Flat Bush

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

Tēnā koutou katoa, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Namaste, Ni hao,

Blessings to you all

 Tēnā koutou whānau o te Rangimarie (Rm 20)

Wahanga Tuatoru, Term 3

Wiki tekau - Paraire, te tuatahi o Oketopa, 2021

WOW! End of term 3 and the start of a new month. We have just completed 45 days of learning at home.

To my Room 20 families, thank you for supporting your children at home with their learning. Whilst it hasn't been ideal and in fact at times challenging for us, we have made it to the end of the term. Now it is time for your children to have a well deserved break.

To the children who have been sending me work please continue to do that during the holidays. If you need to email me please continue to do that as well. 

Working on-line with my children has been enjoyable. We have all learnt how to take screenshots (hence why we have posted so many) and presented our work either completed or still being worked on. 

This week we started working on google slides and adding object animations. Will attempt to post those when we return to school next term.

Other highlights for us has been the three language weeks learning - Tongan, Maaori and Chinese. Thank you to Mrs Fonohema, Miss Browne and Mrs Zhao for supporting us all through these weeks.

We must also mention our Book Week where each day we had a special guest pop onto our screens to read to and with us. Big thank you to Mrs Hira and Mrs Ezekiela for inspiring us to continue to love and read books.

We have tried to keep our learning fun and I am sure the children who have been on-line every day will agree that we have had lots of fun and laughs.

Take care of each other. Be kind, speak nicely and try to be as helpful as you can to everyone.

Whaea Dinah 


Last week of the term and it's not our ideal way of ending. If you have a device please make an effort to jump onto our daily google meets. 

Let's end our term the way we started, happy and eager to learn new things.

Remember to share any work you have done by emailing me.

Wiki Tekau - Taite, te toru tekau o Hepetema

Room 20 love having themed backgrounds, this is todays theme. 

Unfortunately Everjoyce and Tauaroa fade into the background, I think they were a bit camera shy today.

 Wenerei, te rua  ma iwa o Hepetema

Turei, te rua tekau ma waru o Hepetema

Thank you Antonio you are always respectful of other cultures.

Antonio is learning how to count up to ten in chinese.

 Mane, te rua tekau ma whitu o Hepetema 

Wiki iwa -  Paraire, te  tekau ma wha o Hepetema


Taite, te rua tekau ma toru o Hepetema

Check your email inbox for todays google meet link.

Look at who popped in to read to us today. Malo 'aupito Mrs Hira. We thoroughly enjoyed the two stories you shared with us today. We really liked the enthusiasm in your voice while you were reading too.

Thank you for sharing your home mahi Antonio. You are a wonderful example of our schools Enviro champion. That piece of whenua (land) will be a lovely place to plant some huawhenua (vegetables) in a couple of months. 



 Wenerei, te rua tekau ma rua o Hepetema

Device free day - please try to not use any technological device today.

Instead spend some time outside if the weather is fine OR find a safe indoor activity to do.

Remember - to pop down to school to pick up your learning pack. I'm sure Mr Avatea and Mrs Mayerhofler will be excited to see either your mum or dad.


Mane, te rua tekau o Hepetema

Warm greetings for the start of another week in lockdown.

While the weather was beautiful on Saturday I'm hoping you were able to enjoy the suns rays.


Please share a story with your siblings and/or parents. 

Remember to say nice things to each other and be helpful around the house. Take a moment to just sit and think!


Wiki waru - Taite, te tekau ma ono o Hepetema

Look who popped in to see us this morning.

Weather is not great today whānau, so it would be a good day to dust off those books on your book shelf. The more we read the better our writing becomes. We can find interesting words in our books to use in our writing. That then leads to more people wanting to read our stories which then leads to you/me/all of us becoming famous authors.

Kupu o te rā

karawhuia - give it a go

Wiki waru - Wenerei, te tekau ma rima o Hepetema

He aha te kupu Māori mō __________________?

What is the Māori word for _____________?

Ataahua art work sent in from Simrah. Tumeke kotiro!

Wiki waru - Turei, te tekau ma wha o Hepetema

Ko wai tō ingoa tuatahi? What is your first name?

Ko _______________ 

Loving the enthusiam and thirst for learning my regular google meet tamariki have. Thank you for always being punctual and eager to share your daily learning. Kia kaha tō reo Māori tamariki ma!

Simrah's home learning 

Wiki waru - Mane, te tekau ma toru o Hepetema

You can always tell a new comer to a google meet. They are usually the ones who are a bit camera shy. 

Look forward to seeing your smiling faces apopo Hayzill and Fapaaia.

Homai te pakipaki to Antonio for making his sign.


Reminders: class google meet at 10am with Ms Young CRT here is the link: Rm 20 fitness meet.

 Maori Language Week opening assembly at 9.00 am

Awesome to spend time with you today whanau o Te Rangimarie. We played a  Maori focused game on Kahoot! and then the class shared what they have been learning so far. It was great to hear what you have all been up to. Fantastic effort with your fitness today. I am proud you all completed your exercises. Don't forget to send me a picture of your taonga and reason why it is important to you, to be in to win.

To celebrate Te wiki o te reo Māori we made some paraoa parai- Fried bread. Here is a recipe and a video if you would like to make some with your family. Make sure you have an adult to help you with the cooking.

Wiki whitu - Paraire, te tekau o Hepetema

Reminders: class google meet at 10am

Team Panekiretanga - special guest reading a story at 12.10pm

Tongan Language Week closing assembly at 2.15pm


Great effort Antonio

Whaea Dinah's contribution

 Wiki whitu - Taite, te tuaiwa o Hepetema

Malo e lelei Room 20 famili, hope you are all doing well in your bubbles.

Take a look at who joined us for our google meet today.

Well done to Enua for being brave and sharing with us his mihi and our school pepeha. 

Reminder that we have a class kahoot today at 11.30am, so check your email for the link and please join your friends and Mr Avatea. 

Wiki whitu - Wenerei, te tuawaru o Hepetema 

Manaakitanga - we care for and respect others

Wiki whitu - Turei,  tuawhitu o Hepetema
Atawhai - 
we value others

Todays activities - learn the Tongan numbers from 1-10. Write them down. Say them with your parents or siblings. See who can say them forward and backwards. Make it fun!

Search your house - find things in your home to match each number. For example 1 stove, 2 pots etc Remember to write the Tongan word for each number

Write down 5 things you are thankful for. 

Please send your work to Whaea Dinah via email: dinahw@flatbush.school.nz


 Mane, te tuaono o Hepetema

It was lovely to have Faapaia and her sister join our google meet this morning. Thank you to Mr Avatea who popped in to say Malo e lelei as well.

Home Learning from Enua 


Positive Quote

Don't be put off by mistakes. Mistakes really do help us to grow.

Ratapu, te tuarima o Hepetema

Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads. Hope your children are spoiling you today and are ensuring you are having a relaxing day. Stay safe everyone.

Lovely Fathers Day Card made by Laurel. I'm sure dad would have been pleased to receive this kind gesture.

Taite, te tuarua o Hepetema

Thank you to Room 20's student councilors for joining our google meet today.

Unfortunately both Jayde and Tauaroa left our meeting before we had a chance to take our screenshot but as always we appreciate you taking time to pop in to say hello.

While the weather is glorious spend time outside trying some of the fun spring activities. Read through the poster below. Remember to take photos and send them to Whaea Dinah.

Wenerei, te kotahi o Hepetema

Welcoming the beginning of spring (koaanga).

Lovely time to be preparing our garden beds for spring planting. I'm sure Papatuuaanuku would appreciate a little bit of tender loving care (TLC) during the next couple of weeks.

So tamariki maa get out the spade and start turning the soil. Such a wonderful way to enjoy the sunshine and to get a little bit of exercise.

Look at our zucchni seeds that we planted on the 12.08.21 and my carrots seeds that I planted at home on the 8.08.21. Hopefully they will be ready to be planted out into the garden by the time we are able to be back at school.

Laurel is a motivated learner. Look at the learning she did.

Turei, te torutekau ma tahi o Akuhata

Really pleased to have both Tauaroa and Kiripa join our google meet this morning.

Thank you to Laurel for leading our timata and whakamutunga karakia. It really is important that we keep our tikanga alive, even if we are not in our school environment.

Home Learning by some of my awesome Room 20 children.


Mane, te torutekau o Akuhata

Great start to another week of lockdown and I finally was able to see and chat with  my awesome tamariki.

Keep checking your gmail inbox for other class meetings please.

For those children who have access to a device please join us on the daily google meets. If you were able to get a learning pack please work through that and also take photos and email them to me please.

I will keep communicating with your parents/caregivers using txt messaging or phone calls.


As we head into the weekend please stay safe. The weather isn't going to be great, so keep warm.

We are all strong and we will get through this together.

Paraire, te tekaumawhitu o Akuhata

Positive Quote

Beside every child is an awesome parent

Thank you to all of our parents and/or grandparents who are helping their children at home. Your on-going support is APPRECIATED!!!

Turei, te ruatekau ma wha o Akuhata,

Reminder message:

Learning packs can be picked up from the school tomorrow during the hours of 10am - 2pm. ONLY one person from each household to collect the pack/s.

Please wear a mask and follow social distancing.

Entry through the Flat Bush Road gate.

Positive Quote 

Learning is sometimes hard . . . but hard is not impossible


Hi Karla. Thank you for sharing your lockdown learning.

Mōrena tamariki mā me nga whanau

Hope you are all well and safe in your bubbles. Thank you to everyone who have made contact with me so far. Remember to email me, dinahw@flatbush.school.nz with any work you have done.

In the meantime on the homepage of our school website you will find some activities which relate to our school values. Please spend time each day completing a couple of the activities and take photos if you can. I am more than happy to post all of your home learning work photos on this page for others to see. All you have to do is upload them and email them to me.

Remember - if you have to go to the supermarket with mum or dad, wear a mask. When you get home sanitise your hands thoroughly.

Be kind to each other. Be helpful around the house. Do things without being asked such as hanging out the washing or sweeping the footpath or driveway, wash and dry the dishes. 

While the sun is out spend more time outside looking after your home environment.

Missing you all

Nga mihinui Whaea Dinah


Mōrena tamariki mā

Hope you have had a relaxing weekend.

Mane, te ruatekau ma toru o Akuhata,

Positive Quote

Don't give up easily. You can and you will succeed!

Please check the daily activities and give them a go.

If you are able to, take photos and email them to me and I will upload them to this page. 

Missing you all 

Whaea Dinah



Remember our safety rules when in Level 4 whānau

Stay in your bubble. Only  leave your home if it is necessary, such as going to the supermarket or doctors. Wear a mask and keep your distance. Wash your hands and sanatise regularly.

Tamariki mā (all children) continue to read your duffy books, get out your times table poster and learn the times table/s that you are not confident with. 

Keep a daily diary of what you are doing. If you can take photos and email me - dinahw@flatbush.school.nz 

I will post your photos on here (our class webpage).

Remember to Be Kind , Be Helpful, Be Supportive and Be Happy!!!



Swimming lessons at the Otara pools

Caring for the whenua

Wahanga Tuarua, Term 2

Samoan Language Week

Talof Lava - 

Wahanga Tuarua, Wiki Rua - Term 2 Week 2

This term we are our Student Inquiry focuses on 'The Material World'.

This week we started talking about The Three State of Matter. Please talk to your child/ren about  Solid, liquid and gas.

Can they tell you about the States of Matter?

What have they decided to base their inquiry on? Why?

The following are the choices - Rubbish, 'Sand Salt and Jelly Crystals', Eggs, Bread, Fabric,  Ice & Candles.

Wahanga Tuarua, Wiki Tahi - Term 2 Week 1

Just a reminder that we will be back at school this Monday 3 May - Mane 3 Mei.

School starts at 8.55am, so having our tamariki at school by 8.45 at the lastest would be appreciated please. The time will allow our tamariki to catch up with friends before their formal learning begins.

We have a busy fun term planned for us all.   

I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces on Monday morning. 

Until then, I hope you have a fabulous last three days together.

Ngā mihi 

Whaea Dinah


Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tekau ma tahi - Term 1 Week 11

Happy Holidays e te whānau o Room 20

Congratulations to us all. We have made it to the end of the first term for 2021. 

Thank you to my parents for ensuring that your children arrive at school knowing their purpose. For example, I am at school today and I am ready for learning. With your on-going support, we can make a difference for every learner in Room 20.

Reminders: let's not switch our brains off. It is really important that we continue to read a little each day, write in our journals about the things we do/see each day and practice the times tables that we are not so confident with.

Nga mihi Whaea Dinah

Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tekau - Term 1 Week 10

Nate-Leigh enjoying his first session of Pasifika math.

Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuaiwa - Term 1 Week 9

Mane 29 Maehe - Wenerei 31 Maehe - Monday 29th - Wednesday 31 March

Just a reminder that school will finish at 3pm this Wednesday for the Easter break. Have a restful week, enjoy the extended weekend with your lovely children and family and eat lots of chocolate. 

 Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuawaru - Term 1 Week 8

 Mane 22 - Paraire 26 Maehe - Monday 22nd - Friday 26th March

Remember to choose a time to come and see me (Whaea Dinah) this Thursday. Our classroom will be open for you to come in and celebrate all the awesome things your child has done so far this term. 

It is important that you fill in the letter that was sent home last week. You have been invited to choose a time which suits you to come in. 

If you need another form please ask your child to see me and I will send another letter home with him/her.

Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday 25 March 1pm - 6pm

Teena koutou katoa

Ko ________________tōku ingoa  My name is _____________________

Ko _____________raua ko ____________ōku mātua My parents are ___________

Ko ____________raua ko _____________ōku tipuna My grandparents are ________

Nō  _____________________ōku tipuna My grandparents come from ____________

Kei te noho au ki __________________ I am living in _________________

 Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuawhitu - Term 1 Week 7 

Teenaa koutou katoa

Ko _________________ tōku ingoa     My name is ______________________

Nō ________________________ ōku tipuna  My grandparents come from ________

Kei te noho au ki ________________________ I am living in _________________

We have been very active this week (inside and outside).

Hockey skills with Coach Rochelle

Today we were introduced to a new game 'magic stick'. Our focus was to work as a team, giving each other compliments as we negotiated starting at a standing position with two fingers always touching the stick. We had to encourage each other to get the stick down to the ground without taking our fingers off. 

We noticed we needed to talk to each other and to keep our stick balanced. It was a challenge but we also had a lot of fun.

Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuaono - Term 1 Week 6

Thank you to Mrs Boyd-Crofskey who came in to talk to us about being mindful of others. We focused on breathing, being respectful, balancing and relaxation. 

Nau mai haere mai to the newest member of our class. We look forward to you joining us in our classroom soon.

This week we were lucky to start our hockey skills sessions. While some of us were new to the sport the rest of us could remember some of the skills learned from last year. Lots of natural ability observed and fun was had by all.

 Tēnā koutou katoa - Please continue to learn our school pepeha this week and we will add a mihi

Ko _________________ tōku ingoa     My name is ______________________

Nō ________________________ ōku tipuna  My grandparents come from ________

Kei te noho au ki ________________________ I am living in _________________

School Pepeha

Kia ora tatou katoa

I te taha o toku kura

Ko Te Puke o Tara te Maunga

Ko Tamaki te awa

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tara te Irirangi te Rangatira

Ko Waikato raua ko Ngati Whatua nga iwi

Ko Ngai Tai te hapu

Ko Umupuia raua ko Ihumatao nga marae

Ko Te Puke Otara te wahi

Ko Flat Bush te kura

No reira, 

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa

Antonio's Block Letter Values, School Pepeha (practicing his handwriting) and compliments for his family.

 Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuarima - Term 1 Week 5

Kia ora koutou, 

Please keep checking our class page for daily activities while we are away from school this week. 

 I will be sending you all an invite to daily google meets. It would be great if you could join me for a daily  catch up. Our google meet will start at 10.00am. If you are unsure on how to join the google meet, please  email: dinahw@flatbush.school.nz

 Friday 5 March - Paraire te 5 o Maehe,

Mahi shared today

Write something when you have read a book with your 

Sibling by Antonio

Today  I have helped my brother (Kura) learn how to read his books.

I taught him how to pronounce difficult words, and to understand the meaning of the words in the book (Pen Pals). Showing him how to also use the pictures to help him understand the story, explaining how to read and to use his fingers to help guide the sentences in the book.  

Karla's whānau bubble

Antonio’s Lockdown Ōku whakawhetai (I am grateful for:)

Monday 1 March

Today is the first day of our 7 day lockdown. When I woke up this morning I was grateful to be in lockdown with my family.

Tuesday 2 March

Today I am grateful to have a roof over my head.

Wednesday 3 March

I am grateful today knowing that my dad has learnt how to cook.

Thursday 4 March

I am grateful to have woken up healthy this morning.

Friday 5 March

I am grateful to have a family.

Antonio out and about with his whanau visiting the Fresh Gallery in Otara

Morena koutou, here is todays Team activity

Activity 5

Tū Pono

We know who we are

Draw a picture of all the people in your bubble and write a compliment for each of them.


Learn a karakia, to start and end the day and before a meal

 - Join google meet with Whaea

Cook Island - compliments to Mrs Tuteru (2019)

Pure Akamataanga ( Starting Prayer for the day)

Te Atua mana, e te kaka

Aroha mai ia matou taau au tamariki

Oronga mai te kite, marama e te pakari

Tauturu mai i to matou au puapii

I te apiianga ia matou

Noo mai to vaerua mana i teia nei e tuatau uatu


Pure Kai - Grace

Kia akameitakiia te Atua

Te pu o te kai ta matou ka kai

E te pu o te vai ta matou ka inu

Ei meitaki no to matou oraanga kopapa ete vaerua


Pure taopenga -End of the day Prayer

E to matou metua tapu

Kua tae matou ki te openga o teia ra

Teia matou ka oki i to matou au ngutuare 

Te pati atu nei i taau paruru no matou katoatoa

Kia tae matou ki te ngutuare ma te au e te mataora

Tangi mai i ta matou e pati nei


 Thursday 4 March - Taite te 4 o Maehe,

So lovely to see Tauaroa learning our school pepeha. Ka pai e tama!!!

 Huge THANK YOU to Enua's whanau for taking the time to support his learning at home. Your on-going support is much appreciated.

Todays catch-up. Was lovely to have Ake from Room 18 join us today. Nau mai haere mai Ake!

Don't forget to learn our school pepeha tamariki ma.

Activity 4

School Pepeha

Kia ora tatou katoa

I te taha o toku kura

Ko Te Puke o Tara te Maunga

Ko Tamaki te awa

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tara te Irirangi te Rangatira

Ko Waikato raua ko Ngati Whatua nga iwi

Ko Ngai Tai te hapu

Ko Umupuia raua ko Ihumatao nga marae

Ko Te Puke Otara te wahi

Ko Flat Bush te kura

Ko _____________ ahau

No reira, 

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa

Room 20's activities for the day

- Encourage your bubble to have outdoor play, not a very nice day to be outdoors. However if you have a covered space, such as a carport or garage you could spend time in that saying the school pepeha, reading a book to someone in your bubble or walking up and down the driveway. 

- Email photos to Whaea if you are able to.

- Join google meet with Whaea


 Wednesday 3 March - Wenerei te 3 o Maehe,

Activity 3

Another piece of work sent in from one of my awesome students. Embracing te reo Maori with adding the Maori numbers. Tu meke!!!

Very impressive sets of things found around the home sent in from Antonio. Not only did he find these sets but he has also used te reo Maori. Ka mau te wehi Antonio.

Lovely to catch-up with Antonio, Karla, Simrah and Enua this morning. Thank you all for taking an interest in our Distant Learning. 

Today we are grateful for many things but especially:

Antonio - waking up this morning and being surrounded by my awesome family.

Enua - granny helping me with my learning.

Simrah - my parents for their 100% support in mine and my siblings learning.

Karla - my whānau for helping me to log onto the google meet and for supporting me with my home learning.

Whaea Dinah - today I am grateful that my granddaughter is an independent learner. While I am at school, Gwenavea is at home interacting with her class friends and teacher on their class google meet. She is able to log onto google meet without nana's support.

Tuesday 2 March - Turei te 2 o Maehe,

Activity 2

Start a gratitude journal - every day write about something you are grateful for.

Today, Whaea Dinah is grateful to be healthy. I look forward to my daily walks and can't wait to walk with Miss Browne and her adorable dogs Akuma and Eden once this lockdown is over. Let me know what you are grateful for.

- Read a book with or to one of your siblings

- Join google meet with Whaea - you have been sent the invitation link to your gmail account

- Learn the School song

Thank you to Enua for joining me on our class google meet today. Sorry Enua lost opportunity of taking a photo this morning. We'll try again tomorrow.

Thank you to Jayde's mum for responding to my text. Really love how Jayde is balancing home life and school life in her day. Always chores first then school learning.

Thank you to Karla's mum for making contact via email. Hopefully we will see Karla and her mum on our google meet tomorrow. 

Had an awesome yet brief chat with Tauaroa and his nana this morning. Confident that both Tauaroa and Ake will do a little bit of learning from their learning packs today.

Spoke to VJ's mum. Glad to hear that he has recovered from his sore throat and that he is able to read aloud. Awesome teamwork VJ and mum.

Lastly, thank you to Simrah for sharing her awesome photos of herself sharing a story with her brother. Loving the happy smiles from you both. 

Kia haumaru te noho tamariki ma - Keep safe children

Ka kite apopo! See you tomorrow!

Monday 1 March - Mane te 1 o Maehe,

Activity 1

School song 

Make sets of numbers using household objects, eg: pens, fruit, plastics lids, pegs. Start with sets up to 10 then extend to 20. Have fun!!!

Challenge - find the Maori word for the numbers and teach the people in your bubble.

Kia haumaru te noho tamariki ma - Keep safe children


 Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuawha - Term 1, Week 4


Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuatoru - Term 1, Week 3

Taite te 18 o Pepuere,

Nau mai back to school after our brief lock down. 

Today I was blessed to have 17 awesome tamariki join me for an action packed day of learning. 

In class we have been able to split our desks so we have distance between each other. We are sanitizing and washing our hands regularly. 


Turei te 16 o Pepuere

Aroha mai tamariki mā,

Each day while we are in lock down we will focus on a different value. If you go back to the home page and click on Distance Learning activities you will see a list of activities you could attempt. 

I look forward to seeing and hearing about all the interesting things you were able to do, each day. 


Tēnā koutou Room 20 whānau,

Stay home and stay safe please. Remember to continue to wash your hands and if you have to go out, wear a mask and scan the QR code.

This week we are focusing on Manaakitanga. If you can take a photo of yourself and your whānau showing manaaki to eachother or your neighbours. You can email it to me if you are able to.

My email address is: dinahw@flatbush.school.nz  Looking forward to seeing all of your awesome photos.

Nga mihi nui

Whaea Dinah 

Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuarua - Term 1, Week 2

Wahanga Tuatahi, Wiki Tuatahi - Term 1, Week 1

Thursday 4th & Friday 5th Pepuere

Welcome back to my awesome learners this week. Thank you to my families ensuring that your children were ready for learning. Please remind your children to bring a hat and drink bottle to school every day. 

For the whole of 2021 our children will receive a free lunch. 

If you haven't already I encourage you to pop into the Fresh Gallery at the Otara Town Centre. The exhibition of fluro crochet art will have you smiling. Below is just a snippet of the art on display.


Welcome to Room 20 for 2021. My name is Whaea Dinah and I will be your child's teacher for this year. I look forward to supporting the learning of all my learners and I invite you to come and have a chat when you are able to. 

This is going to be an incredible year for us all.

Nga mihi nui Whaea Dinah