Welcome to Waitahuna School's updated Blog. We are excited to share some of the learning that we do everyday at our fantastic school. Included in our Blog are links that will help with supporting learning at home.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas in the Park

Click the photo above to see a 'shortened' version of the
12 days of Christmas
Yesterday Waitahuna School held its end of year celebration 'Christmas in the Park'.  The children entertained a large crowd in the school grounds with 7 items.  Starting with a Maori welcome through song and dance,  then a bracket of songs about being a 'kiwi kid celebrating a New Zealand christmas', and finishing with 2 traditional carols. All children were awarded certificates for their achievements through the year, and our Year 6 leavers were presented gifts for the completion of their schooling at Waitahuna.  At the end of the concert the children showed the true meaning of Christmas and presented all the guests with truffles, shortbread and plants that they had baked and grown at school. 
Well done Waitahuna pupils you have made your community very proud! Enjoy a safe and fun-filled holiday with sunny days and a little bit of rain at night - (we have to keep those farmers happy)
Merry Christmas from Mrs Blackmore

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Design a Christmas card winner

It has been fantastic to see the effort put into our 'Hands on homework' challenges this term.  Our final challenge was to design a Christmas card with a New Zealand theme.  We were very impressed with the entries and would like to congratulate our 1st prize winner : Jack Murray

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas in the Park - this Thursday 12am at school

At school we have been discussing Christmas and its true meaning.  We have discussed that Christmas is not simply about what we get, but more importantly about giving to others. The story below shows these values in a very real context.

We have all been very busy practising for 'Christmas in the Park' which will be held this Thursday.  Last Thursday when we were outside practising some songs we were very interested to see a vehicle drive slowly around the school block.  To our surprise the vehicle parked by the side of the road beside the tennis courts.  The children didn't let this phase them and continued practising their singing. As we watched a couple climbed out and started having a picnic while listening to the children singing!  In the true spirit of Christmas our Year 6 students carried over a plate of truffles that we had been making that morning and gave it to the couple to have with their picnic.  The children received some lovely feed-back on their singing, so we hope you are equally impressed with our traffic stopping performance on Thursday - We look forward to seeing your there.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hands on homework - Our last for the year!

That's right. Our last 'Hands-On homework' challenge has been posted.  Look under the 'Hands-On homework' tab to see the full details.  The picture below may give you a clue. from Mrs Blackmore

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dairy Farm Visit

We had an interesting and informative visit to the Dairy farm at Telford.  If you click the link below you will be able to see a short video we made of our trip.
The Dairy Farm