Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Onesie Day for Wellington Free Ambulance

To conclude our Inquiry into Real Life Superheroes we thought about what we could do to be superheroes in our community.
When Alesha the paramedic visited, she talked to us about how lucky we are in Wellington because we are the only city in the Southern Hemisphere that has a free ambulance service. Rata organised a Onesie Day to raise money for Wellington Free Ambulance so that it can stay free for us.
We went to all the classes in the school to collect gold coin donations which we stuck onto an ambulance picture. Thank you all for your donations, we raised over $550!
Alesha told us that this will be able to be used for medicine and equipment used to save lives. We really are superheroes!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

More Superheroes!

What a fantastic term we have had in Rata learning about real life superheroes! We have been so lucky being visited by whānau of Rata who have come to talk to us about their jobs.

Huge thanks to police officers Gini, Shelley and Rob as well as police dog Keta for visiting us! We learnt about how police officers and dogs keep our communities safe.


Next we were visited by Kathryn's Dad Raymond, who is a builder! We learnt about how builders help people by building their homes and also by fixing anything in their homes or buildings that are unsafe or need repairs. Raymond also showed us some of the tools builder use and equipment that they have to keep themselves safe while working. Thanks so much Raymond for sharing with us! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Alex's Drawing Lesson

Alex was a fantastic kaiako when he taught us how to draw a shark. Thank you Alex for sharing your knowledge with us!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Real Life Superheroes

We have been so lucky in Rata to have been visited by real life superheroes.

On Friday we were visited by four firefighters including Chloe from Rata Tahi's grandfather, George.

Firefighters are superheroes because they help people when there is an emergency. Not only do firefighters keep us safe when there is a fire, they also are come to help in other emergencies like earthquakes.

If there is a fire we call 111. We tell them our address so it is a good idea to practise saying where we live. We should have a family escape plan including a safe meeting place.

Firefighters wear:
  • Steel toe boots to protect their feet.
  • Thick coats and trousers with yellow lines on to help be seen.
  • A breathing apparatus.
  • A fireproof balaclava.
  • A helmet.
  • And fireproof gloves

Huge thanks to the wonderful firefighters for your time!

Monday, August 21, 2017


Have a look at some of the fabulous things we can make and do when we work together!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani: Cook Islands Language Week

Kia Orana! Last week we celebrated Cook Islands Language Week.

We learnt how to count to ten in Cook Islands Māori. We discussed the ways in which the numbers are similar and different to the numbers in Te Reo Māori. Some are exactly the same while others have some little differences.

We did some art inspired by Cook Island tivaevae quilt patterns. We looked at some examples of these beautiful quilts and noticed that they are usually made with bright colours and patterns of plants and flowers.

Tivaevae are stitched by hand, many have over a thousand stitches! They are made with love and given as gifts.

Noah noticed that the examples we looked at used fractions of quarters to create their patterns. We folded our paper in quarters to make our patterns. Here is a look our art inspired by Cook Island tivaevae: