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We love reading!

 We really love reading new stories in Te Rōpū Kura Pounamu and Te Rōpū Wawata. A few weeks ago we read the story of Maui and the Sun. We loved the story and we had so much fun with it that we decided to do a review. Check out our video below to see what we liked about Maui and the Sun.                         
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ANZAC Day

 We hope you all have all had a lovely ANZAC day today. We learnt a lot about ANZAC Day in the final week of the term. We read the story of ANZAC Ted and also a story about ANZAC biscuits, before we made and ate them ourselves! We also learnt about Mrs Ryan's Great Grandfather's service when she brought his photo and medal to show us. Mrs McKeown also brought in her husband's old uniform to share too!                   

Our First FISH Award winners for 2022!

 On our final day of school for term 1 2022 we celebrated our first Fish ticket award winners. As the students move through school they have the opportunity to earn more and more Fish tickets. These add up every year they are at school and as they get more tickets they can earn more rewards. Each week they need to earn 10 tickets to get to fun Friday then we earn rewards in our class, our hub and then finally a whole school reward too! As individuals each student can earn a band to hang off their bag when they earn 150 tickets in a particular value either: choose your attitude, be there, make someone's day or play. Then when they earn 500 tickets they get to have a special lunch with Mr Wilkinson! Check out the band and lunch winners below!            

Our First Assembly for 2022!

 Last week we had our first assembly for the year! It was lots of fun welcoming new people, celebrating the successes that people have achieved and seeing what everyone has been getting up to in their hubs. Check out some photos below. Welcome to Ara Tū Whakatā - Gilberthorpe School!                                                                  Te Rōpū Kura Pounamu award winners! Te Rōpū Wawata Award winners! Te Rōpū Auaha Award winners! Te Rōpū Māia Award winners! A big welcome to all of our new students this year and congratulations to all our award winners!

Potatoes are not just for eating!

 To continue on with our work this term exploring the harvest from our garden we decided to think about how we could use potatoes in a different way. So we thought about it and then realised that we could used potatoes to make prints. We had lots of fun with the potatoes and paint for this activity!                   

Casey Shapes in the Sunshine!

 A couple of weeks ago when we got a beautiful sunny day we decided to hop outside and do some writing in the wonderful sunshine! So we got out some chalk and used the ground as our paper. Check out our awesome Casey shapes below!                                  

Miss Corry's Chip Shop

 After we harvested our carrots we then began harvesting our potatoes too. Miss Corry then opened up her chip shop after some great helpers helped her to peel the potatoes. The chips were cooked in the air fryer and soon Miss Corry was overwhelmed by orders on her phone line!                           

Check out our Garden!

 When we came back to school we noticed that a lot of things grew in our garden over the summer break. The first thing we harvested a couple of weeks ago was our carrots. We pulled and dug them out and then washed and cooked them, look at all the colours! We had to leave a few behind though as we found a caterpillar in our garden too!           

Welcome Back!

We have been having lots of fun this year since we cam back to school. Keep an eye out here to see some of what we've been up to! The first thing we have loved doing is getting back into the pool whenever we can!                    

Orana Park 17th November 2021

Thank You to all our amazing helpers today. This wouldn’t have been possible without you, and what a wonderful way to explore education outside the classroom. We hope you all enjoyed it!  The children should all sleep well tonight we definitely covered some serious distance around the park on a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Hopefully, they all shared something positive and interesting from today’s excursion. Some of the highlights from Group 2 were at the first attraction two sunhats flew off into the enclosure and the children watched as the Meerkats had a great time exploring and playing with them (we did get them back). Another was meeting and feeding Harriet the Giraffe who’s Dad is Gerrald! I think the funniest one was after lunch when we were regathering and the adults called out Number 2’s line up here please (the looks on the children’s faces were hilarious!) Each group experienced a different part of the park at the same time. This meant each of the four groups saw different thi