First day of school!

 Kia ora koutou,

We have had such a great first morning at school! 'Goodbyes' to our whanau were positive, and we quickly did our morning jobs and started our Learning Through Play. We have sung songs, listened to stories, eaten our morning tea and had break time on the playground.

We went on a walk around the school, to look at all the places we need to know about. We took the time to learn the boundaries and practise stopping at the yellow lines. Knowing about the boundaries helps to keep us safe at school.

We met Sandy, our Principal, when we were out on our walk. We even had a look to see where we can find Jo when she is out of the Hub and in the office.

Learning Through Play is lots of fun, and we are making new friends and getting to know our teachers.

A reminder that Welcome Assembly will be at 9.15 a.m. tomorrow morning in the school hall.

We look forward to telling you all about our day when we see you after school.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,

Koru tamariki, Elizabeth, Nicola and Jo

Koru News – End of Term 3

Kia ora e te whanau,

Wow! We are at the end of Term 3. What a busy term it has been, full of fun and learning.

Water Play 
Out came the sun and so did the water. There were great examples of 'We Get There Together' and creativity in 'We Love Learning'.

Flat white anyone? They were the best coffees of the week.

Ahoy pirates. The past two weeks we have had a focus on pirates. We learned how to talk like pirates, the type of music they like, finding buried treasure, how to make maps, write character descriptions .... the list goes on.

Walk the plank.

Every pirate needs a hat.

Map making to help us find the buried treasure me hearties!

Kete Awards
Congratulations to our Kete Award recipients.

Thank You
Koru team recently received a donation to use in any way to support the children. We were keen to purchase items that were durable and would support Learning Through Play. The water tray was put to great use this week, the dolls have had many outings and the children have shown 'We Care' with them in their imaginative play. The Bluetooth Speakers have helped us sing and dance on many an occasion, and the Duplo has many purposes, only limited by our imaginations.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the anonymous donor. We were humbled by your generosity and very excited to add to our Learning Through Play resources. 

Holiday Clean Out
If you are intending to have a wee clean out or declutter over the holidays please keep us in mind. We are on the look out for many treasures that will support our Learning Through Play.

For example:
  • Mud kitchen supplies - old saucepans, utensils, cake tins, chopping boards
  • Sandpit toys - buckets, spades, watering cans, pipes of any dimension and length, planks of wood 
  • Plastic backed picnic blankets
  • Toy cars, baby clothes, driftwood, shells, craft items, wrapping paper, wool, small pop up tent etc
Calendar Art
Our tamariki showed great creativity in their calendar art pieces. They deserve to be very proud of their efforts. 
A reminder from the PTA that orders close Monday 28th September.

Last Day Of Term
Today we spent time Learning Through Play in Treemendous, which we followed up with lunch together. A lovely way to end the term.

We wish all the tamariki and their families a safe and restful time over the holiday break. A reminder that school starts back on Tuesday 13 October. 

Ngā mihi nui,
Elizabeth, Stacey, Sophie, Sari and Jo

Koru News – Term 3 Week 4

 Kia ora e te whanau,

What fun we have had learning about Vehicles over the past couple of weeks. We learnt that there are all sorts of vehicles that have various jobs and help us in so many ways.

Flight - make a paper plane and run test flights. What makes it go the greatest distance? Up high? Faster? What is the best way of throwing it?


What are the names of these vehicles? What can we learn about each one from a transport book?

Vehicles that operate near or in water. This play then led on to what happens if you mix chalk and water - chalk paint was the unanimous decision. 

Writing - for our writing we designed our own vehicles and explained how they work. 

We even had a special vehicle that came for a visit. The children learnt a lot about police motorbikes.

During Learning Through Play, a group experimented with flooding a river in the sandpit. They also looked at the best angles and the way gravity works to make water flow down a pipe into the river.

Building a campfire to heat water to make delicious Hot Chocolates. 

Learning how to play Barbed Wire (tag game).

Some maths groups have been working on showing what they know about doubles this week.

This week we start looking at the concept of Winter. We wonder what great ideas will be had.

At home, you might like to have a go at making ice. You could even put some animals or cars in the water before freezing. Once it is frozen, you could chip away at the ice outside or take the ice into the bath and watch what happens in warm water. 

On a frosty morning, you might like to go out and 'crunch' the grass, or feel how cold the frost is. You might like to think of describing words for frost or the cold.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,
Elizabeth, Sophie, Sari, Stacey and Jo

Term 2 Week 11 Koru News

Kia ora e te whanau, Welcome to all our new children and their whānau. The children have settled into school life quickly and with confidence. Ka pai! What a fun couple of weeks we have had! The learning happening through the play has been varied and full of wonderful ideas, and inquisitive questioning and wondering.
Fun with boxes
Literacy fun
Sandpit fun
Pyjama fun
PTA Rainbow School Disco
A reminder that the school disco is tomorrow, Friday 26th June, 4.30 - 5.30pm in the school hall. Bring a gold coin donation for entry, named water bottle and extra gold coins if you want to purchase popcorn or other snacks.
Learning Conferences
A reminder that these are on next week, Tuesday 30th June and Thursday 2nd July, from 2pm. School closes at 2pm both of these days.
Term 2 ends Friday 3rd July
As this is the last Koru Blog Post for the term we would like to take the opportunity to wish all the tamariki a safe and restful holiday break. We will see them back at school Tuesday 21st July.
Ngā mihi mahana,
Elizabeth, Sophie, Stacey and Jo

Koru Week 3, Term 2 newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau,

We are all so proud of you all. What you are doing for Learning at Home is impressive. Through Seesaw posts, phone calls and emails we know you are doing your best.

Our Seesaw interactions show us that you have been very busy. We love seeing what you have been doing, so please keep sharing via Seesaw.

Sharing our learning
This week we also shared some of the student work with the team. Have a look for this post on Seesaw, if you haven't already, and see what your teammates have been up to.

We can see many of you have been working with numbers to 10, learning your alphabet letters and sounds, learning your sight words and reading Sunshine Online. Ka Pai tamariki.

Koru Learning at Home web page
From next week our Koru Learning at Home page will look a little different. The same information will be available but will be displayed differently. We hope this will make it easier to find what you are looking for.

Welcome Assembly
Below is a link to the Term 2, 2020 Welcome Assembly. This assembly is a chance to welcome all the children who started part way through Term 1 until this week. A wee hint: it will be easier to watch the assembly if you adjust it to fullscreen.

For those who may be interested in a Lego competition
Junior Neighbourhood Support Canterbury challenges you to…
Make a Stop Motion Lego Movie!
You can use lego or other toys to share one part of your Covid-19 isolation time. Some ideas for the experience to share include (but are not limited to):
Keeping 2m away
Going to the supermarket
Staying at home
Leaving the house for exercise
Easter or ANZAC Day 2020

Send your entries to before Level 2 ends and we’ll put them into a movie that everyone can watch.

If you need some help getting started with Stop Motion, have a look at
Stop Motion Studio is a popular Apple and Android app to use to film and you should only need the free version. If you are using a Chromebook, you may like to try Stop Motion Animator (from the Chrome Web Store).

We hope you all have a lovely weekend in your bubbles.

Ngā mihi mahana,

Elizabeth, Stacey and Jo