Ngahere Year 5-6 The Forest

In Ngahere team our Year 5/6 akonga are supported as they become more independent and focussed learners, confident and able to manage themselves and their learning.

Year 5-6 Speech competition

September 10, 2020

Congratulations to Summer Going, who won 1st place in the Year 5-6 speech competition with her speech about Grandparents. She will now go on to represent us at the zone speech competition.  Thank you to Mrs Hay and Mrs Haven who judged the competition. 

Highly commended: Raiwen Zhang and Jessica Adams

3rd place: Keira West

2nd place Akira Taingahue 

1st place: Summer Going

Year 5-6 Sport

June 11, 2020

One of the things that the team have enjoyed since returning after the Covid-19 lockdown is the opportunity to have team sport again.  In Year 5-6 we have team wide sport once a week alongside our class Physical Education programme.  Here are some photos from our rotation today. 

Catch programme

July 13, 2020

The Year 5-6 team are completing the Catch programme in Term 3.  Our goal is to track pests and create a safer environment for native birds in our own back yard.  We have learned about tracking, trapping, endemic species, predators and about lures.  Here are some of the tracks that we found in our own backyard. 

We have also learned that it is best to keep your pet cat inside overnight so that it doesn't try to catch birds. 

Hikoi ki Bethells Beach

February 23, 2020

For the beginning of this year, all classes are inquiring into ‘Who we are. Where we are’. Bethells Beach has been an integral part of all the people who came before us to this area. We are very fortunate to be able to call on our kaumatua Rewi Spraggon to lead us, and tell us the stories of significance for the area.


He lead us on a coastal walk around the Bethells Beach area, stopping to share stories from the past as we went.


The Runanga covered the cost of the buses, and whanau joined us to provide supervision. 

Home learning celebration - Parakai Pools

December 03, 2019

Wow!  We had over one hundred children who completed the 2019 Home learning challenges.  They were rewarded for their efforts with a trip to Parakai pools - thank you to the PTA for providing the buses for this adventure. 

Highlights for The Tribe children included hydrosliding, the beautiful warm pools and buying some treats at the tuckshop. 

What Now! @ Waitakere

July 20, 2019

How exciting to see our students on TV this morning on What Now!  Highlights for the year 5-6 team were seeing many of our students competing in games and getting gunged, Hodge getting Gunged by his class and an amazing performance from our school Kapa Haka group.  We all had to get out of bed extremely early on this cold Sunday morning but it was worth every second of it!  Check out our video on the right of this page under the home learning information. 


March 25, 2019

This term we have been luck enough to have swimming lessons from Swimsation.  The focus has been on water skills, safety and swimming.  Be sure to ask your children about their experiences in the pool. 

Digital Technology

March 24, 2019

We are using digital technology tools in the year 5-6 team to learn a mix of skills encompassing productivity and creativity, getting students to share and collaborate on projects, give and take feedback, and to learn to touch type. If you have any questions about digital tech in the year 5-6 team please see your child's teacher so that we can talk you through what we are hoping to achieve. 

Marsden Bay Camp 2019

March 10, 2019

What a stunning week we had staying at the Marsden Bay camp. (Photos on the school Facebook page) Our students showed respect, responsibility and resilience and completed some amazing challenges.  From flying down the flying fox, kayaking, bouncing in the bumper balls to staying away from home, eating as a crowd and keeping a cabin clean the students excelled.  Trevor, Sue and their team were fabulous hosts and we hope to visit them again in the future.  A huge thank you from the Year 5-6 teaching team to all of the parents who came with us to camp.  You made this camp possible!

Learner Profile

April 26, 2018

The Year 5-6 team are exploring what good learners do. We are using the beach to describe this.

You might be on the shore where you are being supported to learn.

You might then move into the waves where you are guided in your learning.

Or you might be out to sea where you are more of an independent worker.

We can move between the different areas based on how we show our school values while learning. We can also use the aspects of these to help us set goals for our learning.

More information about this to come...

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