Our class of 2017 had their graduation dinner at John Hill Estate on Thursday 30th November. It was a wonderful evening celebrating their time at Hunua School with staff, parents and whānau!
Our Year 6, 7 & 8 students had a four day leadership camp at Kokako Lodge from Tuesday 21st ~ Friday 24th November and had an absolutely amazing time, growing, collaborating, challenging themselves and each other! Our Leadership Camp at Kokako Lodge was an absolute success! Thank you to our “Camp Dads” Rob Innes, Richard Fowler and Brett Dance - you were absolute assets on our four days!!! A special thank you to our students who collaborated, problem solved, challenged, encouraged, supported and shined - you have come away from camp stronger leaders because of your enthusiasm to say “YES” to every activity!
Congratulations to our competitors who represented our school at ECCS athletics today at Massey Park!
Highlights of Athletics day:
Alysha: “it was fun-filled with lots of competition”
Naroli: “I think that it was fun, even though it was hard nobody in Hunua gave up”
John: “racing with all the other schools was exciting”
Sylaan: “I did better than I thought I would and I enjoyed the relays at the end”
Charlize: “It was a very hard event to two events”
Theodora: “it was exhausting and fun!”
On Friday 2nd November we had a Halloween Costume Dress Up Day and a parade to choose our best dressed contestants!
On Saturday 28th October, 2017 we had our annual Agricultural Day at Hunua School!
On Wednesday 18th October, Room 2 went to the Hunua General Store to launch the reusable shopping bags that the students designed.
On Tuesday 26th September we had 24 competitors who took part in the Pukekohe Duathlon at Pukekohe Raceway! It was a fantastic day!
On Tuesday, Room 4 and Purapura had a "W.O.W Day" ("Workshops Of Wonder") of creative workshops with Mrs D, Miss Clegg and Oriana-Sensei. Some of the workshops included:
Design-a-cake, Make & Play, Cupcake Tic-Tac-Toe, Bake a cake-in-a-cup, Cake-in-a-cup, Playdough Art, Lego Building, Marble Run Challenge, Newspaper tower challenge and Team building games. It was a fun day of “W.O.W” (Workshops of Wonder) while the middle and senior school were at Auckland Live or the Pukekohe Duathlon.
This week we had representatives from our PTA (Grant) and BoT (Chris) as well as Angela Storey visit Room 2 to sign off on banning plastic bags and selling reusable shopping bags! They were VERY impressed and HAPPILY signed the 'ok' to have the shopping bags made!
On Friday 8th September, we had a range of very important visitors come to present a few of the 400 trees that are being gifted to the school in response to our growing unit theft a few weeks ago. Some of the guests included: Angela Fulljames, Constable Jason Young, Malcolm Bell, Amanda from the council, representatives from the Wairoa Restoration Trust and Franklin Local Board reps and Malcolm from the HAPVRA group. Our Kapa Haka group welcomed our guests on site and the our EnviroSchool Committee had an indepth discussion about our progress and inquiry into becoming a Green/Gold EnviroSchool.
On Tuesday 5th September, Room 2, Mrs Storey and Room 3 met with Raj from Hunua General Store. Room 2 presented their Inquiry into banning plastic bags and offered an alternative: a reusable shopping bag that has been designed by students! Mrs Storey has generously donated her time and efforts into making the students' Inquiry a reality! Room 3 presented a stack of 'light reading' - persuasive and informative letters asking Raj to stock reusable bags instead of plastic bags. It was incredible to see our 'Change Agents in the Making' improving our environment and sustainability by taking on the next part of our Inquiry cycle: Agency through Action!
On Monday 4th September we welcomed Miss Clegg to our Hunua School whānau! Our kapa haka group performed and then we had some students say a few speeches in Purapura.
Congratulations to all our Year 4-8 speech finalists who shared their speeches on Friday 1st September! Students shared their important messages, thought provoking ways the audience could make change, incredible performances and great links to our Inquiry!
Our Kapahaka Group performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships with the Wheel Blacks.
Congratulations to all of our Hunua School student representatives at the ECCS Cross Country - you put in 100% and ran with incredible pride!
On Monday 14th August, each of the teachers planned and taught an interactive workshop for Inquiry that focused on "Reducing, Reusing and Recycling"
We launched our Term 3 Inquiry with our playground and field being "FOR SALE" then received a message in a bottle to unscramble the Inquiry statement: "Join the race! Make our place a sustainable space!" and question: "How can we innovate to create AND preserve what we deserve?"
Photos of and from our School Production, 2017: "Between the Lines'
On Friday 26th May, 2017 we had a Pink Shirt Day where students could wear pink clothes / shoes / hair / makeup and bring a gold coin to donate towards the anti-bullying campaign lead by the Mental Health Foundation. It was fantastic to see our school pink up, speak up, stand together, stop bullying.
To link to our Arts Inquiry question "WHO CAN BE AN ARTIST?" and our literacy learning, we are having a DRAMATIC DRESS-UP DAY tomorrow! This is a day where students can choose a particular decade / time period / era to come to school in. For example, they could come dressed in 80's / 20's / 60's style or even Medieval or Victorian times.
Our photos from our Be Bright, Be Seen Mufti Day and Wheels Week! Term 2, Week 2, 2017.
On Wednesday 25th April, 2017 a group of Hunua School students represented our school at the Papakura ANZAC Parade.
Senior students organize, develop a menu, a safety action plan and activities to cook a meal and entertain a group of children in the outdoors.
Agricultural Day / Calf Club Day is a highlight, and celebrates our unique rural character.
Each class having two sessions per week with Tracy developing their soccer skills.
Year 5 - 8 students were grouped together in groups of 4 or 5. They had to design a new board game using creative thinking, logic, strategy, lateral thinking and teamwork.
Year 5 - 8 students took part in the Small Schools Swimming Day at Ararimu.
Foreshortening is when something looks like it is coming toward you because of a change in size.
A range of activities to keep students occupied at break time.
As part of the PE and Health Curriculum all year 5-8 students took part in the Have a Go sailing programme. This program was designed by Sailing New Zealand to give students the opportunity to experience the thrills & spills of sailing in a safe and well managed environment. Students had a fun day and learnt to take responsible risks.
The purpose is to expose senior students (Rm 3) to real life situations using a range of skills they learn in the different learning areas e.g. budgeting, planning, estimating, adding, subtracting, presenting etc.
Another leadership opportunity for our senior students. George organised this tournament for year 5 to 8.