Friday, 6 December 2019

TERM FOUR - Week 7

Actors, Singers, Musicians, RWC 2019

We wanted to find out about local or NZ artists, such as music artists, drama artist, and those who are champions in the art of sports.
What makes these people champions?
 How do you know you are a champion?

 What qualities make a champion?

 How do they keep doing going?

Stan Walker, a true champion.  Despite the ups and downs with his health, he continues to make music and persevere in his career. 


LEADERSHIP TRIP to Rainbow's End
The leadership trip that took place, was a trip for those students in team Whakapono, who were loyal and committed to their role and responsibility as a Peer Mediator, Road patrol and Travel wise leader.  

A huge thank you to all those students who managed to stick to it right to the very end

Thank you!!!!

Monday, 2 December 2019

TERM FOUR - Week 6

Rowandales Cultural Identity Show 2019

'We grow our CULTURES together'

PURPOSE - To acknowledge and develop students cultural identity.  
Outcome - To perform / present a range of cultures, in growing and sustaining our diversity of cultures.

On Thursday the 21st of November, Rowandale held the Cultural Identity show 2019.  All three teams, Team Aroha, Tumanako and Whakapono took part in cultural dance, drama and music.
Team Whakpono Niuean group

 Team Aroha Cook Island group

 Team Whakapono Cook Island group

 Team Aroha Samoan group

The show began with the Tumanako and Whakapono Kapa Haka group.  Powerful singing, and dances of elegance from both males and females.  The rest of the Tumanako groups followed on: Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island and the Niuean group.

Next we had Team Aroha, our junior students perform.  They brought cute back into cuteness, with amazing costumes and performances that only the junior school can show case.  The audience was the largest, parents and family members all wanting to see their little ones perform.

To end our day we had the Senior students  perform.  They were amazing and had lifted the standards to a new level.  All Room 18 students were in different groups and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience of either being in a new cultural group or in a group of their own ethnicity.  

We were all very proud of our performances and especially to our teacher Mrs Aliifaalogo who put this whole show together.  Thank your Mrs Aliifaalogo.

TERM FOUR - Week 5

This week, we had the wonderful Duffy Theatre yet once again.  Our class really enjoyed it this year because the context of the show was based around gaming, which totally links in with the recent gaming craze students are into at the moment.  Through books the characters managed to import themselves into the game and had to read for instructions to solve the game and get out of the game.  

Where are you?  How are you going to get out of there?

 Help!  Help!


This proves that reading, is a vital part of life and that you can use reading in anything and everything, even gaming.

Joy Cowley reading group
We Are Learning To: To identify explicit (clear / obvious) clues
Success Criteria: Explain what the clue is telling us. Understand what is a clue.
TASK: What is a clue? Play 20 questions to find out about the topic 'Tui birds'.

We believe that reading is important, reading is necessary, and reading is fun!!!

Friday, 8 November 2019

TERM FOUR - Week 4
Marae trip

This week, all of Rowandale school had the experience of visiting our local Manurewa Marae.  For most of us, it was a new and exciting experience.  

The day began with the traditional Powhiri, in which we had some of our senior students and staff involved in.  As common respect we had to take our shoes off, and behave in a civilised and quiet manner.  The kaumatua spoke of the significance of the Manurewa marae and we listened with anticipation.

We were excited to begin our modules and as soon as the formalities were done, we were eager beavers waiting to start our learning journey in the maori culture

We began our day with the long stick rakau which was taken by Mr Ikitule.  Wow, who knew you could do so much with a long stick, apart from hitting someone with it or breaking it?

Next we split and the boys went to the haka section and the girls went into the poi section.  These are two traditional maori dances that is commonly performed at special occasions or competitions.

We then went into the marae to explore the carvings, history and pictures inside.  An interesting historical fact that we found out was that the Manukau harbour is called Te manukanuka te oturoa.  Two carvings that we identified in the marae belonged to females, and their names were Te Atairehia and Hinenuitepo.

Finally, the tummy was rumbling and we had some kai, our lunch.  It was steaming hot, yet we still played out in the hot sun, with our hats and sunscreen on.  A little after 1pm was our final module which was the harakeke taken by Mrs Kasi-Sagote and Whaea Rebecca.  

We were also lucky enough to have our taamoko done, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We, Room 18, have just had an experience of a life-time in which we respected and participated in the maori culture.  We would like to continue these activities and help keep the culture alive at school.  

A huge thank you to all the teachers who organised this great experience.  We look forward to more learning in the future.