Posts by Leanne Jackson

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Ngā Timatanga Hou - New Beginnings

Matariki signals the start of the Maori New Year. Reflecting, setting goals and making plans for the future are part of  the mahi that is done during …
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Learning Traditional Māori Stories

Traditional Māori stories or pūrākau are taonga (treasures). They are stories with magical elements that have been passed down orally from generation …
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Why Wear a Poppy?

Anzac Day, on April 25, is a national day of remembrance for New Zealanders at home and around the world. The day marks the anniversary of the first m…
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To Tatou Maunga Kaha - Our Mighty Mountain

Our pepeha is a taonga because it gives us a deeper connection to our whenua and ancestry. Learning and understanding our pepeha is a way of celebrati…

Dragons, Dragons, Dragons!

The dragons in the Ready to Read book Dragons, Dragons, Dragons! by Feana Tu’akoi felt a bit lonely and sad. They realised they needed to make new fri…

Silly Snakes

‘Snakes’ is such an interesting word. It starts with the blend ‘sn’ and has a bossy e at the end so the letter ‘a’ is a long vowel (says it’s name). T…

Designing A Maths Game

Our thoughts turned to revising and consolidating our basic maths skills. In a writing activity Room 13 students explained what their need was and how…
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Learning Te Reo Māori Phrases

Principal Paula Farquhar wanted staff to become more confident in understanding and using te reo Māori phrases.
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Kapa Haka 2022

Kapa Haka is the name for Māori performing arts, kapa means to form a line, and haka is to dance. It is a powerful combination of song, dance and chan…

Double It!

What do you do when a fantastic teaching opportunity lands in your lap? You run with it, boots and all. That’s exactly what happened when announced in…

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