Monday, 20 November 2017

Ika by Pounamu

Thank you for all your support on the day, it created such a wonderful occasion - as you will hear! You will also find some student reflections at the end of the show, it was an amazing experience for all the students and they clearly learnt a huge amount from it.

The students were given the choice of either being a storyteller, actor/actress, musician or dancer at the beginning of term three, and this was crucial for their engagement and curiosity to do well. We thought they did a fantastic job on the day, enjoy!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Learning about shapes

Following on from the students being their own mentors and learning about 2D and 3D shapes they proved their learning in a number of different ways.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Kapa Haka

Rawina taught us a new waiata. Practise it home if you can. Ka pai!

Choice Time

In Pounamu the students completed most of their priorities so they had some free time. This is what they chose to do!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Pounmau practising being Foley Sound effect artists

The Music concept group have been learning how to be Foley Sound Effect Artists. We made our own shakers and made a soundscape for the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Jump Jam Competition

Pounamu have entered the school Jump Jam compeition. This is the 2 minute segment we will be performing. Have fun practising!

Thursday, 24 August 2017


The Pounamu students have been asked to manage their priorities independently. Every student has certain 'priorities' they have to practice everyday including buddy reading, whizz cards, Sumdog, Sight Words and they decide how long they spend on it. 

To help the students make these important decisions we have designed a priority sheet which is clipped on their clipboard. The students have done a fantastic job of embracing this 'agency' and making the choice of how long they spend on an activity. 

We have also guided them by helping them to decide which activities they should focus on first and making the choice to complete a priority before they go on to another activity which is not a priority. It is a lot more difficult than it looks!!