Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Blogger of the Week ....

Can we have a drum roll please ......

Our Brilliant Blogger this week is ...

Click on the link to check out Layton’s awesome blog and fun and witty blog posts.
Way to go Layton!

Monday, 15 October 2018

And we're back ...

Today was the first day of Term 4 and we are ready for the fun and challenges that this term brings. We have all had a great few weeks break but we are excited to be back at school. This term is a really busy term for us. We are already practising for our Athletics Day next Friday and it is great to see so many children giving things a go, even though they feel they "can't" do it or are "not good" at it.

A new term means a new shared book, so this morning we voted and chose 'Boy Under Water' by Adam Baron. We chose it because the blurb excited us. When Mrs Taylor started reading it, we've found it to be really funny as well. We are happy with our choice and can't wait to hear about Cymbeline Igloo and his adventures and problems.

Also this term our Year 7 and 8 children will be completing the activity portion of their William Pike Challenge.

There will also be another Hooked on Books week in Week 6 and there is the opportunity for us to dress up as our favourite book character. What is your favourite book character? Who should we dress up as this year?

Friday, 28 September 2018

A Brilliant End ...

Well, it is the last day of Term 3 and what a term it has been. I think you will agree from all that we have blogged about, that we in Rimu have had an extremely busy term but a really fun term. I would like to thank all the children for their amazing work, for their determination to succeed and for being fabulous HERO's. You have made us all proud!

We said goodbye to Rihanna today and we wish her well at her new school in Nelson. Rihanna keep being amazing, we are going to miss you.

This term we have been reading the book Refugee by Alan Gratz. This is an absolutely brilliant book.

It is a woven tale of three children who lived in different centuries and who have to leave their homelands due to war and oppression. We have loved hearing about the struggles,  friendships and about their strength as a family. We refused to leave school this term until we had finished the book but we know that those children who were away today would have wanted to hear the end too, so here it is ....

Have a happy and safe holiday and we will see you back in Rimu on Monday 15th October :)

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Reward Time

Yaldhurst children love to show their HERO values to others both inside and outside the classroom. When they are exceptional HEROes they receive a HERO card.  At the end of the week, all the HERO cards are counted and children work together in their houses to try to reach 300 cards. When the houses reach 300 they get to choose a reward. This week was reward time for all the houses.

Hilary House chose to have a dessert party with some free time.
Edgar House chose to try some new games online.
Rutherford House chose to bring a toy from home to play with.
Ormsby House chose to have a disco.

Ka pai Yaldhurst HEROes, keep up the amazing work!


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Our Student Council Wows Christchurch Schools Again!

Our Student Council were part of the Christchurch Primary Schools Health Forum. This is a chance for schools to come together to share what they have been doing to support health and well being in their schools and to get ideas from others.

The Student Council have been conducting an appreciative inquiry into our school Hero Values to see what the children across the school understand about the values. They presented  what they have found out so far.  They made videos of some of their work, a presentation and pamphlets to support the values.

Next term they are going to look at how they can help get the messages of being a Healthy Individual, Enthusiastic Learner, Responsible Citizen, Open Minded Explorer and what these mean, to some of our younger classes.

Way to go Student Council!! You are really helping to lead our school forward.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Our Brilliant Blogger is .......

Our Brilliant Blogger this week is ...

Click on the link to check out Mika's awesome blog and her fantastic drawing about our shared book

Monday, 17 September 2018

Crusaders Country

The Super Rugby Season might be over for another year but we are very proud of our Canterbury Crusaders who were crowned Super Rugby Champions for 2018. We were "super" excited to have the Super Rugby Cup at our school on Thursday for us to have our photo taken with it. Thanks Barbara for bringing it in! We are some very happy Crusader Supporters!              


Friday, 7 September 2018

Ki-O-Rahi Tournament

I had the pleasure of taking this awesome bunch of children to the Uru Manuka Ki-O-Rahi Tournament this afternoon.

This is the second year the tournament has been run, and this year it was held at Gilberthorpes School. The children had a lot of fun playing in the tournament and ensured they were all sport HEROes on and off the field.

Well done everyone involved!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Friday, 31 August 2018

Daffodil Day

Today in New Zealand it has been Daffodil Day. Daffodil Day is a day when we commemorate the people that have suffered with cancer or are fighting cancer.
When one of our wonderful Year 8 students was researching Daffodil Day she saw that one in three kiwis are affected by cancer whether it is if someone in your family that has suffered from cancer or a friend has suffered from it. Those figures really affected her.

To celebrate this special day she decided to make a little video showing why people wear a daffodil and what it means to them to where one. For her, she wore it for family and for anybody that has had to go through that experience of having to fight against cancer.

In the making of this video Grace found  that our younger children didn't really know what it meant to wear a daffodil. Because of that she now wants to make our children more aware of what it means to wear a daffodil and what cancer is and how people/families are affected.

"I feel that kids need to know how big of a problem it is and how they can help people to get better." stated Grace. "So if you would like to help out please donate to Daffodil Day so that we can help find cures and support those going through treatments."

This is the video that Grace made for Daffodil Day.

Friday, 24 August 2018

What's All This About Recycling???

This week, Rimu class got the opportunity to visit our local Waste Management Sites to look at Recycling. The trip was a chance for us to reflect on how much we are personally recycling and what we can do to help our families recycle more and therefore create less waste.

We firstly looked at Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Residual Disposal.

Chris (the Educator for Waste Management) told the group that went in the morning that they were only the second class he's ever worked with (and he said he had worked with lots!!!!) to ever get the words in the right order on the first go.  Way to go guys, that was an awesome effort!

After that the children had to go through the process of recycling items that people put in their yellow bins, just the way the machine at Eco Sort does. They had to sort all of this waste starting with removing all the contaminated objects (those things that have been put in the yellow bin but that just can't be recycled).

Next the children worked in pairs to match up raw materials with what the material looks like after it has been recycled and an object it has been recycled into. Not the easiest of tasks.

Finally we headed off to the Eco Shop and each pair was given a budget of $500. We had to pretend we were leaving home for the first time and setting up a new flat so we had to find items for our flat. We were surprised at the amazing bargains we could get. It was really exciting to "shop" for our flats. We found some great things but unfortunately we couldn't find beds but we decided that was ok and we would just sleep on the really comfy couches we found :)

Recycling Rocks!!!!

Friday, 17 August 2018

Woohoo it's been Maths Week!

What an amazing Maths Week we have had. The children have been engaged in creating tiny houses based on certain criteria they were given. They used measuring skills and learnt about area and perimeter too. There were some challenges in fitting everything in but we are pretty happy with the results. Have a look at some of the finished products.       


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Problem Solving

Every second Friday Rimu class works on a math problem. These math problems are based on the idea of low floor, high ceiling - problems that all can access and all can try different strategies to solve it. There are no wrong ideas, or wrong answers, just a good step into the learning pit. 

This week we worked on a Jo Boaler problem called Toothpicks. We had to work out how many toothpicks were in a 3 x 3 shape, without counting. We then went away and worked on the problem of a 2x2, 4x4 & 13x13. How many strategies can we make for each shape? We were super lucky because we had Miss Adams in to help us.