Pirongia School is taking part in Keeping Ourselves Safe this term. This program is run by the New Zealand Police and supported by teachers in schools. It helps children learn and apply a range of safety skills when interacting with others.
Pirongia School was lucky to have Michelle from St John come to visit! Michelle taught us who to call in an emergency, what to say in order to get the help we need and also what to do while we wait for an ambulance to arrive. In the photos you will see some Rata Team students practising the recovery position with a buddy! Some students even got to take a look inside an ambulance!
Matua X, an educator from Zero Waste came to visit Pirongia School! He has spent 3 sessions teaching Rata Team about rubbish and recycling. He taught us that a lot of things that are being put into rubbish bins could in fact be recycled! We learnt that we can recycle glass bottles/jars, hard plastics, soft plastics, paper, cardboard and cans! He also showed us his worm friends and some of the creations he has made by reusing all sorts of materials!
We were lucky to have Gina from Project Engerize come in to teach us about the different types of food.
We learnt that there are four main food groups - Grain Foods, Milk Products, Meat/Meat Alternatives and Fruit/Vegetables. These are the foods that will make us grow up healthy and strong!
On Friday the 18th of May Pirongia School took part in Pink Shirt Day!
We wore our pink shirts to stand up against bullying!
Here are Room 3, 4 and 5 in their pink shirts!
On Thursday we had a PJ/Onesie Day to build an awareness around Autism.
Pirongia School raised just over $350 for Autism NZ.
In this week's Golden Assembly we celebrated not only our Golden Students but also the students who earned themselves Mathletics certificates. We also congratulated the 'Pirongia Saints' Miniball team who won their competition this week.
We went to visit Nikki and Harold in the Life Education truck.
On our visits we learnt about 'Air to Live' and how our bodies use oxygen to survive.
We got the chance to practise our survival swimming skills with life jackets. We had to practise floating on our tummy, on our back and in small huddles! We also got to jump into the deep end of our school pool! We had lots of fun learning these important swimming skills!
For the last seven weeks Rata Team has been working hard to improve their swimming skills. On Thursday each junior class showcased their learning by putting on a display for whanau to see. Then in the afternoon we had fun water activities! These included a water slide, pool relays, water cup relays, sponge target throwing and a wet sponge relay.
On Wednesday the children of Rata team walked the Mangakara track on Pirongia Mountain.
We completed a scavenger hunt on our visit and had to find a tall tree, an insect, different types of leaves, a watery place and a wooden bridge. Thank you to all the parents that provided transport and looked after us during the walk! :)
Pirongia School's 'Big Idea' for 2018 is Mahi Tahi (Working Together).
Here are some photos of Rata Team working together to complete a range of 'Team Work' challenges!