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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Old and Wise of our District

Waitahuna School has recently been doing a Social Science topic based around “Older and Wiser” this coincides with ‘International Great and Grands Day’ which takes place during October.  Through this we have been learning what life was like for the older members of our family and community.  The children have interviewed many ‘Old and wise’ people to find out what their favourite games were at school, favourite toys, favourite songs and favourite subjects and what school was actually like.  We have also learnt how thing were very different without  computer technology.

As a finish to our Unit we held a ‘get-together’ at the Waitahuna Hall where 40 grandparents, local old and wise residents and residents from the Tuapeka Rest Home came to socialise.  The children sang songs from a different era including ‘Lollipop lollipop, Puff the Magic dragon and When I’m 64.  The children then took part in different activities with the elderly including quoits, bowls, making pom-poms, and numerous board games.  The guests then enjoyed afternoon tea with pikelets, jam and cream baked by the children in the morning.
Thank you to our lovely Old and Wise visitors who helped make this afternoon a wonderful success.

Please look at the Gallery below of pictures of our Grandparents and Wise friends.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A very rare occasion...

Today we had a very exciting experience, one that many of us will never witness again.  As we have told you all, Sharon and Rex have invited us to their place to see the tui feeding before.  After advice from Sharon we were lucky enough to have the tui visit us at Waitahuna School.  Recently a tui at Rex and Sharon's got injured and they sent it to The Bush Haven Native Bird Rehabilitation Trust to recuperate. Tui are interesting birds as they have their own dialect (language) therefore the tui had to come back to Waitahuna to be released into his own community.  Today we were very pleased to be invited to watch the tui get released back home in Waitahuna.  We all stood very quietly watching the tui in his cage and we were pleased and excited to see him released to join his friends and family.  Thank you Sharon and Rex for such an exciting experience.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today we had a visitor...

Today we had the pleasure of seeing our first tui feeding at Waitahuna School.  We feel that our investigations into Native birds have all been worth while.  We will keep you posted on the progress of our exciting visitor.

Daffodil Day

Elsie and Nate were really proud to help fill the Daffodil Day Poster.
Well done Waitahuna School.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We have a couple of favours to ask

This year Waitahuna School has again entered the Tui School Garden Challenge. This year they have a ‘People’s Choice Award! And we would really like your support with this.
The school with the most votes will win a...
$1000 voucher for Tui products to keep their garden growing. We will be updating the Tui site with our gardens progress.
Please support us with our chance to win by clicking on the link below and voting for ‘Waitahuna School’

If you are a keen gardener and use Tui Garden products, please keep your receipt after you make a purchase.  Pop your name on the back and send it in to Waitahuna school.  We will post in the receipts and you will have the chance to win a trip to Wanaka to have dinner with Annabel Langbein at her Wanaka cabin.
The school with the  most points per student will win a Duratuf shed loaded with Tui products, and a school visit by Annabel Langbein! – Small school could mean big rewards for Waitahuna School!

 Please remember us if you are buying Tui products this gardening season.

Stockists :
Lawrence: PGG Wrightson
Balclutha: PGG Wrightson, CRT, Clutha Mitre 10, Matau Garden Centre, The Warehouse
Mosgiel: Garden Place
Dunedin: The Red Barn, Mitre 10 Mega, Nichols Garden Centre

 We hope you enjoy watching our garden grow!
Thanks Clare and Vicki

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cross-country recognition

Today we were proud to present certificates to our pupils for their achievement at the Lawrence Area School and the South Otago Small Schools Cross country.
Congratulations to the following children:
Hannah Murray 3rd in LAS       3rd in South Otago Small Schools
Abby Bugden    2nd in LAS       3rd in South Otago Small Schools
Jack Murray      3rd in LAS       4th in South Otago Small Schools
Nate Robertson 2nd in LAS