Our Classes ... Ahi Ka – Hub (Years 4, 5 and 6)

The Piwakawaka and Kereru classes occupy our senior hub, a newly renovated innovative learning environment, led by Mrs Jess Lorimer (Piwakawaka) and Mrs Ashely Pillow (Kereru). The classes are both year 4, 5 and 6 and the teachers work closely together.

We are always working to get to know our students and introduce them to the concept of learner agency.

In addition to the school newsletter we will be using Class Dojo to communicate with whaanau. If you haven’t signed up yet, or haven’t received the notice with your child’s code let us know. We also use Class Dojo to share what is going on in class, for the children to share their work, and families can use it to send us messages about their child, such as absences and appointments.


This term we expect all students to read every night for a minimum of 20 minutes. This reading should be recorded into their ‘Do It’ Diaries. Some students will be given a school reader and others will be able to select their own reading book.

Students will be provided with optional homework sheets that can be taken home on Monday and be returned on Friday. Students will complete the homework into an exercise book, not onto the laminated sheets. Some
weeks there may be research based homework to support what they are learning at school. Spelling words will be practised at school, however if you would like to follow this up at home students can record their words into their ‘Do It’ Diaries on Monday.

If you have any questions about homework please send us a message through ‘Class Dojo’ or send a note to school with your child.

2020 Term One Learning in Ahi ka

Our trip To the Hamilton Gardens and the Sculpture Park


We had a great day visiting different parts of the world through plants and sculpture. Learning about line , light, contrast,  form, colour and dimension through the sculptures and plants we discovered. Thank you to our parent helpers and to The Sculpture Park in Waitakaruru for hosting us and to the Hamilton Gardens for opening our eyes to world of gardens on an international scale. Now our plan is to create our own sculpture garden that represents the variety of cultures that we have at our Hub.

We enjoyed Kapa haka each week.

We had a blast learning how to play cricket with Counties Manukau Cricket coaches.

Please keep up your reading every night.

Any families that have not yet joined us on Class Dojo we highly recommend you do as we give regular updates on your child’s learning and it gives you a direct line of communication with us.  

Term 3/4  in Ahi Ka

… we had book week where we all dressed up as characters from our favourite book characters.

‘Zebong’ the story teller came and shared the crazy stories of his family through his amazing quilt.

By far our most exciting event of term 4 was our school Production of Aladdin.  Here you can see photos of the show. Our senior students were not only on stage but organising and running the lighting, sound and backstage. An amazing effort by the whole school and community having 100 children all participate. Thank you to OSPA for the venue.

Here are Jasmine and Aladdin singing their famous ‘Whole New World’. Following are photos of all the characters singing, dancing and acting up a storm.