Welcome to Room 1

Welcome to Room 1

Room 1 is a Year 6 classroom and is taught by Mrs Kirsty Gilroy (aka 'Mrs G') and Ms Philippa Melton.

Room 1 is a fun, vibrant and energetic classroom - we are busy building leaders of the future, so every student is encouraged to realise the potential in themselves and in any situation - much like Colin Murdoch. We want Room 1 students to be independent, to take risks and to take responsibility for their learning and achievement of their goals.

We strongly believe that education is a partnership between home and school, so if you have any questions, concerns or queries at any time, or just want a chat (!!), please do pop in and see us, or send us an email.

Please scroll down to see what we have been up to.

"Colin Murdoch is an understated New Zealander with the ability to see possible solutions rather than insurmountable problems" Colin Murdoch, Dreamer for Millions

If you want to find out a little more about me, feel free to follow this link, which I share with the students at the start of the year.

Who Is Mrs G?

Kia ora koutou. I have taught at Tauwhare School since 2009 and I am also SENCO, Co-Lead Teacher for Māori and an Across Schools Leader for the Hillcrest Kāhui Ako. I have a Masters in Education (First Class Honours), GradDipTch (Primary), BAppSocSci (Psych), Dip.Psych, Dip.OrgPsych & DipBusMge. My husband Mike and I have two children who are now at university and we live on a 20 acre block along with our cows, sheep, chickens, two cats, three dogs and an extraordinary number of frogs, ducks, pukekos and skinks! I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, camping and spending time at the beach where I can relax and read for hours. I also love music and the theatre and attend as many concerts and shows as possible.

I believe in teaching the whole child; that emotional wellbeing, resilience, social awareness and relationship capabilities are just as important as physical health and academic or sporting successes and abilities -:

"How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion?"

"Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be."

Rita Pierson, Educator

Room 1 Newsletters

Read on for all the news, trip notices and sports events which the pupils in Room 1 will be involved in this year. Please do come and see me or send me an email if you have questions at any time.

Welcome to Room 1 - Term One, 2019

Room 1 Home Learning Links

Click on the links below for websites to support your home learning -:


E-Ako Maths

Story Online



Epic Books

Typing Skills

Read Theory

Term Three

Sir Peter Blake Award Recipient

Congratulations to Helena Brown who was the recipient of the annual Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award for 2019. Helena is a very deserving recipient and we were delighted to be able to share this occasion with her family. Congratulations Helena!

Room 1 Writing

The students have been doing some wonderful writing with Ms Melton - have a look at our recount writing and our poetry work here.

Science Fair

We had a wonderful science fair here on Thursday, 12th September. Have a look at some of the photos and our science boards.

Term Two

ANZAC Learning

The students have written some very powerful pieces around Anzac Day which you can view here and have also created stunning artwork. Do pop in and look at their wonderful work!

Lego Engineering

We have begun our Lego Engineering and it has been wonderful to watch. They are fully engaged in being either the supplier, builder or engineer --- and in resisting the temptation to take over someone else's role. It's a fabulous way to teach patience and the need for specific and purposeful language.

Term One

Get NZ Writing

Watch this space to see the work that we are engaging in with School Kit and their endeavours to Get NZ Writing!

So far we have been looking at colour as the inspiration for combined poetry. We are really focused on how words sound and how careful placement of words can create a sense of rhythm, cadence and feeling.

Here are a couple of photos of our work in progress as we take our individual ideas, collate and order them and then combine to create a class poem.

Check back in to see the finished piece.

Physical Education in Room 1

At school we do a lot of teaching around physical education and health. In Term 1, the focus has been on swimming and includes aspects such as stroke development, endurance, water safety and survival skills. The Sports Leaders in Room 1 have organised and very ably run a Tabloids event for the Senior Syndicate and we have also had Project Energise in who have been teaching ball skills - here are a few photos of our physical activity fun!

Kiwi House - Enviro Learning

Kiwi House have been working in the native bush area on a Friday morning as part of our Enviro learning. They have made the task of spreading mulch into a game and have been so much fun to be around!

Term Three

Term Four

Learning from 2018

Kapa Haka

Many of the Room 2 students are involved with our school Kapa Haka and on 25th June, we had a visit from Matua Heemi Walker of Hillcrest High School, as well as two former Tauwhare students - Puhangawai Wheki and Raumati Beazley. It was fabulous to see our former students!

They came to work with our Kapa Haka roopu to help us prepare for the upcoming Tai Ohinga Maro festival we are performing at, on 31 August.

You can see the photos and hear the songs we are learning for the pōwhiri here.

Grandparents day

What a fabulous Book Week and Grandparents Day!

It was wonderful to see so many of our whanau at school for Grandparents Day - and we thoroughly enjoyed showing you around our beautiful school and hosting you for morning tea. We also loved the challenges that Mrs G set for us - you can see photos of our building challenges and the video of our paper plane flying competition here.


The students are learning about their own whakapapa / genealogy and this will continue to be a focus in Term Two. As part of this, they have been writing their mihi. They will be learning their mihi and we hope to record the students presenting these. Keep an eye on this page, but in the meantime, you can check on their progress with writing their mihi here.