Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

 STARS Awards 2016

 

The following are the citations for the STARS Awards presented to our Year 6 students at our Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Monday 14 December, for photos of the winners click here:

 

The very worthy recipient of the 2015 Reach for the STARS award is:                                                                                 

Cooper Wink


The award called ‘Reaching for the Stars’ honours a student who consistently demonstrates all of the qualities of a ‘Te Totara Star’ in their school life, by being a fantastic role model in every area, for other students to learn from.

The person we have chosen in 2015 to receive this accolade is an outstanding student who is totally involved in and always positive about every aspect of school life. This student sets high standards and works hard to ensure that they are achieved in a significant way across all curriculum areas.  Every opportunity has been taken and completed to the very best of his abilities, in a responsible and independent manner. Even when the tasks are difficult, this student relishes the challenge and perseveres to gain quality outcomes.  

This student steps up to help out the School Community by volunteering for duties in any situation where they are needed.

He is a role model for student leadership by participating as a Te Totara School Leader, Performing Arts committee member, a Librarian, a Physical Education Shed monitor and a Wet day monitor.

This student has performed very well in the Arts and Cultural areas.  As a musician he coordinated the school rock band in 2014, this year he performed in Te Totara’s Got Talent semi-finals,  and he played the ukulele to accompany Marama at the end-of-year celebration.

A particularly moving and poignant moment was when he played ‘The Last Post’ on his trumpet, under the flagpole in the poppy field made by our students, during Te Totara’s 2015 ANZAC commemorations.  

He has also had outstanding involvement in Powhiri, showcased during our Term 2 Kirikiriroa Marae visit.  He delivered a stirring whaikōrero as our school was welcomed onto the Marae. This student always displays manaakitanga in the way he accommodates everyone around him and puts them at ease.

Sporting goals feature in the life of this student; he has represented Te Totara School at the Fairfield Cluster Cross Country, the Winter Sports Tournament and the Cluster Athletics. In our school sporting events and the cluster events he gained at least seven major placings. He is also a very keen Cricket player from the Te Totara School Saturday cricket team.

The achievements of this student are mirrored by impressive growth in his personal attributes. Some of the school values that are modelled by this student in his dealings at school are those of; commitment, personal integrity, honesty, reliability, respect for self and others, showing a strong sense of forgiveness, empathy and compassion towards all. Help is always given to those in need without being asked, everything is achieved with a grin and a cheerful comment. This shows a real depth of maturity.

Always a reflective thinker, this person actively seeks, listens to and acts on advice in order to improve all areas of learning, striving to set very high personal standards in his work. As a consequence, curriculum achievement is at a very high level with excellent work being produced. This student participated in the Primary Research challenge and ICAS exams in Spelling, Maths, English and Writing with impressive results.

The student I am speaking of is a shining example of how to consistently model the Te Totara STARS, whilst maintaining a strong sense of humility.  A sincere and friendly student who serves as a positive role model to his peers and as a mentor for younger students, especially our Year 5’s who will step up next year to become the leaders of the school.  

Our award recipient is a star who shines on the outside and inside, always inspiring and encouraging others, seeking any new challenge with enthusiasm, giving 100 % in every endeavour.
 

                        Principal's Award 2015 - Martine Erasmus


The Principal's award is an award which is given at the discretion of the Principal. It reflects in some way what the school stands through our STAR values, or for a student who may have had to face unusual circumstances to achieve.

This year’s award, as usual was a difficult choice. We have so many students who embody the values we hold dear at our school. There are so many of our children who come to us from many places in the world, where families have made huge sacrifices to build a new life and provide wonderful opportunities for their children.

As a school we are deeply privileged to have the trust that parents give to us, with their children. We are mindful of this trust, commitment and sacrifice that families make. If you look in Matariki, our School Hall, you will see the flags representing the many countries our families come from.

Many of our students come from a non-English speaking background. 74 students, or close to 10% of our School roll qualify for additional English language speaking support. Of these 74, there are 40 in our Year 1 area demonstrating what a wonderfully diverse community we have. Our challenge and responsibility is to help and support these children and their families into the New Zealand way of life, including coping with bare feet! I am amazed at how our children so quickly adapt to school life and our School values of our Stars, these values transcend country boundaries and provide a collective way of being that supports great citizenship.

I would like to tell you the story of one of our students who embodies all that we hold dear in our school. This student came to us as a five year old, freshly off the plane from a faraway land. The language spoken was exclusively Afrikaans and she had a small smattering of English. I remember the day her family enrolled at our school and the trust they gave us to look after both their girls.

Her journey is not a lonely one; we have so many of our families who have walked the same pathway. Over the six years this student has been with us we have watched her grow and learn at our school. She now speaks fluent English (of the Kiwi variety) achieves tremendously academically, has the respect of her peers and teachers and is a model citizen.

She has taken up so many opportunities by serving as a:
•    A Te Totara Leader.
•    A Librarian.
•    A Physical Education Equipment Monitor.
•    A  Wet Day Monitor.
•    A Jump Jam National Tournament Winner.

We couldn't be more proud of her and her family. She has grown into a fine example of a Te Totara STAR and truly embodies what we want for our children at our school. She is a respectful, delightful student who we are so very proud to call one of our own.

Her end of year report from her teacher reads:

‘Martine has had a wonderful final year at Te Totara School. She has set high expectations for herself and consistently puts in 100 percent effort in all curriculum areas. She takes on extra roles and responsibilities and carries these out with the care and effort they require.


Martine's behaviour has been excellent throughout the entire year. She is polite at all times and gets along well with her peers. She listens to others attentively and shares her ideas.


Martine has been a delight to teach, she should be proud of her efforts this year. I wish Martine all the best as she moves forward into the next stage of her educational journey.’

 

 

The very worthy recipient of the 2015 Smart Decisions Award is:

Bea Alcartado


The award for Smart Decisions in 2015 goes to a student who consistently demonstrates all of the qualities of a ‘Te Totara Star’ by being a fantastic example of positive and successful decision-making that other students’ can learn from.

This Te Totara learner demonstrates a commitment to the many opportunities available at our school, particularly those that involve service to others and use of initiative. Her involvement has been demonstrated as a Physical Education Monitor, Wet Day Monitor, Librarian, Spelling Bee participant and Netball Team member. She also sat the ICAS – Spelling exam.  Everything that this student does is completed to the very best of her abilities, in a responsible and independent way.

As a learner, she leads by example with how she approaches school life – always ready for learning, following classroom guidelines, completing extra Home Learning, and going beyond these expectations in many Curriculum areas.


She demonstrates a strong work ethic, is always on task, completing everything asked of her to a very high standard.  She asks for help when it is needed, takes on board any feedback and feedforward and successfully incorporates this into enhancing learning outcomes.

As a cooperative and well respected group member she is able to benefit all students by supporting and encouraging others with their learning.


This person responds to and gives positive feedback in a quiet, respectful manner; always meets deadlines, and has developed high personal standards.

We have seen strong growth in her abilities and self-belief in her time with us at Te Totara School. We are impressed by the way this student always treats others with respect, dignity and care. She is a very humble person who doesn’t do things in order to seek praise or recognition; she just does it because it is the right thing to do! She is recognised and respected by her fellow students and the staff as a role model of kindness to others; a quiet and considered leader.

 

The very worthy recipient of the 2015 Smart Decisions Award is:      

Cooper Jones


The award for Smart Decisions in 2015 goes to a student who consistently demonstrates all of the qualities of a ‘Te Totara Star’ by being a fantastic example of positive and successful decision-making that other students’ can learn from.

This person is a Te Totara Star in every sense.  She has served as a Te Totara School Leader and Pastoral Care Monitor, taking both responsibilities very seriously.  She has been a Physical Education shed monitor, a Wet day monitor and a Librarian.  She has participated as a successful member of several sports teams, including the 2015 Te Totara Jump Jam team who went on to become 2015 New Zealand  National Champions.

 This is a student who consistently puts her top effort into learning, making smart decisions around her learning goals and tasks that she carries through.  She is eager to share her knowledge and experience with others. She listens to feedback and diligently works to use that feedback, to enhance all of the curriculum areas.
 
A strong work ethic is demonstrated by her actions as a conscientious, hard working student who is keenly aware of her own goals and actively seeks ways to achieve these.  Extension opportunities have been sought with successful involvement in the Primary Research Project and ICAS exams in Spelling, Maths, English, Writing and Science. Her enthusiasm to learn and constantly try again to improve her understanding can be contagious. She is eager to share her ideas, which contributes her own perspective to the topic being discussed, as well as being respectful towards differing points of view.  This makes her a great group or team member with tremendous leadership abilities.

We are impressed by the positive, caring attitude displayed by this student and the ease with which she gets on with others. She sees a need and just offers her assistance without any prompting. She is a highly motivating person to have in our community, the excitement; her love of life, her sparkling sense of humour has benefited our school over the years she has been with us. A recent example is the wonderful job she did as one of our comperes in the Te Totara’s Got Talent competition.

 

 

 The 2015 award for Trying Our Best goes to:

 Imogen Dryden


The star of ‘Trying Our Best’ reflects the goal of aiming high, to be the best you can be in all areas.  That means that we don’t give up when we are faced with difficulty or challenge but we continue to persevere and give everything our best efforts, reflecting an attitude of ongoing improvement.

 Our Award recipient in this area is a polite, respectful school member who always goes out of her way to help and openly encourage other students to ‘have a go’ and to be the best they can be. She is kind-hearted and mature in all her dealings with others. This student is fully involved in many areas of school life and gives 100 % effort in everything she does, often going beyond the requirements. Her teacher has commented that she shows initiative, is creative, and self-motivated, frequently challenging herself to ’ step out of her comfort zone.’

This student is a role model for student leadership by participating as a Te Totara School Leader, Wet Day Monitor, Librarian (Head Student Helper), and a Physical Education Shed Monitor.  Sporting goals feature in the life of this student as she has competed strongly in all our Te Totara sporting events in many codes, as well as participated as an interschool sports representative in Cluster Swimming, Cluster Cross Country, and in the Winter Sports Tournament. She also took part in Arbor Day planting in the community and auditioned for our recent Talent Show

This student is consistently working hard to set her own realistic goals, aspire to high standards in her work, with well-developed time management ensuring she always meets deadlines.  A strong ethic of perseverance is evident in her attitude. Even when a situation is quite difficult and demanding, this student does not give up; she takes on the challenge and encourages others’ efforts as well.

Our Award winner is a student who displays positive attitudes towards all areas of school life, making her a popular class and team member. She is a loyal friend and has gained the respect of her peers through her warm, caring personality.

 

 

The 2015 award for Trying Our Best goes to:

Ella McMillan


The star of ‘Trying Our Best’ reflects the goal of aiming high, to be the best you can be in all areas.  That means that we don’t give up when we are faced with difficulty or challenge but we continue to persevere and give everything our best efforts, reflecting an attitude of ongoing improvement.

 Our Award recipient in this area is an enthusiastic, friendly and  respectful school member who always goes out of her way to help and openly encourage other students to ‘have a go’ and to become the best they can be. She is kind-hearted and responsible in all her dealings with others. She is fully committed and involved in many areas of school life and gives 100 % effort in everything she does, often exceeding the requirements.


Determined effort has led to significant personal growth in Curriculum areas. ICAS exams were completed in Spelling, Maths and Writing and she participated in the Primary Research Project and Art Attack.
This student is also working hard to set her own goals, aspire to high standards in her work, consistently meeting deadlines. A strong ethic of perseverance is evident in her attitude.

This student is a role model for student leadership by participating as a Te Totara School Leader, Visual Arts committee member, a Librarian, a Physical Education Shed monitor and Wet day monitor.
Sporting goals feature in the life of this student as she has represented Te Totara School at Cluster Swimming and in the Winter Sports Tournament.

This student has performed very well in the Arts and Cultural areas.  She is a member of the Te Totara Ukulele Group and played the ukulele to accompany Marama at our end-of-year celebration. As a dancer her talent was recognised when she performed in the recent Te Totara’s Got Talent finals.

Outstanding involvement in Powhiri was showcased during our Term 2 Kirikiriroa Marae visit.  As a kaiwhakautu she responded to karanga when our school was welcomed onto the Marae.

Even when a situation is quite difficult and demanding, this student does not give up; she rises to the challenge and encourages others’ efforts as well. Her teacher has commented that she is courageous and confident, always striving to improve her learning and very appreciative of all that is done to assist her.
 
This is a student who brings so much enthusiasm to every task undertaken, her work is of the highest standard and it is not unusual for her to go above and beyond what she has been asked to do in terms of work in class.

 

We are delighted to announce our 2015 ‘Always Learning’ award goes to:

Liam Jessep  


At Te Totara School one of our key focus areas is to foster in all our students a positive attitude towards their education, so that they can develop the skills to become lifelong learners. The award for ‘Always Learning’ goes to a student who strives to achieve personal excellence and very high standards in all areas of the Curriculum and across all school life.  

This student is a focused, competent thinker and problem-solver who actively seeks, uses and creates knowledge, connecting any new understandings to his wealth of personal knowledge, skills and intuition. High expectations and personal goals are in place, this student thrives on an academic challenge and sets goals that really extends his thinking and processes to greater depths. This student is achieving at very high levels right across the Curriculum.

In academic areas this is a conscientious and hardworking student who has challenged himself through the classroom programmes and in our ICAS exams with great results across the areas of Maths, English and Writing.  Writing is a particular area of strength and his teacher has commented that he has the most beautiful published writing. The persuasive speech he recently wrote was a high quality piece of work delivered in a very convincing manner.  He has also been involved in the Primary Research project and has enjoyed and excelled at our school Art projects.

Service to the school and fellow students is an area where our award winner features. He is a learning area representative as Room 15 Class Councillor.  He is a Wet Day Monitor, a Physical Education Monitor and a member of our Enviro team. He is very caring, supportive and helpful and he demonstrates a genuine concern for environmental issues, he wants to make a difference for others.

This student is also very ‘well-rounded’ by being involved in Sporting pursuits through school teams and also interschool representation for Te Totara in the Winter Sports team.  Excellent skills are demonstrated in all forms of Physical activity with particular strengths in Cricket and Football.

Our Award recipient is positively engaged with and quietly enthusiastic about his learning.  He has an exciting future ahead of him.

 

We are delighted to announce our 2015 ‘Always Learning’ award goes to:

Joanna Li    

 

At Te Totara School one of our key focus areas is to foster in all our students a positive attitude towards their education, so that they can develop the skills to become lifelong learners. The award for ‘Always Learning’ goes to a student who strives to achieve her absolute best through very high personal standards across all areas of the Curriculum and all school life. 

 

This student is a focused, competent, creative thinker and problem-solver who actively seeks, creates and uses knowledge, connecting any new understandings to her wealth of personal knowledge, skills and intuition. High expectations and personal goals for ongoing improvement are in place; this student thrives on an academic challenge setting goals that really extend her thinking and processes to greater depths.

 

In academic areas this is a student who has challenged herself through the classroom programmes and in our ICAS exams with outstanding results across five Curriculum areas of Maths, English, Spelling, Writing, and Science. She has also been involved in the Primary Research project.

 

Service to the school and fellow students is also an area where our award winner features. She is a Te Totara School Leader, Visual Arts leader, Student Councillor, Physical Education Shed Monitor, Wet Day Monitor and a Librarian.  She is a supportive and caring friend towards all those around her. She is highly respected within the classroom and school environment.

 

In the Arts curriculum she is multi-talented with her Art being showcased as the cover design of the Te Totara 2015 Yearbook. She is a talented musician and dancer with her stunning self-taught performance with Hula hoops taking out the 2015 Overall winner award of the Te Totara’s Got Talent competition.

 

Our Award recipient is positively engaged with and clearly loves learning. She asks high quality probing questions, can also form an opinion by justifying her position with clear analytical thinking in any collaborative learning situation.

She is a very exciting learner for staff to have worked with at Te Totara and we believe she has an outstanding future ahead of her.

 

 

The 2015 Respectful Award goes to:

Tayla Cassells

 

The Reach for the Stars award for "Respectful” goes to a student who displays this important personal value in all areas of their school life.
In everyday actions this student is always very polite and respectful to their fellow students, staff members and to the many guests and visitors who frequently arrive at Te Totara.  Every person is welcomed with a positive greeting and a warm smile.

This is a school member who is an attentive listener and shows in all dealings with others that she values each person and what they have to share.  Every response that is made is a well-considered contribution to a discussion, delivered in a genuine way. Thoughtful actions by always putting others first with a gentle trustworthy manner are key attributes that staff mention in connection with this student. She is particularly dependable and helpful in her dealings with our younger students.

Within the learning areas this student always does what is asked of her, working effectively and courteously with a wide range of other students. She is a diligent class and team member who shows initiative. She is achieving pleasing levels of success within her learning, in a very cooperative and positive manner. Even when the work is challenging this student has learnt to keep persevering. She has grown in confidence and self-belief.

Every experience that she has is acknowledged in an appropriate way – she always shows her appreciation in a highly respectful and mature manner. Our school equipment and our environment is appreciated and always cared for. Any school responsibilities that this student has, such as Wet Day monitor, Physical Education shed monitor and Art Attack participant and helper is accepted willingly and carried out to the very best of her ability.

This is a senior student who leads by example in a caring manner that acknowledges and values the differences in people within our school community. Being very loyal and humble, she doesn’t draw attention to herself or the things she is doing – she just quietly and calmly continues to be a fantastic leader and role model of respect for all at Te Totara Primary School.


The 2015 Respectful Award goes to:

Tiffany Payne

 

The Reach for the Stars award for "Respectful” goes to a student who displays this important personal value in all areas of school life.


In everyday actions this student is always very polite and considerate to their fellow students, staff members and to the many guests and visitors who frequently arrive at Te Totara.  Every person is greeted with a smile and a warm welcome.

This is a school member who is a careful listener and shows in all dealings with others that they value each person and what they have to share.  Every response that is made is always a well-considered, contribution to a discussion, delivered in a highly respectful manner. Thoughtful actions, trustworthy and a patient, gentle manner are key attributes that the staff have mentioned in connection with this student. She always looks out for others and ‘goes the extra mile’ to be helpful to those in need.

Within the learning areas this student always listens carefully to what is asked of her and does this to the very best of her ability. She is a hard-working class and team member who, although at times finds learning a challenge, is achieving pleasing levels of success within the Curriculum. Even when the learning is difficult this student keeps on trying and does not give up.

Our school equipment and our environment is appreciated and always cared for. She has contributed to school life by being a Wet Day Monitor, a Physical Education Shed Monitor, a School Librarian and by participating in Art Attack.


Every experience that she has is acknowledged in an appropriate way – she never forgets to say ‘thank you.’ She is a very patient student who never pushes herself forward but always waits her turn.

This is a senior student who leads by example in a caring manner that acknowledges and values the differences in people within our school community.

Being very loyal and humble, she doesn’t draw attention to herself or the things she is doing – she just quietly and calmly continues to be a fantastic role model of respect for all at Te Totara Primary School. 

 

The very worthy recipient of the 2015 Self Managing Award is:                      

Natasha Raza


The STAR of Self Managing is a Key Competency that acknowledges positive personal growth and development amongst the students. Students who manage themselves establish strong personal goals, make plans, manage projects, and set high standards.  They are beginning to take risks in their learning and have strategies for meeting challenges.  They know when to lead, when to follow, and when and how to act in an independent manner.

The student who has been awarded the 2015 Te Totara award for ‘Self Managing’ has demonstrated strong self-motivation, with great time management and an attention to task completion, to the best of their ability at all times. A student who has the ability to work independently, or within a team; a humble leader who takes a quiet pride in her achievements. This is a diligent, focussed student who always sets high personal goals in each area of involvement, this person continually reflects on ‘where to next’ for their learning and plans a pathway to take them there.

This student is also very ‘well-rounded’ by being involved in service and sporting areas of school life.  She has served as a Te Totara School Leader, a Te Totara Times Committee member, a Wet Day Monitor, a Physical Education Monitor and a Librarian. She has been a member of a Te Totara Netball and Volleyball Team. 
She participated in Primary Research and ICAS Exams in Spelling, English and Writing.

She has a warm, friendly nature and is a polite, respectful and courteous student.  Her kindness towards others in our school environment enables her to be a great friend and valued class and team member. A highly organised learner who works hard and always tries her best.  She has a great sense of humour and is very confident speaking in front of others.

This person shows initiative in many ways, the kind of student who sees what needs to be done in the school and offers to assist, without any thought or expectation of personal reward or acknowledgement.

This student is also a quietly confident leader who consistently takes on extra responsibilities and can be trusted to follow through. She is a supportive and calming influence on people around her, a person who models self-managing every day. This is true leadership by example.

 

The very worthy recipient of the 2015 Self Managing Award is:

Milla Ware


The STAR of Self Managing is a Key Competency that acknowledges positive personal growth and development amongst the students.
Students who manage themselves establish strong personal goals, make plans, manage projects, and set high standards.  They are beginning to take risks in their learning and have strategies for meeting challenges.  They know when to lead, when to follow, and when and how to act in an independent manner.

The student who has been awarded the 2015 Te Totara award for ‘Self Managing’ has shown significant self-motivation, she has great time management in setting and meeting deadlines, with an attention to detail that lifts her work to an excellent standard.
This is a reliable, focussed student who always sets high personal goals in each area of school involvement; she continually reflects on ‘where to next’ for her learning and uses her own initiative in achieving her goals. Excellent progress in all Curriculum areas is an outcome of her dedication.


All of her communications are expressed positively and clearly to get the best outcomes for all. This is a learner who is organised and ready for class each day.

This student thinks for herself before she acts and she sets her own pathway. She handles every situation with maturity, grace and dignity. She has a natural ability to lead and she inspires others to follow, demonstrating her ‘presence’ as a role model for her fellow students.
Contribution to school life has been made by being a Te Totara School Leader, a Wet Day Monitor and a School Librarian. She has participated in the Spelling Bee, Primary Research and the Spelling ICAS Exam.


Our award recipient is a superb example of a student who meets all her own commitments to a very high standard.  As well, she is an unassuming, calm leader who consistently takes on extra responsibilities and can be trusted to follow through, without the need for close adult supervision. She has the ability to carefully ‘read any situation’ and interact appropriately and gently with others, in a genuine and inclusive manner. This is true leadership by example.