St. Joseph's School School Otahuhu


Room 13

Welcome to Room 13! 

Take a look at their show stopping work! 


As your children would have told you our Mercy Value this year to focus on is "Hospitality."
Manaakitanga is the Maori word for hospitality.  As a class we created our own kakahu (Maori cloak) and on each feather we wrote what hospitality means to us.



During our Social Science Topic "Our Pacific Neighbours", we encouraged all the children to bring in from home any artefacts that they thought related to our topic.  They all eagerly did and gave great little speeches about what they had brought in, where it come from and retold any stories that were related to them. We were able to display them all around our class and Mrs Henry labelled them all correctly for us.


 We were very lucky to have Jameson bring in a mini replica Samoan Fale.  All the children were very intrigued by how it was put together.  So we decided we would design and construct our own mini Samoan Fales using  a variety of recycled and natural materials.  Definately a highlight and a great achievement for all the children in Room 13.


All the children in Room 13 worked together to make and put together their own class Tapa Cloth.  The inspiration came from our  Social Science Topic "Our Pacific Neighbours."  Each pattern represented has different meaning for each child.


We joined many other New Zealanders and celebrated Matariki- Maori New Year in Room 13 this term. We celebrated by reading many stories, creating artwork that reflected Matariki and making personal goals, representing new beginnings.