Monday, December 21, 2020

Merry Christmas from Yendarra - see you in 2021

Thank you Yendarra Whānau for celebrating the spirit of Christmas with us and wearing your Christmas outfits.  We wish you a peaceful and safe Christmas and look forward to welcoming you home in 2021. 



Sunday, August 30, 2020

Learning at Yendarra Under level 2.5

 Welcome home again tamariki we have missed you all so much.

Today we made our time and learning activities matter as it has been two and a half weeks since we have been back learning in our classroom together. We were able to do some writing, thinking, reading and work on devices in our learning programs with our kaiako/teachers. 


To ensure that we are safe returning to school learning where we are able to, we are spaced from friends, sanitize our hands before coming into our classrooms and have our own learning tools and spaces 

We have also been blessed with the sun shining today so we were able to go outside and get involved in so many activities that can keep us healthy and clear our minds. Cricket, volleyball, basketball, mini-skate boards, shooting hoops, our sandpit, goal kicking and hula hoop challenges have been a few of the games we have been able to play with friends and teachers today 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Germ creators in Room 4

 My name is Microbe Jack. I can make you miserably sick. My powers are teleporting. My friends are Isaac the Pencil Chewer and Lisa the Nose Picker. What I really like is when germs spread quickly and what I detest is when people wash their hands with soap and warm water. 


By Malachi Nikolao

Hi! My name is  Squirmy Germy. I am tiny and invisible. I can sneak up quietly on you and I can make you terribly sick. I can spread viruses everywhere around this humongous world. You cannot see me because I am invisible. When you wash your hands with soap and water I will not be there. I have disappeared quickly.

By Ana Latuhoi   

Hi! My name is Firey Virus. I’m a terrible mysterious germ. I destroy everything with my powerful abilities. I am everywhere! I am invisible. I make people sick. I love my other virus friends. I am so tiny you can’t see me. I’m ugly and my friends are people who pick their nose, touch their mouth and don’t cover their mouth when they cough. I multiply in a flash! I don’t like people who wash their hands everyday because they shoo me away. NOOOOOOO! I’ve been destroyed!

By Ana Tauelangi.

My name is Virus Victor. I’m as mean as a dinosaur can ever be. My powers are multiplying and being invisible. You can’t see me, invisibility is my main key. Here are my friends Booger Eating Bob, Pencil Chewer Tina and Sneezing Suzie. When Suzie sneezes and doesn’t cover her mouth, I am happy as a crazy hyena. Do you know why I get so excited with glee? I spread everywhere and multiply happily. I will tell you what I don’t like are people who wash their hands and cover their mouth when coughing. I will no longer  be there because Virus Victor will be destroyed into smithereens. BOOM! BOOM!

By Azaleah Nukanuka-Puleheloto

My name is Bad Racey Germ. I am invisible and disgusting. I zoom around the city. I am menacing

and terrible. Watch out!

By Tu’akifa Fatai.

My name is Master Germ. I can teleport around the room. I am ugly and I can zoom everywhere and make people horribly sick. Here I come!

By Felix Tuaato.

My name is Germy. I am invisible. I am disgusting and I dash around the world infecting everyone.

By Neivi Finau

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Māra kai Term 2 2020

Term 2 started with the whole of the country in lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  The school holidays had been brought forward and all of the planning and mahi for that time had to be put on hold….. Although the country stopped (with the exception of the amazing essential workers) PLANTS/GARDENS DON’T STOP GROWING!  A bonus, we were lucky to have had the beautiful weather that we did during this time.
Just before the restrictions were lifted, we were able to get back into the mara.  The unwanted plants (weeds) had started to take over.  There were still kumara and pumpkin to harvest and the seeds that were sown during the lockdown for our winter crops, had grown into beautiful seedlings and needed to be planted out.  It was a busy time with weeding, harvesting, planting and deciding the best way to deal with our old plant material.

Broccoli, spinach and beetroot seedlings.
From seeds sown during the lockdown. 
When the tamariki came back to Yendarra, our sessions in the mara were organised a bit different.  They adapted so well to it.  Our focus for the term was how we could use this older plant material and that was by making compost and some of the different composting methods available to us….

We talked about what can be used to make a good compost.  You need ‘browns’…. small sticks, dead leaves, shredded paper and cardboard and ‘greens’ …. fruit and vegetable scraps and chopped up plant material, to name a few, plus temperature, moisture and time. 
Methods for making the compost include, trenching, where you dig a hole, place the material in it and cover it back up with the soil.  It’s a quick and easy way of composting and one of the only ways of getting rid of meat scraps and dairy products.