Thursday, 20 February 2020

Our Ōrongomai Treaties

Setting ourselves up for a great year in Ōrongomai has included creating our own team treaties. Inspired by the book 'The Treehouse Treaty', the students have worked together to create a list of things that they think are essential for a successful year in Ōrongomai. 

The Halswell School values of Respect, Care, Honesty and Resilience feature in all of our treaties.

Each student has individually signed a leaf for the Tōtara tree or a feather for the Kereru or Kāhu to show that they agree to live up to the promises of our treaties.





Feel free to pop in and see the treaties for yourselves!


Thursday, 13 February 2020

Welcome Back for 2020


Welcome to Ōrogomai for 2020

Over the past two weeks, we have been building relationships and routines across our T groups and the wider syndicate. Thank you to all the families that came and joined us at our whānau evening, and those who have come to introduce themselves in the mornings!

We have been exploring the concept of Tūrangawaewae (a place to stand) across our curriculum and what this means to us. We have begun with ourselves: exploring our names, interests and hobbies and what is important to us. If your child's name has a special meaning, or there is a story behind their name, encourage them to share this in class.




In the following weeks, we will be moving beyond ourselves and will look at our family and community. We have already started by building and constructing places which are significant to us.









Thursday, 5 December 2019




Welcome to Orongomai's assembly

Well done to our presenters
and all the children who
learnt the solar system rap.


Thursday, 28 November 2019

This week in Orongomai we have been practicing for our up and coming assembly next Friday.

The children have been getting very creative using stop motion and green screen to animate a movie.

Below is a stop motion video of the first cow landing on the moon.

Stop motion animation movie

We have also continued learning about our solar system and space. We learnt that there was  volcanoes on Venus and decided to recreate this in our sand pit.

Volcanoes on Venus

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
-Orongomai teachers

Monday, 11 November 2019

Today we celebrated all students who participated in the Orongomai fun run!

It was a beautiful day and we were very lucky to have such great weather. Thank you to all of those who showed up to support our runners.

Well done to those children who received certificates for their superb efforts. Your training has well and truly paid off!

Thanks the Orongomai teachers.








Thursday, 7 November 2019

A BIG congratulations to all the awesome Orongomai children who participated in our Fun Run today!!!

It was great to see everyone trying their best, in this heat!

Click the link below to view some photos.

Fun Run video

We hope you have a great restful weekend.

From the Orongomai team. :)

Thursday, 24 October 2019


Hey Active Astronauts,

Show your parents what you have been learning about this week in Orongomai.
All kinds of Science with experiments all about space.
Active Astronauts

Our key words we are; hypothesise, gathering evidence and summarise.


Have a safe and happy long weekend.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Wowee, what a fantastic week of learning we have had in Orongomai.

This term our learning focus is blasting off into Science through space. Please check out our video of what we have been creating.

Feel free to have a look at our 'blast off into Science' tab on the blog for more links.

Have a great weekend. :)