Monday, 18 March 2019

Kia Kaha

Today we had an assembly to honour those who lost their lives last Friday. We flew our flag at half mast and sang a longer version of the national anthem. We really enjoyed the second English verse of this anthem, as its message was very relevant to the event:

 Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

In our home class in the afternoon we discussed what we wanted to as a class. We decided to make a wall full of our hopes, thoughts and prayers out of post it notes. Everyone in the class created at least one and we will continue to add to it (this will improve the shape of our heart).

Our thoughts are with our Islamic community, the people of Christchurch (especially our friends at Yaldhurst Model School) and our country.  Kia Kaha New Zealand.


  1. Hi Room 4,

    As the teacher of Rimu Class at Yaldhurst Model School, I just wanted to say thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Rimu would also like to thank you for the beautiful peace lily that arrived for us at school yesterday from you all. It was a lovely gesture and one which we really appreciate. Some of our children have been directly affected by the events but we are all standing strong together in positivity with love, kindness and support from each other and those around us. Your gesture has shown our children that love, kindness and support comes from outside of Christchurch too and for that I thank you.

    Mrs Taylor
    Rimu Class
    Yaldhurst Model School

    1. Hi Mrs Taylor and Rimu Class,

      Thank you for the comment. We loved the picture of you all with the peace lily and we are so glad that you like it.

  2. Kia Ora Room 4. I think that is a very nice thing to do. This week on Monday in whanau time we did a minute silence. We also sang the national anthem and half raised the flag.
    From Honor

  3. kia ora PESi class My name is Nikau from Grey Main School.
    I love how you are paying your respects. For this incident our school has been using chalk and writing messages Like aroha (love) and kia kaha (stay strong) we have had our colour day today where you have to where bright cloths. great post from Nikau.

  4. Aroha nui, thank you to both Room 4 and Rimu Class for sharing. Your positive words and thoughtful actions help us all to be stronger.
    from Mrs Grant

  5. Kia Ora Pt. England School, I am Julia and I am a year 8 student from Yaldhurst Model School.

    This was very nice of you to make this, in our class we made some things and put them at the botanical gardens to show respect. I had no idea there was a second verse of the national anthem until reading this the other day. Today at the memorial service we sung the second verses in Maori and English. This post was very good.

    Kind Regards