Thursday, 29 May 2014

Term 2 Week 4 Newsletter

A fast flying week in Room Four!

Last week our kind certificate went to Dylan for always using kind words in and outside the classroom. This is a strong focus at Awapuni School and Dylan is an excellent role model in our classroom. Our prestigious “Student of the Week” shield winner was Taylah for her consistent effort in school activities. Taylah truly makes the most of her time at school and gives everything 100%.  Te Wai was titled the super “Mathlete of the Week” in Monday’s assembly for her efforts in Mathletics. Well done to all three of you- extremely worthy certificate winners.

In sporting success,  Manaia was acknowledged as “Player of the Day” for the Awapuni Pumas soccer team winning 5-3 against Kaiti School alongside other Room 4 boys.  The Awapuni Strikers hockey team also managed a 6-3 win last weekend. Luke and Luka have kicked off a great rugby season also playing for Ngatapa and HSOB respectively.  Great effort everyoneJ
Yesterday I attended the annual Gymnastics Festival with the Awapuni team and was so proud of their energy and sportsmanship. All of our Year 5 girls from Room 4 competed in A Reserve performing a vault, beam and floor routine. Cazaly, Maraea, Jazmine and Shelby competed in B Grade in all three apparatuses also. Together the girls then competed in the Rhythmical section with other Room 1 and 2 girls. Awapuni placed 4th out of 9 teams with lots of great feedback from the audience. A big congrats to Morgan, Taylah, Tamlea,  Trinity, Shivani, Te Wai, Faith, Savanah, Zaquoiah, Cazaly, Maraea, Shelby and Jazmine for such a successful day!  Their performance is uploaded on our blog for all to see.

Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to one of our fabulous Room 4 members yesterday! Maraea and her family have officially moved to Sydney. We wish them all the best of luck and look forward to hearing about what she is up to!

Enjoy the long weekend ahead. 
Until next time,

Miss Beattie. 

Maraea's Send off

We couldn't have let her go without a giant farewell card, a few pressies and laughs to remember us by! 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Girls Rhythmical

Check out our girls at the gymnastics festival today! 

Maraea Farewell

Today we said a big goodbye to Miss Maraea. Her family is moving to Australia tomorrow. We wish her all the very best!

Friday, 23 May 2014

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Library Visit

Room 4 were very lucky today! Not only did we get to visit the HB Williams Library but we got to listen to a visiting New Zealand author read her own story "Bug in the Dark" . Some of our students shared their own bug knowledge to her. What a great time shared with Lee Kimber!

Term 2 Week 3 Newsletter

Week Three is zooming past with many events keeping us busy!

First and foremost, the certificate winners! Our “Kind” certificate went to Mykall last week for his positive contributions to our classroom. Mykall has impressed me this week also with having such lovely manners and leadership skills. Our Syndicate Assembly recipients were Shivani, Calais, Kevin and Wayan for their classroom attitude. I would also like to acknowledge Tobias and Faith for presenting their fabulous writing samples during this assembly also and representing our class so well.  Our “Student of the Week” went to Emily for her enthusiasm towards all classroom subjects. Well Done to all- you should be very proud!

In sporting success, I have many weekend achievements to acknowledge so I will share only a few snippets in anticipation for next week. On the netball court, Shelby and Shivani were awarded “Player of the Day” for their respective teams. The Awapuni Gold Ferns (Shelby, Maraea, Emily, Jazmine) won both games and the Awapuni Silver Ferns (Shivani and Savanah) played two games, winning one.  On the soccer ground, the Awapuni Pumas (Manaia, Tobias, Kyle, Kevin and Wayan) won their game against Makauri School. In hockey news, Cazaly played for the Awapuni Funsticks winning her game against Te Hapara School.  The Awapuni Strikers (Dylan, Matias, Aiden and Morgan) look forward to their game this weekend after having a bye last Saturday. 

A further congrats to Wayan for receiving a silver medal for his swimming relay last week also. Well done to all our sports superstars!

In classroom news, we have had Mrs Torrie both Monday and Tuesday providing inspiration for our writing around Autumn Trees (pictures below) Our integrated studies topic has begun by activating our prior knowledge and engaging in classroom discussions around what we want to know about living creatures of the garden. I have also been able to attend a Reading workshop on Wednesday with lots of exciting ideas for our classroom rotation work.

Another action packed Week 4 ahead,

Miss Beattie.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Environmental Writing

This is one of many great pieces of learning created today in Room 4. We learnt about personifications and included them in our writing about autumn trees. Well Done to Dylan for this fabulous example! 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Term 2 Week 2 Newsletter

Kia ora katou, 

Only four days in the classroom this week-it’s bound to fly by!

Last week we congratulated Paru for being kind to herself by kick-starting the new term with a positive attitude. Our “Student of the Week” went to Wi for his very considerate and helpful mannerisms inside and outside the classroom. Well done Paru and Wi- we are very proud of you!
Sport kicked off last weekend and we had a tremendous amount of Awapuni students representing their school in soccer. Tobias, Manaia, Kevin, Wayan and Kyle were part of the Awapuni Pumas team and won 4 nil against Central School Diamonds.  Well done boys! I know Netball and Hockey begin this week so I look forward to their news.
We have lots events to look this term to look forward to. Many of the girls in Room 4 have been working hard in preparation for the gymnastics festival in Week Four. If your daughter is involved, please ensure their permission slip and entry fee is returned.  Some of our students are gearing up for the Rippa Rugby Tournament in Week 6 and I know Dwayne has put in numerous trainings for this. Mrs Torrie is keeping our fantastic Webmasters on their toes with regular meetings and extension activities for our technology gurus.
Speaking of which, just yesterday the teachers of Awapuni School participated in an E Learning workshop.  There are unlimited ways of incoporating computers and ipads into our daily learning and I look forward to using these ideas with Room 4 students. Many of our students are extremely competent already!
As the mornings are getting colder, please ensure your child’s uniform (jersey and jacket in particular) is named clearly to ensure we can return it to them if lost.

Until next week,

Miss Beattie. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Lunchtime Fun

Manaia, Wi, Te Wai, Tamlea, Trinity and Emily were great role models yesterday in teaching the Junior students how to play handball during lunch. Ka pai Room 4, I was so impressed by the way you spoke and encouraged the younger students :)

Exploring Similes

Room 4 spent time yesterday matching up similes in order for them to make sense. Mykall's favourite one was "That man was as nutty as a snickers bar!" 

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Term 2 Week 1 Newsletter

Welcome back to Term 2!
I hope the school holidays went well for you all. I have heard (and read) some great experiences from the students! I have also been told of many great achievements the students have accomplished. Matias competed in a regional trampoline competition held in Gisborne and received a bronze medal for his efforts in synchro. Aiden participated in the 2.5km fun run in Rotorua last Friday in conjunction with the annual marathon. Morgan competed in a fishing competition at Lake Waikaremoana placing first in the trout section and receiving a brand new fishing rod! She was also acknowledged with Tobias in Monday’s assembly for completing Mathletics during the holidays- Great work everyone! Please always let me know of these extra-curricular achievements. I love to celebrate these especially with our winter sports fast approaching!

Like always, I would like to congratulate the certificate winners from the final week of school. Our “Kinds of Best” certificate went to Faith for her positive attitude in classroom activities. Our prestigious “Student of the Week” was awarded to Luka on the last day of term. Luka always produces quality work and shows great leadership skills in sport. Koia kei Luka!

During this assembly we also celebrated the students who had 100% attendance for Term One.  In Room 4, our recipients were Paru, Mykall, Shelby, Wayan, Michael and Taylah. This is a tremendous effort and shows a great commitment to their learning. Well done all!
This term we have many new exciting topics to focus on. In Mathematics we have kick-started our learning around measurement- the first area being length.  Our over-arching topic which inspires our Reading, Writing and Integrated Studies unit is titled “What is in our School Garden?” This provides an opportunity to explore the living world and much more!
A school-wide focus this week is for each child to know their full name, address and phone number.  For safety reasons this is extremely important information for each child to be aware of. Please ensure you are discussing and helping you child with recording this at home- the spelling is vital J
My email is always open for any comments or concerns!
Have a wonderful week,

Miss Beattie

Monday, 5 May 2014

Day One of Term Two

 Room 4 had a great start to Term 2. We spoke about our holiday highlights and then kick-started our learning today on measurement. We also introduced our new integrated topic, "What is in our School Garden?"