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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017
The Year 4 team visited the Stardome in support of our Landscape Learning topic: Lost in Space. It was great to listen to David talk to us about our Solar System, sharing facts about space and the differing bodies within it. We enjoyed exploring the gallery and all the different exhibits to do with space. The use of the iPad to lead us around was great too! We finished our session with a movie in the theatre. It was awesome to feel like we were really flying around space as we learned even more about our Solar System. We had an amazing trip and really appreciate all the parents who were able to come along and support us. more...
Thursday, 1 June 2017
The Eco Warriors met with Mrs Hanlon - Judd and Mrs Clay at lunchtime today to check out the trakka tunnels. Most of the tunnels had evidence of some sort of animal sneaking the peanut butter we had laid for them. Once we had collected the ink pads we sat down to see what prints we had. We had been given a chart to show us what animal has which footprints and we set to work to try and identify what creatures hang out at Wakaaranga! We came to the conclusion that we have hedgehogs, ants, possibly mice and even a birds footprint was seen! We will email photos of the prints to Auckland Council who will clarify our thinking. .. and help us work out our 'where to next'! more...
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Cate and Ruairi from Auckland Council and the Biosecurity team spent their lunchtime with the Eco Warriors discussing plans for making Wakaaranga School 'pest free'. This tied in well with NZ Science Week and the students were all enthused to get their planning under way. Ruairi showed us how to put some trakka tunnels together, how to lay the 'bait' (peanut butter!) and then what to do with the ink pad. Unfortunately we weren't able to lay them last night as there was too much rain forecast which would ruin the monitoring. So we have put it on hold until Monday next week. After two nights we will check our trakka tunnels, then identify the prints left behind! Following that we'll have a look at what we could do do help reduce the numbers of pests in our school grounds - so much exciting citizen science! more...
Friday, 12 May 2017
It was an amazing start to the basketball season..... Our waka warriors won their first game 26-Nil! The team work was great and a lot of fun was had by everyone. GO WAKA WARRIORS! more...
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
The Year 4 students, teachers and parents ventured out to explore the exciting ecosystems we have on our doorstep. The students were led down to the Rotary Walkway, taking part in observation activities and treasure hunts. Using our senses we were able to really appreciate what we have so close to where we are every day! Back at school we explored the school grounds and identified many, many, many New Zealand Native Trees. We were able to identify them from observing the different types of leaves, as well as looking at the plaques that are at the foot of each tree! In the afternoon we tried our hand at flax weaving - we had collected the flax on Monday afternoon - and created some finely-tuned 'windmills'. Thank you to the lovely parents who were able to support us on our trip this morning! more...
Friday, 24 February 2017
Huge thanks to those of you who braved the showers (ok - rain) on Friday and helped make our annual Family Picnic/BBQ a great evening, despite the weather. It was lovely seeing such a great turnout and we hope you all had an enjoyable evening, Deb Lawson PTA Chairperson more...
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Congratulations to the new 2017 Junior School House Leaders. This week, interested year 3 students prepared a short speech to present to their houses, stating why they would make a great role model and suitable house leader. All the students who shared did themselves proud and it was clear by the very close voting results that all students did a great job promoting themselves. We are lucky to have such talented year 3's! more...
Monday, 13 February 2017
Planning and making is well underway for this year's wearable art entries for the Eye on Nature event at the Manurewa Botanical gardens on 1st April. Here's a glimpse of some of the amazing initial design ideas by some of our talented year 5 and 6 students. This year's theme is Funky Garden Art! more...
Monday, 13 February 2017
We're exceptionally proud of the Wakaaranga Weetbix Tryathlon Team, who took part in the event at Point England Reserve today. The children put in a massive effort and supported each other along the way. Big thanks goes to Mrs Gillett for organising our team, and coordinating training over the summer. Credit to the families too, for pitching in to make training days and the actual event extra fun. more...
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Just when you think the Year 5 multi media Dodo Birds can't get any cuter....here are some from Mrs Daniels' class: more...
Friday, 18 November 2016
Thank you to all the grandparents who came along to celebrate 'Grandparents Day' at Wakaaranga today. What a fabulous afternoon it was. The school held a special assembly on the tiger turf and serenaded our special guests with some beautiful singing, a performance by our amazing junior Kapa Haka and to finish off the afternoon our grandparents got to spend time in the classroom. Thank you to everyone who came along, we hope you enjoyed the afternoon more...
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Over 400 cans were donated. Watties will match that and donate the same amount. The Salvation Army came and picked them up. Tina Wing from Watties and Cain from the Salvation Army spoke at the Year 5 assembly. Year 6 Councillors and House Leaders designed the 'Can Creation'. more...
Thursday, 10 November 2016
On 9th November the two Waka basketball teams travelled to the Howick Rec Centre to meet the Breakers. They joined in with a lot of other primary schools from our local area and we were lucky enough to be selected to play against the Breakers. We scored a couple of fabulous buckets and did ourselves proud outscoring these awesome players. I think they may have let us win though! After that we got to meet our favourite players, getting autographs and taking pictures. What an amazing experience for all who went! GO THE BREAKERS! more...
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Room 1b and 1c, two year 3 classes went off to Ambury Farm as part of their new Landscape Learning topic - 'Dairy Farming'. What a fantastic fun filled day it was! The children met Cardigan the Jersey cow and watched her being milked. They got to pat her and even felt the warm milk flowing through the pipes to be collected. Next they learnt about milk production. They got to take part in a play which taught them how the milk goes from the cow to the products we love to eat straight from the fridge. We learnt about words like homogenised and pasteurisation. The next fun activity was turning Cardigan's cream into butter. To do that we separated the milk from the cream and then took turns shaking up the cream until it turned to butter. The best part was getting to eat it on a sandwich! To end the day we wandered around Ambury Farm petting the animals and having a whole lot of fun. Lucky Room 1a and 1d will get to experience the farm tomorrow. more...
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Last week year 6 preformed their production 'The Girl with the Golden Locks'. In total there were four performances and it was enjoyed by young and old. After many hours of practices, learning lines, costumes design, dances, arts and props and IT design the final performance on Thursday night was a great success. Well done Year 6 and teachers, you were amazing! more...
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Ahoy, me Hearties! The year 3's have been working hard during their fortnightly music sessions with Mrs Murray. Over the last few weeks they have been learning different pirate songs, playing instruments and moving to pirate music. To conclude this unit the year 3's all got together to have a good old sing along. The students played different parts, wore their pirate hats and brought their best pirate voices and sayings to the show. It was a lot of fun and even the teachers joined in on the fun! more...
Friday, 16 September 2016
Today was the final for the Year 3 and 4 speech competition. Mrs Warburton, our judge was very impressed with the quality overall. She commented on the range of topics, humour and confidence shown by all speakers. With speeches ranging in topics from 'Dinosaurs', 'How to annoy your parents', 'Black Beard', 'Being Homeless' and 'Plastic' just to name a few, the audience enjoyed a wonderful morning listening to speeches. The overall winner for Year 3 was Jason Liu and Year 4 was Finn Jones more...
Friday, 16 September 2016
Congratulations to Jaedon for winning the Auckland Wide Speech Competition. Jaedon's speech was also reported in full in the local newspaper. more...
Thursday, 8 September 2016
4C's wheeled creations! Some people used straws as axles and bottle caps to make working wheels. We had tanks, scooters, buses, trucks, planes, trolleys and of course cars! more...
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Year 2 and Year 5 have loved learning all about science with Alan and Emily from Science in a Van! Year 5 learned all about matter and here's the Year 2's learning all about the Wonderful World of Bubbles! more...
Monday, 29 August 2016
After 5 weeks of wonderful learning around the Olympics, the year 3 and 4 syndicates combined to celebrate the conclusion of the Olympics by having their own Olympics day. The students were allocated different countries and dressed up in that countries colours. The day began with a opening ceremony where we sang the National Anthem of the host country (New Zealand of course!) then we paraded in our continents, did a Brazilian Zumba dance and concluded with the singing of the 2016 Olympics theme song. Due to the weather some of activities then had to be held inside but that didn't stop the fun. Some of the day's activities included potato and spoon racing, silent ball, obstacle courses, hockey, paper plane building and our own version of shotput. At the conclusion of the events, we handed out gold, silver and bronze medals to many winners. Well done to everyone for taking part and getting into the spirit of the Waka Olympic games. more...
Monday, 29 August 2016
On Thursday 25th August, year 3 visited 'Motat'. We went there as an introduction to our new learning topic of 'Inventions and Inventors'. It was a fantastic day with many hands on learning experiences for all. All students enjoyed a ride on the famous Motat tram, a self-guided session and a lesson in the Motat classroom. This is where the students got to see and play with many olden day items. Early telephones, mobile phones, cameras to name just a few. The students also experienced writing their names with quill and ink, on slate boards and they even got to do some typing on olden day typewriters. Many of the adults on the trip also enjoyed reminiscing the use of many of these items from their childhood more...
Monday, 29 August 2016
On Friday 26 August the Waka A netball team took on the determined Baverstock A team. It was a brilliant game of netball. Solid netball skills were demonstrated by both teams. The Waka team fought hard with great defence and fantastic shooting. The final score 12 - 9, a victory for the Wakaaranga team. Well done team. Mrs Martin was very proud of your efforts today. more...
Saturday, 2 July 2016
Over Term 2 Year 6 have been taking part in 'electives'. Activities ranged from Makey Makey, this is all about circuits and coding.They designed water piano's, animal farms, step dancing, operation games. Engineering, where they built bridges, invented new ways to hold pencils at their desks and designed new wheels. In art they made cardboard block printing cityscape images, they layered paint to create a glamour finish. During drama they made body sculptures, performed silent stories and held alphabet discussions. 3D printing designed a piece of art to be held by a frame. In robotics they worked hard to programme a robot to draw a house, very challenging indeed. Skills and drills were a big part of soccer specialisation. Ending in competitive games. Fair play, skill improvement and leadership were a big part of this activity. Kapa haka runs during these afternoons, it was lovely for the Year 6 members to present what they have been doing over the term. So much learning went on over these terms. Well done Year 6! What talent. more...
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Forty Year 5 and 6 students went to Lloyd Elsmore to take part in the Netball Fun Day. It was a great day with many students playing their first game of netball! We all had a lot of fun playing together sometimes winning, sometimes not but it didn't matter as the emphasis was on FUN! Well done to everyone that took part. more...
Friday, 3 June 2016
Wakaaranga held a mufti day to raise money for 'Habitat for Humanity'. Earlier this year, Fiji experienced a devastating cyclone. 'Habitat for Humanity' are taking a team of volunteers to Fiji to build homes in July. Our mufti money will go towards the fund that will be used to build these homes. Our School Councillors enjoyed helping to make this coin trail this morning. Well done team WAKA! more...
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Inspired by traditional and contemporary koru designs, the Year 6 students recently created their own wonderful ink and soluble pencil compositions. more...
Monday, 23 May 2016
Here are a few highlights from Monday's whole school assembly. New students were welcomed to Wakaaranga with a Powhiri by the junior and senior Kapa Haka group. There were certificates presented to a selection of very hard working students and some beautiful singing. Thank you to the Year 4 presenters, who did a fabulous job! more...
Friday, 20 May 2016
As part of Road Safety Week, we are encouraging students to use the zebra crossing. The Travelwise team and Mrs Anderson have been out in force on Prince Regent Drive this week with their herd of zebras helping students to cross safely. Teaching children to cross safely will help keep them safe now and in the future. Check out these happy safe road users! more...
Friday, 13 May 2016
It was the start of the 'Field of Dreams' swim programme for the years 3,4,5, and 6s this week. Here are a few photos of Room 1b having a fabulous time at Lloyd Elsmore. For some, the focus is on learning how to swim, for others it is all about improving their swimming abilities. We look forward to attending lessons for the next 5 weeks. more...
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
‘Our Big Blue Backyard’ was designed and made by Alwyn Cao, Raymond Huang, Ashton Morely, Xin Lan Hu and Kylie Jacobs from Wakaaranga Primary School, yet so many more children were involved in its development through a school wide project to collect and recycle bottle caps, with the aim of recycling the plastic through ongoing art work projects. ‘Our Big Blue Backyard’ shows the sun rising over Rangitoto Island and the beautiful waters that surround it. Our message is keep the waters in Auckland’s big blue backyard beautiful, and to keep our marine life flourishing by reducing, reusing and recycling. more...
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Created from handmade tiles that were fired in our school’s own kiln, its message is to encourage our thinking about connections with the sea that aren’t immediately obvious, to look after, and protect our sea and the marine life that lives within it. more...
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
A Preview of the wearable art. more...
Monday, 14 March 2016
On Friday at Junior Assembly we welcomed all new students and families to Wakaaranga with a Powhiri more...
Saturday, 5 March 2016
Today we went to football, I was so excited about it. We played a game called shark attack and another game called traffic lights, it was so much fun. Our coach taught us how to kick the ball fast. In the game shark attack while we playing we had to kick the ball side to side. My coach was fun. By Anaya age 5 Today we went to football. My coach’s name was Tom he was teaching us a new skill. We played Shark Attack it was fun interesting. By Jack age 5 I went to play soccer this morning, my coach was Tom. He taught us how to play soccer and it was fun. By Kyren age 5 We went to play soccer and I kicked the ball in circles. I felt happy because it was fun. I liked playing Shark Attack. By Eva age 5 more...
Monday, 22 February 2016
The children in Mrs Samuel's class managed themselves so well during the senior school assembly run by Year 6 that they were allowed to have the new soft toy dragon in their classroom until the next assembly. There is a competition running to find a name for our new friend. more...
Thursday, 18 February 2016
This morning Police dog Ulster and Constable Gibson walked with the Walking School Bus to Wakaaranga. It was a blustery overcast day but so much fun! Some even had a go taking Ulsters lead. Thanks to Vicky from Auckland Transport for organizing this. And a huge thanks to Constable Gibson and Ulster! more...
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
We welcomed seven students from our sister school in China, Cixi #3 Experimental School- Ningbo. They are visiting us for four days. They are being home-stayed by local families and will leave again on Thursday after school. Cixi School hosted a group of Wakaaranga Y6’s when we visited China last August. more...
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Ruud Kleinpaste visited Wakaaranga School to share Outdoor Classroom concepts with the teachers. more...
Friday, 5 February 2016
While most families were relaxing this summer, a group enthusiastic Waka kids and their dedicated parents have been swimming, cycling and running their hearts out, in preparation for the Weetbix TRYathlon. Best wishes to the Wakaaranga Team for 21st February, and a big thank you to Kirsty Gillett, their talented coordinator. more...



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