Sunday, March 15, 2020

Our Mara - Garden

Phew! That wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I wonder what I was thinking, mm…. 

In whare kai this week, we made banana and coconut muffins with passionfruit curd.  It definitely is not easy, but with the recipe at hand it sure did help. With the help of our wonderful volunteers they assisted our group to measure a range of dry ingredients and to prepare the wet ingredients to be finally combined together.  This experience was fantastic. I learnt how to fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. This step is crucial because you don't want to over beat your mixture and let too much air into it, this causes the batter to become rubbery.

By Sam

Finally it's my turn! I've been waiting for this moment since I was a Year 4. 
Today I got to experience whare kai, along with other students. 
It was amazing, because we made some delicious muffins with
a dollop of passionfruit curd. Mr. Jarrit also helped to prepare yummy
mexican corn. Once the corn was cooked, we added  
salt, pepper and coriander, followed by a yummy sauce. 

By Shiloh 

My first experience in mahi mara today was spectacular. 
We were picking beans, using a pair of garden scissors.
I also used a shovel to dig a hole, for our school compost.  

Miss Harrison reminded me to only ask one question,
I really needed to think hard about what that
one question could be.  I had so many wonderings, while
I was in the garden with our volunteers. I thoroughly enjoyed
my time today in the mahi mara.
By Darcy 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Wharekai & Mara with Room 12

Today in our wharekai we made banana and coconut muffins served with passion fruit curd.... delicious! This was the first time our year 5 friends visited the wharekai and they were filled with enthusiasm and excitment.
Our year5 friends put on their aprons, washed their hands, read the recipe and started to work their way through the instructions with all the tasty ingredients.
They cannot wait to go back again!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Pedal Power visits Yendarra

Nau mai haere mai Pedal Power

We welcomed Pedal Power to Yendarra to teach us about the importance of biking safely and learning to cycle for the first time. The coaches were friendly and enjoyed sharing their knowledge of both bikes and cycling with all of us. 

We hope that for all our children who have bikes they will continue to practice the safety that is learnt and for those who have just learnt to ride we hope will be encouraged to continue to ride in the future. 

Learning to ride fast, slow, through obstacles and for long distances was a wonderful experience for all our tamariki. The confidence to ride was so important for all of us and a wonderful end of term outdoor experience for our senior children. 

Tu meke! Awesome! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Maori' Kuki Airani

We have been thinking about different types of text structures when writing.We are happy to share some of our haiku and cinquain poems about the Cook Islands.

Cook Islands
Sparkly, hot
Biking, fishing, sewing
Relaxing with my mum

Written by Leah

Cook Islands
Breezy, sunny
Kayaking, exploring, relaxing
Surfing in the blue water

Written by Melelupe

Cook Islands
Shady, peaceful
Snorkeling, kayaking, resting
Exploring the adventurous environment

Written by Trinity

Cook Islands
Sunny, breezy
Weaving, fishing, relaxing
Surfing on the waves

Written by Evan

Cook Islands

Calm crystal ocean
Waves shimmering and shining
Trees swaying gently

Raw fish with veges
With coconut cream and lime
Tomato sliced up

Singing and dancing
Moving their hips side to side
Ei katus on heads

Written by Ivalani

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Be the BEST we can winners!

Congratulations to the following senior tamariki
who received ‘Be the BEST we Can’ Certificates
for Week 2 and Week 3.
Meitaki ma’ata for bringing
homemade Healthy Kai to school everyday.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Healthy Kai is Healthy colours by Room 13

In room 13 we have been leaning about the importance of eating healthy kai. We started by looking at the different types of sugar. The healthy sugar that come in our fruit and vegetables, called glucose can be added to our everyday food. We then looked at the unhealthy sugar called sucrose, which comes from sugar cane plants. This sugar is best left for “sometimes as a treat” food. This sugar is found in most food that is made in factories by people. We discovered that the glucose sugar in strawberries is much healthier for us than the sucrose sugar that is put in strawberry Jam.

Our next investigation was about the importance of having plenty of water. We learned the word hydration means to have enough water for our body and that dehydration means our body needs more water. Our study also included the importance of having some carbohydrate foods for energy as well as protein for muscle growth and cell repair.

This lead us to discussing the health benefits of different coloured fruit and vegetables. We discovered yellow food group includes orange food and has lots of vitamin C in it. Red helps make our blood healthy and is good for our bone joints. Our greens are very important because they are packed with heaps of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which is good to help digest our food and get rid of all the waste our body does not need.  All the white fruit and vegetables help keep us healthy because they are good at building up our immune system which means they help our body stay healthy.

We interviewed a buddy about what they had in their lunch and then wrote about what was healthy about their lunch. This has encouraged lots of discussions during lunch break as to what is the best food for us to bring to school for lunch. 

“ Apples are healthy because it makes you strong and healthy. Apples are a red colour food. Sometimes they are a green coloured food” – NeeKelly

“I asked Rosemary what she had in her lunch box. What she had for her lunch was a sandwich, a pear and a orange for her lunch. What’s healthy is that the sandwich is healthy for you and the orange is a healthy fruit for your mind. It has natural sugar in it called glucose.  Annabelle
What I know about healthy kai is the fruit is a healthy kai because healthy fruit is good for you. My healthy kai is a big good apple. It is good for your lunch and the good thing is that it has lots of vitamins and healthy natural sugars. The other good thing The other good thing for your lunch is tomato and vegetables”. Katarina

“My buddy said he had an apple and yoghurt for lunch. He also said he had garlic bread. The reason the apple is healthy is because it has glucose inside of it. Garlic bread is not healthy because it has sucrose in it. Yoghurt isn’t really healthy because it has a lot of sugar in it. Sugar is kind of healthy because it has calcium in it which is good for our bones”. Losaline