Who are we?

Te Rōpū Whakamanawa is a group of Year 5 and 6 students at Ara Tū Whakatā Gilberthorpe School in Hei Hei, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. We work in a collaborative learning space of Years 4 to 6 students, called Te Ara Takitini. Welcome to our blog where we share our learning throughout 2019.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Takitini Gardeners

Gathering in Our Great Garden

This year, Kaitlyn our Pikorua Youth Worker has been working with a group of students from Te Ara Takitini in our school garden.  Over the years it has been a struggle to keep on top of the workload having a garden creates so it has been wonderful having Kaitlyn and this group of students working out the back on a weekly basis.

This week, we organised for the garden crew to share their work with Te Rōpū Whakamanawa.  They gathered from across the hub and explained what they had been doing and what they have been growing.  We have also been lucky enough to have their chives seedlings on our windowsill so we have noticed the sprouts popping up this week.

The crew then took us out the back and explained what they had been working on and what their plans are.  We are all now anticipating the growth of the purple carrots.

We also wandered down to the school orchard and had a look at what was growing there.  We saw a few feijoas growing and since they look a little scrawny at the moment, the garden crew got set up with a watering can with our beautiful worm wee to help give them a bit of a boost.  

Our next step is to see what we can do to help create this space into an area where kids can enjoy and help our garden crew along their pathway as they refresh this area, learn about conditions for planting and grow some edible treats along the way.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Collaborative Art

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

In term one, Te Rōpū Whakamanawa created a collaborative art work showing what we value the most, which is people.  We felt like this represented who we are and what our school encompasses.
Finally in term two, there was a window of time that allowed Miss Waho to mount and display it.  Check it out...

Group Work

Getting Going with Group Work

Each we we have a school wide behaviour expectation to focus on and learn about.  During Samoan language Week, our focus was on group work.  

In Te Rōpū Whakamanawa, we did a Samoa Information Hunt in groups.  We discussed our expectations and how we could make a group task successful.  In groups that were selected by Miss Waho, we had information cards and puzzle pieces to complete using the information on the cards.  We needed to use communication and organisation skills in order to complete the task.  
Here are a few pictures of what we did:
The resource we used for our activity.
Each person has a section to complete.
Students had to work together to find relevant information.
Some sharing of resources and information.
Miss Brown checks out some of the work happening.
Heads down and into the activity.

One group managed to complete their puzzle and mounted it to coloured paper for display in our learning space.  We will continue to work on these until they are completed and ready for display.

More Samoan Language Week

Sharing and Sampling Some Samoan Food

To celebrate Samoan Language Week, we decided to try a few Samoan foods.  We ordered some panikeke, sapasui and Dominick's mum made up some koko laisa.  At lunch time, we shared the panikeke with all of Te Ara Takitini so everybody could try some.  Whakamanawa added some sapasui to ours.  After lunch, Dominick's mum brought in a pot of koko laisa for us to try also.
Here are a few pictures:
Oh my yum!  Panikeke!

Beautiful manners as we serve.

Sapasui and panikeke went really well together.

Thumbs up all round.

Sapasui sampling.

Here's to koko laisa at school.

Enjoying some koko laisa as we read.

Sapasui time.

Kian made sure we all said 'Fa'afetai' as he served our kai.

Dominick and Cayleigh did an amazing job of serving and cleaning up.

Whakamanawa feasting time.

Koko laisa time to wash down all of the panikeke I ate.

For next year's Samoan language Week, we will get enough panikeke for all of the school to try.  They were divine.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Welcome Miss Brown

Our New Guest Teacher

In Te Rōpū Whakamanawa, we have a guest teacher with us until Week Nine of this term.  Miss Brown is a student learning to be a teacher through Grad school.  She has been with us for two weeks and the time is going by so fast.

Miss Brown enjoys our Cultural Diversity Day

We are loving having Miss brown here and we are enjoying the things she is teaching us.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Samoan Language Week

Samoan Language Week

Tālofa lava.  We are celebrating and enjoying Samoan Language Week.  This is a resource we used to support our learning.

Check out our student blogs to see how we have shared our learning.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

World Cultural Diversity Day 2019

World Cultural Diversity Day 2019

This week, Gilberthorpe School celebrated World Cultural Diversity Day.  That means we shared and learned about the different cultures that make up our school.
In our school we brought food from different cultures to try, we had a sausage sizzle, some people performed items from their culture, we had a flag ceremony and parade and some people wore clothing or different items to represent their culture.

We had about twenty four flags hanging around our amphitheatre poles.  They looked beautiful especially when they were blowing in the gentle breeze.  Some people made flags and carried those.  

Some of our students sitting by our flags.

I will add more photos later.