We are Special

Room 15 has been sharing ideas about what makes us different and special. 

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As a class, we talked about treasured possessions or objects (taonga) that hold significant cultural or personal  value. These can be physical objects such as carvings, jewellery, or artwork, or intangible things like songs, stories, or traditions that are passed down through generations. Taonga can also refer to natural resources or places that have special significance. 

We discovered that each person is unique and special. Our physical features are just one aspect of what makes us who we are. In addition to our appearance, we have our own personalities, talents, and experiences that shape our individuality.

It's important to appreciate and respect the differences that make us all special. As a class we decided to show our differences and similarities by creating self portraits.

Creating self portraits using our skills of observation

Using a photo of their face that was cut in half, Room 15 discussed the important features of their faces, where they are in the photos and where they would be on the other side if they completed their image in pencil on the paper.


I drew the face first, then the hair. The hair was a bit hard to do.

We checked we had the correct pencil grip so we could create precise lines. Our lines needed to be dark enough that we could see them - but not too dark that we couldn’t change them if we made a mistake. The lines we drew were different - the lines for our hair were wavy, the lines for our mouths and eyes were curved, the lines for the outline of our face were both straight and curvy. We had to look carefully at the photo.


We did the face. We drew the hair, our uniform and lips. The neck was tricky. Legion-Marie

Our mathematics knowledge of symmetry came into play when we had to make our eyes the same shape and in line with our other eye. Our noses needed to be the same size and the other half of our lips and mouth needed to connect. The important part of our art was making sure that the other half of our face was in proportion to the printed half. Some students struggled with this concept.

I did sharp teeth and a nose. I forgot my ear.

We asked our Room 7 buddy class to come and help.  Using Tuakana - Teina (older students supporting younger students) was a great way for both classes to build connections while also allowing Room 15 to have some help with their artworks. It was great to have Room 7, our buddy class, help out and give Room 15 students specific feedback and help them along the process.

We made our pictures because we are special and a taonga. We showed our self-portraits in assembly.

Showcasing our Art

Room 15 then showcased their work at our school assembly. This was an excellent way to share our individuality and promote a sense of community.

2024 Robinson

Codie Robinson

I'm an adventurous person who loves spending time outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing. When I'm not exploring the wilderness, you can often find me at the gym, where I enjoy staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Growing up in a small rural town in Stratford, Taranaki, I learned to appreciate the simple things in life and developed a strong connection to nature.

After finishing high school, I decided to move to Rotorua, where I studied by distance learning to be a teacher. My partner and I have relocated to Taupō, and we are excited to explore everything this beautiful town has to offer.

I am thrilled to be embarking on this chapter in my teaching career and look forward to making a positive impact on the lives of my students at Wairakei Primary School.

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