Sunday, 31 March 2019

Kura Pounamu - Learn how to enter and exit the classroom

Our behaviour focus this week was how we enter and exit the classroom. We had a really fun and engaging lesson. We brainstormed all our thoughts, then we went outside did some fitness and had to show how to enter the class afterwards. We also did an activity where we had to draw ourselves, cut ourselves out and show how we would leave the class. The students all came up with 'we line up' and they put themselves in lines. Check out our 'Lining Up Poster'!

We look forward to learning about Lunch Eating this week.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Playing Popcorn

We love playing games and Mrs Ryan taught us a new game called Popcorn. We sit on the ground in a circle and have to pop up one at a time. As we pop up we say our number in sequence and we keep going until we are all standing. What is your favourite game to play?

We love writing!

Last week Te Rōpū Kura Pounamu, Te Rōpū Whakaute, and Te Rōpū Wawata were all thinking about the people and things we love. For writing we decided to make our own love maps with all the things we love. Then we wrote stories about things and people we love. Take a look at the stories and love maps from Te Rōpū Whakaute below! We wonder who and what do you love?

Monday, 25 March 2019

Kia Kaha Programme with Constable Brad

Constable Brad came to our school two weeks ago and ran Kia Kaha programme for our tamariki.
Constable Brad taught the children what bullying looks like and how we can be nice to each other, and what we can do when our friends are bullied. The children also learnt that we have choices about what we do and how making a good choice looks like.

Kura Pounamu students are loving Water Play!

Last week we added red food colouring to our water play and had straws for the students to use. The Kura Pounamu boys loved this and spent a long time playing and blowing bubbles. They explored how many bubbles they could get with one straw and if they had more straws would they get more. Check out our photos, showing the fun and enjoyment we had. We were super happy  that our amazing parents were able to wash our uniforms so the red marks came out! Next time we want to have green water..

I wonder what the straw will do...can we blow bubbles?

We are team players!

1,2,3 Blow!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Te Ropu Maia - Jump Jam session

Te Rōpū Māia was so lucky to have Brett Fairweather to come visit and do jump jam with us (and the whole school).

Check out the photo below!

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Duffy Theatre 2019!

On Friday we were lucky enough to have the Duffy Theatre show come to our school. We love the Duffy theatre show and it is definitely a highlight of term 1 each year. Everybody could see and hear that we enjoyed the show from all the laughter and smiles on our faces. In the show Duffy got stuck in a video game and his cousin had to help him escape. They worked together and found out through reading their Nana's notes that they could return to their real lives! I love how Duffy always reminds us about the importance of reading and the power that it gives us. The show was very interactive this year and you can see in the photos below that some lucky students had to get up and help Duffy to unscramble a word. In another photo you will see MJ trying to help Duffy to steal the Destroyer's cone! We can't wait till next year!

TEAMWORK is our value of the Week!

What a great way to put what we had learnt about being a team player into action when Sarah from Sport Canterbury came in and ran the Top Team Challenge with us. 

What an awesome morning we had, going around ten different stations competing against other teams.  We had to work as a team to complete each activity.

Check out some photos from the awesome team building we had!

Bring on 2020!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Te Rōpū Māia - Kia Kaha

This week we had Kia Kaha. We learnt a range of safe practices that we can use to build and maintain successful relationships. It was great working as a team coming up with strategies to deal with dis-respectful behaviours. 
It was great working with Constable Brad - he's the man!

This week we had a picnic  and a game. We ate yummy chips and lollies.  We are making the most of the lovely days before the weather changes.

Monday, 4 March 2019

KWW Experience Fairy Bread

Last week during Play Based Learning some students made Fairy Bread for the rest of KWW (Kura Pounamu, Whakaute and Wawata).

A lot of us had never tasted it before though there was a trick added as we had used sour sprinkles instead of hundreds and thousands. 

Look at us enjoying it :D

Friendship Soup

25 February 2019

Kura Pounamu, Te Rōpū Whakaute and Wawata children learnt about how to make and keep a friendship by making a friendship soup.  The children came up with 14 important ingredients for making and keeping a friendship.

Essence is adding 1 cup of honesty (pom-pom)

Kelsea is adding 1 bottle of happiness (pipe cleaners).

Olly is adding one bottle of respect. 
Finally, our friendship soup is made!

Saturday, 2 March 2019


This week Te Rōpū Kura Pounamu, Te Rōpū Whakaute and Te Rōpū Wawata have been working hard on learning to write descriptions. We have been focusing on writing using the sentence starter 'I see'. Here are some photos of our writing, we wrote the sentences together about the friendship soup we made on Monday. This was our first time ever writing descriptions and I think all the students did a fantastic job! After we wrote on the whiteboards we wrote our first story in our writing books, so come in and take a look!