Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mahia Camp 2013

Eastern Zone Athletics

Congratulations to all of Te Mahia School students that participated in athletics on Monday.  The sun was shining and the field and track events were challenging. We had limited time to rehearse with camp last week, however I log throwing on the beach definitely contributed to our great results. Inter-school athletics is next Friday - GO MAHITISIANS!!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Room 1 Camp

The week just gone was absolutely amazing. The children were wonderful (sleep deprivation and all) and it was nice to see them happy and smiling with a 24/7 living situation. We were based at the Mahia Camping ground and the facilities made our week very comfortable. We had some incredible help from parents and whanau during the week. In particular: Ali Delaney, Mid Karangaroa, Grace Ormond, Tatiana Kereru, Aunty YC, Jackson Kawana, & CJ Whakatope. Thank you for staying with us, carting children around and joining in with the activities we conquered. Also a big thank you to: all of the parents that prepared the most scrumptious meals each night, the koha of food, Onenui Station for allowing us access through the farm, Katie and Mark Bowen for letting us gate crash their shed, Will Coop for his korero on the Tasmania, Arthur Bowen for guiding us on our walk, Grace Ormond for working with our Year 8 leaders and the class, Bill Short for sharing his shell collection, Mahia Board Riders/Bernie Crowlie for his surfing instruction, Nanny Doi, Viv Kyle, Lil Morgan and Bernie Crowlie for our golfing sessions. Please have a look at Room 1’s blog and the students blogs in the coming weeks as we reflect on our goals achieved, highlights and skills/knowledge we learnt. We live in a special part of Aotearoa and the children are incredibly fortunate to be able to have an action packed week of activities on their back door step. Ka mau te wehi!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Te Mahia School Gala 2013

Well the gala has now been and gone for another year. I have worked at a number of schools but the parent and community support at Te Mahia School is one out of the books. Seeing past students and the community get in behind the planning and manning of stalls was awesome. On the day it was great to see the tamariki enjoying so many of the activities that were targeted at them. A special thank you goes to Helena McGregor who stepped up this year and took over the reigns of organising the event. It takes a special person to achieve what she has and the staff and students are incredibly grateful for the continuous hard work Helena and her team managed to pull off. This years putea has been targeted at increasing technology in classrooms. Trialling some devices and software will be up to the children so they can have an input into what will help them be engaged with their learning next year and beyond.