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.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Holiday Working Bee

What a fantastic school community we have at Waitahuna. Today 20 parents, teachers and friends of the school gave up their time to help crutch lambs at the Murray's.  20 children were also there and were able to help on the broom and penning up. A great effort by all and a scrumptious tea provided by the Murrays. 
Thank you to everyone who came to help.

You're never too young to help
Dragging out lambs

Lollipop for energy
Tramping the fadge

More tramping
Great times in the holidays
Penning up
Helping Dad
Ms J on the broom
Sliding on the fadge
3 generations helping out

Fun times

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Where does our food come from?

Where does our food come from?
This is the question we have been asking in Inquiry time recently. First we started with the basics and found that all food comes from animals and plants, with much discussion about where noodles came from.  Next we delved deeper with the children bring grocery items from home.  We all know that New Zealand makes a lot of our delicious food, so our focus was on places outside of New Zealand and we were very surprised! First we constructed a huge World map and the Senior Room pupils used Atlases to label the parts of the world.  Then on Friday afternoon we worked as a team to chart all our grocery items onto our map. Some of our findings are listed below:
salmon from Alaska
oranges from USA
dates from Iran
reduced cream from Holland
mustard from Australia
spaghetti from Italy
noodles from Indonesia
cranberries from USA
olives from Morocco

We look forward to continuing our Inquiry next term where we will find out about a little grain that most of us eat everyday... We will keep you posted with our findings.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Farewell Miss Goss

Today we had a farewell for Miss Goss.  Miss Goss has lived in our community for over 20 years.  She has been a teacher, friend and local identity in our school for a very long time. We have all enjoyed her fun ideas, caring nature, kindness and genuine interest in Waitahuna School and its pupils.  We wish her all the best for her move.

Jacob and Jack speaking and giving our gift
Miss Goss and the children

Miss Goss reading our card
Miss Goss admiring her gift from the children
Art work for Miss Goss inspired by James Rizzi

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Term One News

We have had a very busy first term and the weather has been wonderful. We held a successful Swimming Carnival at the Waitahuna pool and the Lawrence Area School pupils came down to compete, also the Year 4,5 and 6 went to Lawrence for their annual Swimming Sports. We have now finished swimming for the season.
The children have had a large variety of learning experiences already this year and we will post some more in-depth details of these in the coming weeks.