Mataura School

Southland Kiwi Can Students Daffodil Planting

Tena koutou Ko Hokonui te maunga Ko Mataura te awa Ko Kai Tahu te iwi Ko Mataura te kura Ko Susan Dennison te tumuaki No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa. Our school year has been full of opportunities, challenges and excitement. We have been flexible and aware of the impact that Covid has had on our community and we are proud of the way in which our mahi has continued within the parameters that have been set.

As you drove through Mataura this spring, you might have been blinded by the sight of the wonderful daffodils that line the side of State Highway 1. We were part of a planting project with the Gore District Council and the Graeme Dingle Foundation (Kiwi Can) to enhance our community which they certainly did.

We have challenged the way in which we have taught and learnt about Math going forward. Through our involvement in Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC), we work through real world problems that are centred around the interests and knowledge of our tamariki. Through this, children work together to employ a number of strategies with the use of many resources to explain and justify their working. This has seen a huge shift in the way our students communicate with us and the value of many different ways of approaching a problem. This work continues for the next two years with our coaching partners at Massey University.

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