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Room 7

 

Tena Koutou, Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei,

Kia Orana, Bula Vinaka, Chao, Namaste! 

We are always very busy in Room 7. We love learning and having fun!

 

It has been a busy year! We are halfway through the year already.

The end of Term 2 saw us say goodbye to three friends – Soakimi, Kaosi and Vincent who moved to Room 12. We met eight new friends who have come to join us from Room 8 – Kaydence, I-Yah, Judah, Amos, Albert, Martha, Aleina and Tereise. Nau mai, Haere mai! Welcome to Room 7!

Here is our class.

 
  Come and have a look at what we have been doing this year.  

 

 

 

We have been learning more about our neighbours in the Pacific Islands, and how the people there work together for the Common Good. We had a lot of fun sharing with each other what we already know about the islands. We brought in some treasures from home to share with our friends and we learnt a lot more about each other’s families and cultures. 

We also had a special celebration with rooms 8 and 9 to share what we had learnt. We worked together to make our celebration happen. Room 7 focused on Tonga so we shared all our great learning about Tonga with the other children. Some of our Tongan Mums came together with Mrs Tahaafe to help us prepare for our performance – a real example of working together for the common good! We sang the alphabet, the colours and a number song.  

 

  

After our performance, we had a special feast. We ate sapasui, rice and bread with fresh pineapple and ice cream for dessert. It was so yummy!





 



 


Thank you again to all our Mums who helped us get ready!

Mālō ‘aupito. ‘Ofa lahi atu.

 

 

 

In RE we have been learning about God the Holy Spirit – Te Wairua Tapu. We did an experiment to show us how we only have one God but our one God is made of three parts – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We learnt about how we can listen to the Holy Spirit and do the right thing.

 

 

 

We also learnt about more about the Church and God’s plans for us. God knows everything about us – God had plans for us before we were even born! "I will never forget you my people. I have written your name on the palm of my hand.” – Isaiah 49:16

 

 

 

 

We also had a special visit from Father Simone. He talked to us about his very important role in our parish.

 

 

 

 

In Te Reo we have been learning about Matariki – the Māori New Year. We read a legend of Matariki called Together in Love by Xoė Hall. Together we rewrote the legend and illustrated it with soft crayons called pastels on black paper. We had to colour really carefully so the pastels wouldn’t smudge and ruin our artwork.

We learnt about the seven stars and made our own Matariki stars with black and red crayons and glued them onto shiny silver paper. We put a little bit of red and silver glitter on our stars to make them sparkle like they were really in the sky!