Thursday, 25 September 2014

Hooray Kotuku!

Hooray Kotuku class!  Today we came in to find we were the only winners of the Cleanest Classroom Award for term 3.  Our lovely cleaners, Raewyn and Steven, kindly left us a bag of lollipops and chocolate to share.  They said it was a very close race in the middle syndicate and that we held the lead by a small margin due to our vinyl locker area NEVER having a single piece of paper or belongings on it.  This will be the second term in a row that we have won!


Monday, 22 September 2014

Just Dance 2 - Walk Like an Egyptian

School Production

Next term we will be very busy getting ready for our whole school production.  Mr Phillips is writing and directing the show.  Each class will present a different period of history.

Kotuku class will be Egyptians.  We are working on our two dances with Mr Phillips and Mrs Trolle ready for next term.

Over the holidays it would be a good time to start looking for some costume items.  The students will need a black t-shirt or black singlet and black shorts to wear under their Egyptian costume.  They will need a brown belt or rope to tie around their waist and they could either wear bare feet or sandals.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

KidsCan Mufti Day

On Friday our school is supporting the KidsCan fundraiser with a mufti day (gold coin).  The money raised is for breakfasts and warm jackets for children in need in New Zealand.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Congratulations to the Quizapedias!

Well done to the Quizapedias for their 3rd placing at the Ministry of Inspiration Quiz night!  There were 28 teams in the Henley School Hall and so the girls did so well.  The girls received a bar of chocolate each for their efforts.  They were very proud and will star in the weekly newspaper soon.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Saxton Stadium Sports

Today Kereru and Kotuku classes went to the Saxton Stadium to play handball and Futsal.  Jeremy and Emily from Sport Tasman met us there and organised the draw for all of our teams.  We all played hard and gave each game our best.  At the end, Jeremy and Emily chose some kids for good sportspeople awards.  A big thank you to all of the parents who gave us rides to and from the stadium today :)

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Flower, Power Book Fair Parade

On Wednesday the 10th of September Saint Paul's School had a Book Fair Parade which was held on the junior court. The theme was Garden. Each class marched around the court and showed the rest of the school their costumes. One person from each class was chosen for the best costume and they won a prize. The prize was a $7 dollar gift voucher from the book fair, the winner also got a lemonade ice-block. The person from our class was Liam Gale, he was a gnome. Congratulations Liam! At the book parade even some of the teachers were dressed up. Some of the costumes were butterflies, ladybugs, gnomes, fruit, people were dressed up in green and lots more.

By Bella and Sapphire

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Busy Week!

This week is shaping up to be very busy!  

The Book Fair is running all week.  The dress up book parade will be on Wednesday as the seniors are away on Friday.  On Friday Kotuku and Kereru classes are having a fun book day.  The students are allowed to bring their favourite books and dress up in their PJs or onesies.

On Thursday Kotuku and Kereru are going to Saxton Stadium to play handball and futsal.  We need transport to and from the stadium.  You should have received an email from Ms Hampson about this. The students need to wear their PE gear and sports shoes that are non-marking.

On Friday we have tennis coaching and touch rugby training with the Garin College students. Kotuku class will need their PE gear for both activities.  It is also Isabella's last day with us.  She is moving to Auckland to live.  The students in our class would like to have a shared lunch to farewell her.  Kotuku need to bring a small plate of sweet or savoury food to share for lunch.

Calendar Art

Kotuku class calendar art can be viewed on the slideshow at the top of our blog.  Order sheets were sent home on Friday.  Order sheets need to be back at school by 17th September.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Book Fair Fun Friday

This poster was made by the students in Kereru class.  It is about a fun Book Fair day our classes are going to have on Friday.  Read to find out what to bring and what we will be doing!

Book Fair 2014

The Book Fair begins this week and runs until Friday.  You can purchase books, pens, posters, rubbers, bookmarks and more before or after school (8.20 - 9.00 am and 2.45 - 3.40 pm).  We will visit the fair this week and you can make a wish list :).

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Ministry of Inspiration Events

The Ministry of Inspiration would like to invite you to participate in any of the the exciting events coming up between now and the end of school.

1)  Nelson Junior Chess Tournament
The first Sunday of every month starting 7 September at 1:45 at Victory Community Centre. There will be 6 rounds, 20 minutes per game with CASH prizes. $5 entry fee per player, all levels welcome (up to age 20). First Sunday every month, starting  For more details and to learn how to enter, please visit:

2) Philosophy Bites! A one-day workshop on 9 October (second Thursday of the school holidays) from 10-4. This workshop is directed towards students in Years 4-6. See attached flyer or for more information. 

3) Global Cardboard Challenge! 9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store. The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer. Then, on the last day of summer, a filmmaker named Nirvan stopped to buy a door handle for his car. Caine asked Nirvan to play, and Nirvan bought a $2 FunPass, becoming Caine’s first customer. The rest is history. Come join Paper Plus, Ministry of Inspiration and The Richmond Mall for this multi-age arcade building workshop! See attached information

4) ROBOTICS and 3D Printing in CHOCOLATE! Mindkits (Auckland) will be running workshops on 13-14 November at Broadgreen Intermediate. Spaces are limited and the cost TBC. These workshops will be grouped by year level and are all day.

5) Wearable Electronics and more...Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles based STEAM Carnival is coming to Nelson to present at Ignited. They will also be running student workshops on 17 November. See all the amazing engineering feats they do at The location and cost TBC.

6) NZAquaBots Second Annual Competition: This programme is for intermediate and secondary students. Students build a tethered underwater robot that must compete in an obstacle course race, the heist, and poster presentation. 18 October at Waimea College Pool.

See all the attached information and/or for more information and to register for these events (some events require registration).


Mathematics and Science Teacher
TIC Gifted Education
Garin College
Ministry of Inspiration, Supporting Gifted Youth at the Top of the South