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Kowhai / Rata Team

Shallie Doney

Mrs Shallie Doney - Kowhai Team Leader
Kowhai 3 - Year 5/6

Georgia Dunn

Mrs Georgia Dunn
Kowhai 1 - Year 5/6

Abby Washington

Miss Abby Washington
Kowhai 2 - Year 5/6

Nicky Kelso

Mrs Nicky Kelso - Rata Hub Coordinator
Rata 1 - Year 4

Kylie Forrest

Miss Kylie Forrest
Rata 2 - Year 4/5

Graham Aldous

Mr Graham Aldous
Rata 3 - Year 4/5

The Kowhai / Rata Team is made up of six Year 4-6 homerooms / ngâhere

Kowhai 3 - Mrs Shallie Doney - Hub Leader
Kowhai 2 - Miss Abby Washington
Kowhai 1
 - Mrs Georgia Dunn 

Rata 1 - Mrs Nicky Kelso - Hub Coordinator
Rata 2 - Miss Kylie Forrest
Rata 3 - Mr Graham Aldous


In the Kowhai / Rata team we aim to build on from the foundations of literacy acquisition established in the Tipu team. We approach literacy via a variety of avenues grouping according to ability and needs.  Students engage in learning experiences based upon current topics and texts that relate to our inquiry. 


The teaching of Numeracy remains a focus in the Kowhai / Rata team. We also teach within the other strands of Geometry, Measurement, Algebra and Statistics throughout the year (these are a minor focus).  Our timetables provide an hour for quality learning time.  Resources to build on and enrich programmes will continue to be purchased.

Inquiry Learning

Planning for the teaching of inquiry learning is a major focus in the Kowhai / Rata team. We follow the Ashgrove Inquiry Model of:

  • Discover
  • Question and Plan
  • Gather and Filter
  • Create and Communicate
  • Reflect

Teachers collaborate together as a team to plan learning experiences in Science, Social Science, Technology and The Arts.  Planning and preparation will be shared according to strengths and interests.  Implementation of learning will be simultaneous with both hubs, allowing for cross hub support and sharing of resources. Where possible, Te Reo and Sign Language is integrated as part of daily practice.

Health & Physical Education

Health and Physical Education continues to be an important component of our programmes for 2018.  We have timetabled skill teaching lessons taken each alternate Thursday by the North Canterbury Sports and Recreation Trust as well as fitness programmes.  Health units will be covered throughout the year with First Aid / Puberty the focus in Term 4.  We also conduct our annual Safe Cycling unit where Year 6 children in our team get to experience cycling safely in a variety of contexts on the roads surrounding our school as well as taking part in drills in the school grounds. 

We have a whole school focus on the value of Ashgrove STAR - Service, Trust, Attitude, Responsibility and Respect.

The Arts

Visual Art

Visual art may be integrated with the current topic or taught as a separate curriculum area depending on the skills needing to be covered.

Music, Dance and Drama

Students are provided with experiences in music, dance and drama throughout the year.  This is often integrated in our major inquiry unit, but can also be taught separately.  The Arts is our major focus for 2018.

Many aspects of these disciplines are covered in daily programmes and weekly planning.   

Education Outside the Classroom 2019

Term 1

  • Swimming Sports - 27th February

Term 2   

  • Cross Country
  • Kowhai Swimming Lessons (Tuesday)
  • Rata Swimming Lessons (Thursday)
  • Safe Cycling (TBC)
  • Mahuri Library Visits

Term 3    

  • Local area visits 

Term 4

  • Athletics Day
  • Outdoor Activity Day

Events to which parents are invited (check calendar for dates)

Term 1

  • Parent Information Evening - Tueday 12th February 5.00 - 6.30pm
  • Swimming Sports - Wednesday 27th February

Term 2

  • Cross Country
  • Safe Cycline (Year 6 only TBC)

Term 3

  • Mid-year Learning Conferences

Term 4

  • Athletic Sports
  • Parent Information Evening related to our Positive Puberty Unit (Year 6 only)

Reporting to Parents

  • Term 2 - Mid Year Report
  • Term 2 - Learning Conferences
  • December - End of Year Report

Learning Team Newsletter

Beginning each new term to outline upcoming programmes and advise parents of trips, additional programmes or changes within the team and to celebrate successes.  A copy of this will be emailed and sent out via the Ashgrove App in our learning team as well as being put on the school website for parents information.


A whole school assembly will take place every second Friday at 9.00am in the hall.  Kowhai / Rata Hui assembly will take place alternate Fridays throughout the term in our hub.  We will advise of these events via email or newsletter.  Please look out for it - you are most welcome to attend.