Thursday, 30 April 2015

Carter Observatory

Here are some photos from our trip to the Carter Observatory!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Swimming Sports

We had a great time at swimming sports at Tawa Pool yesterday. Here are some photos from our time at the pool!

Opening the New Playground and Kauri Block

On Wednesday morning, teachers, students, and the community formally opened the new learning spaces at Papakowhai School. Mr. Kairua performed a karakia, and important contributors were acknowledged and thanked. Here are some photos from the occasion.

Cross Country!

This week Rata started training for the school cross country competition which, whether permitting, will take place in week 3. Children are encouraged to wear shoes that are easy to run in so that on days we get out for a little run, they can feel comfortable and successful. This activity is about encouraging the kids to enjoy running and exercise with only a tiny bit of competitive spirit, please help your children understand all the different benefits and types of success we can have this way!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Starting Te Reo Maori with Mr. Kairua!

Yesterday we had our first session of the term with Mr. Kairua. Rata 4 was particularly on point, remembering lots of greetings, songs, and how to say "haere mai" to different numbers of people (1, 2, and many). We also did the twist in te reo! It was a fun session.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Visiting Butterfly Trees

Today we were very lucky! Alex's mum, Sue, told us about some beautiful trees near the school where we could see hundreds of monarch butterflies perched. So Rata 1 and 4 walked over together and looked at the butterflies, talked about why they might be there and the butterfly life cycle (caterpillars and cocoons!), and then imitated their beautiful flying. When we got back to close we wrote about the butterfly trees.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Term 2 buddy reading

Every Tuesday after morning tea Rata block joins up with Kauri 3 for buddy reading. 
Erana from Mrs Powell's class is reading with Harry and Josh. 
Samantha from Kauri 3 is reading with Zoe. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Rata Assembly

On Tuesday we had an assembly. Rata shared some work and did some reading and singing. Our newest students were also welcomed to the school by a big buddy and Mr. Smith, and two lucky students received certificates for excellence in relating to others. Here's a slideshow of our assembly!

Welcome Cameron and Harry!

Here some lovely photos of our newest classmates, Cameron and Harry, having fun at swimming!