Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Week 5, Term 4

Hi Everyone,

We have had a super exciting week so far and it's only Wednesday!

Yesterday we had a visit from Rachel Hunter who came to pick up her Buddy made by Leianah and Mackenzie. Buddy Day is about raising awareness of child abuse in NZ. Celebrities, politicians, and business people spend the day with a Buddy made by children in schools around NZ to raise awareness and to get people talking about this important issue. 

We had the Prime News film crew here, our part starts at 8.39 on the link below:

Prime TV News - Hobsonville Point School - Buddy Day

Today was our trip to Kiwi Valley Farm. We had such a great time seeing and feeding all the animals, holding baby animals, going through the maze, having a tractor ride and even going on the bus! 

Here are some photos from our day.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Week 3, Term 4

Hi Everyone,

We have attached a copy of our Term 4 newsletter for you to read. The dates listed are all tentative dates, we will send home more information as needed for trips etc.  If you got this newsletter from class in week 1, you'll notice that a trip to Kiwi Valley is listed for next week - this is no longer the case. You will have information regarding this trip on Monday next week. 

Our two Touch Rugby teams have had a great start. Thank you for all the parent support. Their games are on Wednesday afternoons we welcome all families to come and support our teams. A notice regarding fees will come home next week. 

We have been learning about planting and growing in Learning Common 2. We made some tyre gardens for Learning Common 1 and have planted beautiful flowers in them. We've also planted the school gardens with veges, herbs and strawberries. Please check out how they're going. Feel free to pop in and water them if you're around on the weekend! (BYO watering can, water available from the drinking fountains)

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Week 4, Term 3

Over the last two weeks we have had more new students start.   Welcome to all our new students and their families.
In our common you will notice that we have created a Recyclable table.  Items that go on this table will be used by our students to create art and construction.  We would love you to bring in items such as wool, buttons, milk bottle tops, cream tops, picture frames, egg cartons, magazines, old CD's.  

This week a group of boys got to go to Whenupai Airbase.  Corporal Robert Hunt organised a visit aboard two planes, the kids got to sit up in the cockpits and see another plane landing.

We then had lunch at the base, another highlight.  Finally the boys got to meet the security dogs.  We were able to see how they are trained and how they restrain a bad person.

Next time I hope other friends can go and do some great learning too.

Over the next two weeks we will be feeding back how your child's Personalised Learning Plan is going.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Week 10, Term 2

Hi Families,

Thanks for another fantastic term! We thought we would share some photos for our last post of term 2.

We will be creating a family area in our common next term and would love for your child to bring a framed family photo to school for our display. Preferably 6x4 sized photos. If you don't have one, we are happy to take photos for you at school. 

Here are some photos of our zoo trip and the planting day we had a few weeks ago.

Enjoy the break and we will look forward to seeing you in week one.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Week 9, Term 2

Hi Everyone

Just letting you know that we have planned a trip to the zoo for next Tuesday, 9th July. 
We will be sending home a permission slip tomorrow and need this back as soon as possible. The cost of the trip will be covered by your term 2 activity fee so if you haven't paid this yet, please talk to Karma at the office - she can give you information about how to pay online or here at school. 
We will be transporting children in cars for the trip and really need a parent to help transport children - if you are available to help out on the day and have a big car (could take more than 3 or 4 children) we would love to hear from you. 

We are looking forward to catching up with you all at our IEMs this week.

Keep an eye out for the permission slip tomorrow!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Week 8, Term 2

We had an amazing time in Melbourne looking at different schools last week. 

Some highlights were:

- Personalised learning journeys for all children, including juniors
- Awesome documentation of these learning journeys
- Getting to see learning environments similar to ours, with 80 children in them
- Outdoor learning environments 

And many, many more things too.

Here are a few photos from the different schools.

Bellaire's Reggio inspired learning space 

Bialik's ourdoor learning areas

Silverton Primary School

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Week 6, Term 2

Hello families, 

What a fabulous week we have had! 

Matariki has arrived and we celebrated with a shared breakfast on Thursday morning. What a great way to start the day, thank you to the families who came and celebrated with us.

This week we introduced 'Personalised Inquiry Plans' for some students. They have selected their own topics to investigate and we are really excited about discussing these with you during the IEM's.

Next week we are away in Melbourne from Monday - Friday. We will be visiting schools that have similar philosophies and exciting new ideas. We will try to keep you updated through the blog! Jodie and Kerry are excited to be teaching in the common next week, they have both worked alongside our children and know them well.

Up and coming events:
  • 25th June - Parent evening 6.00pm - 7.30pm - keep an eye out for more information in our weekly newsletter
  • 26th June - Kaipatiki Planting Day -More information will be on it's way
  • 4th and 5th July - IEM's - we will be in touch around booking a time.
  • 4th July - Zoo trip - we will send you an email regarding this in Week 8

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Week 5, Term 2 - Official School Opening

Today was our school's official opening ceremony. 

Zaria, Caden, Ariana, Sydney and Astin created these awesome reflections about today using Notability on the iPads. 

I liked it when I took a picture of John Key and when I did Kapa Haka - Jeremiah

I liked watching the Kapa Haka. I liked it when Nathan spoke the first part - Harry

My favourite part was when Leianah did her speech becuase she was excited - Issy

My favourite part of today was when I cut the ribbon with John Key - Maddie

I liked doing the Kapa Haka when John Key was there - Victoria

When we stood up to sing the Maori song with Adam was my favourite - Lucy

I loved eating the sausages for our special lunch! - Ariana

My favourite bit was when I saw John Key - Katie

I liked it when I made the chocolate cake - Pearl

My favourite bit was the snowflake workshop I did with Anna - Ben

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Week 4, Term 2

Hi Everyone,

Another week of exciting learning has flown by! We have been working on a collaborative art piece for our foyer this week so make sure you ask your child about the planes we have been making. An expert hard materials teacher came in to assist us with this learning and it has been very exciting developing some new skills. We will add some photos of this process next week.

As you know, we have our official school opening ceremony on Thursday next week. Families are welcome so please RSVP to Karma at the office by Tuesday if you intend to come.

Below are some photo highlights for you to enjoy. 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Week 3, Term 2

Welcome to Zaria, Will, Ben, Phoenix, Madison and all our Learning Common students and families,

We are excited about how our students are progressing academically and socially.  This term we are finishing our Inventive Thinking inquiry, the children are working on creating some interactive spaces to work in, planning a Zoo trip as the children have expressed an interest in animals, this will form one of our provocations.  Some students are involved in creating a cafe/library area to welcome the community and children into those areas.  Lastly we have a group who is developing PE equipment that they are particularly keen to explore or use to enhance their Motor skills.  

Thank you to the parents who attended our recent parent workshops, we will be running some more workshops in a couple of weeks time.  If you have any ideas for workshops that you would like us to run please let us know.  We are keen to explore how you might be able to support the running of our workshops.  If you would like to observe how we do this and how you might support please let one of us know and we can organise this for you.

We will be having a toy day on Wednesday 5 June.  We ask that the children do not bring toys other than the toy days that we organise, as this can create issues for some students.

Some of our children have joined local sports clubs for the Winter.  We will have an update on other sporting opportunities that the children can be apart of school, after a team of us have worked with North harbour Sports to develop an action plan for our school.