Sunday, 13 December 2020

Ice Blocks Fundraiser

 

This is a fundraiser for one of our amazing families. They are going through a really rough time at the moment and need a little extra love and sunshine.

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Week 10 Term 4 2020 - That's all folks

 It’s going to be another busy few days but we've got this. A huge thank you to all of our wonderful parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who helped us through the year. It's been a weird one but your caring and support really helped. Kakano 3 are a wonderful group of people to work with. Every day, with these kids, has brought something to celebrate, something to inspire and an endless supply of giggles.

Some of my 2020 highlights ...

- Brae's incredible Titanic and how confidently he spoke at assembly about it (Wonder)

- Wairanaki bravely taking the stage at Ahurei and rocking it (Courage)

- Listening to Mason, Ryan, Rayden and Hayden chatting on Zoom. So many lockdown laughs - I'm glad I could mute my own mic, too. (so much JOY)

- The way Madeline, Summer and Arabella chatted so confidently on Zoom AND made sure that others were included in the chat (Respect)

- Isabella's brilliant story about a space adventure (Excellence)

- The way Carlos, Bourneton, Beaude, Luke, Alexa and Sierra patiently help their friends with tricky work or when they're feeling low (Respect)

- The perseverance shown by Anthony, Rian, Lewis, Aarav and Mateo. You never give up. (Excellence)

- The bravery shown by Carol, Arianne and Zique when they started to share their thinking at maths time. (Excellence)

...and sooooooo many more. You really do show us what our school values look like.


Monday

TRYATHLON - 11:15am - Years 0 - 2 (middles/seniors at 9am)

What your child needs: Bike/Scooter & Helmet, PE Uniform, Sunhat, Togs & Towel, and a bottle of water.

Signs will be put out on the day letting you know where each class is to put their bikes / scooters.

You may like to put something on your child's bike to help them identify it when they come into transition.


Meet the teacher - On Monday afternoon your child will get to meet their new teacher for next year. They will also be able to see who else is in their class.


Tuesday

Prizegiving - 9am in the school hall. If your child is getting an end of year award, you will have received notification in the envelope with their report.


Wednesday

Missioning of Year 6 children - 11am in the hall.


School closes for the year at 12noon. Please be prompt in collecting your child.


Other Notices

  • We are collecting goods to put in Christmas Hampers for needy families and also food items we can donate to St Vincent de Paul’s Foodbank. If you have food items you can donate please get your child to bring them to class or they can put them under the tree in the foyer.

  • We are publishing a school magazine again this year and this will be available this week. At this stage there will only be 100 magazines printed. It will be a great memento of 2020. We sold out last year. Orders are taken now with the cost for the magazine being $10.00.

  • Holiday Reading Information. Children can immediately start entering the books they are reading or books that have been read to them. You can include any reading - instructions for games or lego sets, recipes, … Happy Reading!

  • And finally a heads up regarding purchase of sports tops. For all sports, except Netball and Basketball, you will be required to buy your own shirts for the 2021 season. PE shirts can be purchased from our School’s Uniform Shop.

Merry Christmas, Kakano 3.
You are the most amazing bunch of kids.
Big hugs and happy wishes for 2021,
Love Mrs T

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Week 9 Term 4 2020

 Hold on to your hats, everyone. It’s going to be a busy week!


Monday

Dress rehearsal day.  Thanks for sending in the costumes so promptly.

There are a few more Peter Pan tickets available - get in fast! Tickets can be bought from the school office for $5.


Tuesday

SHOWTIME!!!!  We have a matinee performance at 1:00pm and an evening show at 6:30pm.

For the evening show - Our Mini sea creatures need to be back at school at 5:30pm. You are getting changed in Kakano 3.  Everyone else needs to be at school at 5:50pm.  We are getting ready in Kakano 7. The gate by the big kids playground will be open to let the kids through and a teacher will point them in the right direction. No parents past the gate, please. 


Wednesday

Group B is performing today so it will be a low key day for the rest of us. We are going to prepare for our celebration day. 


Thursday

Celebration Day. We have a lot to celebrate. On Thursday we will be opening our classes from 8am-10am for parents to visit. The kids will take you on a tour and show off a little bit - they have come such a long way and are keen to share their successes. The celebrations will continue with a Big Day In. 

Clothing: Sunsmart Mufti and bring your togs.

Food: Bring your own lunch and a big bottle of water 

Optional: Bring a water pistol, if you have one - we might have a water fight.


Friday

9am End of year mass (and, maybe, an afternoon nap?)

Reports go home.


Other notices

  • We will start collecting goods to put in Christmas Hampers for needy families and also food items we can donate to St Vincent de Paul’s Foodbank. If you have food items you can donate please get your child to bring them to class or they can put them under the tree in the foyer.

  • We are publishing a school magazine again this year and this will be available during the last week of this term. At this stage there will only be 100 magazines printed. It will be a great memento of 2020. We sold out last year. Orders are taken now with the cost for the magazine being $10.00.

  • Holiday Reading Information is being sent home this week. Children can immediately start entering the books they are reading or books that have been read to them.

  • And finally a heads up regarding purchase of sports tops. For all sports, except Netball and Basketball, you will be required to buy your own shirts for the 2021 season. PE shirts can be purchased from our School’s Uniform Shop


Monday 14 December

Tryathlon

Monday 14 December

Students meet their 2021 teacher

Tuesday 15 December

Prizegiving 9am

Wednesday 19 December

Missioning of Year 6 students

Wednesday 16 December

Last day of school

Thursday 17 December

Teacher Only day

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Week 8 Term 4

We are getting excited counting down to our Peter Pan Production-it is going to be amazing! Please, can all costumes be handed in by Wednesday as we have a dress rehearsal this week. 


Well done to our students who took part in the Weetbix Tryathlon this weekend. We hope you enjoyed the event. 


Good luck to Mila, Kennedy and Wairanaki (Our Ahurei reps) who take part in their Kapa Haka performance tomorrow. 


Kakano 1 and 2 are swimming this week 



Library returns

Many of our children have overdue books which need to be returned to the library so they can complete a stock take of all the books.



Mrs Hall would like to have the main cast members in for a rehearsal next Saturday. Please read the notice below.


Peter Pan Production Rehearsal Main Cast

Saturday the 5th December 1:00pm- 4:00pm, the school hall. 

Required:

  • Harmony Choir

  • Mains

  • Lost boys

  • Mermaids

  • Fairy Dancers

  • Sea Creatures

  • Pirates

  • Backstage & Props Crew

  • Narrators

  • Tribes People

Your child has already received a notice last week about this. Students are to bring snacks and water. All students are to be promptly collected at the conclusion of the day at 4:00pm from the school hall. If your child cannot make this rehearsal please email me to let me know. Thanks to those who have already.

bernieh@stmarysrotorua.school.nz



School Magazine

We are publishing a school magazine again this year, and this will be available during the last week of this term. There will be only 100 magazines printed and it will be a great memento of 2020. Orders will be taken now with the cost for the magazine being $10.00. Orders will be taken at the office. Be quick as there will only be 100 printed.


End of Year Mass

On Friday 11th December we will be having our End of Year Mass at 9am. It would be wonderful if you could join us for this celebration of our school year.


School Prize Giving 

Tuesday 15th December is our School Prize Giving. If your child is receiving a prize they will be taking home a notice. 


Religious Education

This week we will be focusing on Advent. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. We will be learning about Advent being a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus.


Maths

This week in Maths we will continue with addition and subtraction. Also within measurement we will be ordering and comparing objects by weight, volume and capacity.


Literacy


Use the 5 w’s (who, what, why, when where?) to build more complex sentences with joining words. 


Here’s the week ahead

Monday 

  • 8:45 am Ahurei children travel to Event Centre for a rehearsal

  • 7:30 pm Kapa Haka performance


Tuesday 

  • Principal’s Morning Tea 9:45 am

  • Advent Liturgy 12:15 pm


Wednesday 

  • Gymnastics at lunchtime

  • 1:45 Dance practise for production


Thursday 

  • Dress rehearsal for K1-3 (Please ensure your child’s costume is in)


Friday 

  • Chess club

  • Golden Time



Looking Ahead for the last few weeks of term


Monday 30th November Kapa Haka group at Ahurei

Tuesday 1st December Principal’s Morning Tea

Tuesday 8th December School Production (Kakano 1,2 & 3 are performing)

Wednesday 9th December School Production

Monday 12th December: School Tryathlon(Year 0-2 11:15-12:15)

Friday 11th December  End of Year Mass

Tuesday 15th December: School Prizegiving

Wednesday 16th December: Missioning and last day of term

Thursday 17th December: Teacher Only Day


Sunday, 22 November 2020

Week 7 Term 4

We are really impressed with how well our Kakano 1, 2 & 3 tamariki are coping with term 4. As we enter weeks 8, 9 & 10 the hot weather, and all of the end of year activities, might lead to some mood swings. Our Kakano team are likely to need just a little more TLC to help them cope with the overwhelming emotions and increasing tiredness, they will be feeling.

Kakano 3 kids are powering through their water each day - thank you for sending them with their water bottles.


Religious Education

This week we are continuing our unit about Saints and inspiring people. We will be learning about what makes Saints inspiring and what we can do to become more like Saints (keeping the Golden Rules and School Values is a great place to start).


Mathematics

We are learning to count in in tens from any given number to solve problems. 

(Home hint: Make a 100s board in rows of 10 and practice counting 10 more from the ty numbers (20, 30 etc) then from any number.)


Literacy

We are learning to find and fix our own mistakes in reading and writing. 

(Home hint: Don’t jump in too fast. Let your child read to the end of the sentence/page to see if they fix up errors by themselves.)


There is no swimming this week as the middle team have tutors coming in from Make a Difference for the week.


Here’s the week ahead

Monday 

Tuesday 

  • Kakano 2 = library

Wednesday 

  • Gymnastics at lunchtime

  • Kakano 1 = library

Thursday 

  • Kakano 3 = library 

Friday 

  • Chess club

  • Golden Time


Looking Ahead

Sunday 29th November - Weetbix Tryathlon

Monday 30th November - Ahurei

Tuesday 8th December - School Production (Kakano 1, 2 & 3 are performing)

Wednesday 9th December - School Production

Friday 11th December - End of Year Mass

Monday 12th December - School Tryathlon

Tuesday 15th December - School Prizegiving

Wednesday 16th December - Missioning and last day of term (School closes at 12noon)

Thursday 17th December - Teacher Only Day


Friday, 20 November 2020

Our Marble Run

 We designed and built a marble run.  First, we used cubes to design the walls with our linking cubes. We were able to change our design if it was too easy or too hard. When we were happy we drew around the walls so we knew where to build. We used cardboard  from paint sample sheets and milk boxes and straws and we used A LOT of hot glue. It took a loooooong time. We worked on it every morning and Mrs T let us sneak a little bit of time today so we could finally finish and play it.  

Playing the game is also pretty tricky and needs lots of teamwork. We got pretty good at it (and at cheating) so we went to teach Mr Macmillan how to play our game. He was a bigger cheat than us! Kakano 1, 2 and 3 are a great team. 










Sunday, 15 November 2020

Week 6 Term 4

 Thank you to the parents who attended the Incredible Years Parenting course meeting. We are sure that you will love the course - we loved the teacher version.  It’s really nice to be able to take time out to reflect and share your ideas and worries with others - parenting is a team sport. 


Week 6 means that we are halfway through term 4! One of the great things about testing weeks is that we get the chance to look back to see where we started.  Wow! Our Kakano 1, 2, 3 kids have really done some amazing learning this year. The teachers, kids and whanau of Kakano 1, 2, 3 are a pretty awesome team.

A wee shot from our first day. Look how little they are!



Religious Education

This week we are beginning our unit about Saints and inspiring people. It would be great if you could talk to your child about your favorite Saint (or a Saint whose name they might have been given at baptism) or a hero who shows the qualities of a Saint.


Mathematics

This week we are looking at fractions and sharing. We need to know how to find ½ and ¼ or a shape or a small set. 

(Home hint: cutting mini pizzas, sharing treats and other food motivators are great - just ½ and ¼ ). 


Literacy

We are learning to find and fix our own mistakes in reading and writing. 

(Home hint: Don’t jump in too fast. Let your child read to the end of the sentence/page to see if they fix up arrows by themselves.)


No swimming this week or next week

The big kids have a Swim Rotorua Coach coming in to work with them.


Monday 

Tuesday 

  • Dance practice for production

  • Kakano 2 = library

Wednesday

  • Kakano 1 = library

Thursday 

  • Kakano 3 = library 

  • Kapa Haka at 9am for Mila, Kennedy and Wairanaki (Our Ahurei reps)

Friday 

  • Chess club

  • Golden Time


Looking Ahead

Some important dates for this term:

Sunday 29th November Weetbix Tryathlon

Monday 30th November - Ahurei

Tuesday 8th December School Production

Wednesday 9th December School Production

Monday 12th December: School Tryathlon

Friday 11th December  End of Year Mass

Tuesday 15th December: School Prizegiving

Wednesday 16th December: Missioning and last day of term

Thursday 17th December: Teacher Only Day


Ice Blocks Fundraiser

  This is a fundraiser for one of our amazing families.  They are going through a really rough time at the moment and need a little extra lo...