Flat Bush

(09) 274 8279 20 Flat Bush Rd Otara, Auckland

Tena koutou The Rising stars

Week 7 Term 2 - in school learning

Samoan Language week

Super proud of our Rising Stars! They have been enjoying practicing Savalivali all week and did a great performance today. Check out the finish product here.

The Rising Stars have had a whole heap of Samoan learning this week. We have focused a lot of Samoan flower designs and Samoan phrases. We even got to make and enjoy some Koko Alaisa along with some fresh bread. 

Today we began to learn Savalivali. We recorded it after 3 practices so keep practicing this song at home and we will film it again on Friday to see the progress that you made!


It has been an awesome start to the week with our samoan language learning. So far we have been learning about greetings and manners in Samoa. We have decided to make a modern style tapa cloth and have been enjoying making snowflake samoan flowers to add to our Tapa cloth.

Check out our Samoan flower art so far...

Week 6 Term 2 - In school learning

Room 1 has officially moved to Room 7 Welcome back to all our learners who returned to school this week. It has been great seeing most of our learners return to school and hearing about all the awesome things they have been doing during their time away

Room 7 have been focusing on our experiences in our bubbles and have also been learning about helping each other and working as a team. 

Here is a little glimpse of what Room 7 has been up to this week:

Sharing our learning

I would absolutely love to see how The Rising Stars are doing in their distance learning. If you have any photos or videos you would like to share with me please do so through email. I am loving all the photos families have already sent in of the all awesome different ways our tamariki have been learning from home. I look forward to seeing more of what everyone else has been doing.

Email: sheridans@flatbush.school.nz 

Support with food


For our Māori whānau there are two supports available.

South Auckland Organisation Support 

Papakura Marae Open Mon-Fri 10am - 2.30pm 09 297 2036 

Food parcel delivery 

- Adhering to Ministry of Health guidelines 

Manukau Urban Maori Authority (MUMA) Open Mon-Fri 10am - 2.30pm 

Food parcel pickup 

- Must bring ID 

09 297 2036 Open Mon-Fri 10am - 2.30pm 09 297 2036. 

- Wait in car until instructed by team

Educational TV channels that will be broadcasting engaging learning throughout the country.

1. Maori television (years 1-10) from 9am Wednesday 15th April 2020

2. TVNZ 2+1, freeview channel 7, sky channel 502. It will run from 9am to 3pm on school days for ages 0-15 as well as some programmes for parents

Week 5 Term 2 Distance learning

Kia ora koutou katoa

As you know, it has been announced that New Zealand will be moving into level 2 and schools are due to open on 18th of May 2020. I would just like to share my appreciation to all the children and their families for all your hard work during this time. It has been awesome to hear about all the experiences our tamariki have had while being home and I cannot wait to hear more about what they've been up to when everyone arrives back to school. 

I look forward to seeing those students returning to school in level 2. School will still be a little different with some limitations in place but that doesn't mean we can't still have fun with our learning. 

If you have any questions regarding how school will look during level 2 please feel free to text or email me.

In the meantime here are some extra activities you can do at home till school starts back up.

Extra activites

1. Draw one or more of your favourite moments you had while on lock down. Eg. baking with mum, walk with family, learning a new skill etc. Bring these in when you come into school so you can share with the class. 

2. Cultural art: To add some identity to our new classroom I thought it would be a great idea for our students to design their own mini Tapa cloth. Fold a piece of paper into four parts. 1 part is for you design your name, the second draw a flower or plant from your culture, the third draw your cultural flag, and in the last box choose a cultural design/pattern of your choice, could be a mixture of all your cultures or something that represents something important to you like religion or family.

3. Everyday try to draw what your favourite or an interesting part of the day was. Have a family member help you write a short description.

4. Build a fort out of your blankets, pillows and dining room chairs. (ask permission first)

5. Use your chalk from your learning pack to draw a hop scotch outside on the concrete and play with a family member. If you can't find chalk when I was little I use to use bark or a rock to scratch into the pavement. Washes off with the weather just as chalk does.

Here is a great recipe for play dough with easy ingredients found at home

You will need

¼ cup Salt

3 tablespoons oil

1 cup boiling water

3 cups flour

Food colouring


1. Mix the salt and oil together. You will find that the salt soaks up most of the oil and becomes quite dry.

2. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the salt is dissolved.

3. Add a few drops of food colouring.

4. Slowly add the flour, stirring as you go. Keep adding flour until a soft dough forms, then tip the dough onto a bench, and knead it well before use.

That’s it, you’re all done!

You can make up a couple more batches in different colours if you like. For something special you can add glitter, food essence or essential oil to the water as well as food colouring.

Fun activities you can do with play dough

1. Create letters of the alphabet, numbers 1-10, or spell your name by shaping the play-dough.

2. Read a story with a family member and focus on a main character of the story. Try and recreate this by first drawing them focusing on features about them eg what sort of shaped head does he have? What sort of dress is she wearing? etc... Then try molding your character out of play-dough. 

3. Fun play - If you don't have any sort of play-dough utensils at home to use, don't worry children are very resourceful and great inventors you could easily give them a pencil, plastic fork, knife and spoon, anything you think is safe and would be useful to use and watch what they create. Take some pictures and try write about what you created with a family member.

4. Snowman building challenge - Have a look around the inside and outside of your home for some things you could use to help create your snowman. Discuss about the amount of play-dough you have and what size objects do you think would be good to use with the amount you have eg. Twigs, toothpicks, bottle caps, etc... Create your body with play-dough and decorate. You either work on a snowman individually or together. 

I would love to see some photos or videos if anyone tries any of these activities out! 

Week 4 distance learning sharing

This play dough looks amazing! There is a lot of fantastic learning happening in Jeremiahs bubble. I cannot wait for his return to school so he can share his learning with the class. Well done Jeremiah and family!

Week 4 Term 2 distance learning

Kia ora Room 1! 

I hope everyone is doing swell. I have been busy at school moving our classroom into to Room 7 with the help of our Junior teacher team. I cannot wait for you all to help decorate our classroom with all your awesome art work and learning when you all come back to school. 

Welcome to week 4 of distance learning. I hope everyone has been enjoying the learning packs created by all your awesome teachers. Please continue to use the learning packs that have either been sent to you by the ministry or the school. These have some awesome activities to engage with at home. If you have any questions regarding any of the activities please feel free to contact me via email sheridans@flatbush.school.nz 

Extra activities you can do

1. Here is a great reading from one of our amazing teachers at Flatbush school, Mrs Young. She's also given a fun follow up activity to do! Watch and enjoy!

 2.  During this time I have noticed many of New Zealand native birds visiting around our area. Go outside in your backyard or on a walk with your family and see if you can spot any birds along your way. If you cannot find any then choose anything you find interesting in nature. Have a go at drawing it then have an adult help you write a small description.

3. Using the chalk from your school learning pack practice writing out the alphabet, your name, any words you know or want to practice. If you don't have chalk, fill an old squeeze bottle and practice drawing it out with water.

4. On your next walk out count how many red and yellow cars driving along. 

5. Ask a family member if they know any hand games like; slime yuck/chicken or any other ones that involve counting and have them teach you and play with you.

6. Design your own snakes and ladders board game using a piece of paper and any colourful art utensils you can get a hold of to decorate. Have a family member help you draw out the boxes and count and write the numbers out. You can do numbers 1-20 to begin with or go for numbers 1-100 and get right into the game! This is a excellent way to enjoy practicing our counting and identifying our numbers. 

Week 4 distance learning sharing


An awesome start to the week Jeremiah and family! It's so cool to see you enjoying the activities from the school learning packs and having some fun in the kitchen as well! What a yummy kai you helped cook up!

Week 3 Term 2 Distance learning

Warm greetings to our Tamariki and their Whanau. 

Thank you to our parents and caregivers who made contact with me last week. This week we will be providing more learning packs for our students to continue to learn from home. 

Learning packs are available from the school library on Wednesday 29th April from 9.30am - 12.30pm. Please come by and collect your child/rens learning packs and feel free to stop by Room 1 and say hi.

Extra activities you can do

1. Create a Mothers Day card for your mum, nana or someone else who is special to you.

2. Write a letter or draw  a picture of thanks to a family member, friend or someone you know of who is an essential worker

3. Learn your Cultural National Anthem

4. Using the chalk from your learning pack, create a chalk obstacle course on the drive way or footpath out front of your house. Enjoy a friendly competition of who can complete it fastest.

Week 3 distance learning sharing

Jeremiah and his mum have been working extremely hard in his learning! Its awesome to see all the work you have been doing from the learning pack you picked up last week. Thank you mum for all your awesome work and the updates.

Distance learning sharing: Week 2 Term 2

Room 1 students and their families have been working hard in their learning this week. Thank you to our awesome parents for all their work they have been doing with our tamariki!

Here is a little glimpse of what some of Room 1 have been up to! 


Hilly and his family have been working hard at the activities included in his explorer kit. He has been practicing a lot of writing with mum and as you can see in the photos he has been drawing heaps too! Hilly has also enjoyed going for walks and enjoying outdoor exercise activities with his family

Ka pai Hilly and whanau! Thank you for your awesome work on your distance learning activities!


Jeremiah and his mum have been learning so much at home too! They have been doing a lot of the activities from the distance learning activity sheet as well as helping with chores around the house and some fun activities mum has set up for him too.


Massiah, his little brother and mum have done a lot of preparation for their distance learning. They spent the first part of their lockdown cleaning out a spare room to convert to their learning space! How awesome! They have been engaging with their learning packs and distance learning activities with the help of their mum and overall just enjoying each other's company. 

Term 2 Week 2 - Distance learning

This week we will be choosing our activities from our distance learning activity sheet you can locate this sheet as well as the distance learning timetable on our home page.

Following the distance learning timetable choose an activity from each area and complete at home, take pictures if possible and send through to me so I can share our Tamariki's learning through here. 

If you have any questions regarding activities or would like some more ideas, feel free to contact me through my email: sheridans@flatbush.school.nz  or send me a text using the number I contacted you on last week.

Extra activities you can do

1. Alphabet treasure hunt - Find an object that starts with each letter of the alphabet around the house/neighborhood.

2. Create an obstacle course with items found around the house. Time each other completing the course by counting from 1. This will help our little ones practice their counting.

3. Draw a picture of one thing you did today, eg helped mum vacuum the lounge. Have an adult write your sentence of what you're doing in your picture. Cut out each word and have the learner try a place the words in the correct order to make the sentence you first wrote. They can either copy the sentence once they built it or can glue it down in the right order. 

Week 1 - Sharing our learning

Awesome work from our very own Kezia and her whanau as they engage in distance learning from home. Kezia has done some Jump jam with her sister and Nana. She has drawn an amazing picture of those in her bubble and has been playing memory card games that nana made to help learn her pink high frequency words. When the lockdown is over Kezia would like to go to the movies with her family. 

Thank you for sharing your fantastic learning with me. Keep up the great work Kezia and whanau!  

Term 2, Week 1 - Distance learning

I hope everyone has had a good break from school and are excited for a new term of learning. School is going to work a little differently for hopefully only a short period of time. In the mean time we will be engaging in distance learning. This page will be updated frequently with learning activities for our tamariki to help them stay engaged at home.

Parents please have phones handy as I will be making contact with you this Tuesday and Wednesday to check in and say hi and also to just catch up.

Distance learning activities to do from home

1. Draw a picture of those who are inside your bubble. Either write their names under each picture or write a short sentence about each of them. 

2. Plan and then cook a meal with Mum or Dad or any other adult available. Write down your menu. Draw a picture of what you made.

3. Play some games with those in your bubbles. Choose games like card  or board games, hide and seek, eye spy, memory games for example.

4. Do Junior lesson, choose one listed under Physical Activities on the main menu of the website
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