Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas song

Hi there,

Please help the children learn this song by practicing with them at home.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Pukeko Update

With the first week of swimming over we have a very tired group of children. They have all been very well behaved at the pool and have been having a great time in their lessons at Graham Condon. We are having some issues with uniforms not being named and being misplaced. Could you please make sure all clothes are clearly named so we do not have these issues in week 5. We are swimming every day this week - Monday to Thursday.
We have been looking at patterning with math equipment over the past week and are very pleased with the number of children that can pattern with 2, 3 and even 4 different shapes, colours etc. Many are able to explain why their pattern is a pattern.

We have been completing assessment for the end of year reporting to parents which is coming up on the 5th and 6th of December. The children have been working hard all year and we are very much looking forward to having them share their success and progress with you.

We read Maui and the Sun last week and that lead to a whole bunch of questions about space. I was very impressed with how all of the children were able to ask a good question. Over the next couple of weeks we will explore these questions a little and we thought it might be a good place to start at home. If you are able to take the time the research 1 or 2 of these questions and bring in/email the information to us that would be great.

The questions
Are aliens real on other planets?
Are there other suns/solar systems?
Are there rocket ships in space?
Why do stars shine at night?
How many stars are in the sky?
Can people live on other planets?

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Playground Opening

Many thanks for Horikazu (Sora's Dad) for filming our playground opening.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Pukeko Update

It has been so good to see everyone back after the holidays. Welcome to Nikita, Sophie and Elijah,  new students that have started in week 1. There was great excitement from the children about our new play space courtesy of CNC Alliance. The children were able to see the team add the road markings and signs to the path. It has been heavily played on. Also this week the children have had the opportunity to help with plantings in our new garden. Lots of dirty hands, digging and watering.
We are looking forward to the official opening tomorrow at 2pm. This will give us the opportunity to say thank you to all the people who generously donated their time to give us this amazing new play area.

The mud kitchen, built by Glen in the holidays, has also been a big hit. There has been baking and pizzas in the oven, stews on the stove and this week some of the girls used a small box and iced and decorated it like a cake. Others used water, grass and hand towels to make filled wraps. Once our shed is built the mud kitchen will be moved around the side of the class where there is a large pile of dirt for them to experiment with. Children may come come home muddy on occasion.

Before we had pots and pans the children used the sports equipment to make pizza


A beautifully iced cake

Making Wraps

Next week we are going to look at the plants in our garden and the reasons we have them. We also have a patch of dirt that we will ask the children what they would like to do with it. There are many 'Little Gardens' from New World in our room at the moment and we will look at starting to germinate them and follow them as they grow.

These guys had a nice wee hairdresser going on. It was nice to hear them talk to each other about hair styles, cuts and colours.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Our New Playground

A huge thank you to the families that came to help construct our new playground last weekend. CNC Alliance provided around 30 volunteers, lunch and all of the equipment and materials needed for the construction. All we had to do was turn up and do some grunt work. Here are some photos of how the day progressed. We are still feeling a bit sore.

The digger clearing the space

All the bits and pieces have arrived.

Volunteers hard at work.

Sienna, Leilani and their mum and dad spent the whole day with us helping out along with the Brazier family, the Smart family and the Sutcliffe's. Thanks so much for your help.

Digging holes for the tires.

Mr Kingston making sure the paths are nice and level.

Our tunnel in place.

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getting the bark down to keep us all safe.

Lunch, kindly provided by CNC

Sienna barrowing shingle

The almost finished playground. 

All that is left to do is to lay asphalt on the paths the team were in on Monday and will have the asphalt laid today (Tuesday). The children should be able to get on there and play today.