Tōtara – Yrs 6-8


Di Cameron & Anna Lopas

Kahikatea & Tōtara (Yr 6-8) – The Year 6,7,8 collaborative class of ‘Rimu’ has spent the first 4 weeks getting to know each other and our new routines. We have had 6 children join us from other schools and it has been important to ensure that they have felt included and well orientated.

The structure of the class is new for all the children (and teachers!) and this has taken some adjustment. The 44 children have been split into two Home Classes (Tōtara and Kahikatea), comprised of a mix of Year 6, 7 and 8 children. We were also careful to be mindful of a gender balance, siblings and established friend groups.

Children are grouped by ability for Maths and Literacy into two classes, which are both further divided into small groups for instructional learning.

The whole group is generally together in the afternoon for Art and Topic work. Come and enjoy some of our art in the class! …Ruth, Christian, Di & Anna

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.


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