Saturday, September 16, 2017

Term 3 Week 9

Highlights of last week.

Maori Language Week-
Monday - Numbers
Tuesday - Introductions/ pepeha and asking peoples names
Wednesday - Maori myth Rata's waka, directed by Gordie Palmer
Thursday - The playground
Friday- Actions

Last week was a little out of the ordinary.  On Tuesday morning we had children join us from L4 & L5; years 3 and 4.  We practiced asking each other our names. We then made ti rakau and tried them out. A couple of the older children managed to choreograph their own actions to a waiata which inspired L2 to challenge themselves also with some tricky moves. 

It was great to see a few of our tuakana working with L2 during reading and maths.  In particular, a crazy sentence puzzle that the children showed little interest in during free choice previously, became popular and continued to be so the next day without the older children to scaffold its use.  

On Wednesday for book day, our VLC classrooms each took on a Dr Seuss book as a theme for activities in their class.  We had
  • Wocket in my pocket
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • Horton hears a who
  • The places we will go
  • If I ran a Zoo
  • Cat in a Hat
  • The grinch who stole christmas
I am sure you all heard about the grinch.  He was a favourite idea choice to write about on Thursday.

Friday whole school assembly saw another L2 member receiving an award. 

Next Week

This week we will be following our usual a more predictable learning routines in the mornings. On Tuesday Leigh Truebridge will be teaching in L2. Lucky L2, as we will be able to make use of her talents as a music teacher.

Friday this week will be a, bring a canned food item mufti day.  These will to go to the Salvation Army to support families in our community who are struggling financially.


Don't forget to order your calendars, key rings, notebooks, pendant or earrings with your child's art work on it.  They make great Christmas presents and will help to raise money for a new playground at school.

There will be two performances of our Cultural Arts Festival 28th September, 1pm and 6.30 pm.  Team Shearer are creating a short film with a kiwi kids theme, so L2 will not need to come in, in the evening during the show unless they are in a peaches and pickles item.  I will upload our film (if it can be done) onto the blog after the festival so that you can view it.

The America's Cup trophy will be on display at the Gulf Harbour Yacht club Friday 22 September 3.30 to 5.30pm. The yacht club is very pleased to welcome anyone who wishes to visit. A gold coin donation would be much appreciated to assist in fundraising for engine repairs to the clubs safety patrol boat.

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