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




Special features of the school

Native school

Till 1907

It had 2 classrooms

And about 44


It opened in 1906

With about 63 kids

And just grew

How did they celebrate their birthday?

Invite all the old

Pupils to the party

To celebrate  

Fancy dress party

for  celebrations

Sung happy birthday to there school and had a zbig birthday cake


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

The Past

The Present

1.Native school

2. 2 class’s 44 kids

3. Not much equipment

4. Wooden planks on the floor

5.used slates for writing


2.A lot of kids

3. Playgrounds, a lot of equipment

4.nice warm carpet

5.now paper,whiteboards and devices.

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?

  • Cake for every class
  • Mufti clothes
  • A big EPS pinata
  • Party games
  • Rugby and soccer on the field
  • partybags