Celia Seagull and the Plastic Sea 

A School wide Production

In Term 1 2022, we were granted a Creatives in Schools Grant to engage with a local creative to  produce a school wide production.  Hillary Austin of Foundation Gallery and Arts Hub was engaged as our lead creative and so the creative process commenced. Nadia Francis took on the role of Lead Teacher and worked tirelessly to make the production a huge success. 

Twenty weeks later, and with our entire creative community engaged in the project, our first Matinee was performed. The production was based on the story of Celia Seagull and the Plastic Sea, written by Nicole Miller and illustrated by Lily Uivel. 

We created a timeline of the creative process which can be viewed and enjoyed here. Click on the links within the document to delve further into the creative process. 


Te Wiki Ako, Term 4

Our Term 4 Te Wiki Ako was centred around our learning about bees which was generated from our involvement in the ‘Big Buzz Project’, run by Grass Esposti. The Big Buzz Project’s vision is for young people to develop knowledge to secure a sustainable environmental future for Aotearoa and competencies that will enable them to be actively connected to the living world. Grass has certainly inspired this connection for our students and bees are being well looked after within our school! 

To celebrate our learning, we held a Te Wiki Ako open day which wove our community together for a series of special events. The day started with a Pollinators and Petals parade, followed by a shared morning tea with our VIP guests, and then a wander through our classrooms to look at the wonderful and creative exhibits of student learning. 

We also held a Scholastic Book Fair to encourage a love of literacy within our community, and to generate some much needed fundraising for our school library.  As a result of Mrs Vikstrand’s passion for literacy and meticulous planning, the week was filled with an array of rich literacy experiences. Monday started off with a Poem in my Pocket and it was lovely to see the students sharing poems with each other and doing so, so eloquently.  This special week drew to a close with a shared lunch in the Leigh Library garden and a special story read by Tracy Lawton.

Te Kai – a student led inquiry project comes to life.  

The students of Te Moana have been working on a community food stall which now sits proudly at the front entrance of our school. The food stall is the result of their Student Volunteer Army project and its’ purpose is for everyone within our community to share, swap and/or sell locally grown produce. Community members have already donated homemade preserves and homegrown produce, and students have grown a range of plants from seed. Any money raised from the stall will go towards improving and extending our school gardens. The students would like to especially thank Mike (aka Koro) and Gareth (aka dad) for their help in conceptualising and building their vision for this project, and also the parents who joined our workshop afternoons to prepare for its opening. We now encourage our community to interact with Te Kai and enjoy the connections and benefits it might offer.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Language Week.  

During Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Language Week tamariki  were involved in many different activities all celebrating Māori language. We were lucky to have local artist Arapeta Ashton come to school to teach the tamariki how to make Kākahu (Māori Cloak). The tamariki also created kowhaiwhai art, played kemu and hākinakina (games and sports). We also challenged our whānau to a kahoot quiz, along with introducing lots of new te reo words and phrases. To conclude the week we came together to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with a hāngī.

We thank Arapeta for giving up his time to support our tamariki in creating a beautiful taonga that we will gift to Ngati Manuhuri, to Lili and Melissa for running and supporting workshops and to Lili, Matt, Theresa and Isaac for all your mahi preparing and cooking the hāngī.

Swimming Sports, 2020  

On the 18th of February, we hosted our annual Swimming Sports event which was organised by Miss Waata and Mrs Edwards. We had a fantastic turnout of parents and helpers and every student participated. Prior to this event, we reshuffled our House System. Points were awarded to every student who participated in each race and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners. The winning House of the day was the Sharks who collected a whooping 139 points. Inter-school Swimming will take place on Wed 11th March,  followed by HBC Swimming Sports which will be held on Thurs 26th March. We wish our swimmers every success.

Lax Lights 2019 

During December we attended the now annual Lax Lights, a night of lights, music, food and community to celebrate Christmas. Leigh School children were lucky enough to be invited perform a few Christmas songs. Thank you to all those involved. Great event!

Life Education Bus

We had an informative and fun visit from Celia and Harold in the Life Education Bus this week. The Life Education Trust is a charity that educates and empowers children to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives. This visit we learnt about our bodies and how to keep them healthy.

Have a Go Sailing

On Friday our Year 5 and 6 students went to Algies Bay to try their hand at sailing. Jade Faithful was awarded Sailor of the Day after an outstanding single handed sail. She managed to master the turns and looked like a professional out on the water. All students pushed themselves to try new things and worked collaboratively to master the art of sailing. Thanks to our wonderful parent helpers who make these days possible, and to Joe Haggit for stepping up and thanking the team on the schools behalf from Have a Go Sailing.

Tabloid Sports

Last Wednesday our year 2 & 3 children spent the day at the Showgrounds in Warkworth as it was Tabloid Sports! This is the local school junior sports day. The weather was great and loads of fun was had! Thank you as always to all our fantastic parent helpers and extra thank you to Caroline for taking these great photos.

Leigh School at the Goat Island Discovery Centre

Last Friday the Year 4 & 5 students attended a workshop at the Goat Island Discovery centre run by Tim Haggit and Jaden, Dave, James, Jordon and Amy from For the Better Good. Jaden gave a solution-based story around coming up with alternatives to plastic and shared a fully compostable plant based water bottle that he has created in collaboration with others. Our students asked insightful questions and then went out and listened to Jaden speak about the labs composting systems.  Delicious scones, made by Joe and Lily’s mum Caroline, were scoffed down and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you again Caroline! After morning tea they explored the touch tanks and then undertook some scientific testing on a variety of plastics. Thanks to all of our wonderful parents who helped with transport on the day and Tim and his crew at the lab for providing this wonderful learning experience.

Welcome to Kerrin Jamieson our new principal
at Leigh School

We had a very exciting day yesterday at Leigh School! We welcomed our new Principal Kerrin Jamieson with a powhiri. Kerrin brought her family, friends as well as colleagues and her class from Warkworth Primary School. This was celebrated after with a morning tea, thank you to all the parents who helped us.

Athletics Day at Leigh School

We had an awesome Athletics Day at Leigh School last Wednesday! I was really impressed at how hard everyone tried to do their best 😀 and thank you very much to Rita, Torey and Sonny from Mahu. It was great to have your help!

Auckland Transport Travelwise Programme

We were lucky today to have Julie and Sam from the Auckland Transport Travelwise Programme at school today. They did a helmet and bike check at lunchtime then worked with the year 6 children doing a speed check on cars passing Leigh School! Was good to see that 50kms was the highest speed.

Pet Day at Leigh School 2019

We had our annual Pet Day yesterday. It is a busy day and children and parents are often very busy leading up to this. The children really love Pet Day and I am always blown away by the creativity and effort the children put into their Pet Day creations.
We also had a visit from Shawn Bishop from The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana. She gave a great talk to the children about what they do and how to help injured birds.
Thank you very much to our judges: Delwyn from the Leigh General Store, Brenda from the Leigh Pre-school, Tine & Stone from Goat Island Dive & Snorkel, George (Liz Jones partner), Gemma & Liz (our awesome teacher aides) and Ian (Fay’s husband). Thank you also to Wiri, Keria, Maite and Awa who organised the BBQ and baking at lunch time on Pet Day!

Climate Change Strike in Leigh!

All  the children at Leigh School marched with the Leigh Preschool, Goat Island Marine Reserve students & staff today to bring awareness about climate change!!


We had our last session with Hugo from Tennis Monsters Thursday!

Grandparents Day

Grandparents day is the highlight of the year! It is wonderful to see the children sharing their learning with their grandparents, we also have a number of great grandparents this year! We shared our Arts Program also. Thank you to everyone who came and thank you to the Friends of Leigh for helping out with the food, team & coffee.

Te wiki o te reo Maori

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. As you may be aware it is Māori language week this week. Te wiki o te reo Maori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Maori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. Kia Kaha te reo Maori is the theme, so when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Maori’ we’re saying – ‘Let’s make the Maori language strong’. I know that all the classes have had a focus on speaking te reo, particularly this week. We received a number of nga pukapuka ataahua (beautiful books) from the Ministry. Te Waipuna have been learning these in the morning and then teaching them to the older children. This nurtures a learning environment that recognises the value of ako – the Maori concept means both to teach and to learn and it acknowledges the way that new knowledge and understandings can grow out of shared learning experiences.


We are very lucky to have Hugo back at Leigh School from Tennis Monsters. He will working with the children over 4 sessions up at the Leigh Tennis courts. He even has some new tennis gear for the school to keep!!


 Well done to all our children, another great season of Hockey comes to an end. Thank you very much to everyone who helped us through the season, parents, grandparents, managers and coaches!

NZ Playhouse

Last Friday we had a visit from the New Zealand Playhouse. Playhouse delivers educational, inspirational, extremely entertaining theatre to over 450 schools across New Zealand and Australia. They performed the Tortoise and the Hare. This adventurous and interactive adaptation of Aesop’s beloved fable had our children (and teachers) laughing and learning about diversity, kindness and how to be a real winner.

Auckland Art Gallery

The whole of Leigh School had a fantastic trip to the Auckland Art Gallery on Thursday! It was a long bus ride but well worth it. Thank you very much to all the parents who helped out on the day!

Cross Country

Last Wednesday we had our Cross Country races at Leigh School. The weather was kind and I was really impressed by the children’s participation and determination!

Warkworth Museum

Leigh School visited the Warkworth Museum last Monday. We are focusing on Social Science and inquiring about how people record the past in different ways. Why is storytelling important and how has the art of storytelling changed over time? I know many of the children really enjoyed used the old phones! Thank you to all the parents for their help on the day!

New Zealand Geographic

The children in Te Moana helped finish the penguin box project which was initially started in term 4 of 2018 with Andrew Jeffs from the University of Auckland & Leigh Marine Lab. In term 1 a photographer took photos of the children and penguin boxes. The article in the New Zealand Geographic came out yesterday featuring the photo of Leigh Primary kids. 

Matariki Feast

What a fantastic couple of days we have had at School. Friday started early with lighting the fire over the hangi pit. Once it had burnt down the children helped load the kai into the baskets. At 12.30 with a lots of parent help the kai was unloaded and the feast began. Delicious kai, even pudding! It was great to see the whole process. Thank you to everyone who helped especially Theresa, Lili, Matt and Issac!!

Sharing Our Learning for Term 2

Yesterday, while we waited for the hangi to cook the children were able to share this terms learning with parents and grandparents. Great work!

Matariki Feast Preparation

Thursday Leigh School spent the afternoon preparing for our Matariki Feast. All the children helped peel vegetables and helped prepare the hangi pit with Theresa, Lili, Matt and Issac.

Support Staff Assembly

Leigh School had a special assembly this Friday to say a huge thank you to all our support staff! They are a big part of our school and I know Julie, Debbie, Dominique, myself and the children really appreciate all their time and effort.
The children present them with gifts to show our appreciation!

Penguin Boxes

The children in Te Moana helped finish the penguin box project which was initially started in term 4 of 2018 with Andrew Jeffs from the University of Auckland & Leigh Marine Lab. In term 1 2019 a writer from New Zealand Geographic Magazine took photos at school and will be publishing an article in the magazine. Last Friday Kerry Lukies from the University of Auckland helped the children place the penguin boxes in Leigh. Thank you to Christina Harley for her great Penguin Box photos. Great project to be involved in!

Huge thank you to the Leigh Marine Laboratory

On Monday Peter Browne and Jimmy Rapson installed a new television screen in The House of Learning. This now means that our presentations to children and parents will be on a much bigger screen and therefore more easily visible. This television was very kindly donated by Boyd Taylor at the Leigh Marine Laboratory and will prove to be a great asset as the first stage in our upgrade of The House of Learning planned for this year. thank you so much Boyd!

Leigh School in the media

Check out little Leigh School, we are in two different publications this week for our Salps project. First is an article in our local Mahurangi Matters.
Also have a look at our article in the New Zealand EducationHQ magazine.

Thank you

Follows is a list of sponsors who supported us with the Leigh Summer Festival. Some of the donations provided were in the form of providing us with equipment, some were providing their time and some were donations of money. Without this amazing support, we would never have been able to make the profit of $16,000 that we did.
Lee Fish (The Fisheries)
Leigh Eats
Leigh Bar
Leigh General Store
John Kemp
Scott Wilson
Patoka HomeKill
Topuni Timber
Hot Az Hell
Thrive Catering
G.J Gardner Homes
Wellsford 4 Square
Gull Matakana
Junction Magazine
Mahurangi Matters
Rodney Times
Will Searle – Built Environments
Insite Security
New World Warkworth
Coca Cola Amatil
Printing Consultants
Northland Waste
Mike & Fiona Francis
Simple Signman
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
THOR Charters
Leigh Electrical
Leigh Motors
Frick Atkins
Leigh Central
The Village Butchery Matakana
Matakana Liquor
Strongman’s Trucking
Pam Brown
Amy & Cleo Penman
Levi, Mema, Fish and Bread
Hayley (Bands)
Warkworth Toyota
Greene’s Painting
Geokincern Ltd
Amy Bridgford and her daughter Dahli
Mike Pero
Norma Jean Charters
Mahu City Express
Bayley’s Real Estate
Eden Consultants
Acorn Chiropractic
Biscuit (Robert McLean)
Matakana Smokehouse
Rhodes for Roads
L J Hooker

Leigh School Swimming Sports 2019

We had great weather and great swimming this Wednesday for our annual Swimming Sports. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to watch our children. Great participation and the hi-light was Mrs Fox’s fun relay race! Special thank you to Nick for helping me with the placings and Kate for these wonderful photos.

Inter School Swimming Sports

A small number of Leigh School children went to the Inter School Swimming at Mahurangi College this Wednesday. They all made us proud! Gigi, Poppy Douglas, Freya and Kalani all made it to finals which is fantastic. Poppy, Gigi, Douglas and Joe also came 3rd in the Year 5 Freestyle relay!! Thank you very much to all the parents who helped out for the day.

Snorkelling at the Goat Island Marine Reserve

What a great experience we had last Friday snorkelling at the Goat Island Marine Reserve! Thank you very much to all the parents who helped with transport and swimming with the children.

Goat Island Discovery Centre

Today all the children at Leigh School visited the Goat Island Discovery Centre. As you will know this is part of a research/inquiry project about Salps: The Ocean Vacuum cleaner: Salp bloom effects on the carbon cycle and marine food web. We are working Moira (NIWA), Claudio (AUT), Tim (Goat Island Discover Centre and Tine (Goat Island Dive & Snorkel). We are very lucky to be a part of this project. Today was our second visit to the Discovery Centre were we caught up with Moria after her to research trip to the Chatham Rise. Check out the NIWA website for more info…/voyag…/tan1810-ocean-vacuum-cleaner
The children had a great time and we are so looking forward to our snorkelling trip which is planned for next Monday were we should see and be able to take photos of Salps. Then the year 5 & 6 children will be working with Claudio and the App his team have designed. Exciting!

Snorkelling in the pool

There was great excitement this Monday as Tine Roland and her crew from Goat Island Dive & Snorkel came to Leigh School to help our kids practice snorkelling. This is in preparation for our Salps snorkelling trip next Monday. The year 5 & 6 children also learnt how to use underwater cameras thanks to Tim (The Goat Island Discovery Centre) and Claudio (Auckland University of Technology). Very cool!

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