Tuesday, June 19, 2018



No Place Like Home - Tiki Tane


TAIAHA! TAIAHA HA!
Takitimu waka (DUH!) Tainui waka (TE HA!) Te Arawa waka, Mataatua e! Te kotahitanga e nga iwi, ki te waenganui a toi, E!! Nau mai, haere mai A place where the ocean meets ths sky Everyone is welcome here, with open arms and plenty to share From the North Island to the South Mountains high to rivers mouth, for this our homeland and sea and we are the guardians, WE ARE KAITIAKI! There is no place that I'd rather be, than right here now, just you and me yeaaah There is no one that I'd rather see, together my friends and family yeaah Nau mai haere mai, a place where the ocean meets the sky For this our homeland and sea and we are the guardians, WE ARE KAITIAKI!

There is no place that I'd rather be, than right here now, just you and me yeaaah There is no one that I'd rather see, together my friends and family yeaah

There is no place that I'd rather be, than right here now, just you and me yeaaah There is no one that I'd rather see, together my friends and family yeaah
yeaah yeaah.....

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Dancing Away this Cold Winter's Day!

Well it was a pretty brisk start to the day here in Tūhono!  Luckily we had a very special guest to visit who warmed us up in no time!!  Today Brett Fairweather, who is the founder of Jump Jam (Aerobic dance) came to dance with us to promote the Jump Jam competition that is happening in September in New Plymouth.  Frankley School and Tūhono certainly have lots of interested tamariki who want to join a crew.  Check out the photos and videos below.  I think there may have even been some guest dancers up on stage shaking it with everyone else!



















Thursday, May 24, 2018

We loved seeing you all in Tūhono - thanks for visiting!

Another sensational evening on Tūhono tamariki sharing and celebrating their learning with their whānau.  There was lots of giggles, talking, smiling, and flipgridding going on throughout the night.  Thank you so much to our families for giving up their time to find out more about your child's learning.  Remember you are more than welcome to pop in anytime you like to see what we get up to in here.  Have a great evening!



















Visiting Teachers

We recently had some staff from another school visit us all in our Learning Hubs. Some great feedback - particularly knowing that they spoke to students (rather than to teachers). Student voice at work.


22 May


Dear Merryl,

Thanks for hosting us last Monday.  We enjoyed our time in your lovely school.  It was refreshing to talk to you about your journey and where you are at in terms of student agency and also to better understand the philosophy and how you have implemented what you have.

It has given us much to ponder.  We are now considering how we can develop student agency within literacy and incorporate the use of digital technologies .

We realise that where you are has come from designing, refining and reviewing over many years.  We need to focus on small focused changes, choose carefully and imbed well.  The other key element that we picked up from your school, in our discussion with you, is bringing everything back to authentic context, real life, real world choices.

As we went around the classrooms it was great to see the way the teachers collaborated together and through this collaboration they were able to offer greater choices to their students , whether it be a quiet or active brain break or a different writing workshop. 

We were very impressed by the student’s knowledge of their goals and knowing how they got them, what they were working on and where they were going next. 

Throughout the school we could see student agency in action and it was clearly evident what their goals were.

Thank you for your time and effort to ensure that our visit was worthwhile.

Robbie and Marie Bird

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Student Led Conferences in the House!!

What a buzzing, chatty, excited atmosphere we had yesterday at our first lot of Student Led Conferences.  It was fantastic to watch all of you sharing your learning with your whānau and that they now know what goes on in Tūhono each day.  It is not an easy task leading your conferences and Tūhono tamariki did it like pros!

Thank you so much to all of our lovely families that came along to support their child/ren's learning and taking the time to share in their successes.  Hopefully these conferences have got you talking with your child about what they are doing well and what they might still need to work on.

We are looking forward to our next conferences tomorrow afternoon.  Just remember you are more than welcome to come in any time and work with your child or see what your child is doing - we love visitors!

Check out all of our Tūhono whānau...

Tuhono's Budding Artists

Tūhono were let out on the town last week to spend a couple of hours at our amazing local gem the Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre.  This was such a great conclusion to our Art W.I.T. and the educators actually tailored our sessions to fit in with portraits and how you can interpret artworks and how the artist communicates messages through their art.

We split into two groups and all got to experience and browse the Art Gallery, whilst the other group viewed some of Len Lye's portrait work and then created their own camera-less photos using special photographic paper, a strong UV light and a few treasures :)

Tūhono were buzzing throughout the sessions and it brought our art ideas into real-life context, which is always the ultimate goal.

Check out our videos and photos of what we got up to.  Feel free to add in comments in the Google Album if you see something cool or ask a question if you like.

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