What GOLD is happening in our community?
Our community is filled with a lot of authentic, rich and purposeful learning opportunities and experiences. This page is dedicated to the sharing of learning, experience and events across all sectors. Take a look at what is happening for our community.
Welcome to Tokoroa
On the 3rd of June, the ASL team were honoured to be part of the Mihi Whakatau to welcome new Principal, Gareth Gilmour to Amisfield School.
ginning his appointment during a Nation-wide lockdown, Gareth shared of this experience being one that he will always remember. Gareth joins our community from Cambridge Middle School.
With support from Whaea Ngaire and Forest View High School, tamariki stood proud to kōrero on the paepae and sing waiata. Definitely a warm Tokoroa welcome and showing how our community comes together to support one another.
We look forward to seeing what you and your team have in store for our Amisfield whānau.
EXCELLENCE AWARDS EVENING
Excellence Awards Evening is a celebration bringing our school community and whanau together for the acknowledgement of our NCEA achievements at Level 1,2 and 3. This year we changed our format including setting up our auditorium with large round tables, and sharing an amazing kai prepared by our Polinetia Fa'atasi group. This evening was a time for parents to embrace the successful learning paths of their children and recognise the hard mahi. Whanau connections are important to us as a school, connections from all angles build successful children.
On Wednesday's we run Akoranga, which is a time where students can opt into an area of interest to them. It is about building on the core values and allowing our students to explore and discover new passions, learning and experiences. Some of the classes that we have run are Golf, Diving, Whakairo, Tramping, Bowls, Wearable arts and so much more. It has been great to see students embracing Akoranga.
Cactus is an 8 week programme run with FVHS, THS, Blue Light and our local police. The programme is designed to move our students out of their comfort zones and push the boundaries of what they are truly capable of. They learn values and skills that will carry them through high school and beyond. On the last Friday of the programme we run a longest day beginning at 2.30am and ending at 3.30pm. The students were challenged physically, mentally and emotionally and it was amazing to see the determination, collaboration and resilience that they displayed.
Forest View High School
THE PUMP TRACK OPENING
For the past 3 years our school has had a bike track that has been well used by our students. Our plan has included the creation of a new pump track for our students that will enable them to be able to ride not only BMX bikes but also scooters in all weathers. This year that plan came to fruition. On Friday the 15th of May the Staff welcomed Papa Mac to our school to bless our bike track so that when our tamariki returned under level 2 they would be able to ride it. On Tuesday the 19th May we took our tamariki out to the field for their first ride on the track. Our track provides a great way for our students to have additional exercise during the school day and our students absolutely love it!
SAMOAN LANGUAGE WEEK
Tamariki at Tokoroa Central School had lots of fun during Samoan Language week. They learnt simple greetings, phrases, a song and the days of the week in Samoan.
Here is a collection of art that we made this week that represents the things we have learnt about Samoa.
Matariki week was lots of fun for students and teachers alike. The school buddied up a senior teacher’s class with a junior or middle teachers’ class (tuakana, teina). The week started with each class choosing different aspects of art/dance/song to focus on and created some wonderful pieces of art to celebrate Matariki. The classes at Tokoroa Central School had a shared lunch/breakfast with their buddy class to finish off the week together.
WEARABLE ARTS SHOWS
Tokoroa Central School started our technology unit in term 1. The tamariki followed the technology process to produce a wearable art. Although tamariki started their wearable art in the first term due to covid they had to finish them off in term 3. Finally we have been able to have our muchly anticipated show. This week our school ran 3 very successful shows for the tamariki to present their costumes to their whanau. It has been a long time coming and we are so happy all their hard work paid off.
COOK ISLAND LANGUAGE WEEK
Tokoroa Central School celebrated Cook Island Language week by learning greetings and budding up to make Cook Island artwork. It was a wonderful week with all tamariki learning more about the Cook Island Culture. We were extremely lucky to have Forest View High School Cook Island group come and perform for us all.
Tokoroa Intermediate School
TE WIKI O TE REO
This year we are enjoying Te Reo Maori Language week by collapsing our timetable and everyone is doing a wide range of activities, from Maori games, art, food, Pepeha, to name just a few.
The Kapa Haka group visited a number of schools and performed. They also performed at the Rest Home and brought a smile to everyone's faces.
NEW HOUSE SYSTEM
It was great to visit Tokoroa Intermediate school last week and so all the amazing new spaces and renovations that are happening. A space that staff and students can be proud of.
The new house system is up and running and it is great to hear that these have become the centre of processes and learning within their school. Each house has a maunga, awa, bird, and tree native to New Zealand. These have formed the new groups for activities such as Tech Arts. The house names and contributing values were collaborated with staff, students, whanau and community. A step forward into the new future of skills and knowledge our young students will leave school with.
Amisfield Primary School
ALL THINGS AMISFIELD
The students from Amisfield Primary School have been busy with a number of amazing opportunities over the past term. They have been involved in learning all about Kiwiana, National Shake Out day, Life education trust and meeting Harold the Giraffe, Ag Day, Te Wiki o Te Reo and Science Fair.
Tainui Full Primary
Rūma Ono have been learning about NZ History, the Story of Child of Aotearoa. Nō hea koe? Where are we from. We are learning through the history of the waka and the journey of navigation of Māori. Raukawa will be visiting Tainui Full Primary with the Waka in early June.
Tamariki have been learning their pepeha and sharing this each morning with the class building confidence.
Each week we have a Tangata o te wiki, new kupu, whakataukī and kīwaha embraced into our learning with our waiata and karakia.
Year 7 & 8 Class Te Taurapa researching Careers, Studying about NZ Histories, Creating Visual pepeha and with Hauora recognising the importance of Hauora and He Whare Tapawha.
Strathmore Primary School
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
The Term 2 project theme at Strathmore is Flora and Fauna. We have been learning about kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of our Taiao (environment). Tamariki enjoyed getting into nature, and completing challenges to earn Kiwi Guardian medals.
Rongoā has been a focus for many classes, with the medicinal properties in our native plants being used to make balms, oils and cough syrup.
Matariki activities 2022 included kite making and flying, baking, sharing rewana bread, making fried scones and decorating classrooms. Tamariki learned about the culture and traditions around preparing kai, and the joy of sharing a meal with others.
Reading League is a competition where tamariki bring points in for their teams by spending time reading with whānau. MVPs are chosen each week, and rewarded with delicious prizes.
Tainui Full Primary School
Term 1 across Tainui it was all about See Me, Know Me, Grow me. Our Tamariki finding their place in the classroom,the school and the world as a learner and individual. Getting to know each other is important and knowing that we belong here. Growing this and learning how to be the best possible version of ourselves. He waka eke noa - We are all in this together at Tainui.
Amisfield Primary School
Amisfield School students were very busy during Term 3. They had so much fun learning survival skills at the Indoor Pools, enjoyed the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme, had a new Chromebook rollout, enjoyed Cross Country and an obstacle course. They enjoyed the Exploratory stations.
St Lukes Mokopuna & Tamariki Apii Punanga Reo