Owairaka Primary school is an inspiring place where we value learning, the environment and other cultures.
Owairaka School has a ‘You can do it’ attitude to learning. When we (students) make a mistake we try again. We do this through ‘Getting along, being confident, being persistent and being organised. These are the four foundation keys to having success at school.
Owairaka School is an Enviroschool. Owairaka Primary School has an orchard that children that don’t have lunch can eat in the future. Owairaka School has lots of gardens. One garden is the rongoa garden. It has medicinal plants in it. Miss Best taught us about some of the uses of different Maori medicine that we have in our Rongoa garden. Our Rongoa garden is situated beside Nga Ringa Awhina which is our place of learning Te Reo Maori and kapa haka. This is a very important part of our environment and displays our respect for our Maori culture.
Each class is completing an Enviro project. Our project is creating a School Pepeha because we don’t have one and the information we need for one has been lost. We have found out that a pepeha represents your identity and your connection to the land. We know that there are specific parts involved in making the Pepeha. We know our mountain is Owairaka. Our river/awa is Te Puna Wai-inu-roa o Wairaka. Our school is Owairaka. These are some of our important places that will be in the Pepeha.We also acknowledge the Maori tikanga side of this project, getting in experts and asking for permission to use names within our pepeha creation.
Owairaka gives honourable memories to our wahine toa, tupuna Wairaka.It is a jubilant place, where children of all cultures will continue to adore the stories and to learn more about our courageous Tangata Whenua, Wairaka.
In her words, “KIA WHAKATANE AU I AHAU” Let me act as a man!
From Jesse, Elisapesi, Janelle Tommy and Sumayya
Thoughts of our journey:
Sumayya says “It has been exciting learning about the pepeha and researching about Wairaka our school tupuna. It is something that will stay with me aways, and will remind me of my contribution to Owairaka School. As a year 6 leaver, this has been both exciting and sad as my time at Owairaka comes to an end”.