Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Maori Language Week

Maori Language Week has been developed by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission – in order to raise awareness about the Māori language and increase opportunities for people to learn and use it.  Arohatia te Reo is the theme for Māori Language Week, which means to cherish the language.

Take a look at the class blogs to see some of the ways each class has fostered Maori language and celebrated our rich cultural heritage. Below is a sample of how our Room 4 Monster Minds class has developed their oral language skills and understanding.

We encourage you, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do, to find a way to express how you can use, honour, speak and show your love for the language of our country. If you some ideas go to:

http://www.korero.maori.nz/forlearners for learners;
http://www.korero.maori.nz/forspeakers for speakers; and
http://www.korero.maori.nz/forbusiness for businesses.

DRAFT Library Strategy

The Board of Trustees are always engaging in planning, whether it be short-term, mid-term or long-term. Broadly speaking, strategic planning is the process of review, setting goals or direction for the future and allocating resources to meet these goals. Russell Street School has a number of  active ‘strategies’ that guide future improvement, of which the library strategy is one. PLEASE NOTE it is still very early days but here is a DRAFT of some of the thinking around extending and enriching the school library space in the years to come (as a result of discussion and investigation by staff, students, and Board; including but not limited to visits to other schools; leading libraries and article searches on 21st century libraries) .  Once our new librarian is aboard (interviews this week) we will then work with that person, and our lead team to develop/extend it further.  This (draft) is a very exciting and enriching strategy! We’d welcome your thoughts, even at this stage ……please email james@russellst.school.nz or speak directly to him. Click here for the full (DRAFT) strategy.

Xylophone Percussion Group

Last term Jen invited us to join a group that was learning the xylophone. We have been practicing for a whole term now. We practice with Jen twice a week and some at lunchtimes on our own. We started by learning it in parts then put it together.

We have learned how to stop to keep in time and are working on listening to others so we don’t get out of time. We have been focusing on keeping an even tempo because for the last four weeks we have been going too fast. We used a metronome to keep the beat so we now are really in time.

This song was called “Up the hill and down the hill,” but we have named it, “Bob and Fredrick”.

It is fun because it is a small group, which is focused on playing together.

Hunter M, Hunter W, Sam D, Jack A.

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