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Friday, 4 March 2016

4 March 2016

It is that time of year and the gala preparation is in full swing.  Pukerua Bay School is very lucky to have a group of very hard working and dedicated people organising this special event.

The next collection day is this Saturday 5th March from 9:30am. This is a fun and productive event where you get to meet members from all over the  community. We need sorters, drivers, and collectors on this day.  You are welcome to bring the children and there will be a sausage sizzle to keep the energy levels up!

Support this fantastic group by adding your name to the helpers sheet that can be found outside the office before and after school.  Please spare two hours of your time on the day of the gala and help out on a stall. The stalls have all been organised and set-up so they will be very easy to run. We are a small school so the more people who can help, the more successful our gala will be.
The day before the gala the school closes at 12:30 on 18th March. Year 7-8 students are required to stay at school and help. Year 6 and younger children may help only if their parents are here.

Assemblies will be on hold until the gala is over (owing to the hall being used for the gala). After the gala, assemblies will be held every ‘even’ Friday (e.g. week 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) from 9:40 - 10:30am. The next assembly with therefore be held on April 8th!
This year different classes will be running the assemblies. You classroom teacher will let you know when it is their turn so that you can make arrangements to come along.
Learning @ Pukerua Bay
Te Motu pallet constructions are coming along amazingly well. I am extremely impressed with the authentic learning that is coming from this sustainability experience.

Rawhiti block are doing some impressive play-based learning. Check out the children learning about the long vowel sound ‘I’ through this Ice experience. To learn the short vowel sound for ‘I’ they were transformed into entomologists who studied insects!

Wha is learning about whether hover crafts are cleaner than cars (as cars produce a lot of carbon dioxide). The students made some hover crafts using balloons, CDs, and a drink bottle top.
We studied how it hovers and moves.

RaRoa is as busy as a bumble bee these days. We are now on our second round of Literacy Circle reading comprehension work. Here is a photo of the 1st round winning group.
In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students' response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author's craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books.
Get your child to tell you more!

Toru practising their high frequency words using chalk.

Rua’s Tuesday and Wednesday writing was inspired by this beautiful dragonfly Griffyn brought to school.

​Dragonfly, dragonfly, up, up, up
I love you dragonfly down, down, down
Oh no dragonfly here comes a dog
Dragonfly, fly, fly, fly

By Gabriel (Year 2)

A long, long time ago there lived a delicate dragonfly. It was flying around and it wanted to dive down into the water. He flapped his wings and flew across the water. The water was boiling. It nearly died. It quickly swam to shore. People came running because they had never seen a dragonfly, One of them picked him up. It was drying its wings. Once its wings were dry he took to the sky. He was so beautiful. He was stripey and colourful.

By Ryan (Year 2)

Kapa Haka
The children had a fabulous experience on Thursday with Jerome (Kapa Haka tutor) who demonstrated a variety of traditional Maori musical instruments and how the instruments come from and interact with the environment.

EFS Team 2016
Harry, Jessika, Amelia, Dylan, George, Reilly, Molly, Milla, Alice, Billy, Ayla, Lachlan, Isaac, Santana, Eleanor, Lola, (Absent Imogen, Callista).

The Enviro group for 2016 met on Thursday afternoon and looked at the School Care Code, the current School Kaitiaki and then reflected and discussed about the areas of the school that could be developed.
The students used a Reflection Tool to gather information about how the students at Pukerua Bay School felt about what we do well here, and what we can improve on.
Some excellent ideas were shared and the students are now at the first stage of the the Action Cycle. The next meeting will help the students identify the steps they can take to take action.
The Senior leaders in the EFS group will be working with their team and classes to develop these plans to include a wider student voice.
The EFS Group look forward to communicating with the community about their actions, how we can include the community in these and in accessing the skills that are available within the wider Pukerua Bay School community.
Further updates will be shared through the school Facebook page.


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