Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Newsletter - Term 1 Number 8

Hello, Kia Ora

Most of the school was a little green looking last Thursday but they didn't look sick at all. It was great to see everyone getting into the fun on St. Patrick's day and learning a little of the history of the day. The juniors wrote their stories on shamrocks.

Swimming Carnival: Another successful event last week as the children displayed their swimming ability at our annual carnival. Several parents commented on how much they enjoyed the synchronized swimming displays in particular. Thanks to Angus and Mrs. Ngarimu for manning the sound equipment. Congratulations to all the children for their efforts and support of each other on the day. Special congratulations to the children who also achieved outside of the school pool:

Cross the River Swim: Nikau Illingworth, Kyla Ngarimu, Stephanie LeFebvre, Liam Parry, Josh Howat, Josh Colville, Hope Simpson, Angus Arthur, Mrs Ngarimu and Miss Upsall. Kyla also competed at the Peninsula Swimming Sports with Nikau, Tia and James, who went on to the Thames Valley Swim, where Nikau was second in the 11 year boys breast stroke. Well done to you all.
The school swimming cups, which are presented for effort and attitude as much as progress and ability, this year went to Isabelle Catton (Junior) and James Arthur (Senior).

Pool Fence: Thanks to Amy, Craig and Ruffy for getting our pool fence and gate up standard to meet the requirements for swimming pool fencing. The weed matting and bungy cord are short term fixes. We will be applying for funding to replace with a proper fence and maybe even a shade sail. The weed mat was chosen as the cheapest option and we will be able to re-use it later in our new garden at the school entrance.

Swimming lessons: The pool is yet to be closed for the season. Swimming will continue but obviously this will be a day to day call depending on weather and temperature.

Life Education Trust: The children enjoyed seeing Harold and Rachel on Monday. Unfortunately the weather stopped them getting here on Tuesday but Rachel obligingly rearranged their itinerary to make up the day today. Please send along a gold coin for each of your children, who have visited the mobile classroom, to help cover the cost of this excellent programme.

Japanese Student Visit: We are looking forward to hosting 13 students and their teachers on Friday morning. They are interested to see how a small country school in New Zealand works. The Japanese students are 10 to 12 year olds. They will be here from 9.30 am to 12 pm. The senior class will hopefully be able to take them along to their garden and plant some seeds or seedlings after harvesting their pumpkins. We also thought a couple of musical items would be appropriate.

Easter Funday Grocery Raffle: The fundraising committee would like all families to contribute to the grocery raffle. Non-perishable items may sent along to school at any time.

Raft Race: Also please remember to be collecting organic materials for rafts. We hope to make this popular event even bigger and better than before. We will be starting to design and construct the rafts next week.

Ka kite ano

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