Te Mihi - Our Place

Te Mihi students were excited to mark the end of term with a celebration of learning around the inquiry ‘Our Place’.

It was a chance to share our new knowledge about local Ngāti Tūwharetoa legends. Students were able to retell different stories about Ngātoroirangi, Horomatangi, and the Battle of the Mountains. These were largely shared using Book Creator, providing students with the opportunity to add their own pictures and perspectives on the legends. Some were factual; others were shared as a narrative.



My brother came into Room 8 and I read my book to him and his friends. They loved it! - Lennox

I used praying mantises to show Ngātoroirangi’s insects waiting. They waited in vain. They made water come out of the ground to make a river and a lake. - Jay

We were fortunate to have Whaea Kristy come and share her artistic skills with us earlier in the term, teaching students how to depict the Māori creation story through facial features and analogous colours. Whaea Kristy was also our educator on the ‘Wānanga Wai Whakarewa - Floating Classroom’ with Chris Jolly Outdoors. This was the Lake Taupō cultural knowledge and educational cruise that told the story of her Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi to students.


I used paint and mostly some pastels to make softer colours. - Manihera

As our place reaches beyond just where we live, some students researched and presented models of international landmarks. There were plenty of 3D structures, such as Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and the Golden Gate Bridge. We were able to identify links to places around the world that interested us or that we had been to.


Did you know the Statue of Liberty was a present for America? It came from France. And it used to be brown and it turned green. - Ashe

Another way for students to share ‘their place’ was to create visual pepeha. In the curriculum of Te Reo Māori, students are expected to “communicate personal information, such as parents’ and grandparents’ names, iwi, hapu, their mountain and river, or home town and place of family origin”. These visual pepeha differed slightly from typical pepeha as students used the visual aspect to support their speaking. It was a goal for our students this term to speak and share in front of the class, or others. Students who were reluctant to share were encouraged to speak in front of an adult or a friend. We look forward to building on this skill as we head into Term 2’s inquiry - ‘In our own words’.




I had some hard words in my pepeha. I couldn’t even say them and now I can say it without looking. - Darrius

Te Mihi students have participated in many sporting activities over the term, namely athletics, inter-school athletics, road safety with Taupō District Council’s Cycle Skills programme, and swimming through Contact Swim Well Taupo at the A.C. Baths. All of these activities provided necessary, life-long skills and were a great way for students to connect to our local community.




We thank the many visitors that joined us during our celebration of learning.



Keywords: inquiry, celebration of learning, Te Reo Māori

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