Quick Notices

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Last week of term.

The last week of the school year is upon us. I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I have enjoyed teaching your children. They all have such lovely personalities and a wonderful enthusiasm for learning. I look forward to seeing their successes as they move into middle school. 
Thank you for your support with classroom activities, trips and home learning. Our end of the year outing to the Redwoods was a super day and one the children will remember for a long time. 

Please check that you have returned all school books and sports gear. The children will need a bag to bring their school books home in on Monday. 

School magazines are available for $5. 

This week looks like this...

Monday 11th December

9.30am Principal's morning tea. The children who will be attending from Room 13 are Zak, Sebastian and Chloe.

11.15am Carols on the field. All welcome. We will be singing a song with Room 5 and 6. The children can wear a Santa hat or tinsel if they wish.

Tuesday 12th December

9am Prizegiving. A note would have been sent home if your child is receiving a prize. 

Wednesday 13th December

9.30 -10am Children will visit their new classes for 2018

11am Junior Athletics day. All welcome
Remember: P.E gear, a hat and sunblock.
Please bring togs and towel. If it is hot afterwards, we will have a play in the sprinklers.

Thursday 14th December

Whole school Tryathlon. Swim, bike and run.
Remember: P.E gear, swim gear, bike or scooter. (Please leave your wheels up against the church fence on the school field).

Friday 15th December

11am Missioning of the Year 6 students.

School closes at 12pm.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday together.

With best wishes,
Mary Kusabs

School starts for Term 1 2018 on Wednesday 7th February.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Our Nativity Play

I'm so very proud of you Room 13!  You all performed beautifully today.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Week 8

We have a busy 2 weeks ahead with lots of exciting things happening...

Dress rehearsal for our Class Nativity play. 

Year 2 - Teddy Bear's picnic at the Redwoods. 
We have plenty of parent help for the morning - thank you. Please meet in class when the bell goes, we will do the roll and then head out with our teddies to the Redwoods.  You can wear mufti. Please bring something small for a shared lunch back at school.

We will have lunch at school followed by an afternoon of fun activities. Remember to bring your togs and towel.

11am  Our class Nativity play.  Invitations have been sent home.


1pm End of school Mass

No sausage sizzle today

In the last week of term, we have a number of things happening...

Monday 11th December  11.15am.  Carols on the field (All welcome)

Tuesday 12th December. Prize giving

Wednesday 13th December. 11am  Junior Athletics Day

Thursday 14th December. Whole school Tryathlon. 
We would appreciate some parent help on the day. Children will need to bring wheels.

Friday 15th December.  Missioning of Yr 6 students
                                      School finishes for the year at 12pm.

There will be no more sausage sizzles for the year. 

A look back on last week..

Thank you for attending our student-led conferences. It was lovely for the children to celebrate their year of learning.

We posted letters to Santa this week. 

On Friday, Mrs MacDonald came in with some homemade cookies. We had a super time decorating them. I'm sure you will agree they look (and taste) amazing!! 

This week, the Ukulele group performed for us. We enjoyed seeing Bronson and Alice play the Ukulele.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Week 7

I hope that you are all enjoying the weekend. Remember that there is no school for the children on Monday. It is a Teachers only day. We have a busy few weeks coming up and lots of dates to remember.

Our Year 2 Teddy Bear's picnic is on Tuesday 5th December  at the Redwoods. We will be back at school by 12pm for an afternoon of fun at school.  We only require help in the morning with transport and supervision. Thank you for returning the forms.

On Wednesday 6th December, we would like to perform our Nativity play for you in class. It will start at 11am.  The children know the characters that they are playing. I have asked for them to bring in something simple to wear for this. We will have a little dress rehearsal this Friday.

Week 7
No School
Teachers only day.

10am Advent liturgy.


Junior school
Student led conference - celebration of learning.

Golden time.

Some photos from last week...

Investigating weight

Golden Time

Rainbow marble cake with ice cream.
                                          Careful measuring and weighing of ingredients.

The result!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A look at some of our learning this week...

Isn't it great how books create discussion and further learning?
Last week, one of our reading groups read a book about sharks. We were interested to read how huge they can be. We wondered how we compared in size to them. So,we got out the rulers and the largest piece of card that we could find. We measured out 2 metres in length and I drew a shark for the children. Wow, what a big shark! However, we found out that the largest ones can be 12 metres long! We used our maths skills to work out how many of these 2 metre sharks would equal one of them.

We thought it would be interesting to research other sea creatures and draw them to size.  
Shubh, Bronson and Jun found out that a sea snake can be 1.2 metres long.
Jess found out that a Jellyfish, with it's long tentacles can be as tall as a man.
Espie discovered that some sharks have teeth 5cm long.
Sophie has seen a Sea Cucumber in Australia. She knows that they can be 2cm long or grow to as much as 30cm.
Noah researched the Blue Ringed Octopus. A very tiny creature at 8cm but very deadly.

On Wednesday, our challenge in the swimming pool was to build a raft that would carry a team mate across to the other side! It was a lot of fun. We then wrote about this experience on Thursday.

In R.E, we have been learning about the Holy Spirit. Chloe has produced a lovely picture showing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

On Friday we dressed up for Mufti day...

Week 6


Swimming at 2.30pm


Sausage sizzle
Golden Time

Wiri is performing in the Ahurei on Friday. 
We hope that you really enjoy the experience Wiri.

With Christmas fast approaching, if there are any parents who would like to come into the class to make a craft or do baking with us, we would be very happy to have you.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Week 5.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Grandparents Mass and concert. It was a fantastic day. For our Grandparents who were unable to attend, we sent loving thoughts out to you.  

This week..

The Young Vinnies are fundraising - Gold coin donation
This Friday is Mufti day - come dressed as your favourite book character. 

I have completed the children's Reading and Maths testing last week. Next week we will be doing a Writing Assessment. 
The only changes we have to this weeks program is that we will have swimming on Wednesday afternoon. The Senior school are using the pool for the next two weeks. We have a time allocated to us, for this Wednesday and the following one.
We have begun practicing for a small Nativity play in class. Hopefully we will be ready to perform it to our parents/family near to the end of the term. 

An information evening for Year 2 Parents:
When: Thursday 16 November
Time:   5.15 - 6pm. 
Where: Rooms 14/15

This meeting is targeted at Year 2 parents who will have students in Year 3 next year. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the use of google apps accounts and chrome books in Years 3 - 6 classes. Flyers outlining the latest Chromebook deals offered to our parents through Harvey Norman, Office Max, Noel Leeming, PB Technology and Cyclone Computers will be available. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Week 4

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.

On Friday 10th November, we have a very special day prepared, as we celebrate our Grandparents/friends. It will start at 9.00am with a Mass at St Mary's church.  Grandparents are then welcome to come back to class for a shared morning tea.  At 10.30am, our grandparents will enjoy a cup of tea in the hall or outside. A mini concert will begin at 11.00am. Please invite your Grandparents.

I went to a very special birthday party at the weekend. Mr Kusabs' Grandad was 102 years old!  What an amazing man. He is in a wheelchair because he has one leg, however, that doesn't stop him, he still drives his mobility scooter to Countdown every week to do his own shopping! I was speaking to him and he remembers riding his bike to school when he was 7 years old. That is 95 years ago!
102 candles wouldn't fit on this birthday cake so he had 2 big ones instead.
Grandparents are so special.

This week....

12pm Swimming    Remember your togs!

12pm Swimming

2pm Swimming

12pm Swimming

9.00am Grandparents Mass
10am Shared morning tea in the classroom. Please bring a small plate to share.
11am Mini concert for Grandparents/friends

Welcome to Leon who joined our class last week. We will enjoy having you with us Leon.

We have begun our 'Symbols' topic and know that they are messages within images. We found out that there are hundreds of symbols! On Friday we worked through some of them and categorized them in groups. There are signs that warn us of dangers, tell us to do something, tell us NOT to do something, remind us of special times, and also advertise things.
We took a little walk around the school and found many symbols...