Te Reo Maori

As you may know it has been Te Reo Maori week. Paihia School has been doing rotations from class to class. Paihia School has learn’t many new Te Reo Maori words and numbers and even songs. Each teacher has been teacher other’s new skills or reminding them about old skills. We are very lucky to have been able to do the so a BIG thanks to Sarnia Pou (Mrs Pou). Paihia School has had so much fun learning Te Reo Maori and I think that Paihia School with do it again next year.

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Project Island Song

On Thursday 24th August some students from Te Maunga and Te Ngahere were chosen to go out to the islands for Project Island Song. Project Island Song is a group of volunteers that go out to the islands, trap pests (possums, rats, mice, stoats and etc), plant native trees to encourage other native birds to come back to the island. The Explore team took us out to Urupukapuka. Without their help we would not have been able to go to the islands. From there we were handed over to Debby and BJ, who are part of Project Island Song program. We were split into two groups of twenty and we were off doing projects to help the island. One group did planting and the other made traps or tracking tunnels. We had a great time and are very grateful to the supporters and helpers. Here are some of the amazing photos that were taken:

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Tim Tipene

On Thursday May 11th an author Tim Tipene came to our school to talk about books he wrote,he read us some of his books and he tells us story’s about his life.He write 10 books.Tim Tipene  was really fun, we enjoined his visit. But He had to leave eventually. Soon his visit was over so one of the kids stood up and said good by and thanked him for coming. We had an amazing time with Tim Tipene and we hope he can ever come again.  🙂 

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Parent Information Evening

The parent information evening will take place on Wednesday 30th November at 5.30pm in our whare.

We will discuss some exciting developments at Paihia School. As a result of the work we are doing with our cluster of schools, researchers Woolf Fisher, plus the findings of the Education Review Office, we are going to create a modern and innovative learning environment for our students. We have already started with the introduction of digital devices, Blogs and Sites. We are now planning to change how classrooms are set up in 2017.

We have some inspiring teachers who are going to take collective responsibility for some groups of children rather than individual classes. I should point out that our new entrant class will remain unaffected. This change is being driven by teachers. The benefits of this are teacher strengths and expertise can be utilised to benefit student learning. Additionally students can take more responsibility for their learning and will have increased opportunities to learn from each other.

There will be small changes to buildings to accommodate this as well. The Room numbers 0 – 8 at Paihia School will go. Each learning area will have its own name. The current furniture we have resembles the furniture from the 1900’s, especially the individual desks. We have ordered new furniture that will create an environment where children can work on the floor, at a high table on stools, individually, with a group or with the teacher. The learning environment will be colourful and creative.

We will put on a sausage sizzle. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Links for Parents

Did you know that we are working on a page specifically set up for parents?  This page will provide links to various websites for you to assist with your children’s learning.  These may be sites the children are already familiar with or they may be teaching sites, aimed at explaining to you, what and how your child is learning.

This will be regular updates with new sites, worksheets and useful games for your kids to take a look at.

Take a look via the “Classrooms & Staff” menu or click here.

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Paihia School’s New Playground


We are lucky to have another extraordinary playground at Paihia School along with the other two. This playground is for rooms 6,7 and 8. This playground includes:

  1. Net swing.
  2. Climbing wall.
  3. Round spinning bars.
  4. Monkey bars.
  5. A net wall

The swing is a big hit on the new playground with all the kids rushing to it.

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