Rafting, Caterpillars and Tadpoles

Wowser! It’s been a busy start to the term.

RAFTING

Last week we went on our annual raft trip. It happened to coincide with two days of freezing weather so we decided to camp overnight at the Lodge rather than down the river and have a 1 day scenic trip. It was a great time to bond (girls vs boys) with each other and take part in some outdoor learning experiences.

At the Lodge we learnt about tracking or trail signs then made trails for each other to follow. We made our pizzas for Roger to cook in the pizza oven and watched a movie. On river we had many chances to challenge ourselves. Janey taught us about safe river crossings and we had several practices at that. For some of us the water was very swift and it scared us! We spent some time checking for invertebrate in the water, however it was super cold at our lunch stop so we didn’t stay there long. Near the end of the trip we were allowed to jump into some small rapids and practice rapid position which is on your back with your feet facing down river. Entertaining to watch and for those in the water it pushed them to their limits of challenge.

A HUGE thank you to Janey, River Valley Lodge, Ollie, Kylie, Roger B, Roger G and Melissa for helping us during our trip. Without this help we couldn’t take part in such amazing experiences.

CATERPILLARS and TADPOLES

In the classroom we are caring for and learning about the life cycle of both frogs and monarch butterflies. It’s been exciting for us all (adults included) to watch the daily changes, especially the caterpillars who seem to grow before our eyes.

Check out the photos of what we’ve seen.

We are back!

Welcome back to the 2021 school year.

We’ve hit the ground running at school and had lots happening in our first week.

On Monday we welcomed Johnan Gilbert to the school. We wish Johnan the happiest of school days!

Over the holidays our woodwork table arrived and goodness it has been well used already by all ages and stages at the school.

On Thursday Rowena from EnviroSchool’s came to visit to help us learn more about native bats. After a morning in the classroom we ventured out to the Pukerimu Bush to explore the area and see if it would be a suitable place for bats to live. We found old, hollow trees along with water and open areas, all of which are ideal for bat habitation. Our plan now is to head back one evening soon and see if we can hear bats in the area. A big thank you to Roger and Kylie for escorting us to the bush.

While we were out exploring the bush Tararua Line Marking arrived to smarten up our concrete areas. It was super exciting to return to school and see a ROAD painted on the concrete along with Twister, hopscotch, snakes n ladders, four square and tic tac toe.

The remainder of the term proves to be just as busy with the raft trip coming up in Week 3, athletics and swimming sports among other things.

Check out the pictures from our first week….

National Young Leaders Day

Thank you to Janey and Melissa for transporting our senior girls to this amazing event. Below is a recount from each of the girls about their day.

Keeva:

Yesterday Isla, Luca, Mum, Melissa, and I went to N.Y.L.D ( Aka national young leaders day) It was so much fun. The host names were Lizz and Jason. They had really fun games for us one of them was a wave game. It was fun. There were speakers and one of them was Kayla Whitelock and she is black stick legend and four time Olympic hockey player. The last speaker was Josie Moon and she sang for us. There were so many people there, everyone was screaming and yelling because they were so excited. There was a booklet and a pencil under your seat. It was such a cool day.😀 I learnt to never give up and to believe in yourself.

Luca:

We sat in the back row, my Mum sat on the outside seat and I sat next to her. There were little booklets under our seats. As soon as it started there was a dance cam and everyone was doing funny dancing but Keeva and I hid behind the seats. After that the two host Jason and Lizz came out and talked for a bit. Willam Pike talked about how he lost his leg when he climbed up the mountain. Josie moon sang a song for us and she was a good singer.

Isla:

We arrived at nine o’clock, collected our wristbands and found our seats. Music was playing loud. There were booklets under our seats for us to write down what we thought of each speaker. Then Before we knew it two people came running out. They were the hosts Liz and Jason. They told us about what was going to happen that day. The first speaker was William Pike. He was a mountaineer who had tragically lost his leg when Mount Ruapehu erupted. The next speaker was Riley Hathaway. A 19 year old girl who along with her dad had created Young Ocean Explorers. Her dad went around taking photos of ocean wildlife, and she helped along with doing her own thing. After that Kayla Whitelock came on stage (a black sticks to chat with Liz and Jason. They asked her questions like 

“Why did you want to become a black sticks player?” 

Kayla had gone to four olympic games and was hoping to go to her fifth next year. Once Kayla had finished answering questions the hosts introduced Okirano Tilaia. An eighteen year old samoan from Christchurch. He told us that in order to know who we were we needed to find our why (Why do we get up in the morning?) Who are our ancestors, and something I can’t remember………He was really passionate about helping people. When he had finished Josie Moon a singer songwriter from Wellington came and talked about how she found her love for music. After that she hyped us up as she sang two of her original songs. (My voice hurt afterwards)

And that was NYLD Palmertson North 2020!

PET DAY 2020

What a cool day we’ve had!

Thank you to everyone who came along to our pet day today. Your support of our school is very much appreciated!

Our day started with morning tea together in the classroom where people could look at our craft creations and vote for their favourite. After this we braved the damp weather outside and did the showing of pets. Following this was a very entertaining cupcake decorating competition where the adults had 15 minutes to decorate their cupcake in the theme of spring. We were very impressed with the quality of the work! After all this excitement it was time for lunch and prize-giving.

Congratulations to our winners:

Best Name (Lamb) – Luca Megaw-Kopua & Lamington

Best Dressed (Lamb) – Isla Harrison & Clover; Most Original Outfit (Lamb) – Luca Megaw-Kopua & Lamington; Most Creative Dressed (Lamb) – Johnan Gilbert & Arthur.

Most Obedient (Lamb) – Isla Harrison & Clover

Best Led (Lamb) – Johnan Gilbert & Arthur

Best Name (Dog) – Lennon Megaw-Kopua & Annie / Keeva Harrison & Lexi

Best Dressed (Dog) – Isla Harrison & Xena

Most Obedient (Dog) – Maddy Taylor & Bud

Best Led (Dog) – Mikaire Edwards & Super Jill

Shepherd with Loudest Bark (Dog) – Rickon Gilbert & Willie

Cutest (Dog) – Keeva Harrison & Lexi

Most Creative (School Age):

Sandsaucer – Isla Harrison; Novelty Flower Arrangment – Luca Megaw-Kopua; Vege / Fruit Animal – Keeva Harrison; Decorated Cupcake – Luca Megaw- Kopua / Isla Harrison; Decorated Rock – Mikaire Edwards

Highly Commended (School Age):

Sandsaucer – Rickon Gilbert / Keeva Harrison; Novelty Flower Arrangment – Keeva Harrison; Vege / Fruit Animal – Rickon Gilbert; Decorated Cupcake – Rickon Gilbert / Mikaire Edwards; Decorated Rock – Luca Megaw-Kopua

Most Creative – (Preschool Age) – Johnan Gilbert

Highly Commended – (Preschool Age) – Maddy Taylor

People’s Choice Award (Voted for on the day)

Sandsaucer – Keeva Harrison; Novelty Flower Arrangment – Luca Megaw-Kopua; Vege / Fruit Animal – Isla Harrison; Decorated Cupcake – Isla Harrison; Decorated Rock – Isla Harrison

Cupcake Decorating Competition (Adults)

Most Creative – Kylie Gilbert and Melissa Megaw

Funniest – Bruce Gilbert

Highly Commended – Janey Harrison

Throughout the day we had a seedling sale. These seedlings were the ones we have nurtured through the early stages of spring in preparation for pet day. Thank you so much to everyone who supported this because we made $85! This will go towards funding the zipline these kids are so keen to build.

If you missed out and would like some seedlings we still have plenty left so pop on round to school or send us a message. We also plan to bring what’s left to the community Xmas Party in December.

Check out some pictures of the day.

100 Word Challenge

We have some very creative writers in this school!

This week we’ve worked on the 100 word challenge where we have 10-15 minutes (depending on how generous Stacey is feeling!) to write on a topic.

The first attempt was quite a challenge but we didn’t let that beat us and today we came out with some amazing pieces of writing.

Here is some of our writing today:

On Halloween I heard a mysterious sound. I got out of bed and I saw a ghost. I screamed. For a second I thought the house was haunted. Then I thought it was a dream. I froze and went back to sleep.

By Rickon

Halloween

The house on the hill had always been frightening. You see no one ever came in or out of it. All you could hear was the sound of trapped souls screaming into the darkness. The night of the Halloween was always mysterious, because it was was one night of the year when the screaming could not be heard. Most people thought it was strange, others swear that it’s haunted. Hundreds of people venture up that hill but none ever come down. Everyone knows that something is living up there, but no on knows for sure what. Except me, The Corpse Bride.

By Isla

It was midnight and everyone was asleep, except me. I am planning to escape from this prison. I hate it here so I will escape through the hole in the wall and then I will get revenge and rule Halloween.

Now that I am out I will get out of these horrible clothes and into my black dress, my boots and my spider earrings. Now I can go to my haunted house that a lot of people think is frightening and mysterious, but it’s not. When I entered my home I heard a scream, for a minute I thought it was strange but then I realised that it was normal.

By Keeva

Check out our visitor today…..Witchy Poo!

Forgotten Fauna

Today we had an AMAZING trip to Mount Lees near Feilding. As we are an Enviroschool we were lucky enough to be invited to take part in a regional Enviroschool hui to learn about Forgotten Fauna – native fish, bats and lizards. Attending with us were 9 other schools from around our region so it was great to mix and mingle with other children who have a similar interest in environmental studies.

In the morning we learnt about bats and how they use echo-location to find food etc. Then we went on to learn about lizards which by far was the most anticipated session for our children and it was VERY exciting when they were allowed to actually hold a lizard. Following on from the lizards it was on to learn about fish. We were astonished to find out that there are currently 35 named species of native fish in New Zealand. We also learnt that whitebait are the babies of several native fish, which are seriously endangered – certainly made me rethink my taste for whitebait fritters thats for sure!

After a delicious lunch of sausage sizzle we got to play a game while the teachers / adults learnt about the different enviro educators around the Manawatu. We finished the day with a taking action activity where we made lizard tracking tunnels and water scopes.

As per usual the children really out did themselves when it came to representing our school in a respectful way so on the way home they were treated to an ice block to finish off another fun day of learning.

Here are a few photos of our day……

Photosynthesis

Today’s challenge was to learn about photosynthesis and then create a resource to help our community learn about it. This is part of growing our understanding about native trees.

Here is Keeva and Mikaire’s video which explains, in their words, how photosynthesis works.

Isla and Luca decided to use Google Slides to explain photosynthesis. You can view what they’ve created via this link:

PHOTOSYNTHESIS by Isla and Luca.

Tyrese, Rickon and Hunter also decided to use Google Slides as well to explain their understanding. You can view theirs here:

PHOTOSYNTHESIS by Tyrese, Rickon and Hunter.

Maybe you’ve learnt something new today. Share your thoughts in the comments, we’d love to know what you think.

Jumping Beans

What a great day of learning we had yesterday! Following on from our visit to the Science Roadshow we tried challenges they set.

We made jumping beans. They look like they have a life of their own! We then had an assignment we had to find out the science behind the jumping bean, find out about real jumping beans, and then design a playground for the bean.

What a great challenge this was! Not only did we learn some new science information we had our key competencies put to the test. How did we react when it didn’t work? What did we do when we fell into the learning pit and struggled to get out?

There was so much learning going on it was hard to keep up.

Check out these videos of what we created.

Native Trees

This week we had a visit from Rowena who is our EnviroSchools facilitator. While she was visiting she ran some activities to help us learn about native tree identification. The first activity we had to do was match the leaves she had in the classroom with what was on our paper. As we went along she told us many interesting facts about native trees.

After this we went outside on a hikoi to see what we had in our own school gardens. We found lots of lemonwood, some lancewood, kowhai and harakeke.

Today Rickon and Luca had the opportunity to show what they remembered about Rowena’s visit when they were challenged to teach Isla and Keeva (who were away during Rowena’s visit) about native trees. It was great to see some tuakana teina in action.

To finish our afternoon we spent time preparing and planting kowhai seeds. Hopefully we successfully get them to germinate and grow so we can plant some in our ngāhere or give them away as gifts at Christmas.

Our native tree knowledge grew a great deal this week…..if you see one of the children around make sure you ask them share what they’ve learnt with you.

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