Thursday, 15 December 2016

Y8 Graduation 2016

The end has come. The Year 8s have graduated from Ruapotaka School today.

A farewell note to the students in Room 12.

To Tyla, you always tried your best to be the best and you did it.
To Maranatha, your role as producer and director of 'The Focuser' has made this movie the best R12 movie ever.
To Heilala, you have a sensible attitude and you have been an excellent role model for younger children at Ruapotaka.
To Anavea, your role of writing the date and notices on the board daily helped organise my day and gave the class direction.
To Pallas, the hours you spent editing 'The Focuser' until it was all perfect is a credit to your patience and perseverance.
To Sophie-Isabella, you were a great Manaiakalani Ambassador.
To Quros, you were my creative artist who I relied on for all those 'Thank You' cards you made for the school's sponsors and 'The Focuser' logo.
To Samuel, you proved you tried your hardest in the interschool competitions when you came back cut, bruised and injured from Athletics and with Maranatha wearing a moon boot as well.
To Mele, the speed in which you completed your Inquiry learning has set a new R12 record.
To Aydrian, you understood my headaches more than any other student. You could be right - "drinking too much coffee". HAHAHA.

I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
Mrs Golder

R12 students: Pallas, Heilala, Maranatha, Quros, Aydrian, Tyla, Sophie-Isabella, Anavea, Samuel, Mele (absent). R11 students: Pepe, Halaiano, Gloria, Popi.

Prize-giving 2016

The recipients of the 2016 Prize-giving are acknowledged today for their achievements, successes and hard work in being Better Than Before. CONGRATULATIONS to all of you. 

Manaiakalani Scholarship: Quros

Most Responsible Prefects: Min Zin, Meana and  Quros

Leadership and support in a Cultural Group: Meana and Quros (Cook Islands), Viamoana (Tongan - absernt, represented by Pene), Aydrian and Leanah (Kapahaka), Samuel (Samoan).

Most Responsible Lunch and Wet day Monitors: Samuel, Popi, Min Zin and Athens

Most Responsible Fruit Monitors: Min Zin, Meana and Athens 

Intermediate: Lion Trophy: Heanre(absent)

Intermediate: Sporting ability: Sione, Sportsmanship: Maranatha

Intermediate: Principal's Awatd: Meana, Citizanship Award: Pepe, Leadership: Quros, Responsibility: Samuel, Supportive Student: Maranatha

Intermediate Academic Excellence: Year 7: Athens, Year 8: Tyla 

Intermediate: Most Improved:  Year 7: Timote Junior, Year 8 : Tyla and Samuel

Monday, 12 December 2016

St Kents Day by Athens

Last week on Friday was St Kents Day. I couldn't wait for the day to come. I was put into Team 9 but ended up being split up. 

The first activity we played was soccer. Then we went to bead making, that was my most favourite activity out of everything we did. I made two bracelets because the first one wouldn't fit me. We then had our morning tea break. I spent it with Tyla. After our break we went to the library to play board games. I played pick-up sticks with a bunch of girls.  The last things we did were zumba and decorating the biscuits.

That was one of the best days out of the whole year!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Two Weeks Left! by Anavea

It's finally the end of the term, officially two weeks left! Now testings are over, cultural group practices are going well and nearly done and dusted. It's going to be extremely hard to say 'goodbye' to this school. For all the eight years I've been at this school just thinking about having two weeks left makes me not want to leave. Sometimes I wish I could start over- start in Room 1 then travel all the way up to Room 12 again - just to experience it all for one last time! I'm sure going to miss all the teachers and our principal. After all the the time and effort they have put into teaching us I just want to say 'thanks', not just from me but from all of us students at Ruapotaka School. Thanks for spending your time printing out homework and giving us books to read at home to help build our knowledge of the world and reach a higher standard. Here is a movie from all of us. Room 12,  2016.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

End Of Year :( by Pallas

It's nearly the end of year and I have put together a video of many photos from both this year and last year. This video is mostly dedicated to all the Year 8s who will be leaving for college. I am going to miss my class so much! Seven long years. I have laughed, cried, and nearly been through everything with them! I can't believe that everything is nearly coming to a end. :(  I am going to make the most of it, because this might be the last and only time I will ever see them again. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Athletics' Injury by Maranatha

Yesterday was the most painful day of my life! Yes, my ankle twisted real badly and started bruising the second I was hopping back up the hill. Luckily I held in my tears because I didn't want to look like a cry baby in front of the other representatives of Ruapotaka School. I wish I could go back in time and do what I was told instead of making my own choices. Mr Reid said, "Stay in the lane!" repeatedly, but I fell down and came to school with a moon boot the next day. I'm regretting it now.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Room 9 Senior Syndicate Assembly by Mika

On Monday Room 9 hosted the Senior Syndicate Assembly. They had a 'Juju on That Beat' challenge. Me, Samuel and Quros represented Room 12. I really enjoyed it. Everyone was laughing at my dancing. Afterwards all the classes had a vote. Room 12 won the challenge. At the end of the assembly we went back to class.  

Friday, 2 December 2016

Room 9's Syndicate Assembly by Athens

On Monday it was Room 9's Syndicate Assembly. I think it was one of the best sundicate assemblys ever because there was a dance challenge and three people from each classroom had to go up. Quros, Mika and Samuel went up for our room. I think Mika was a really good dancer and he made everyone smile and laugh.

Mr Reid also gave out certificates to everyone who came either first, second or third. I came third for the 75m and 100m so I got two stickers on my certificate. Some people had three stickers.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Help Revive Our Culture By Pallas

The other day we made a short video with the pois that we made at Kapa Haka practice. We used the song "Poi E". The video and project are all based on how us Maori Iwi need to revive our culture. As we all know, less and less people are unable to speak Maori. And many people are doing as much as they can to help revive and save our culture once and for all.
Whakaorangia to tatou reo me te tikanga !

I'm A Prefect by Mika

Yesterday we had a special assembly. Mrs Vickers told all the Prefects to go up. Heilala announced the new Prefects for 2017. It was me, Saluselo and Katrina. I was very happy that I was a Prefect. When I went home My mother and father were very proud of me.