It was with excitement , anticipation and great pleasure The Rise UP Academy opened its classroom doors on Friday 7th February in 2014.  Our 35 foundation students were welcomed into the school with a powhiri blessed by Kaumatua Eru Thompson with local iwi elders, Pasifika members of parliament and community leaders. Our school has … [Read more...]

SEPTEMBER – Tongan Fiefia Night


The end of Term 3 we had our Tongan Fiefia Night at Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate.  The children had been learning traditional dances taught by our tutor Mrs Fatai and performed exceptionally well on the night.  We also had a lot of family items from our Tongan community at the school showcasing beautiful bright costumes and amazingly … [Read more...]

SEPTEMBER – Tongan Language Week


At the end of Term 3 we celebrated Tongan Language Week taking part in a range of school-wide activities.  We were blessed to have Reverend Tavake from the Tongan community open our week with prayer and devotion as well as some special Tongan Role models.  Thanks to Miss Henry who invited Tumanako Fa’aui to speak to our students about his … [Read more...]

AUGUST – KidsCan Mufti Day


KidsCan has been a HUGE BLESSING to our After School Programme, supplying healthy snacks for our children Monday to Wednesday. Every year they have a nationwide MUFTI DAY to raise much needed funds to keep their organisation running.  We were happy to join in this year with our first KIDSCAN Mufti Day with our theme being SUPERHEROES. We … [Read more...]

JULY – Supa Showcase


  Our Mid Year SUPA showcase was held at The Mangere Arts Centre at the end of Term 2.  The children showcased pieces they had been learning and practicing during SUPA throughout Terms 1 & 2 from their dance, vocals, guitar and drama modules. All children showed great tenacity leading up to their showcase and the showcase … [Read more...]

JULY – Art Exhibition


On Thursday 28th of July Rise UP Academy held their first Art Exhibition and auction.  The students were able to design and create a piece of artwork through the N.Z Curriculum Learning area ‘The Arts and Visual Arts strand.  The context for the art work aligned with the School-wide theme ‘Creative Native’ and the component of Te Reo … [Read more...]

JUNE – US Under 20 Soccer Team


Room 4 and Room 6 had the privilege of being invited to watch the Under 19 women’s USA soccer team play against our Under 19 Women’s New Zealand Team at the North harbour Stadium in Albany. What an awesome experience for our students and they were able to represent our school with pride and ‘THE RISE UP WAY!.  A big thank you also to Miss … [Read more...]

JUNE – Samoan Fiafia Night


  Our first Fiafia night for 2016 was an avenue to fund raise for our container classroom. Our children had been working vigorously for 8 weeks to prepare for this inaugural event. The girls looked beautiful in their colourful puletasis and the boys looked stunning in their bright alo’as. With a packed house at The Mangere Metro … [Read more...]

JUNE – Samoan Language Week


This year we celebrated Samoan Language week with our students and embraced both the culture and language through integrated activities.  The theme ‘Efelelei manu ae ma’au I o latou ofaga’ ‘Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive’ was timely for this year as we have been focussing on the School wide theme ‘Creative … [Read more...]

APRIL – Twilight Food Festival


Over the past 7 – 8 weeks the children had been learning about Healthy eating and being a healthy citizen. The teachers and students talked about how some children were still bringing unhealthy lunches to school and how food can affect the way we learn. Our big question was How can we improve and eat healthier foods at school so that we … [Read more...]

MARCH – Otahuhu Pools


At the beginning of Term one the students at Rise Up Academy were able to participate in an E.O.T.C event at the ‘Otahuhu and Leisure Centre Pools’.  The purpose for a school-wide trip was to provide a common and rich language experience that was authentic for each student to use as part of their writing.  It was also a fun time and an … [Read more...]