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S: Willowbank School - Celebrating 10 years

FC: Willowbank School | Celebrating 10 years | By Room 20 students, 2011

1: This book is dedicated to the past, present and future staff and students of Willowbank School who always strive to "Discover, Develop and Nurture"

2: Willowbank School is 10 years old this year. It was the first school of the new millenium. This is just one of the things that makes our school unique. We thought we would celebrate our school by researching different aspects of school and present our findings in a book. We used the Willowbank School Inquiry Model to help us with our inquiry,

3: Contents Chapter1: History of our School Chapter 2: Founding Members Chapter 3: Cottage Chapter 4: Our Mascot, George Chapter 5: Margaret Mahy Chapter 6: Drop off zone Chapter 7: Nature Trail Chapter 8: Garbage bins. Chapter 9: Awhina Points

4: Chapter 1 The History of Willowbank School

5: Henry Nicholls bought the farm on the 6th October 1852. He bought it at an auction for one pound an acre. He sold the farm to William Woodward on the 2nd July 1870. William Woodward had come from Australia and before that, England. He and his wife Laura named it Willowbank Farm. They were school teachers and they started a school in the cottage. The farm was sold to Daniel Jenkins on 14th March 1893. Then it was sold to William John Angrove on 26 November 1896. After that, to Nathaniel Dickey on the 12th May 1911. William Thomas Woods bought it on 16th June 1916. He was born in 1854 and died in 1940. William came to New Zealand when he was 29 in 1883. He came with his wife Sarah Sherman. They had three children when they arrived named Hilda, Tom and Rueben. William Thomas Woods milked a hundred Frisian cows by using his bare hands. The family stayed there until 29th November 1974 when it was sold to Landcorp. Our school has been built on this land.

6: Chapter 2 The Founding Members

7: Mrs Graham (a Principal) had been teaching at Oranga School until she had to leave to come to Willowbank School to be a Principal here. Mrs Graham named Willowbank School. She was going to name the school Browns Lane School but she named it after the oldest building in this area which was the Willowbank Cottage. Since the builders had built some classrooms Mrs Graham had a challenge to persuade the ministry that she could be the Principal. She just needed some staff members. Soon after some people were applying to be teachers. One of the teachers, whose name was Ms Alderson, became the Principal after Mrs Graham left. Ms Alderson had children named Pia, Ethan and Cicely. Ethan was the first child to ring the school bell on the very first day of school. Some children felt very nervous on the first day. Pia was nervous because it was the very first time she had worn a uniform, because she always wore mufti clothes at her old school. She was also nervous about going to the same school as her Mum. When the children arrived at school they did not have a lot of equipment so they always had to go to a different classroom to use the computer. Mrs Graham, Ms Alderson and Ms Alderson’s children are all founding members, as well as Mrs Lane and Mrs Cameron (she used to be Miss Green) and students of Willowbank School. The builders had only built a tiny amount of classrooms and there were only 87 children so in each class they had only 20 children. All of the assemblies were being led by Mrs Graham or Ms Alderson. Back then there were only 6 or 7 teachers. They all took turns to do the duties. The only part of the school that was built was the office, the library and rooms 1-10. They only used rooms 1-6.

8: The cottage at Willowbank School | Chapter 3 Willowbank Cottage | Willowbank cottage as it is today.

9: Our school has been named after the Willowbank cottage. The cottage is the oldest building in the area. Henry Nicholls bought the land and, in 1853 - 1854, the cottage was built. First the cottage was a sparkly new house where Henry Nicholls and his family lived. The cottage was called Willowbank cottage. Underneath the cottage is a brick lined cellar that was used as a refuge for the local farmers in the 1860 Land Wars. After that it was used to store apples and cider. In 1870 it was sold to William Woodward. He owned it from 1870-1877. He lived there and one room was a small school and William Woodward was the teacher. In 1916 it was sold to William Woods. The Woods’ family had the cottage for a long while and then sold the cottage in 1974. It was used as a Land Office for a Construction Company and then a house which was rented to tenants. For many years it was treated very badly. In June 1995 the cottage was fixed up by the owners who wanted the cottage to be used as a restaurant. This was called the “Grain and Grape” restaurant. In 2000 they had to close the Grain and Grape Restaurant because they removed a part of East Tamaki Road and opened Te Irirangi Drive. After it closed, the cottage nearly became a “Jigsaw Early Learning Centre” but the Council wouldn’t allow it. After 2008 the cottage became a family home again.

10: Chapter 4 Our Mascot, George

11: Not many schools have a mascot. Our mascot is a giraffe. He lives in the office with the receptionist. He is Ms Aldersons' best friend as a mascot. He was found by Mrs Graham, the first principal. His name is George and he was bought in August, 11 years ago. Mrs Graham found George in a shop next to the beach on a holiday. He was extremely cute when Mrs Graham found him in the shop. He has flown to many places, including Buckingham Palace, Gaints Causeway, Ireland, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Can you recognise the places he has been to? He has also been photographed with important people like London bobbies and Edward De Bono. George is on some of our uniforms and hats. Even though George is our wonderful mascot he still is a lazy lump. He sits on the couch all day. We have proof. Here are some pictures of George.

12: Chapter 5 Margaret Mahy

13: Margaret Mahy In 2001 a fabulous author opened our school. Her name is Margaret Mahy! The Principal, Mrs Graham chose her because Margaret Mahy would inspire other children to be great New Zealand citizens. Margaret Mahy discovered her potential, developed her learning and nurtured her relationships. Margaret Mahy never gave up, she always kept trying. When Margaret Mahy opened our school she came dressed up as a clown and she kept everybody entertained reading her books and being silly. Everybody laughed, when she dressed up like a clown. At the age of 7 Margaret Mahy wrote her first book. Later on, a company kept rejecting her books, but we wonder how they feel now, they must be really sorry because she's got about 120 books! It’s really cool that a famous New Zealander opened our school. We have a plaque with her name on it.

14: Chapter 6 The Drop off Zone

15: Welcome to the drop off zone page! If you’re wondering what a drop off zone is, it’s a safe place where parents can pick up and drop off their children before and after school. If you have a child that is in year 1 and have children smaller than year 1, then you can ask for a parking permit but you don’t have to pay for it. You have to use it after school only. All cars can go in the drop off zone in the morning. We found out that we don’t have to make the drop off zone bigger. The drop off zone used to be a really long road right around the school and the cars could drive right around to pick up and drop off their children at their classes. But then the school got too big and more children came so the teachers decided to take it away. You can still see a part of the road if you look from the hall down past the cottage.

16: Chapter 7 The Nature Trail

17: It was 2001 and Willowbank school finally opened. They were planning to build the nature trail for 6 years. After the school opened the nature trail opened in 2006. It took the gardeners 2 years to open our fantastic nature trail and then it opened! The students raised money by holding mufti days and sausage sizzle days. They raised $5000 to buy plants. All the children in the school helped to build the nature trail. It took 3 whole weeks of hard work planting all of the plants in the nature trail. The people put carpet under the leafy trees. By now the carpet will be dissolved. Since it opened a lot of children have been to it and were amazed how fabulous it is. Now we have a bug hotel where bugs will live. This is a unique thing about Willowbank School because other schools don't have a nature trail.

18: Chapter 8 Garbage Bins

19: Our school is unique because we have no garbage bins in the playground. Children are encouraged not to bring litter to school for environmental reasons so protecting our environment. We have been an enviroschool since 2006. At our school we have no garbage bins in the playground. Instead of putting rubbish in the bins we take our rubbish home. Worm bins are sorts of bins we have at our school. They are used for fruit and vegetable scraps. The worms eat the food. So they can make soil for our plants and nature and grass. Paper recycling bins are an important part of our school because we use paper a lot. Our small garbage bins are non-recyclable bins only for plastic, lights, pencils, cans and things we use at school except papers. Bins are for putting our school rubbish, but we don’t put our lunch rubbish in there. We have bin monitors at our school because they help with sorting the bins out, putting the rubbish into the landfill bins and organizing paper and cardboard for recycling.

20: Chapter 9 Awhina Points

21: Mrs Graham thought about the word “awhi” which means to “hug” or “cuddle” so she made awhina groups. She wanted the children to all feel safe and nurtured. Classes are together in awhinas, years 2, 4 and 6 are together, so are years 1, 3 and 5. This way the bigger children can nurture and look after the smaller children and the smaller children can look up to the bigger children. Each class belongs to an awhina. Each awhina is named after an endangered New Zealand animal. The only one that is not is Pukeko, which is named after all the pukekos that used to be in the school when the school first opened. Three years ago we came up with the idea of awhina points. You can earn points by following the Willowbank Way which is “Discover, Develop, Nurture”. Each week there is a winner for Years 1, 2 and 3 or for Years 2, 4 and 6. The winners get the trophy for the week. This is something unique about our school.

22: Founding members | The Cottage | Mascot George | Margaret Mahy | Drop Off Zone | Nature Trail | Garbage bins | Awhina Points | History of our school

23: Articles written by: Chapter1: History of our School..........Danielle, Cecila, Gary Chapter 2: Founding Members............Kyle, Kiwira, Chloe Chapter 3: The Cottage....................Bonnie, Matthew, Xavier Chapter 4: Mascot George.................Harjot, Tayla, Jaden Chapter 5: Margaret Mahy.................Starah, Kaitlyn, Emma, Conner Chapter 6: The Drop off zone.............Divesh, Regina, Metaé Chapter 7: The Nature Trail...............Charlie, Madison, Julia Chapter 8: Garbage bins...................Nahian, Vanessa, Bassell, Devon Chapter 9: Awhina Points..................Caitlin, Aveshan, Jushant Assisted by Cheryl McLeod

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