Tasi Tasi

Welcome back 

Talofa, welcome back to term 4 today at morning assembly Tamatoa won two awards – Best attendance & best class in Mandarin, the boys are so happy to be back!!


Hauora – (well being) students had to think about a symbol of strength that they could identify with, they then took the four areas of Hauora and cut out pictures from the newspaper that represented these areas. 


This morning Kelston Intermediate students & teachers did a Karakia  to bless our new playground!! 

Tamatoa win cleanest class award & best attendance award!!


Tamatoa sleepover was awesome!! – A special thank you to the parents for releasing your child to attend this event. 

We started to set up in Tamatoa.

We then moved to the staff room. 

Whiteboard session with Mrs Gates, Mr Tasi, Matua Sean & Matua Lino on the Saturday Morning, thank you Mrs Gates for bringing us coffee & food.

 Ready to go for a run at 7 am. 

This just happened Tamatoa win attendance award. Tamatoa celebrating with a song.

Tamatoa In Kiwi can doing an activity on “focus”

Mandarin in Tamatoa



Inquiry happening in small groups – students using reciprocal reading strategies.

Our inquiry & wall of fame display!!


This just happened Tamatoa win Mandarin & the attendance award two weeks in a row.

Tamatoa win best attendance – well done.

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.     

Marc Brown.

Our theme through out this year has been “Brotherhood” –  It is the coming together of all cultures in unison to achieve a common purpose.

Tamatoa linked together as a show of brotherhood. When boys learn to work together, respect each other, engage each other in a respectful manner, they grow together – Nathan, W . 

This term for our inquiry we are learning about the “Living world”. In weeks 1 -2 we have been learning about life cycles looking at plants & trees, and what their purpose is in the world.  FACT: Did you know that trees are masters of self -defence and communicators. Scientist have found that when attacked by insects, trees can flood their leaves with chemicals called phenolics.

 How many animals / insects  can you spot!!

Reading: for reading we are continuing with reciprocal reading & reciprocal teaching. Our readings will be on the living world – covering a range of topics.

Maths: Tamatoa  have already started to learn about the different vocabulary in statistics. It has been fun creating tally charts, gathering data and then translating this data into a graph. We have also been learning about the mean, mode & median. 

A huge thank you to all the parents who took time out to come in to our parent interviews. I’m sure it was an insightful time for you and your child. Please remember to keep yourself up to date with our up and coming events through our news letter and website.

Tasi – Tamatoa.



“Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.”  – Thomas Carlyle.

This is happening right now in Tamatoa ;

Tamatoa planing for our future learning wall next term.

Tamatoa doing a “trust” activity in Kiwi Can. We had fun.

Mandarin class.

Tamatoa – helped plant 1500 trees down at the Whau river, it was awesome….

This is happening right now in Tamatoa

Brayden is teaching a song in Maori.

“United we stand, divided we fall” – unknown. 

Tamatoa win best attendance award – excellent


“I am smiling because you are my brother. I am laughing because there is nothing you can do about it!” – Unknown

“When we build positive relationships we establish great learning environments” Nathan, W.  This is Tamatoa, we are a brotherhood, we are KELSTON HARD!!!

The name TAMATOA in essence means to never give up. Research shows that girls develop/mature faster than boys, however – try telling TAMATOA that. With the right attitude we can be the best.

So, lets look at it….we are in week 7- term 2….

Well, let me tell you – Our inquiry topic has been about GLOBAL WARMING. We have been looking at the CAUSE and EFFECTS of natural disasters specifically, events that have happened in NZ.

Tamatoa have been working on a disaster timeline which they will need to present to the class. We have had a variety of topics that the students have been very keen to investigate. Pictures of the end result will be up shortly.

To make links into our Inquiry topic our writing focus has been to explain how GLOBAL WARMING effects our world and environment. I can assure you, we have had some interesting debates/discussions on the Why & How. 

Geometry has also been a very interesting subject.

To start Geometry we do an activity called “Shapes”. The leader will call out a Geometry shape and the students need to make that shape, if not they are out. For example the leader might say octagon, the students then need to get into a group of 8 people. Nathan, w – to help boys engage in their learning, they also need to be moving & not sitting for more than 30 minutes. 

A special mention to Linkin the Head Boy. He is the first person in Tamatoa to receive a Taumata Wha. The first of many more .

Up & coming events: next week on the 20th of June Tuesday, team Aroha will be down at the Whau river helping to plant 1000 trees. We will be there from 9 am – 2 pm.

“Brothers don’t necessarily have to say anything to each other they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

Cause & Effect:

This term our inquiry topic is global warming. In Tamatoa we are looking at causes and effects. What causes global warming? how does it affect our earth? we are focused on land, air and water.

It is important for the young men of Tamatoa to set achievable goals.  These goals help bring focus & a target to aim for. We have been working on vision boards in class.

Tamatoa are very good at singing!! We should become a choir?

Nathan, W. Signing helps support young men learn.  

So far, Tamatoa have learnt songs in these languages Samoan, Tongan, a song in Thai, Urdu (Afghanistan), Tuvalu, Fiji and the Philippines.  Research says singing helps boys to engage with their learning.

Fawad Teaching Tamatoa a song in Urdu (Pakistan).


“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Talofa this term as a class our theme in Tamatoa is “Brotherhood”. Brotherhood is about respect,responsibility & being engaged. It’s about identity, culture & understanding that we are Kelistonions.

This term our main focus will be on science. Our inquiry topic for science is “Global warming”. We will be looking at these areas; Air– pollution, oxygen & omission. Land-erosion, natural disasters. Water– pollution, water cycle & filtration.

In maths we are going to look at Geometry , learning about – 3D shapes, angles, directions, rotation & reflection, 3D model of the solar system, Matariki, making of the stars , nets of the planets.

Please make sure that you keep up to date with your child’s progress on OneNote. They will have specific tasks to complete & also home work.


“You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace. ” – Max lerner. 

This is Kelston, this is Tamatoa. At the beginning of term 1 we learn’t about the words respect, engaged & responsibility. We have looked at these words and made connections on how they relate to us at home, in our community & at school.

The implications, of a brotherhood has quickly become evident in Tamatoa. As the quote suggests, if young men from all walks of life cannot bond together for a common purpose, how can there be an agreement. “WE ARE KELSTON”, we stand for a purpose.

A huge thank you to all parents who supported their child at our PLP students conferences last week on Tuesday. I enjoyed meeting you, talking to you about your child’s progress.

So many exciting things have been happening in Tamatoa. Please remember to check with your child about their homework. We have an assignment on ANZAC which is due in on the 13th of April.

Here are some pictures to show you what has been going down.

Introducing Matua Junior. Matua Junior is a student teacher from AUT who is doing a teaching practicum in Tamatoa.


So far, we have learnt a Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Thai, Maori, Afghanistan & Tuvaluan song. Here is Kenneth teaching a song from the Philippines.




Week 7, WOW!!…. We are in testing week at Kelston. Students have been doing Gloss testing & other test to help the teacher understand where their learning needs are. It has been a very interesting time.

Here is a run down of what Tamatoa have been learning in class.

In maths we have been learning number strategies. These include the times tables & also math word problems that students have had to solve using as specific strategy. Students have used strategies such as subtracting from numbers to make 10’s and then either multiply or use addition. Another strategy is to half numbers and then to add these numbers to another number by using multiplication. We have been learning many strategies as such. We have also looked at place value & decimals.

In reading & writing we have been learning about (reciprocal reading) and our Genre for writing has been “recount” . We have also looked at writing a letter to the teacher telling the teacher “All about me”. The results have been fantastic. To view your child’s progress please go on to your child’s onenote page.

 On another note: home work has been set for your child on onenote, please check to see if your child is keeping up to date. 

Here are some pictures to leave you with. 

Team Aroha won the fitness trophy this week – Yes

“All about me” In one of our lessons we did a project where students had to find out what their name meant & then to describe themselves using 8 words.



Introducing our class councilors:

Kusma : Class councilor ,Christopher: Dpt class councilor & Kenneth (head peer mediator).


A huge congratulations to these students who earned Taumata bands.

Nathan, Ezekiel & Samim have began their journey. Well done boys, excellent work.

Lastly, thank you to those parents who came out to support our family fun day. It was awesome having you there. Here are some photos to show you how “Funtastic” this day was….



click on the title and please make sure that your child returns their permission slip and pays their $15 for entry fee and bus.

Could you please make sure you pay and bring the permission slip by Wednesday 15th March 2017.

Thank you

 Come hang out with kelston Intermediate this Friday the 3rd of March . Our “FAMILY FUN DAY” is going to be the bomb. It is an all day event.

In Tamatoa we have been learning about the words respect, engaged & responsibility. We have also looked at how these words can be shown in our communities & at home. I can assure you, it has been a very challenging discussion. 

Vision boards: We need vision!! – Tamatoa have sat through some intense teaching on why it is important to set goals. The results have been fantastic… check out Kenneth’s vision board. 

That’s it for now, see you at our family fun day……..

Tamatoa was sad to hear the news of the passing away of Sione Lauaki. Last year we had Senita Lauaki in our class his younger brother.  To pay our respect to Sione & the family we had a moment of silence.


Rest in love uso!! From us to you.

Men at work: build, build, build, take a look at what is taking shape.


We are making good progress in our learning environment.

All about me: students were given a task where they had to find the meaning to their name & then to describe themselves with 8 words. Some used the words, strong, confident & friendly. Wow.

Tamatoa also won cleanest class award. Good stuff boys, you are awesome.

In Tamatoa we have been looking at respect, engaged & responsibility. These are our school values. We unpacked these in class and looked at three areas, looks like, feels like & sounds like. For each of the values we talked about how we could apply them at home, school & the community.

Other areas we have been learning are maths & writing. In maths we have been learning number strategies. Students have been looking at word problems and applying strategies such as splitting numbers and making tens. It has been fun. In writing we have been learning about the writing process. The students have produced some excellent writing examples.

Just a reminder: swimming starts next week. All money & consent forms are due. Please contact the front office is you need more information.

Also next week is our family fun day. This has been a talking point in Tamatoa since the beginning of term 1. I know our students are excited about this.

On that note take care & stay safe. Fa Soifua.


A huge congratulations to Tamatoa for winning 2nd place ; best attendance. This is a good result considering it is week 3.

In Tamatoa we have been working very hard on building positive relationships. Our aim is to establish great friendships where respect, engaged & responsibility is out worked in everything we do.

We have been learning a lot about our school values & setting goals.

Check out these photos.

To set the tone for a great working environment, Tamatoa did a brainstorm to establish class rules. The class rules seen in this picture are student voice. It encourages our students to WALK THE WALK & TALK THE TALK.


Tamatoa learning in groups. (Matua Lino on the right). Matua Lino is a support teacher in Tamatoa. “He is the bomb.”


Christopher, Linkin, Kenneth & Mr Tasi walking up Mt Eden. We spent time together during the holidays talking about what leadership means & what it would look like this year 2017. It was a cool day. Christopher reckons he saw a horse, but it turned out to be a dog.

On that note : We have family day in week 5. This is a great opportunity for family & friends to check out what your child has been learning in class.

We also have swimming coming up in week 5. Please check to see if your child has filled out all the appropriate swimming forms. It is compulsory for all students to participate as this is a part of our school P.E & Health curriculum.

Soifa Soifua.


Talofa & Hi,

” Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

The message behind the name Tamatoa is to “Never give up”.

In Tamatoa we have been focused on “We are Kelston” ; learning about the school values – respect, engage & responsibility. 

It is important that our students understand and unpack these words as they are apart of what we do at Kelston.



Talofa Family,

Tamatoa has had a great start to the week. It has been awesome meeting our new Y7s.

In class we have been working on the topic “We are kelston”. Together , student & Teacher, we have been talking about what we value in our school and our class.

Here are some photos ;

This is our Tamatoa Kaupapa – Class room rules created by our students. A finalised copy will be put up on the wall for all our students to see.

Tamatoa learning our school Pepeha.

Please be sure to keep your self informed with our weekly notices that our students bring home. On that note; Fa soifua.


It’s that time of year again, Yay!!! – the start of the school year. Hope you had a great break over the holiday period. School will start this Wednesday at 8:45 am. Year 7’s will meet on the turf and our Y8’s to meet in the hall.

See you then .

WOW!! 2016, has now come to an end. To all our year 8’s in Taamatoa, all the best. Just remember, the essence of Tamatoa – means to “Never, give up”.

To all my year 7’s – your time to shine, next year.

On that note; Merry, Christmas. Have a safe holiday’s & we will see you next year in 2017.

Here are some photo’s of Tamatoa over the year.

Talofa, Malo e lelei, Whaka lofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Namaste, Swasdi.


Firstly, I would like to congratulate all our year 8 boy’s for the fantastic year you have had in Tamatoa. The name Tamatoa in essence, means to “Never give up”.  Without a doubt, I have seen these young men mature in the way they conduct themselves & their attitudes.

On another note, to our Year 7’s, next year is your year to shine.

Tamatoa won the best attendance award this week, “Awesome”


Just a few reminders: Parent interviews are happening next week on the 6th & 7th of December, that is the Tuesday and Wednesday. School will finish at 1 pm on a Tuesday & normal time on Wednesday. A notice has already been sent home to remind parents.

Here are some photo’s of Tamatoa over the year. Fa’soifua.