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Last term's news

TERM 4, 2015

Week 9
There has been a definite Christmas focus to the final week at Preschool. They made special chocolate snowmen to give to their parents and decorated the paper to wrap them in. They have worked through Christmas cracker maths, been creative with their Christmas tree art and play dough and modelled their colourful nativity masks, but without doubt, the biggest excitement was Santa's visit on Tuesday. He arrived driven by a reindeer, with fairies and an elf, and gave away little bags of sweeties ... Christmas is definitely not far away.

Week 8
There was great excitement this week when Karori Firemen turned up to talk to our students about what to do in the case of a fire. They had them crawling under the black smoke blanket, then they got to see the big engine up close and sit in the cabin just like the real fire fighters do! We also had a fabulous Bike and Scooter Day with a fun obstacle course to test our students' cycling skills. They were awesome!

Week 7

The sun was shining on Thursday 19 November when Preschool joined Primary students in Years 1 to 3 for their Athletics Day. They entered in sprint, obstacle and sack races and a variety of throwing competitions. It was fun and great to be outside in the fresh air. The benefit of having lovely grounds is the opportunity for our children to climb trees and swing from the branches, something they love doing as you can see from the photos (at right). But the best surprise of all this week was the blossoming of the first red poppy in our Preschool garden. The children planted seeds during our ANZAC Day celebrations in April and all the love and care since then has paid off, with a beautiful flower. Magic!

Week 6

This week in Preschool our students have been learning kapa haka with Sarah Molisa. Kapa haka literally means to line dance or perform in a row. Sarah also taught them the Maori traditional greeting, the hongi, and you can see from the picture they quite enjoyed this different form of saying hello!  We started an exploration into fire and fire safety, and they made wonderful fire engines out of boxes (see gallery photos at right). Our baking has been a bit more involved as we made iced star biscuits, because 'i' is the letter of the week and stars are molten fire which fitted well with our new topic. It's been busy but lots of fun!

Week 5


November 11 is St Martin's Day in Germany, a day when many children make lanterns to lighten the gloom of a German winter. Preschool were lucky to have parent, Marc Schnabel, come and tell the story about St Martin of Tours who, legend has it, saved a homeless person from freezing to death by giving him half his cloak. Our students really enjoyed this story about sharing, especially when Marc's daughter gave him half her cloak and her shoes to wear! Afterwards we made colourful paper lanterns which are hanging up in the classroom. Marc also comes in on Friday mornings to teach our children German. The weekly visit to the Library is always popular, we get to choose our own books and Library assistant, Poppy Shelton, makes our sessions fun.

Week 4

Our students get a bit crazy for Halloween this week having fun dressing up and making spiders out of pipe cleaners. We've sung more dinosaur songs with Jenny Gould and the maths related puzzles have proved brain teasers for some but easy for others. Although the weather has been a bit of a challenge, some children have been very inventive using blocks as skis and pretending they are 'skiing on Mt Victoria'! Fortunately it hasn't been quite that drastic, so in-between showers, they've been out chalk drawing in the playground.  A busy and fun week!

Week 3

Preschool started a new exploration into dinosaurs this week, they made masks and danced to dinosaur themed music with Jenny Gould, our music specialist. They added playdoh tails and heads to some dinosaur collages and most excitingly they uncovered a small dinosaur in an egg! They also enjoyed Discovery Time with Years 1-3 in the Primary where they made wearable art hats and in turn the Years 1-3 enjoyed playing with our Imaginz blocks up at Preschool. 

Week 2


A trip to Capital E has been one of the highlights this week. Our students watched a really fabulous performance by Capital E National Theatre for Children based on Gavin Bishop's iconic book Kiwi Moon, in which a little white kiwi thinks the moon might be his mother because it is white and bright and round like him. We also visited the Life Education mobile classroom which is onsite at Marsden to learn more about staying healthy.

Week 1

Preschool have had a great start to Term 4 with a BBQ to welcome new parents and the thrill of discovering a new swing in the playground.




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