Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Interview with Miss Kumar

Our Te Totara Times reporters interviewed Miss Kumar in Neptune 25.  They wanted to find out more about her because she is new to the school this year.  Here is their interview.


Orion 7's Cross Country Stories

Orion 7 have written some lovely stories about the cross country on Tuesday.  This is their first time using the Book Creator app so the sound is quiet at first.


Cross Country

On Tuesday we had a fantastic cross country day and we have lots of photos for you to look at.  A big thank you to Kate McMorran for being our photographer for the day.

Our Te Totara Times reporters also covered the event and their report and more photos are here.



Kirikiriroa Marae Visit

Here is our Te Totara Times' report on the Kirikiriroa marae visits this week.  We are very impressed with how prepared our students were for their visits (thanks teachers!) and also with their excellent behaviour.


School Blogs

A number of our classes have their own blogs.  Mrs Pratt has just posted another video on Orion 8's blog, and the Marama classes (12, 13, 14 & 15) all have interesting posts that give you an idea about what they have been learning. 



Fence Artwork

Our Year 6 students have been working on some artwork for the fence in the walkway.  Here is an article about it in the Te Totara Times.  This is the first of many panels for the fence mural.  Although the Year 6's are starting it, it is hoped that everyone in the school will contribute to the murals.  The murals are made up of three different sizes of wood.  Each piece needs to be sanded and have undercoat before students can start painting.  If anyone is keen to help with this preparation please contact Miss Sweeney in Milky Way 18.



This morning the farmer moved his cows into the paddock beside the school and it caused lots of excitement!  Here are some photos and a short video:


Spotlight on Discovery Learning

Our Te Totara Times reporters interviewed Mrs Pratt this week, to find out more about discovery learning.



Mrs Pratt has also been making some lovely short movies with her class.  The first one, 'The Taniwha', was part of the school-wide topic Manaakitanga. It taught children skills in drama, visual arts, writing and e-learning.  The second one, 'The story of the stolen treasure' was the result of a personal inquiry from a group of students.  It explored technology, e-learning, written language and drama.