Congratulations to…

Ella Zhou – winner of an art competition to celebrate the release of the picture book Scary Tales for Brave Kids.

Angelo Su’a – second place in the Howick Pakuranga Speech competition. Sixteen local schools competed..

Speech Finals!

Congratulations to the following students who were finalists in the speech competition held recently in the hall. They all spoke well in front of a big audience and the judges.

2019 Speech finalists

Year 5

  • Alpha Shi – My BFFs – Books Forever Fantastic
  • Isla Donaldson – Our Beautiful World
  • Cameron Smith – Books Are Better Than Movies
  • Amber Newson – What We Should Actually Learn In School
  • Angelo Su’a – We Don’t Need Homework
  • Nathan Wang – Benefits Of Student Council

Year 6

  • Kayleigh Thistlethwaite – People Should Smile More
  • Zeena Williams – Stop Animal Cruelty
  • Linaya Karunatillake – We Are All Unique
  • Casey Ferguson – The Tricks Of The Trade
  • Roxie Lindgreen – Dwayne Johnson Is The Best Actor Of All  Time
  • Alex Johnson – Being A Natural  Red-Head Is The Best

The results were:

1st Angelo Su’a

2nd Linaya Karunatillake

3rd Alex Johnson

Angelo, Linaya and Alex

Kōanga Festival

Our wonderful Kapa Haka team gave an amazing performance at the recent Kōanga Festival. The team represented the school with mana and showed great commitment, courtesy and enthusiasm. After their performance, they recieved an awhi haka from the Howick College kapa haka group – a very special honour. A very big thankyou to Mrs Takaiti, Ms Wright, and Mrs Carr for supporting our students and preparing them for this special event.

Storylines Author Visit

A group of Year 5 & 6 students had the opportunity to meet award winning author Janet Hunt. A non-fiction writer who writes about New Zealand’s wildlife and environment, she inspired the students with her stories from the Wildbase Hospital in Palmerston North. The visit was part of the Storylines National Festival Story tour and we were thrilled to be included.

Author Visit for Book Week –

We enjoyed meeting New Zealand author Juliette MacIver. She read her stories and told us about being a writer and how she writes her wonderful rhyming stories! We also got to come to school on Friday dressed as our favourite book character!

Room 3 showed Juliette their artwork based on her book.

Lucky winners on Character Dress-up Day
New School App!

Exciting news – Botany Downs has a new app! Go to your phone’s app store and download the SchoolAppsNZ app today to keep in touch with what is happening at school. Record absences, check notices and the school calendar… all at the touch of a button!