Wednesday, November 18, 2020

White Water Rafting!


Thank you to Find Your Field Of Dreams for making dreams come true for a group of student rangatira in our school. Today was an opportunity to learn how to be safe around moving water, currents and rapids along with experiencing white water rafting. For all of our tamariki it was their first time so there has been much excitement today. To the instructors and staff at Wero in Manukau we thank you also for being passionate instructors making the experience a lot of fun for our tamariki. We are very grateful and know that our tamariki and their whanau are feeling blessed by the generosity of another. Kia pai taea tatou tamariki - Always be the BEST you can!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Bike ready visited Room 14

 ‘Bike ready’

WOW! How fortunate are we? Bike ready is a program that teaches tamariki how to ride bikes safely. 

We have three amazing instructors Karin, Aidan and Zac.  They have come to share their matauranga (knowledge) with us. 

What an amazing experience. 

“You need to do a helmet check, you check to ensure that it has no cracks, that it is a certified helmet or that it has a barcode, that the straps are even, the dial is adjustable.” By Tayla

 You also do the 2,4,1 check.

2 - two fingers above your forehead and under your helmet. 

4 - two fingers under your ears in a ‘v’ shape

1 - one finger, between the strap and under your chin.  

“Before we even get on the bikes, we need to do a bike check.  This check is known as the ‘M’check.  You start at the front of the bike, checking the front spokes, tyre pressure, front brakes, handlebars, adjust the seat to the height of your hip, making sure it is inline with the frame.  You check that the pedals rotate the chain, making sure the chain is not rusty, then you do the same for the back.  Tyre pressure, spokes and the trid.  It is your responsibility to ensure the bike is safe to ride.   By Miana

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Germ creators in Room 4

 My name is Microbe Jack. I can make you miserably sick. My powers are teleporting. My friends are Isaac the Pencil Chewer and Lisa the Nose Picker. What I really like is when germs spread quickly and what I detest is when people wash their hands with soap and warm water. 


By Malachi Nikolao

Hi! My name is  Squirmy Germy. I am tiny and invisible. I can sneak up quietly on you and I can make you terribly sick. I can spread viruses everywhere around this humongous world. You cannot see me because I am invisible. When you wash your hands with soap and water I will not be there. I have disappeared quickly.

By Ana Latuhoi   

Hi! My name is Firey Virus. I’m a terrible mysterious germ. I destroy everything with my powerful abilities. I am everywhere! I am invisible. I make people sick. I love my other virus friends. I am so tiny you can’t see me. I’m ugly and my friends are people who pick their nose, touch their mouth and don’t cover their mouth when they cough. I multiply in a flash! I don’t like people who wash their hands everyday because they shoo me away. NOOOOOOO! I’ve been destroyed!

By Ana Tauelangi.

My name is Virus Victor. I’m as mean as a dinosaur can ever be. My powers are multiplying and being invisible. You can’t see me, invisibility is my main key. Here are my friends Booger Eating Bob, Pencil Chewer Tina and Sneezing Suzie. When Suzie sneezes and doesn’t cover her mouth, I am happy as a crazy hyena. Do you know why I get so excited with glee? I spread everywhere and multiply happily. I will tell you what I don’t like are people who wash their hands and cover their mouth when coughing. I will no longer  be there because Virus Victor will be destroyed into smithereens. BOOM! BOOM!

By Azaleah Nukanuka-Puleheloto.

My name is Bad Racey Germ. I am invisible and disgusting. I zoom around the city. I am menacing and terrible. Watch out!

By Tu’akifa Fatai.

My name is Master Germ. I can teleport around the room. I am ugly and I can zoom everywhere and make people horribly sick. Here I come!

By Felix Tuaato.

My name is Germy. I am invisible. I am disgusting and I dash around the world infecting everyone.

By Neivi Finau

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mahi māra Term 2 2020

Term 2 started with the whole of the country in lockdown due to the Covid 19
The school holidays had been brought forward and all of the planning and mahi
for that time had to be put on hold….. Although the country stopped
(with the exception of the amazing essential workers)
PLANTS/GARDENS DON’T STOP GROWING!  A bonus, we were lucky
to have had the beautiful weather that we did during this time.
Just before the restrictions were lifted, we were able to get back into the mara. 
The unwanted plants (weeds) had started to take over.  There were still kumara
and pumpkin to harvest and the seeds that were sown during the lockdown for our
winter crops, had grown into beautiful seedlings and needed to be planted out. 
It was a busy time with weeding, harvesting, planting and deciding the best way
to deal with our old plant material.

Broccoli, spinach and beetroot seedlings.
From seeds sown during the lockdown.  
When the tamariki came back to Yendarra, our sessions in the mara were organised
a bit different.  They adapted so well to it.  Our focus for the term was how we could
use this older plant material and that was by making compost and some of
the different composting methods available to us….
We talked about what can be used to make a good compost. 
You need ‘browns’…. small sticks, dead leaves, shredded paper and cardboard
and ‘greens’ …. fruit and vegetable scraps and chopped up plant material, to name
a few, plus temperature, moisture and time.  
Methods for making the compost include, trenching, where you dig a hole,
place the material in it and cover it back up with the soil.  It’s a quick and easy
way of composting and one of the only ways of getting rid of meat scraps
and dairy products.  
The boys digging a hole/tenching
Material is put in the hole and covered over 

Our compost bins have been well used since the mara and wharekai were
developed, and the recent addition of another two has enabled us to
make so much more needed compost.  Material – browns and greens are
piled up and over time compost is created…

…and directly on top of the garden bed.  Although it puts an area out of action for a
little while, and can look a bit messy, there will be beautiful compost made directly on
the bed and ready for planting in the spring/early summer.  The finished crops from
the previous summer … corn, kumara, tomatoes and the various pumpkins and
squash have been chopped up small, and the fallen leaves that have dropped
throughout the school grounds and picked up by Ms Baker and Ms Filipo have been
added to the bed. 
As well as some cardboard and horse manure...… Watch this space.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Healthy homemade kai in Room 10

Room 10 have some wonderful homemade lunches and we thank your beautiful parents for the aroha they show us and you by taking a genuine interest in the kai you eat so you remain fit and strong and live a healthy life. Your parents are super stars and we are very proud of you and them! 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Room 10 Highlights of Term 1

Learning about gardening and contributing mahi to our Yendarra mara

Trench composting is a way to compost easily our kitchen and garden waste.
We used spades to dig a big hole in the garden.
Next we filled the hole with fruit and vegetable waste and covered this with a layer
of dirt. Overtime the waste will break down and give nutrients to the soil for new plants to grow strong and healthy.

Harvesting fruit and vegetables is one of our favourite things to do in the mara. We learn the best times when to harvest different kai like tomatoes, beans and corn. Eating the fresh produce we have grown makes us not only healthy, also happy that we have helped to grow all this delicious food. Yum!