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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Learning About Pollution

Today we had a special visitor, Helen Thomas, from Horizons Regional Council. She talked to us about what happens to our litter when it ends up in our environment.

Did you know, that all stormwater drains flow to the sea? So much of litter on the street ends up in gutters and into these drains - which end up in the ocean.

Helen took us on a 'river journey'. We started at the top of the mountain where the fresh, clean water flows down towards the sea. As we travelled past farms and towns, we saw more and more pollution added to the river.

  Helen got a bowl of clean water, and as we travelled down towards the ocean, some children added various types of pollution that rivers end up with.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Days Of The Week in Maori

Do you know the days of the week? Practise saying these at home!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Haka in the Garden

On Friday, Room 3 got stuck into our garden. We pulled out the old corn plants, and replanted our garden with winter vegies ... broccoli, cauliflower, and silver beet.

Just when we were nearly finished, Mr Ricketts's class showed up. While they waited for us to finish with our spades, the boys practised the haka.
Even the Room 2 boys joined in.

Look at all these fearsome warriors! Well done boys. You're really getting into it!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Awesome Rugby Boys!

Yesterday the Halcombe Blue Touch Rugby team received a terrific trophy for -
The Most Improved Team.

The Room 3 and 4 rugby boys are very proud of their achievement. Well done Mr Te Whatu (Josh's dad) for coaching the boys and helping them win this trophy.

Well done Jack, Connor, Josh, Logan, Tommy, Kai, Cameron, Blake and Regan for this super achievement!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Te Reo Kori Fun

Today, Room 3 buddied up with Room 5 (our buddy class).
The wonderful Room 5 boys and Mr Ricketts taught our boys how to do the haka.

Meanwhile, back in Room 3, the girls learnt a Poi waiata, and performed the actions.

At the end of our session, we showed off what we had learnt.

Don't forget, children. The words you need to practise are in your KIT book.
Teach your parents!

Thanks, Mr Ricketts for taking these photos

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


Room 3 children are learning to use rakau (sticks)  in time to the rhythm and beat of waiata. (songs)

Some of us discovered were 'naturals' at it! Some of us ... well ... we're getting better with practice!

Here's some of us having lots of fun co-ordinating our moves ...

Did you know that many years ago, Maori used used stick games  to help them train in spear fighting, to prepare them for battle?

Monday, 5 May 2014

Welcome back


Term 2 has arrived, along with the rain ...
And now that the weather's colder, the wonderful student council have organised some yummy treats for these colder days. Check this out ...