Te Tahuna 2018

Te Tahuna is the name of our new class. “Life is a Beach” is the theme one student suggested is the motto for our class.

We are a class of twenty-nine  Year Four students. Most of us have been at Paihia School since we were five years old. This year we  have welcomed three new students in our class. Our teacher Mrs Neumann has been teaching at Paihia School for nearly thirty years in many different roles and class levels.

We have some fabulous new furniture in our tiny  room and we have some new exciting areas in our class and are going to develop  outdoor learning spaces that will be fun to learn in as there are so many of us  and we’d like to recreate a beach theme. This year is our first year to use chromebooks, most of us did not even have our own  digital devices last year, so together with our teacher Mrs Neumann we are all “learning together to prepare for the future.” we are going to have fun learning together using a variety of intelligences that will support our different learning styles. We are fortunate to have a beautiful mural on our outside wall that was created by some of our parents with Martha Meyer. Please keep reading our class blog and individual blogs , adding comments and seeing the exciting things we will be learning and sharing with you. You are always welcome to join us in our learning journey.


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Te Awa 2018

Te Awa

We are the new entrant class at Paihia School. At present, we have seven students who are brand new. Each new student is assessed in reading, writing, maths and alphabet letter knowledge. From this information, I can make sure that each student is engaged in learning activities, which cater to their individual needs. Te Awa has an open door policy and whanau members are always welcome to join us for any part of our learning programme.

Pre-School visitors: On Thursday mornings, pre-school pupils join us for the morning session (9am till 10.40am) for six weeks before they turn five. This makes their transition to school very easy and enjoyable.

We hope you enjoy our blog this year.

Nikki Simmonds.


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Nga Motu 2018

Nga Motu

We are an amazing group of Year 2 and 3 children who are in a shared learning space with 2 teachers – Miss Hadwin and Mrs Williams. We have a fabulous teacher aide call Alisha who helps us all the time. We love working together and sharing our knowledge with each other. There are 42 of us in this learning space. We enjoy using the ipads, dancing, playing and discovering new things.

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Te Ngahere 2018

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Tena koutou,

Te Ngahere is a shared learning environment for our year 6,7, & 8 students.  We have 2 kaiako, Whaea Becks and Whaea Chrissy and 1 amazing kaiawhina, Whaea Ronnie.  We are a 1:1 chromebook class and we access our learning from our class site.  We are learning to direct our own learning; through goal setting, attending teacher and student-led workshops and evidencing our learning.  
We all share our learning on our individual blogs and we have a class blog to share what is happening in Te Ngahere.  You can find the to our class blog below.  To view our individual blogs click on the links on the left hand side of Te Ngahere’s blog.
Please feel free to read our blogs and leave a comment, as we love receiving feedback.  

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Te Maunga 2018

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Te Maunga is named after the mountains in our environment.  Te Maunga is a year 5 class with 29 students.  We are a wide range of ethnicities: NZ European, Maori, British, Irish, Cook Island Maori, Fijian, Filipino and Asian.  Te Maunga is a digital class, where majority of learning is done on devices.  Students in Te Maunga are encouraged and taught (with support) to be independent learners.


This is the link to Te Maunga’s site

This is the link to Te Maunga’s blog

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Te Moana 2018


We are Te Moana.  We are a class of five year olds and we have two teachers, Ms Phillips and Mrs Cameron.  Our wonderful Teacher Aid is Brigitte. 
We love our new open learning space, and we are looking forward to spending lots of time outside our classroom and learning about our environment.
You can find our class site at Te Moana’s Site
This year instead of a blog, we are going to use an app called See- Saw.  This will let whanau see what their tamariki are learning and experiencing in Te Moana.




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