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.

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.

Summer Fun

Summer Swimming

It has been a hot summer and we are so lucky to have our school pool to cool off in.  Here are a couple of pictures of Te Rōpū Whakamanawa slashing around.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Welcome Back Water Fun Day

Water Fun Day

To welcome everybody back to school and to show our value of Play!, we had a water fun day.  Students got in to groups that were made up of children from all home bases and took part in a few water filled activities.  After lunch we had a swim and water fights.

The Treaty of Waitangi

Te Treaty Of Waitangi-Te Tiriti o Waitangi

This term we have started learning about the Treaty of Waitangi.  We created a padlet to show what we knew prior to our unit and what we want to know.  At the end of our unit, we will collate our shared learning to consolidate what we know about this very important document.
Here is our padlet so far:

Made with Padlet

Our Values

Our Values and the FISH! Philosophy

At Ara Tū Whakatā, we have used the FISH! Philosophy to help guide us in making our school environment a safe, fun and productive place.  

We also learn about different values through the Kiwi Can programme.  
We look forward to sharing our values learning with you.


Our Cultural Diversity

On this page we will celebrate and share our Cultural Diversity.  We will celebrate the cultures represented in our school and throughout the world.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Welcome to 2018

Welcome back to another year in the Senior Hub of Ara Tū Whakatā Gilberthorpe School.  This year our home base is a group of 33 Year 6 students with home base teachers Miss Waho and Mrs Howland.  We are looking forward to sharing our learning and seeing what our blogging friends from around Aotearoa are up to.