10 December 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: LAST WEEK OF 2017!

Welcome to the last week of the school year!

It has been another fantastic year in Kereru and that is thanks to all of you amazing kids.
It's been an absolute pleasure to be your teacher this year. 

For those of you moving on to Year 7, I wish you all the best and thank you all for being fantastic role models to the Year 5 students in our class.
Some current Year 5 students will be back in Kereru next year πŸ˜€  
I'm looking forward to an awesome 2018!

From Ms Hampson

Monday: Thank you Liturgy @ 10 O'Clock
                 Sport w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport
Thursday: Performing Arts (middle block)
                   End of Year Auction! (afternoon)
Friday: KristKindle Gift Exchange πŸŽ…
              End of Year Mass
              Summer Holidays Begin.....

2 December 2017

Year 6 Top Town Competition!

 Wednesday is Top Town day at Lower Moutere School  for  all Year 6 students πŸ˜Ž 
All Year 5 students will be in Kotuku Class for the day πŸ˜€
The format for the day is:
9.00am: Catch the bus to Lower Moutere
9.50am: In Teams
10am: Top Team debrief
10.20am: Team at each game
10.30am: Start games, games run for 5 minutes each with 5 minute turn around
11.30pm: Stop after the first 6 games for lunch
11.30pm -12.10pm: Lunch
12.20pm: Ready to start next 6 games
12.30pm: Start
1.30pm: Finish games
1.35pm: Final talk spot prizes
1.45 - 2.10 Swim then back to school.

Students will need to wear togs under their PE gear and make sure you have your school hat. You will also need to bring a towel, extra  t-shirt and shorts as you will get very wet!! 
Bring lots to eat for morning tea and a drink.  A bbq lunch will be provided. 
It's going to be a great day!

1 December 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 8

Monday: Road Patrol Training
                  Performing Arts (middle block)
                  Sport w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport
                  Road Patrol Training
Wednesday: Top Town Competition @ Lower Moutere School (Year 6)
Friday: Shared Prayer
               News Groups
               Ms Taylor (middle block)
Have an awesome week!

26 November 2017

Swimming Week!

You have swimming lessons ALL WEEK!
Remember to bring:
Goggles (if required)

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 7

Monday: Homework due (photos)
Tuesday: Sport
Wednesday: Cricket
Thursday: Trip to Movie 'Wonder'
Friday: Shared Prayer
               Mrs Taylor (middle block)
Have a fantastic week!

24 November 2017

Photography at The Suter

Last week Kereru Class went to The Suter to learn a little bit about photography.
The students looked at a photography exhibition and explored the questions— What is a photo? What does it tell us? How does it relate to the well-known saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’
The students then went out into Queen's Gardens and focused on capturing the essence of the place through detail.
Here are some of the results.
Well done Kereru!

17 November 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 6

Monday: Trip to the Suter Gallery (afternoon)
Tuesday: Sport
Wednesday: Inter-school Athletics
Thursday: Powhiri for new families and students (first block)
                    Performing Arts (afternoon)
Friday: Shared Prayer
              News Groups
              Ms Taylor (middle block)
Have an awesome week!

12 November 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 5

Thank you Kereru Kids for your fantastic behaviour, attitude and general awesomeness on camp.
I am very proud of you all!
Monday: News
                 Sport w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport
                 Chinese Student Performance
Wednesday: School Athletics @ Saxton
Thursday: Performing Arts (middle block)
Friday: Shared Prayer
Have a great week!

Athletics Day: Wednesday!

Wednesday is our school athletics day. Remember to come to school in your PE gear. 
You may wear track pants as it can still be a bit cool in the morning. 
Here is a reminder of what else you will need:
-Sneakers (Must be worn on the track. No bare feet)
-School Hat
-Drink bottle (water)
-Lunch and snacks
-School Polar fleece or Jersey
-Wet weather gear (raincoat)
When: Wednesday 15 November 2017 (postponement day is Friday)
Where: Saxton Track
          Parents, families and friends are welcome to come along and enjoy the day!

4 November 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 4

😎 It's finally here!
It's Camp Week!😎
Monday: Powhiri for the Chinese visitors
                Sport w/Bodie
Tuesday-Friday: CAMP! (Please remember to bring baking for supper)
Have an adventurous, fun filled week!

2 November 2017

Clued Up Kids!

On Monday Kereru class went toCclued Up Kids Programme to learn basic safety in the house and outside. We learnt how to fit a lifejacket, how to identify hazards around our homes, how to approach a dog safely,  how to escape a burning home and where to meet our family as well as road biking skills. We also experienced an earthquake in the shaky house and learnt some first aid as well as learning how to call 111.
It was a good morning and we learnt lots of new skills.
We practiced some key competencies while we were there. 
Here are some of them- 
Participating and Contributing: Including others and myself
Thinking- We were able to ask questions about what we were learning
Relating to Others- We worked together as a group for some of the activities
By Kate, Rosa and Isla 

1 November 2017

Stars and Wishes

Congratulations to Taylor who achieved a 'Highly Commended' in her recent American Jazz competition. Fantastic effort Taylor!
Austin celebrated his 11th birthday today. Have a fabulous day Austin!

28 October 2017

Touch Rugby Tournament

The tournament is on this Friday (all day)
Here is a list of things you will need to remember:
  • Your PE Gear!
  • School hat (for when you are not playing a game)
  • Sunscreen (we will have some available)
  • Track pants (optional)
  • Water bottle (we will have a filling station in the area where you are playing)
  • $2 for the sausage sizzle, $1 juicies and baking from 50c-$2
  • You may only play in bare feet or sneakers
                                        Play hard but fair and have a fantastic day!

26 October 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 3

Monday: Clued Up Kids Programme (remember to wear appropriate shoes-no sandals)
                 Touch Rugby Training w/Garin
Tuesday: Touch Rugby Training w/Garin
                 Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme (Police visit)
Wednesday: Teachers from Lower Moutere School visiting Kereru Class
Thursday: Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme (Police visit)
Friday: Touch Rugby Tournament!
             Have a fantastic week!

20 October 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 2

Monday: Labour Day Holiday 😁
Tuesday: Garin Touch Rugby
Wednesday: Sport
                       Performing Arts
Thursday: Miss M.T in Kereru for the day
                   Tennis Skills (make up day from last term)
Friday: Shared Prayer
             Have a fantastic week!

19 October 2017

Happy Birthday Kate!

Today was Kate's special day and she is now into double digits! 
Have a fabulous 10th birthday Kate!

17 October 2017

Kereru Superstars!

Congratulations to Bella, Austin and Bianca who all achieved recent success in Dancing, Cross Country and Judo.
Bella was placed 3rd and 4th and Highly Commended in a recent ballet competition in Blenheim.
Austin ran in the Inter Regional Cross Country event in Timaru and received a medal.
Bianca participated in the NZ Judo Championships in Wellington and received a gold and bronze medal for her weight group and in the open competition.
Well done to all of you! Awesome effort!

16 October 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 1

Welcome Back! 
It's Term 4and that means CAMP! 
It's going to a super busy term so remember to check back here regularly.

Monday: Holiday News
                 Touch Rugby Training w/Garin Students
                 Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Touch Rugby Training w/Garin Students
Wednesday: Sport 
Thursday: Performing Arts (middle block)
Friday: Shared Prayer
              News Groups
Have a great first week of term!

23 September 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 10

Last Week of Term 😁
Remember to share our class blog with your mum/dad/grandparents
Monday: Election homework due
                  Tennis Skills w/Kolie
                  Performing Arts (middle block)
                  Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport (athletic skills)
Friday: Shared Prayer
               News Groups
               Mrs Stanton (middle block)
Enjoy your last week of term! Woohoo!

22 September 2017

Decision 2017!

This week Kereru Class have been learning about the electoral system and how we get a government.  The students discussed questions such as: What is an election? Why do we have them? What happens during an election campaign? How does the voting process work?
The students have been very engaged and definitely had their own opinions about the two main political parties and their leaders!
We finished the week with our own election with each student getting an I VOTED sticker afterward.
The results were.....
Winner: Labour 18 votes
Runner up: National 10 votes
Greens: 2 votes
NZ First 1 vote
It will be interesting to see if our votes match up with the real thing on Saturday πŸ‘€
Looking forward to our class discussion on Monday!
Here are some photos taken over the week:
Election process discussions
Students on the 'Vote Compass' site
Vote Compass Site
Our two Election Officials

Decision time Ben!

20 September 2017

More Wishes and Stars!

September is our busiest month for birthdays here in Kereru Class and yesterday we had another one!
Happy Birthday to Jorja! πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‰
Last weekend Jacob participated in a table tennis competition and made it through to the finals in both the Under 11 Boys Singles and Under 13 Boys Doubles. 
What a fantastic achievement Jacob!

15 September 2017

Māori Language Week

This week is Māori Language Week. The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting. 
The students have practiced how to introduce themselves to a friend and have posted these, and their personal Mihi,  on Seesaw. They have also been learning about Māori myths and legends, in particular 'The Story of Rangi and Papa'
In their groups they presented their own interpretation of the story using masks and stick puppets. Great job everyone!

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 9

It's a very active week this week!
Monday: Homework (make sure you have your Maori greeting prepared)
                 Tennis w/Kolie
                 Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport (athletics)
                 Middle Syndicate Mass @ school 11.30 (invitations have gone home)
                 Zumba w/Sally (afternoon)
Wednesday: Performing Arts (afternoon)
Thursday: Library (instead of Wednesday)
Friday: Shared Prayer
              Mrs Stanton (middle block)
Have a fabulous week!

Middle Syndicate Mass

On Tuesday 19 September @ 11.30 The Middle Syndicate will be having a mass at school. Parents are very welcome to come along and join us and stay for a cuppa and a bite to eat afterwards.
(invitations have gone home with your child)

Wishes and Stars

Big birthday wishes to Ronin who turned 10 on Thursday πŸŽ‚ and congratulations to Elizabeth, our Star of the Week ⭐ Elizabeth is a happy, kind and gentle friend to all who also works cooperatively with her learning buddies.

12 September 2017

Disco Fever!

Spring has sprung which calls for a Spring Fling! Lets celebrate spring's arrival by dragging out those bright and flowery shirts and dresses. Come and have some fun at our Spring Disco! 
  • When: Friday 15 September, 2017
  • Where: Richmond Parish Centre, William St, Richmond
  • Time: 7-9 pm (Year 5-8)
  • Dress Code: Flower Power/Bright spring colours
  • Cost: Tickets $5 each - Available at the office. Door Sales available.
There will be games during the evening and a prize for the best dressed. 
Treats & fizzy drink will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Birthday Girls

This week we are celebrating two birthdays in Kereru Class πŸŽ‚
Keira celebrated her 11th birthday on Monday and Bianca is now 10 years old!
Happy Birthday Girls!

11 September 2017

It's Maori Language Week!

Encourage your family to use some Te Reo Maori in conversations this week.
Use the link on the homework page to find some phrases you can use.

8 September 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

Ms Hampson got a spring surprise this morning! A gorgeous bunch of spring flowers were sitting waiting for me.
Thank you very much to Elijah (and mum). They look and smell just lovely!  πŸŒΌ

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 8

Monday: Tennis w/Kolie
                 Performing Arts w/Mrs Wallace
                 Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport (Athletics)
Wednesday: Library
                       Camp Parent Information Evening 6-7pm
Friday: Shared Prayer
              Mrs Stanton (middle block)
              School Disco 7-9pm
Have a fabulous week!

Year 5/6 Very First Golden Letter Recipient

Wow! Big congratulations to Mia for being awarded the Golden Letter for Year 5/6!
The Golden letter is a new initiative and is awarded to students who show they are living the Saint Paul's way and are a shining examples of a Saint Paul's Star!

Golden Letter from the Principal for Mia Fraser
Dear Mia
Congratulations!!  The teachers at Saint Paul’s School have all agreed that you are a Saint Paul’s star and this term you have been chosen to receive a ‘Golden Letter from the Principal’.
Mia we are very proud of the way that you show our school values in the playground and in the classroom.  You are kind and caring to other students and always make sure that others are happy and enjoy being at our school.  Your teacher often notices that you care about other people in the way Jesus has asked us to care for everyone, valuing the uniqueness of every person.
We notice that you are kind and generous with your time, always happy to help others in any way.  You help other children in your classroom feel happy and safe at school and you also share all the great skills that you have. Other children at Saint Paul’s can learn how to do the right thing by being around such a positive role model. 
You are a diligent worker and have a strong work ethic. Mia we know you try to do your best in all learning areas and this is evident in your work.  What a shining example you are for your classmates.

All of the staff and children from our school want to say thank you for always choosing to be the very best you can be and for being a part of making Saint Paul’s a great place to be. 
Keep on shining Mia.

4 September 2017

Fabulous Fathers

Here are some of our very cool Father's Day cards πŸ‘¨ πŸ’™

1 September 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 7

We have school photos this week on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure you are wearing correct uniform. Thank you
Monday: Tennis in Schools
                 Fitness with Bodie
Tuesday: Speeches due today
                  Sport: Athletics
Wednesday: Suter Gallery Visit (Cancelled 😞)
                      Speeches (continued)
Thursday: School Photos
Friday: School Photos
              News Groups
              PE: Athletics
              Year 6-8 School Speech Competition
Have a fantastic week!

Kereru Stars!

Here are our fabulous stars for week 5 and 6!
Rosa received the Star of the Week last week for her fantastic time management and great details and description in her writing.
Luke received this week's Star of the Week for showing great team spirit and supporting his team mates at the winter tournament.
Ben received a third place trophy for a Motor Cross event that he participated in last weekend.
Well done everyone!

31 August 2017

Winter Tournament

What a fantastic day we had today at the Year 5/6 Winter Tournament. All of the students participated in football, rugby, netball or boccia. 
It was great to hear the students encouraging and supporting each other throughout the day 

Thank you to parents and grandparents who came out to support the teams and BIG congratulations to our Year 6 netball team who took out first place in their competition. Congratulations also goes to the social football team who won their competition 

Awesome effort everyone!

28 August 2017

Book Week Parade and Kereru Book Day!

On Friday we had our annual Book Week Dress Up Parade.
The winner of best dress up (and it was a very difficult decision due to so many fab costumes) was Declan who came dressed as a box of matches!
Well done to everyone who put in an effort to dress up!
We also had our Kereru Book Day on Friday. Students came in their comfy clothes and set up reading nooks around the classroom. They shared their favourite book, read their scary stories and created book trailers for their book. 
S'mores and Milo were a special treat in the afternoon!
πŸ“— Student Comments πŸ“˜
It was quite fun cause we got to do the things we normally do when it's a rainy day at home.
by Elizabeth
We had delicious Milo and S'mores and shared our favourite book. It was awesome!
by Reuben
The book day was very fun. Their were some cool costumes at the parade. Mrs B's costume was one of the best teacher's costumes!
by Austin
All the costumes looked really cool and it was cool to see the different ideas that people came up with. Comfy day was also fun and so were the activities.
by Rosa