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Update from the World of Turanga

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Kia Ora Whanau,

Welcome to a winter edition of our Turanga Blog. We have plenty of photos of what's been happening around the school and in our classrooms.

Room 9's big idea for their inquiry is 'With empathy, creativity and hard work we can use the natural world in a way that benefits many'. Here we are exploring the building of a dam and purifying water.


Room 26 are using the whakatau 'Whiria te tangata' (Weave the people together) and are looking at invisible links in nature, and asking questions about classifications.




This term Room 28 have inquired into perspective and photography. We have completed investigations into utilising geometric patterns in art and have experimented extensively with photography (framing, meaning, representation, etc)

Janki and Elle (Rm 5) sharing their ideas during philosophy about, 'What makes a friend, a friend?

On Monday the 18th of June, Room 6 went on a trip to the Auckland Art Gallery. In our Inquiry, we are currently focusi…

Camp Newsletter from March 12th

Whanau Turanga Piha Mill Camp

Monday 12th March
Dear Parents/Caregivers,
We have just over a week to go until our camp at Piha Mill. Breakfast and lunch menus are being finalised and the excitement is growing! Here is the information you will need in the lead-up till next Tuesday:
Food Each group is working with a budget of $10 per person to cover breakfast and lunch for the three days, i.e. 4 people in the group = $40 (home baking does not have to be included in this amount). The children will bring home the menu and shopping list this week. They need to plan, with your help, when they will meet up to shop for the items on their list; ready to bring to school in one chilly bin per group on Tuesday morning. We are encouraging them to think broadly when planning the menu, and to think carefully about which foods will be safe till Friday, e.g., powdered or longlife milk would be a more sensible choice than bottled milk. We have a freezer at camp that we will rotate slicker pads through to k…

Camp Gear List

Hi Turanga!

Here is your camp gear list, just in case you need it...

Gear List for Camp 1 x beanie 1 x cap/hat (school hat is fine) 4 x underwear 3 x t-shirts (ideally one dry fit for the tramp) 3 x shorts (one suitable for tramping) 1 x sweatshirt 1 x thermal top/merino top 1 x thermal longs or track pants Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, hair brush, deodorant, soap) Insect repellent

Welcome to Whanau Turanga 2018! A welcome letter to families

Tena koutou, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Ciao, Namaste, Al Salaam a’alaykum, Nihao, Merhaba, Konnichiwa, Hola, Annyong hasayo, Greetings

Whanau Turanga Term 1 2018
Balmoral School Vision - ‘To value diversity and to develop curious, confident and connected learners.’
Dear Parents/Caregivers,
A huge welcome to you all. The staff members of Turanga and the wider Balmoral School community are excited to welcome you to our school. We hope you had a fantastic holiday and are enjoying a smooth transition into our school. 
This letter is a quick introduction to the members of our Year 7 team, a few of the things that we will be looking at in Term 1 and to make you aware of the key dates coming up. It is a busy term and no doubt your child will be already learning how to manage the wealth of new information and routines that are coming their way! 
Firstly, we would like to introduce ourselves. Going through the classes we have Bradley in Room 4, Emma in Room 5, Danielle…