2015 in Review

Whanganui East looks back on 2015

It has been an amazing year at Whanganui East School where everyone has worked so hard and reaped the rewards in return. To celebrate the fantastic work of just a small portion of our children we would like to share with you our top academic achievers for 2015: Mikayla Taiaroa – Year Six Academic Achievement, Jennifer Ramage – Year Three Academic Achievement, Erena Rapana-Nuku and Lyzz Barry – Year Six Excellence in Attitude Award, Jayda Metekingi-Samuels – Year Three Excellence in Attitude Award. A huge congratulation’s to all our other students that received awards in our final assembly and to all the outstanding children that tried and strived to do their very best: you have all achieved high levels of attainment in your own rights.

At Whanganui East we embraced our parent and community voice and have put the ‘H’ back into “Whanganui’ and we are in the process of changing our school emblem starting with our fantastic new sports uniform which were designed by one of our teachers, Mrs Lourie, and funded by our fabulous PTA. During the year our school has been undertaking a colour change with random splashes of colour going up around the school, too much excitement. This colour change will continue throughout 2016 so keep an eye out it’s going to look amazing! A big thank to our Board of Trustees that have funded our second digital classroom.

Our children have participated in numerous ‘Education Outside the Classroom’ experiences this year. In Term One the whole school participated in Sea Week alongside Whanganui’s DOC where we learnt about the environment, the native plants and wild life that rely on us to look after our coast lines. Term Two and Three allowed the majority of our school to visit and make great use of our local museum and art gallery which supported our inquiry learning with individualised learning opportunities, put together by the wonderful tutors from the Museum and Art Gallery. Our junior school were lucky enough to be invited to Wanganui Girls College where we were entertained by the Year Eleven’s Drama classes where they had to write and produce their own versions of Fairy Tale Stories. Term Three was when our children show cased their dance talents to a packed audience of whanau and friends at Girls College. Years Four to Six reached new heights during their three day camp at Raukawa Falls.

These are just a few fantastic learning opportunities that our children and teachers have been able to take part in during 2015. I wonder what 2016 has installed for us? Watch this space.