Our reflection day began with a powerful welcome (powhiri) from Te Whanau o Owairaka and Room 17.
Our visitors were given detailed talks and tours around our fabulous grounds. A good time to ‘show off our goods’. To conclude our proceedings, the Enviro-thinkers group and the Pepeha team combined with Mrs Tregoweth, Mrs Karaka, Ms Christainsen and the Enviro-schools advisors discussed, debated and came to the same conclusion that Owairaka should receive the “GREEN GOLD AWARD!”
We couldn’t control ourselves within minutes we had dispersed throughout the school telling them of our good fortune. We left our very happy teachers and advisors to their hugs, cries and excitement.
Monty F Year 6 & Elisapesi F Year 5 2010
Welcoming the visitors
Tuesday 21st fell upon us like a tonne of bricks. Mrs Karaka transformed into a military officer barking orders to her ready soldiers, us!
My scared voice broke into ‘Tena i whuia!’ I knew it was wrong but I went hard anyway. Staring down on the visitors like a hawk stalking it’s prey from the distance.
Our strong voices bellowed loudly fulling the entire assembly hall to the ceiling. Our time there was a blur. But I knew Mrs Karaka was so proud of us I even think she had tears in her eyes.
I was proud of us too. So proud that I would love to do it all over again. Maybe without all the growls.
Sara B year 5 2010.