Monday, 13 August 2018

Hells Pizza Notices

Notices for ordering Hells Pizza for lunch on Wednesday 29 August have gone hone with the Kohara children today. Please check school bags!!

All order forms are due back with $5 by this Friday 17th August.
Please note on the form if children are gluten free dairy free or vegetarian etc.

Parent Helpers for Friday

This week is Maths Week and we are celebrating maths in all forms!! On Friday 17th August this week we are having a Rakaia River Maths morning between 9.15-10.15 and would love some parent helpers to help out with board games, outdoor maths, maths in the home activities or maths related art. If you would like to help out please meet us in the hall just after the bell on Friday.

Many Thanks.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Week 4 (13-17 August)

Welcome to Week 4 :)

Strike Day on Wednesday
As you will be aware the school is closed on Wednesday this week (15th August) due to the Strike Action.

Uniform Sale
The PTA are running a second hand uniform sale in the hall on Monday 13th August from 8.30-9.00am and again from 2.30-3.30pm. Payment is by way of donation. A great chance to stock up.

Hells Pizza Lunch
The PTA are offering a Hells Pizza lunch on Wednesday 29th August.
Order forms will go home this week and must be returned to the office by this Friday 17th August.
Gluten free and vegetarian options are available.

Classroom Release Time
Room 18 have PE with Mr Lukes on Monday morning following Monday Meet Up until 10.30am.
Room 19 children have their CRT time next week.

Miss Bell
We welcome Miss Bell back on Tuesday morning to work with a group of students for a reading lesson.

Mainland Football
Our football group will have their next session with Stephen Hoyle from Mainland Football on Friday at 11.45pm. Last week we had to have a talk with the group about being respectful and showing good manners to Steve as he is a visitor to our school, as a couple of children have been letting the group down. Any children who are not showing respect will miss out on attending the sessions - as we have  other children who would like to participate who were not able to be part of the group.

Library Day
Please return library books to the yellow container on the mat area before Friday's library session.

Craft club on Tuesday lunchtime 12.45pm in R22

Kapa Haka on Tuesday 1.30-2pm

PTA Meeting
Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday 21st August at 7pm in the library. A;; welcome - we'd love to see some new faces :)

Have a great week.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Dustyn's Graduation

On Friday Kohara celebrated Dustyn's graduation from Rainbow Reading. We were so proud to hear about how hard he has worked on his reading with Mrs Stoddart and on the amount of progress he has made through his efforts. Great job Dustyn.

Whiteboard Art by Leo, Cailee, Jacob and Archie

Check out the creative artwork that Leo and Cailee, and Jacob and Archie drew on the whiteboards.
When you view their art - how does it make you feel? What does it remind you of? What can you see when you look closely?

Archie's Treasure Chest

Archie has been super busy in Kohara lately creating a treasure chest to keep all his special things inside. He even found a lock from home to bring along to make it super safe! It was so cool to see Archie's friends wanting to help him - it turned into quite the cooperative group effort. We bet you are having fun at home with it Archie!

Nova's Sherbet

Nova the Scientist decided to have a go at making sherbet to see how the ingredients reacted with each other to create the sour sherbet taste. She found out that the acid in the ingredients is what makes it taste like that. We love the face Nova made when eating it!!!

Lexi and Cecilia Bake Anzac Biscuits

We love how Lexi and Cecilia organised themselves for their baking project. The girls collaborated on choosing a recipe that they would both enjoy, and in bringing along their ingredients. We were impressed to find out that even having a little problem along the way didn't matter - they noticed their round biscuits melted on the tray and spread into each other making a large rectangle. So the girls decided to call it ANZAC slice and cut it into squares instead! They smelt delicious and the girls said they tasted crunchy and delicious!

Week 3 (6-10 August)

Welcome to Week 3 :)

Cupcake Day
On Monday 6 August we are raising money for the SPCA Cupcake Day. You may like to help by bringing along cupcakes for the school to sell before school or by purchasing cupcakes instead! Bring along some gold coins and help support the student council in their initiative.

Monday Meet Up
There will be a big birthday catch up for all children who have had birthdays either in the holidays or during the last two weeks or for those celebrating this week.

Classroom Release Time
Room 19 children only will have CRT this week. They will have Art with Mrs McHaffie on Tuesday afternoon from 1.30-3pm.

Poetry Folders & Reading Folders
Please encourage your child to return these before school, out from school bags and into the poetry boxes or reading folders go into tote trays. This saves valuable learning time for the children as it means we don't have to wait on them to go and locate them from their school bags. Thanks for your help with this.

The same applies for library books which can be returned anytime before Friday into our yellow library box. This has moved since our change around last week - you'll now find it under the teachers chair on the mat!

School Closed Next Wednesday 15th August
If anyone is having difficulty finding childcare for next Wednesday 15th August whilst the school is closed due to the upcoming teacher's strike, the Bryndwr After School Care programme which operates at the site across the road from school on Blighs Road is opening extended hours that day from 7am to 6pm. If you need a casual booking for the day, feel free to give Julie a ring to see if they have any available spaces left.

Thank You
A huge thank you to Simone (Tess's Mum) who has done a mammoth job of returning our pile of reading books. If anyone else can spare some time this week, we would appreciate your time to return the books over to the reading room.

Have a great week :)

Primary School Ski and Snowboard Races

Mt Cheeseman Ski Area is the venue for the Canterbury Primary and Intermediate Schools Ski and Snowboard Races, an event where teams representing their schools participate for both individual and team awards.
The minimum number to enter the Teams competition is four; if a school has fewer than four entrants, they can still enter, and will compete individually, but the school will not be entered in the team event (the same forms are to be completed, including the Team form).
For the first time, the 2018 Races will include a separate boardercross course for snowboarders. The boardercross is an individual only event and will not contribute to the Teams competition. 
The fun skiing event consists of a dual slalom course for children of all age groups from Year 1 to Year 8.  No previous ski-racing experience is necessary, merely sufficient skill to ride a T-bar Ski Lift and to ski groomed, easy slopes.  
There will be medals for individual performance, plus an overall team trophy for both primary and intermediate school teams.
The emphasis is on fun, and introducing children to the excitement of ski- and snowboard-racing.  Most of the children’s time will be spent skiing freely and enjoying other activities on the day.

Race Day:  Sunday August 19th 2018

Postponement day:  Sunday August 26th 2018

Entries close:  Friday August 10th 2018

Practice Day:  Sunday August 5th 2018

If you are interested, please let the class teachers know asap and we can forward you the registration details but please note that registrations close this Friday 10th August.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Support the Crusaders

On Friday 3 August children may wear red and black if they wish to show their support for the Crusaders in their quest to win the finals this weekend.



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Board of Trustees can’t provide teaching for students during the upcoming strike

The NZEI has advised the Waimairi Board of Trustees that the principal and teachers at our school will be taking strike action from 7am to 7pm on Wednesday 15 August 2018. 

The Board has carefully considered the availability of teaching staff, and unfortunately decided that we can’t provide the normal teaching services during the strike. 

It’s important that you make alternative arrangements for the care of your child/children on the day of the strike.  Please contact the school office if you cannot make alternative arrangements for the day, and we will help work through options with you as the school will need to close during the strike period. 

Whilst we understand this is inconvenient for parents and students alike, the Board does fully support the teachers in their decision to strike and encourage our community to do the same.

Thank you for your understanding. Please contact me if you have any queries or concerns relating to this notice. 

Yours sincerely, 

Cory Bedford

Chair Board of Trustees

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Baking Helper Needed for Thursday

Lexi and Cecilia are doing a baking project making Anzac biscuits. They would love a parent helper who could come and do some baking with them on Thursday this week if possible please (any time is fine).

If you can help, please let Mrs O or Mrs Campbell know.
Many Thanks.

Monday, 30 July 2018

SPCA Cupcake Day - Monday 6 August

Three creative senior students (and two keen juniors) have arranged Waimairi School's participation in the SPCA Cupcake day promotion.

You can choose to be either a baker or a buyer!

Bakers bring your cupcakes to school on the morning of 6 August. We will have a big stall in front of the office to sell our cupcakes. Or if you'd prefer to buy, then bring along some coins to purchase a yummy cupcake or two! All proceeds will go to the SPCA so support a good cause and have some fun baking or start saving your coins!

Shape Creations

Kohara LOVE using our geometric shapes to create patterns, symmetry and interesting shape pictures. We have been learning the names of some of our more tricky shapes (hexagons, trapezoids to name a few!) It is also a good way to use maths language to describe our patterns - edges, corners, sides etc. What shapes can you spot in the following shape patterns?

Monty's Base

Monty put a lot of effort into creating an army base. He learned how to make camouflage colours with the paint to create an army effect and then he added cut out pictures of army soldiers to make it look more realistic. Now it's ready to use at home with action figures!

Josie's Creations

Josie enjoyed using the plasticine to create these neat sculptures. We love how the children in Kohara have such an enjoyment of the Visual Arts. Great job Josie :)

Oscar's Dinosaurs

Oscar loves creating art especially sculptures. Look at these detailed dinosaurs that Oscar crafted out of plasticine.

Bella's Marble Run

Bella created this very cool marble run for two players. We love how she designed the tracks and tested it out as she made it to ensure that the marbles could fit down the track. It also makes a really cool sound when the marbles roll down - it reminds us of wind chimes. Bella worked really hard to create this - it takes a lot of time to create such a detailed marble run using nails.

Leo's Plane

Leo has been working really hard on his plane design over quite a few weeks. It is great to see children persevering to finish their projects - sometimes it takes a lot of hard work to create a quality project but it sure is worth it in the end! Well done Leo - we think your plane has many great features and we love the people inside the plane.