactions that were had.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Pasifika Week!


Talofa lava from ruma whitu! 

You'll see in the picture above just a small selection of art from our Pasifika week. We joined with ruma rima to create pieces to be contributed towards a far larger tapa cloth that will most likely reside in our learning street once it is finished. One of the highlights of the week was learning the Sasa with the help of Willie Leota which looks and sounds amazing! We will continue working on that throughout the year.

It was an energetic first week and I think teachers and students are all a little tired! We have heaps going on this term and really can't wait to keep going on Monday with our first day swimming! Enjoy your weekends!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Museum Trip

Kia ora whanau!

Today was our trip to the City Gallery! A big thank you to the parents who helped and to everyone for assisting in plastic bags for students morning tea.
Unfortunately we only got to see three of five exhibits due to a leaking pipe in the museum. We all enjoyed what we saw none the less.
There was one piece that consisted of 80 photographs that were taken in New Zealand and England, displaying the journey of the artists family. Students were asked to stand by images that made them feel particularly homely. Interestingly the picture of sausages on a barbecue did this for most! You will have to head along to see the rest.
The image I have attached is of another artwork we saw which is (as you can see) an intricately carved piano. I have included this image because if you book in you can get a chance to use this piano for a small chunk of time if that is your sort of thing!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Our First Blog!

Kia ora koutou,

To kick off our blog this year I thought a tale of success would be appropriate.
Pictured below is an image created by two of our class members as part of our chapter chat tasks. The task was to create a cover page for the book 'My parents didn't steal an Elephant' by Uriah C. Lasso.

This took blood, sweat and tears from the artists as they pushed through concept after concept due to having a fussy teacher and to get the look just right. All of the hard work paid of as this was selected (out of most likely hundreds of images) to be published onto the chapter chat facebook page as seen in the screenshot below! Let's go ruma whitu!