Happy Birthday, School?

(SJ Pt.2 No.2 2007)

I am learning to respond to a text using my prior knowledge and experience.

Success Criteria:

  • I can use personal experiences to connect ideas in the text (text to self)
  • I can connect ideas from other texts I have read (text to text)
  • I can use prior knowledge to connect ideas in the text (text to world)

Vocabulary Check:

Complete the table below about the special features and ways these schools celebrated their schools’ birthdays.

Waimana School

Northland School

Manurewa Central School

Date school opened


9 augest 1906


Special features of the school

It used to be a native


Playgrounds were just rough paddocks

It used to be called woodside school

How did they celebrate their birthday?

Bringing their grandparents

Singing happy birthday and eating cakes

Youngest kids get balloons  and got a giant cake


Compare what the schools in the book were like in the past to how they are now.

The Past

The Present

1. Playground were just rough paddocks

2. There were native schools

3.Get few lumps of coal and sticks to keep themselves warm

4. Boys had to grub out the gorse

5. Had a different name

1 .Manurewa school was moved to a different place

2. We now wear shoes

3. We use Technology and the past we don’t                                                                                                              

4. We got a huge amount of classrooms.

5. Other ways to go to school

This year it is Elm Park School’s 50th Jubilee.  We have had a school birthday but will be having our Jubilee celebrations in Term 4.  What would be an appropriate and special celebration for our school?

1. Fundraise to buy a big cake to feed everyone

2. Play games like pass the parcel

3. Bring family members