Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

year 7/8 syndicate

Take a look at what we have been up to and the successes that some of our students have had. 

TOp schools

Top Schools is an annual Waikato Schools event that is hosted by Te Kowhai school and is competed amongst Primary & Full Primary Schools.

20 schools enter the event (10 Year 5/ 6 teams and 10 Year 7/ 8 teams). The competition is based on the old “Top Town” regional events that use to be aired on TV during the 80s & 90s.

Teams compete in 10 events with 12 minutes to complete various tasks for each game. They are all very different and points can be accumulated by:

  • How much water or sand can be filled up in a certain type of container.

  • How much distance can be made as a team within the time given.

  • How many objects can be caught in the time given.

  • Sportsmanship & fairplay attitude

  • Working as a team.

  • Positive attitude from both the team and their supporters.

Top Schools has been running for the past 13 years and our Te Rapa Primary School Year 7/8 teams have now won it for the 10th time. A massive accomplishment for all students in our school, past and present, who have competed in this wonderful event.

Top School Game winners in: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.


We have been focusing on personification over the last few weeks and our students have enjoyed the challenge of using this language feature in their recounts. 
Enjoy the published pieces of writing from Rm 19.

The Wave Of Fire

Flames danced over the shrubs,

Ignoring pleas of stopping

On it leapt, through trees and bushes,

Ravaging all in its path

It traipsed over the sorrowful flowers,

And laughed mockingly at the oaks
Behind, it left only ashes, as dark as coal

A cowering village lay ahead, overrun by fright

Wondering if they’d survive the night, were houses and people alike

But, at last a brave river,

Ran out in front of the fire

And still it stood its ground,

Even as the flames got higher

Finally, the fire dimmed out,

Grumbling as it went

Petty embers glowed cruelly at the relieved town,
Beginning to plot their revenge

     By Kaitlin Thorrold

The Earthquake

The planet grumbled at the touch of my quivering finger

Watching with fear, people stood

The earth cracked beneath me exposing its ferocious mouth.

Its viscous roar echoed through me like a freight train rumbling through a tunnel

Buildings crumbled on its command

Frozen in time the horrific face of terror etched into stone

A terrifying growl eroded out of the earth's crumling crust

The dust settled to reveal a mess of mass destruction as the traumatising face of death disappeared into the fiery depths of hell

By Sienna Nathan