As Room 25 and 26 scrambled of the bus they started to walk towards Mount Maunganui. It was a very gloomy and rainy day. We walked and walked until we reached a big hill and then we met a man called Dave who showed from Trees for Survival. Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme that gets young people (like us) to plant native plants. We were planting on The Mount to help stop it from eroding (when soil and dirt falls away). Dave showed us how to plant the trees then we got our spades out and started to plant the native trees on Mount Maunganui. It was very hard because the grass was very long and the weather wasn’t very good! As we walked back down the hill we washed our dirty hands and said our goodbyes to the helpers. We felt very proud of the job we had done.
On the day of the Rippa Rugby World Cup, Maungatapu marched onto the field, the day was sunny with streaks of clouds, it was at Paengaroa. Maungatapu had discussed their tactics, and were ready for their games. The whistle blew, the first game had started! Wind stung their cheeks as they leapt to the ball. They played 5 games. They were up against Paengaroa first , and played other schools including Westbrook and Mount Maunganui Primary.
“I felt nervous, excited,and ready to kick butt’’ – Eva
On the 15th of June we began a milk in schools program.
We have started off with the Middle School, (Rooms 2, 4, 13, 14, 21, 25 and 26). There are three main monitors (Ava, Troy and Taylor.) Their job is to get the milk boxes out of the Whare Toi fridge and get them ready for the classes. There are two monitors from each class that come and collect the boxes and take them to their classmates to enjoy the yummy milk! The milk is full of calcium and protein which helps to keep our bones and muscles strong and engages our brains during learning time.
We will begin delivering milk to the junior and senior school shortly.
Here are a few reviews from the people that have had milk so far:
Layla Rm 14- I think it is a great idea because the milk is yum.
Lexie Rm 13- I like it because kids can have some protein and it’s good for you.
Harry Rm 4- after morning tea you can have something yum and different to drink.
On Thursday the top seven boys and girls cross country runners from year 4 – 6 headed to Waipuna Park to compete in South Cluster . We were competing against other schools, there was Saint Mary’s, Welcome Bay, Selwyn Ridge and Tauranga Primary.
The track was very long on grass and concrete. The hardest bit was running up a big soapy hill and climbing over a tall wooden wall. It was much harder than our course!
A few people will be representing our school at the West Cluster competition on Wednesday the 20th of June because they came in the top five. Those people are: Kingston Abraham – Year 4 boy Rhayn Taikato – Year 4 boy Laura Nuku – Year 5 girl Denzel Lapwood – Year 6 boy Skylar Sargisson – Year 6 girl
Over the last few weeks, all the senior school students have been enjoying the bush at Aongatete Lodge in Katikati. We all went out of our comfort zones in many fun activities including indoor rock climbing, archery, hut making, orienteering and forest science. During the night there were activities too. We all screamed on the Burma trail (which is a pitch black night walk through the bush with only a thin rope to guide you) and cooked perfect golden brown pancakes on hobo stoves (cans you can cook on), At camp, in your spare time, you could push yourself to your limits by heading over to the challenge course it is like an adventure playground but it’s VERY hard.
The senior teachers decided to have a camp so the kids would interact with others who they didn’t usually spend time with and understand how important the forest is to New Zealand.
The lights dimmed and Maungatapu, as well as other schools, fell into a sudden silence. In the front, the 120 Maungatapu children sat on the edge of their seats…It was a production of Beauty and the Beast at Baycourt on Wednesday 9th of May. There was an orchestra made up of students from the Girls and Boys college joint. They started to play eerie music started and a castle was moved onto the stage. A boy stepped out from the wings and began to tell the start of the story…
Belle’s singing entranced the audience, when the Beast sang it was low, strong and powerful. It filled the audience with lots of emotion.
The costumes were so realistic and beautiful.
Here are people’s opinions about their production:
I really liked it, I loved Belle’s singing. -Eva
I liked it when the Beast pushed Gaston of the balcony. -Finley
Gaston’s performance was powerful, riveting, and had me in stitches.-Mr Allsop.
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have a scientist come to our school. His name is Kasper and he works at the University of Auckland. He came in to set up a seismograph in our library which will tell us when there has been an earthquake. Two people from each class got to go along and we learnt heaps! Some of the facts he shared with us were that the bigger the fault, the bigger the earthquake and that tectonic plates are made from the earth’s crust and move under each other, move apart and clash together. We had fun jumping in the library and trying to get the machine to measure our movement.
By Josh and Stevie – Room 25 and 26
We were super lucky to have Kasper visit us to talk about RūWhenua. Kasper is a physicist who specialises in Earthquakes. Did you know there are over 15000 earthquakes recorded in NZ every year. Kasper installed a seismograph in our library which is now part of the Ru network, a network of schools with seismographs. You can see our feed at https://nzseis-stations.auckland.ac.nz/
Our seisograph goes 24/7 and we have already measured two earthquakes!
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who have been selected as Tauranga Representative Basketball Players! They have been selected to represent Tauranga at Regional and National Basketball Tournaments, including Easter Tournaments this long weekend. Good luck!
Caleb Masigan Under 11B Boys
Tiaki Murray Under 11B Boys
Tipene Toki Under 11B Boys
Pia Kuka-Gardiner Under 11 Girls
Jarome Bidois Under 13A Boys
The junior school set up camp on the field on Thursday the 22nd of March. There were lots of activities provided at the camp including parachutes, egg and spoon race, T-ball, cup stacking, knuckle bones, big ball games and card games. All of the junior school participated and thought that it was an exciting, fun filled day. They especially enjoyed the new activities they had not tried before.