Thursday, 22 June 2017

Tongan Scholar

One of my students from last year ran up to me in the library and was excited that he'd found a Tongan language book.  He read it to me and he was such an expert.  I asked him if I could have a go at reading it but I definitely needed his help!  I wondered about how I would cope if I was in a classroom that was full of vocabulary and expressions I didn't recognise.  I think that our students who are experts in other languages are absolutely amazing!

Friday, 16 June 2017


How cool would this be if all of Homai School did a synchronised skill-based drill!

Any Ideas on what we could try?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Bikes at Homai

It was awesome to see Homai kids on bikes!!!  Not only learning new skills and developing co-ordination and balance, but improving their fitness too!  There may be some budding cyclists in our school.  Big shout out to Bikes in Schools and Mrs Tofilau and our Board of Trustees for pursuing this opportunity to obtain the bikes for our kids.  I can't wait to have a go!!!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Cake Maker...

So I made my kids birthday cakes at the weekend.  I am not a star baker or cake-decorator, but I do it because it's cost effective.
What I wanted to get better at is the icing.

What I learnt from making the cake above is that I needed to make the 2 cake slabs the same size, otherwise there are large gaps when you put them together and you end up putting clumps of icing in the gaps.

When I made the twin cakes, I remembered to cut off the peak on top and cut around the edge of the cakes to make them the same size.  This made the icing smooth and I didn't have chunks of icing in the gaps.

The new thing I learnt is that I need to use a thin consistency with the icing in order to achieve the 'drip' icing effect.

So I have my success criteria for successful Icing of a cake;
-I can cut the cakes to make them the same size
-I can use a thin icing in order to make the icing 'drip'

Next time, I'm working on tweaking the cake recipe to make it moister.

Each time I make a cake, I remember what I need to do to make it better than the last one.  And if all else fails, cover it with lollies!!!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

I am a learner!

 I believe that we are all learners.  At Homai we are mindful that our students are developing into life-long learners.  This week has been another busy week for my own learning journey.  I have worked with Cognition to learn and get feedback about my teacher-coaching role.  I also attended some workshops run by our SST's (teacher aides) where I was able to learn more about the types of programmes they offer to support student learning.  

Sunday, 9 April 2017

School Leaders Interviewing Robert Rakete!

Learning new Skills

When Robert Rakete came to school, I knew I wanted some students to ask him some questions we could put in our newsletter.

Whāea Casey nominated Salote Maka and Shenaaz Leaso.  At first they didn't know where to start, but we knew we didn't want to know what his favourite food was!

Part of being a good interviewer is to do some research in order to ask the right questions so we found out some background information about him.  Part of what we found out was that he has a Māori T.V. program called R&R on Tv3.  So Salote, Shenaaz and Whāea Casey translated 2 questions into Te Reo Māori.  

I was really proud of how the Shenaaz and Salote tried something new.  They showed great communication skills. Homai newsletter today, Time magazine tomorrow!

R&R Facebook Page - Robbies TV program

Tongan Scholar

One of my students from last year ran up to me in the library and was excited that he'd found a Tongan language book.  He read it ...