Junior School News

Sir Peter Blake Award

Huge congratulations to Angelina Cariga who was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Trust Award for her leadership and maturity.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday 4th July at the Speirs Centre. This is the information that was read about Angelina on the night:  Angelina is a general all-rounder. She is a confident leader and as a result is our class captain. She has a unique ability to use initiative and is always thinking of how to make things easier for me (her teacher) and her classmates. She plays 3 sports after school and learns German and yet she always gets her homework completed. She puts her hand up to volunteer for any activity that is going, such as 40-Hour Famine, Operation Christmas Child, Choir and much more. She is of great encouragement to those around her. She has a wonderful sense of humour, can laugh at herself and is a bunch of fun. I would love for her to be recognized for her integrity, respect and resilience.

The Junior School is Growing!

Gardening that is!  As the seasons change we will be looking at planning, building, and planting a veggie garden at the school. The labours from this garden, later in the year, will be used to serve our community who are in need of fresh food.  Our gardening theme will be integrated through many of our subject areas, with the Science department looking at soil qualities and components, Real World Maths planning the specially shaped planter boxes, Hard Materials building the boxes, and then later in the year Food Technology will be exploring recipes using our garden produce. Of course, all our core subjects will be linked through the gardening concept too.

The gardening unit is a perfect opportunity to zoom around the country, with our digital technology, connecting with other Year 7 and 8 students. As we compare the growing conditions between Palmerston North and New Plymouth, we will be learning about the ways that our different climates affect what and when we plant. Each student will complete a gardening investigation in an area of their individual interest.

We really need our community support with this big unit of learning. Anyone interested in getting involved, donating gardening tools, gloves, seedlings or resources, would be greatly appreciated, for this new project. Please contact Rachel Paki or Stephanie Ngarepa, for more information.

This was what was on offer during a taster session where we tried and rated various vegetables to see whether we want to plant them in our garden.

Awapuni Nurseries Visit

Mrs Ngarepa organised for our department to visit the Awapuni nurseries as a lead into our Gardening Unit. This was time well spent out of the classroom as the students learn a lot about the process of gardening from the seed stage to the point where the produce is ready for sale. They asked tons of questions and have some good information to use in their upcoming personal gardening investigations.

Tournament of Minds

This event took place early in September. We had two teams enter, a Year 7 and 8 team, and a Year 9 and 10 team.  Students practised almost daily leading up to the competition and they did extremely well. The Year 7 and 8 team came 4th in their area and the Year 9 and 10 team won! They are competing in the Regional comp this coming weekend.


Addira, Chayille, Angelina, Hannah, Hunter, NN and Samara represented our school at the Mathex Competition. They enjoyed the experience and look forward to next year’s competition.

Junior Sports

The Y7&8 Outdoor Netball team finished their season strongly with a win to finish 3rd in their division.

Three of our students – Jamie Smith, Hunter and Samara Ward are representing LAC at the Table Tennis final on September the 20th.

Basketball is still going with the team gearing up for the semi and finals.

It is time to start planning for next term. We have Lunchtime cricket with Cricket Manawatu, Volleyball and Summer Hockey. Please encourage your child to sign up if they would like to play a team sport.


Congratulations to Jacob Malaquin for being selected to play in the Manawatu U11 Rugby squad

This is a huge achievement as you have to be invited to even try out in the Manawatu.

University of Canterbury Kiwi Competitions

We had 4 students take part in three competitions in July. Micah Pavarno, Angelina Cariga, Nathan Gannaway and NN Miado took part in the Maths, Science and/or English competitions. Angelina received Distinction in English which means she is in the top 90% in the country, Micah received Merit in English and Science, Nathan received Excellence in English and NN participated in the Maths competition.

Routine Vision Screening

Year 7 students will be having Routine Vision Screening on Friday 19th October.

Lost Property

Please ensure your uniform items are clearly named.

All lost property queries come to Stephanie Ngarepa.  Check this document regularly for the updated lost property list: Lost Property Photos Term 3 (Google account needed to view)