The junior school have been working hard all term to perfect their skills in the pool. We got to showcase all of our hard work during the Junior School Swimming Sports where each class put on a display of our skills for family to see. Our displays included safe entry and exit in to the pool, breathing in the water, floating on the rail, using flutter boards and kicking correctly to name a few. After our displays, we got to have a bit of run in the sun with pool relays, a water slide, 'rob the nest' and cup and sponge relays. Here we are enjoying ourselves...
We are the wonderful little people that make up Rata Team. We are children who range from Year 0 - 2 at Pirongia School. We are a happy bunch of children who love school life. We hope you enjoy our website and catching up on all the marvelous opportunities that we have here at Pirongia School.
On Tuesday the children of Rata team took the chance to explore Pirongia Mountain and walk the Mangakara track. Our maunga is very special to us and links directly to our school values and our team names, taken from the native trees that inhabit the mountain. We had a great time completing a scavenger hunt and observing the insects, trees and stream that call the mountain home.
Here at Pirongia School we are lucky enough to receive a yearly visit from Harold and Nicky at Life Education. Harold and Nicky always share their wonderful ideas with us and teach us ways to look after our health and well-being. During this visit, Harold and Nicky taught us about how important it is to look after our own feelings as well as feelings of those around us. We talked about what it means to be a 'friendly' person and how that might look at home and in the playground. Here are some pictures of Rata team enjoying their time with Harold and Nicky.
Rata Team have many new children starting their journey at school. We welcomed those children that have started school recently in Room 2 with Mrs. Austin. We hope you enjoy your time at Pirongia School!
Rata Team held their first Golden Assembly of the year this week. It is great to celebrate all of these lovely children practicing their Golden Rules in the classroom. Well Done!
Rata team children worked hard this week during Ag and Flower Day. We decided to celebrate the effort that children had put in to rearing their animals by presenting them with their participation certificates. Check out these young farmers in the making!
Rata took every opportunity to train for the cross country when the weather allowed. It certainly paid off! We ran hard and fast on the day and most importantly, HAD FUN!!
Rata Team used their 'Super Enviro Powers' to transform our environment during our Enviro Action Day. We were busy learning about water conservation, planting food and weeding gardens, and learning about seeds.
We have been learning about the Māori New Year - Matariki. Matariki is the Māori name for the constellation of 7 stars also known as Pleiades. We are able to see Matariki during the month of June. We enjoyed learning tī rākau, waiata, stories and enjoyed a Matariki hākiri (shared lunch). We had a great time!
Tawa students teaching Rata students tī rākau.
Enjoying stories, waiata and a kanikani with Whaea Kathie.
Rata Team have been environmental warriors! We've been busy learning about plants and have been planting near and far.
Our day started with a visit from Richard Leckinger from Keep NZ Beautiful. Richard spoke to us about his job and how we can contribute to keeping 'our place' beautiful by being Tidy Kiwis. We shared many ideas about how we could do this.
Room 1 learning about and naming plant parts.
Room 1 and 2 planting seedlings and bulbs with our expert from Mitre 10, Diana Kewish. Thanks to Diana for your time and to Mitre 10 for the donation of soil and seedlings. We will enjoy watching these grow in our vege garden.
Rooms 3 and 13 teaming up to plant tree seedlings.
Rooms 5 and 9 learned about herb plants and helped pull weeds out of our school gardens.
Natasha Hansen is a New Zealand track cyclist. She represented New Zealand at the London Olympics in 2012 and will represent again in the Rio Olympics in August. We were lucky to have Natasha come along and speak to us about her bike, her training and what it takes to be an Olympian. She had some really great messages about how you can achieve your goals if you set your mind to it and work hard. Good luck, Natasha! You are such an inspiration.
Pirongia School held their first ever 'Tough Kid Challenge' on Friday. What a blast! The course consisted of a tyre run, over and unders, hay bale climb, balance beams, agility ladder, cargo net crawl, water slide, mud run and a slalom run. The day was enjoyed by everyone - young and old(er). We look forward to the next one. Many thanks to Mr. Matthews and his team of parent helpers for making this event so much fun!
As part of their inquiry learning, Rooms 4 and 5 visited the Te Awamutu Space Centre. Here are some pictures from their recent field trip.
Rooms 1, 2 and 3 have been focusing on foundation skills this team. Foundation skills are the basis of learning. Children have been engaging in a wide range of movement, music and fine motor skills activities. Below are some photos of the activities we have been taking part in to keep our brains engaged and ready for learning.