Sunday, 24 June 2012

2012 Term 2 Week 9 - Matariki

This week has seen our students celebrating Matariki. The realisation of weeks of inquiry into the significance, history, relevance to our lives and links to the school vision has been evident in the events planned, organised and managed by our students.

Students have set family goals, shared meals, planted gardens, made and flown kites and had a trip to the theatre as part of our Matariki celebrations.
The joy for us as teachers is to see the students displaying the key competencies within authentic learning contexts while having fun! And we certainly saw that this week!!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

2012 Term 2 Week 8 - Iwi liaison

We have been busy working on our opening ceremony with our students practicing their singing, dancing and playing of instruments.

Our opening ceremony will begin with a powhiri where we as the Tangata Whenua (hosts) welcome the Manuhiri (visitors) to our school. We have been working with Whaea Roxie from Rosehill College and they have provided us with 2 senior students to work with our children on their waiata (songs), haka (welcome dance) and karanga (call). 

We have also been lucky to have the expertise of Matua Roimata to guide us in our protocols, language and organisation. His guidance will ensure that we create protocols for our school which are in keeping with the three local iwi we align with; Ngati Tama Oho, Te Akitai and Ngati Te Ata

Our motto is tikaranga which means weaving our way and the collaboration between our local iwi, local college and HPS is an example of how we weave together the knowledge and expertise of our extended community to enable learning for our children. We are lucky to have such willing expert help in our community and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with both Rosehill College and our local iwi.

For more information on Powhiri protocols click here

Sunday, 10 June 2012

2012 Term 2 Week 7 - Working Bee

How many students does it take to organise a working bee?

How many parents does it take to make a raised garden?

This weekend Studio 3 held our first working bee. The students designed, planned, costed, fund raised and organised the entire event! The purpose of the working bee was to create some raised gardens so that the students could plant veges next week during the traditional planting time of Matariki.

Martariki is traditionally known as Maori New Year, it is  a time to celebrate new beginnings.  For the students in Studio 3 this year it is a time to celebrate the culmination of two terms of inquiry learning as we construct two gardens to support our Enviroschool philosophy. We have decided to plant our garden on the 21st June because this day is Matariki, which is the Maori new year. Matariki is important because it was said that the brighter the stars, the warmer the season resulting in a really good crop. Thursday 21 June is going to be a very special day for the students as they will be opening and planting their Matariki garden.

Our Studio 3 students planned the gardens, taking note of who would be using them, the location of the sun and thinking about our future building plans. They managed to have most of the materials donated by friends, families and businesses associated with the school.

We had several students and their parents come along to help and while the dad's built the raised gardens, the students helped out with catering, fetching and measuring. A huge thank you to all those who helped out with materials and/or on the day!

Studio 3 did an amazing job of planning and managing this event and we are looking forward to watching the crops flourish over the next few seasons.

Here are a selection of photos from the day:

Sunday, 3 June 2012

2012 Term 2 Week 6 - ERO

Last October the Ministry of Education commissioned the Education Review Office to conduct a pre-opening audit to triangulate evidence and confirm that we were ready to open. The team came to visit us for the day, visited the site, discussed our documentation and prepared a report for the Ministry of Education.

This year the same team came back to visit us in operation and to prepare a report which will be on the ERO website. We welcomed our ERO team on Friday and they spent time meeting with some of the establishment Board of Trustees, visiting the studios and taking with the children and teachers, meeting with Jane, Hayley and Cole and chatting with some parents prior to assembly.

The ERO team enjoyed chatting to our parents and students and hearing about all the learning we have been doing at HPS. They commented that several pieces of information they had read on the website they had seen in practice and heard students and/or parents talking about them. They thoroughly enjoyed our assembly and the way the students presented their learning.

The ERO team will provide a report to the board in a couple of weeks and we will let you know when it is public and available on their website.

We expect to welcome ERO back in the middle of next year when we will have a full review and enter into the normal cycle of reviews.

Thank you to the parents, children and teachers who took the time to speak with ERO on Friday and we look forward to sharing their findings with you.