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Monday, 3 July 2017

Term 2 Reflection

Kia ora,

Term 2 reflection. A difficult topic to start - similar to the term I have just had. It is not often that you spend more days away from school, than at school. I have never been this sick. As a teenager I had very few illnesses and apart from a nasty virus in France in 2001, I would have called myself fairly healthy.

The hardest part of the past 10 weeks has been the loss of my shoes. I haven't actually lost them, I have just lost the ability to wear them. You may have seen me flopping around in socks and sandals. This has left me unable to run, join in any class games, walk my dog, explore the hills, go hunting, take my son for walks in the pram or play canoe polo. Canoe polo cost me $60 per game this season. That is pretty expensive.

I hope that a surgeon can get me back in my shoes and my kayak asap (preferably yesterday).

I have been so impressed with my classes resilience this term. I know that it was challenging for them not having a consistent teacher, for the first 6 weeks of term. Thank you to all those wonderful students that kept their programmes of learning running. It was great to see all the wonderful writing and maths DLOs through their blogs.

A highlight of the term for me was Boomwriter. This has proven to be an engaging success. It has been wonderful to see the increased pride that is evident in each piece of writing.

Enjoy your holidays. Please be nice to your siblings (except the really annoying ones).


Mr McAulay

Monday, 22 May 2017

Cross Country Reflection 2017

Hi this is Ella and i'm writing a reflection on the 2017 cross country.
I was a marshal for it and it was kinda fun but a bit boring at the same time TBC...

Cross Country 2017 - Quick Reflection

Kia ora,

I am so impressed with all of the students from Paroa School. Those students in Room 7 and 8 that were given the responsibility of marshalling, all stepped up and helped the younger runners have a great time. You all showed how caring you are, by supporting all the runners. Seeing 12-year-old kids guiding the 5-year-olds around the course was inspirational.

A highlight for me was seeing a runner that always has some spare energy at the end of our daily runs, collapse at the end, panting and gasping for breathe. They knew that they had given their absolute best.

Thank you to all those parents, children, teachers and others that helped make the event possible.


Mr McAulay

Mighty Mud Challenge 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Karakia For Gathering Harakeke


Hutia te rito
o te harakeke
Kei whea, te kāmako e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau
He aha te mea nui
o tēnei ao
Māku e kī atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
When the heart is torn
from the flax bush
where will the Bell bird sing?
You ask me
what is the greatest thing
on Earth
My reply is
it is people people people.
Te harakeke
Te korari
Nga taonga whakarere iho
O te rangi
O te whenua
O nga tupuna
Homai he oranga mo matou
Tihei mauri ora

The Flax
The flax flower
treasures left down here
of the sky
of the land
of the ancestors
give wellness for us
tis the sneeze of life

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Term Reflection 2017

The Term is ending and we have accomplished so much. It is a good time to think about positive memories, challenges, triumphs and use these as fuel to dive into next term.

Choose 4 of the following reflection questions to start your discussion/journal/blog post/Video/Artwork 

  1. What is something we did this term that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?
  2. What is something you accomplished this term that you are proud of?
  3. What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this term?
  4. What was the most challenging part of this term for you?
  5. Where is your favourite place in our classroom (or school)? Why?
  6. If you could change one thing that happened this term, what would it be?
  7. What are three things you did this term to help your classmates and why?
  8. What are the three most important things you learned this term?
  9. What is something that was hard for you at the start of the term but is easy now?
  10. In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
  11. What is your favourite part of the day in our class? Why?
  12. What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this term?
  13. Of the books you read this term, which was your favourite? Why?
  14. What was the best piece of writing that you did this term? Why do you think it is your best?
  15. Compare this term with a previous term. What went well, what would you do differently, how did you feel? Did it go faster/slower? Why?
  16. What is something the teacher could have done to make this term better?
  17. What are six adjectives that best describe this school term?
  18. Knowing what you know now, if you could write a letter to yourself that would travel back in time so that you would receive it at the start of the school year, what advice would you give your younger self?
  19. When you consider the rest of your life, what percentage of what you learned so far this year, do you think will be useful to you?
  20. What advice would you give students who will be in this class next term?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Gadget Guru!

I have finally got the title of 'Gadget Guru' back from Natasha. Good luck with this one! Feel free to ask questions.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Kia ora,

Can somebody please help me?

Natasha has posted a very difficult gadget this week and I am stumped! If anybody could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. It looks like a sewing/craft tool but I am struggling to find the 'most correct' answer.


Mr McAulay

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Random Object #2


Head over to Caitlan's Blog. She is the 'Gadget Guru' at the moment.

She has chosen a difficult one!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Random Object #1


What is this strange object? Be precise with your answer. The most correct answer will earn you the title of 'Gadget Guru'. Ask friends and family. If nobody has any idea, Kade holds the key...

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Welcome to 2017!

Kia ora,

Welcome to 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and New Year's break. I have been busy concreting my driveway and am very happy to finally have it finished! The weather was trying to wreck my fun. I even managed to sneak out for a quick skateboard, between showers!
Thank you for taking the time to view my blog.


Mr McAulay