Tōtara – Yrs 6/7


Di Cameron & Anna Lopas

Totara_Kahikatea Yr6-8 Stationery List 2020

As in previous years, stationery will be available to purchase through Paper Tree at Tower Junction or alternatively you can purchase this elsewhere. . The Paper Tree stationery will come already packaged but you can take things out of it if you wish, you can also get it couriered for a small cost. Please see above link.


Term 3 wrapped up with our long awaited camp to the Wainui YMCA. Challenges were faced and most often overcome; new games and experiences lapped up. We started the camp with a number of sickies …

and ended with a few more … and a majority of very tired bods! It was impressive the resilience our ‘under the weather’ students showed and their determination to remain part of the camp and get all they could from the experience.

We are taking a te reo/writing/visual language approach to the Identity theme this term; creating children’s books incorporating our language and culture. The books will contain te reo, as well as elements that we identify as uniquely NZ (building on our Kiwiana work and te reo maori 100 word challenge). Subjects may be based around colour or number, but may also delve further into some of the learning we have been doing in te reo (eg asking about feelings, asking for and naming items, our mihimihi, etc).

We are also making a change this term from French to Japanese. Misato is going to help with the language and we will also undertake a country study – looking at the ways Japan and NZ are different and what we have in common, using venn diagrams. Another highlight of the term will be a class trip to see Alex’s art sculpture in situ…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