Wednesday 9 May 2018

Pōhutukawa - writing motivation and cross country tomorrow

Hopefully your child/ren came home from school yesterday buzzing about the fun they had experienced during the writing motivation yesterday afternoon. We had such a great time!
At the beginning of the session the students were given a passport to enable them to travel between the four countries. They filled in the details on their passport and then had to answer two questions about each country (Japan, Italy, France and USA - Hawaii) before they received a stamp, which meant they could commence their travel. Whilst at each country, along with finding the answers to the passport questions, the children were able to watch a slideshow, listen to music, make a flag and sample delectable edible delights. There was a fabulous atmosphere in the hub as children learnt, munched and drank, all the while dressed in fabulous outfits or clothing from all around the world. Many thanks to those parents who sent along food, encouraged dressing up and supported the fun afternoon. We are very sure that the interest sparked yesterday will be translated into terrific writing! Most children will have decided which country they are going to research, so should be able to tell you at the dinner table.

Tomorrow is our cross country. This is a whole school event. We will be eating lunch at 12:15pm, and then having lunch play. We will take the roll at 1:10pm and then the students will all assemble on the field at 1:20pm for a briefing. The Year 7 and 8 students will be running first, with the Year 5 and 6 students following and then the Year 3 and 4 students after that. Everyone will be finished running by 3pm.

To prepare for this event it would be great if all children had a drink bottle at school, wore appropriate footwear for running and have with them an inhaler if they require one. They are able to change into sports clothing at lunchtime if they wish. If a student is unable to run the cross country due to illness or injury, a signed note is required from home to explain the situation.

Having the whole school participate in a sporting event is a new initiative. As our school wide focus is on sustainability we support the following school outcomes:

  • If we value our physical and mental well being we must act to sustain it. One way to sustain our health and well being is through regular physical exercise. 
  • Cross country running exercises the heart and lungs, developing our physical fitness. 
  • As we run, the body releases serotonin, a feel good hormone that can improve our mental well being. 
  • Cross country running will present a variety of challenges. Success can take on many forms, depending on the goals of each individual. Working to overcome challenge can increase resiliency, which is vital to our mental well being.
  • Being a part of something bigger than ourselves can support our well being. 

The desired outcome for this year’s whole school cross country is to:

  • Provide a platform for children to experience success in a sporting context - We love challenge
  • To promote sustaining a healthy and active lifestyle - We love learning
  • To demonstrate our school spirit - We make a difference
  • To foster tuakana teina - We get there together and We care
Good luck to all our runners in achieving their personal goal!

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