Term 1 was full on

Term One was full on with teaching, learning an with their academicd assessments. Multi-levelling and differentiation has worked well in class. Paired/Buddy teaching has been operational. Students have created their learning journeys and achieveable goals. All students have been explained where they are now with their academic, social, cultural and Taumata goals and where to next. Swimming was great. Students enjoyed a lot. We are looking forward to another busy term after the holidays.

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Week 10 !

We are now in Week 10, it has been a very busy term to date.  We have been working on our Inquiry for next term around our life source, Water and are currently completing work for assessment.

We are super proud of our taumata recipients this week.  Congratulations to the following students:

Taumata Tahi: Steven & Rosalina

Taumata Rua: Ghalya, Rory, Fatimah & Lebron

We farewell Mrs Napa next week.  We wish you all the very best in your future endeavours, we will miss you.  Thank you for the values that you have taught us: responsibility, respect, engagement, humility and to follow our passions.  Take care and don’t forget to visit !

Thank you must also go to Miss Sunisa.  Thank you for all of your work with our Tongan group.  You have shared your talents with us and have taught us to value who we are and where we come from.

We also thank Mrs Vunisa for the treats that you brought in for the students, we really appreciate it.  Thank you.


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Week 11 Term 1

Talofa families of Nga Hau E Wha!

We are coming to the end of Term 1 !

A friendly reminder for all students to check their emails for assigned homework tasks over the last week of term.

Have a restful break and be ready to return to school to embark on new challenges in Term 2. Our class will looking at science next term around ‘Global Warming’ around water, air and land. Don’t forget to visit your local libraries during the term one break, it’s a free service.

Congratulations to Precious Manukia Year 7 and Selina Vaivela Year 7 for receiving their Taumata Tahi bands at our formal assembly last week.

We look forward to more students striving to receive their Taumata in Term 2.

Remember to lead, is to serve our community at school and at home.  (Be Respect, Be Engaged, Be Responsible)

Tofa Soifua

Mrs M Gates

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Happy 12th Birthday Athalia!  Ia manuia lou aso fanau!

I hope you’ve an awesome day. May your dreams come true.

From Miss Tuilaepa and all the students in Lumana’i Manuia.

P.S.  Thank you for the delicious birthday cake. Fa’afetai lava.


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The Successes of Term One

Te Kei o Te Waka has had many successes this term and we are finishing off with two students achieving their Taumata Tahi.  We congratulate Shakyna Tawhiao and Tiare Pittman for receiving their Taumata Tahi this week.

In class we have been working hard to think of questions that are level three questions that are open questions that ask deep inquiry thinking.  Some of our students have struggled with this challenge but we are are making improvements of using words that more explicit and shows critical thinking.

As a class we were able to share our own cultural language to make comparisons with understanding of words for example translating the English words into our our language for example the word communicate to ‘korero’, critical to ‘faigata’, organise to ‘teutue’.

For maths students have been using different strategies to work out word problems in their own levels and sharing these with their levelled groups.  Some are becoming more confident to share their strategies with their group.

Next week on Tuesday we will be going on our Team Taonga Trip to Jellicoe Pools please make sure your child has a large bottle of water and lunch with suitable swimming gear for the day.

Today was the final Cook Islands cultural session with Ms Napa and she had one of her past students visit her to let her know that she was “His favourite teacher of all time!”  We wish Ms Napa all the blessings on her new endeavours and new journey.

Meitaki atupaka,

Whaea May Tamati





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Talofa lava matua ma aiga!

Today was our last swimming lesson of the term. The teachers assessed each student to find out where they were at and what their next steps were. Every student has made huge progress in their swimming.


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Mandarin in Nga Hau E Wha

Teacher engagement award goes to me.

learning a song how greet politely to each other in Mandarin.

Miss Huang teaching another song using the alphabet tune.

Sounds chart.

Mandarin phrase for our memory game

English version

I look forward to Mondays I love it so much.Mandarin with Nga hau e wha.

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Nearly there!

This week we have been focussing alot of our efforts on our future learning spaces – what do we want to learn in term 2? What will be our class focus? Science? social science? THERE IS ALOT TO THINK ABOUT!!


Students in Te Pou Herenga Waka have been assigned a week long assignment. This assignment includes watching snippets from the news, identifying social issues within our society, explaining the causes of the issues and some possible outcomes and effects that come from the issues identified. I look forward to receiving this assignment back on monday next week.

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Netball trainings 2017

If your child has made it into our netball teams, the training days are as follows:

7 Kelisoni – Mondays after school 3:10pm – 4:30pm and Friday lunchtimes. Coach for this team is Mrs Gates.

8A – Monday and Friday after school 3:10pm – 4:30pm. Coach for this team is Lena.

8B – Monday and Wednesday lunchtime. Coach for this team is Whaea May.

Any questions in regards to netball, please email the teacher in charge, Mrs Gates on maddieg@kelstonint.school.nz.

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Week 9, Term 4


I totally can’t believe that it is now week 9 !  This term has been awesome.  Our trip to the Polyfest festival was amazing and we were able to learn more about cultural values and the things that we value within our own cultures.  Thank you so much to Mrs Connings, Mrs Vunisa and Mrs Connings 2, for assisting us with the trip.  We couldn’t have done it without your help !

We are currently studying measurement in Math.  A huge thank you must go to Mrs Laing, who has been coming in to help us with the inquiry process.  We are now starting to write higher order questions around our topic, Water, as a result.


Rosalina and Emmanuel were selected as our ‘Te Tangata o Te Wiki” winners for weeks 7 and 8.  They were both described as ‘honest, helpful, kind, caring and positive role models’ within our class and the school.  Excellent work, ka pai, you two !!!

Moana made the 8A netball team, great !

Simione, Mieia, Uriah and James, were acknowledged at the Duffy assembly for having a positive attitude towards their work, cool !

Congratulations team KOTAHITANGA, we have won the fitness cup twice this term !


Our Heart Flow concert, promoting information around health and rheumatic fever will be held in our school hall from 1pm on Thursday 13 April – come along and support this event whanau !

Bring your hats and PE gear EVERYDAY !

Immunisation forms are now overdue

Week 2, term 2 – SWIMMING SPORTS !

School photos are on Monday 2 April – SMILE ! 🙂Term 1, Week 9

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