Term 4 Week 6 news

Kia ora e te whanau,

We have had a busy and exciting last few weeks of school in the Koru team! 

Since our last blog we have been investigating, what we might want to be 'when we grow up'. Some of the careers we have looked at are: firefighters, astronauts, pilots, retail, police, engineers, and teachers. 





We have been loving spending Friday mornings down in Treemendous!



Lots of fun water play!



Fun with Ferndale!



We have been coding the Beebots to move through mazes


The digging continues...





Making huts!


Making a home for Bounce and Skip.





Teamwork!



Practising our skipping!


Marae Trip

We were very fortunate to go to Rāpaki Marae this week, and want to say a BIG thank you to all the wonderful parents and grandparents who came along to help. We had a fantastic time exploring the marae, and learning about Rāpaki's connection to its whenua. The children were very excited about travelling on the double decker bus to Rāpaki, and they have hopefully shared some highlights with you at home. 


Ready to leave in the morning!




We had a lot of fun on the double decker bus!


Eating our kai together at lunch time.




Group photo in front of the Wharenui.


Athletics Update 

As our athletics was postponed earlier in the term, we have arranged a new date to hold our junior school athletics. This will now be on the 9th December from 1:40pm-3:00pm. We will be doing this alongside the rest of the junior school (Y0-Y4) out in Beckenham Park. Parents, caregivers and supporters are all welcome to come and watch. 


Sunscreen and Hat reminder 

As the weather is getting warmer, please remember to sunblock your child/children before coming to school. We do have sunscreen that we can re-apply throughout the day. Also please make sure hats are coming to school everyday. 


With only 3 and a half weeks of school left to go, the school year is quickly coming to an end. We hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

Ngā mihi mahana, 

Jo, Elizabeth, Sari, Stacey and Sophie 

Term 4 Week 3 news

 Kia ora e te whanau,

What a wonderful start the children have made back to school for this last term of the school year. All children have settled beautifully and are thoroughly engaged in their learning.

Here are just a few of the areas that we have been focusing on over the past three weeks in our Learning Through Play:

  • the circus (juggling and stilt walking)...just look at these examples of We Love Challenge!
A budding juggler...

Wow! She's up - well done!

... and on her way down!

What great persisitence is being shown here. Both up!

Keep trying.

You can do it!

Good job!

We Get There Together.

Team work.



Another wonderful example of persistence winning the day!

  • the archaeological dig and museum artefacts
The tooth of which dinosaur, we wonder?

Could this be the tooth of an ichthyosaurus? We think so.

The archaeological dig, in progress.

Artefacts for the museum.

The digging continues...

Budding archaeologists at work.

  • the helicopter game

  • dancing




  • playing schools

  • other learning through play
Teamwork!

Creating a little pony game.

Small World play.

What a cosy hut!

Water play.

Could this be a chocolate cake?

Athletics:
You will have read at the end of last week, that you will be hearing as soon as possible about the new date for the Years 1 - 4 Athletics Day. Once this this date has been announced, please do ensure that your child comes to school slathered in sunblock, with a full bottle of water and wearing sensible shoes for our outdoor activities in the park on that day.

The marae trip:
Our big day out at Rāpaki is booked in on Wednesday, November 18th,  and we are greatly looking forward to being able to engage with the tangata whenua at Rāpaki, experience being inside the wharenui there, be involved in a powhiri and to hear about the history of the marae, as well as to explore the surrounding area. 

Thank yous:
... to those parents who have offered their help with supervising play in Treemendous, with helping to return reading books for us, with our visit out to Rāpaki marae, and with helping in our learning spaces. We can't express just how crucial your help is to us! 

Reports:
Teachers are very busy with report writing at the moment. What follows is an outline of how we will be reporting to the parents of our New Entrant/Year 1 students at this time of the year:
  • Children who started school last year through to the end of February this year, will be receiving a full school report
  • Children who started school from the beginning of March this year through to the end of July will be receiving a transition report.
  • Children who have started school since the beginning of August will either have had or will be having a transition to school meeting.
We trust that you all have a great week to come!
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,
Jo, Sari, Sophie, Stacey and Elizabeth

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.

Pirates
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.








Holidays
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 8

 Kia ora e te whanau,

What a lot of interesting and fun Learning Through Play has been taking place over the past couple of weeks!
The children continue to be reminded about why we call it Learning Through Play ("because while we're playing, we're learning") and the kinds of things we might be learning and practising during our play. This is especially as we have new children starting school, and we're noticing that many of our older children are really stepping up to model these behaviours for our 'newbies'.

Using these images, the children were asked to relate the relevant ideas below to the school values which were being displayed.

The children brainstormed these ideas about their Learning Through Play.

Learning Through Play:
For our topic this week, we have been looking at restaurants, eating out and cooking. During Learning Through Play, we have been amazed by how creative the children have been, building restaurants, 'creating' food, designing menus and taking our orders in their cafes and eateries. We will continue with this theme during this coming week, and our focus will be working as teams to create shops and restaurants, and to problem solve the variety of challenges that can arise as the children play together.

We Care

We Get There Together

We Love Learning

We Love Challenge and We Get There Together




We Get There Together

Wacky Hair Day:
We had so much fun admiring the wacky hairdos that arrived at school on Friday. What impressive effort and creativity families put in that Friday morning - we suspect that many of you were up well before the crack of dawn, judging by the impressive results that walked through the gate, between 8:30 and 8:55! Thank you to all of those who supported the child cancer society and donated a gold coin for this wonderful cause.























Wellbeing and Friendship:
We have been having a big focus on continuing to build and develop friendships in Koru. This week we introduced an activity, whereby the children needed to work together to solve a problem. Using their index fingers only, they had to solve how they could pick up and carry an object. It was great to see the children working together in pairs, communicating, problem-solving, and taking on a challenge, while at the same time having fun.
Some of the objects the children tried picking up were:
  • A pen
  • A glue-stick
  • An eraser
  • A thick book
  • A block
  • A soft toy
All children displayed our kete values of We Get There Together and We Love a Challenge, as they participated with their buddies to successfully pick up each item.










Tricky! How did they manage that?

Talent Quest Auditions:
The teachers in Koru had the pleasure of auditioning the children for our Talent Show, which is going to be held on the last day of school for this term (25th of September). We were delighted to see how confident and talented our Year 0 and 1 children are. As always, it is so difficult to make a choice as we would obviously love to send all children who entered through to the finals, however we are delighted to let you know that Moana, Vienna and Joseph will be going on to the finals at the end of this term. 

Kete Awards:
As we are unable to hold our assemblies at level 2, the Koru team held a hui in Pūkaki on Friday, August 28th. Congratulations to the children below who received kete awards. We are incredibly proud of how you uphold the Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto values.


Peter Rabbit:
It was with enormous sadness that we have had to farewell Peter Rabbit, who has been a faithful and loyal friend to hundreds of children at Beckenham te Kura over the past 9 years. Peter has been cuddled and loved by children, read to, played with, taken out to the park for time on the grass, and has helped children who have been feeling sad or upset by simply allowing them to hold him, and most children at Beckenham will know him really well. Something that Peter did incredibly well was to help children who were having trouble saying goodbye to their families at the start of the school day - Peter was worth way more than his weight in gold.
Peter Rabbit died of old age last week. In human years, he would have been about 85. He will be greatly missed, and remembered by all with enormous fondness.

Peter, aged nearly 9 years.

Have a lovely week, everyone. We look forward to another wonderful week of learning with the wee ones!

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

Koru News Term 3 Week 7

Kia ora e te whanau,

What a lot of interesting and fun Learning Through Play has been taking place over the past couple of weeks!
The children continue to be reminded about why we call it Learning Through Play ("because while we're playing, we're learning") and the kinds of things we might be learning and practising during our play. This is especially as we have new children starting school, and we're noticing that many of our older children are really stepping up to model these behaviours for our 'newbies'.

Using these images, the children were asked to relate the relevant ideas below to the school values which were being displayed.

The children brainstormed these ideas about their Learning Through Play.

Learning Through Play:
For our topic this week, we have been looking at restaurants, eating out and cooking. During Learning Through Play, we have been amazed by how creative the children have been, building restaurants, 'creating' food, designing menus and taking our orders in their cafes and eateries. We will continue with this theme during this coming week, and our focus will be working as teams to create shops and restaurants, and to problem solve the variety of challenges that can arise as the children play together.

We Care

We Get There Together

We Love Learning

We Love Challenge and We Get There Together




We Get There Together

Wacky Hair Day:
We had so much fun admiring the wacky hairdos that arrived at school on Friday. What impressive effort and creativity families put in that Friday morning - we suspect that many of you were up well before the crack of dawn, judging by the impressive results that walked through the gate, between 8:30 and 8:55! Thank you to all of those who supported the child cancer society and donated a gold coin for this wonderful cause.























Wellbeing and Friendship:
We have been having a big focus on continuing to build and develop friendships in Koru. This week we introduced an activity, whereby the children needed to work together to solve a problem. Using their index fingers only, they had to solve how they could pick up and carry an object. It was great to see the children working together in pairs, communicating, problem solving, and taking on a challenge, while at the same time having fun.
Some of the objects the children tried picking up were:
A pen
A glue-stick
An eraser
A thick book
A block
A soft toyAll children displayed our kete values of We Get There Together and We Love a Challenge, as they participated with their buddies to successfully pick up each item.










Tricky! How did they manage that?

Talent Quest Auditions:
The teachers in Koru had the pleasure of auditioning the children for our Talent Show, which is going to be held on the last day of school for this term (25th of September). We were delighted to see how confident and talented our Year 0 and 1 children are. As always, it is so difficult to make a choice as we would obviously love to send all children who entered through to the finals, however we are delighted to let you know that Moana, Vienna and Joseph will be going on to the finals at the end of this term. 

Kete Awards:
As we are unable to hold our assemblies at level 2, the Koru team held a hui in Pūkaki on Friday, August 28th. Congratulations to the children below who received kete awards. We are incredibly proud of how you uphold the Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto values.


Peter Rabbit:
It was with enormous sadness that we have had to farewell Peter Rabbit, who has been a faithful and loyal friend to hundreds of children at Beckenham te Kura over the past 9 years. Peter has been cuddled and loved by children, read to, played with, taken out to the park for time on the grass, and has helped children who have been feeling sad or upset by simply allowing them to hold him, and most children at Beckenham will know him really well. Something that Peter did incredibly well was to help children who were having trouble saying goodbye to their families at the start of the school day - Peter was worth way more than his weight in gold.
Peter Rabbit died of old age last week. In human years, he would have been about 85. He will be greatly missed, and remembered by all with enormous fondness.

Peter, aged nearly 9 years.

Have a lovely week, everyone. We look forward to another wonderful week of learning with the wee ones!

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