Tongariro News

Level 3 Physical Education Trip

Risk Management

Our Level 3 PE class went on a trip to go with our Risk Management Unit. We wanted to experience a highly regulated, high risk activity, a highly regulated, medium risk activity and a medium risk, low to nonregulated activity. For our highly regulated, high risk we decided to go to with Waitomo Adventures to do Blackwater tubing. Unfortunately, the river was too high and the caves were flooding where we were due to do this trip. So instead they took us caving. This experience took us way out of our comfort zone. We abseiled, squeezed, crawled, climbed through tiny spaces and difficult places. It definitely challenged us and through this we learned more about ourselves and others.

We then went onto Rotorua Skyline the next day to do the luge. Here we had a talk with a representative of the company and she explained all the on-going training staff have to do to ensure the safety of all their clients and tourists. We didn’t really understand how much was involved just so that we could enjoy the rides.

We enjoyed this so much and it became very competitive at times with Ms Butler leading the way on the downhill.

We ended our trip with paintball. Here there is all the responsibility on you to ensure that you obey the instructions, use the equipment safely and if not, then you take full responsibility for any injury. It was good fun but hard work at the same time.

Overall, this opened our eyes to not only to what is involved in Risk Management but to what the Tourism industry has to do so that tourists remain safe from harm. We have so much now to add to our assessment.

Kids Bike Taupō Programme

“Bringing bikes to the children of the Taupō/Turangi District to build a cycling culture”

Many thanks to Cath Oldfield from Kids Bike Taupo for working with our Year 5-6 students last week. Our students participated in a free ride/skills session at school. This included using jumps, see saw and games. Our students are looking forward to riding to Red Hut Bridge this Thursday. Parents are invited to join us.

Tongariro School Battlefields Tour 2017

Italy – Belgium- France

After a whirlwind two week tour we’re landed back in Auckland safe and sound. In fact, coming back to these temperatures was a shock to the system after experiencing 35 – 37-degree heat especially in Italy and France.

The many cemeteries visited evoked feelings of pride, sadness, and frustration for the overwhelming loss of life particularly when our students realised that many of the soldiers were only a few years older than what they are now.

There was also a huge sense of gratitude for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that have continued to care for our soldiers in beautifully kept cemeteries.

At each of the cemeteries we laid poppies, recited karakia and sang waiata to honour our soldiers and leave them with a touch of home.

At the Cassino Commonwealth War Cemetery with Martin Jensen (George’s son who lives in Venice, Italy) and his tamariki.

In Arras, France we visited the Memorial De La Bataille D’Arras. At the end of 1916 The New Zealand Tunnelling Company had the task of converting the quarries under the city of Arras. The underground network was about 20 kilometres and was capable of housing up to 24,000 men.

Here is a small selection of some of the other places we visited:

The Iconic Eiffel Tower

Cameron presented a copy of the book- ‘Taupo District Remembers Them – Our stories of World War One’ by Peter Henon & Lauren Kernohan to each of our tour historians.

So an amazing tour with lifelong memories that has excited and inspired all of us.




The first group of akonga (students) of the Pause, Prompt, Praise (PPP) programme have just completed their ten week programme.

On behalf of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board Raina Ferris Bretherton co presented all kaitautoko (tutors), akonga (students) and teachers with hoodies and books to acknowledge their participation and progress in the programme.

Some akonga and kaitautoko have been asked to share their experiences with the programme.

Tell me about yourself?

My name is Kaydn Whareaitu Galloway. I am 12 years old. I am an akonga on the PPP programme.

What iwi do you affiliate to?

Ngati Tuwharetoa

What do you like doing?

I like travelling, rugby league, motorbike riding and hunting. I like going hunting with my Uncle David.

Do you think being a part of the PPP programme has helped you?

Yeah, I’m better at retelling the story. It helps me to understand it better and what it’s about.

What do you aspire to be?

I would like to be a farmer cos I can ride motorbikes and you can have pets like a dog.

Tell me about yourself?

My name is Savion Anderson. I am 12 years old. I am an akonga on the PPP programme.

What iwi do you affiliate to?

Ngati Pikiao

What are some of your interests?

I love motorbike riding up Pihanga for fun

What did you enjoy about the PPP programme?

I like coming because I get out of doing class work.

And what else?

I think my reading has got better because I understand more about what I read about. I would like to be a kaitautoko and maybe help other kids with their reading.

What do you aspire to be?

I would like to work in the bush pruning trees.

Tell me about yourself?

My name is Dayna Jane Smythe. I am 12 years old. My marae is Korohe. I go to Tongariro School and I am in Year 8.

What are some of your interests?

I would like to go travelling. I would like to go to Tokyo cos Ive heard good stuff about it. They have good food and shops and the scenery is pretty. I’d like to learn Japanese one day.

What did you enjoy about the PPP programme?

You have to be respectful and you have to read good. I think my reading has been good. Cameron (kaitautoko) helps me with the words and what they mean and to use the punctuation when I’m reading.

What do you aspire to be?

I hope to be able to travel. I would like to be a doctor so I can heal people and give them a second chance to live.