Middle Syndicate News

Term 2

Making Connections

Making Connections was all about people.  We had several interactions from visitors during the term.  Mrs T. shared her taonga - a Kakahu (cloak) made for her son's graduation, which was very special.   It was nice to learn the background behind the making of the cloak and the special significance of the patterns.  Her triton shell was also very well received and students had great fun trying to blow successfully, to produce a sound. They  also learnt the significance of using the shell to call meetings.  It was used to call the middle school students to the stage at our assembly.

The Sign Language taster day was a huge success. Students were very engaged and Monica (the deaf tutor) was very impressed with the interaction of students.  We followed up by learning ‘The Smell of Sunscreen’ song using sign language and played the ‘Traffic Light’ game that she taught the students.  

During Samoan Language week we made connections with our Samoan students who helped us learn some new vocabulary.  A sasa was created using moves that the students observed during dance sessions and they incorporated moves that represented new learning during the term.   Many students were given opportunities to be leaders at various practices.  They performed this exceptionally well with precision and beat at the Whole School Assembly.  This also showcased our talented leaders.

Grandparents Assembly/Morning Tea 
Students wanted to make connections with their whanau/grandparents so they wrote invitations and invited them to our final assembly for the term. All students were involved in two performances.  Grandparents and special guests were delighted with the performances and some commented that they had never been invited to an assembly at school before.  We all enjoyed the delicious shared morning tea after assembly.

Troy and Madison ready to blow the triton shell.


Nga Puawai

Middle School

Term 1

Week 6

Volvo Ocean Race village and Ports of Auckland Cruise

This week we had a wonderful day to visit the Viaduct Harbour and have some fun in the sun.  We were able to view the round the world Volvo Ocean yachts which were out of the water receiving repairs.  We visited the Boatshed to see the enormous sails and booms.  At one place we were able to see a yacht cut in half and experience the tight fit that the sailors experience when they are racing.  We saw lots of bright lights on our travels - safety warning lights, neon lights, decorative lights, traffic lights and many more.

After lunch we all boarded a ferry which took us around the Ports of Auckland.  We saw many vessels such as cruise ships, cargo ships, coast guard and speed boats.  We went under the harbour bridge and back through the marina.  

Everyone enjoyed their day out in the sun.






Term 3


This term it's all about production, so Rooms 5, 6 and 7 went to the Tip-Top factory to find out how ice-cream is made.  We learnt how it all starts from the cow and we followed the journey of the milk all the way to the consumer.  We saw production lines inside the factory where the ice-cream was packaged and we followed it along the conveyor belt to the freezer.  The highlight of the trip was going into the magic moments room where everyone was treated to an ice-cream of their choice.

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