Monday, 27 March 2017

Three-Way Conferences in Week 11 - Please Read Before Booking a Time Slot

Hi Parents and families,

Please read the following notices before booking a time slot for three-way conferences. Only some students will be coming along this term, and it all depends on when their anniversary is and when they will be receiving a report. These notices were sent home in hardcopy last Thursday. If your child is a Year 3 and their name is not on this list, they will be receiving their report, and will be invited to three-way conferences next term in Week 9. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions,
Kind regards.

Friday, 17 March 2017

A 'Weally' Wonderful Wheelay

On Friday afternoon each class in the school went out to the soccer field in participate in the House Wheelay Event. A wheelay race is when 12 teams are lined up on the spokes of a large wheel that has been painted onto the grass. Each team passes a baton through their team members on the spoke until it gets to the outermost person, who then runs around the circumference of the wheel. The first team to have every player run around the wheel wins. We haven't done a wheelay at Reremoana for a few years because we're getting so big now. Well done to our school student counsellors who suggested we split up into a senior and junior wheelay race.

Check out the photos below (the good ones are from our resident photographer, Ms Fothergill - the other ones are all Miss Chalmers could get with her iphone!) Apologies to any students I missed - you must have been running too fast!!

Question for our Blog Visitors - what was your favourite sport to play when you were at school and why? Miss Chalmers loved playing Tapuae - the traditional Maori game where you have to beat the other team and be the first to knock down a cone in the middle of the court. Tapuae and swimming were about the only sports Miss Chalmers was any good at when she was at school!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Friendly Reminder to Complete the Classroom Blog Survey

Link to Blog Survey

Hi parents,

Thank you to the four people who completed the blog survey that I sent out last week. Your responses are really helpful and provide me insight into what you enjoy on the class blog and what you would like to see more of in the future.

Could I kindly ask that everyone else please complete the survey as soon as possible? I will keep it open until Wednesday evening, at which time I would like to analyse the responses. A reminder that this is not a school-wide survey - this is just me trying to find out how I can make Room 11's class blog work for you. I'm sure everyone can appreciate the time and effort it takes to maintain an interesting class blog that regularly features every child. The information I hope to receive through this survey will help to me know which parts of the blog you value, and which parts I can work on. I promise it will take you no more than five minutes, max.

Link to Blog Survey

I look forward to reading your responses.

Kind regards,
Helen Chalmers

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Dog Safety Education

We had two lovely visitors come to our class today.

-14 years old
-English springer spaniel
-Show dog and a trained education dog

-1 years old
-English springer spaniel
-1st school visit and training to be an education dog

Did you know that there is a high percentage of dogs who bite which you are likely to already know...


Why do dogs bite?

  • They get scared and want to protect themselves. They might get a fright or think they are threatened. 
  • You might have hurt them.
  • Young dogs may bite because their teeth are growing and they are trying to fix the pain themselves. 
  • They might want to play with you and think it's a game.
  • If you are running they might think it’s a game. Ask yourself how might they catch you? They don't have hands so they might use their teeth. 
  • It might be too loud (high pitched) area. 

Remember dogs don’t have a voice and this is how they will tell you they don't like something. The main reason they bite is from fear.

What to do if a dog approaches you?

  • Stand still 
  • Don't scream
  • Stay calm
  • Put your bag in front of you (if you have one) 
  • If you don’t have a bag put a jacket in front (if you have one)
  • You could use a book (if you have one)
  • If you can ask for help
  • If you are at school tell a teacher 
  • Always keep your front to the dog 
  • Slowly move around if you can't see them 
  • If possible put your back against a fence or tree 
  • Put your hands under your armpits so they can't bit them
  • Always stand up
If the dog knocks you over...
  • Put your hands behind your neck and ears and have your face down so it can't bite you hands ears or face. 
  • Stay down like a turtle.
  • Do not scream.
  • Stay quiet. 

What if you see a dog you want to pat who's with their owner?

  • Ask nicely in a quiet tone to pat the dog. 
  • If the owner says yes, let the dog sniff you by putting your hand in a fist near its nose.  
  • Step up to their shoulder, pat the dog down their back. 
  • Do not go anywhere near their head. 
  • Once you have finished, say thanks to the owner and walk away. 

If you see a dog on its leash leave it alone!
If you don’t know a dog don’t go near it!
Don’t scream stay calm, stay quiet and stay still!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Counties Manukau Netball

Room 11 are a bit less disappointed about our hockey lessons finishing, now that we have Counties Manukau Netball to look forward to each week. We're a bit lucky at Reremoana School to have all these different opportunities - just like our school song says "we basically have one in every day!".

Our netball coach, Tracey, taught us how to do chest passes and bounce passes today. We learnt that you have to make a "W" with your hands and fingers when you pass and catch a ball. It's also important to push through with your arms because it gives you more power. 

Check out the video of our first lesson below:

Pukeko Team Celebration

Room 11 are getting ready for our Pukeko Team celebration this Friday. What do you think we're painting?

Just a reminder that we have a community calendar now that outlines events for the term ahead. It might be a good idea to save this link.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Dragon Haiku Poems

Earlier in the term we learnt about Chinese New Year. We know that dragons are an important part of Chinese celebrations. Some of us had even seen one at the Lantern Festival! From there we started talking about all sorted of different dragons. Check out our Haiku Poems in the video below....some are sweet and cute, some are scary and terrifying!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

PB4L Certificates - Week 6

Congratulations to Oceana and Brooke for receiving a PB4L certificate each at our Pukeko Team assembly this week. These girls are always on the look out for ways to take responsibility around the classroom and school. They are wonderful role models who are always trying to hard to "do good because good is good to do". Keep it up, ladies :)

Student of the Month - February

Congratulations to our Student of the Month - Amelia B! Amelia has a great attitude towards learning. She strives to 'learn, grow, succeed' and does it all with a smile! Ka pai, Amelia. Very well deserved :)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Our Mathematics Programme

Have you popped in to Room 11 to see our new Math display? In our class we 💜 Math! Earlier in the term each child was given a mystery piece of paper to colour in. Once we were all finished we put the pieces of paper together like a puzzle - the end result was our collaborative "We Heart Math" poster. It's pretty massive! Doesn't it look great?

Underneath, we have displayed some of the strategies that Miss Chalmers' Math class have been learning about, including using tidy tens to solve addition and change unknown equations. 

Here are the types of things children need to learn at each stage. The National Standard for the end of the third year at school is Early Stage Five and the National Standard for the end of Year 4 is solid Stage 5. Each stage is made up of "Strategy" and "Knowledge" components. The knowledge ones are the easiest to practise at home because they involve rote learning. Miss Chalmers recommends putting a basic facts chart on the fridge, or even on the back of the toilet door so that children can practise as much as possible. 


Question for Blog Visitors (that's you, parents and families!): What are your memories of doing Math at school? We know it was a bit different than it is now! Tell us a story....