Year: 2023

Year 6 Graduation Assembly 2023

Guess what? Our Year 6 Graduation at Otahuhu Primary School was so enjoyable today! 🎓🌟 It was a celebration of us reaching the end of primary with all our parents and school community.

We had a ceremony where we got to be on stage, holding our graduation certificates.  Three of our class members (you can watch in video) gave speeches.  The speeches acknowledged our school, teacher, parents and community.

But wait there’s more!  After the ceremony, we all had the yummiest lunch ever! 🍕🍎 There was so much food, and it felt like a big family lunch with all our friends and teachers. We laughed and talked about all the fun stuff we did during the year.

I think that’s just how Otahuhu does things – we celebrate together, and it’s always so much fun. Now we’re ready for the next adventure in the intermediate years! 🚀📚

Thank you Otahuhu Primary School! 🏫💖. Thank you Mrs Dollie.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas break.

Room 8 of 2023

Diwali, celebrating our language and culture

The opportunity to share our language and culture at Otahuhu is always available to us.   This is something we love about our school.  We celebrate our diversity AND the many things we have in common.

This particular week we had the opportunity to celebrate Diwali along with our Indian language.  See here how members of our class dressed up and also enjoyed the celebrations of this very special week.

From one of our research sites: Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

2023 – what a year!

I am very happy to have reached week 8 of term 4.   This means I have only 2 more weeks of being year 6.  There is a lot that I am grateful for.

I only joined Otahuhu this year, actually this term.   I have new friends and learned new things in this school.  Please look at my reflection here to learn about what I have enjoyed and what I look forward to in 2024.



Aotea Surfing Club

Let’s go surfing now!  Last month Room 8 went on an excursion to the Aotea Surfing Club.  We had a great time learning the basics of surfing, paddling and water safety.

Some of us were a little nervous in the open space of the ocean however, we had so many wonderful teachers there to support us.  It didn’t take long for us to see that we were in a very safe place and that we would get all the help we needed.

Thank you to the Aotea Surfing Club for a great day of learning.   These days are so important as all the things  we learned we couldn’t have learnt in the classroom.   A great big thank you too to our staff who came along to look after us!


Party Votes for the Panmure and Otahuhu Electorate

MMP is the voting system we use in New Zealand. It stands for ‘Mixed Member Proportional’. We use MMP to choose who represents us in Parliament.

Each person gets a vote for a candidate and a vote for a party.

Today we looked at Panmure and Otahuhu Electorate and this is what we found.

I found this very helpful to understand what my parents voted for in the weekend.   If you don’t know already National Party won most seats in parliament.   For our electorate we have Jenny Salesa from Labour representing our community.

Monster Mate!

We’ve worked very hard this term with Mrs Dollie and Mrs Tele’a so it was time to have some plain old fun drawing some Monster Mates.  We had a lot of giggles as we drew using shapes, curves and lines in Google Draw.

Our next step for this is to write a profile for our Monster Mates.

These Monster Mates have been drawn by Rowletta, a budding artist of Room 8.

We would like to wish everyone a happy holiday.  See you in term 3!

My face, it’s shape and colour


Studying our faces and the shapes we find there was the first part of our session today.   We learned about how we can create shapes, close them for colour and more.   The eyedropper tool was really helpful as it led us to selecting a colour that was close to the colour of our actual skin!   At one stage we had to change from lines to shapes as it got a little tricky for some of us.  We hope you will enjoy looking over our graphics here including a set of flowers that was the extension of this activity in google draw.