Friday, 10 November 2017

Te Oro November & December

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One-on-One Drum Lessons 
with Brandon Haru 
13 NOV -11 DEC 3:30-6PM
Te Oro is offering weekly half hour, one-on-one drum lessons for all skill levels. Have you tried drumming before and want to get back in to it? Or do you just want to see if drumming is for you? These lessons are for you. 
Bradley Lane Artist Talks and Exhibition
The Bradley Lane mural project started as a small outdoor event in 2013 This year The Bradley Lane Artist Talks and Exhibition will be hosted across two rooms at Te Oro. Come and hear some of your favourite artists speak about Bradley Lane and their artwork.

This year’s line-up of artists includes Askew One , DEOW (Invercargill), Erin ForsythGary Silipa and Jonny 4Higher . Artists will share what influences them at the artist talks that look to engage and inspire the audience, and the art exhibition will present the indoor artworks of all the artists involved with Bradley Lane over the years.
Image details: Artist Component working alongside Tamaki College art student Sosaia Fatani during Bradley Lane 2016
Image credit: Raymond Sagapolutele
Let's Make Christmas
SAT, 9 DEC, 10AM
AGE 5-12
Join Tāmaki WRAP (Waste Reduction Action Project) and friends for a morning of fun making Christmas gifts for your family. This free community event uses only resources we can gather from the community, including recycled materials.

Register now as this popular event will fill up fast!
Te Oro
98 Line Road
Glen Innes
09 890 8560

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Pt England School has a visitor from outer space...
How do they react to this strange but familiar looking creature?

Students: Room 21, Room 27 & Room 14
Teachers: Rafael, Paulah & Kesaia
Friendly Students: Gabby & Yolanda
The Claylien: Deelani, Deelijah, Kalita, Hazel, Shania
& Toa
UFO Design: PES Clay Club!
Special Effects: PES Clay Club & Yolanda
Cameras: Justice & Deavay
Music: 'Intergalactic' by Beastie Boys

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Compressed Air Rockets!

 Over term three hundreds of rockets took off from Pt England School and flew into the skies! 

 We used PET bottles, water, a cork and air which we compressed with a bike pump. 

 We learned quickly how powerful and wet  the water-blast was so we made a blast shield and lift-off bucket. 

We also followed strict rules to make sure our safety came first!

Monday, 4 September 2017

How to construct a Geodesic Dome

Watch this slide show to see what steps we took to complete our geodesic 
domes. In the last slide we have a video with some very helpful advice!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Room 10 Geodesic dome head

Room 10 finished their Geodesic Dome today and found it was comfy enough to live in!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Yr 5-6 Pentagon-heads!

What do you think Room 10 will use our 3D pentagons for???





Friday, 28 July 2017

Geodesic Domes all over the world!

This term our  year 5 and 6 students in Team 4 are making geodesic domes. Here's a slideshow of some geodesic domes that have been made across the our world and designed for other worlds.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ko Te Awa Ahau: Matariki Tree Planting for the Omaru river

Today a group of Year 7 and 8 students joined schools across Glen Innes to plant trees to celebrate Matariki and help protect the Omaru creek.

 We were welcomed on to Paddington Reserve by Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Puau Te Moananui a Kiwa and Madave. Auckland Council experts taught us how to plant trees correctly.

Along with the other schools we planted 500 trees in under two hours! 

If you want to help out and plant trees for Matariki, there are more opportunities in the next month during the weekends: 

Monday, 19 June 2017

LED light Matariki kites!

Check out our glowing LED night kites! Do you think they will fly???

Monday, 22 May 2017

NEWS FLASH!!! Team 3 have connected their first LED light!

Today Rangimaria,Troy, Angelica and Teingoa from Room 14  completed building their first electrical circuit and lit up the first battery powered LED light on team 3's Matariki kites.  

First the electrical current ran from the positive + side of the battery into the copper tape. Then the copper tape let the aluminium circuit carry the electricity into the LED, lighting it up! 

The electricity carried on through to the other side of the circuit, running back up the negative aluminium and copper lines. The circuit was finally completed by the copper tape sticking onto the negative - side of the battery.  

It didn't work the first time, however we realised we weren't holding the lights hard enough to the aluminium. When we stuck them down strongly with copper tape the light was shining brightly.

We look forward to creating more lights for our kites!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Clay Club!

An awesome aspect of the Maker Space are the projects that students suggest. Some we can do, some we can't, and some we keep stored away for a better time.   

The first ever Clay Club session (Check out the Manu Tukutuku kites in the background!)  

The Clay Club is an awesome example of students who thought of a great idea, and kept persisting until it happened. This club has started with 20kgs of clay, a positive attitude and plenty of creativity.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

LED Light Kites. Circuit building

Team 3 have started making the parallel circuits we need to attach our batteries and LED lights to. 

We are very careful cutting and gluing the aluminium foil to the frames. Room 13 worked so well on Tuesday that they have already begun to attach the copper tape to the circuits!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Manu Taratahi Kite- First Steps

 The classes in Team 2 are making Manu Taratahi  for Matariki.

 Room 25 first peeled the layers off  the toetoe stalks to make as thin and light as possible. We then arranged them, ready to lash them together.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Te Oro Technicians

Room 24 Manu Taratahi kite brainstorm

I was lucky today to visit Room 24 for an hour where we started our design brainstorm for materials and methods to make our Manu Taratahi kites for Matariki. I am curious about what we will experiment with and change to build and improve our kites.

Monday, 1 May 2017

LED Light Matariki Kite Prototype

Safety First with Matariki Kite Materials!

When cutting native toetoe or the South American weed pampas for Matariki kites be careful!
Toetoe and pampas are types of cutty grass, the leaves of these plants are very sharp. Use garden loppers if you can and always use gloves...

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Parallel Circuits at Gribblehirst Community Hub

In my last post I wrote about electrical polarity while learning how to build circuits. However only one LED light was working on my prototype kite frame.
Today I went to the Maker Space at Gribblehirst Community Hub to ask for  some advice. I met lots of makers! They explained I had made a series circuit. The first LED light was using all the power and not sharing it with the other lights. I was glad I had asked for help and that people were so keen to share their knowledge!

Ted explained that I needed to build PARALLEL CIRCUITS like my first try on the black felt. He also gave me advice about different batteries and other conductive metals like aluminium foil team 3  could use to make our Matariki kites.

Ted had some awesome Matariki ideas! He even suggested using special magnets to help attach the battery to the circuit! I drew diagrams and wrote down lots of notes.

It's always good to look for advice and work with others when you come across a problem. I am even more excited about building sparkling LED Matariki kites in term 2.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Learning about circuits and LED lights for Matariki...

In the Holidays I visited the Maker Spaces at the TAP lab in Te Atatu and the Gribblehirst Community Hub in Sandringham. I'm meeting a lot of makers in Auckland and most importantly... learning!

I never learnt how circuits worked when I was younger. Last week with good teaching, advice from the makers and experimenting with conductive metals (copper tape and aluminium foil), I made the a circuit above for LED lights last week. 

After finishing the circuit on the black felt, I followed the same rules of electrical polarity on my prototype Matariki kite corflute frame but only one light was working....

Keep an eye out for more electrical kites from Team 3 this term!

Te Oro Ngahuru Winter Workshops & Events

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is now open for registrations
8 May - 1 July 2017
The Te Oro: Ngahuru Programme is live on our website. Check out this exciting line up of workshops for Winter 2017. We are taking registrations online via the website or at the reception at Te Oro.

If you would like a copy of our programme, please send an email to

Experimental Art Lab  with Han Nae Kim

B Boy & B Girl Jam  with Taups Toki

Jazz and Musical Theatre  with Piki Te Ora Maihi (7 - 9 Years) & (10 - 13 Years)

Hip Hop  with Piki Te Ora Maihi (7 - 9 Years) &  (10 - 13 Years)

Drum Lessons  with Swap Gomez
Keyboard Lessons  with Connor McAneny
Jam School with Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa
Studio School with Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Circus Training  with Le Cirque De JP
Spoken Word  with Ken Arkind from Action Education

Tāmaki Media Club with Tyrone Tangata-Makiri
Photo taken from Jazz class with Piki Te Ora Mahi
Te Oro Events
11th and 12th May
Shot Bro
(Koha entry - Theatre Production)
From multiple award-winning actor, writer, Rob Mokaraka, using his utility belt of tools like stand-up comedy, expert dance moves, mime and puppetry, Rob unfolds his depression in an entertaining yet insightful way, shining the light on a traumatic event - you will hear why he ended up being Shot Bro.
Shot Bro - Confessions of a Depressed Bullet (Thurs)
Shot Bro - Confessions of a Depressed Bullet (Fri)

13th May
Te Oro Birthday
We've been open 2 years and it's time to celebrate!
We are throwing open the doors and showcasing the talent of our wonderful students, their artist tutors and the community.
Te Oro 2nd Birthday

26 May - 3 June
Samoan Language and Art Week
The week is a chance for all New Zealanders to celebrate the Samoan culture and language. Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is also a time to focus on encouraging more people to use and learn Gagana Samoa
The Orator : Movie Screening (1 June, 4 pm - 6 pm)
Three Wise Cousins Movie Screening

26 May - 4 June
Youth Week
(Free or low cost - more events to be confirmed)
Youth Week is a nationwide festival of events organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and success of local young people.
Eastweek: GLOW Dance Party
Eastweek: Movie Screening of Moana

1st - 8th July 
Matariki Light Trail
(Free or Low Cost)
For one week, take a magical journey along a flax lined pathway among thousands of twinkling fairy lights. Local performers will share their talent and the final night will include a community concert with a spectacular fireworks display.
Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail

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We look forward to seeing you at Te Oro very soon.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Te Oro School Holiday Programme

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Autumn Break Programme is now open
18 - 29 April 2017
The Te Oro Autumn Break Programme will go live on our website as of midnight tonight. We are taking registrations online via the website or at the reception at Te Oro as of tomorrow morning.

For more information on the new season's programme visit our website. There is something for everyone.

If you would like a copy of our programme, please send an email to
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We look forward to seeing you at Te Oro very soon.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Te Taiao o Tamaki at Te Oro

We are very proud of our Maker Space work that we shared with our Glen Innes community at Te Oro. We saw some amazing work from the other Manaiakalani schools which inspired us for future projects.
Te Taiao o Tamaki Exhibition Highlights 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.
Look out for Team 4's Bird Feeders, Team 1's Bollywood Pukeko, Tui and Eels! You can also see Team 3's Weta Hotels, and Team 2' s Eels looking out from our Omaru Awa hanging tapestry that all the teams helped to sew and construct.

Friday, 31 March 2017

The River Talks 2017 PNN footage

The River Talks this year with schools from all around the Glenn Innes area. We explained how the Maker Space was making Weta hotels to help with our kōrero of  Kaitiakitanga i ngā wā katoa

We enjoyed hearing about other schools' projects to help the Omaru creek and loved the music from Tonga, The Cook Islands and Aotearoa.

Monday, 13 March 2017

White Night: East. Auckland Arts Festival - Mural Tour & Te Oro Performance



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98 Line Road, Glen Innes

An exciting, illuminated tour of the Bradley Lane outdoor murals by leading NZ artists, with live entertainment that will surprise you. Don’t forget to bring a torch.
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Te Oro  
When darkness falls see Te Oro become the site for a projection by Tom Bogdanowicz that references local graffiti artists both past and present.

Whānui: He Korowai Hāpori (Our Community Korowai)

Saturday March 18,  1 PM, 
29 Fenchurch St

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The River Talks

A highlight from Wednesday's presentation at the Omaru River. 
This performer came from Tonga with two others. She and another woman sang from the trees while a man sang at the bottom of the tree playing a beautiful sounding drum and guitar.

 We look forward to visiting and sharing our Weta Hotels again tomorrow!

Maker Space at 'The River Talks'

We have been making wētā hotels in the Maker Space to help the native insects in Pt England Reserve. Keep a look out for them next Wednesday and Thursday at this event:

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Auckland Arts Festival starts next week!

1 MARCH 2017
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Festival opens next Wednesday!
DISCOVER Dance / Music / Circus / Theatre / Visual Arts / Festival Club / Family / Free