Sunday, June 27, 2021

Emily's Backpack

Who left the backpack in the cemetery? 

A question buzzing around Room 8 as we unpacked the backpack, reading the letter left inside to see who it might belong to and how we may be able to help. 

This begins a unit Room 8 are working on through Mitey (Sir John Kirwan Foundation) to see the difference between: 
 Running To Vs Running Away 
and the personal worries we might have that reflect the choices we make... 

 Emily's Backpack is a unit on supporting others and our own Mental Health! 

 Watch this space to see how we develop and work with Emily and how we might be able to help and support not only her but our peers and  loved ones too.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

This past Tuesday roles were reversed... the youngsters were teaching the oldies! 

St Patrick's students lead staff from other Manaiakalani schools through an animated video using process drama. 

The themes found within the video were Difference, Fear, Hope and Love. Through many different drama conventions, cut throughout the video, staff were able to explore and experience character development gaining a glimpse of how vocab and inference could be developed... not to mention empathy, compassion and understanding.

Our wonderful students clearly articulated and shared their understanding representing St Patrick's and their whanau with pride! 

We all hope the 'oldies' were inspired and took away an understanding that learning can be fun!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Fluffy Egg Nest

 Yum, is all I could think as I sat down the back of the classroom smelling the delicious aroma of eggs and toast cooking. Not a pin could be heard dropping as my Year 7's enjoyed eating the fruits of their labour! What a way to Break the Fast!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Gone Sailing


Many thanks to Rotary St Johns and Yachting New Zealand for the wonderful experience our Yr 7 & 8 students had off Okahu Bay yesterday. Arriving with a bunch of excitedly nervous children and leaving with a crew of sailors was testament to the fabulous learning and hands on experience delivered to us by Kim, Robbie and Molly. Although the wind decided to play it low for a while there was still a lot to learn and of course water to plunge into! Thanks to Gary (and Harriet), Penny and Leslie from St Johns Rotary for coming down and meeting with us so we were able to say 'Thank You with so much gratitude' in person! Thanks also to Colin for putting it all together to make it all possible! 

Saint Patrick's had a fantastic day which we will remember for life!  

Quoted from Aleenah's Blog:

"Last year the Year 7 & 8's were unlucky since covid struck and they couldn't go sailing. Now I am most grateful to St. John's Rotary & Yachting NZ for giving my friends and I the opportunity of a lifetime. It has sparked an interest in me and to maybe pursue sailing in the future."

Quoted from Augustine's Blog:

"had a wonderful experience sailing and realised that I would like to sail again but with my family. When we got back to school we couldn't stop talking about the day because we had such a great time.
I would thank St Johns Rotary and Yachting New Zealand for giving all of us such a fun opportunity to learn some skills about sailing.

- No child got hurt - just wet."








Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Congratulations To our SLJ students!

 A summer spent relaxing, having fun AND doing some learning activities? Not possible?

With Manaiakalani's 'Summer Learning Journey' anything is possible! Our St Patrick's winners not only enjoyed their summer break but also the fun and creative learning they were a part of discovering the SLJ.

Our winners were Roneeza (now at Selwyn College), Tyrah and in top place Giselle! They all were awarded certificates and prize bags filled with exciting goodies.

Hoping we can have even more creative learners onboard this coming summer! 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

What's for dinner...

 Low cost meals... what can you cook that is economical? Let's try using mince or sausage meat.

How about a delicious meat loaf, rissoles or scotch eggs? And of course served with a heathy salad! 

CPR and Sports Injuries

 Thanks to St Johns and Nicoli for teaching us how to manage risk in our sporting endeavours and how to save someones life if they are unconscious and not breathing. Such important life skills!