Wednesday, 29 August 2012


  Whakairo - (verb) to carve, ornament with a pattern, sculpt.  

         Every afternoon the boys of the WHAKAIRO group are taken on a  journey of self-discovery and literally 'chiselling' their way into the journey of carving and all things tikanga Maori.

Some of the boys carvings are proudly displayed in the library and office entrance.  Here are some pictures to show you just how much carving and waxing art our young boys get into.  

Ihaia and Reihana start second stage of carving - chiselling.
Kaipara makes a steady start on his wood carving.

Corey starts smoothing is paua shell for the eyes on his carving.
Elijah and Billy chiselling their carving.
Reihana uses electric needle to cut into bone carving.

Let's see what our tauri do in the coming weeks and which art will be proudly displayed around the kura.

Ma te wa :)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Week 7 - What's on the agenda for our lovely TEACHER AIDES?

Where for thou art thee dearest TEACHER AIDES and Support Staff?

Alas, week 7 of  TERM 3 is now upon us with great gusto (more like sneezing and coughing !!!) Welcome back to all our Teacher Aides :) :) so what does this week hold ahead for us?

Lots of programmes to get through and with all our lovely kids what more fun to be had.  Whaea Helaina with her lil' angels from Room 1 and 2 working with ESOL and Sound Recognition programmes whilst in the blue corner of Room 1 Whaea Kirsty working alongside SPRING INTO MATHS (Juniors) working with ORRS and partners with Matua Andrew to do Rainbow Reading programme.  Over in the senior school we have Matua Andrew working in too many programmes to mention he needs a break (KITKAT BAR works well) and Whaea  Rachel bouncing back and forth between Rooms 6, and 9 doing SPRING INTO MATHS, MUSIC and PHYSICAL THERAPY.  Whaea Nancy has the pleasure of working with various children throughout the school with Reading and Literacy.  With our forces combined we are your happy chappy sometimes sick TEACHER AIDES :)

This week Friday 31 Aug all T.A's will be going to their monthly PASIFIKA TEACHER AIDE WORKSHOP hosted by our sister school Cannons Creek.  As groups, you are asked to open the workshop or close.  Russell School have opted for opening our first workshop and we look forward to learning from and with all our other fellow Teacher Aides.

Have an amazing week :)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012


This is how we show HEART to our teachers at Russell School.  Two naughty teacher aides wanted to put a smile on Michelle's face after a stressful week.  So we posted Post It notes all over her windscreen to show her our AROHA. Kids don't do this at home!!!

...... who's next?............
coming to a car near YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU !!!!!!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Although winter is still upon us, we have a new programme (3rd wk running) called SPRING INTO MATHS.  This programme allows our students to learn and revise what they have learnt in class but also learn new strategies.

Matua Andrew has a group from Room 6 and Whaea Rachel has two groups from Room 7 and Room 9.  They kids are learning so much and I am too.
Matua Andrew and kids work on their thousands chart
 Lamont has a go at his thousands

            More strategies and maths games to come.  SPRING INTO MATHS YAY !!! :)