Kia Ora, we are The Delightful Ducklings at Rowandale School in Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand. We are Year 0 and are at the beginning of our learning journey. Join us as we discover and inquire into the world around us and don't forget to comment and share our adventures on twitter and facebook.

Thursday, 10 December 2015


We all had a great morning today!   There was lots of laughter, loads of fun and some   great activities for everyone to enjoy.           

 The day finished with a welcome dip in the school pool.

'Don't spill any water!'

Hurdle races
"On your mark, get set, jump!"
Ready for some fun!
"Bounce, bounce, bounce"

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Prize-giving 2015

Thank you to all of you who came along to our Fledglings/Busy Bees Prize-giving on Monday.  We had a great morning of celebration and the children looked very festive with their Santa hats on.

It is always difficult as a teacher to have to select only a few children to receive certificates/awards.  All of your children are 'winners' in their own way whether it is for their effort in learning, talent in the arts/sports or their positive attitudes with others.

These were the eight children from Delightful Ducklings who received a prize on Monday. 

Taffiny, Jahdei, Celine, Laekim,Tekakwitha , Tufala
Torean  Leyon

 Congratulations to you all! 

Gaylene Hawley-Simmonds

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Welcome to Week 6!

We have been very busy in Room 3!  Last Friday was Rowandale's Musical showcase.  Thank you to all our whanau and friends who came along to see us perform.  I am sure you were all familiar with our song, 'I like the flowers,' as learning the words was homework for the week.  All the children did very well  to get up on stage in front of a large audience.

Last week we also celebrated Diwali!  Room 3 coloured rongoli patterns which are now on display on the wall outside our room.  These colourful patterns are used to decorate the entrance to homes to welcome visitors during Diwali.

Our weaving we did for Niuean language week is also on display outside the room.  Here is a picture of the finished product.

Swimming begins this week which the children are very excited about.  Please send them with their named togs, towel and spare underwear in a plastic bag on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Your children made have mentioned they have had a reading or mathematics test recently.  These will be completed this week.  It is the time of the term when we test all children in these areas.  The results are used alongside classroom work to see the progress they are making and what they need to learn next.  

Please remember my door is always open should you have anything you wish to talk to me about.

Have a good week!

Mrs Hawley-Simmonds

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Welcome back!

Welcome back to Term 4!

We had a busy last two days of term 3.  

Here are some of us dressed in our pj's for 'Pyjama Day.'   (Even Mr Vasau wore his dressing gown and slippers!)

'Wake up sleepy heads."  


On the last day of term 3 we all boarded the bus to Motat to complete our unit about flight.

The children represented our school extremely well and you should be proud of them! Here are  a few photos to show you some of what we saw.

Thank you to the fantastic parent help who joined us on the day.  We could not have gone without your support!! 

We did some experiments to learn about drag, lift, thrust and weight.  

            What a great day of experimenting and exploring.

Niuean Language Week

Fakalofa lahi atu,

Rowandale School is celebrating Niuean Language Week!  This morning we all met as a school in front of the flagpole to raise the Niuean flag, sing the National Anthem and listen to a group of children share some facts about Niue.

The flag is  yellow to represent the warmth and sunshine of Niue.
We will be doing some weaving in class this week so make sure you pop back to see our work!

Jellybeans Music Programme

This term we will be learning about music from around the world.  We are also going to have some music lessons run by a music specialist from a provider called 'Jellybeans.'  Today was our first lesson and we began to learn about beat and rhythm.  

Tufala, Taffiny, Bethel and Hanna are using sticks to tap out a beat.

Thank you for continuing to support your child's education.  

Mrs Hawley-Simmonds

Monday, 14 September 2015


Duffy Comes to Rowandale School!

Yesterday we were treated to Duffy Theatre.  It was a very funny show and the message to us all was how reading can teach us so many things!

Today we had another visitor to our school.  Mr Michel Mulipola was our Duffy Role Model.  He is a very talented cartoonist who also talked to our children about the importance of reading.

At the end of the day everyone went home with 2 brand new books!  Taffiny has been working so hard learning her high frequency words at school and at home that she received a certificate and an extra book.  Well done Taffiny!

It was like Christmas when we opened the box and saw our books.  Thank you Duffy and Books in Homes! 

Sunday, 13 September 2015


We have been busy learning about flight this term.  One of the activities we have done is to make paper planes and test them to see which designs fly better and why.

Here we are making and testing our planes.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Tongan language Week

6th September

Malo e lelei,
Last week we celebrated Tongan Language Week as a school!  
In Room 3 we learnt a greeting song. 
We hope you enjoy it.

We also made a tapa cloth.  Every class  at Rowandale made one and they were joined together to make a huge school  tapa which was on display at Friday's assembly.  
Thank you to those Room 3 families who came along to join us in the celebrations.