Tōtara – Yrs 6/7


We have now gained two new students and lost one. It has been great to catch up with all our parents over interview time – it is always invaluable to share face to face.

An exciting highlight of the term has been our time spent on the SCAPE Public Artworks Re:ACTIVATE Competition. We have been fortunate to have Josie Whelans spend time leading us through the initial stage of this project. The whole school (with the exception of Kānuka) have been involved in delving deeper into this year’s concept “Tūrangawaewae – A place we feel strong” to identify what this means to each of us and how we can present this in a structural art form (up to 5m x 5m x 5m!!). Competition winners will be selected from across Canterbury with winning designs becoming a reality and exhibited in Cashel Mall. It’s been amazing the diversity of ideas the children have come up with.

The process and theme ties in perfectly with our Tōtara Unit for Identity this term – “What makes us Kiwi?” where we are looking at Kiwiana icons of the past, how we identify with them, how they represent the NZ we know and what iconic images do we see represent us now and into the future…Di Cameron & Anna Lopas

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