Saturday, December 7, 2019

Prize Giving and Production 2019

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Grandparents'/Family Day 2019

A great turnout for Grandparents'/Family Day 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Hoiho class had fun learning to sail.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New hats

Our brand new hats, sponsored by Ballance Fertiliser

Friday, September 20, 2019

First Aid with St John's

Great learning about First Aid from Catherine (St John's ) today. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tree planting at the Treetop Walkway

The children from the Kea room had some great experiences at the Treetop Walkway yesterday. They were all very eager to help the adults with planting native trees. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Learning about Blogging


Children in the Kea Room are learning about blogging with our awesome facilitator, Nicola Minehan. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019


Kea students learnt how engineers design and construct buildings to withstand earthquake damage by building their own model structures using toothpicks and marshmallows. They experimented to see how earthquake-proof their buildings are by testing them in an earthquake simulated in a pan of Jelly.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Shanty Town 2019

We had a great couple of days with both the juniors and seniors at Shanty Town this week. The children learnt a lot about the history of the Kokatahi and Kowhitirangi valleys from doing practical and hands-on activities. Thank you, Lisa and Judy (teachers at Shanty Town).

Monday, May 27, 2019

History Lesson

Max Dowell

Great learning this morning with one of our very respected grandparents, Max Dowell. Max started as a child at Kokatahi School in 1939 (80 years ago and the start of World War 2). We were fascinated by his stories of the Kokatahi and Kowhitirangi valley and how the school looked back then. Thank you very much, Max, for your time with us this morning. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

"Explain Everything"

"Explain Everything" on iPads

All the children in the Pukeko room now have an iPad assigned to them individually. This is mainly to use the "Explain Everything" app with our junior students. It is being used to support the Learn, Create, Share approach in many of the Manaiakalani schools throughout New Zealand.
The children are working with our facilitator (Nicola Minehan) on learning and creating learning objects. They will soon be able to share their work with their parents at home.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Last week of Term

Last week of term: 
Multiplication and Peer Mediation in the Hoiho room

Friday, April 5, 2019

Assembly Term 1, 2019

Thank you very much to all the parents and other community members who came along to our assembly today. Thank you also to Nicola for introducing "Explain Everything" to our parent community in the Kea and Pukeko rooms.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Making Kids Waterwise

Teaching children about water safety is extremely important. Our children had a session with Leanne Stocks from Education Canterbury yesterday and she focused on aspects like getting in and out of the water safely, buoyancy, orientation in the water and propulsion.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hokitika Districts Swimming Sports

Luke, Caleb and Sam will represent us at the Hokitika Districts Swimming Sports tomorrow. Good luck, boys. We know you will do your best!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Summer Learning Journey

Well done to all our Year 4-6 students for participating in the "Summer Learning Journey" at the end of 2018, beginning 2019. 
Congratulations, Caleb for being the winner again!

Monday, February 11, 2019


The staff and children are very happy with the upgrade of the area around the outside classroom. Thank you, parents.