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, December 18, 2013

What a Surprise

This week we had a surprise we would like you to see, 
Someone gave us a present but we do not know who!
The gift was a huge native Totara tree
We would like to say 'thanks', if this gift was from you,
Merry Christmas to our Secret Santa from the
pupils and Teachers at Waitahuna School.

Adventures on the last day of school!

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Last Day Adventures
On Wednesday we enjoyed a picnic lunch beside the Waitahuna River. The children enjoyed skimming stones and had boat races with sticks.  Later they paddled and enjoyed making dams out of stones.  Just as we were leaving the rain started to fall so we sheltered under the large trees.  As the rain wasn't stopping we were surprised and pleased to see Mrs Homer and Mrs Fox coming to pick us up.  The joys of living in a small caring community.

Plants, produce, preserves

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Plants, produce, preserves
As part of our last Technology project for the year the children had the challenge of making preserves from our garden. The plants we used were gooseberries from our bush and mint from our garden.  We researched recipes on the internet and decided on gooseberry chutney, mint sauce and mint jelly.

Our first challenge was to pick the gooseberries (not an easy task).  We then had to 'top and tail' them.  Then we followed the recipe and cooked up the chutney in the staffroom.  We sterilised the jars to seal and preserve the chutney.  We then prepared the mint, pulling off the leaves and discarding any spotty ones.  We then cooked the sauce up and the jelly in pots side by side.

Our project used some recycled bottles which is good for the environment as it stops them going into the rubbish.  We labelled the jars and they were just about ready to got home.  Then we had to put our thinking caps on and think of a way to get glass bottles and jars safely home to our parents without them breaking.  We finally decided on corrugated cardboard to protect them.  We completed our gifts by making a recipe card and inserting it inside a Christmas Card.  We hope our parents enjoy their gifts.
PS: If you received a jar of Mint Jelly - please keep it in the fridge

End of Year Concert

Waitahuna School held their End of Year Concert to a large crowd in the Waitahuna Hall on Thursday.  The children put on a spectacular performance including singing 8 songs, performing two plays, reciting individual poems, Jump Jam and Ukulele items. As you can imagine this is a huge effort for a small group of children.  The feed-back about their performance has been very positive. We were so proud of them all.
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End of Year Concert

Friday, December 6, 2013

Athletics at Lawrence

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Athletics at Lawrence
Another busy day with Waitahuna School visiting Lawrence Area School for Athletic sports. The temperature peaked at over 30 degrees! The children represented Waitahuna with pride and they appeared to finish the relay race first? (Although the video ref may disagree) A great day of competition, thanks to Lawrence Area School for the invitation.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Singing at the Lawrence Rest Home

Waitahuna School visited the Lawrence Rest Home to sing and perform to the elderly today.  The children sang a collection of songs including 'Lollipop, lollipop, Mr Postman and Forever Young. The senior children also played  4 songs on the ukuleles while the juniors sang.  The children performed fantastically considering the very hot conditions.  A huge thank you to Val Fox for taking us to Lawrence on the bus your kindness is appreciated.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Beach Education at Kaka Point

Waitahuna School went to Kaka Point today for their annual Beach Education Day.  The weather was hot and sunny and the children had a great time learning about beach safety and having a lot of fun in the surf. Thanks to all the Parents who helped to make it possible.
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Beach Education