Saturday, 9 December 2017

Last Week for 2017

Kia ora koutou,

Here we are at the last week for this year.

There are a few things you need to know for this week:

Our class party will be on Tuesday from 12. You don't need to do anything for this. Your child will need morning tea and their drink bottle on that day.

Our awards assembly is on Thursday, beginning at 9.30 and final reports will come home.

Children will meet their new class and teacher on Friday prior to finishing school at 12.30.

There is cricket at lunch time on Tuesday but no water slide this week.

Please send your child with an empty book bag each day.

Can you have a last look for any school readers that might be lurking at home?

Thank you for all your support during the year.

Have a wonderful summer holiday!



Saturday, 25 November 2017

Week 7, Term 4

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to Week 7. Our team is leading assembly this week.

We are keeping up with our regular timetable this week. Having said that, writing has been prioritised a little, over reading as we have so many authentic reasons to write and it is worth taking the time to spend a bit more time on the writing process now that we are so much older - more Year 3 than Year 2 now!!

In maths, a little later in the week, we will practice wrapping a present - the skill and the maths behind it! Could you please send a box in with your child by Wednesday? A taped up cereal box or similar would be fine.

On Monday evening, December 4th we will celebrate the end of the year and Christmas with a picnic on the school field from 6 to 7.30 pm. We will sing some carols and there may be a few other pop up items. Save the date!

Waterslide - This starts this week and we can have a turn this Thursday. Bring togs and a towel!

Next year, each class will have one or two parent representatives who will pass on messages from the PFA to their class parents and caregivers. If you think you are interested in such a role, let me know as we are beginning to compile a list on behalf of the PFA.

Thanks for reading!

Kind regards,


On Friday we will have a day to celebrate Troy. We should ALL (you too!!) come dressed for one of the many jobs Troy does around the school. Please keep this a secret from the children until Thursday 😉

IDEA: How about we all stitch a small soft toy to the top of our bucket hat for the day? In honour of Troy's famous Tigger hat? Just an idea!!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Week 6, Term 4

Kia ora koutou,

Just a short blog today!

Athletics day is TUESDAY from 9 - 12.30

  • Students may wear mufti but they must wear a bucket-style hat.
  • Pop some sun block on in the morning and we will have our class bottle for applications later.
  • You are welcome to come and watch!

In the afternoons we will be completing the 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' programme alongside B3. Please refer back to the letter sent earlier in the term by our school administration.

I am thinking of making some sandwiches (white bread with lettuce, cheese, tomato) with some of our lettuce, while we still have time to grow more for a salad for our shared lunch in a few weeks. Please email me if you do not want your child to participate in this. (The day I have ear-marked is Wednesday.)

Baylee and I recycle take-away coffee cups for painting. If you remember, could you wash out any cups, dry and pop them into our art room? We have finally got through my husband's stack!

Have a great week!

Kind regards,


B4's fantastic writing is on display:

Monday, 13 November 2017

Kaipara Plant Centre and Sculpture Trail

A wonderful day.

Thank you so much to all our parent helpers and our guides from Kaipara Plant Centre.

We covered many aspects of sustainability - growing your own vegetables, reusing all things even as art, caring for our bush and birds through regeneration and elimination of pests.

We broke into three groups and went on three different adventures

  • a conservation trail where we learned about bush walk etiquette and safety; elimination of pests and why; the history of the bush we were in.
  • a sculpture trail where we saw a beautiful vegetable garden and tried some edible flowers (Day Lilies) and chewed on some sugar cane. We also saw fascinating sculptures made from all sorts of recycled materials!!
  • seed collecting and potting where we learned how to gather seeds from several native plants and we potted them up to bring home. Hopefully, we will have some new plants to plant in our gardens! (I am going to try and grow some Manuka now I know how.

Our children represented us well and I didn't hear one complaint about the walking - 2.5km in total, I believe. There was so much to see and learn about the whole time there, was no time for feeling tired!

Everyone who was there, wants to return again soon.

Enjoy the photos, attached - do check out B3's blog as well for Baylee's photos.

Finding Seeds on Native Plants (Potting) - Group 3

Conservation Trail - Group 2

Sculpture Trail Group 1