Monday, 19 February 2018

Evie's fantastic Recount of our swimming experience at Aquagym last week

Aquagym February 2018

It was 11:00am and time to start our Aquagym adventure. We grabbed our swimming bags and walked out onto the bus. I sat next to Zena my best friend.
Then Otakāro 2 came onto the bus. We zoomed off at high speed racing toward the highway.
Once we had reached Aquagym,we got off the bus and walked into the building.
The first thing I heard was a cloud of noise. Adults, children, babies and teachers were all talking, VERY loudly!!! I covered my ears as we walked into the changing rooms.
Once I had changed into my togs and packed my bag I walked out of the changing rooms and up to my teacher. After she put my swimming cap on, she told me that I was swimming with the year 5’s and 6’s in the main pool instead of the little pool with the year 3’s and 4’s. Being a year 4, I was very proud.
I got into the main pool which was VERY, VERY cold. It was also VERY, VERY deep. Our swimming instructor told us to swim to the end of the pool, doing freestyle. So we did.

 At Aquagym we learnt how to curl our toes while swimming which helps our speed and balance.
By then I was STARVING.
Luckily lunch was right after Aquagym. When we got out of the pool and changed into my school uniform we got bacl on the busand went back to school. ( very quickly). I felt proud, happy and exhausted. I did the same thing for a whole week.
I think Aqua gym is awesome and I can’t wait to go again next year.

By Evie 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Home Learning Week 4

Kahikatea Hub Home Learning  
☺​Term 1 Week 4 2018​☺    
Notes and Reminders 

Well done! We all survived our first full week back at school. It was a fantastic week of swimming at AquaGym last week. The children certainly learnt a lot working with the experienced instructors who really focused on the specific skills for their age and stage. All of the children showed great progress and increased confidence in the water. 


This week the children start the spelling component of our home learning sheet. They children have written in either 5 or 10 words to learn this week. The words are specific to their group and are the result of our testing last week on their knowledge of the essential spelling lists 1-6. There is still some testing for a few children being completed this week. For those children, we have given you list 7 to complete the testing at home during the next week.  Thank you for your help with this. 
School Swimming 

We will not be able to have school swimming this week apart from Thursday as the Junior school are having their Aquagym lessons on site here at school. 

It was great last week on Tuesday afternoon to visit 
our new library space. The children enjoyed exploring the library, looking for new books and finding a wee nook to tuck away and just read with a friend or by themselves. Thank you also to  those lovely parents who could pop down and assist their homebase classroom to explore the library and listen to children read. We are looking forward to when we are able to take books home for the week. 

Writing: Photos- For the Children’s Autobiographies 
Just a reminder to keep those photos of your 
child/children  coming in (at varying ages)  for writing this week. We are happy to print them off at school, so just flick them through on an email. 

Have a great week 

Jane, Trish and Fiona 

Recreational Reading 
Record how long you have read at home today. 
Draw a smiley face in the box.  

10 mins 
15 mins 
20 mins 
20 mins + 




My Spelling Words 
Challenge: Look up the meaning of your words and 
write them in your home learning book? 


Parent/Caregiver Signature & any comment: 

Friday, 16 February 2018


These cards help use remember what we have to do in Philosophy
The look and listen cards reminds us to look and listen to the person who is talking.
The because card reminds us to give reasons for our opinions.
The piggyback card reminds us to extend on somebody else's idea.

‘Is it easy, hard or impossible to be friends with……

As a warm up we talked about who makes a good friend. We had to
remember not to choose someone in our home class.
Here are some examples.....

Sam is my friend because he plays with me nicely and asks if I am alright
when I am hurt. Joey

Charlie is my friend because he is funny and I like the way he treats me.
He enjoys playing with me too. Luca

Issy is my friend because she is sensible and she plays with me. We were
best friends at pre school?

We were then given a picture with a partner and had to decide what heading
to put it under. However, we had to give a reason for our opinion using the
word because. Some people did not agree with what heading we put the
picture under and they gave their opinion why. It made for a great
discussion, especially because there are no right or wrong answers in
Philosophy and the teacher was not in charge of the conversation. Here are
some examples of what we did....  

Easy to Be Friends with
Teacher: It’s easy to be friends with a teacher because they teach you each
day. Kaitlyn and Romilly

Dog: It is easy to be friends with a dog because you can play with it. Uike

Harder to be friends with
Deaf person: It would be harder to be friends with a deaf person because he
would use sign language to communicate and you might not know sign
language. However, he could have hearing aids. Rebeca, Fern and Sharna

Chinese Person: It would be harder to be friends with a Chinese person
because you don't know the language, but if you knew the language
it would be easier. Angelic

Impossible to be friends with
Queen: It would be impossible to be friends with the queen because
you can’t just walk into the palace because you have to get past the guards.
Bonnie and Sienna

Alien: It would be impossible to be friends with an alien because it is not
alive and there are no such things as aliens. Sam

We Now Have A Library

Kahikatea Hub all enjoyed investigating the new St Albans School Library on Tuesday. We are looking forward to being able to take library books home with us soon. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A Super Start to Aquagym Swimming

K2 had an awesome first day at Aquagym yesterday!  The children were exceptionally behaved, both on the bus and at the pool!  Here are a few photos of the K2 children enjoying and learning in the water...

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Bit About Sam Hill

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you all.  My name is Samantha
(Sam) Hill and Ihave the absolute pleasure of teaching in the Kahikatea and Totara
hubs this year.  I will be working every week within both hubs, releasing the lead
teachers and covering the CRT days during the term. I spent most of last year
relieving in Kahikatea and throughout other areas of the school, and I know most
of the children well.

I am a qualified primary school teacher and I taught for seven years in the junior
school at Paparoa Street School before I left to have my two boys: Ollie who is
7 years old and Louie who is 5, and has just started his school journey!

I follow the class programme as closely as possible within each hub and I am so
excited to be working with your children on a more regular basis.  I look forward
to meeting you all at some stage over the next few weeks.

Kind regards

Sam Hill