Monday, 31 March 2014

Week 9 Language Focus

Ni hao! Ni hao ma?
Our language focus for this week is following the theme of basic greetings:  saying hello, asking how someone is and replying with a small range of possible answers (fine, tired, hungry, not well). 
This is a good focus for home learning - can you teach these phrases in Te Reo and Mandarin to your family?
Happy practising!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Taekwondo Legends!

Huge congratulations to Ella and Fynn who returned this afternoon from New Plymouth, having attended the North Island Taekwondo Champs. Fynn brought back a bronze medal and Ella received a silver! It was Fynn's first competition so he did particularly well.
Great job both of you, what an amazing effort.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Exciting Electives!

We love Fridays because electives are so much fun! Below are photos from some of our electives - teach yourself coding, making cushions, dance your socks off name it, it's happening!

Palmerston North Sanitarium Weet-Bix Tryathlon

Congratulations to Ella, Fynn, Cruz and Ayrton for competing in this Tryathlon on Wednesday.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Week 8 Language Focus

Kia ora koutou! Our langauge focus for this week is a basic greeting - saying hello and asking how someone is. We are also still practicing how to ask someone's name and say what your name is.
We have discovered that the best way to learn these phrases is to say them over and over through the week at home and at school.
Our goal is to be able say all of these phrases automatically by Friday. Keep practicing!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Swimming Success!

Well done Phoebe for your success in the Wellington Relay Swim Champs at the weekend.
Phoebe represented the Tawa Swimming Club at the Wellington swim championship and in the mixed 9 year old medley relay, swam a personal best time to help her team win the bronze.
Fantastic job, Phoebe!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Origami/Finger Puppets

Hello everyone - we have been doing sewing today and we have learnt to: thread the cotton through the needle, tie a knot in the cotton and do tiny little stitches around the initials of our names. Xandre and Gio made pillows, Jackson made a bag and Amaria made a pin cushion.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Rotation 6: Basketball

And our last rotation. Slam dunking in basketball.

Rotation 4: Volleyball

Had a quick bite to eat then back into action. It's on and off spitting with rain. Hope it doesn't get any worse.

Rotation 3: League

Taken by students from Taita College.

Rotation 2: Athletics


First rotation: hockey with a few Black Sticks. And the sun has come out! Who would have thought?

At The Stadium

We made it and the weather is playing a bit nicer now! In for a great day.

Language Corner: Greetings Challenge

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Model Mania!

Yesterday our Term 1 electives began with gusto! We had veggie soup, computer coding, manic monsters, funky dance moves and much more.
In the pocket pals group we were being introduced to making models by making all the components and then assembling them to create one model. We practiced using plasticine, which was so much fun! We had birds,  snowmen, cute kittens and bunnies as well as gun toting superheroes and a dog in a cape. Check out some of our hamdy work. We can't wait for next week!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014



We are about to start some exciting electives on Friday. I am taking on the challenge of making cushions but would love a loan of two sewing machines. I would need them from next Friday please. If you could let me know you have one by sending me a message to,  I would really appreciate it. I have had to leave my machine in Auckland.  Helene

Thank you for all the help with sewing machines. It is so encouraging to see the response from the parents. I  no longer need anymore sewing machines.   Helene

Monday, 10 March 2014

Our New Karakia

Tukua te wairua kia rere ki ngā taumata
Hai ārahi i ā tātou mahi
Me tā tātou whai i ngā tikanga a rātou mā
Kia mau kia ita
Kia kore ai e ngaro
Kia pupuri
Kia whakamaua
Kia tina! TINA! Hui e! TĀIKI E!

Allow one’s spirit to exercise its potential
To guide us in our work as well as in our pursuit of our ancestral traditions
Take hold and preserve it
Ensure it is never lost
Hold fast.
Secure it.
Draw together! Affirm!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Pedal Power!

Signals, skids, slalom and pedal taps....all part of our grade 1 cycle training with groups 3 and 4 this week.
Very exciting,  I learned a few new things myself, may need to dust off my bike and practice!
Next step: on-road training for grade 2.