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Friday, April 25, 2014

Critter Catch and Davey Hughes Fundraiser

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Waitahuna Critter Catch

What a day!  Waitahuna School Community organised a wonderful fundraiser yesterday starting with the Children's Critter Catch and then finishing with 'A Night with Davey Hughes’.

The weather and setting was fantastic as the children gathered under the trees to weigh their bags of critters, some alive, some not.  The bags consisted of magpies, trout, geese, rabbits, hares, possums, wallaby, goats, deer, frogs, eels, yabbies’ and a rooster. (Please note not all of these were dead). The day highlighted the problems that we still have in our community with introduced pests and the problems these can cause to our native birds flora and fauna.

 The grounds buzzed as the children then took part in an obstacle course over tractor tyres and hay bales – the Dad’s made an excellent course, then their target skills were tested with paintball target shooting.  Sausage sizzle for lunch and the mobile coffee cart were appreciated by all.
With over 70 children registered for the Critter Catch the day was very successful for all and finished off with a lolly scramble from above from a helicopter and one lucky critter catcher getting a ride in the helicopter. 
After a very quick clean-up of the grounds by our team of helpers the focused then turned to Simpson Park Hall where we hosted A Night with Davey Hughes.

Over 250 people came to be entertained by Davey’s interesting stories of hunting escapades around the world.  Through this there were many stories of the conservation work Davey is involved with and also an insight for us all into the plight of some of the endangered species around the world.  The hall was an amazing sight itself with over 30 mounted heads displayed around the walls and the tables decorated with antlers and skins, a true credit to the supportive parents at Waitahuna School. The night wound up with a rustic wild food supper which was appreciated by all.

A tremendous thanks goes to the parents in our small school community for the time and effort they have put in to make a first class event.  Big things do come in small packages.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Exciting News is finally out of the bag

They say good things take time and that has definitely been the case with Waitahuna Schools ‘Exciting News’.

This week we were presented with a Garden Grant from Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands. We were fortunate to be one of the 10 schools selected nationally from 58 applicants to receive the $2000.00 grant. The children have plenty of ideas on how to spend the money and we look forward to updating you as our dreams become a reality.

Thanks to our local Rural Women members Margaret Healy and Raewyn Bray and Simon Walker our Farmlands Technical Field Officer for coming to school to make the presentation.

Rural Women NZ national president, Wendy McGowan, says “This is the fourth time Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands have worked together to distribute the proceeds from the popular Farmlands Ladies Nights.”

“There’s a real focus in schools on children learning the value of eating fresh food and understanding where it comes from, and we’re very pleased to be able to support this, especially as we celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming.”

Farmlands’ Events and Sponsorship Manager, Helen Shrewsbury says “Farmlands is proud to continue its support of Rural Women New Zealand and the rural school garden grants. As a rural co-operative, it just makes sense for us to support the schools that make up the hubs of the rural communities we service.”

The Last of the Summer Harvest

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The Last of the Summer Harvest

On the last day of school we celebrated our successful gardening season by cooking a cooperative lunch. The children were put into two mixed aged teams where they made Capsicum Pasta with Ms Johnstone and Apple Crumble with Mrs Blackmore.
We are very impressed with the skills the children are showing through these cooperative tasks. The children are also taking pride in the produce we are getting from our garden and appreciating the shared meals we can create. 

Please feel free to come and get some apples from our tree over the school holiday period - we would love to hear what you create!

Bubble Science in the Junior Room

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Bubble Science
What we learnt.

A bubble has a thin tight skin.  Anything that has air inside it can be called a bubble, like a soap bubble, a balloon, a canoe, an aeroplane and a submarine.

A soap bubble has a thin skin and we can blow them up with air. They are light and can float. You can blow a bubble with a straw
A balloon is too strong to burst with your finger but a soap bubble is not that strong. If you touch a bubble when your hands are wet it will not pop. If you have dry hands the bubble will pop. If a bubble dries out it will pop. If the bubble touches something sharp it will pop. Sometimes they land on the grass and they do not pop straight away.

A few days ago the Junior Room went outside to blow bubbles. They looked at all the different sizes. There were lots. Bubbles are shaped like spheres always round and shaped like a ball. Sometimes when they hit another bubble the shape may change.

Bubbles are rainbow colours and shiny. They look good especially in the sun.

Report by Madaline and Lochie (with help from their classmates)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Real Art Roadshow

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Recently Waitahuna School was invited to Lawrence Area School to visit the Real Art Roadshow.  This experience opened the children's eyes to many talented artists works from around New Zealand.  The children enjoyed viewing the art and critiquing their favourite and not so favourite works.  If you have time take a look at the link below to learn more about this amazing travelling Art Gallery.REAL ART ROADSHOW

Friday, April 4, 2014

Introducing Grace

We would like to introduce you to Grace. Grace is our latest venture to compliment our school gardening and sustainability project. Grace is a pig who lives in Waitahuna that the children are helping to feed.  

The children collect up their food scraps in Grace's green bucket and one of our Senior students takes the food to Grace.  As you can see Grace is very appreciative of the pupils efforts.

Our visit to LAS for STRIKE Percussion

Today we travelled to Lawrence Area School to see the a musical group called Strike Percussion.  We were amazed at the talent that the group of 3 percussionists displayed.  We were wowed and amazed by their performance, please ask your children to tell you about the photos below. 

Thank you to Lawrence Area School for the invitation and to Mrs Fox for taking us up in the bus.(click below to see a glimpse of Strike in action)

Science ~ Simple Machines

During Science the Senior Room has been studying Simple Machines.  We have learnt about levers, ramps, wedges, axles and pulleys.  While learning about wheels and axles the children made simple cars with axles.  It took a bit of trial and error to get the vehicles to move.  The next activity was to race them down an inclined plane!

Art Topic ~ Pablo Picasso

In our recent Art unit we have been learning about the life and works of Pablo Picasso.  We have learnt that his art changed a lot over his life and it was divided into three stages known as: the blue stage (1901-1904), the rose stage (1905-1907), the African inspired stage (1908-1909), the analytic cubism (1909-1912), the synthetic cubism (1912-1919).
As a whole school art lesson we have been painting, using his works for our inspiration. If you would like to view our gallery please contact the school.
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Picasso Art