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Kowhai – Term One, 2012

Tena Koutou, welcome to Kowhai 2012.

We are all pleased to be back at school after enjoying a fun summer holiday and are already over half way into the first term. We have been working hard to establish class routines and settle into the start of a new year. Together we have made a class treaty that will help make Kowhai a safe, fun learning environment. We have all agreed to abide to the treaty.

Every afternoon for the first four weeks we trained for the HVS cross country. We worked towards achieving personal goals. On Tuesday 6 March we held our school cross country. The children ran their best and tried to reach their goals. Lots of mums and dads came to cheer. It was a great morning and I am very proud of all of Kowhai! We have also enjoyed learning tennis skills every Wednesday morning and have got very good at balancing the ball on the racquet strings.

Kowhai’s environmental responsibility is ‘Birds of the Valley’ and being responsible for the care of our school chickens. Dave has been sharing his expertise about chicken care with us and we will buddy up with Rm 3 children to learn about feeding them. The children were each given an egg to sample before we started selling the eggs to the community. Our HVS Rainforest Free Range Eggs are now on sale. You can come to Room 2 on a Monday or Friday with your money to order delicious eggs.
















Despite the windy weather we had a fun day out at Lyall Bay beach. We walked to the beach on Friday down the zig zag paths and steps. Some of the children had fun playing in the surf, a bit too cold for me! The wind picked up after lunch so we cut our trip short and headed back to school.






















We are looking forward to our Marae trip this week and eating a hangi lunch. We have been practicing our mihimihi and have started making a digital mihi on powerpoint. We will share these when we have finished.

Come and have a look around the classroom at all the wonderful things your child has been doing this term. It is hard to believe the term is nearly over.

Lara Nemet


Kowhai Term 4

Term four is coming to an end – time sure does fly by. This is the last term the children in Kowhai will be Year 2’s! We have had a very productive year learning lots and having fun with our friends.

We ended term 3 on a high after the school production. The children worked very hard to learn all the words of the songs and their dance steps. I was very proud of how well they danced on the nights and they all looked fantastic in their costumes. They had lots of fun designing and making our scarecrow props, I’m sure Ma’a Nonu would be very impressed!















We enjoyed making cardboard bird houses with Caroline during our art session and some children made bird food with Jo. Ren’s mother helped us put our bird houses up in the rainforest, so keep an eye out for them. We climbed trees to find just the right spot. We made them to attract birds to the school and we hope the birds will like them! We were also fortunate enough to do some bird banding with the ‘Birdman’ Peter. The children’s faces said it all, they were delighted to be able to hold and let the Yellow Eyes free after Peter put bands on their legs.














A highlight of the term three of course was the unexpected SNOW! We wrote some wonderful Haiku poetry about the day it snowed at school. We have started this term off by training for our school athletics. This involves throwing, running and jumping.














This term we have been learning about ‘Our Amazing Bodies’. The children have come up with some very interesting questions. They have learnt to gather and use information from different resources to write explanations and reports to answer their questions. We had a very exciting visit from the Life Education Caravan Harold the giraffe and Charlotte. We helped Harold do his homework and learnt all about ‘Air to Live’. This term has filled with lots of fun learning. We are all looking forward to our summer holiday. Thank you to all the parents in Kowhai for their help and support throughout the year. I wish you safe and enjoyable holiday and a happy New Year.

Lara Nemet