Grans Reading Programme

The 'Grans' Reading Programme has been operating for over 25 years, thanks to a very active group of older people who willingly give up their time to come along to school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for about 30 minutes.  Children in Y1-2 read to a 'Gran' and them listen to a story.









Te Reo

Mary-Anne Tamati comes along every Wednesday to teach Te Reo.  As well as working in each classroom Mary-Anne also takes the kapahaka group.  Currently over 45 children are part of the kapahaka group.  Every 2 years the kapahaka group takes part in the Kapahaka festival held in Alexandra.



This year every child will be learning a musical instrument.  Music sessions will happen on Wednesday mornings with help from two musicians - Pete and Helen.  The year 1 and 2 students will learn the ukulele, recorder, african drum and xylophone rotating round these instruments during their first two years at school.  Year 3 - 6 students will have the opportunity to learn guitar, keyboard, drum, ukulele and recorder.  Other instruments may be offer subject to interest and demand.


EnviroSchool Projects

Our school has a strong commitment to enviro-friendly practices.  Over the years, projects have included:

  • developing 'edible' gardens and harvesting the produce
  • re-cycling, including a worm farm
  • beautifying the school environment
  • 'Grans' Garden - tribute to all our Grans especially Margie Cotter who started the programme in the 1980's.
  • Bike Park - developed by the children and very much a work in progress - This year we aim to:
  • Develop a heritage fruit orchard
  • maintain and develop the bike park - tracks and gardens




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