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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Back To School

It's term 4 and this term is a busy one! School cross country is only NEXT Friday.
Next Wednesday is Pet Day, and we have been busy creating some creative artworks which will be displayed in the hall.

As part of our Reading programme, we will be doing plays in front of our class. It's lots of fun and it's a great way to practice - projecting our voice and using expression.

Here is Mawhero reading group doing their play today ...

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wheels And Burger DAy

Today was Wheels and Burger Day. We had loads of excitement, racing around the school on our scooters and other wheels.
We enjoyed delicious burgers, cooked up by Miss Simpson and the student council.

Room 2 raised some money for the SPCA, a very worthwhile organisation that looks after animals.

Here are some photos ...

Thanks Room 2 and the student council (and Miss Simpson) for organising yet another fantastic event.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

We love gymnastics!

We've been doing gymnastics for the past 3 weeks. We're learning to do forward & backwards rolls, balance our bodies on the beam, jump with two feet from the beat board onto the box, land safely with our knees bent and feet slightly apart, pull ourselves up onto the high bar and swing our bodies around. Phew! Some of us find these easy, for others, some activities are challenging.

Here are some photos from today's gym session...

We really appreciate our wonderful parent helpers who have helped keep us safe.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

A Blast From The Past

Today Room 3 went to Te Manawa Museum as part of our inquiry learning into the life of the early settlers.  We got to experience what it was like to be a student in a 1902 classroom!  The teacher lined everyone up and inspected their nails before they were allowed inside.
We weren't allowed to talk - 'only speak when spoken to' was the rule.

We also had the chance to try on some old-fashioned clothing, have a guided tour of an early settler house with all the old furniture, and even got to make butter. We made pikelets - delicious!

Here are some photos of our day ..

Thanks so much to our lovely parent helpers for providing transport and helping out.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

PJ Day

Today was Pajama and Hot Chockie Day!

Everyone, including the teachers and staff, came to school in their PJs or onesies. Some of us reckoned we felt a bit sleepy in our PJs, so thought we'd have a snooze on the floor. (Just joking)

Check out our photos below ...

Thanks Miss Simpson and the Student Council for organising this fun fund-raiser.

Monday, 21 August 2017


Today we had some special four-legged visitors .... husky dogs!
Room 2 have been learning about how to care for animals, and invited us to see what husky racing is all about.

We got to pat the dogs (if we chose to). They were so soft and friendly!

You should have heard them when they were getting harnessed. They were SO excited. We watched as they raced around the field with a man being pulled behind on a sled. We cracked up when he came back to us ... covered and splattered in mud!

Thanks Room 2 for inviting us to see these gorgeous animals!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

Maths Trail

Today, as part of Maths Week, Room 3 went outside and did a fun maths trail. We were in groups and had to solve a variety of maths problems that involved, geometry, measurement and general basic facts.

Here are some of our challenges ...

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tessellating Creations

Today in Maths, we've been exploring tessellations. Miss Jeynes set up different 'stations' around the room, and we were able to practice tessellating different shapes.

We got really creative! We had to make sure there were NO gaps.  We worked out that circle and ovals DON'T tessellate, because curved edges means there will be gaps. We needed shapes with straight edges.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Toughing It Out

Last Friday was the Tough Kid Challenge, held at Linton Army Camp. Lots of Room 3'ers'  signed up for the challenge.

We had a gorgeous day for it! For some of us, it was our first time - and a little bit scary! There were walls to climb over, an obstacle course to get through and a muddy pond to wade through. We came out the end, puffed, muddy but of course very, very proud of ourselves.

Here are some photos of our day ...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Puss In Boots - Pet Detective

Today all of our school watched a fantastic show performed by the Playhouse Theatre. It was ... Puss 'n' Boots - Pet Detective.

Three actors entertained us with a very amusing story of how Justin Baby Bear-ber (like Beiber) was supposedly kidnapped. But there was a twist!

We loved the funny songs and crazy antics of the characters.

Here are some photos of the performance:

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Manawatu Turbo visit

Today all of the Halcombe School kids got a great surprise! The Manawatu Turbos came to visit us. We all piled excitedly into the hall to watch our local rugby team perform several challenges against some of us.

First of all some of them had to do a gutterball competition -  our Jack won that!
Then they had to do a hoola hoop challenge. Sophia in our class topped everyone!
Next it was a limbo challenge against room 7 kids. (We reckon our kids got lower)
Last of all, they did a 'wooden ski' challenge, where they had to walk on planks with perfect timing.
They definately won that challenge. They must be very good at working in a team!

Here are some photos of our fun afternoon:

Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Room 3 kids know how to have fun. And that's exactly what we did at last Friday's school disco!

Here are some photos of our fun night ...

Thanks Miss Simpson and the student council for organising this fun event

Monday, 3 July 2017

Hansel And Gretel Show

On Friday, the whole school went to see the show Hansel & Gretel, put on by the drama team.

"It was really hilarious. My favourite part was when the animals did their dance". (Jayden)
"I liked the part when the witch got pushed into the fire". (Brooke M)
"I liked it when Hansel kept saying "Shut up and be quiet". (Max)
"My favourite part was when Miss Jeynes came on because no one was expecting that". (Lucy)
"My favourite part was when the rabbit kept hitting the other animals on the head with the
bommyknocker". (Will).

Thanks to all the awesome kids in the drama team for learning your lines, and really getting into your characters. And a big thanks to Hannah in R6 for doing the sound!

I'm looking forward to next year's production.
Miss Jeynes

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

Black Day

Today was Black Day. Everyone dressed up in black to show their support for this weekend's All Black vs The Lions game.


Friday, 16 June 2017

Tsunami Talk

Today we had a special visitor. Julian Atkins came to talk to us about his job as the National Fingerprint Officer at Porirua Police College.
After the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami on Boxing Day 2004, Julian was part of an international team who helped identify victims of the tragedy.

He told us about how tsunamis are caused, what happens to the the tide before a tsunami hits and  how our fingerprints are so unique. We talked about what we can do to be safe if a tsunami ever hit.

It was really interesting, and helped us with our understanding of our BIG QUESTION - What causes natural disasters and how we can be safe if one happens.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Ripper Rugby

Yesterday we had Ripper Rugby with Miss Simpson. It was SO much fun slipping and sliding in the mud!
We did relays and practised our passing, kicking and ball handling skills.
Next week we will be doing Netball.
We love doing our Winter Sport Rotation!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Baskeball Skills

Today Room 3 had their first session of  basketball with Miles Pearce from Palmerston North Basketball Association. He taught us some warm up games and we practised doing jump stops with our feet apart and hands ready to catch the ball.
We are looking forward to our next sessions every Tuesday for the next few weeks.
We need to remember to bring SPORTS SHOES every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wheels Fun

Today was WHEELS DAY!
We had so much fun whizzing around the school on wheels. Then we piled into the hall to get a spider (the drink - NOT the 8-legged creature)

Thanks so much to Miss Simpson and the student council for organising this fun event.

Here are some photos of us ..

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Buddy Class

On Friday, we got together with our buddy class - Room 8.
We showed them how to perform a simple routine using rakau. It took a few practices, but most of them soon learnt the moves.

Then it was Room 8's turn to teach us something. A dance!

We enjoyed spending time with our little buddies, and have learnt their names. We're looking forward to our next buddy class session.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Marae Visit

Today all the seniors walked down to Taumata O Te Ra Marae.
We have been learning about marae protocol and it was great to experience a real powhiri.
We had a chance to play various Maori games and we were shown around the wharenui. It was interesting learning how the carvings, the tukutuku panels and the kowhaiwhai pattern all tell a story about the history of the people of the marae.

Here are some photos of our day:

Thanks so much for having us!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Measuring Length and Width

We are just starting our Maths topic of Measurement.
Today we measured objects around our classroom using non-standards units of measurement.
We measured the length and width of desks using crayons, gluesticks, or even rubbers. We measureed length of windowsill and even the length of a paper clip!

We had to think of SENSIBLE things to measure these distances with.

It was fun working with our buddies. Tomorrow we will learn to measure length & width using centimetres and metres.

Thursday, 13 April 2017


Today is the last day of school for Term 1!  It was also CRAZY DAY - and everyone got very creative, dressing up in all sorts of weird costumes.

We had a parade in the hall to show our costumes to the other classes, then everyone had a bit of a boogie.

Here are some photos ...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hockey Fun

Today rooms 3 and 4 were lucky to have some students from Feilding High School come and teach us some hockey skills.  We learnt how to hold a hockey stick, dribble a ball, and stop a ball.

It was a quick half hour session, but we learnt a lot in a short space of time!
Some of us are really keen to play Hockey now. Thanks Feilding High School.