Te Kei o te Waka

Te Kei o te Waka

May Tamati - Teacher

Cake Pops made by Monique and Nadia

Mathius, Ben, Michael offered a Lilsoldiers Personal Trainers Business

Smoothie Fruitie store by Arizona, Hajeerah, Shakyna, Ofa

Vaikona and Siope made Tongan Flavoured Cake

There are only a few weeks to go and still a lot of important things to get through.  Last week we had an awesome Dragon’s Den Enterprise Day with Team Taonga.  We congratulate Arizona, Ofa, Shakyna and Hajeerah who will be going to the Dragon’s Den final presentation.  The Dragons will be the Team Taonga Teachers’.

We have Student Led Conferences this week Tuesday and Wednesday so please make sure you have made an appointment.

Our Year 8 Formal Dinner and Dance is this Thursday and it costs $12.  The theme is black and gold so be creative and wear something amazing.

To finish the week we will be having our We Are Kelston Day on Friday at Parakai and it will cost $7.

Let’s finish our year on a high and be respecful, responsible and engaged and participate in all our end of year events.


Whaea May

Te Kei o Te Waka Boys Relay Team that managed to be in the school relay final. Rudy, Michael, Abil and Loto’amaka.

Te Kei o Te Waka Girls Relay team that managed to be in the school relay final thank you for your effort. Vaikona, Mele, Sharlene and Hajeerah!

Today the Cook Island group had their shared lunch and the students received their participation certificates.  We wish all the Year 8 students all the best as they move to secondary school and we hope to see them on the Polyfest stage in the future.

The 2017 Cook Islands group received their participation certificates and celebrated with a shared kai.

In a typical Cook Island custom everything ends with a shared kai.

Mark Siliko performing the ‘Taualuga’ solo performance.

Kia orana All,

It was a proud moment to watch all students in Te Kei o Te Waka take on leadership roles in the different cultural performances.  In the Samoan group Mark was amazing doing the ‘taualuga’ and Mathius lead the Cook Island group with the ‘turou’.  It was an amazing Kelifest and the energy and enjoyment of the performers in the different cultural groups were on point.

For those students who did not perform but were helpers on the day thank you so much.  A special mention to Loto’a who helped as a stage hand and Nadia who supported the Cook Island Group.

New 2017 Cook Island Costumes with all the colours of the World!

2017 Cook Island Group 2017 with Tutor May Tamati and costume maker Dot Conning.

Mark Siliko and the Samoan Group with a great performance.

Fakalofalahi atu Whanau of Te Kei o Te Waka,

This week has been busy settling into the swing of Term 4.  One of major goals for Term 4 is to really tackle mathematics as this subject does not seem to be a favourite for a few of our students in our class.

Algebra has been our main focus and students have been trying to find the rules for number patterns and sequences.  One of our groups have used skipping ropes to work out problems so that they are more clear on how algebra is used in everyday situations.

We have started our Dragons Den Business Plans in groups and this will be an exciting assignment as all students will aim to make a profit and share their own creative business ideas.

Now that the weather is fine it has been great to start our Athletics training with the first of our lessons concentrating on the 100m and 200m short distances.  Not everyone enjoys running but if you make it fun with short challenges everyone seems to be keen to have a go.

Doing extra homework to help be up to date will also be a priority as this is the last term to really improve.  Our taumata levels will be another aim and we are working hard achieving our next levels.

It is the long weekend so enjoy another day at home with family and also work on own homework tasks.

A special mention to our fabulous students Mya, Monique and Nadia and their parents for helping raise some money for our class ipad repairs thank you all so much.


Whaea May

In the last few weeks of Term 3 the Wakaama Tops was able to have some water time to practise what they learnt in class.  They were all amazing and managed to show the correct paddling technique, timing and team work.

We want to thank the Cook Island Outrigger Canoe Club for letting us use their canoes, paddles, life jackets.  The club is based at Ian Shaw Park, Panama, Mount Wellington.  A special mention to Mereana Hona, Nana Monga and Joel Tamati for their assistance.

Here are some thoughts from our paddlers:

“What I enjoyed about the Wakaama session was that we could work together as a team!  Also it was very fun.” Zayna Rm 3

“I enjoyed paddling with everyone and my favourite part of the water session was steering.” Dashon Rm 4

“What I enjoyed at the Wakaama water session was trying my best to keep in time with everyone else.

We look forward to offering Wakaama TOPS in 2018.

Kia ora Koutou,

Today Jared and Mama Wallace were learning the school pepeha with Whaea May through different games and challenges.

Game 1: Quick pronunciation game with points if with a correct pronunication and a point for effort.  Well done to Jared who won this game!

Game 2: Placing the correct words in the Pepeha and pronouncing the word correctly.  Again Jared won this game too!

At the end of the session both felt a bit more confident to say the Pepeha as Jared is keen to work to getting his first Taumata Tahi.

Kia kaha Jared!

Mrs Wallace and Jared learning the school pepeha through games.


Our school pepeha can be challenging but we can learn it through games.

Transition Day was a day to share with the Primary schools our School Values Respect, Responsibility and Engaged, Whakamanatia, Rangatiratanga, Whakanga.

The year 7 students were fabulous being leaders and showing the primary students all the awesome opportunities here at Kelston Intermediate.

We look forward to seeing them in 2018.

Turou Oro mai, Nau Mai Heare Mai!

Transition Day Literacy Activity Sharing our School Values of Respect, Responsibility and Engaged!

Respect, Responsibility and Engaged cartoon drawings from our neighbouring Primary students on Transition Day

Jasmine Ah-mai and Lakisha Tuitupou the 2017 Reo Kuki Airani Speech winners.

Kia orana Koutou Katoatoa i te aroa maata o tatou Atua,

Last week the Cook Islands speech competitions were held here at our school.  The year 8 winner was Jasmine Ah-mai who presented her speech on “Te Mou maria anga i taku peu Kuki Airani”, Embracing My Cook Island Culture.  The year 6 winner was Lakisha Tuitupou from Papatoetoe West School and her speech topic was “The destruction of our World”.

We would like to thank our judges on the day Ms Abbygail Haurua, Papa William Tutu, Mr Kemo Teariki and a big meitaki atupaka to Mrs Teariki and Mrs Laing for there support.

Kia maroiroi i te autara i te reo Kuki Airani!

Meitaki atupaka,

Tamati Vaine

Te Reo Kuki Airani contestants and Judges 2017

Lakisha Tupou Year 6 Winner from Papatoetoe West Primary school and our Judge Ms Abbygail Haurua.

Jasmine Ah-mai the Year 8 winner and Judge Papa William Tutu.

Kia ora koutou Nga Whanau o Te Kei O Te Waka,

Last week our kaiako for Te Reo Maori were Mathius, Shakyna, Ardrianna, Mark and Arizona.

We learnt some basic greetings, Ahua – Shapes, Panga Tuhituhi – stationery and Fruits – Hua.

The challenge is to speak Te Reo Maori in our every day lives and not only for one week but consistently throughout the year.

Nga Mihi ki nga kaiako o te reo!

Mathius teaching the Maori fruit words – Hua

Ardrianna teaching Panga Tuhituhi

Shakyna teaching Ahua – Shapes

Te akonei a nga tamariki o Te Kei o Te Waka Te Inoi a Te Atua


Great skills Mrs Warren

Team Taonga teachers learnt the skill of screen printing with Whaea May and all managed to also create their own personal cultural design that can be developed into a screen in the future.  The ‘VAIONA’ family screen from Whaea May’s whanau was used to screen print ‘pareu or lavalava’ for the teachers.  Everyone worked together as a group and there was a lot of laughter and enjoyment!  This is how the women in the Cook Islands work together in the ‘Vaine-tini’, ladies groups to make things happen in the village, church and prepare for weddings and birthdays.

Learning from each other has been so valuable.

Tu meke Vaine-Tini Team Taonga!

Team Taonga is Team Awesome – Tumeke Vaini-Tini Taonga!

Whaea Terina and her creation!



Miss Tuilepa loving the colours of green and blue!

Working in a group makes it enjoyable and fun!

Learning as a family well done Mrs Teariki and her tamariki!

Miss Taylor you are so creative!

Proud to wear their traditional Tongan wear for mufti. You were amazing this week – Vaikona, Siope and Mele.

Tongan Language Week

This week we have been teaching some Tongan phrases, songs and dance movements to the students here at Kelston.  Our small group of tutors include Vaikona, Mele and Siope and the students in Te Kei o Te waka have been enjoying learning our Tongan culture and language.  Tonga is our our homeland where we have learnt our beautiful language and traditions.

The 2017 theme is “Fakakoloa Aotearoa aki ae nofo ae famili. Enriching Aotearoa with our family values.”


‘Malo e lelei- Hello!

Fefe hake- How are you?

Sai pe malo- I am fine thank you.

Ko hai ho’o hingoa- What’s your name?

Ko hoku hingoa ko- “My name is ………

Ofa- Love

Tohi tapu- Bible


Thanks by: Vaikona Finau, Melefale Houma, Siope Vake

Siope, Mele and Vaikona organised sharing some of their favourite Tongan dishes with Te Kei o Te Waka for Tongan Language Week.

Taro a favourite of the Tongan dishes.

Making morning interval time a time to share our Tongan Language.

Taking lessons outside the classroom to students having their lunch. Lets eat and learn at the same time!

Kia orana Koutou Katoatoa Te Kei O Te Waka Whanau,

With a week of speeches the learning we have done from each other has been amazing. The topics were varied and not only interesting but also valuable for all to learn from.  We congratulate Michael Davies and Mathius Winitana-Lole for representing our class in the Team Taonga Speech Competition.  The audience were engaged and enjoyed both speech topics of Racism and Life Struggles.  The school speech competition will be on Friday and Mathius has also been chosen to represent Team Taonga.

Mark Siliko sharing his speech!

Brooklyn being part of the Open Rugby League team for 2017!

Mathius Winitana-Lole playing his favourite game of Rugby League and helping the Open team come second place in the Western Zone competition.


2017 Open Rugby League Team with coaches Matua Sean and Matua Tyler! Awesome effort coming in 2nd Placing!

Yesterday was a great day for the sport of Rugby League and it was amazing to watch the Under 55kg team win their division.  The Open team came second with Mathius putting his whole heart into the final game.  The total amount of tries he managed to get on the day was ten.  A fantastic team effort and congratulations to Matua Sean the team coach as well as the inclusion of Brooklyn who enjoyed being part of the team.

Now that our speeches are completed we are now working towards completing our living world investigations that are due in week 8.

This weeks proverb:”He waka eke noa”, “A canoe which we are all in with no exception”

Kia kaha, Kia Toa

Whaea May


Hola Te Kei o Te Waka Whanau,

Last week was a great eye opener to see the ability of our Mathex teams who will be representing our schools this week.  Well done to Mark Siliko who is part of Year 8 School Mathex team and who managed to receive three of the daily maths prizes in the daily notices competition.  Ardrianna Webster particpated well in the school Mathex competition and she enjoyed working cooperatively with the other Team Taonga Year 8 team members.

We have continued to work on our prepared speeches and these will be ready to present next week with an emphasis on being confident and leaving a positive message with the audience to think about.  Michael Davis has volunteered to be the first to present his speech and his topic of interest is RACISM!  All speeches are to be between 2.30 – 3 minutes long and practised so that the speech is learnt off by heart with cue cards to support.

Inquiry assignments will be due closer to the end of Week 9 and students have chosen a plant species or animal species to focus their inquiry on.  Ofa Tangipa has found the National Library Topic Explorer system on the Library computer very useful for her inquiry research.

Encouragement to all students to continue to ATTEND SCHOOL EVERYDAY and ARRIVE TO SCHOOL EARLY!

Our proverb for this week is TAMA TU TAMA ORA, TAMA NOHO TAMA MATE.  This proverb encourages us all to be physcially healthy and be active and not to sit around and be lazy or we will get sick.  At lunchtime students have been playing basketball, volleyball as well as attending Netball and Rugby League Training.

This week we have a formal assembly all the best to those students aiming to receive their next taumata level.

Kia Kaha! Kia Maroiroi!

Whaea May


Abil being active during the lunchtime basketball seesions!

Arizona and Jared hanging out at lunchtime watching the basketball sessions.

Mark Siliko representing the Year 8 school Mathex
Team and good luck for the Auckland schools competition this Thursday!

Ardrianna representing Team Taonga Year 8 Mathex team in the school competition.

Michael Davies sharing one of his favourite Nelson Mandela quotes.

Ofa Tangipa utilising the National Library Topics Tools computer programme available in the school library.

Ofa Tangipa doing a great job as a school Peer Mediator.

David Fusitu’a from the Warriors helping our Rugby League Open Boys team with training.

Wakaama Boys learning the correct paddling technique!

Wakaama Girls enjoying learning how to paddle before hitting the water.

Te Kei o Te Waka winning a special prize for the best class who supported the Tongan Group..

Rugby League girls enjoying their training with new Coach Hanu!

Kia ora Koutou,

It has been a busy week with speeches to be written, inquiry on the living world and our chosen plant or animal to be investigated, fractions and percentages in mathematics, puberty lessons and also the extra curricular activities around our school.

When you’re engaged and participating in what our school has to offer you love being here.  The TOPS programme is in to it’s third week and for the Wakaama – Oe Vaka TOPS learning the basics of the paddling first and the safety procedures before even going near the water.

Homework in Te Kei o Te Waka has been encouraged and students like Siope Vake has been consistent in emailing his written work to Mrs Tamati for clarity and support.

Finding inspirational quotes to include in our speeches have been a positive experience with some of the students sharing their favourites with the class.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World!”

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up!”

“Don’t count the days.  Make the days count!”

Last week Te Kei O Te Waka was learning to understand that “The more you give the more you receive!”.  Each student managed to help support Tongan Group fundraiser and we received a bowl of goodies for that.

Top students so far Term 3 – Week 1 Halamalu, Week 2 Monique and for Week 3 was Mya.  Well done to these students who are engaged and working towards their next Taumata level.

If your child has a device they would like to bring to school we have a BYOD policy here at school.  This will help them with their learning and student profiles.

There are a few more parents who have not yet had their Student Led Conference please call 0211376760 to make an appointment.

Meitaki atupaka,

Mrs May Tamati



Kia orana Turou Oro Mai,

Last week we had a great Reo Kuki Airani week with Team Taonga, and our students in Te Kei o Te Waka stepped up to lead the different workshops.  Mathius, Ben and Afa taught the Cook Islands Drumming ‘Rutu Pau’ and Halamalu helped with teaching the ‘Ura’ Cook Islands Dance.  The most important aspect of the day was to experience learning the language of the Cook Islands and Arizona and Shakyna taught the students the Cook Island alphabet and Nadia and Monique taught the Cook Island National Anthem.  To end the day we had a Mr and Miss Cook Islands pageant competition and we thank Michael and Monique for taking on the challenge to represent Te Kei o Te Waka.  Like all things Cook Islands we finished off with a big kaikai or kaimanga with a shared lunch with all of the Team Taonga classes and teachers.

The beginning of week three has been busy with the beginning of our Puberty Talks and preparing our speeches that will be delivered near towards week 6.  Looking back at the work the students have done over the year the students reflected on how they could improve their online student profiles.  Students are asked to try and aim for their academic goals and achieve a higher level in all their subjects.  This weeks words so far to help with good work habits has been ‘Lets be organised!’ and ‘Lets be committed!’.

There are still parents who are contacting Mrs Tamati for their child’s student led conferences and that is fine.  Please call 0211376760 for an after school appointment.

Kia kaha, kia maroiroi,

Whanau Te Kei o Te Waka

Mathius, Afa and Ben teaching the Cook Islands Drumming to Team Taonga tamariki during the Te Reo Kuki Airani week.

Arizona and Shakyna teaching the Cook Islands alphabet to Team Taonga.

Halamalu teaching Cook Islands Dance – ‘Ura or Koni’

Nadia and Monique teaching the Cook Islands Anthem.

Ofa learning how to tie a pareu with Seian and Raina as the tutors.

Monique was amazing representing Te Kei o Te Waka in the Kerehana Mr and Miss Cook Islands pageant 2017.

Michael Davies was our Te Kei o Te Waka Warrior in the Mr and Miss Cook Islands pageant.

Kia orana Koutou i teia epetoma ou,

Welcome all to a new week and a new term.  This weeks focus are our Student Led Conferences held Tuesday 1st August and Wednesday 2nd August.  If you still have not made an appointment please drop an email to mayt@kelstonint.school.nz or text May Tamati on 0211376760.

This terms focus for inquiry is the ‘Living World’. The Mathematics topic is Fractions, Decimals, Percentages as well as Statistics and Probability.  Students will be showing their Oral Language skills by presenting a Persuasive Speech later in the term in preparation to the School Speech Competitions.  We will also be having our Health Puberty lessons this term.

Last week we farewelled Mrs Newby and Te Kei o Te Waka had a shared lunch for her as she is one of the favourite teachers here at Kelston Intermediate who has taught here for 16 years.  Speeches from Monique, Mya, Nadia were presented to Mrs Newby and also Matua Sefa thanked her for being a fabulous teacher when he was at Kelston.

Please continue to encourage your child to come to school and aim to arrive early on time at 8.40am.

Looking forward to seeing you all here for the Student Led Conferences.

Meitaki atupaka,

May Tamati


Mathius Winitana-Lole is presenting his Inquiry Presentation.

Hola Whanau o Te Kei o Te Waka,

This week we are sharing our Inquiry Presentations using the microsoft classroom tool SWAY.  Today was the first of the presentations with our Deputy Head Boy Mathius Winitana-Lole taking on the challenge to be the first to present.  Our focus for this term was to look at the Causes and Effects of Disasters and the impact of these on our lives.

We have made a great effort with learning the Mandarin Language and our class managed to win the best class for last week.  Today we learnt how to say numbers from 0-99.  Our Mandarin teacher Miss Wong is learning other languages and she has managed to translate one of the Cook Island readers ‘Toku Mama’ into the Mandarin language.

Our challenge to achieve our Academic Goals continue as the students progress and aim to complete set tasks by next week.

Hei konei ra,

May Tamati


Year 8 boys Kerehana Toa Netball Team doing their cheers at the West Auckland Netball Tournament

Te Kei o Te Waka girls receiving their Duffy books and we thank Warehouse Stationery St Lukes for their sponsorship of these books.

(Te Pou Herenga Waka were the winners of last weeks Mix Netball game and Nga Hau e Wha won the chant!)

Kia ora Whanau o Te Kei O Te Waka this week has been a busy week with a focus on working towards our Academic Goals for Term 2.

Last week Wednesday we had the pleasure of having our Principal Matua Phil Gordon visit our classroom for observations and see what we do and how we learn in our class.  Some students shared their portfolios and sway creations and others shared some of their book work.

This Tuesday our class helped to plant some trees at Archibald reserve and that was a valuable experience for both our students and teachers as we worked along side the St Leonards Primary school to plant six hundred trees.

There is a buzz at the moment with both boys and girls playing netball at this school and some students in Te Kei o Te Waka represented our school at this weeks West Auckland Championships.  Well done to Shakyna who played in the Year 7 girls team and was also the captain.  Aryan played well on the day in the Year 7 boys team playing in the positions of WA and GD.  In the Year 8 boys team was Mark at the WD and GK positions and Afa at the GS and WA positions.

On Fridays we continue to organise the school netball competition and the winners for last weeks games was Te Pou Herenga Waka.  The chant was won by Nga Hau e Wha and we look forward this weeks game.

Our Onenote folders have been updated and parents can view with this with your child at home as they continue to add evidence to their portfolio folders and class notes.

Our Team Taonga teachers were learning how to bake an apple pie with our new Food Technology teacher Whaea Raitu.  It was a fantastic challenge and like the students we had to write the method ourselves, listen to instructions and measure ingredients accurately.  What a great experience that was and afterwards the applie pie and ice cream tasted delicious!

Thank you to the parents who make sure that your child is at school everyday it is so important that your child attends school on a regular basis for their learning.

Just a friendly reminder that we start school at 8.40am so students please make an effort to be on time for the first bell.

Kia maroimaroi, Kia kaha te Whanau o Te Kei O Te Waka.

Nga Mihi,

Mrs May Tamati



Afa and his 3Dimensional Identity Cube

Jared and our new class mascot TK Emoji

Siope and his Identity Cube

Hajeerah and Monique during a Buddy Reading session on the Reading Couch.

Nerisa and Mele during Buddy Reading time.

Nga Kahurangi and Mauria Te Pono first game for Kelston Mix Netball Competition 2017

Sharing our Cultural knowledge with each other. Here Siope is sharing his Tongan knowledge with Rizita.

Hola and welcome to our news from Te Kei o Te Waka class.  We have had a full on week inside and outside of the classroom.  Our class leaders have been organising a Mix Netball competition run on Fridays and well done to Nga Kahurangi who won their game against Mauria te Pono.  But the winning was not the important aspect of the game but more the participation and also the opportunity to build Team Spirit.

Te Kei o Te Waka leaders have learnt that organising an event is quite challenging but worthwhile.  There are emails that need to be sent out to communicate with teachers and class councillors, a draw to be set up and ready to be changed if necessary, minutes of meetings to be written and viewed upon from previous discussions, organising the equipment for the game and most importantly making sure that all players and teams know when they going to play as well as know the rules and expectations and be ready with a Class Chant.  For all this to happen the students had to call on their Mathematics, Literacy, Communication, Physical Education, Inquiry skills to organise the event.

In Geometry we are continuing on with constructing 3 Dimenstional shapes as well as as using the cubes as Identity Cubes to place our own cultural messages and cultural designs on them.  Other students have used their 3D cubes as SOCIAL, CULTURAL, and ACADEMIC goals to show evidence to help achieve their next Taumata Level.  A few have placed some of the JADE SPEAKS vocabulary on the their 3D cubes and also included reminder phrases that they have learnt in the sessions taught.

Kiwican has a major positive influence for our class Te Kei o Te Waka as the learning and activities help support what is covered in class and part of the school values.  Learning to be “…Responsible for our learning and staying motivated.” was the WALT for last week.  We thank Matua Sefa and Ms Amelia for their knowledge as the Kiwican teachers.  Being responsible and motiviated is one of the major skills the students have been working on as they have to been given the opportunity to utilise a 10 minute time slot daily where they can work on a task of their choice to help with their ACADEMIC goal.

The Buddy tutoring programme is going well and students are cooperating well to help each other read.  There are a lot of alternative places they can sit in the classroom that are comfortable and at different levels with the use of cushions, the reading and thinking couch, by the back door step, under tables, on a tall stool or just being at a desk.

This week we celebrated the birthday of Vaikona on Monday and Jared on Tuesday.

We have a new mascot in our class and it is called TK Emoji who will attend all our netball games and also it will be looked after by Jared and the rest of the class.

A reminder to parents if you would like to see the progress of your child or just to have a chat you are most welcome to come in on Tuesday’s from 12pm through to 3pm to speak with Mrs Tamati or alternatively drop a text to the below number.

Hei konei ra,

May Tamati


Afa is finding some words that start with th to help Jared with his reading.

Matua Sean is helping Jared with his Social, Academic and Cultural Goals.

Shakyna is helping Jared with his reading.

Greetings All,

Thank goodness for the Queens Birthday weekend where we can have a rest with our families and be ready for Week 6 of Term 2.  Today the students were challenged and concentrated on answering the following question but with true and deep thought on their own successes so far this year.  WHAT HAVE I ACHIEVED SO FAR THIS YEAR FOCUSING ON OUR SOCIAL, ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL GOALS?

Some examples of the students responses are shared this week with the clear understanding that some students are stepping up and achieving their different goals to help get their next Taumata Level as well as their learning and WHERE TO NEXT GOALS!

As part of Whaea May’s inquiry for this year to help support students to be responsible for their own learning a few changes have been made in the daily programme to help support this kaupapa and concept.  The students have been given the opportunity in the first 10 minutes of the day to choose an activity that they would like to do to help with their learning.  This is a work in progress and students have started to make changes to improve good work habits for academic success.

Being a whanau Te Kei o Te Waka rely on supporting each other with our learning.  Buddy Reading Tutors have started today to help with our ‘Priority Learners’.  This not only helps the students who need support but also the Tutor Buddy who is aiming to be responsible as part of their next Taumata.

Congratulations to Aryan Chand and Raina Singh who have started their Taumata Journey-Malaga and received their Taumata Tahi last week.  If anyone sees Aryan around the school ask him to say his Pepeha he is amazing and confident.

Focus this week is to LISTEN carefully so that we can be more SUCCESSFUL to achieve our goals.  The importance of REFLECTION on our daily acheivements.

Our leaders have been organising a school Mix Netball Competition and we hope that it will start this week depending on the weather.

Meitaki atupaka,

May Tamati




Afa one of our faiaoga – tutors for Samoan Language week reading a Samoan Reader to a small group of friends.

Nerisa also reading a Samoan reader to a group of friends.

We welcome Sharlene Haskell to Te Kei o Te Waka!

Talofa lava fanau this week in Te Kei o Te Waka we are celebrating Samoan Language week and this year’s theme is “Ma’au i lou ofaga.  Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga.” “Keep your Identity alive to thrive!”  We are very fortunate to have some students who are fluent in the Samoan Language and they have been our Faiaoga-Teachers of the language.  Thank you to Afa, Arizona, Mathius, Nerisa and Mark for your knowledge of the language.  Activities such as learning basic greetings and sentences to have a conversion and also reading a Samoan story to a small group.

We have a new student in our class this week and we welcome Sharlene Bourne to our whanau room of Te Kei o Te Waka.

A creative writing challenge is due in this Thursday 2nd June and some students have taken on board the challenge to write an imaginary story as part of a competition being organised by Mrs Teariki.

Tomorrow the Rugby Teams will be competing at the West Auckland Tournament and representing our class will be Nerisa.

Tofa suifua,

May Tamati


Kia ora koutou this week has started on a high with our class achieving two school awards one for the Best Attendance and the other the Cleanest Class Award.  These two awards are very important to our school values as they both reflect Respect, Responsibility and Engagement in our daily school life.

We welcome a new student to our class Jarred and he has already started to feel happy and comfortable in our class.

For maths the Oe’ group have been using cubes to help with multiplication and division.

Our PE classes have been a good challenge learning the basic skills of Netball and Basketball and the throwing and catching techniques have improved over the past week.

Our new Term Two goals are on the way as the students aim for their next Taumata level.  The year 8 students have started to organise a school Mix Netball Competition which will be held on Friday lunch time and our class councillors and leaders will be organising this.

Slowly but surely our work is being added onto the Onenote programme and students are helping others in class to work collaboratively to put all their Profiles and students work in the Te Kei o Te Waka class notebook.

A reminder if there are any parents who would like at any time want to discuss your childs progress and achievements please call May Tamati on the below number.

Ka Kite,

May Tamati



We have started our week with the Jade Speaks Up programme as part of our health studies and keeping ourselves safe.  In brief the programme is a chance for all to look at the choices we make about how we act in a more peaceful way and how we can keep ourselves safe.  A permission slip has been given to your child if you do not wish for them to participate in the reseach project questionnaire towards the end of the programme.

Here are some of the poems the students have written so far about the Jade Speaks Up:

P resentation is always excellent and on point

E nvironment making the Physical World a better place

A ttitude is positive

C aring for others and making good choices

E ndurance to overcome a tough time (by Mathius Lole)


P ain will go away and make you have peace and quiet

E motions can get over you so let it go under

A ccept life when it  gives you lemons

C ome to the nearest community to find help

E ven though you seem you’re alone but you’re not (Monique Favier)


T hink about what you say before you say it

R un as fast as you can when someone approaches you

U se your self defence actions to fight back

S trength can help you verbally and physically

T rust the people around you (Nadia Marwan)


T elling someone secretly you trust them

R ing or call someone nearby if you are in trouble

U se your self defence

S afely walk back home

T ry and avoid talking to strangers (Mark Siliko)


S tay strong and run for help

A ask for help

F ind people that you trust

E vacuate from danger (Melefale  Houma)

Kia ora Koutou,

Term 2 has kicked started with the new topics of study with the different curriculum areas underway.  Topics of study include Geometry, Multiplication and Division, The World Around Us, Keeping Safe, Music Arts, Explanation Writing, Reciprocal Reading, Natural Disasters and all linked with the students Inquiry questions and research.

As a beginning of a new term expectations to improve levels in all areas is a key focus as well as excellent work habits and having high level of completed set assignments and tasks.  For this to be achieved students have set their new goals for Term 2 and are planning their pathway to achieve them.

We are placing our Profiles online on Onenote and this will be an ongoing process before the midyear Student Led Conferences.

Just a reminder if parents would like to discuss the progress of their child please call the school or drop a text to the below number.

Ka kite,

May Tamati


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





Talofa All Whanau,

A big thank you to those parents who managed to come to the PLP sessions for your child.

The academic, social and cultural goals were discussed and with a closer look at where you can help with your child at home.

If you still have not managed to come to school for the PLP sessions please drop a text or call May Tamati on 0211376760.  Times during the day can be organised as well if this is more convenient for you especially on Tuesday’s from 12pm through to 1pm where the teacher is free to discuss your childs future learning needs.

Homework for maths is on your child’s Onenote access and there are measurement maths challenges that can be completed in their own time at home.

For inquiry students have been working on their Culture Inquiry question and the Polyfest presentation.  Here you can see that our students enjoyed the Polyfest trip and it was a worthwhile day with an amazing time watching a diverse range of cultures.

If you are wanting to purchase a class photo the forms have been given out or you can alternatively pay for one oneline.

Happy Birthday to Siope who turned 11 last week and thanks to his mother for bringing in a cake for his special day.



Whaea May Tamati



Polyfest 2017 will be buzzing with excitement and pride as student from 62 schools participate in this years festival.  Te Kei o Te Waka have been preparing their inquiry for the Polyfest trip as they work in small groups to interview people, critic different performances, view and appreciate the diverse range of cultures at the festival.  The final task is to put together a short documentary to share with others at school.

The Mandarin classes have been fun and engaging and students have enjoyed learning another language.

As part of an important process of learning assessments have been completed in time for next weeks Personal Learning Plan sessions.  Just a reminder please fill out the permission slip to for next week Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.

Ka Kite,

May Tamati


This week’s post has been written by our class councillor Arizona Johnson hope you enjoy what she has to share with you all.

“Last week Friday 3rd March we had Whanau Day. Whanau Day is a very special day because that is the day where all our whanau can come to school so we show them all the work we have been learning in class. We also had the first Taumata presentations for this year and this is where we show our achievements by receiving a Taumata band for using our three school values that are Respect, Responsibility and Engagement.  At the school assembly we had the prefects and class councilors receive their badges.  We thank all the parents and whanau who brought food to share with all of Team Taonga and spend the day with us.”

Written by Arizona Johnson.

See our pictures of our Te Kei o Te Waka Whanau and our Year 7 students using the school devices to sit their assessment tests this week.




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

Kia ora, Kia orana, Talofa, Malolelei, Fakalofalahiatu, Bulavinaka and Greetings to all family and friends of Te Kei o Te Waka.

This week has been a busy and productive week in class and with all the school events that include the swimming lessons, Team Taonga fundraising day and preparation for Whanau day.

Congratulations on our fundraising event yesterday for Team Taonga the $5 mufti, sausage sizzle and ice cream sandwich was a success and now we have some finances for our Team Taonga trip for this term and we will let you know of that special trip later in the term.

The students have been getting ready for whanau day to have work and presentations to share with you all.  We hope that someone from the family maybe able to attend whanau day tomorrow.

Our students have been working on gaining confidence and speaking in front of an audience and congratulations to all those students who had the courage to share their work with the rest of Team Taonga.  A big ka pai to Aryan and Lingue who managed to say their pepeha in from of Team Taonga.

A reminder we are online and students can access their Office 365 with their login and at the moment there are files on Onenote that can help your child with their Taumata pathway and achieving their Goals for 2017.  Our Taumata wall display has been completed and we thank Mele our new student to the class and also Hajeerah who spent time yesterday during the lunch time to screen print the design for the Taumata wall.

The poems we have been writing on Respect and Responsibility have been a success and students have made an effort to try and remember the values of the school in their every day lives.  Some days have been better than others for some students and it is a goal for the class to improve everyday.

On Tuesday was the Tag tournament and Whaea May was the coach for the girls team who won two games and unfortunately lost one game.  Shakyna played well for the girls team and was a key player for the team as well as Mathius and Micheal who played for the boys team and their team played well also.

Next week will be a full on academic week again with the students having their OTJ (Overall Teacher Judgement) assessments for the different curriculum areas.  Here we will see what achievements have been made and what achievements that need to be improved and where the teacher can support your child with their individual learning needs.

We hope to see you all tomorrow to share our school work and also kai on Whanau Day.

Turou, Aere Mai.


Whaea May Tamati