Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Final Friday

A reminder that school finishes at 12 noon on Friday at the conclusion of our final assembly. You are most welcome to join us for this, starting from 11.15am outside the hall if fine, or inside the hall if wet. Children must be collected from school at 12 noon.

Isabella's Bird House

Inspired by the other Kohara bird houses, Isabella created her own. We love the way Isabella has created different areas for the birds to eat, rest and play. Lucky birds!

Hannah and Ruby's Chocolate Cake

Wow these chocolate cakes look pretty delicious! Hannah and Ruby enjoyed following a recipe, measuring ingredients and then icing their finished cakes. Baking is always lots more fun when you bake with a friend.

Wheels Day

Look who joined us at Monday Meet Up... Hayden Roulston (aka Dad to Moses!). Hayden came along as part of our Wheels Day and we found out about his Olympic medals that he has won for cycling. What a neat connection to share with Waimairi School Moses.

Amelia's Sketch

Kohara kids love to sketch! It's a great way to develop fine motor skills which helps us with our handwriting as well. Look at this amazing sketch Amelia did - it has such great detail.

St Johns Visit

Recently we had St John's visit and teach us all about how to respond in an emergency. We practised ringing 111 on phones and having a turn at answering questions about an emergency situation.

We loved seeing the things inside an ambulance - quite handy for Kohara this year considering all the broken bones we have had!

Rainbow Reading Graduates

We are always really proud to see our Kohara children graduating from Rainbow Reading. Mrs Stoddart really does have the best job in the school (other than teaching Kohara that is!). Congratulations Lucie  and Joshua you have worked really hard on your reading and can be really proud of your efforts.

Lucy's Doll

Lucy showed lots of sewing and cutting skills when she created this amazing doll. She extended her original idea to include clothes for her doll - you can even unbutton the skirt when you want to change her outfit. Lucy - you showed lots of perseverance throughout your project and worked hard to think of lots of interesting details to add. A real quality project!

Pie Face

Ever wanted to play the game Pie Face? Baxter, Isaac and friends decided to create their own version. We loved the idea of using stuffing instead of whipped cream! What a cool project!


Here we are at our recent tennis lessons - a great chance to work cooperatively with a buddy and learn some tennis skills. Kohara had great fun and we all agreed that growing your brain by learning a new skill is lots of fun!

Georgia and Shyla's Sundaes

Mmmm making ice cream sundaes has been a popular project choice this year. Shyla and Georgia were able to follow the instructions to make their own and boy do they look tasty. Now they can teach their families how to make them, or better yet - make them for their families!

Amelia and Imogen's Meringues

Check out these tasty looking meringues with fruit salad that Amelia and Imogen made. Apparently they tasted just as good as they looked!

Rest Home Visit

What a fantastic job Kohara did singing so beautifully at the Fitzroy Rest Home on Tuesday afternoon. The feedback from the Rest Home was that the residents loved our singing and our homemade Christmas decorations and especially enjoyed interacting and chatting with the children (even if a couple of the residents did snooze their way through our singing!)

We were very proud of the wonderful manners and behaviour and the singing was fabulous. It was so lovely to see all our practise had paid off. A special mention and congratulations to Ella who performed a solo of "Here Comes The Sun' - wow Ella, you were a star. Please remember us when you are famous!!

Thanks also to Ali Harper for her time singing with us throughout the year - the residents loved your songs too. We think some of them brought back special memories for the residents.

Last Chance for Library and Reading Book Returns

Please return any outstanding library books or reading books asap.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

No swimming Wednesday

Lost Hat and Drink Bottle

Kingston has misplaced his black skull drink bottle and his school sunhat. His family would love to find these before the end of term. If you could please check kids bags that would be greatly appreciated in case it's been mixed up by accident.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Week 10 (12-16 December)

Wow Week 10 - where has the year gone!! We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for your support over the year. We have had a fabulous year teaching your children and have had lots of laughs and memorable moments together and we will miss those who are moving on into Year 3 next year. We hope you all have a relaxing holiday and get to enjoy some magical moments together as a family and we look forward to seeing you around Waimairi School in 2017.

Monday Meet Up
This Monday we say farewell to the wonderful staff who are leaving - we would love you to join us from 8.50am in the hall as we bid them a fond farewell.

Library & Reading Books
These should now all be returned but if you find any strays, please send them back.

2017 Class Placements
Children will bing home their class placement notice for 2017 on Tuesday afternoon. They will get a chance to visit their new room/teachers on Wednesday.

Classroom Release
Both classes have their final classroom release time on Wednesday from 11-12.30am. Room 18 will have Art and Room 19 will have PE.

Optional lunchtime swim on Monday.
Class swimming on Tuesday.
Wednesday the children will be at PE or Art instead of swimming.

Rest Home Visit
A reminder that we will be visiting the Fitzroy Rest Home on Tuesday afternoon. The bus leaves at 1.15pm and should be back at school before 3pm. we are looking forward to sharing our singing and gifting the residents a small Christmas decoration.

Parent Helpers
To all of you that have generously given your time for parent help, supervision on trips, putting reading books away, helping with baking, projects or singing - we extend a heartfelt thanks to you all. We have really appreciated all your help and support over the year so thank you so much!

Final Assembly
The last assembly for the year will start at 11.15am on Friday, finishing by 12 noon. School finishes at 12 noon at the conclusion of the assembly and children will need to be collected from school at this time. You are welcome to join us for this - on the courts outside the hall if fine, or else in the hall.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Library Books & Reading Books

Keep these coming back... thank you to everyone who has returned books so far.
Don't forget to look under beds, in wardrobes, even on books shelves!!

Tuesday Swimming Day

Pack the togs for swimming on Tuesday!

Learning Te Reo Maori in 2017

Learning te reo Māori in 2017

Are you interested in learning te reo Māori in 2017?  We are looking at setting up a class through the Te Wananga o Aotearoa at Waimairi School for teachers and parents. This will most likely be a class held from 4pm until 7pm once a week at school.  

If you are interested, please fill out the the following form or email

Akīna te reo!  Give te reo Māori a go!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Week 9 (5-9 December)

Welcome to Week 9!!
Not sure where the year has gone but gosh the end of the term is fast approaching!

Reading and Library Books
ALL library books and class reading books were due back last week but we still have a large number outstanding. Please encourage children to continue to return these to us asap so they can be re-shelved before the end of term.
Our usual reading programme has stopped now but there will still be plenty of opportunities in class for reading especially reading and practising our song lyrics for our visit next week.

Rest Home Visit
A reminder that permission slips for this trip were also due last week. Any late returns to class teachers asap please.

We will be working hard this week on our singing - families might like to find the songs online and have a sing along at home!

Monday - optional lunchtime swim for Year 1/2 children
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - Kohara swimming days
Please bring named togs and towels on these days.

Kapa Haka
This has now finished for the year.

We would like to congratulate the children for a fantastic effort at our Junior Athletics and also to all those who participated in the triathlon in the afternoon. You gave it your all, persevered with activities and did yourselves proud! There were some pretty tired children the following day!

Upcoming Events
Next week  on Tuesday children will bring home information about their class for 2017. Children will have a chance to meet their teachers in their 2017 class space on Wednesday 14th at 10am.

Tuesday 13th Bus Trip to Fitzroy Rest Home
Leaving school at 1.15pm and returning by 3pm.

Have a great week :)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Waimairi Recipe Book

We have a Waimairi Centennial Recipe Book floating around Kohara. None of the children have claimed it, but if you think you may have sent it along to school at some stage for a baking project, please let us know so we can return it to the right home!

Lost Togs

Brock has lost his blue swimming shorts with red trim, and a red/white striped towel. If anyone has taken it home by mistake, he'd love it returned.