Monday, 30 June 2014

Leadership Week 'well under way'

A busy day here as we delve into Leadership week!  The bake sale was a hit with plenty of sugar highs this afternoon. Thanks to all those who supported our Y5/6 camp fundraiser!
Our Bar Camp is in action with student-led workshops being run on various topics from drama to coding to origami.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Living Stories Poetry
Check out some of the epic poetry we've been writing! Click the little arrow in the top right to go to the next page.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Lolly bag frenzy for Leadership Week.

It's all go in Harakeke Hub for Leadership Week next week.
Here are some of our amazing Harakeke leaders making lolly bags to sell at our Leaders disco next Tuesday. On Tuesday all students can bring a gold coin donation to dress up as a personal leader or hero for the day. At lunchtime on Tuesday some of our senior (Year 5 and 6) leaders will be running a free disco for all students. Lolly bags will be sold for 50 cents - maximum of one bag per student!
Harakeke team space has been turned into a lolly factory whilst the girls make up the smells so tempting!
Other events happening for Leadership Week:
*Planting Bee - today (Friday 27th)
*Bake sale Monday lunchtime for all students. Cakes and slices ranging in price from $1 to $4.
*Dress up as a leader / disco on Tuesday 1st
*Wear your red leadership socks on Friday 4th for our Learning Celebration. Socks being sold for $4 every morning in the library

Reminder: Our Learning Celebration is at a different time from normal this term, due to swimming lessons. It runs from 9:15-10am next Friday 4th July. Lots of singing, poetry, dancing and general all-round fun. Head along, feel free to wear your red leadership socks!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Bring your Gumboots on Friday!

On Friday we are holding our planting bee from 1-5pm, working as a community to plant 500 native plants in our school wetlands. We look forward to seeing lots of you there.
From 1-3pm students across the school will all be involved in planting some of the plants. Due to all the recent rain it is likely to be wet and muddy across the wetlands, so we strongly recommend all students bring their gumboots.
Head along at any point and join in the fun!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

SchoolGen Presentation Video

Here it is! Make sure to hit the cog on the bottom menu and increase the quality to 720p for a much crisper picture.

We are a SchoolGen School!

We were part of a fantastic performance today, with a group of Harakeke students creating a show about our new Genesis Energy solar panels that have been installed on Koru Hub roof. With the help of Katrina Laurie, our SchoolGen liaison teacher, and Helene, the students explained what solar power was, how it worked and how it will help Amesbury School in the future.
It was hugely entertaining and informative, we loved the dance numbers!
We are now very excited about tracking the energy we are creating through our panels, and also examining our energy consumption and ways we can reduce this. Now we just need our own wind turbine.....

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Tawa Pool Holiday Lessons

Our children have been participating in lessons this term at Tawa Pool.
If you would like your child to continue with them, they are running school holiday lessons.
More details can be found on the following link: Timetable

Friday, 20 June 2014

Red Sock Day is coming!

As part of National Leadership Week (Week 9) our Year 5 & 6 will be selling Sir Peter Blake red socks - wear socks of a leader! We will be selling them before school next week in the LIBRARY! Socks are $4 each and the money supports Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership in Action.
We encourage all children to wear RED socks on Friday 4th July - last day of term in celebration on Red Sock Day!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Jack the Actor

Jack started Speech & Drama last year and he has just sat his first Trinity College London exams. He scored a Distinction (91%). Whilst he didn't get the highest score in NZ for his grade, he was asked to perform at the Wellington Celebration on the weekend to celebrate those who did. One of the other girls taught by his teacher scored highest in her grade so it was nice for Jack & another pupil to tautoko her.

He has been learning his lines for a month or two and has been in rehearsals 3-4 times a week over the last few weeks.

He was absolutely brilliant! The audience lapped up his acting, in particular his facial expressions! When asked if he'd want to do similar stage acting again he replied "I'd like to do a movie next"!!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

School Grounds Development Consultation

Kia ora koutou,
Mark Newdick, our landscape architect, was at school today consulting with all students around the continued development of our school grounds.
Mark spent a wee while in both hubs talking with the students about how he wanted to use their ideas to help continue to develop our school grounds into an exciting, innovative area to explore, play, learn and hang out. Mark stressed that it was important to create areas that reflect our community and how we want to use the spaces.
Mark has sent a consultation sheet home with all students so that they can discuss ideas with their whanau. Most students will bring home their consultation sheet in paper form, whilst some students felt they might lose or damage the paper so they have chosen to put the consultation questions into a Google doc that is shared with teachers. They can then access this doc and add their ideas at home.
We would like all Harakeke students to talk about their ideas and plans at home with their whanau and share their thoughts on the sheet or the doc. Ideas can be written, sketched, brainstormed or shared in whatever form works for your family. We are happy for anyone in the family to fill in the form or doc, as long as they reflect the ideas of your family. We would like all Harakeke students to complete this exercise and return (or share) any ideas with teachers by next Friday (13th June). If you have any further questions about this, please contact Urs or Andrea.
Happy planning!