Thursday, 30 October 2014


Keep bringing your toys and money into me for our market day Friday in Week 4.
A notice went home last week about this.

We are asking for an old toy or two, that is no longer used or needed at your place. This toy will then get a new life when purchased by another child at our 'market day'.
Children then bring a minimum of $2 to participate and go 'Shopping' for a toy to reuse. This means we are reducing the need for new toy at home by reusing some of our old toys.

In order for this to be a success we encourage each child to donate one or two toy and bring $2 dollars to shop with.

All proceeds from this fun event will go to the juniors end of year fun Celebration Day

Thanks :)

School Song

Keep practising our school song :)


Athletics has been postponed until Tuesday 11th November.
Tomorrow the children will just need to wear normal school uniform.

Thanks :)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Term 4

A few more day to go before we all come back to school.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!
Looking forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday 13th of October.

Can't wait to hear all about what you have been up to.
If you can't remember all the exciting things, maybe you could collect some photos or pictures or jot a few notes down ready for Monday to tell the class.

Also a quick note,  a lot of the children have finished their Big Literacy books. If you haven't already could you please supply an extra one for the rest of the term. If it is unused you will get it back for next year.

Miss Watson

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Learning the months of the year

Walt: say the months of the year

This week we are learning
Ngā Marama ō te Tau         
(July to December)
Hōngongoi July                 
Mahuru September        
Whiringa-ā-rangi November    
Hakihea December
 You can try this site to practice.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Friday - last day for term 3

Due to the wet weather coming on Friday, we will not be having a P.j. day. The children are welcome to bring their slippers to wear around the classroom if they wish. They will still need outside shoes or morning tea and lunch.

It is Sausage sizzle and mufti day on Friday. Remember to bring your money for a sausage and a drink and donation to wear mufti.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Maori Kupu

WALT use and respond to the months of the year

This week we are learning:
Ngā Kaupeka me  NgāMarama ō te Tau (January to June)
Kohi-tātea January                      
Hui-tanguru February
Poutū-te-rangi March                 
Haratua May                                 
Pipiri June
You can try this site to practice.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Homework books

Sorry Miss Watson has forgotten  to give out the homework books out this afternoon.
So sorry they will be given out tomorrow morning.
Please still read your book tonight.
You could do spelling on a piece of paper and glue it in tomorrow.

Enjoy your afternoon :)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Whaea Peggy taught us how to say hello in different languages.

Today is The Gardens School’s Cultural Day.  It is a time to show off and celebrate the many different cultures represented here at our school.
Did you know we have over 20 different cultures here at our school?  We are all ‘diverse’ or different because of the countries our families came from or where they were born.  We are all ‘diverse’ and different in other ways too - the food we cook and eat, the religion we may follow, the special ceremonies and activities we may believe in, the type of traditional music we listen to and of course the languages we may speak.
With so many cultures here at our school we can learn more about each other and share and enjoy the things that make us different.

Today we are going to be ‘diverse’ and different and say “Hello!” in some of the languages of children here at our school.

Whakarongo tamariki ma - Mihi mai, mihi atu
Listen carefully children then repeat after me!

Tena Koe!  Kia Ora!                                          (Maori)

Talofa lava!                                                               (Samoan)

Namaste!  Namaskar!                                        (Hindi)

Fakalofa Lahi Atu                                             (Niue)

Ni hao ma!                                                       (Chinese)

Malo e lelei!                                                      (Tongan)

Ni sa bula vinaka!                                               (Fijian)

Salaam!                                                            (Persian)

Konnichiwa!                                                     (Japanese)

Tino pai tamariki ma!  Well done!

Let’s get into groups of two and try another way of greeting each other. 

Often when Maori say ‘Kia Ora’ they also give a hongi – this is where we shake hands and press noses together…would you like to try?

In Hawaii, you are often welcomed by being given a lei to wear around your neck and saying “Aloha!”.  Let’s all say “Aloha!”

In Mozambique, Africa you greet each other by clapping your hands three times before saying hello.  They speak Portugese in Mozambique so in your pairs clap your hands three times and say “Ola!”.

Some places in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand, you put your hands together pointing upwards (as if you were praying), bow your head and say “Namaste” or “Pranam” as a sign of respect.

Japanese meet and greet by bowing as a sign of respect.  So let’s bow and say “Ohayo” – ready?

Remember to say “Kia Ora!”  to each other in any language

Cultural day!!!!!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

We are learning a new Maori song!

Whaea Peggy has been teaching us Te Reo and some new Maori songs.

Cultural Day 4th September

Because of the weather tomorrow afternoon ( 65% chance of rain and very little wind!) The kite flying has been postponed until next Tuesday…same place, same time ( sunshine and 55km wind factor!)

BUT ....

We we still be doing cultural day in our class and the children can still wear their cultural clothing and they can still bring a cultural food to share with the class. The children are looking forward to experiencing different activities from around the world. 

Please bring you food with a label of what it is and the ingredients in it. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Jolly Phonics

We have been practising our letter sounds. Here is the cool clip so you can continue to practise and learn them at home.


Sunday, 17 August 2014


Well Done Weka 1 Fire Wise children! So proud of you all.

What a great assembly on friday from the Rangitoto team.  If any parents have any pictures or videos from friday could they please send them through to me at as I was totally consumed in the assembly I forgot to take some.

Miss Watson