Wednesday 28 February 2018

Week 4 in Pōhutukawa

We have had a mixed bag of weather over the last two weeks, with the rain coming at inopportune times!

It was disappointing to have to miss out on our beach clean up trip to New Brighton this week. Thank you so much to the adult helpers who planned to help us on Monday. With the rain lingering, and knowing that everything would have been sodden, the children (and staff) were warmer and drier inside at school, if a little sad. Thank you also to Mitre 10 Beckenham, who kindly supplied us with latex gloves and black rubbish bags for our clean up. The teachers had planned to use this trip as motivation for writing. Showing Kiwi ingenuity, we set the children the challenge of building sand sculptures in the junior sandpit at school on Tuesday. Amid the cold and slightly damp sand, the students worked collaboratively, showing creativity and grit. Not quite as nice as working with the sand at New Brighton, but a close second, I’m sure!

As the weather gets a little cooler and a bit wetter, we strongly encourage children to bring along indoor shoes/slippers to wear inside. Presently they do not have to take their shoes off to come inside the buildings, however this will change when it is wet outside.

Next Thursday sees us off to visit Rapaki Marae on Thursday 8 March. Thank you to these adult helpers for volunteering to accompany us on this excursion: Angela du Rand, Terrance Broughton, Amanda Clancey, Kerryn Allan, Andrea Cairns, Judy Dalrymple. We will be leaving school at 9:30am, and returning before 3pm. The children will need a packed lunch, a drink bottle, their school hat and a rain jacket. We have been working with Sherrilee on the process when visiting a marae, and we are confident we will represent our school admirably during the powhiri and the visit generally.


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