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!

Week 2 (23-26 October)

Welcome to Week 2 :)
We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend - what fabulous weather! Fingers crossed it stays around.

Classroom Release Time
This week Room 18 children have Art with Mrs McHaffie on Thursday. Room 19 children will have their CRT next week with Mr Lukes.

Lego Evening
This Friday from 5-7pm is our Lego Evening with loads of lego to play with including technic lego for older children. You are welcome to buy tickets for non-Waimairi friends, cousins, neighbours etc. $5 per ticket available at the office. There will also be a sausage sizzle and bacon butties for sale on the night. Thanks to our awesome PTA team for organising this - the children are so excited about it!

Tennis and Sunhats
Our next tennis lesson is next week on Monday 29th October. Please ensure children have a sunhat at school - it was disappointing to see so many children without hats on a very hot day last week, so please remember to send these along every day.

As of this week duty teachers will be keeping an eye on hats in the playground and children who do not have a blue school sunhat will be reminded of the need to play in the shade/under the trees. This does eliminate a lot of playground choices - so please dig those hats out. Sunscreen is also available in the classroom for children to use as well.

Library Day
Our class library day is Friday. Books and library folders can be returned at any time during the week to the yellow library containers.

Kapa Haka
Junior Kapa Haka is on Tuesday afternoon from 1.30-2pm.

Craft Club
Craft club runs on Tuesday lunchtimes from 12.45pm in Room 22 for children who would like to come along and create things. A huge thank you to our parents who help organise this - lots of Kohara children love attending and then sharing what they have made.

Playground Leaders
Our senior playground leaders are available to run games for the junior children on Monday through to Thursday lunchtimes. Meet at the big tree by the boiler shed at 12.45pm to join in the fun.

Reading Book Returns
Thanks to our book helpers last week - your time is most appreciated. If you are able to help out this week with returning books please let us know.

Poetry Folders
Please encourage children to put these in our green poetry boxes on a Monday.

Meet Up
We will have Meet Up on Tuesday morning this week. You are most welcome to join us in the hall from 8:50am for this.

Have a great week :)

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


A warm welcome to Sasha and her family who have joined us from Avonhead School.
Welcome to Waimairi School and Kohara!

Tennis Postponed

Our first tennis lesson was postponed due to the rain so we will now have our first tennis lesson this Friday 19th October and then our other lesson will be rescheduled for Monday 29th October.

Lego Evening

We are super excited in Kohara about the upcoming Lego night at Waimairi School. It is on Friday 26 October from 5-7pm in our school hall. Tickets are $5 for a child (children must be supervised by an adult) and you can purchase tickets from the school office.

Bring along some spare money for a sausage sizzle or bacon buttie and have an easy dinner while you are there. You are welcome to bring friends or preschoolers along as well (one ticket per child).

For older children there is also lego technic available to play with as well.

Thanks to our fabulous PTA for hosting this awesome event - the children are all very keen to come along!! Get your tickets before they sell out!!

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Where in the World (The South Island really) has Gary been???

 Snow on the mountains and there's a lake...Gary get off the roof of the car!

                            How did Mr and Mrs Cummack
                            get a photo with Gary?
                                                         There's a hint in every photo!!!

Week 1 (15-19 October)

Welcome to Week 1 of Term 4 :)

Welcome Back
A special welcome back to Miss Amanda Bell who rejoins us for the next four weeks for her next teaching placement. We look forward to having Amanda working with us again in Kohara.

This term is a sunhat term so ALL CHILDREN will need a well named blue school sunhat at school every day please. These are to be kept in bags or on the bag hooks please.

Classroom Release
This week Room 18 have Art with Mrs McHaffie and Room 19 have PE with Mr Lukes on Tuesday afternoon from 1.30-3pm.

Kohara will have two tennis lessons down at Waimairi Tennis Club on Watford Street on Wednesday and Friday afternoon this week. A contribution of $2 will be added to school accounts for this. Children will need to have a sunhat, warm jersey, drink bottle and suitable sports shoes for this please. If children require an inhaler to be taken down please let us know.

PTA Meeting
Our wonderful, friendly PTA team are looking for some new faces to join the team so this month is bring a 'Mate and a Plate' (existing PTA members are providing the plate but we would love some new mates)! If you are interested we would love to see you at our meeting this Tuesday 16th October at 7.30pm in the school library. We are busy planning for our upcoming lego evening fundraiser and fun run family event amongst other things. If you have any questions or want to know more feel free to ask Mrs O.

Touch Rugby
Touch rugby starts this Tuesday night at Nunweek Park so good luck to all our Kohara players for their first game of the season.

Reading Folders and Poetry Folders
Please ensure that children have both their reading folders and poetry folders at school on Monday. Some children may have reading folders already in their tote trays but all children will need to return their poem folders please.

We are looking forward to seeing the children on Monday and hearing all about their holidays. Hope you have all enjoyed a bit of down time over the last two weeks with your gorgeous children.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Our Very Own TV Star!

Look who Olly spotted while he was watching the news - yes, it really was Lucia!! Olly decided after seeing Lucia on the news as one of the first visitors to Turanga the new library, that he really wanted to go and visit too.

Olly enjoyed the slide on the children's level and playing with the lego but he says his favourite thing was that they had so many books about orang-utans! Olly even got a free bag of lollies from the More FM team. What a nice way to finish your holidays Olly!