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Friday, August 29, 2014

Waitahuna School Volunteering in the Community

On Thursday we decided to help the Cancer Society by volunteering. We made Rice Bubble Bars to sell on Daffodil Day. Mrs Blackmore made it a Technology Challenge. We had to work out how to package the Rice Bubble bars. Some children decided to make their own design others used paper craft to make labels. There were two flavours honey and chocolate .We got to try them and they were delicious. We decided to package the bars in packs of 6 so they would be good for school lunches. When we were finished they looked fantastic and the Year 6 pupils took them to the Daffodil Day stall in Lawrence.
By Melee, Zachary and Kaitlin

On Daffodil Day the year six kids at Waitahuna School went to Lawrence to volunteer to help the Cancer Society with their stall. Jake and Crede were working and Abby and Rebecca were mucking around. Jake sold biscuits and Crede collected the raffle money. Then we switched over and Abby took over Jake and Rebecca took over Crede. Jake had made chocolate brownies and the Waitahuna School made Rice Bubble bars.
By Jake

On Daffodil Day 2014 the year Six of Waitahuna School volunteered to help the Cancer Society stand in Lawrence.  Jake and Crede were doing work there.  Crede was gathering the raffle money and Jake was selling biscuits and counting up money.
By Crede

On Daffodil Day the year 6s of Waitahuna School went to Lawrence to the cancer society stall to volunteer. We were selling rice bars we made the day before; Jake was selling brownies that he made at home. 
When we got their Rebecca and Abby went shopping at the stall for the teachers while Jake and Crede helped out. Crede was at the raffle station while Jake was at the other end volunteering to sell baking. Then the boys and the girls swapped Rebecca went to the raffle and Abby went to the baking. 
Some people were buying bouquets of daffodils; there were lots of biscuits and daffodil soaps. There were lots of raffles there was a grocery hamper, A Big Teddy, Pillows and Blankets and also a Christmas cake. It was nice to feel useful and to be giving our time to a good cause.  
By Abby and Rebecca


In the Senior Room the children were asked to help make decorations for the Community Mid-Winter dinner. We thought this would fit in nicely with our unit on volunteering in the community.  Quite a bit of our art in the last few weeks has been based around a winter theme. Today the Year 5’s and 4’s made some massive snowflakes. First we got a piece of paper and folded it into half a square then cut the bottom piece off. After we had to fold the square into a triangle. Then we cut the three lines on the triangle and opened it. Then folded the middle and sticky taped it then turned it over and this time we folded it and stapled it. Later we did it with the other ones. We needed seven to make one big snowflake so it took a lot of team-work and co-operation. After we finished all four snowflakes, we took a photo.
By Ty, Hannah and Bryn

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Mid Winter decorations
Daffodil Day volunteering

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fantastic falcons

Today we had a couple of interesting visitors to the playground.  Two falcons arrived at playtime and the children had the opportunity to observe them.  The falcons were in no hurry to leave and the children took their story-writing books outside to describe them and sketch them.  

The falcons obviously felt no threat from the children and one tried to take the lunch from the other as we watched.  One falcon then continued to rip apart his prey as we watched.

The Junior Room have all taken home their falcon stories to read to their parents tonight.  Please ask your children about the interesting visitors to our school today, I am sure they will love to share the experience.

The falcon is eating. The falcon is eating a little bird. The feathers are dropping down from the trees like snowflakes. by Chase

The falcon is eating a bird. by Michael

This falcon was eating meat. Waitahuna School went to see the falcon.  The falcon was a big one. It was at the top of the tree in Waitahuna School by the playground.  I think it was awesome. by Lachie

Little white bird in the falcon's claw. by Elsie

The feathers were flying like snowflakes. by Abbie

The falcon is eating meat. by Nick

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nature Discovery

A quote to sum up these photos 

"Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment!, and communicate their discoveries to those around them." Anon

This has been very true for the children bird-watching at Waitahuna School this week ... also for the children falling over in mud

Friday, August 1, 2014

Waitahuna Commonwealth Games 2014

We have had a lot going on at Waitahuna School these past two weeks involving friends, families and community. 

Today the children had a fun afternoon while participating in Waitahuna School's Commonwealth Games. It was great to see the laughs and co-operation of all the teams. 

The children had an Opening Ceremony which included a chant for each country, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and Canada. They then took part in the walking marathon around the block.  There was strong competition in the bowls and gymnastics, and the  drama of the weightlifting was priceless. 

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