Tōtara – Yrs 6/7


Di Cameron & Anna Lopas

Tōtara – For writing we are working on an integrated unit breaking down and focussing on the structure of Information Reports, to share the findings of our Social Science Inquiry into “Our Place: Banks Peninsula”. We are researching places, activities or industries in ‘our place’. Early on, the children realised Mr Google was not necessarily the best place to gain information on local places and, in fact, visiting their places of interest and talking to locals has often proved to be the best source of information.

We have been really impressed with the willingness of students to go ‘above and beyond’. We had a large number of the Year 7’s competing for spots in the Cantamaths team (and practising at lunchtimes) and 6 putting in the effort in their own time to compete for 1 spot in the Ellesmere Speech Competition. Our class has many students following passions in sports and the arts, so it is wonderful to see them going the extra mile in their passion for academic pursuits as well.

This month has also seen us in the throes of assessments (and report writing) and planning for camp. This camp will tie in well with our ‘Our Place’ unit of study, ending with a visit to the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory and guided tour over Onawe Peninsula…Di Cameron & Anna Lopas.

Our Totara students made icecream out on the veranda…Yumm!


The RE:ACTIVATE project has focused on aspiring artists from year 1-8 and year 9-13. Two designs from each will be produced by SCAPE to feature in the six week exhibition from October through November.

This year pupils of Little River School submitted their designs for sculptural art along the theme of Tūrangawaewae. This theme closely aligned with our annual concept of Identity and one that our pupils worked with their teachers and Josie Whelan to develop into unique designs for public artworks.

It is with great pride that we can officially celebrate Alex as one of the artists to have their design constructed and featured in the central city of Christchurch.

Alex has kept this exciting news secret for a month. If you know her well, you would have seen a grin and bounce in her step since she learned her design had one!

Alex’s design is made up of coloured transparent windows, each piece representing people of different shapes, sizes, colours, religions, and beliefs.

The sculpture is intended to show how everyone comes together as one, to strengthen and support each other.

Alex thinks that our Tūrangawaewae is being together.



Totara are making Diaramas to depict an aspect of France.

Parisienne café life, by Kei and Zara.

Tour de France, by Louisa, Alex, Harry J and Gordon.

Paris night Skyline, by Belle, Chloe L and Malcom.

A typical street in Paris, by Chloe M, Wendy, Hamuera and Nate.

Rueben, Lizzie and Alex presented a fabulous dish made from our veggie garden.

Today Totora students were making Gingerbread Men.

“The Hare & the Tortoise was the inspiration for a delicious day!”

By Keiana.

Link to: Totara Stationery List 2019