Arohamai! We have been slack at keeping everyone updated with the comings and goings at our school. The dreaded lockdown put a spanner in the works and then it was busy, busy as we tried to finish off some things before the break. Here’s hoping this term a bit more settled!
So due to Lockdown we missed our overnight trip up the maunga to ski. We tried unsuccessfully TWO more times to get a day trip up to Turoa but each time the weather was NOT our friend. So we improvised and instead went for a day trip to Ohakune. We rock climbed, had kebabs at the carrot park then called into the Army Museum on our way home where we were treated to a VIP tour. Check out some of the photos from the day…..
As well as tripping around the rohe having fun we also had our heads down doing some hard mahi. The Fakes and Forgeries Art Display is being held in Mangaweka this weekend so we spend the final weeks of last term learning about NZ Artists, writing biographies then ‘faking’ or forging’ their artwork. We learnt lots about people we’d never heard of and some help literacy skills in the process. If you’re in Mangaweka this weekend (or going through) call in to the Hall to see the school displays. Here’s a sneak peek of ours….
In other exciting news we found this critter:
It was in some of the New World Little Gardens we had left over from last year. After realising that the Little Gardens aren’t made in NZ but in Poland we decided to do the responsible thing and contact MPI for further instruction. They were very interested to know what it might be so we had to send it via mail to Christchurch for analysis. Turns out it was not a foreign species breaking into our country but just a regular old critter from NZ. Still it felt good to do the right thing and protect our flora and fauna. And the bonus was the lovely lady, Laura, send us a parcel with some goodies to say thank you!
As you can imagine with all this excitement we were pleased to see the end of the term. We celebrated with our termly re-design of the classroom and a shared lunch. Here we are enjoying our time together…..
Term 4 has kicked off with a hiss and roar and will only get busier. We have weekly trips to town, with the girls attending PTP at TAS and the boys exploring town and learning outside the classroom. This week we walked part of the Papakai Park track. WOW! So cool and we discovered some ancient history of Taihape on the way. It’s sparked some interest so we plan to learn about bit more about what we found.
We also have kapa haka in Mangaweka for several Monday’s and swimming too. Pet Day is on the 18th of November – the plan being for us to host Taoroa and Mangaweka for a combined day, however the COVID levels may come into play. Watch this space as we’ll update and confirm soon. Later in the term we have Athletics at Papanui and our Bat exploration evening planned too.
Oh and some reading, writing and maths is tucked in there too!
Until the next update…….
Ka kite ano!