Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All Sorts

These are a few bits and pieces that different children have completed over the year. Enjoy!

Farm Posters

Towards the end of last term, the children used art pencils to sketch farm implements. They had to closely look at their photo and try to replicate it. Using their pencils, they had to use varying degrees of shade to change its composition. The art they produced was amazing!!!

Wild Hair Day

Our ‘imagine’ immersion week began with a ‘Wild Hair Day’ where children were able to display their hair in a wild and freaky way. The teachers, teacher aides and even Mr McKernan (as Max), dressed up as monsters to the theme of the famous children’s imaginative story, ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ It was a humorous assembly and was enjoyed by all-including the monsters!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Term Four

Harae mai to Term 4!  For the first two weeks of this term, we are studying ‘Confident Kids.’  This unit provides practical safety skills for children in their interaction with other people, when out and about and when with people they know.  After this unit, we will be focusing on ‘imagine.’  It is an integrated topic, with an English and Arts flavour.  In Week Three, the ‘imagine immersion’ activities will begin, these will include: a wild rumpus day, a wild hair day and finally, teachers swapping classrooms and reading ‘imaginative books.’  Don’t forget rosary for the month of October.  God bless.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Our 'Dairy Farm' Visit

Yesterday, Thursday 23rd of September, we visited a farm in Riponui.  Brad and the team of workers showed us around their 310 hectare farm where they milk 900 cows.  The children and parents/caregivers all enjoyed the experience.  The highlight of the day was witnessing a cow calve.  The children also experienced feeding calves, watching a cow being milked (and pooing), feeding out, riding on the back of a trailer, smelling silage and maize, and playing in the mud.  A special thanks to the Robert's family for the day.  Enjoy the photos.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

'Keep Germs Away'

Last term the children designed posters to highlight the need to keep ourselves clean.  Lots of children were getting the flu so they decided to think of ways to promote cleanliness at school and at home.  The children enjoyed transferring their ideas into 'Printshop.'  Here are just a few posters-enjoy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mellow Yellow's Adventure

Room 11's ambassador 'Mellow Yellow' recently went on a virtual farm field trip to the Waikato.  She is 5 years old and produces huge amounts of milk.  The following photos are a small sample of her trip.  The other animals are ambassadors from other schools around New Zealand.  Mellow Yellow represented St Francis Xavier Catholic School with pride.  Tino Pai!  Go GIRL!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Tin Cans

For the first few weeks of term three we learnt about 'zero waste.'  We learnt about ways we can care for our environment and promote sustainability.  At the end of the unit, we got to make a pencil holder from a recycled can and from some 'bits and pieces.'  Here are some images of our tin cans.  We had a messy yet creative afternoon. 

Bee Community

In term one, we studied the 'bee community.'  Mr Smith came to our school and spoke about his job as a bee keeper.  We got to taste some honey, make some candles and blow smoke outside. We learnt a lot about the jobs within the bee hive.  Here a just a few photos of that day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hokey Pokey

Last term our class was looking at 'change.'  One of our experiments was making hokey pokey.


Here is an example of some recent written language.


Kia Ora.  We are currently studying about 'systems.'  Our main focus are the systems used on a dairy farm.