Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Kotuku Cup

Well done Jacob on winning the Kotuku Cup in week 5!  Jacob has recently joined Kotuku class and has settled in well and made lots of friends.  He works independently and completes all of his work to his best ability.  Keep up the great work Jacob :)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

School Athletic Sports

We have whole school Athletic Sports on Monday at Saxton Fields.  We will be going by bus to and from the venue.

Students will need their PE gear, a hat and running shoes.  They will need to bring morning tea, lunch and a drink of water.  It would be wise to wear sunscreen.

Parents and family are welcome to attend!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

All Blacks Win

On Sunday the 1st of November almost everybody in New Zealand was up watching the All Blacks playing the Australians at 3am .Everybody was probably nervous until the All Blacks put in the first massive tackles and smashed the Australians then all the nerves were starting to go away.The Australians were under massive pressure which made the Australians give away a penalty to the All Blacks and Dan Carter kicked it over for 3 points.The same thing happened again but to the All Blacks but without the big hits. Now it was 3-3.The All Blacks expanded their lead to 9-3 before half time. Everyone was thinking 9-3 isn't a bad lead but suddenly the All Blacks got close to the try line and Nehe Milner Skutter was over and he had scored.Dan Carter got the conversion over. At half time the score was 16-3.        

Ma'a Nonu scored an amazing try to make it 21-3. Later on in the game Ben Smith got yellow carded. Somehow the Aussies scored 2 really good tries and Bernard Foley the Aussie kicker converted both of the kicks to make it 21-17.Dan Carter got an outstanding drop goal to make it 24-17.The All Blacks finished off their win with an amazing converted try and a penalty kick. The final score was 34-17.  Yah for New Zealand!!

                                                       By Lucas and Reuben

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Year 5 Camp Gear List

Year 5/6 Hanmer Springs Camp
Gear List
This is the gear list for our camp 3 – 6 November. 

Woolly hat
Sun hat
Wet weather jacket
Sturdy outdoor shoes
Polypropylene top
Polar fleece
Warm jersey
Socks x 4 pairs
Long Pants
T shirts x 2
Long sleeved top x 2
Towel and toilet bag with toiletries
Medications (if required – to be given to teacher)
Sleeping bag
Pillow slip
Swimming togs, towel and tog bag
Insect spray
Baking in a named container for supper.

Cell phone & charger
Book to read

No devices on camp.  Cell phones will be collected in and handed out in the evenings for a short time.

The students will be given $5 each for spending money to buy a souvenir on our Hanmer Hunt.  This is included in their camp fee.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Kotuku Cup

Well done to Alice for winning the Kotuku Cup during week 2.  Alice has just joined Kotuku class and has made a great start!  She is helpful, friendly, cheerful and an independent worker.  Keep up the great work Alice and welcome to our class :)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

First Aid Training

Today we had first aid training with Kathryn (a St John paramedic).  We found out lots of important safety messages which could help us to give first aid to others.  We worked with a buddy to bandage each other.  We found out about the first aid ABCs.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Shake Out Earthquake Drill

Tomorrow on Thursday 15 October schools,colleges,kindergartens and work places around New Zealand are doing Shake Out Earthquake Drill at 9:15 am.

If there is a real earthquake you need to Drop,Cover and Hold. Drop mean get down on the ground. Cover means get under some cover or cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold means to hold on to something stable like a desk or a table. If you're outside just get in a turtle position.

Always move away from the windows because they could smash to the ground. A good way to stay safe is under a door frame because even though the rest of the building might fall down, the door frame will probably stay up. It's good to stay where you are because there could be aftershocks.

By Lucas and Reuben

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Shake Out Earthquake Drill

This Thursday our school and lots of schools around New Zealand are having a Shake Out Earthquake Drill.  This video shows you how to be safe in an earthquake . . .

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Kotuku Cup

Congratulations to Maia who won our Kotuku Cup in the last week of term 3!  Maia is working hard in Kotuku.  She is working on presenting all of her work to a high standard and giving new physical activities a go :)  Well done Maia, keep up the great effort!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Year 5/6 Camp Fundraiser

Year 5/6 Camp Fundraiser

What a busy weekend Ms Hampson and Mrs Trolle had organising the Year 5/6 Camp Fundraiser!
It was very successful and we were very grateful to have such wonderful people who gave up their time to help with the Garage Sale.
A HUGE thank you to Di Lamont and also the Churchman Family for all of the time and effort they have contributed to this event (and Toby isn't even going to camp this year!) 
Another HUGE thank you to all the other helpers (parents and students - you know who you are and you were all awesome!) and to everyone who contributed something for us to sell.

Kotuku Cup

Well done to Luke for winning the week 8 Kotuku Cup.  Luke has worked hard at his spelling all term at The Steps programme.  Luke always gets his homework in on time and his listening skills are improving every week.  Keep up the great work Luke!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Netball Donation

Thank you to Hayden Stevenson and Tall Poppy Real Estate for the kind donation of a netball for our year 5/6 camp fundraising garage and bake sale this weekend.  The netball will be offered in a silent auction to the highest bidder!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Snuggle up with a Book Day!

Kotuku Cup

Well done Libby for winning the week 7 Kotuku Cup!  Libby has made a great start in Kotuku class. She is putting in full effort with her homework and school work.  She is always keen to lend a hand with her class mates and teacher.  Keep up the enthusiasm Libby!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Making Fizzy Sherbet

Today Kotuku class worked in groups to make fizzy sherbet.  We knew that the icing sugar was probably for sweetness and that the jelly crystals would add flavour.  We found out that citric acid is a natural acid that comes from fruit and is used to give tartness in drinks and sweets.  We thought that the baking soda was probably the ingredient that makes sherbet foam and fizz in our mouths.

Everyone enjoyed making it and it tasted delicious.  We used a lollipop and our fingers to taste our sherbet.  We also found out that the citric acid dissolves on our tongue because of our saliva.  The citric acid and the baking soda mix together and create a gas called Carbon Dioxide.  This gas makes bubbles that foam and fizz on our tongue.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Year 5/6 Camp Fundraiser

Lego Show

On Sunday September 13 there is to be a LEGO show in the Brightwater School Hall. 

The show will include a range of interesting and rare official LEGO sets and some custom sets made by LEGO fans. There is also a competition - open to anyone of any age who wishes to enter their own creation. Visitors to the show will vote on the entries and a generous prize has been offered by Toyzone. There will also be a free play LEGO area, a colouring competition, on the spot LEGO raffles, and LEGO for sale. Join in for a day of LEGO fun for all ages!If you have a particularly awesome set you would like to show off please contact the Brickwater organisers atwww.shoshinkendo.nz/brickwater. We are huge LEGO fans and will be grateful of any extra sets for display.If you would like to enter the competition please visitwww.shoshinkendo.nz/brickwater and register your entry. It can be delivered to the School onSaturday September 12 between 1 and 5pm.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

French Knitting Measuring

This afternoon we measured all of our french knitting out on the court.  We decided to join up with a partner to create really long knitting!  Agnes and Jasmine were the clear winners . . . their combined french knitting went from one side of the court and then back and then back up a little way!  In total it measured 71 metres!

Getting Ready for the Book Fair!

Kotuku class has taken on the job of creating art works for the Book Fair coming up in week 8.  The theme this year is "Under the Sea" and so we have been busy making crabs, jelly fish and fish.  We can't wait to hang everything up this Friday!

Kotuku Cup

Well done to Reuben for winning the week 6 Kotuku Cup!  Reuben is new to our class and has already proved he is an independent worker and that he can use his initiative.  He is always keen to help his class mates and teacher.  Keep up the great work Reuben!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Kotuku Cup

Well done to Cordelia for winning the Kotuku Cup in week 5!  Cordelia is an independent worker, responsible and studious.  She is also very considerate of her classmates and teacher.  Well done Cordelia!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Winter Sports Tournament

The Primary Winter Sports Tournament is on this Tuesday 25 August.  It is being held at Henley School and all students in Kotuku and Kereru classes are involved.  It is usually only for year 5 and 6 students, but this year we have included our lucky year 4 students as well.  It will be on for most of the day and parents and family are welcome to come and support us.  We have teams for rugby, netball, football and Boccia.  Postponement day is Thursday if it rains.

Below is a list of what you will need on Tuesday:

*PE gear (uniform for netball team)
*Appropriate footwear depending on code (eg. rugby boots, football boots, running shoes)
*Morning tea, lunch and a big drink
*Shin pads, mouth guards (appropriate to code)

Remember, we are representing St Paul's School. We need to listen to the coaches, referees and umpires. We need to be supportive of our team members, obey the rules, be a good sport and HAVE FUN!!

No Homework This Week

Kereru and Kotuku classes are having a mid term break from homework during week 6.  So, no homework this week :)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Queen for a Day

Congratulations to Jasmine who was our first "Queen for a Day"!  Jasmine earned her prize by getting 3 tokens this term (for her high standard of work).

She got a no homework pass, a sweet treat to eat, to sit where she wanted for the day, 2 assistants to help her, an iPad pass and a decorated chair and crown!

Who will be our next King or Queen this term . . . ?

Kotuku Cup

Congratulations to Hamish for winning the Kotuku Cup in week 4!  Hamish has lifted the standard of presentation of his work and is completing it on time and helping others. Great work Hamish :)

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Why do you need salt to make ice cream?

This week we tried to make ice cream in our classroom without a freezer.  We put 1/2 cup cream, some sugar and vanilla essence in a small zip lock bag.  We put the small bag into a bigger bag filled with ice cubes and some salt.  We massaged the bags to freeze the liquid cream into solid ice cream.

Our experiment didn't work and we couldn't work out why we needed salt in the ice (as we knew that salt is used to melt ice).  We ended up putting our ice cream in the freezer overnight to help it to set. We ate it the next day and most of our class liked the taste :)

At the bottom of this post is a video that Mrs Trolle found that explains why we needed the salt. Watch it and see if you can now explain why salt is important.

ps. Kotuku class . . . I don't think we added enough salt to the bag!

French Knitting

Our class has gone a little mad for French Knitting!  We are knitting up a storm to see who can make the longest knitting by the end of week 6.  Some people are knitting their favourite rugby team colours.  It was tricky to start with but now everyone in Kotuku class is an expert and are happy to help other students in the school to get started.  This is a wonderful winter activity and everyone seems to love to stay inside on rainy days and knit :)

"It makes us slow down and think about just one thing" Nick

"It's very relaxing" Autahi

"It's a mindful activity" Lucas

"It's a good thing to do on a rainy day" Katie

"It calms you down after you've had a busy day" Jasmine