Flat Bush

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


It has been an amazing week celebrating the Cook Island Language Week.  On Monday we had the flag raising  and the opportunity to hear our very own FBS Cook Island children sing hymns in their mother tongue. It was very moving and a beautiful tribute to kick start the language week.  

By the end of the day, FBS were treated to a special performance  by the students from Manurewa High School. They were absolutely on FIRE   

OUR BEAUTIFUL ATTIRE in supporting the Cook Island Language Week   


It's a breathtaking  experience witnessing the art & craft of ones culture. We at FBS are very blessed to witness such a fantastic event that our wonderful Cook Island staff put together.

MEITAKI - thank you    

WEEK 2 - Here is a snippet of our wonderful learning during week 2.

Student Inquiry - Our inquiry for this term  is looking at the 6  physical phenomena, which is light, heat, sound, magnetism, electricity, movement and force (push & pull).                                                                         

Day One, was our discovery session, where the children had the opportunity to try out some of the 6 physical phenomena. 

Math - Statistics

We have been learning how to gather information and putting the information into a bar graph. We decided to go over to the staff carpark and see which was the most popular car colour. To our surprise it was the colour grey coming out at 16.

 Iron Man 

Meet the newest member of our class Mr Iron Man. We took him out on Friday to see what he could do. The children were blown away by the experience. 

A massive thank you to Mrs Mayerholfer for allowing Room 22 to borrow Mr Iron Man for the whole term  

WEEK 1 - Celebration of Matariki - The Maori New Year

The children wanted to celebrate the Maori New Year and by celebrating the new year, the children wanted to make kites. So the children wanted to design their kites, so we thought of using the Maori  patterns to design the cover of their kites. Here are a few pictures of the children tracing over the patterns. 

Hopefully by Friday in Week 2, we should have our kite up and flying  (fingers crossed).

It has been a busy week of learning and we learnt what a Noun is. A Noun is a name of a person, a place, a thing and an idea. So we went out into the school grounds and we were able to name a lot of things that were nouns. It was a lot of FUN   

On Friday, it was our first FMS session with our wonderful coaches. They will be teaching us a variety of basketball skills and fun fitness games for the next 10 weeks - we can't wait to become PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS   

WEEK 11 (22-26 June)

Here is a snippet of our amazing learning during Week 11 - ENJOY!

CRT Room 22 - Myths and legends

In the beginning retold by Room  22.

Walt: Make a video, retell a story, Use art work to create different pictures to match the words of the story, Use a loud clear voice, Change voices to be like the character.

Matariki. We have also learnt about Matariki. We have made some Matariki stars for Rangi the sky fathers cloak.


Here is a snippet of our amazing learning during Week 10 - ENJOY!

Mix and Match Activity - The children are learning about the different Maori Guardians and in what they protect.  For this activity the class is split into groups of 3  or 4.  This is where they  learn how to share and discuss,  take turns ,  learn how to co-operate but most importantly learn how to work as a team!

 GARDEN TO TABLES - Room 22 were very luck to have Garden to Tables  this term. The children were thrilled  to be working  with the  amazing Ms Ann O  & Ms Nicky  in the kitchen  and  in the garden our lovely and talented Mrs Tupou. 

Drumming  with Mr Demetrius aka Mr D

The children love working with Mr Demetrius every Thursday and this is why...


Here is a snippet of our amazing learning during Week 9 - ENJOY!

It's great to finally have most of my learners back - wooohooo!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Mason, who won a prize from the Principal Gold Card prize box and so deserving!  Awesome Job Mason!

Since coming back from lockdown, the children have been working very hard during reading time. They know the importance of reading. To become a GREAT READER, you need to practise.  CONGRATULATIONS  to both reading groups who have moved up a level in their reading. They ALL took a trip down to the Principal office with their GOLD CARD and came back with a principal sticker and a big SMILE.

                           The Wild Cats Reading Group                                                                            The Cheetah Reading Group


Here is a snippet of our learning during Week 8.  

Reading - One of the activities for reading is buddy reading. This is where I buddy my capable reader with a reader who needs the extra reading mileage.  I'm so proud of Theresa and Patrick and the responsibility they have taken on to help and support their classmates with reading! 

For Math, the children are learning about 2D and 3D shapes for Geometry.  The children are learning to use 2D shapes to create an animal picture. They are also learning how to trace around the shapes and to cut carefully. 



Talofa Lava, for Samoan Language Week, Room 21 & Room 22 have been practising a poem and a song that my father taught me. The children were amazing and thoroughly enjoyed learning the item but in a different language. The children had a couple of days to practise the item, however in the video..they did FANTASTIC and should be really proud of themselves. 

Thank you Mrs Zhou for recording our beautiful learners    don't they look gorgeous! 

In Week 6 and Week 7, the children and I have been sharing and discussing our feelings during the lockdown. We talked about the challenges, the new learning and some of the amazing things we got to enjoy during the lockdown.  These are some of the SUPER WRITERS who have put a lot of thought and effort into their writing. It was so AMAZING, that I had to send them over to the Principal. They all came back with a Principal sticker, which they stuck on their award chart.

Here are just some samples of the children's writing about the lockdown - KEEP IT UP ROOM 22

 By Theresa (p1)



 By Theresa (p2)




By Aiza 



 By Patrick


 By Mason (my only year 1) 

 By Grace

Samoan Language Week

Room 22 's SUPERSTARS who started on Monday and who can't wait to reunite with their whole class soon.  As you can see the WONDERFUL learners of Room 22 are posing in front of their new classroom!

Don't mind us, we're just enjoying a different view from our new classroom. That sun is gorgeous! 

TERM TWO, 2020

As we head into Week 6 next week and YEAH the children will be returning back to school..I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU to all our families. I know it has not been easy balancing work, family and your child's distance learning programme, but you have persevered and for that I am very grateful. I hope that once the children are back at school, that you'll be able to take some time out for yourself. 

Just a reminder that next week Monday 18th May 2020, there will be a room change, the children who were in room 7, will now be in room 22 with me. A note will go home on Monday to let the parents know about the room change.  Also the Junior classes will be finishing early at 2.50 everyday until further notice. 



See you all on Monday 18th May 2020   

TERM TWO, WEEK 5 - Distance Learning

Welcome back to Week 5 of Term 2! Hope the children of room 7 were able to get up extra early and make breakfast for their mum. I got up on Sunday drove to McDonald and brought mum breakfast. I forgot to buy the bacon, so McDonald was the next best thing! Yes, she loved it   If you made toast and eggs, that is amazing, hopefully you were able to have an adult to supervise you while making it. I think whatever you have made for her on Mother's Day, I'm sure she would have loved it, because it came from the heart. 

Currently, the school is being opened for Essential Workers only, however we will find out today, what will happen next if we move down to level 2. If so, I'll make sure to either call you or send a text if I cannot get a hold of you, this will take place on Wednesday 13th May 2020.  However, you can refer to the Flat Bush School website, for any updated information. 

If you would like any more learning activities to do, if you scroll down to LEARNING ACTIVITIES  - WEEK 4 there are activities there that the child can do.  I will keep adding to the activities.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or call me, I will try my very best to answer them. If not, I will send your request to the Principal and I know he'll be happy to answer any questions. 


Mrs M Mokalei


Happy Birthday to Ardelle Langi who turns 7 tomorrow (Tuesday 12th May 2020)  have an awesome birthday tomorrow sweet - much love from your classmates and me x


These activities are not COMPULSORY but are here, if you need extra learning activities. The coloured buttons are links that will take you to another website, where you will enjoy our staff members reading the ABC or reading their favourite stories.  Please remember I am here if you ever need support with any of the learning activities below. 

Enjoy x

TERM TWO, WEEK 4 - Distance Learning

Happy Mother's Day to all our beautiful mothers   

You are God's greatest gift and we are forever grateful   

Irae working hard on her Mother's Day card & her learning!


This is Haloe's learning bubble. Since the lockdown, Haloe and his siblings have been very busy with their learning. They have been decorating their Easter eggs so that they can put in the window, to show others and they even had a Easter egg hunt around their house, with Haloe reading one of the clues. During ANZAC day, they drew pictures of Niuean soldiers  who fought in the war. 

Looking at these pictures, Haloe and his brother have been doing a lot of fantastic learning, but also have been out and about and just enjoying their time as a family.  Keep up the amazing job family!

A message from Saraphina's Mum

During the lockdown period Saraphina has also been through some battles of her own as well. She had broken her elbow in two places, Saraphina is now in a cast and she has been in since school finished, we have written a story of her time having a broken elbow and how it’s nicely healing and she will also take a photo of her as well, she will email to you.. 

Saraphina if you're reading this, OMG darling you poor thing. Are you ok?  We are all thinking of you sweet! You hang in there sweetheart, as we know that you are strong and you can overcome this! I look forward to reading your story especially in how you broke your elbow.  Make sure you take it easy and I look forward to seeing you back in class very soon.  We're sending you lots of warm hugs and kisses from your classmates & me x


While you have been busy at home learning, I've been busy trying to put our classroom together, so when you all come back, you'll feel at home in your new classroom. I hope you'll LOVE it! I'm hoping that by this Thursday or Friday the classroom will be set and ready for your return! 

Families I will be sending out a text tomorrow (Wednesday 6th May) just to check in and see if you need any support with regards to your child's learning or food support. 


Mrs M Mokalei

Hello my fabulous learners & families

How are you all doing? Hope you and your family are staying well during the level 3 lock down. I want to thank all the families who have sent in photos and videos of their children's learning. Please keep sending them through! It's great to see that the children are not only learning academically but also the importance of life skills. I kinda wished I learnt how to bake when I was young.  Thank you to the families who came out on Wednesday to pick up the learning packs for their child. If you couldn't make it, don't worry as there many learning activities you can do.  Will put up a link for you to refer too.  Distance Learning Link

Tomorrow I will be putting up learning activities that you could do with your child at home. So watch this space.

As you know that MOTHERS DAY is happening this Sunday.  So families if you are reading this, can you PLEASE send in a photo of you  and your beautiful mum, so we can acknowledge them on our class web page throughout the week! Oh you need to write 5 things you are grateful for or love about your mum.  Here is mine, a photo of my mum and I   

Five things I LOVE about MY MUM

She's my Prayer Warrior

She loves to crack jokes - that is where I get it from

I can go to my mum whenever I need a hug 

She is always loving  and caring towards  all her children and grandchildren

I love my mum because I know she did an amazing job raising me   

TERM TWO, WEEK 3 - Distance Learning

Mason learnt all his yellow words - Yay!

WOW Mason, how fantastic is that!  There is a saying that goes like this...

I'm so very proud of you Mason and to everyone who is involve with your learning at home! 

Irae continuing with her distance learning in her bubble.

Irae is still working on most of her activities that was given. She’s also busy doing a mother’s card for me too with her dads help when I go to work .  Fantastic Work Irae,  you have been working very during during the lock down.  You are so deserving of a gold card when you come back to school!  Keep up the great work Irae - From Mrs Mokalei


Room 7 to Room 22

Day Two - Goodbye Room 7

Day One - Move

Update: 29.04.20

Hi lovelies, 

Just wanted to give you an update on what has been happening here at school, while you are all safe at home in your bubble and having fun with your learning packs. Today I was really blessed to have an amazing group of  angels who came out to help with the big move. I can tell you it wasn't easy, but when you have a group of fantastic colleagues and a wonderful caretaker it makes the move a lot easier.  As you  can see Ms Young, Ms Heather & Mrs Zhau helped out with rearranging the furniture in the new room.  Will try and update you all and will post up photos. I'm really excited to have our class up and ready when you all arrive back soon. Are you excited about heading into our new class when school starts back?  

If you have any pictures or  videos you would like to share on our class website please send them through on martham@flatbush.school.nz 

Take Care & God Bless x

Update 27.04.20 - 01.05.20

As we head into Week 3 for this term, please head over to the first page of the school website to get all the updated information. Please remember that the school is open for families who have parents that are essential workers, who start back this week and have no other family support to look after their children. However, we would like to thank our families who will be keeping their children at home. 

Learning Packs - Learning packs can be picked up on Wednesday 29th April 2020. Juniors from 9.30 to 10.30, Middles from 10.30 to 11.30, Seniors from 11.30 to 12.30.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the school or send me an email or a text.

To all my Room 7 children, please take care, make sure to do what you can with the learning packs and the packs from the Ministry of Education. I will see you all real soon. 

A massive HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MASON, who turns 6 years of age on Tuesday 28th April 2020. 

Much love from your class x

Take Care and God Bless 

P.s See if you can spot a tik tok video on this page, happy searching   

Mason doing his school work   

Mason turns 6 today he’s hard at work this morning and will be getting McDonald’s for his birthday. He knows all his pink and red words. We are working on his yellow words everyday! 

That's fantastic news Mason, look out yellow words here he comes! Keep up the awesome work buddy, looks like someone will be getting a gold card when he comes back to school - From Mrs Mokalei.

TERM TWO, WEEK 2 - Distance Learning

Hi there, as we head into week 2 of term 2, just letting you know that there has been a slight change. On the Distance Learning Page which is the first page of the school website will have a timetable and underneath it will have all the fun learning activities your child can do at home, while we're still on lock down. The timetable is there as a guide, if you want to give your child some sort of structure, however it is not compulsory. I also hope that your child is enjoying the learning pack sent from the Ministry of Education. 

Please don't forgot to check out Ms Young - Physical Activity link as there are some great exercise routines you could do and don't forget jump jam. Check out Mindfulness by Mrs Boyd-Crofskey there are a lot of great activities that you can do through engage games or if you miss seeing Mr Avatea, Mr Williams or Mrs Mayerhofler check out the story time link as they read one of their favourite books.

If you need to get a hold of me, you know where to find me.

Have a great week my lovelies - Stay Safe & Be Kind!


How cool!!! Nathananel's Dad assisting Nathanael with his school work. Great Work family!!!


Masons wiggly tooth finally came out he misses school and his friends. He can’t wait to tell his friends that he can play fortnite (he’s really not allowed to play but thanks to this lockdown he’s been able to play with his siblings and dad. We hope everyone is staying safe and we will see you all soon. 



Happy Birthday to Aiza Ali who turned the big 6 on Saturday 18th of April & 
to Mason Wynyard who will turn 6 on 28.04.2020. 
Sending you both lots of love   





A Very Warm Welcome to My Amazing Learners and to the Parents/Caregivers of Room 7.

Message for Parents/Caregivers

Term 2 will officially start back on Wednesday 15th of April 2020, however we will not be onsite until further notice from the Ministry of Education. This mean that teaching will be very different for this term as our learners will be learning from home. However, my colleagues and I have put some really fun and simple learning activities together that your child can do independently or with your loving support. So for this week, try these activities over the next 3 days.

Week one - Term 2 - Distance Learning Activities

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. 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 one listed under Physical Activities on the main menu of the website.

5. Watch or do an activity (30 min) on the Home Learning programme on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ on Demand, as well as on Sky Channel 502. It will start from 9am to 3pm on school days with programming for children and young people aged 0 to 15, as well as for parents.  

I sincerely want to thank the parents of whom I was able to chat to over these last couple of days. It has been really nice to touch base with you and ensuring that both you and your family are doing well during the lock down. Now that you have my contact mobile number and my email address  martham@flatbush.school.nz  please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.

Take Care & Stay Strong - WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!


COME AND CHECKOUT what Aiza and her brother have been learning during the lockdown   


Aiza has been very busy during the lock down. She's been drawing Easter egg bunnies, creating and constructing an interesting cardboard building with her brother and not forgetting taking some r & r from her learning. Aiza has been catching up with her reading, writing and math and also learning how to help around the house. Fantastic Job Aiza, keep up the great job! Thank you to Mrs Ali for sending the photos through.



WOW!!!!! Irae has been very busy throughout the lock down period and after chatting to her mother, she has already completed the learning pack during the first week. She's been doing a lot of reading, writing and math. You are truly amazing Irae, keep up the great learning! I would like to thank Mrs Ioane for sending me these beautiful pictures. 

To all my Room 7 learners, if you have anything you would like to share, then please feel free to send it through my school email address martham@flatbush.school.nz however, it is not compulsory! 


Talofa Lava Room 7, how are you all doing? Hope you are well and are save in your bubble. Who is in your bubble? What have been some of the highlights during the lock down? Well in my bubble is just my husband and I, however, he has to work so I'm home alone doing all the cooking (which I'm not great at) lol and cleaning. This lock down has been hard as I have not been able to see my family especially my parents. Although once this lock down is lifted I'm going to drive straight to my parents place and give them a great big hug. I have been video calling my siblings, just checking in and seeing how everyone is. Have you been able to video call any of your family members? 

Well I hope the learning pack are keeping you busy and hopefully soon, once all has been given the all clear, I'll get to see you soon. We might have to come up with a new sort of air high five or air hug when when we see each other again. 

Till then take care my lovelies x

Here's a little tik tok dance - see if you can spot me in the clip!

These are my gorgeous nieces Anakava & Ephesians, hope you like it!

My Parents with the grandchildren


 Video Chat with my siblings during the lock down