Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mothers Day

Today we spent some time writing messages to our Mum's. These messages were wrapped around a flower pot. 
For those who are curious about the seedling that your child has given you - it is a  candela flower.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cheese Making

Today Vicky (Lucy and Bens's mum) came to teach us about cheese making. She also showed us the safety gear cheese makers need to wear. 
Over the next few weeks Vicky is going to work with small groups and make mozzarella cheese which we be put  on pizza's for us to eat.
We can't wait! 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fantastic Fun Friday

Today we were fortunate enough to have a number of parents and a grandparent provide us with some wonderful learning experiences.
Thank you to Jan (Lily's nana) for our Music lesson, Nadia (Caitlin's mum) for baking delicious rhubarb muffins, and Heidi (Mia's mum) for making delicious apple juice with apples from our school orchard.
Te Puāwai are so lucky to have the support of these talented people to enrich our learning.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Our Special Visitor at Swimming Time

We had lots of fun in the pool today with our swimming expert.
Today was a goggle-free swim day. We learned heaps about flotation and buoyancy to build our self-confidence. 

Te Puāwai have decided to have a goggle-free day every Monday and Wednesday. This helps to make children comfortable in the water without the aid of goggles. It is important for water safety as in the event of an unexpected fall into the water they might not have goggles on. 

We will continue focusing on floatation and buoyancy activities in our lessons along with having fun. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Chinese New Year

Today we had a lot of fun in Te Puāwai celebrating the Chinese New Year. We discovered that Red and Gold are lucky colours and made laterns, patterned cut outs and had a go at writing Chinese calligraphy using bamboo and ink.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

STIN Interviews Wednesday 30 January 2019


A very warm welcome to Te Puāwai for 2019. 

We are very much looking forward to the year and supporting your child in their learning journey. To those returning to our Hub, we look forward to continuing the journey.

We thought we would put a few notes together to help prepare for the S.T.I.N. interviews next Wednesday 30 January. S.T.I.N. interviews help us to learn about your child’s Strengths, Talents, Interests and Needs.

These interviews are for you and your child to talk to us. We are interested in hearing about anything you can share that could help with their engagement, their interest in learning, things that may impact on your child’s year in Te Puāwai.

Please feel free to make a few notes to bring. You may wish to talk to your child and form notes together.

Some ideas for you.

What are your child’s interests, hobbies, chosen recreational activities at home?

What are your child’s passions, hates, loves?

What annoys them? At home and at school.

What have been the successes in your child’s learning at school?

What have been the challenges for your child’s learning at school?

How hard do they persist at tasks?

How do they react to new ideas?

How do they cope when working/socialising with others?

Have they any fears, home or school?
What activities would your child like to be involved in at school?

What are the best strategies used at home to encourage your child to join in or try something new?

Does your child share school successes/problems or concerns with you?

If there was one thing you could tell me to help your child with their learning in 2019 what would it be?

What else would you like to share? What would your child like us to know about them?

We would encourage you to follow our class blog to keep up to date with what is going on within our Hub. The address is

Subscribe to our school newsletters by using this link.

Thanks so much for your time.

Ngā mihi nui

Jenny and Geraldine