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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Using our new learning tools

It is great now having some ipads at Waitahuna  School to compliment our Literacy and Numeracy programme. The children are already very skilled at using them.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

TRUMP Skills in the Senior Room - Combustion Engines

Since the last term the Senior Classroom students have been taking part in an activity designed to explore the skills needed to assemble complex model engines. These skills were linked back to the Key Competencies as part their evaluation and review.

The students worked in teams of two to assemble the five engines. The aim was for the Senior Classroom to end up with five working models; an exercise in cooperation not competition.
The following is a summary of the students’ evaluation of their TRUMP skills:

T for Thinking:    Problem solving - Cripes! There were over a hundred pieces to the engine kits. Read and re-read the instructions, then follow them
Well, most of the time we did…
and when we did not then things went very wrong indeed!~
R for Relating to others: talking with the others about what they are doing, using good manners, and no put downs.
U for Using language, symbols and text: using the instructions, words and pictures. Learning the vocabulary for engines. Eg. This is a camshaft not a “thingy”.
M for Managing self: creating and following routines eg. Setting up the work space and keeping it tidy.. Persevering – when the going gets tough the tough get going. Keeping track of next steps to avoid wasting time at the next session.
P for Participating and contributing: we helped each other, and some groups knew how to fix a problem and shared their ideas with the other groups.

 That way all the engines were put together and most of them worked.
Senior Rooms Internal Combustion Engines

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Berwick Camp

The Senior Class had a fantastic week at Berwick Camp.  The weather was excellent which gave the children a lot of time in the great outdoors.  The list of things they completed was truly impressive: tramping, biking, Confidence Course, kayaking, Initiative Course, Sinclair Wetlands, flying fox, orienteering, night walk, Camp quiz, archery, air Rifles, abseiling, making boomerangs and last but not least Waitahuna’s Got Talent on Thursday night! Ask your children to tell you about a few of them.

The children set goals and it made me very proud to see them overcome challenges along the way.  As you could imagine they all supported each other and were extremely well behaved (you should be very proud of your children). Our camp parents Bob, Bronny and Adam were a vital part of camp life and added some great skills to the mix.

Please take a look at the slideshow below with your child and ask them a little about their week.

Camp books will go home this week so you can read some of your children’s reflections. Well done Senior Room you made me very proud.

Mrs Blackmore

If you can't see the photos below on your ipad or tablet, try the link below:
Berwick Camp 2013