Just in case you missed the song today - this is what the students were singing to open the Market Day.
What an amzing way to finish our year! Our Market Day was a HUGE success, thanks to all of the hard work on the part of our students and teachers AND to you for joining us.
There were a couple of "I think I've got something in my eye" moments for me today, as I saw all of the happy faces of our children and how proud they were of their market wares. The profit that we made today will be used to continue to develop our outside environment and our students will be a big part of choosing what we do.
It's been a very exciting and busy year for all of us and I am extremely proud of all we have achieved in 2016. Our primary team made certain goals at the beginning of the year and we have met every one of them. I'm really proud of the journey we have been on together in our quest to "Grow Good People" and look forward to working with you all in 2017.
Stay safe, enjoy your summer.
It's all go here for our Kauri Days!
Please click here for more photos and explanations of what we've been doing.....
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What are the Year 6s up to today?!
Friday 2nd December
It is very hard to believe that there are now only two weeks of school for this year. People often think that things slow down at this time of the year, but in fact, it just gets busier.
Next week we have a whole lot of things going on in our Primary area.
On Monday, our Years 1 and 2 will be following a long standing tradition of attending the "Walk Through Christmas" put on by the combined churches. Our Year 6 leaders and road patrollers will also be enjoying a trip to the movies and a hot chip lunch as thanks for all their hard work this year.
I want to say a particular thank you to the road patrollers - this is not an easy job and it is one that they do in all sorts of weather. Myself and the team have been hailed on at least 3 times this year and a couple of times people were nearly blown away by the strong winds. Their job is a really important one in helping to keep everyone safe. Please say a quick thank you if you come across a road patroller in the next few days.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are our days for our Kauri activities. We mix our Year 2- 6 classes up and have them doing all sorts of different activities that involve critical, creative and collaborative thinking. this gives us a chance to observe them and it informs our planning and programming for the following year. Wednesday is our "Service Day" where we will be using our skills for good and getting things done around the school to help our school community.
We will finish the week on Friday with our Years 5 and 6 certificate assembly at 11.30 and after lunch our Year 6s will be joining the Year 7s and 8s for a tabloids afternoon put on by the Year 10 leaders. A very busy week indeed! We look forward to seeing you at some of these events.
Friday 25th November
What a gorgeous week of beautiful weather we had this week - that heat was a bit of a shock to some of us so the free sunscreen we received last week was very welcome and very timely.
Our team that went to compete at the Thames Valley Athletics did us very proud indeed. Mrs McCleery said the team was well behaved, showed tremendous sportsmanship and they left their hearts out on the field.
These were the results for those who "placed" on the day.
Quinn McCleery 9yr boy Longjump 3rd
Drew Casey 9yr girl 60m 3rd
Drew Casey 9yr girl 100m 3rd
Caleb Carss 10yr boy Shotput 3rd
Colville Green 10yr boy Longjump 1st
Colville Green 10yr boy 100m 2nd
Colville Green 10yr boy 200m 2nd
Jacob Corley 10yr boy 800m 2nd
Mika Renner 10yr girl Highjump 1st
Macy Costello 10yr girl Shotput 3rd
Macy Costello 10yr girl 200m 2nd
Tiana Tiro12yr girl 1500m 2nd
Tiana Tiro12yr girl 800m 1st
Jasmine McCleery 12yr girl 200m 3rd
Abbey Mills 12yr girl Shotput 2nd
Leah McKinlay 12yr girl 100m 2nd
JJ Twemlow 12yr boy 200m 3rd
Vince Russell 12yr boy Discus 3rd
8/9yr boys 3rd
8/9yr girls 1st
10yr boys 1st
Friday 18th November
Kia ora whanau,
Last week our 9 and 10 year olds had the opportunity to trial for the Thames Valley Athletics competition which is taking place next Tuesday. It was an awesome day with the students getting to compete in long jump, discus, shot put, a variety of running events and high jump for some students. All of our Years 3-6s have been engaged in learning and practising these athletic skills and our younger members of Years 3 and 4 will have an opportunity to show their skills later this term. A big thank from all of us to Mrs McCleery for organising a fantastic event.
Some key dates for you to put in your diary:
Friday 9th December 1.30pm in the hall - Years 5 and 6 certificate assembly
Wednesday 14th December: 12.00pm - Years 1-6 end of year celebration picnic and Market Day.
We thought long and hard about how to end our year. Our primary school is so big now, it is impossible to have all of our children in one place AND be able to involve whanau as well. What we have come up with, is an opportunity for parents to join us for lunch and then be part of a Market Day that our classes are currently working on. Each class has come up with a product or service that they will be selling on that day. They have researched ideas, completed business plans, given their business a name and worked out the potential profit. There has been a HUGE amount of learning as a result and the students are super excited about being able to present and sell their wares to the community.
In addition, our teachers have also been giving out special points for awesome examples of KAURI which we will be converting to our own special currency that students will be able to use to buy goods and services on the day. Whanau and community will be able to use NZD! So please put the date in your diary and start saving some pennies as there will be some awesome products available.
Friday 4th November
The picture to the right is one of the many glorious photos Pearl Nash took for us on the day of the Year 1 and 2 run. thank you so much for doing this and sharing it with us Pearl!
For more photos please see our school Facebook page:
Keep your fingers crossed please for some continued good weather - especially for Tuesday, which is our trials for 9 and 10 year olds for Thames Valley athletics.
Friday 28th October
Thank you to all of you who have contributed to our final "Growing Good People" initiative for the year - the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Child campaign. Those of you who are filling boxes from your family, they can be dropped in to the main office when completed. We have now been notified that pick up day is Monday 7th November, so we have a little extra time to get them done if you haven't already done so.
We have been asking our children about how they feel about the "giving" we have been doing as part of our "Growing Good People" kaupapa.
Here's what our students had to say:
Dalton - It makes me feel important and happy to give someone else something
Jakub - says it’s like spreading marmalade on toast - spreading happiness across the world.
Mackenzie: Made me happy for them to get something
Ryan: It made me feel good because I knew I was giving to someone in need.
Clinton: Makes me feel glad that other people are getting some of the things we had.
We had hoped to run the Year 1 and 2 Cross Country last term...but it would just not stop raining! It was cancelled last year for the same reason.
So….we are fighting back!
Wednesday 19th October, 1pm on the school field
Year 1 and 2 Cross Country/Tough Kids Mud Run
The field as it is at the moment is like a shallow pool - it is very wet and muddy underfoot. Normally we wouldn’t run on the field like this but we are leaving it up to you and your child about whether or not they want to run. As long as it is not raining, the run will go ahead.
To participate, your child will need to have a change of clothes on the day and you will get to take them home immediately afterwards...soggy, muddy mess and all! Our wonderful Sports Co-ordinator Leisa McCleery is dreaming up some obstacles to make it even more exciting so make sure you come and join us. Don’t forget your gumboots!
If you do not wish your child to participate, just let their teacher know. Children not running will be supervised by the teachers of our older classes.
While school is always busy, Term 4 is the worst of the lot in terms of busyness as we try to finish off the year while simultaneously planning for next year. Soon we will be looking at possible class lists for 2017 and there will be a survey for you to fill out with any information that could help us in creating those classes. This is a HUGE job. We need to take into account friendships, potential conflicts between children, achievement levels, gender balances and trying to pick the best match between student and teacher. While we take into account your comments and requests it is not always possible for us to give everyone exactly what they want. These will be sent by email in the first week of the holidays.
We are LOVING the Little Garden promotion through New World. Many of our classes are engaged with their buddy classes in a race to see how quickly they can germinate their little seeds, and I know many families are desperately doing the same thing at home. If you buy Mother Earth products there is a competition that could help us get our own "big" garden - we would love for you to nominate us! Also, if you or anyone you know is receiving the little garden seed packs and doesn't want them for themselves, we would gladly take the off your hands.
I imagine you are all feeling as exhausted as we are, after all your wonderful support for your children and our dance show, "Dance Around the World". The students had a wonderful time sharing their learning with you all, and their skills improved with every performance.
In amongst all the dancing, our students also participated in some sessions with the Department of Conservation. The Year 1s and 2s learned about dotterels, the 3s and 4s about seabird safety and the 5s and 6s learned about all the amazing programmes DoC runs. This is the beginning of a renewed relationship with DoC which will see our students engaged in a variety of education and service programmes in our local environment. We are super excited about it and can't wait to see how this unfolds.
Term 4 is going to be really busy and there will be quite a few opportunities for parental involvement. You will need to ensure you are reading our communications to ensure you don't miss out!
We are feeling a little unloved as we are communicating in around 5 different ways but many, many people are still saying they don't know what's happening in our primary school. If you have any other suggestions for how we can communicate with you, we'd appreciate you letting us know.
Please check out M10's products for Market Day on their weebly.
All of our classes are working incredibly hard on their products and services and I can't wait till we get a chance to see them all and get our Christmas shopping done!
This is our Year 5/6 Touch team who won the Thames Valley competition. Not only did they blitz the competition, but they made their coaches and school proud with their sportmanship.
What a week! Our primary school had visitors from the David Holder Rally team and their friendly bear on Thursday, followed by a visit from Sloane, Malcom and Crystal on Friday from the Taslo team.
How lucky were we?!
This was our video for this week - reminding us about World Humanitarian Day next Friday, 19th August.
What do you think the world needs more of?
We're creating a word cloud out of all our answers to this BIG question. If you'd like to contribute, please click on the link below and using one or two words, tell us what YOU think the world needs more of.
Our guiding mantra in our primary school is about “growing good people”. As part of this we look for opportunities to help others. Friday August 19th is World Humanitarian Day and to mark it, we are looking to make donations to the NZ Charity “Foster Hope”. Foster Hope works to improve the lives of children in foster care. One of the many things Foster Hope does is make up backpacks to be given to children when they are removed from their home. Inside the backpack is a carry all bag containing toiletries and some items that will show them they are loved.
It’s for these reasons we’re welcoming donations of the following items, which Foster Hope have informed us are in high demand:
These can be dropped off to the office or your child’s classroom and we will be delivering them to Foster Hope shortly after the 19th.
We part of our drive to grow good people, each week we look at a clip or a quotation and discuss it with our students.
Here's our clip for this with week.
What do you think are the messages in this clip?
Do you think the small gladiator was cheating?
What do you think is more important - physical strength or intelligence?
NEWSFLASH- even if it is raining tomorrow, students in Years 3-6 are invited to wear their house colours. We will be having a best dressed house competition even if we can't swim! If it's raining, the carnivals will be cancelled.
Thursday 24th March: Years 1 and 2 - a "Bunny Hop", (more commonly known as a disco) will be held for the year 1 and 2 students at lunchtime in the activity room. Entrance is free but students can buy some snacks: 50c for chips/popcorn/drinks. This is to mourn the end of summer and celebrate the Easter holiday. As students in the rest of the primary school will be wearing their house colours for their swim carnivals, our Years 1s and 2s are welcome to wear mufti as well- disco appropriate of course! (No high heels or make up please)
Primary Swim Carnivals: Thursday 24th March
Years 5 and 6 Swim Carnival 10 am, Years 3 and 4 Swim Carnival 1.00pm
We will be convening at the school pool to "release the school spirit" and fight for house points as we show off our water skills. Students are encouraged to wear house colours and parents are more than welcome to join us for the fun.
We had a great disco last Friday- lots of dancing, lots of laughing and lots of well behaved students. The money we raised will be used by the teachers to buy games etc for their classrooms. We will be holding a lunchtime disco for the Years 1s and 2s on the Thursday before the Easter break, so they won't miss out on all the fun.
Tuesday our swimmers went to Thames and did us proud at the Thames Valley Swimming Sports. While they were away, 30 of our Year 5s and 6s were put through their paces, getting them ready for the Ripper Rugby tournament at the end of this month.
All of our primary students are hard at work, learning all about energy efficiency. We have had some visitors to our classroom to talk to our students about different aspects of building an energy efficient home, and they are using all of this information to help them design their own prototype. Be prepared for them coming home and ransacking your cupboards for supplies!The deadline for finished houses is at the end of Week 9, April 1st- keep an eye out for pictures coming soon!
Thank you to all of you who must have been praying to the weather gods to hold off the rain- we managed to get through our Thames Valley swimming selection "swim off" today. The students and the support team nearly made it through without getting wet....nearly being the key word there! I'd like to thank all of the parents and members of our school student leaders who came and helped with time keeping etc. We literally could not have done it without you. There were a few records SMASHED today...I will try to have all of those details up for you by the weekend. Keep your eyes out for the date of our Swim Carnival later in the term, which will allow all of our students in Years 3-6 to show their learning, their team spirit and have some fun together in the water.
You may have already seen on our school Facebook page that we are holding 3 Parent Information Evenings next Monday (Years 5&6) Tuesday (Years 3 and 4) and Wednesday (years 1 and 2) The objective of these evenings are for you to meet the team in your child's area of the school and for us to talk to you as a group about the direction we are heading in. All three meetings will be taking place in the library, starting at 5.15pm going through to 6.30pm.
Just over 40 of our Year 5 and 6 students got the opportunity to be part of the Volvo Sailing "Have a Go" experience this week. We were able to subsidise this by using some of the money we raised at last year's "Jump Rope for Heart" event. The students had an amazing time, pushed themselves to the limit and were able to experience the joy that comes with trying something new and challenging. There is an open day down at the Mercury Bay Boat Club from 9.00am to 2.00pm where you can have a turn as well. Make sure you check it out and check out our photos below.
Next Tuesday (if we're not hit with bad weather from a cyclone) some of our Year 5 and 6 swimmers will be participating in a swim meet to see who will be part of our team to go to the Thames Valley Championship. Only those who can swim a whole length or more in the various strokes will be part of this. We will be having a Swim Carnival for Years 3-6 later in the term, where we will battle for house points and show off what we've been learning.
Ka kite ano,
The Primary Team.