Monday, 4 September 2017


Malo e lelei

The theme of the year's Tongan Language Week is:- 

Fakakolo 'a Aotearoa 'aki' ae Loto 'i Tonga' - Enriching Aotearoa with the tonga spirit. 

Provide an opportunity to celebrate through music, song, dance, food, craft and language. 

Room 8 and the whole of Homai School started Tongan Language Week. Above are just some of the words we will be learning and below is a song that Room 8 will be learning for Tongan Language Week 2017 to sing.  

Malo 'Aupito 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Working in the NEW Garden area!!

Maths time - Working together with Room 7 and Room 9 

Helping in the New Garden.  Lifting and moving bags of soil with the children. Always good to see the children get their hands dirty.  Room 8 children loved and enjoyed be involved with helping out. Miss Loto our student teacher got involved and was happy to share this fun but learning time with middle school children.  Since it was our Maths block we were missing, I made sure I encorporated Maths into our gardening time:At the end of the block we did estimating / guessing 

How many bags of soil did we carry all together?

How many gardens was there? 

How many tyres in the garden?  

If two students carried 1 bag of soil, how many of us will carry 2 bags? or 3 bags?

Tuesday, 1 August 2017





During the holidays a competition was sent out to our parents for our students in Room 8 to show our G.I.V.E.S at home. Their was 4 fidget spinners and parents were asked to nominate their child and why. BIG Well Done to these student for helping mum and dad at home! That shows great VALUES!

Joseph - "Thanks a lot for your support to the good manners - your student Joseph Jamal helped us in the works inside and out of the house thanks' 

Benjamin - "Thanks Mrs, hope you have a great holiday.  Benjamin Oti has been helping his mum alot to clean the bed and vacuum the house, thanks" 

Vilani - "During the holidays Vailani has been so helpful at home with his siblings, cleaning up, feeding his little brother and helped me to hang the washing.  I missed him coming to school cause he does a lot of homework and he is learning to write with his brothers and sisters." 

Isaiah - "Isaiah is a great helper out of the 3 boys.  He helps me with the shopping, getting stuff for me and pushing the trolley.  He tidies the kitchen all the time and even baked custard pie.  I direct him to mix his own and he had a little tray for his own custard pie.  It was his first time ever and he enjoyed it" 

Thank you to these amazing students for helping at home and also a big thank to the parents to texting in to nominate their child.  It is always great to hear that our Room 8 students are also being great helpers at home too.

Friday, 7 July 2017


Happy Holidays to all the children of Room 8.  It has been an amazing term of learning for all the children.  The weather has not been great and some of the children have been sick from it but still they came back all ready for learning.  Thank you to all the parents for your support in the learning with your child.  Enjoy the school break, keep warm and I hope the children get a well deserved rest of 2 weeks.  

Home learning and challenges for the holidays will be under Home Learning.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Vaiaso O le Gagana Samoa - 2017



WEEK  2017

It was a blessing to share our Samoa language week 2017 with all our parents and teachers from Homai. The theme for 2017 is “Ma'au i lou ofaga.  Maua'a lou fa'asinomaga'  - Keep your identity alive to thrive”. 

The amazing images captured of some of those very precious moments when children excited about Samoa week got to participate and try the different experiences. It was priceless to see their faces so emerged in what was happening around them.

Our children made us proud with their running of our assembly and singing.  Dressed in bright colour enjoying tasty food.  I saw excellent leadership skills and cultural pride.  I am sure that those of you who were able to attend would agree with me in saying that we had a great day.

Special Fa'afetai to all the parents who came to support and our parents who could not make it but brought food in for our children to try out by eating.  Fa'afetai Lava!

Share the pegu - inside of the coconut

Enjoying Sualaisa and Panikeke
Happy Samoan Children
Facinated with how you 'Valu le popo'

How to 'Valu le talo'

Mr and Mrs Faumuina making Luau
Our "Little Taupo"

Our parents sharing 'Suafa'i and Saka Fa'i' with our children

Parents if you want photo's of the day please let me know and I can send it to you through email.  What an amazing week and really looking forward to next year to share again.

Fa'afetai Lava

Savali Helsham

Friday, 12 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day from Room 8

Today I did an Art lesson with Room 8 children.  I introduce students to the three primary colours and explain why they are so powerful.  We also learnt a song that they would remember the primary colours


Students created Mother's Day cards using cut paper and glue.  They added details to their card by adding a poem for their mum.  Once we were done we all sat down and I asked them why their mum is so special to them.  It was beautiful what they said.

The Primary Colour Song  
(sing to the tune of Three Blind Mice)

Red Yellow Blue
Red Yellow Blue
I see you
Red Yellow Blue
You are the Primary colours
You make all the other colours
I wish I was a colour 
like Red, Yellow, Blue

(Silly and simple song, but the kids always remember it!!)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


This is going to be a great Term for Room 8 and all of Waka Ahuru.  I hope everyone has had a great break. It is so good to see the children coming to school all ready to learn.  We have a lot of different things happening with Room 8 from taking the Waka assembly in Week 3 - to going on a Waka trip.  But we will keep you posted on all the great events.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Holidays start - End of Term 1 - HAPPY EASTER



It has been a great term for Room 8 children.  They have made great friends and built beautiful relationships with each creating a buddy, a friend or even a brother to be there for them for the year or even years to come.

On the last week, we looked at celebrating Easter and made some beautiful Easter bunnies.  We did plenty of artwork and writing I really wanted to share with you all.  We also talked about what Easter meant to them and their friends and family.  So check out some of the videos below to see what the children said. I couldn't fit them all on the blog but here are a few of our beautiful bunnies, cards and notes to the parents from Room 8 children.

Irene writing about her mum..
Eric (ELL) writing about his dad and mum

Vilani writing about mum and dad...
Layla's bunny is for her mum..
Rakai bunny is going to mum..
Jacks bunny is going to mum..

Taliya showing her bunny for her mum..
Omaio colouring in his Bunny for his Mum..

Ariana's Bunny is going to mum..
Blessings Bunny is going to mum too..

Fendi and her beautiful Bunny
Eric how off his Bunny

       Our Brilliant Brainy Bunnies from Room 8

Esha show off her Bunny for mum..

Isaiah and Quinten working hard on their bunnies

Aastha working hard finishing off her bunny for mum and dad..


Big Thank you to all our Room 8 Parents for your support at home with homework, making lunches and even writing notes for their uniform.  It is so important for our children to get that support at home too and I so grateful to you all.  Room 8 children have really enjoyed this term.  Enjoyed Reading about different things, Writing about their own experiences and mustn't forget some of their favourites Maths.  Like adding, subtracts, measuring and patterns in numbers.  All about the experience of learning and making it memorable so they remember and enjoy it!! 

They experienced Artsy Thursday which they all loved.  Going to their own group for their choice and learning about 'Cooking around the world', Hip Hop, Pasifika, Creative art and the list goes on.  Then having our school pool open for our children has been a blessing.  They have loved swimming and now knowing about how important it is to be safe around the pools has made them more aware of what could happen to them or to anyone in their family. 

It has a been an amazing Term 1... 

but look out cause Term 2 will be even better!!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Duffy Role Model - Rober Rakete


Duffy Role Model: Robert Rakete
Some people might know from shows in the 80's 'Sea Urchins' 'The Protesters' and one I remember 'Ready to Roll'.  He moved to Radio starting at 'Auckland Mai FM, moved to The Breeze.  I think the children would remember him for being in 
'The Wiggles'. Yes, he was 'the brown wiggle'. Such an Amazing Role Model for Duffy Books.

We were very lucky today at Homai Primary School to have Robert Rakete as our Duffy role model.  He spoke about his favourite book 'Asterix'.  A classic book that most of us parents would know and remember.  He spoke about how important books are and how books could take you around the world just by reading it. The student of Homai School really enjoyed his stories and listened to his stories about what he was like when he was younger.
He made time to stay and give out awards to our students who have been working really hard this term in their reading.  

Awards were given out from each class to those students who have worked hard! Room 8 children were all amazing but I could only give it to one student and this term it went to a young man - Jack Hunt: for moving up 5 levels and always trying really hard to sound new words.

 Also, there was a competition put out to all class to decorate their books that had our Duffy books.  The challenge was put and all the classes competed for the special prize.  Robert was given the honour to choose which box looked most creative!

The winners: Room 8 and Mrs Helsham

Room 8 Monsters
This is Monster Rock and he holds all our Duffy Books
Class Photo (left)
Winning Book (right)


Malo e lelei The theme of the year's Tongan Language Week is:-  Fakakolo 'a Aotearoa 'aki' ae Loto 'i Tonga...