Eketāhuna School Reporters

Each month the student reporters of Eketāhuna School will bring you a profile of people in our town & news of school activities.

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Eketāhuna School Update for June 2021 Newsletter

Here we are in Term Two. This term you’ll see many taxi drivers (parents and caregivers) driving their kids all over the place because there are so many sports games and practices to get to this term!Lots of kids enjoyed the holidays but there were also a lot who couldn’t wait to get back to school. One of the reasons we were excited about coming back to school was our new playground. All the children have been enjoying playing on the new equipment which was installed during the school holidays. The playground includes a climbing wall, monkey bars, wobbly islands…

Eketāhuna School Update for May 2021 Newsletter

You might have seen some groups of children walking around town recently. These were the junior classes from Eketāhuna School, exploring our town, making maps and making discoveries. Now they are building a 3D town map and sorting photos for a digital project. The Home and School Committee held a really great Golf Tournament which raised money for a new water bottle filling station for students and some extra learning experiences. Everyone also had lots of fun at our school disco which raised money for senior camp. The students have been working as hard as ever on their reading, writing…

Our Town Our People: Priti and Tanmay Patel

It was his love for the first Lord of the Rings movie which brought Tanmay Patel to New Zealand. But when he got here, it wasn’t orcs that made him nervous – it was the everyday things like walking into a shop, talking to people or hopping on a bus. “We had learned four different languages at school,” Tanmay says, “but as a new migrant it took many weeks to build up the confidence to do those ordinary things.” Now owners and operators of the Eketāhuna Four Square and GAS station, Tanmay and Priti Patel have talked to people from…

We have done so much already this year!

These past few weeks at Eketāhuna School have been spectacular. We have done so much already this year! Some of our House Leaders helped out at the Community Lunch at St Cuthbert’s Church a few weeks ago, and the money raised was kindly donated to the school. More recently, all eight leaders harvested food from the community garden, then cooked it for the food bank with Chef Kate. Our Year 2 and 3 students in Hamua explored and mapped our town and enjoyed a special treat at The Lazy Graze. The whole school is having a BLAST learning skills and…

Our Town Our People: Lisa and Ryan Seator

“We won the lotto – the lotto of life,” says Lisa Seator, about the chance to move to Eketāhuna. Lisa works at Eketāhuna School, runs the fish’n’chip shop, oversees the town swimming pool, and does the rubbish-bin run each night. On top of that, Lisa cleans the Health Centre and weeds the town gardens, while Ryan is a volunteer firefighter. “It’s good to be busy,” says Lisa, who still finds a way to squeeze in some time at home to bake and decorate cakes. Ryan also juggles his time to fit in some work as a mechanic. The couple love…

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