Who are we?

Te Rōpū Whakamanawa is a group of Year 6 students at Ara Tū Whakatā Gilberthorpe School in Hei Hei, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. We work in a collaborative learning space of Years 4 to 6 students, called Te Ara Takitini. Welcome to our blog where we share our learning throughout 2018.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Our Collaborative Whakatauki Art

Collaborative Whakatauki Art

Earlier in the term we started working on a collaborative art work.  This is now displayed in Te Ara Takitini because the whakatauki is relevant for us.  All of Te Rōpū Whakamanawa contributed to this art in some way.
Our next step is to work out ways to make the overall appearance more cohesive.  We also need to make sure we are doing our individual best for the benefit of the whole group.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Collaborative Art


This term we have been learning about our new names and what they mean.  We have been working on our collaboration and coming together as a team.  We have been using this whakatauki to help us on our way.
Recently, we created this collaborative artwork to celebrate our strength together.

We still need to do some final touches and put this on our wall so will share this when it is up and on display.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Kiwi Can 2018

Kiwi Can 2018

Our learning in Kiwi Can for term one is now over.  We have been looking at respect and how we can show respect in class, our wider school and our community.
Term Two will have a focus on Positive Relationships.  We will focus on having a positive attitude.

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu

Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu

We were a little bit slow in starting this year but we have finally got organised and have been viewing and commenting on the blogs of our Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu partners.  Our partner classes are Waitemata at Waikowhai School and Room 2 from Blaketown School. 
The purpose of Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu is to give students the opportunity to view blogs from around the country and to have feedback and comments from other people on their own blogs.
Here are a few of our recent comments.
Zoey includes all of the parts needed for a quality comment.
Here are a range of comments posted by Te Rōpū Whakamanawa students.

Links to our blogging partners.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Summer Learning Journey

Super Summer Learning

At the end of 2017, we were introduced to the Summer Learning Journey through the Manaiakalani Outreach Programme.  Students were able to sign up to take part by blogging throughout the summer holidays.
Today, Miss Morgan came in to present certificates and prizes to students who participated.  
Two students who have now moved on the become Year 7, both did very well and have some great looking hampers to collect from school.
This has been great to see and we are looking forward to having even more people join the next journey.
Participants with their certificates.
Elijescha's effort earned her a great looking prize.
Siyona and Emily have prizes to pick up and enjoy.

Kapa Haka 2018

Kapa Haka in Te Ara Takitini

We had a great afternoon with Matua Anton, Te Ara Takitini akonga, our kaiako and our student teachers from Grad School.  The learning space came alive with the sweet sound of our voices.  
We are looking forward to learning more together this term.
A few of our students during He Honore.
Great to see so much involvement.

Getting right into it.  Ka mau te wehi!

Our boys giving their all.

Matua Anton leads the way.

Working on our timing and looking stunning.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Mandala Art

Our First Fun Friday

One of the highlights of our week here at Ara Tū Whakatā is Fun Friday.  Each teacher runs an activity that children can opt in to.  For our first one of the year, Miss Waho and a group of students coloured some Mandala Art.  This was a great opportunity for senior students to work alongside their junior school mates.

We can't wait to finish this next week and having these on display.
Levi took his Mandala art home and worked on it from home.  Today we mounted it and laminated it for Levi to have at home.  We loved it so much Levi let us photocopy it so we can have one in our learning space.