What's happened at Ratapiko 2022?

Term 4

Our focus for the first three weeks was preparing for our Annual Lamb and Calf Day. Our tamariki planned, made and sold upcycled environmental products to raise funds for our local camp in the last week and to support our work we've begun with Rongoa (planting and cultivating native trees to use for riparian planting within our community)

Our Lamb and Calf Day was an awesome day! We were finally able to reconnect and run our day as we had done in the past. Our senior tamariki were able to run stalls and we welcomed a huge number of whānau on the day.

Calf Day Fun
Calf day piece
calf day

Some of products and classroom competition entries on display on the day.

An important event for our marae was on Saturday 29th October, Te Pūaotanga o Maru i Te Atatū, the Crown Apology Day. A group of staff and tamariki attended to share in this historic event.

Te Pūaotanga o Maru i Te Atatū 

Senior ākonga out and about in Inglewood!

During weeks 4-8 our focus was on safety. We engaged with fire, swim and bike safety educators. Our tamariki learnt important personal safety messages to keep them safe in any experiences involving these activities.

Over the final two weeks our tamariki worked on and filmed their own iMovies for our community Red Carpet Event in our last week.

The learning and production of these movies was awesome! All tamariki participated and were amazing stars on the night!

Alongside this our seniors also enjoyed their camp and the juniors had a fun time at school!

Fire Wise

Let's get Moving

Bike checks

Noticing hazards

Seniors in tents

Fun at the pools day one

Vertical Horizons

Everett Road

And... finally our playground went in!

Thank you to our whānau for their patience, was a two year delay due to delivery holdups and then the WEATHER!!!

But it's in now and is fantastic!

Our new playground

Prep work


Moving all the bark!


Term 3

Our focus for the term was to learn and use more  te Reo Māori kupu (words) in our akomanga (classroom).  We worked on learning akomanga tono (classroom commands), akomanga taputapu  (classroom objects), ko au (whānau kupu) to expand our pepeha (introductions), karakia  (Whakataka and Unuhia), kai (food),  te huarere (time and weather), ngā tau (numbers), ngā tae (colours) and te marae learning as we are visiting our local marae Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae.  We had waited a while to return and were so excited to get back.

We also begin our kapa haka learning through the VLN network again for terms 3 and 4. We have learnt six new waiata and were working towards the Te Kōhunga Moa Kāhui Ako Kapa Haka Festival performance in week 10.  

Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae

We arrived about 9:30 and waited for Whaea Tamzyn to begin the pōwhiri. We were rewelcomed as it had been a time since our last visit in 2018 and we had many new tamariki to experience their first visit.

Returning home

We had an awesome day, learning more about our wharenui and the history of our Ngāti Maru iwi. We learnt the whare kai is named after the ancestor Maruwharanui. 

Pōwhiri, Tamzyn did the karanga and told us about the wharenui - Ngarongo
Blayke replied as our whaikorero and then we sang a waiata. 
After the pōwhiri ended we went for kai and then did our learning.
Whaea Tamzyn shared about the important parts of the marae.
We used rakau to practise our kupu,
we did weaving,
we learnt string games,
and we sang waiata!

And we planted, 100's and 100's of trees and cleaned up our roadsides!

At Dravitzki's

At Tatham's

And at Young's

Walking back from Dravitzki's
Our signs to keep us safe and all we found!
A lot of waste!
And so  much that could be recycled!

Term 2

This term we have continued our exploration of Mātauranga Māori, the land of voyages by sharing and presenting our learning using a range of digital tools.

We created visual displays using our coding techniques to create digital representations of the voyages our ancestors made. We did this exciting work alongside Donna Davis from Sharp Kinane. With her help we have developed our digital fluency and techniques.

We also made iMovies to share the 5 principles of being an Enviroschool with our whānau and community for our whānau evening we had in week 6.


Māori perspectives

Our iMovies

We worked to capture all the things we do at our kura that show wa are an Enviroschool. Our goal to to share with our whānau and community what each of the five principles are  and how they are reflected her at Ratapiko School. 

We learnt also how to make a 'good' iMovie - checking sound, taking clear videos (not being too far away) and then connecting them to tell our story all in no more than 2 minutes. 


Sustainable communities.mp4

Sustainable Communities

Respect for diversity.mp4

Respecting Diversity

Empowered students.mp4

Empowered Students

Learning for sustainability.mp4

Learning for sustainability

Term 1

Our learning for Term 1 started with water safety. We had a great time learning and experiencing swimming in different bodies of water. We went to Fitzroy Beach for Beach Ed, Manganui Stream for river safety, the Inglewood Pools for deep water learning and had Jo from Swim Safe at our pool for focused life saving tips.

Our water safety unit was supported by the Water Skills for life programme. 

At the Manganui Awa

At our pool with Jo

Emergency roll

Deep water practise

Buoyancy and heaps of fun (video doesn't play)

After Taranaki Anniversary, when the water was too cold to swim we ventured into our Mātauranga Māori, the land of voyages learning. We have explored the Pacific by:                                       learning what countries make up the Pacific Islands,                                 how far away the islands are from New Zealand,                           learning from our whānau who  have links to the pacific,                  and  how our Pacific ancestors navigated there way across the Pacific Ocean using wayfinding techniques. Wayfinding is the use of natural occurring phenomena  - waves, stars, moon, the sun, land influences, clouds and birds.

Next term we are continuing this learning and will be creating digital presentations (robotics, scratch and coding) to share what we have discovered.

       Henry sharing about life in Tonga

Sharing Chop Suey

Henry and Lincoln wearing their Ta'ovala

Our Enviro Work

We needed to weed after the summer holiday break and then the rest of the term was tidying and keeping our space fabullous.

Weeds galore!


Planting new seeds

Seedlings planted

After the storm

Mindful garden tidy

Clearing the trees

Compost bin clean

Our first apples from the orchard

Planting our Spring bulbs

Moving the mulch still!