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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Books Launched at Waitahuna School

A special occassion this week at Waitahuna School has inspired us to write, illustrate and publish our own picture books.  You may be interested to know the titles of our books incase you see them in a bookshop near you.
From left to right:
The Best day ever by Joshua Allen
The Waihola Experience by Rebecca Benington
The Surprise by Abby Bugden
Lambing Time by Dotty Bain
The Best and Scariest day ever by Liam Homer
Tailing Day by Jacob Homer
The Scarey Bulls by Jake Heslop
Maths Heroes by Jack Murray
A New Rider by Olly Bugden
Christmas Dinner by Taylor Homer
Three Hunters by Crede Holgate

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Visiting the Black Horse Brewery

 On Monday, Waitahuna School went to the Black Horse Brewery with Mrs Fox in the school bus.  When we first arrived Dusty (Mrs Murtagh) told us some interesting facts about the brewery and the Hart family.  Then we enjoyed our lunch sitting near the ruins of the brewery.  Mrs Fox gave us all an iceblock after lunch and then we set off to walk around the daffodils.  There were alot of different varieties and it was hard to compare them as they were all similar but different.  Afterwards we met back on the grass and took out our sketching paper.  We spent the next short while studying the lines and forms of the daffodils and trying to sketch them on our paper. 
Then we packed up our art materials and lunch boxes and set back to Waitahuna on the bus.

We would like to thank Mrs Fox for taking us to the brewery and for the ice blocks.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thanks Lawrence Lions Club

We would like to thank the Lawrence Lions for their generous donation towards resources for Cody.

As you can see from the expression on his face the car garage has been appreciated and it has been interesting to listen to the discussions between Miss Goss and Cody.  The garage has a helicopter pad and Cody likes putting the helicopter on it.

Children receive Toroa Award

We are very proud of our Senior Room pupils who featured on the front page of the Clutha Leader this week.  The children have been working closely with scientists from the University of Otago Chemistry department, using 'real-life' situations in farming and investigating them to find their answers.

The children recently were named runner-up in the Conservation Departments Toroa Award which acknowledges conservation or environmental projects in the Coastal Otago area. Click the picture to read the full-story online

Saturday, September 8, 2012


The Senior Room is very excited to be involved in the Flat Stanley Project.  This project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students from other schools in New Zealand and around the world. We began by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. Then we created paper "Flat Stanleys" (representative drawings of the Stanley Lambchop character). Each student first sent one Flat Stanley to a friend or relative and asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and to send us a letter letting us know what Stanley did while visiting them.  They then returned Stanley and the letter after a period of time.
The Senior Room has had a lot of fun plotting Flat Stanley's travels on our world map.

We have already received the following Stanley's back:
  • Abby’s Stanley back from Alexandra accompanied by photos of him at the Clyde Dam, Alexandra clock and at a winery!
  • Rebecca’s Stanley went to Christchurch where he stayed at a house in the Red Zone, this letter definitely made us think how families are coping after the Christchurch Earthquake.
  • Danielle’s Stanley came back from a sun soaked holiday at the Gold Coast in Australia where he was photographed at many of the Theme Parks!

  • Joshua's Stanley went to Waiuku near Auckland and had fun riding motorbikes and getting to know Joshua's Aunty and Uncle.  He came back with a fabulous folder of his travels around Waiuku. 
  • Liam and Taylor's Stanley travelled to USA with Grandparents Karen and Murray.  The letter that he travelled back in explained that he had seen squirrels in tree, moles in the lawn and a taxidermy window display that had a stuffed moose head that was 4 times the size of a cow
We have had one Stanley back from a school in the UK where the teacher took our Stanley to the Olympics; He was photographed with some English Policeman and was sitting very very close to some famous people... do you recognise them?

 We have also received 4 Flat Stanleys, 2 from a school in England and 2 from an Australian school.  If you are lucky enough to have Flat Stanley join your family for a few days, please take a few photos of him feeding lambs, calves and give him a fantastic experience that our children receive daily in rural Waitahuna. Please forward any photos to Mrs Blackmore so we can print them and send them back with our visiting Stanleys. Also if your family is going somewhere interesting please take a Stanley with you, take some photos, so we can show other schools what an interesting country we live in.
We will keep you updated with our exciting project as it grows.
Mrs Blackmore