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
Tainui Full Primary School
Kia Ora, Kia Orana and Talofa Lava,
Term 1 at Tainui Full Primary School has been a full on but fun experience for all. Highlights of our term so far have included:
This has been the first whānau picnic since before the lockdown in 2020. Planned and organised by our Ambassadors, it was such a fun filled event. It is an opportunity for our whānau to come and share kai and visit their tamariki learning spaces. The weather sure held out for us, which was great.
Our Te Rauawa ohu went to Ōmanu and Mount Maunganui beach. Opting to do surf life saving as our water focus for the Term. Tamariki enjoyed learning about RIPs, the 3 R’s if you find yourself in a RIP: Relax, ride the rip and raise your hand, 10 common beach safety rules and were able to tour the surf clubs. The weather definitely brought Summer vibes.
Māori and old school games
Across our kura, there have been wero laid out for kaiako and tamariki alike to learn traditional Māori games and old school games such as: Tī rākau, knucklebones and poi. Every couple of weeks, kaiako are provided with the resource and encouraged to teach and at times learn these games alongside the tamariki. An incentive also given to promote this - the classroom/kaiako that shares photos or videos of their tamariki using these resources authentically, will be in the draw to win a $50 voucher at the end of the term. Though there is healthy competition, the learning has been a huge success. Some going as far as making rākau from tree branches. It has had a ripple effect where tamariki are choosing to use these resources as opposed to playing on a device.
I tēnei tau - This year, we have introduced whānau time across our kura. 2:40 every afternoon is our whānau time where our whānau can join their tamariki and their classes for waiata, games, stories and more. It is an opportunity where we can interact and share with our whānau and hopefully in the near future, our whānau may be able to share an activity with us. With our Māori games and old school games, these whānau times have been a great opportunity for tamariki to share their learning with their whānau.
Principal Morning Tea
Every week, our individual Ohu have their Values assemblies recognising the tamariki in their space who have been role-modeling, improving or sharing our Tainui Way Expectations and He Pou Tainui Qualities . From these, the award recipients get to have a special Principal morning tea where they get to have popcorn, biscuits, drinks and sausage rolls with the Principal - who doesn’t like freshly cooked sausage roll.
During Week 8, a group of 8 tamariki, Miss Sheck and Mrs Taylor had the privilege of being able to visit Mrs Morrison and Putāruru Primary School to share our musical and singing talents. Poko and Tia lead the drumming and were able to to teach a simple beat on cajon drums. Teaching the tamariki the importance of warming up your vocals, singing together and being in sync were skills shared. Tamariki then went to share a couple of waiata with offices of Raukawa in Putāruru and Tokoroa.
Amisfield Primary School.
This term the learners at Amisfield have started with a splash. We have been working on our swim safety along with the fantastic facilitators from Water Skills for Life. The whole school then finished with our swim sports day at the local pools.
Around school, the seniors are conducting statistical investigations to help them decide what fundraisers they could run successfully for camp later in the year. They have been creating their own questions to use in a survey, organising and then presenting the data to help them see trends and preferences around our school.
In the Junior Syndicate, we have been learning how to support each other. The older tamariki have buddied up with our younger ones and taken a leadership role in getting them settled into their new routines in our classrooms. This includes helping them log in to their Chromebooks, interpreting their Must Do activities and generally providing a support buddy when the teacher has a guided teaching group.
With Term 1 soon drawing to a close, each class has been working on a themed showcase of their learning in the New Zealand Histories curriculum as part of our end-of-term assembly. They are creating scenes, props and costumes to help illustrate our shared history from the beginning of time up to the signing of Te Tiriti O Waitangi.
Tokoroa Central School
Tokoroa Central School has begun the year as we mean to continue. Tamarki began their learning journey Topic with “Ko wai au” (Who am I?) They learnt about themselves, whanau, class, school Values and Learner Qualities. They made treaty’s for their classroom and have settled into routines for the year. The senior team were lucky enough to go on a three day Leadership camp to Lake Okataina Outdoor Education and Recreation Centre.
The junior and middle team have been learning about their Whakapapa and where they come from. Our school has had the privilege of having the Te Ara Metua Punanga come for some visits with their 4 year olds. Tokoroa Central School has been learning about safety on bikes, scooters and when walking across the road. Our new Senior Leaders were elected this year by our students and have had the opportunity to go on the GRIP Leadership course in Rotorua. In the senior end of the school we have also been learning about ourselves through our “Ko wai Tenei” unit. The students looked back in time before Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed. The 4Rs is another unit we have been learning, the focus being on emotions. It’s Cool to Korero is a huge part of our daily programme where the students learn different kiwaha, kupu and we have also have focussed on the school values and learner qualities. Camp this term was held at Lake Okataina with a huge focus on leadership. Whaea Dana had spent a lot of time with the students and different scenarios around conflict resolution.
It has been great to reconnect with our whanau this term with many helping out with our Garden to Table programme. This programme enables our students to learn cooking, gardening and environmental skills.
As a Staff, we were able to celebrate Tessa Treleaven and Stacey Gurr’s teacher registrations and had a baby shower for one of Mums to be, Cherie Trenberth.
Some of our classes discussed the cyclone that devastated our country, they produced stories and artwork.
Our New Entrant class had a Teddy Bears picnic and a Pirate Day which was lots of fun for all. Tokoroa Central School is excited for our year ahead and look forward to watching our Tamariki’s progress in all aspects of school life.
Tokoroa North School
Year 5 and 6 Camps to Waitawheta Week 8
This term our Year 5 and 6 students have been preparing for School Camp at the Karangahake Gorge. They have been learning about the Waihi Mines, the Gorge itself and surrounding areas. This was a great opportunity for students to experience and embrace different challenges and activities, as well as learning about local history. Needless to say we all had a blast!
Students, staff and whanau had an amazing time during their camps, with lots of whanaungatanga and manakitanga shown throughout.
Tokoroa Intermediate School
This year started with our year 8 and staff welcoming our new staff
and students with a mihi whakatau. The event was well attended by
the year 7s Whanau. We welcomed two new teaching staff Ms Rachel
Toy and Mrs Chloe Pomare. We also welcomed Miss Tavier Letoa-
Levao to our Learning Support staff. Mrs Iwi Bennion, who joined us
last year to help co-ordinate school sports decided to join the Learning
Support Staff as well.
On a sadder we farewelled Mr John Noke, who had been a member
of the teaching staff for the last 18 years.
This year Tokoroa Intermediate School has also become a member of
the Garden to Table programme. Doing so has given us access to a
wealth of knowledge and resources that can be used in our classroom
programs as well as our Huarahi Sessions. We are in the beginning
stages of creating a productive school garden and worm farms and
teaching our children the benefit of growing, harvesting and cooking
produce directly from a homegrown source. Not only is there a
flourishing school garden classes have also started their own
Once again there have been afternoon programmes to meet the
diverse needs of our students. The programmes consist of; Life skills,
Kids’ Shed, Kids’ Home, Kids’ Care, Path Finders, Blast (run by Blue
Light), Mana Whahini and Mana Tiaki.
Each whare has worked on their displays and have proudly displayed
them in the school hall. Children have all learn their Whare
Whakapapa that identifies them to their Whare, and this has helped
the Whare gel together as whanau.
Our term ended with 19 Easter Draws.