Sunday, 22 December 2013

Home learning over the holiday

Kia ora koutou,
The holidays are upon us, hurrah! We hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year with their family and friends.
During the long break we recommend that all students keep their learning progressing by completing some home learning each week. Below are some suggestions for students to work on within the main curriculum areas.
Use your matrices to identify your next learning steps in reading, writing and maths, and then use our suggestions below and our hub Tizmos links page to find ways to work on your learning goals. Also re-read your student summary report, as many of you were given a goal or goals to work on over the holiday.


*Complete some personal reading at least 3 or 4 times each week. Try to read for at least 20 mins at a time to build reading stamina. The popularity of our feed 'n' read sessions have shown us that a cold drink and a comfortable place to lie or sit can work wonders for increasing reading focus!
*Read a range of different genres and text types - novels/chapter books, magazines, newspaper /online articles, picture books etc. Kiwi kids online news is a good source of interesting, informative and entertaining reading for kids.
*Discuss what you are reading with a family member. Talk about who/what/where/why/when   within the text to ensure you are building your comprehension of what you are reading.
*Visit the library over the holidays to get some different books to read over the holiday. If you are stuck for ideas of good books to read, chat with the librarians, they are always great sources of ideas for  books you may like.


*Complete some personal writing at least 3 or 4 times each week. You could:
1) Write an email to a family member, friend or teacher (we love to hear from you!) about your holiday and what you are getting up to.
2) Keep a holiday journal or diary.
3) Write on your own personal kidblog (link to kidblog is on our hub Tizmos page).
4) Complete some creative writing - if you would like to share it, write it on your kidblog or on a Google Doc and share it with people. The 100 Word Challenge site is a great place to get ideas to write about.
5) Read articles that interest you on Kiwi Kids News and comment to share your ideas and opinions.
6) Plan and complete a Project of Passion over the holiday. Keep a log of your project on your kidblog or on a Google Doc to share with with others.
7) There are some good links to a range of literacy sites on our Tizmos links page. Check them out!


*Keep working on your spelling list words at least once per week over the holiday.
*All of our spelling lists are on our Tizmos links page under the 'Spelling' tab. There is also a link on this page to a range of ways you can learn your words.
*Use the link on our Tizmos page to Spelling City. This is another way to learn your spelling words. All of our essential lists have been loaded onto Spelling City, so you can practice these words.
*Once you think you know your list words confidently, test yourself using the SoundCloud tests on our Tizmos page.


*Work on your basic facts and maths skills 3 or 4 times a week.
*For many people in our hub the main area to really build on is basic facts - addition and subtraction facts (first to 20, then 50, then 100), and times tables. If you are just starting to learn your times tables, start with your 2s, 5s and 10s. Then move on to the other times tables. There are a number of links on our maths tab on our Tizmos page to help you practice your facts, but the best way to learn them is to practice, practice, practice! Get your family and friends to test you. Set a goal to learn one or two sets of facts or times tables at a time and keep working until you really know them.
*E-ako is a great site to use to work on your place value and fractions knowledge. If you can't remember your login (or you don't have one) get a family member to help you set up a new login, it's free and very easy to do.
*Mathletics is another great site to use to help your maths learning. The link to this is on our Tizmos page.
*Use your maths matrix to help you identify your next learning steps in maths. Focus particularly on your number knowledge and strategy areas.

Have a great holiday full of lots of adventures, good times and laughter. Keep up with your learning and we will see you refreshed and ready for another year of exciting learning on February 3rd 2014.
Happy holiday from the Harakeke Hub team.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Year 3 & 4 Learning Expo

Solar power experiment

Fundraiser for the Typhoon Relief

Thank you to all those that contributed and supported our Typhoon Coin Trail this morning - we raised $105.80 plus a further $200 from the Staff Charity Fund. A great total of $305.80
Thank you to Mycke and Emma D for organising this event. We hope this will help the people of the Phillipines.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Camp Thanks

Our epic senior camp to Nelson is now over, all students safely returned and hopefully on their way to bed right now!
We just wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to all the adults on camp with us, who worked tirelessly through the whole adventure; Evelyn Yee, Cathy Cummings, Peter Haigh, Bruce Walmsley and Rod Van Koughnet. You were all amazing and we couldn't have run the camp without you. Have a very well deserved rest this weekend.

Nearly Home

After a clean-up of military precision and a bus ride through some beautiful South Island scenery, we're finally on the ferry home. Purchases from the on-board store have been liberal, slushies have been drunk, energy levels are not as low as expected...

See you all at 5!

P.S, happy birthday Stanley!

Thursday, 12 December 2013


Down by the River

... is a lovely, deep, refreshing place to swim on a hot Nelson day. We finished off our afternoon down there lazing about on the little beach, skimming stones, and waging fierce battle on the pontoon.

Camp Rotations

A pearler of a day around camp on the confidence course, abseiling, water slide and flying fox. Lots of people stepping up and challenging themselves.

Tuesday Night

Delicious delicious lasange, some quiet reflections, a movie theatre with excellent indoor / outdoor flow.

Back to Civilisation, Kinda

We've just arrived in Murchison and finally back into some cell phone / internet coverage. Apologies to the couple of you who have tried to call or email and have not gotten a response.

Below is what we've been up to over the last wee while. Everyone is well and in good spirits although energy is dipping a bit and bed times are getting earlier / sleep ins are getting longer.

We're off river rafting next. The weather is perfect for it. No rain during the last week, a little cloudy, no wind. Excitement is high!

I'll report back in either after rafting or when I go to pick up the fush and chups from Wakefield this evening.

Until then.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Our Day in Nelson, Part Two

A bit of surf, sand, and mini-put. Heading back into the bush now. Yesterday's failed lasange attempt on the cards tonight, then a movie under the stars.

Our tomorrow sees us do some cool camp rotations (abseiling, water slide etc) so I'll probably be a bit quiet on the blog front.

Here's hoping the birds / boys don't wake us up too early tomorrow morning!

Lunch Time

Having a bite, suncreening up, then off to the beach.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Tea Time... Nearly

So we've arrived at Quinney's Bush. Check us out playing on the amazing playground. Unfortunately, the pre-cooked lasange Amaria cooked for us hasn't defrosted yet, hence the reason I'm able to send this blog now. I've had to do a Pack n Save run to get some hamburger patties! All is well, we'll just have to have the lasange tomorrow. Good times!

Calm and Clear

We're all settled in and the seas are beautiful. No sickness...yet *knocks wood*. Kids are being tempted by the onboard shop and searching for dolphins.

And We're Off!