Year 6 Valedictions - 2009......
- Tessa: Being a councillor I was rewarded by having lots of fun and learning the responsibility of leadership.
- Ezrah: I put a lot of effort into being responsible at camp and was rewarded by being named as a 2009 councillor.
- Izaak: It was a rewarding experience representing the school at Young Leader's Day and the ANZAC parade.
- Haylee: Our netball field day showed how lots of practice and effort can help you enjoy and win games.
- Laura: I enjoyed being a librarian especially shelving books and keeping the library tidy.
- Cathy: I loved putting effort into my writing in the writing club and producing great stories.
- Chloe: Being a house vice captain was rewarding, putting lots of gear out for children to play with.
- Navana: I put lots of effort into my Saturday hockey games and became much more skilled.
- Ciaran: I was always enthusiastic in my dancing and singing.
- Cherie: I enjoyed being in whanau and especially in the poi.
- Kritesh: I put lots of effort into my cricket bowling skills and was rewarded with lots of wickets.
- Tricia: I put effort into learning and singing lots of songs and performing in the Kids for Kids' choir.
- Yarnis: I enjoyed being in the choir and I had to put in lots of effort to learn the songs off by heart.
- Abhinav: I played in the softball team and I worked hard to help the team win games.
- Sinead: I worked hard all year and was rewarded with being given extra responsibilities and being involved in groups.
This is a time to remember and reflect on my wonderful memories of being a student at Manurewa Central School.
I still can remember my first day of school going into Room 1. I was scared and nervous but after a while I settled in and felt welcomed.
There are many special memories of my time here. I’ll share just a few that have a special place in my heart.
Being in Room 7 with the lovely Miss Baker our class had the opportunity to be part of illustrating a children’s book. It was great drawing the pictures and working with a real author. I still have my own personal copy of the book which I am very proud of and will keep forever.
Of course going to Chosen Valley Camp is a highlight for anyone in the senior school. Two years of camp was awesome. I was lucky that one year my Dad came as a parent helper and it was cool having him on camp. At camp I learned about teamwork and being independent.
It has been an honour representing my school in the Kids for Kids’ choir and interschool netball team. I enjoyed learning all the songs that Mrs McHaffie-Green and Miss Fowler taught us and would like to thank them for giving up their time to teach the choir to the highest standard. Playing netball was fun and our team did well at the field day.
Showcasing pupils’ talents was a great experience. We performed for our families and friends. I was in whanau, dance, choir and Chotae Bache. I loved performing in all of the items and our hard work paid off as at the end of each performance we got great comments from family and friends who loved the show. We are so lucky to have teachers who are very talented in the arts. Thank you.
Going to the hockey field day just a couple of weeks ago was cool. I have never played hockey before and I was so happy when I was chosen to give it a go. I learned how to play the game and I really enjoyed playing against the other teams. Hockey is a lot of fun.
Well these are a few of my special memories of being at this school as there are many more I can share. My time here has come to an end and I want to say THANK YOU to all the teachers I’ve had and the friends I’ve made along the way. I feel sad saying goodbye as I more on to intermediate next year. It is time to move and I’ll always remember our school motto “Effort Brings Reward”. I plan to continue to put all my effort into everything I do at my new school and be rewarded. I hope to make all my teachers at this school proud of me.
I am standing in the present and as I look back at my memories at Manurewa Central School from Year 1 in Mrs Tombolato’s class to Year 6 in
Ms McHugh’s class, there are certainly some great thoughts that stand out.
Meeting awesome friends like Sarah Bracewell and at Year 2 being introduced by Miss Baker to the arts are both highlights. No wonder I am so involved in all of the groups around the school. These early influences have really allowed me to grow into the person that I am today. Years 5 and 6 are especially the best years I will remember.
Miss Lindsay and the senior school have allowed me to grow and keep growing by giving other students and me the resources and encouragement we all need so that we can put in the extra effort and get the rewards. Opportunities like whanau leadership and being house captain for Kaka have made me better prepared for my future than I thought I would be.
I will remember the best days of my life at Manurewa Central School for ever.
My time at Manurewa Central School is coming to an end. This year has been the best year as I have tried lots of new things like finally
going on the flying fox at Chosen Valley!
Some of the highlights at this school include representing the school at sports’ days like soccer and hockey. The best thing that ever happened to me at this school was being named as a house captain. I guess that shows effort really does bring reward.
Mrs Brown has really helped me a lot in my moving on to intermediate school. She has helped me with my reading and spelling. I have enjoyed the work she has given me as some of the activities were fun. Others were challenging and it made me think hard about the questions.
Mr Hunt has helped me a lot with my maths and I really have improved. I will always remember the school library and the great range of books inside it. Every time I went there I always found a book that I enjoyed.
I would like to say thanks to Mrs McHaffie Green for helping me with my hockey skills. You have done a great job. Of course a very special thanks to Mr Thew and Miss Lindsay for running the school smoothly the whole time that I have been at this school.
Lastly I would like to thank my parents for helping me with my schoolwork at home and teaching me new strategies to work things out. I never would have got through primary school without you.
When I first walked into Room 1 as my first class, I was excited. I knew this school would be fantastic as I had heard some wonderful stories
from my older brother.
I can remember going to Ambury Farm in the junior school, touching and feeding all the animals although some of the chickens weren’t very fond of me! I also loved the middle school as you could do a lot of fun things. I had the main part in the end of year production. I had fun acting the part but it was hard learning the lines though.
When I started being a Year 6, I was nervous and excited at the same time. Camp was awesome fun! Though, not the parts when I fell off the confidence course and when I had a bit of a collision with Chantelle of which the consequence was falling into the pond! Not a very fun time then.
I enjoyed being part of the many cultural dances including ‘Showcasing Our Pupils’ Talents. I was in whanau, choir, ABC, Go West dancers and rakau. I enjoyed learning the new Maori songs and actions. I especially loved dressing up in the costumes.
At Saturday hockey I loved winning. I wasn’t too keen on waking up early on a beautiful Saturday morning but after a while I got used to it. I think making all the friends I have now has been the best thing. They have been helping me all my school life. I don’t know what I’d do if they weren’t by my side. People such as Chantelle and Maile have been ever so great to me.
Tears start rolling down my cheeks as I remember I’m leaving this year. But before I go, I’d like to thank all my previous teachers for their support and also my friends for supporting me and for just being my friends. As I go, I will always remember our school motto and song, Effort Brings Reward.
On your marks …get set…go! What? Is the race starting? Oh no, I’d better start running. This is what it has been like for the past
six years, like running a race in my life.
I imagine walking past Manurewa Central School in 20 years’ time, thinking about all the things I have been involved in. When I heard my name get called to go into Room 15 and had to line up behind Miss Fowler, I was excited to start my last year at this school. I’ve learnt many things in my time here.
On my first day in the senior school I was scared that lots of teachers would growl at me if I did the wrong thing. I learnt that teachers aren’t like that at all, only if you do something really wrong.
Someone told me that there was a camp coming up, and I got really excited. Camp is all about making new friends, being brave and doing things you haven’t done before. When asked if we wanted to sleep in a tent, I said I would and my other two friends said they would too. It’s all about going out of your comfort zone when you are in the outdoors.
I will always remember the school motto of “Effort brings reward” and it will always be in my heart. So that’s the end of my race. My journey at Manurewa Central is done and I feel like I have won!