Monday, June 7, 2021

Samoan language week 2021 celebration

 Talofa lava tamaiti, today you all looked amazing! 

So colourful and vibrant ending our celebration week on a positive.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Certificate Champions

 Congratulations Certificate Champions 

for Term 2 2021 

We are all so proud of your achievements and ability to live our vision to 'Kia pai taea tatou - be the BEST you can'

You have been selected for success in learning, healthy kai & wai and for being the best ambassodor for our school. 

Keep it up!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

In our Malaetaalo (playground) today

 Celebrating whanaungatanga & manaakitanga in our playground today with some special flavoured Samoan themes in keeping with Samoan language week

With so much on in our playground it is always a joy to see the big SMILES and activity the children are getting themselves involved in to improve their wellbeing. 

Creating a lei in our library 

Constructing with LEGO a fale, ta'avale & vaalele

Alot of critical thinking and reading whilst also trying to be active learning how to play netipolo (netball).

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Wharekai & Mara

 We are so happy to be back in our wharekai & mara planting, harvesting, preparing and eating healthy kai. Lucky Yendarra to be supported by so many wonderful volunteers especially Mrs Powell who offers both her time and expertise for our benefit. 

The learning we have gained will support us through our life time and we hope to teach the skills we have learnt in our kitchen and garden to others we meet especially our families.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Yendarra goes Rock climbing & bush survival in Birkenhead


Our rangatira have gone rock climbing & bush survival in Birkenhead for being models of our vision to Kia pai taea tatou - Be the best they can in learning, attitude and behaviour this term.

We were thrilled to learn new technical vocabulary, experience the great outdoors, be physically challenged and demonstrate the value of whanaungatanga by working as a team.

The experience was one we know our rangatira will remember for a lifetime and we are so grateful to the team at the Birkenhead leisure centre for both sharing their manaakitanga (hospitality) & matauranga (knowledge) with us. As we were engaged, excited and exhausted from the exciting excursion.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Welcome back to Wharekai 2021



Welcome Back to Wharekai 2021.

Let’s give a huge Yendarra welcome back to our amazing volunteers  Mrs Powell and Mrs Mercer. We hope you both had a safe and wonderful summer holiday.   Today, we had the pleasure of having Mrs Powell and Mrs Mercer teach the Year 5 and 6 students the importance of having safe knife skills and how to be safe in the Wharekai this year.

Students learnt how to hold and use a chef’s knife safely and correctly. They demonstrated two types of knife skills first, ‘cross-chop’ then, ‘tap-chop.’ Tamariki understand that if you practice your knife skills you will get faster at cutting food more efficiently and safely. 

Matthew (Room 13) receiving the chef’s knife from Mrs Mercer. Do you notice how Mrs Mercer is holding the knife? That’s right! She’s holding it from the blunt side when passing the knife safely to Matthew.

Imelda and DJ (Room 16) using their cross-chop technique to chop up otaota (rosemary). Meitaki Imelda. DJ remember to open your hand and keep your fingers straight!

Milly (Room 14) slicing otaota (rosemary) by using her ‘cross-chop’ technique. Notice how Milly has created a cross with her chef’s knife and her left hand over the top. Ka pai!

Riche and Maranatha (Room 16) chopping apples and silverbeet by using their ‘tap-chop’ technique. Remember to tuck your fingers in when slicing a piece of fruit or vegetable. ‘Tap-chop’ requires more focus and concentration.

Leighton (Room 14). Today was Leighton’s first time to chop rosemary, apple and taro leaves. KA RAWE!

Once again, nga mihi, fa’afetai lava and malo aupito Mrs Powell and Mrs Mercer for a marvellous knife skills safety lesson today. We promise to use them safely everytime we visit Wharekai. The Year 5 and 6 Senior Whanau are so… excited! We can’t wait to cook in the Wharekai and harvest in the Mara (garden) next week Thursday.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ka pai Room 14


It is wonderful to welcome back our tamariki to learning and to see the healthy kai their whanau have provided for them to 'fuel their brains and bodies' for the day ahead.

Meitaki ma'ata to our tamariki and their whanau.