Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
Ko Kurahaupo toku waka
Ko Taranaki toku maunga
Ko Pungareeree toku awa
Ko Kaimiromiro toku marae
Ko Taranaki, ko Ngati Ruanui oku iwi
Ko Helen toku ingoa
Ko Amy, ko Anna, Ko Liam, ko Abbie toku tamariki
No Turanganui-a-kiwa ahau
Ko Rotorua toku kainga
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
I feel it is only fitting to greet you with my pepeha as the students are learning theirs for their speeches. Please encourage them to practise at home and learn it of by heart, along with their speeches.
Our visit to the museum to see Canterbury Quakes was worthwhile and a little reflective. Also topical considering Wellington and Seddon's numerous shakes and our own last night! We've had swimming, food technology challenges (including cupcake wars), CRT circle paintings and of course our core work to get through. We are working on getting photos up as soon as possible but in the meantime, check out what students have been writing and encourage your student to share their work with you through our blog.
We had a great Read and Feed today in our 'tent' and thank you for supporting us in this. Students read silently from just after 9 until 10:30. They went outside to push play for ten minutes then came in for strategy games for half an hour. They returned to silent reading, until 12:30. After lunch they did buddy reading and silent reading or writing or finishing. I was really impressed!
I personally found out two things today when I inadvertently (at least on my part) got roped into the staff versus coaches and students netball game - with no subs. I do still get asthma and I really need to practise goal shooting - I don't know who stuck me in goal attack position! I did get a number of opportunities but in my defence, I'm an ex hockey player, runner, athletic champ, swimming champ and gymnast - YES, really (I know!) and ok at soccer, sometimes, but netball was never my thing. All credit to the students and coaches who took us on and won. The score was 4-1.