Monday, 28 May 2018

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa

Talofa Lava Fānau!   
Today is the beginning of 

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa Samoan Language Week
"Alofa atu nei, Alofa mai taeao”
“Kindness Given, Kindness Gained”

At SRS, we have 60 nations represented among our students and 
15 nations represented among our staff of 40 people.

As we go about our daily lives, being good
"Friends, Learners, Guardians"
we are always mindful of recognising each other for who we are and what we bring with us as part of our cultural 'kete' - our baskets of knowledge awareness.

During the past holidays, I spent time in Samoa as part of a group of adults who had all trained to be teachers 40 years ago and were in Samoa as part of their celebration reunion. 
My husband and I played tour guides to the group and showed them Samoa through the eyes of Samoans.

Celebrating our students' cultures is a part of our school's cultural responsive pedagogy - we try hard to ensure that the languages and cultures of our students are honoured and integrated into our programmes - and that our children can be confident that their language, culture and identity are valued and easily able to be used and shared.
We have a small population of Samoans at SRS but a wealth of enthusiasm and interest for learning about Samoan traditional practices, so for this week, we are celebrating through our theme...
Kindness Given; Kindness Gained
Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoan Language Week
Animals walk freely around the villages

One of the many misty waterfalls on a rainy day 

Return To Paradise verandah and ocean

Buying pawpaw for breakfast from a road-side stall

The view from our dwellings for the week

Lesson in weaving a basket to carry coconuts in

Lesson in Waka Ama - team paddling first thing in the morning

Thursday, 14 December 2017

2017 - Where Has It Gone?

And as we near the end of term, it is time for reflection of what we achieved and what is to celebrate. 

One thing that is entirely evident is that we have one of the hardest working staffs on the planet.
In the past two weeks, we have had so many amazing activities to enjoy - their planning and creativity and willingness to "go the extra mile" is to be recognised and appreciated publicly.

The children and whānau of SRS are truly Friends, Learners and Guardians in all they say and do!

Last weekend I signed over 500 reports from each class, and read every single general comment individually. There is a real depth of 
"KNOW THE LEARNERS" evident in each report, and I celebrate our incredible staff who make magic happen each week of the year. Rest well my 
wonder-beings and rest, relax, revive over January.
See you back in 2018 for more of the same!!!

Friday, 2 June 2017

So Much To Celebrate At SRS

What a fantastic job this is, when you can come to school each day and see happy children and happy teachers.

We are now into our second term of learning and there is so much to celebrate:-

  • We have named each of our teams with a new "whanau" name which describes their stages of growth as they move through their classes:-

    - Whakatōtanga for our Year 1-2 team
    - Tupuranga      for our Year 3-4 team
    - Puāwaitanga   for our Year 5-6 team
    - Hautūtanga    for our Year 7-8 team
  • We have grown our Inquiry Learning model and our Inquiry Learning programme delivery to the point where at the end of each term now, we have a COMMUNITY ACTIONS OUTCOME DAY. This is the part of our Inquiry where we present our ACTION to our community and students share how we plan to improve the world we live in.
  • New Social Curriculum - we have developed a new plan for promoting positive behaviours in our school through our Social Curriculum strengthening our resolve to be good
    "Friends, Learners, Guardians." We believe that everyone has the right to come to school to be safe and happy - so living this on a daily basis is important to us.
    "Friends,Learners,Guardians in all we say and do!"

Monday, 22 August 2016


WEEK 3 OF TERM 3 - a celebration of PEACE WEEK.

Every team designed activities which promoted peaceful interactions and an awareness of an individual's responsibility around creating and maintaining peaceful relationships in our world. Our Inquiry learning for Term 3 is based on a question of how we can create change to make a healthy community - and healthy relationships is a key focus of Week 3. Look at these wonderful students and their focused attention to their tasks. We had Tai Chi; Pilates; Yoga; Meditation to Music; Peace Banners; Random Acts of Kindness; and a whole lot of innovative recording of quality learning, shared with whanau and families.

Saturday, 23 July 2016


So here we are in 2016 and entering the second half of our year. 

I hope everyone loved the mid-year reports they received at the end of Term 2. I know I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

Our teachers write wonderful reports that show how much they REALLY know our children - and it is an absolute privilege to read and sign them all. We are now looking forward to seeing you all at the Home School Conferences in Week 2. 

We are looking forward to welcoming the ERO  (Education Review Office) team in Week 5 and are keen to showcase our "picture of progress" in all we have done to continually improve our school.

We are blessed with talented, dedicated Staff, Board of Trustees, Maori Whanau  and Parent Support Group - and together with our student leaders, are excitedly planning new areas of growth.

In Week 7 we are all doing the Adidas Fun Run - so I begin my training with a boot camp membership on Tuesday - never too old to rock the Active Wear I say!!! Our Inquiry is based on the Health and Physical Education curriculum - my absolute passion as a younger teacher - so read more about that on our website home page. 

I look very forward to seeing you all around the school again as our term begins.
Hei konei ra
Ms Hansell

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Our NZ Curriculum Vision statement is that all students will be……………..
At SRS, our teachers model that vision as adult learners, continuing their learning through ongoing PLD = Professional Learning and Development.
As a Principal, I am very humbled that the BOT has approved my attendance at the International Congress of Principals who are meeting in Finland for a conference on LEADING EDUCATIONAL DESIGN. The global interactions of Principals from across the globe is an inspiring experience
I look forward to sharing our NZ context of education with other Principals, and am thankful that our BOT has vision in supporting Life Long Learning!

Saturday, 23 May 2015


What are Tuakana Teina Days.

An opportunity for our students to practice being  Friends, Learners, Guardians

Tuakana Teina Days happen at SRS to allow for some 

quality learning dynamics to occur.

  • Classes are paired up older to younger (Tuakana/Teina)
  • Teachers are paired up across teams, and this allows for experiences in teaching children of different age groups for the day
  • The learning programme for the day is a Mini Unit of the current Inquiry Learning Topic (in this term it's Strengths in Diversity)
  • As Teachers are paired up (with lots of Support Staff to help out!), this organisation allows for teams of teachers to be released to participate in uninterrupted, professional learning and development in a specific curriculum area.
  • Tuakana / Teina Days are valuable for everyone - it is a WIN-WIN organisation and there is an authentic experience of being
    Friends, Learners and Guardians on these days!


 These photos are of Room 19 (Year 5/6) working with
        Room  8 (Year 2)
Our older students teach our younger students new things and everyone contributes to an outcome for the day.