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Taonga Time

Our taonga (things we treasure or value) makes us who we are. Room 3 students have investigated their personal taonga and followed a writing structure…

Beautiful Butterflies

The butterfly life cycle is a thrilling process to observe, especially when it is happening right in front of you. In Room 16, watching tiny caterpill…

Dragons, Dragons, Dragons!

The dragons in the Ready to Read book Dragons, Dragons, Dragons! by Feana Tu’akoi felt a bit lonely and sad. They realised they needed to make new fri…

Silly Snakes

‘Snakes’ is such an interesting word. It starts with the blend ‘sn’ and has a bossy e at the end so the letter ‘a’ is a long vowel (says it’s name). T…

How Strong is Your Whare?

If your health and wellbeing was a whare, how strong would it be? Room 11 students are learning about  the Whare Tapa Whā health model. This model loo…
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Harnessing the Teacher Within

It is not only teachers who can teach us skills, as Room 5 recently found out. Teina to teina teaching is a great way for students to teach their peer…
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Art as Taonga

Kia maumahara ki tōu mana āhua ake. Cherish your absolute uniqueness.

Arts education enables students to generate ideas about themselves, their exper…

Teaching the Teacher - Fitness Fun with Room 6

Wanting some fun fitness activities for activity breaks with a Year 5 and 6 class I started to look for ideas, when I suddenly thought "why don’t I as…

A Little Inspiration

Developing a positive class culture is important for student learning and wellbeing. Room 3, has integrated developing our class culture into art and …
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Literacy all around us

Cast your mind back to when you were five or six and see if you can pinpoint when you learnt to read and write. I can’t. It happened over time. This i…
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Our Virtual Learners

Participating in VLN has become a long-standing tradition at Wairakei Primary School - one of the many perks of being a Year 6. VLN stands for ‘Virtua…

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