Term 1 is traditionally quite a hectic term. Swimming, athletics, camp, Tryathlon, more swimming. The kids and staff are all looking forward to taking a well deserved break over the Easter holidays.
Before we all zip off to eat Easter eggs and hot cross buns (truth be told the latter have already been well consumed already!) let’s celebrate the awesome stuff our kids have been up to this term.
This term we swam in our school pool AND once a week in town. All our tamariki made exceptional progress with their swimming skill. Johnan and Lennon became confident at floating on their own and are starting to master some strokes. Te Awa is really co-ordinating those arms and legs to freestyle swim. Te Rau and Rickon graduate to the length pool for their lessons. Ryder furthered his water confidence. Mikaire and Kawana really worked hard on their diving skills and fitness. The older particularly enjoyed mastering their ‘manu’ skills at the end of each lesson.
On Tuesday 21st March we got up at the crack of dawn (quite literally) to head to Palmerston North for the Weetbix Tryathlon. While the weather was pretty grim as we drove down it thankfully only rained a little bit at the event. All our kids who were old enough to enter had a go and did our school proud. They had to swim in the pool then run to their bikes for a bike ride and finish with a 1500m run to the end.
There were some very tired kids on the ride home that’s for sure!
Well we can definitely say we cracked it with the weather for our week away at camp. Balmy weather for all three days of activities. The only rain we had was travelling up and then again travelling home! Couldn’t have planned it better. It was so cool to spend a week in the sunshine and warm.
This year we headed away with Papanui Junction and it was awesome to get to know a different group of kids and their families.
Some of the activities we got up to:
Redwoods Rotorua – we called in here on our way through to break up the trip. Many of us had been up the treetops before but it was fun to do it again.
Riverbugs – these really cool inflatable ‘rafts’ that each person sat on. We had to wear flippers and webbed gloves and propelled ourselves down the Rangitaikei River from Lake Aniwhenua. Easily one of the many highlights of the week.
Surfing at Mount Maunganui – this was THE highlight for many children. They just loved getting out in the waves and trying to get up on their board. The instructors were amazing and catered for all the different ages, stages and confidence levels.
Kewpie Cruises – after our morning in the water it was time for an afternoon on the water. We cruised around the Tauranga Harbour learning about the different places, hearing some stories, driving the boat (!) and generally just enjoying the scenery.
Awakeri Rail – what a real hidden gem. Our host Paul was amazing and told some incredibly believable stories…ask the kids about Jack in the bush! We had a bush walk and then stopped along the way for a sausage sizzle. Some keen eyed hunters even saw a huge stag in the bush.
Ohope Beach – this was a chill way to end the week. We swam in the waves and then had a sandcastle competition which was super fun. Following this it was to the park in Whakatane for fish and chips then the Year 4-8 children went to the observatory.
Dropzone – On our way home to stopped in Taupo and had a whirl on the trampoline park. Was a great way to wear out already tired kids!
A huge thank you to all the parents who helped our during this trip.
Aside from the above things we’ve also been busy with our learning at school. Our older crew are currently right into drawing at the moment. Their subjects started as Landcruisers and have now moved to deer and pigs. We have some absolutely talented young chaps here and I can’t wait to show off their finished pieces.
In among all the fun and games we’ve also been learning some Maths and Literacy as well…although I think our teachers need a gold medal for making that happen in among all the other cool things.
The term ends this Thursday 7th April and we resume school on Wednesday 26th April. Term 2 is much quieter in terms of sport but we have some exciting science learning on the cards with our Science in the Box kits arriving in the first half of the term.
Until next time….ka kite ano
Sue, Stacey and Kylie.