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Garden to Table At-home activities.

Mon Aug 30 01:07pm

Kia ora koutou,

I wanted to suggest a few creative things you and your whānau can make or do at home during the level 3 and 4 lockdown. These activities don’t require a lot of specific ingredients or tools and you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. Please do email me or upload your photos to Google Classroom if you try them out!

Email me

I hope you have enjoy these recipes, I will update our app with some more recipes you may like to try at home, make sure you check the notices section for regular updates.

Kia Manahau!

Lara Tauri – Garden to Table Coordinator


Garden to Table for the whole whanau.

Mon Aug 23 04:48pm

Tēnā koutou i tēnei ahiahi,

Today Room 2 would have had their very first Garden to Table session, as we can’t be together at school, I thought why not bring Garden to Table home. On today’s menu we have Herbed Cheese Scones and homemade butter.

Ruby & Nico tested these recipes out today, we used chives from the garden and cayenne pepper. Be inventive, you could use any combination of herbs you like in your recipe, dried, fresh, even kawakawa for a peppery hit. If you would like to share your kitchen creations, please email me, I will put together a Garden to Table blog for our lockdown recipes.

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Noho ora mai rā i roto i ngā manaakitanga katoa.


Herbed Cheese Scones


Scientific Principles – Emulsions

Mathletics Cerificates

Fri Aug 20 08:56pm

Kia ora whanau,

this is our last message of the evening. These great workers deserve to be recognised. They have all achieved bronze certificates over the past two days…Evey, Chloe, Beau, Kai, Zoe, Austin, Diego, Vidar, George, Ruby, Tate, Amelia, Mali, and Gabi.

We are very proud of your efforts.

Have a great weekend.


Covid-19 Services and Support

Fri Aug 20 08:31pm


Covid-19 Services and Support

Bay of Islands Swimming Club is looking for a Swim Instructor.

Tue Aug 10 10:17am

 Please see attached flyer for more information:

Swim Instructor

Gold for James!

Mon Aug 09 10:01pm

Congratulations to James and many thanks to his whanau for their support. James has achieved his first Gold Certificate in Mathletics. He is a talented mathematician who works hard and embraces the challenge of new learning. 

Keep it up James, we’re so proud of you!


World famous in New Zealand!

Mon Jul 26 11:48am

The following article appeared in the Christchurch Press this morning. Scroll down to see some local superstars!

The Spirit of Matariki

A Gold for Vidar!

Fri Jul 16 11:00am

Congratulations Vidar for your Gold Certificate in Mathletics! You have been so committed to your practice in class and at home. We are all very proud of this achievement!

Well done Miss Jones for keeping your class so connected and motivated!

Mathletics Certificates

Fri Jul 09 02:44pm

Congratulations to Sydney and Logan of Room 3 for their Silver Certificates today!

From tomorrow, Saturday 10th, until the end of the holidays, Sunday 25th of July, and student who achieves any type of certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold), will go into a draw to win an ice-cream with their principal. We will draw 3 names in the first week of school.

Be in to win!

Kapa Haka July 10

Fri Jul 09 02:19pm

Kia ora whanau, just a reminder that our performers need to be at school by 2.30 tomorrow to dress and rehearse. 

Parents are welcome to watch our performance at Kororareka Marae at 3.30 but there will not be the capacity at the Duke of Marlborough performance at 6.00.

Please make sure your performer has a warm layer and shoes as the evenings are getting chilly. We will take feed our kids at about 5.00 and keep them warm and entertained. 

Please pick them up at about 6.45 from Room 3 and 4.

Many thanks for your support.

Melissa and Horrace


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Reminder: End of Term assembly at 2:15, room 4. All welcome.

Thu Jul 08 01:21pm

Soccer is on this afternoon and will recommence Thursday, 29 July Term 3. Thanks Coach Shane.

Thu Jul 08 10:35am

PTFA Scholastic Book Fair & Dates of Interest

Tue Jul 06 02:31pm


PTFA Letter

A great start to the mathletics week!

Tue Jul 06 10:30am

Congratulations to Henri-Lloyd for earning his second Silver Certificate this year.

Room 2 has been very busy and Nisha, Nova, Sophia, Seth, and Zoe all earned Bronze Certificates. In the senior school, Ruby and Diego also earned Bronzes.

We have noticed what good progress our keen mathletes are making because of their confidence and recall. I hope that they will keep up with their daily practice over the holidays. Thank you for your support of this programme.


Silver Certificates in Room 4!

Thu Jul 01 01:25pm

Congratulations Ruby and Beau for your Silver Certificates earned this week. If they keep going at this rate, they may be the next Gold Certificate mathletes!

Kororareka Marae Community Potluck

Wed Jun 30 08:44pm

Kia ora whanau,

attached is an amazing programme of events available at Kororareka Marae from Thursday next week. Our Kapa Haka roopu will be involved on Saturday the 10th. If your child is involved with this group a notice will come home with them tomorrow.

Many thanks to Deb Rewiri and Rachel Thwaites for including us.


Garden to Table Term 3 & 4 – Volunteers wanted for our kitchen and garden programme (Room 1, 2 & 4)

Wed Jun 30 01:37pm

Kia ora koutou katoa,

In term 3 we are introducing the Garden to Table (GTT) programme to Room 1 & 2. I have attached a flyer with more details on the programme if you are not familiar with GTT.
We need you!

For this to be successful, we need you! This project relies on the support of volunteers to work with children in the garden and kitchen, sharing their experience, enthusiasm and knowledge.

You don’t have to be an expert! Our Garden and Kitchen Specialists are always on hand to provide expert advice and oversee the sessions.

We are in the process of completing our volunteer timetable, please check the attached dates and let me know if you can assist. Sessions are run on a Monday 11:30-13:00.
Timetable T3

Noho ora mai.

GTT Programme Coordinator


Congratulations Max for your Silver Certificate in Matheltics. Who will be next?

Tue Jun 29 09:05pm

Kapa Haka Performances Saturday 10th July

Tue Jun 29 10:53am

Kia ora whanau,

We have been invited to participate in two amazing community events on Saturday the 10th of July. Although this is the beginning of school holiday time (for students, non-contact time for teachers) we would love to get as many of our Kapa Haka roopu together for these performances as possible.

We would be performing at Haratu Marae to close their day’s events at 3.30 and then again at the Duke of Marlborough at 6.00. In between, our children would be welcome to return to school to eat, relax and practice together.

I will send a homenote out by the end of the week and I would really appreciate getting an idea of how many children can be there on the day. 

Please email me at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Nga mihi nui


Kiwi Tag Festival, Tuesday, 29 June 2021.

Mon Jun 28 04:27pm

Thank you Rugby League Northland for running a skills and training session with Room 4 today. Goodluck to our Year 5&6 team for the Kiwi Tag festival tomorrow.

Kiwi Tag

Our office will be closed, Tueday, 29 June 2021. If you need to leave a message on the phone please try to do that before 1:30 so that it can be checked before the end of lunch.

Nga mihi


Stuck inside on a rainy weekend?

Sun Jun 27 03:24pm

What a perfect time for some Mathletics. We are noticing that although our student population is 50% boys and 50% girls, the boys are gaining more points and certificates. Let’s encourage our girls to get on Mathletics and close the gap!


Silver Certificates

Sat Jun 26 12:00pm

Congratulations to Kai, Zoe, Tia, and Diego for the Silver Certificates they have earned this week. You are working so hard to improve your skills and knowledge and I know you whanau is as proud of you as we are at school. Keep it up!


Fri Jun 25 04:30pm

Kia ora whanau,

We would like to say a big thank you to Maromaku School for organising and hosting such a superb event.

Although some of the results are still being tallied, Simon would like you to know that his mixed team of Bernie, Henri-Lloyd, and Mali (along with some of our Kawakawa mates) were undefeated!

All of our children were a credit to our school and our community. Many thanks to all our parent coaches, referees, and supporters.



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