As a special end of year experience, the Year 6 children get to ride from the far side of Leamington to the Avantidrome. Then after a quick ride on the outdoor skills track the children go into the Avantidrome and learn how to do track cycling. Riding bikes with 1 gear, no brakes and on a track that slopes up like a cliff is no easy thing. But the children love it. After we do that for an hour we ride all the way back to Leamington before heading home.
The 2 senior classes participate in the Cambridge Christmas festival by performing Christmas Carols in the Town Hall on December 6th.
Production - Pirates for a Day performed on 7th and 11th December 2017
On Friday 27th October the entire school visited the local community marae, Nga Hau e Wha. For the first time, we were invited on to the marae, and so the children and many adults, experienced the role as Manuhiri. Piripi and Vinnie were very supportive of our school and everyone there were involved in performing the hongi too. Afterwards the Seniors were given a quick history lesson about the region and the importance of the Maungatautari area before heading off to local points of importance - Lake Te Ko Utu and the monument marking a cemetary in St Kilda beside the new highway. Meanwhile the Juniors stayed at the marae to experience activities in the life of Maaori many years ago: ti rakau, poi, harakeke, waiata, string games, legends.
It was an awesome day.
The annual Roto-o-Rangi School Speech night was held recently. The topics were thought provoking, humourous and well constructed; then delivered with style.
May 8-11 based at Lakes Ranch, Rotorua. Visits to: Rainbow Mountain, Whakarewarewa, the Buried Village, Blue Lake, Redwood Forest. Activities at Lakes Ranch: Archery, Orienteering, Kayaking, Rock Wall Climbing, and the famous Mud Run.
Here are a few photos of the annual Roto-o-Rangi Cross Country, held on the Wallis Farm.