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!
We are busy little beavers in Rata Team. Learning is a buzz inside our classrooms each and every day. Below is just a snapshot of what goes on...
Pirongia School had the best time when author Craig Smith visited our school to share his stories with us. We enjoyed his classics such as, The Wonky Donkey, Kaha the Kea, Willbee the Bumblebee, My Daddy Ate an Apply, plus some new stories. Craig even stuck around to sign books and talk with us after his show. It was certainly a day to remember.
Meet Rata Teams newest members! Room 17 got off to a great start at the beginning of term 4. Meet Mrs Dee and the team below.
Rata team worked hard in Term 3 to perfect their skipping skills. We showcased our skills for family and friends to come along and watch. Thankfully the sun shone long enough for all to enjoy!
Pirongia School children have been working hard to reach their spelling goals for this years 'Spelling Bee'. Well done to all children who took part and raised money towards our new school playground. Together, the school raised over $4,000! Below are the top spellers from years 1 and 2 battling it out in the finals. Year 1 placings went to Ruby (1st), Jack (2nd) and Bella (3rd). Year 2 placings went to Lily (1st), Grace (2nd) and Tilly (3rd). What a top effort!
Rata and Tawa teams put on a fantastic production as part of their Term 2 inquiry art's curriculum focus - 'Playing the Part'. The story follows three children who head off on an adventure across the seas. Along the way they encounter many creatures and people who they share the 'Golden Rules' with. The children, teachers, and all the helpers involved in the show put on a night that will be remembered for years to come!
Claire from Project Energize will be spending time with Rata Team this team to teach us large ball skills. On Friday we learnt ways in which to handle a basketball. We talked with Claire about how to hold the ball and how we can bounce and control the ball by the way we use our hands, fingers and eyes. As you can see, we have many basketball stars in the making...
Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships. The whole of Pirongia School got behind the cause and sent a very bold message that bullying is not welcome at Pirongia School.