Sunday, 18 November 2018

Monty's Marble Run

Monty has made this wonderful marble run with several different tracks. We thought it sounded musical when he tested it out - the marbles made a lovely tinkling sound. Each marble track is slightly different so you can choose fast tracks or slower, curvier tracks.

Lucia the Gardener

Lucia has been busy with her gardening project growing all kinds of different vegetables and herbs. Can you spot a wee shoot coming up? Lucia has been looking after her seeds well giving them lots of sunshine, water and love.

Arlo's Boat

Arlo has finished refining his boat design and making it waterproof so that he can test it out in water. Hopefully it will float now that he has added a layer of plastic film to the bottom of the boat. We can't wait to see how your floating experiment goes Arlo.

Pippa and Josie's Song

Pippa and Josie had both planned to do a singing project. Then they found out that they were singing the same song so they decided to join together and do a duet. It's always great to do projects with new friends and we thought they did a fabulous job.

Atlas the Performer

Atlas took on the challenge of singing and dancing with his favourite song 'High Hopes' which is currently on the radio. Atlas was such a star. We loved how he made up all his own dance moves and had such great timing to the music. By the end of the song he had found the confidence to sing loudly whilst dancing! Awesome effort Atlas - we loved watching you.

Izzy and Sarah Singing Superstars

Izzy and Sarah treated us to a wonderful performance. We were impressed with how well they learnt the lyrics and their confidence in front of the whole class. It takes a lot of nerves to sing in front of so many people - well done girls.

Leo and Mikey Bake Muffins

Leo and Mikey made some delicious looking muffins. They enjoyed following the recipe, measuring and mixing and best of all the taste test. When they were finished they divided the muffins in half. They knew that 6+6=12 so they would get 6 muffins each to take home and share with their family. Maths is everywhere, even in baking!

Cecilia the Mathematician

We snapped Cecilia busy practising her maths using the Smartchute. Cecilia was working on her subtraction with a friend. In this game you have to take a question card, work out the answer then put it in the smart chute and check if you are right. Cecilia's brain was working hard!

Lola's Snake

Lola has been working hard on her paper mâché snake. First she had to roll the newspaper into the shape she wanted and tape it in place, then paper mâché over it. Finally she painted it and added eyes and a mouth. We loved how even though Lola had several set backs making her snake (it got lost and she had to re-start) she never gave up. That is great perseverance and wonderful growth mindset Lola!

Lochie and Jackson's Science Experiment

Can you make an egg float?

Lochie and Jackson decided to do a science experiment to find out. First they put an egg in normal water and it sank to the bottom.

Next they tested it again by adding lots of salt to the cup of water and then trying again but the egg still sank.

They wondered why it hadn't worked so they found the instructions and re-checked their measurements. They worked out they needed to add quite a lot more salt (7 tablespoons) to half a glass and mix it well before adding more water.

This time the egg floated! Success.

Lochie and Jackson left it for a few days to see how long it would float for and it was still floating a few days later!

Why do you think the salt made a difference to whether the egg floated or sank? What is your hypothesis?

Olly and Gary Monkey Around!

Look what happens when Olly and Gary stay with the teachers overnight. What little monkeys!

Can you spot them hanging out with their Kohara friends? How kind that the children in Kohara have been making them lots of buddies to play with as sewing projects.

Olly and Gary love to read. We wonder if they're planning their next projects?

Tess and her Giant Pencil

Tess created this fabulous giant pencil using cardboard, tape and paint. It actually works as it has a vivid pen hidden inside it! We love how she painted it to resemble a real pencil - well done Tess. You have put a lot of thought into this and it looks fantastic.

Week 6 (19-23 November)

Welcome to Week 6 :)

Class Swimming
This week we start our class swimming (if that rain goes away!)
Our Kohara swimming days are Tuesday and Friday. Please send togs, towels and goggles on those days. It's also a good time to check that all items of school uniform are well named to avoid mix ups in the changing rooms!

Please remember to let the school office know if your child is going to be absent from school. This saves them time from having to make follow up phone calls to you. Many thanks for your support with this - we know the office staff appreciate it.

Classroom Release Time
This week Room 18 children have Art with Mrs McHaffie on Wednesday morning from 9-1.30am.

Kapa Haka 
Matua Steve is unavailable this week so there is no Kapa Haka on Tuesday.

Showtime Performance
On Friday afternoon the children will be attending the Showtime Performance in the school hall. We are looking forward to watching our many talented Waimairi senior students in this.

Craft Club
Tuesday lunchtime 12.45pm in Room 22.

Please return books for our class visit on Friday.

Fitzroy Resthome Visit
We are busy practising our singing for our upcoming visit to the Fitzroy Resthome. This is a great chance for us to spread joy amongst our community and to give the gift of giving to the elderly residents. The children were given a paper notice last week with more information.

PTA Meeting
Our next meeting is Tuesday 20th November (this week) at 7.30pm in the school library. We would love to see some new faces so if you've been considering coming along, we would love to see you. We are a friendly bunch and there is no pressure to take on anything extra (unless you're keen to join a sub committee down the track for a specific event). We will be looking at ideas for 2019 so the more the merrier! Feel free to ask Mrs O if you have any questions.

Junior Athletics Day
This will be coming up on Tuesday 4 December between 11-12.45pm with a family picnic lunch to follow. Postponement day will be Friday 7 December. We look forward to showing off our running, jumping and throwing skills for you. We will also be holding our class relays that we missed at the senior athletics day from 12.20pm on that day.

Have great week :)

Thursday, 15 November 2018


Kohara will be visiting Fitzroy Rest Home on Tuesday 11 December. Coincidentally Mrs Campbell's mother is an inmate (whoops meant to type resident). The children will be leaving school at approx 1.15pm and returning by 3.00pm. The cost of the bus for each child is $2.40. This contribution will be added to your Term 4 account.
Many thanks
Tracy and Monique

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Tennis Thursday Morning

A reminder that we have our last tennis session on Thursday (15th November).

Please be at school promptly by 8.50am as we will be leaving straight after the roll in the morning to walk down.

Don't forget sunhats, sunscreen, and a drink bottle :)

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

School Closed Wednesday

A reminder that school is closed on Wednesday due to the Teachers Strike.

See you all Thursday bright and early (8.50am sharp) ready for tennis.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Week 5 (12-16 November)

Welcome to Week 5:)

Wednesday - Strike Day
A reminder that school is closed this Wednesday 14th November due to the Teachers Strike.
Thank you to all those who have expressed their support - we do appreciate your kind thoughts as we address getting funding for additional support for children (with both learning, social and behavioural needs) and smaller class sizes.

Friday - Canterbury Anniversary Day (Show Day)
School is closed for Canterbury Anniversary Day on Friday 16 November. We hope you enjoy the long weekend with your family.

We are scheduled to have our last tennis session this Thursday 15 November. Please ensure children are at school by 8.50am sharp as we will be leaving promptly after the roll to walk down to the Waimairi Tennis Club. Please send a sunhat, warm jersey and a drink bottle along with your child.

Classroom Release Time
Room 18 have Art with Mrs McHaffie and Room 19 have PE with Mr Lukes on Tuesday afternoon this week.

Reading Books
Please remind children to send these back to school - we collect the books from the previous week on a Monday so they can be returned to the reading room for other classes to use. If you are able to help out with shelving books, we would appreciate your time. This can be down at any time that suits you.

Calendar Art Orders
Calendars, cards and diaries went home with children today (Monday) for those families that ordered these. Please check school bags!

Junior Athletics
Our junior athletics will be held on Tuesday 4 December from 11am - 1pm. More information will be sent home in coming weeks.

Fun Run Fun!
Thanks to all our Kohara families that supported the first ever Waimairi School Fun Run/Walk on Sunday. The weather was perfect and it was so wonderful to see a good turn out from Kohara. Mrs O and Mrs Campbell enjoyed the 5km walk and seeing the big smiles on the children's faces as they crossed the finish line. Well done Kohara kids!

Have a great week :)

Sunday, 11 November 2018

International Student Day

International Student Day is Saturday 17 November. To allow our Kohara students to celebrate we are   going to encourage them to bring something from the culture they share with their family to share with us this week. Anika has been practising reading a book in French which we will enjoy but it could be anything from a photo to a greeting from their families language. This will also be celebrated at Monday meet-up this week.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

New Tennis Lesson Date

We will be visiting the Waimairi Tennis Club next Thursday morning for our catch up tennis lesson (November 15th).

We will be leaving school promptly after the morning roll so please ensure children are at school promptly for the roll at 8.50am. 

Children will need:
*suitable sports shoes
*water bottle

Library Day Friday

Please send the library books along on Friday for our class visit.

We also need ALL poem folders at school on Friday too please.

Fun Run/Walk on Sunday

Online registrations for the fun run/walk have now closed but you can still register at the red tent before school or even on the day. Bring the kids and enter the 2km or 5km run/walk.

Mrs O and Mrs Campbell will be there on the day and we'd love to see a big Kohara crowd there being active and enjoying this community event. The spot prizes sound fabulous - and if you're inspired you can also dress up! (optional).

Look forward to seeing you all there - GO KOHARA!!!!!!!

Final Day for Ordering Food Wrap and Eco Products

Friday 9 November is the last day for ordering food wrap or eco products. Please ensure you return any order forms for online orders to the office so we can match orders with payments.
Thanks for supporting the PTA fundraiser.

Reading Tonight

Hi All

If your child does not have a new reading book in their reading folder tonight please read one of their books from this week.
Many thanks.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Mufti Day Thursday

Don't forget that Thursday is our red and black mufti day to raise money for our Cross Country team. A gold coin donation would e appreciated.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Week 4 (5-9 November)

Welcome to Week 4 :)

This Friday 9th November is Miss Bell's final day with us before she returns to the University of Canterbury. We would like to thank Amanda for all her hard work over the last 4 weeks in Kohara as well as her previous two weeks earlier in the year, and we wish her all the best for her continued studies. The children have really enjoyed having Amanda working with them.

Classroom Release Time
Room 18 children will have Art with Mrs McHaffie on Wednesday morning from 9-10.30am.

Mufti Day
This Thursday 8th November is our Red & Black mufti day. Gold coin donation - all proceeds going to support the team that went to Nelson for the Inter-Regional Cross Country.
Dress: Red & Black.

Craft Club on Tuesday lunchtime in R22

Kapa Haka on Tuesday afternoon 1.30-2pm

Library Day Friday

Food Wrap & ECO Product Fundraiser
Orders close this Friday 9 November. You can pay online or at the office (online order forms must still go to the office).

Waimairi School Fun Run
This is on THIS SUNDAY 11th November - have you got the family signed up?

Please support the PTA by getting a group together to enter - they do not need to be from Waimairi School to enter.

The PTA are also looking for volunteers to marshall the event so if you are not participating but could lend a hand please let Monique know or touch base with Debbie Gillett or Sarah Exon from the PTA.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Family Fun Run/Walk

The PTA are holding a Fun Run at Nunweek Park on Sunday 11 November in support of the Health and Wellbeing focus the children are doing in class this term.
This isn’t a race, no places will be given, the emphasis is on getting out there and being active. It’s fine to walk some of the way if you can’t run 2km without stopping.
There are loads of spot prizes which will be given out for all sorts of things on the morning e.g. Vouchers for Flip Out / pools / Inflatable World etc, drink bottles, caps, t shirts, balls, frisbees etc.
Dress up is optional but would be fun – get together with others to make a team costume.
You can bring non Waimairi people too, they just need to be entered so invite neighbours, cousins etc. Don’t forget it’s for kids and adults. Prams are ok but not scooters etc.
2km or 5km events to choose from and the grounds are all flat, mostly on grass.
Entry is online and is $10an adult, $5 per child. We are also taking entries before school each morning next week at the Red tent.
Come on Kohara families - let's see if we can be the class with the most families there!!

Athletics and Class Relay Updates

The senior athletics at St James Park has been cancelled for Friday and the senior students in Year 5 and 6 who wish to trial for zone selection will do this at school instead. We will not be having our class relays tomorrow. So Friday will be a normal school day for Kohara - please send library books and poem folders along.

Senior Athletics Postponed

Update: (7am Thursday)

Senior Athletics is postponed and will now be held Friday 2 November, weather permitting.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

St John's Ambulance Visit

Kohara loved our session with Paula from St John's ambulance service. Key things we learnt about were what the three emergency services are and the different ways they help us, what to do in an emergency and how to call 111.

The children got to role play ringing and talking to the call centre operator and also what to do if they find someone who needs help and is not awake. We even practised rolling a person on their side so they can breathe better and not choke if they are sick, and how to check if someone is breathing (put one hand on their stomach, and your face near theirs).

We found out that we need to:
D Check for danger
R Check for a response (try and wake the person)
S Send for help (call 111 for an ambulance)

We also found out it is important to know our address and phone number and that we also need to say our address is in Christchurch so the ambulance goes to the right town! If we don't know our phone number it is ok to tell the operator we don't know (but even better if they can learn it).

Interestingly, not many of our class have a landline at home now. Does your child know how to call for help on your cell phone? Paula showed the children how to use a cell phone to call 111 even if it's locked with a passcode - they can press the emergency button, then ring 111 (then pressing the phone icon to connect the call). You might like to look at the phones at home with your child and show them how yours works in case they ever need to ring for help. It's also a good idea to have phone numbers on the fridge for reference - the children will be bringing home a magnet they can put on the fridge with space for adding information.

We finished off with a fun ambulance song!

Thank you to those who sent along gold coin donations - this was much appreciated.

Oscar & Siale-Maia the Bakers

Oscar and Siale-Maia planned and baked a delicious banana cake. This was a great opportunity to follow a recipe, use measurement skills, and then use their creative skills to decorate the cake with their favourite pictures and characters.

Senior Athletics on Thursday Afternoon

Kohara will be walking down to St James Park tomorrow to join the senior students for lunch and to watch the senior sprint finals and relay races. We will only have 8 children participating in our class relay race so the majority of children will be there to support their friends. We will leave school approximately 12.10pm and return by 3pm.

Please send junior children to school in uniform.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Maths With Babies!

In Kohara we know that Mrs Campbell will steal a baby for a cuddle whenever she gets a chance so imagine our surprise when she borrowed two babies at once!!! Mrs Campbell tells us she was just doing some maths with them - getting Kohara to try and to work out their ages (counting and looking at months in a year) but secretly we just think she wanted a snuggle!

Thanks to George and Bodhi for being so obliging :)

Tom the Teacher

Tom enjoyed sharing his new skill with Kohara - taking small groups outside throughout the day to show them how to work it. The children had lots of fun and we have found it takes lots of practise to get the hang of it! This means we have to be resilient and persevere even when it doesn't always go as planned and be hopeful that we will get the hang of it eventually! This links so well with our Health & PE topic this term which is looking at Being our Best Possible Self by exploring concepts of Hope, Efficacy, Resilience and Optimism. Thanks Tom for sharing this with us.

A Day in the Library!

We had an unexpected day in the library (Tuesday) as Kohara was having new heat-pumps installed in our rooms. The children coped very well with a change in routine and luckily we had Kapa Haka and Room 19 also had PE with Mr Lukes to break up a very wet day inside. We are back to usual on Wednesday.

Please note the children had a poem to read to you for reading tonight instead of a reading book.
Please return poetry folders to Kohara - these go in the green containers ready for Friday please.


We are hoping to reschedule our final tennis session - we will update you once we have a confirmed day/time.

Senior Athletics

On Thursday afternoon we will be joining the senior school at St James Park for lunch and then to watch the class relays in the afternoon. Kohara will be entering two relay teams (4 girls and 4 boys) - we are just waiting for the rain to go away so we can finalise our teams. We will be walking there and back. You are welcome to join us down there. Fingers crossed for better weather.

St John's Visit

St John's is visiting school on Wednesday and Kohara will attend a session during the morning on Responding in an Emergency. There is no cost but if you would like to make a donation to the ambulance service you are welcome to send a gold coin along tomorrow. We will split the class with half the children attending at 9am and the other half at 9.45am.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Tennis on Monday

A reminder that we have our rescheduled tennis lesson on Monday afternoon (29th October).

Children will need:
* Drink bottle
* Warm jersey
* Suitable sports shoes
* Inhalers if needed (please let teachers know)

School sunscreen will be available for children to put on before we go.

PTA Fundraisers

Look out for the Foodwrap and Eco products fundraising notices that went home today with the eldest child in the family. Orders close on Friday 9 November. Great chance to stock up on essentials or to purchase for Christmas presents.

Friday Reminders

Please send library books along for our Friday class library visit.

Also can poetry folders please be returned for tomorrow as well (the children all had the 'Bouncing Grandma' poem to share with you for reading homework Thursday night).

Last day for school photo orders - Friday (26th October).

Lego Night 5-7pm tonight (Friday 26th) - there are still a few available tickets left at $5 each.
The children are definitely looking forward to this event!

The Tarantula by Lochie

The Tarantula

I like tarantulas. It is very very scary. Tarantulas are very poisonous. They can kill you. The tarantulas venom will go into you. The poison makes your skin die. The smallest tarantula is 11cm and the biggest tarantula is 28cm. The biggest tarantula is as big as my arm.

By Lochie

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Welcome to Rylan

A warm welcome to Rylan and his family who have joined us this week. We hope you enjoy your time at Waimairi Rylan :)

Photo Orders Due This Friday

A reminder that orders for school photos (class and/or individual) close this Friday 26th October.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Cailee the Artist

Cailee was inspired by our canvas art projects last term and decided that she wanted to plan an art project around the same idea. This is her first finished canvas. Cailee knew exactly what colours she needed for the rainbow and was able to mix the right shades she needed for lots of the colours.

Did you know that the name ROY G BIV helps you remember the order of the rainbow?



Cailee sketched her ideas first to practise her painting techniques and then did her finished copy on the canvas. We think it looks wonderful!

Pippa, Ruby And Luca Bake a Cake

Check out this amazing looking cake that Pippa, Luca and Ruby made last week. They had a clear idea about how they wanted to decorate it and were very organised in getting their ingredients sorted for their project. At the end the girls worked out they needed to share the cake in thirds so that each of them got an equal amount. Can you think of anything at home that you might share in thirds? What symbol would you need to use for one third? Can you find the symbol on a measuring container at home?

Plasticine Creations

Lately some of our Kohara children have been enjoying creating with the plasticine. There have been some intricate details added to all kinds of animals, monsters and characters. Here is a sample for you to enjoy :)

Block Challenge

Check out this amazing collaborative tennis court that the children made on the block challenge last week. It has so much thought and detail in it - there are big screen tvs, stadium seating, tunnel entranceway, court area and lights! It was fabulous to hear the conversations, problem solving, sharing of ideas and see cooperation in action. After the photo was taken there were even more additions - including tennis players from clever sticks.
Well done Kohara!

Sport Suzy

Last week we had Sport Suzy kick off the ignition for our PE and Health term. This term we are looking at "Being the Best Possible Me". We will be learning to build on our strengths of hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism and apply these skills across a range of health and PE activities over the term.

Tennis Fun

We had so much fun at our first tennis lesson even though it was so hot! Check out the photos of the children in action! Even Olly had a go!