Thursday, 15 August 2019

Waste Fashion!

During Term 3, Wellington City Council came to school to run some great activities with the Matairangi Hub as part of our sustainability inquiry.

Room 8 made WASTE FASHION.

Their mission was to make costumes/outfits out of bubblewrap that is used at the Hospital and cannot be recycled. The only other tools they had were scissors, markers and staples.

At the start of this term, we decided to put on a FASHION SHOW for Room 9 and 10 to show off all our great designs.

We learnt lots during this activity about what we can do with old clothes and how to repurpose them or donate them.



Room 8 ASB

On Thursday morning, Room 8 have been going to ASB to learn and improve our sport skills!

So far, we have played Handball and we are now learning a new sport, called Pickle Ball.

Room 8 have enjoyed learning a new team game during handball practise. The goal is to get your whole team into the semi circle by throwing and catching balls to your teammates. It takes lots of teamwork and good communication.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Matariki Day 2019

Below are some images from our Matariki Day celebrated on June 11th.

Throughout the day students chose 3 activities to do, these included weaving Harakeke, koru patterns, making stars, cutting vegetable and making soup, cooking kumera and Poi. 

In the evening we served up the soup and bread to many whanau who attended the evening session. Kapa Haka performed and after the concert we shared kai including a sausage sizzle and homemade soup.


Thursday, 23 May 2019

2019 Runathon

On Wednesday 22 May, Kilbirnie School had its annual Runathon! This year the event was called the FUN and FABULOUS run... and it was exactly that!

The kids of Matairangi hub were well prepared after weeks of cross country practise.

There were many kids (and teachers!) dressed in fun costumes and afterwards everyone was treated to a sausage sizzle.

Each hub had two prizes for best dressed! Congratulations to Abby Dixon and Thomas Shortall for their creative costumes.

Each year we are always impressed by the support and encouragement the students of Matairangi Hub show towards the younger students of our school.

Another successful Kilbirnie School event!


World Day for Cultural Diversity.

On Tuesday 21 May, the world celebrates Cultural Diversity Day!

We have many different cultures in our Kilbirnie School community so we love celebrating this day each year.

We had a special assembly which gave students the opportunity to stand up and be proud of their cultures.

Room 8 made diversity hands. They focused on flags, symbols, language, mythology, landmarks, religion, food and customs!

Room 9 and 10 drew flags and practised their greetings.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Science Experiments

This term we are focusing on science!

As a hub we are running a variety of different experiments. Our goal is to start thinking like scientists and we are focusing on observing, predicting, and questioning.

Some experiments have included observing:

  • what happens when different candies are placed in water.
  • the relationship between coke, oil, and milk.
  • what happens when paper flowers are put on water.
  • the relationship between milk, colouring, and dish liquid. 

We are looking forward to doing many more experiments! 


Sunday, 17 March 2019

Camp 2019

During week 5 we had school camp!

The year 6's set off on Tuesday and stayed for three nights at Palm Grove- two nights were spent sleeping in tents for some! So many activities were packed into the four days spent on camp.  This included activities such as: archery, low ropes, confidence course, swimming, performing, tramping, orienteering, rock climbing, horse riding, pitching tents, playing sports, and even preparing vegetables. 

The year 5 camp joined the year 6's on Wednesday and they did many of the same activities. On Friday, the year 5's went to Ngā Manu Nature Reserve where they got to see native birds and plants, as well as the opportunity to feed eels! 



Some students have written some amazing articles about their camp experiences, here are some extracts:

Low Ropes:

“I found it really fun and wanna do it longer” Mere said. There were so many obstacles that you could go on. There were these blocks you could go and jump to the next and there were ropes that you had to use your bum to slide across, there were also tires you had to climb on and if you fell off any of the obstacles it was okay because you were clipped on to some wires so if you fell it would make you just hang there and you wouldn't hurt yourself. (By Freya)

Camp Concert:

2019’s camp concert was just last week. Crowds were flooding in to see the students of kilbirnie school perform their skits. The students did their skit one by one and then there was a surprise synchronised swimming dance from the parents. “It was a unique production of skits, the parents were hilarious” said one of the spectators. (Arana)


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

School Picnic

On Tuesday 12 February, Matairangi hub, along with the rest of the school went on a picnic!

We caught buses to Khandallah Park where we started our day with a very refreshing swim in the pool.

Payton and Agalua splashing around!
After a bite to eat to refuel, Matairangi Hub headed up Mount Kaukau. It was a warm and overcast day, but we all persevered and made it to the top! Unfortunately the view was not what we hoped for. The walk down was a lot faster than the walk up. 

We had a great day and enjoyed bonding as a new hub. It was great seeing so many students supporting their friends during our big walk.... bring on camp!

Monday, 12 November 2018

Athletics Day

On Friday 19 October, we had our yearly athletics day- and what a beautiful day it was! 

After weeks of training, our Matairangi students participated in quoits, vortex, sprints, high jump and long jump.

It was great to see our hub support and encourage one another.

A number of our students qualified for Eastern Zones Athletics- well done! 

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Matairangi Hub have just finished their Friday badminton sessions! On Fridays,  each class walked to the Wellington Badminton Club and had lessons. Students had a great time learning skills needed to play badminton and they really enjoyed playing the different games!

Room 9 learning about shuttlecocks. 

Room 8 practising with balloons. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Citizenship Inquiry

During Term 2, the Matairangi Hub inquiry focus was Citizenship. A major part of this inquiry was for students to become aware of global, national and local issues and how they, as active citizens, could come up with solutions and actions for their chosen issue.

Students worked in groups across the hub and came up with some amazing actions to help with their issue. Some examples include:

Christos, Thomas and Jack- who were working on how to prevent littering. They put posters up around our local community. 

Facundo, Andronicos and Arana- who were working on how to minimise littering in our own school community. This group are now in the beginning stages of starting a school litter clean-up club.

Ali, Grace, Amiria and Eva- who were focusing on plastic wastage. This group are currently organising a plastic free day at school. 

Louis, Freddie, Flynn, Alexi, Joe and Anas- who were focusing on the homeless. They are currently organising a can-food drive at school to donate to food banks. 

Sophie, Jacqui and Molly- who were focusing on plastic pollution in the ocean. This groups spent their Saturday morning selling reusable bags in our local community and donated their earnings to the Island Bay Marine Education centre. 

We had a great time showing the rest of the school our projects when we recently had a Matairangi inquiry open day to share all our amazing work.

Sharing with Room 1, 3 and 4

One group selling their bags to make money for the Island Bay Marine Education Centre. 

Waste Fashion!

During Term 3, Wellington City Council came to school to run some great activities with the Matairangi Hub as part of our sustainability in...