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.
We were very lucky to have Ruben the Bear visit Rata team. Ruben's job is to help children learn to stay safe on and around the road. Ruben taught the children about: Staying safe in the car – Seat yourself right – buckle in tight. Staying safe when crossing the road – Stop, look, listen and link. Staying safe when walking on the footpath – Look out for sneaky driveways. Ruben taught us a song to help us remember our road safety rules. We hope you like our photos.
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!