Come and meet Kowhai class 2018

Haere Mai! Welcome to Kowhai class.

Here are our self portraits using black paint on a backdrop of primary colours, then mixed together to make a secondary colour.

We have been learning to introduce ourselves and our age in Maori.

Ko Darcy toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.


Ko Aroha toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.


Ko Callaway toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.


Ko Cameron toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.



Ko Payton toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.



Ko Kaida toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.



Ko Charlotte toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.



Ko Emma toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.



KoTyla toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.



Ko Anna toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.



Ko Phoenix toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.


Ko Saxon toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

Haere ra!



Kowhai class explores character writing and portraits

Mum By Sam Danielle is my Mum. She has short hair and green eyes. She has a happy smile. I love going on bike rides to the marina with her. It is a special time for me and Mum. I love my Mum. She’s the best!
My sister is the best! By Kaida Haven is the best sister in the whole world. She is little. She is cuddly as a lamb. I am happy when my sister is happy.

Baby Bear By Cameron Baby Bear is happy in the morning. He is the littlest bear in the family. He plays with his kite. I feel sad because Goldilocks ate his porridge.
Mumma by Darcy Mumma is as cuddly as a bunny. She is so beautiful. She is as beautiful as a butterfly. I love my Mumma.
Dad By Saxon Dad is busy as a bee. Dad goes to different countries. I feel sad when Dad is gone and happy when Dad is back.

My Dad by Aroha
My dad is the strongest in the world.

My Dad is tall like a giraffe.

I love him and he loves me.

Aunty D by Blair

Aunty D is my Mum’s sister.

She has blue eyes. She has beautiful clothes.  She has long, blonde hair.  She is beautiful.

She spoils me by giving me treats. I help her in the farm.  

I love Aunty D. She buys chocolate.  I eat it with her.  I snap a piece off for her and me and we eat it all.

I feel happy when she is by me.  Aunty D is very kind.

Kowhai class shared their learning at assembly

The value of the week was courage and we shared times in our lives when we have shown courage:

Darcy: I showed courage when I first started school.  I felt a bit shy.

Blair: I showed courage to make good choices with my brother.

Aby: I showed courage when the dentist pulled my tooth out.

Sam: At the beginning I felt really scared to go into the native bush.  It looked like a big black hole.  But the I did it.  I liked it and I felt really proud of myself.

Lily: Dad wanted me to go on the chairlift at Cadrona.  I felt really scared because it looked so high.  But I did it and I had a really great time.

Aroha: I always show courage to tell the truth.

Kaida: I showed courage on my first assembly when I had to talk.

Gabe: I showed courage when Niki and I went on a bush walk with my Dad.  It was really dark in there.

Olive: I went on a moving chairlift in Rotorua.  I was really scared to hop on while it was moving.  Someone helped me and I did it and it was fun at the top.

Saxon: I showed courage when I went to see the ducklings.

Niki: I showed courage to go into the alpaca’s cage at Gabe’s.

Cameron: I showed courage when it was my first time trying a new food – spanakopita –

and I did it and it was really yummy.  I also showed courage when I had my blood test.


Our inquiry this term is the question ‘How can we express ourselves through the arts?’

We made a series of self portraits showing our different emotions.  Can you guess how we are feeling?


We sang and played  “Blue is the Sea’. The sea has many moods which we tried to express in this song.


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We had so much fun at Boat Day so we made paintings of the day.  We tried to paint like the impressionist Claude Monet.  He thought about light and dark and reflection.  His paintings often looked better when we stood back from them because he used little brush strokes.  We also wrote cinquain poems.  This is where you count the syllables in each line and the pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.




Boat Day

Black shiny tube

Bouncing on the water

I feel excited in my tube


By Blair


Boat Day

Small blue kayak

Riding the little wave

Happy and strong and really proud

Best day!

By Sam


 Fun tubes

Black round circle

Spinning in the water

Fantastic fun in my fun tube

Big splash!

By Saxon


Big Boat

Yellow fast kayak

Paddling on the calm sea

Taking control of my yellow kayak


By Aby


My boat

Small optimist

Sailing, turning in the breeze

I am the captain of my boat


By Olive

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Big fun kayak

Adventure on the sea

Nervous, excited, happy, proud


By Lily


Boat Day

Fast red kayak

Paddling from side to side

So much fun circling and turning

Fun day!

By Kaida


Boat day

My boat is red

Floating, slicing through the sea

Having fun in my red kayak


By Cameron



Silver scales

Swimming in the water

I caught a fish on my fishing line

The best!

By Darcy


Boat Day

On the jetty

Fishing with my Daddy

First time fishing, my favourite

Love it!

By Aroha


Yellow Yacht

Sails flapping

Swishing, turning, blasting

I feel so great in the salty breeze


By Nikora


Blue Boat

Fast kayak, bright blue

Floating, paddling, speeding

Happy, smiling in the kayak

Boat day

By Gabe

We had lots of fun experimenting with the rhythms in ‘Cockroach Sandwich in my lunch’.

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What a great term of learning we’ve had!



Kowhai class, Matahui School, at the Tauranga Art Gallery and Library


We had a wonderful day visiting the Tauranga library and art gallery.

First we visited the library where Penny read us some stories


Here is Lily’s story:

On Thursday we went to the Tauranga library and Art Gallery.  At the library we read some stories called ‘Sad the Dog’ and ‘Boa’s Bad Birthday’.  In Boa’s book he was excited that it was his birthday but when he got presents that he couldn’t use, he was sad.  Then when he got Dung Beetle’s present he loved it and thought that it wasn’t a bad birthday.  In Sad’s story he was sad because his owners didn’t love him.  The artist used facial expressions and sad colours. When Sad felt happy the artist used bright colours.

Next we went to see Richard Orjis’ garden.  We observed some things.  He expressed his feelings for plants.  Then we went to the art gallery and studied Barry Dabb’s art.  He expressed his love of colour and he loved his paintings to be BIG!


And a snippet of Sam’s story: Richard Orjis expresses his love of nature, growing a wild flower garden.

And Cameron’s story:  The wild flower garden was pretty and Richard was expressing his art.


Great observation going on in Richard Orjis’ wild flower garden!

This great observation continued at the Art Gallery with Fiona when we looked closely at wild flowers and sketched and painted them with water colours.



And together we created our  own wonderful wild flower garden!


We also enjoyed seeing Barry Dabb’s paintings.


Here are snippets of our stories:

*On Thursday we went to the library and art gallery.  I love the big paintings. Barry loved the colours and so do I!  By Aroha

*Richard showed that art can be in the form of plants. It doesn’t have to be paintings.  He has his own individual style.  Barry makes his paintings look real.  The illustrator used the colours of the fish in the book to show feelings.  By Aby

*Richard Orjis expresses his love of plants and nature.  Barry Dabb made big paintings of Cook Island flowers.  His art expresses happiness!  By Blair




Room One Matahui School Production ‘Windust’ By John Reynolds and Shade Smith

Congratulations Matahui on a fantastic show!

Room One were the school children, along with fabulous actors from Room 6 – Shane (Blake), Charlotte (Zoe) and the wonderful Miss Scow (Rose).

Here are our paintings, recount writing and photos:


Our Production Windust  By Aby

Our school did a show in the hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We wanted to have fun and show the Mums and Dads and Grandparents.

Our job was to be the school children with our teacher Miss Scow.  One of the things I say is ‘You be quiet Billy!  What do you know?’

We did a dance called ‘Gonna Break out!’  It is cool because it’s a lot of movement.  Miss Scow does not know we are there.

I felt nervous and excited and I also loved it!



Windust By Gabe

Our production is in the Hub and we are the school children. It is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Miss Scow is the school teacher.  I like it being the school children.  I like sneaking in when Miss Scow is dancing but she doesn’t know we are there.

I felt fantastic about everything in the show.


Windust by Blair

The whole school did the show in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  I sing and dance and all the people did it.  And Room 3 was on the hay and Room 3 was singing with us.

I like singing ‘Gonna Break out’ and dancing.  Miss Scow doesn’t know we are there.  But then she realises we are there.  I like that Miss Scow doesn’t know.  That was fun!

I felt happy singing and dancing.



Windust By Nikora

Our school did a play at Matahui School on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

I am Billy and I’m a school kid.

In the act I say “I don’t believe in bandits”.  But I was wrong.  There are bandits in the hills!

On my second act I lose my money in a magic show.

I like the show a lot!


Windust By Kaida

All the kids at Matahui School are putting on a show.

We are the school children.  We are the cowgirls and the cowboys.  I like dancing and singing.

Miss Scow is our teacher and she throws stuff on the floor in the dance.

I like saying ‘Dare you to!



Matahui School put on a play in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Our class are the school children.  Miss scow is our teacher.

I like dancing to ‘Gotta Break Out’ because it is fun.

I felt happy the parents were watching me.


Matahui School Show By Saxon

We did a play called Windust in the Hub.

I am one of the school children and my teacher is Miss Scow.

The show is very, very, very fun!



Room One visits the Katikati Murals

Our inquiry for this term is based on the question ‘What are our stories of the past and how can these be told?’  We are very fortunate to have the wonderful Katikati murals close by, for us to explore and find out the history of Katikati and stories of the past, told through a visual art form. Here are our photos, paintings and stories.

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My mural is Jimmy Culpan’s Packhorses.  By Nikora

Jimmy Culpan’s job was to take food and supplies and newspapers to the bush men so they could survive.  Today he would go by car.  He had two pack horses called Bess and Carr.  Jimmy was 17.  I think it was a hard job.  It was a long way and sometimes it was muddy.



Sunday in the Bush Camp

By Sam

The bush camp men must be tired from working all the days except Sunday.  They have different saws.  They need to sharpen them to make them good at cutting down the trees.  Jimmy Culpan is there with his pack horses. He brings supplies and letters.

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The Waitekohe School By Aby

The Waitekohe School had 33 kids.  It was quite small.  Our school is also in katikati.  Now Waitekohe School is a house in katikati.  I even saw the house after the trip to the katikati murals.  It was just one class room.  They only used chalk to write on blackboards.  The children were 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – all those ages. They all learned different stuff.   The Waitekohe School had no jungle gyms.  Our school is much better because we have a playground, with a big orange ball swing, monkey bars and a sooper dooper flying fox! P1110887P1110949

Rev. kattern’s ostriches   By Saxon

Rev. Kattern’s is chasing ostriches down the main road of Katikati.  They escaped from the farm.  The girls used the feathers on their hats.


Sunday in the Bush Camp 

By Blair

Sunday is a day that the bush men get a bath.  They were probably stinky because they have dirt because they work all week cutting kauri trees.  They cut their hair and they eat.  The miss their family.


This is Waitekohe School. By Kaida

They had one classroom for all the children. Big children and little children.

I like my classroom now and I like painting.  The children wrote on blackboards with chalk.P1110900 P1110948

My mural is Sunday in the Bush Camp.  By Gabe

In the camp men had a holiday on the Sunday.   They sharpened their saws.  They had a haircut.  They bath.  I think the bush men would like having a day off from cutting down trees.



Room 1 and 5 enjoy a Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Room One’s inquiry this term is the question ‘What are our stories of the past and how can we tell them?’  We connected to the past by way of our teddy bears.  We invited our buddies from Room 5 to join us and we each brought along a special old teddy or soft toy. We enjoyed listening to their stories, followed by a delicious food at our teddy bear’s picnic!  Our buddies even made the bread rolls themselves!

P1110759Ellie is a snuggly elephant.  He is my toy.  It used to be my Dads when he was a boy.  The first thing he did was sit on him!  He looks like an elephant but he is yellow.  I like to hug him.  Ellie is cool.  By Sam

P1110758My Santa teddy is cuddly.  My Great Nana made Santa for me before she died.  Santa is snuggly.  I think he really likes me because I look after him.  By Blair

P1110755Miranda is my doll.  Miranda has long orange hair.  I got her on my first birthday from a Katikati shop.  I pushed my trolley around Katikati with her in it.  I was cute pushing her around Katikati.  She loves me!!  Miranda!!  She comes to some tea parties and sleeps in my bed.  She is knitted.  She’s a school girl.  I love Miranda!  By Aby

P1110757Toby is my teddy.  But Georgia had him when she was a baby.  Toby is a kind and cuddly teddy.  I love to hug my teddy.  By Gabe

P1110756Goody Goody Gumdrops is my favourite bear.  I like to cuddle him.  He looks cute in his T shirt.  By Saxon.


My dog is named Troy.  Troy is a teddy.  He is a fast teddy.  I got him from my Mum.  My Mum got him from her friend and his sister.  He has got brown lines going to his eyes.  I like to pat his back.  Troy is cute.  By Nikora.


Can you match our water colour paintings with the photos?

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Art Gallery

Today Room 1 and Room 5 went to explore the Tauranga Art Gallery.  We observed the interesting and detailed Otherworld exhibition, paying particular interest to Peter Madden’s sculpture installation.  Peter uses a range of construction materials to create ‘Otherworlds’.


Then it was our turn to use our imaginations to create our own ‘other worlds’.  We were very focused on each part of the activity and our creations are ‘Otherworldly’.

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We then made our own artistic group sculpture.


Sharing lunch together in the park was energetic.


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