Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Twinkle Twinkle

To celebrate Matariki, Ahuriri made a short video to show off their learning.  


Thursday, 23 June 2022

Matariki Celebration

We have been learning all about Matariki this term and have concluded this learning with our wonderful Matariki fun day.

We made kites, bookmarks, and lanterns. We collaborated to decorate a whole studio jewel tree.

Kaitiakitanga Awards

These wonderful learners have been spotted demonstrating Kaitiakitanga! Well done our certificate winners Ollie, Mack, and Lucy!

Friday, 17 June 2022

Rainbow Reward Day


We were so excited to find out that as a school, we had earned enough Whanau cards to enjoy an extra fun Friday.

It was certainly very colourful in Ahuriri!

Look at these wonderful photos of our Rainbow Fun Day.

Friday, 10 June 2022

Matariki with the Māori Library Services Team

This week we were visited by the Christchurch Library Māori Library Services Team. Justice and Mā told us the Māori origin story of the universe. We learned about each of the Matariki stars and what they represent. We sang a Matariki song and learned the actions.

Waitī watches over our freshwater environments. Our awa (rivers), roto (lakes), kūkūwai (wetlands), and waipuna (springs) - to name just a few. As the waters flow, she sees how they support us, provide for us, connect us, and sustain us. Waitī has heard the important stories that our waters have to tell. She encourages us to listen, and to learn from them as well.

Waitā surveys our vast oceans, Te Moana-nui-o-Kiwa (Pacific Ocean) and Te Tai-o-Rehua (Tasman Sea). The variety of life in these waters is so diverse that he finds he is still discovering different species of rimurimu (seaweed), whāngote o te moana (marine mammals), kaiwhao (molluscs), manu (birds) and ika (fish) - even after all of this time. Biodiversity is so essential to our world. Our actions must support it, and better still, enhance it. Waitā encourages us to respect our coasts and oceans,and treat their inhabitants as the precious taonga (treasures) they are.

Waipuna-ā-rangi welcomes the winter sky waters in all their forms - ua (rain) ua nganga (hail) and hukarere (snow) included. She sees how these waters contribute to the healthy cycle of our earth, and also, the effects when they do not arrive as required. Waipuna-ā-rangi encourages us to reflect about climate change, and what we can do today to lessen the problem.

Tupu-ā-rangi has long looked out for the ngahere (forests), and he is deeply concerned by the collapse he is witnessing. Our native wildlife – manu (birds and bats), mokomoko (lizards), and ngārara (bugs) – are being ravaged by introduced pests and predators. As are our ancient rākau (trees) – like tōtara, pūriri, pōhutukawa and rātā. Tupu-ā-rangi encourages us to take action to help to bring our forests back to life again.

Tupu-ā-nuku has a special interest in our edible plants. This includes the natives pūhā (sowthistle), kawakawa (pepper tree), kōkihi (NZ spinach), and tī kōuka (cabbage tree). In watching the preparations for their growth and harvest, she has come to understand the importance of healthy soil. Tupu-ā-nuku encourages us to consider more carefully what we are putting into Papatūānuku (the earth), and in what quantities.

Ururangi is close friends with te whānau puhi (wind family) – including Hauraro (north wind), Tonga (south wind), Hauāuru (west wind), and Marangai (east wind). She encourages us to get to know this family well, embrace its strength and prepare for any challenges it creates.

Pōhutukawa holds tight to our memories of treasured people who have passed on. She encourages us to take time to remember them, and to acknowledge their impact on our lives.

Hiwai-i-te-rangi is a wishing star, who helps us to recognise our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the coming year. She encourages us to hold firm to our goals, and seek out opportunities to see them realised. Matariki loves to gather the people together, and to connect them with our environment. She encourages us to do the same, as often as possible.

Kotahitanga Award


Kotahitanga is our value of collaborating and in child speak this is;

 Share and take turns

Help and encourage others

Our certificate awards go to Isaac, Liam and Case this week. We have seen that these three can work well with a wide range of children always sharing ideas and taking turns. They are especially good at noticing others who need encouragement and help. We are so proud of them.


Twinkle Twinkle

To celebrate Matariki, Ahuriri made a short video to show off their learning.