Wednesday, 18 December 2019

The final countdown - a few notes and reminders

Kia Ora Koutou - Hi everybody.

We are on the home stretch to Christmas holidays. Here are a few reminders for the remainder of the week.

Thursday - Meet the 2020 class teacher for children
                - 2:35, Poroporoaki (farewell) in the hall for teacher's leaving (including our lovely Mrs O)

Friday     - School finishes at 12:30 - whole school farewell assembly 11:30

Lost Property - We will put this out tomorrow. Please do have a careful look through. Some items have been there for quite some time and will need a home before the holidays.

Any reading books floating around home please send them back to school A.S.A.P.

-----------Farewell from Us-------------------

We would just like to sincerely thank all of you, our lovely parent community for the support you have shown us throughout the year. We have truly felt very fortunate to have such supportive and involved parents with us in Inaka. You are all fantastic and will be sorely Missed! Have a restful break and enjoy this special family time with those amazing Inaka kids. 

A shoutout to my lovely teaching 'wife' Mrs O. what a pleasure it has been working with her this year!! How I will miss her laugh and her connectedness to our kids in Inaka. I wish her all the best as she embarks on her knew journey of teaching at St Andrews in 2020. Lucky St Andrews kids. We will farewell Monique tomorrow afternoon in the hall from 2:30. If you can make it a little early do pop along. It would be lovely to see friendly faces in a big crowd!

Meri Kirihimete - Merry Christmas xx

The final projects for 2019

Lachie's World cup rugby match, Argentina Vs All blacks

Cooper's Rugby foosball, inspired by Lachie

Izzy, Addison and Finley perform - singing project, song "Happier"

Archie creates a comfy cat home with helpers 
 Lily  and Felicity

Benjamin's delightful diorama

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Inaka Mural

George has been itching to get started on creating an underwater themed mural outside our class. A huge thanks to George's mum for organising the undercoat and paint and giving up her evening along with George, to paint it ready for us to start designing on. Here is George making a start on Friday. Check it out during the week as it continues to evolve - each child will have a chance to add a small part to it.

Ben and Sofia's Robot

Ben and Sofia created this amazing robot. Every time they thought they were finished, they had another idea to add more!

Recorder Performance

We were so lucky to be treated to a concert by our Inaka students who learn recorder with Susan. We were really impressed with how amazing they were. Thanks so much Eason, Ash, Izzy, Cecilia and Jacob (from Ti Kouka) for sharing your music with us.

Measuring Chloe's Loom Bands

Chloe's loom band creation lent itself perfectly to our measurement in maths. We were able to discuss units of measurement like centimetres and metres and the abbreviations for each (cm and m). Then we used our long metre rulers to see how long it was. It measured 2 metres. But Chloe is not finished yet so we plan to measure it again soon and see how long it has got!

We also had a great discussion around where you use measurement and what you can use to measure things. We found out we measure things when we build something, when we sew, when we bake or follow a recipe, and sometimes at the doctors we have our height and weight measured. We talked about rulers, tape measures and measuring spoons and cups.

Have a look at home - can you find things you have to measure? Or things you use to measure with?
It's also a great way to connect our fractions learning - when you measure half a cup or 1/2 a teaspoon!

Lola's Christmas Tray for Santa

Check out Lola's magnificent Christmas tray for Santa. It has a cup holder for Santa's milk and a Christmas tree with little mini decorations that Lola made and hung on it plus some wee pine cones to add to the festive feeling. The cookies go underneath the tree. We think Santa will love it!

Shape Creations

It was great to see some cool creations with the shapes this week also... some Christmas designs and a Santa sleigh for Buddy!

Christmas Lego Challenge

Last week's challenge was to create something Christmassy out of the lego!

Project pictures - Well done tamariki, some real quality work here.

Miles and Zac's car transporter track

Cleo and Khloe's  creative creature

Angus's sewing project - Enderman

Sofia's self portrait

Cecilia's self portrait

Eason's dinosaur diorama

Kayla's toy house

Micah's lego world

Nevaeh's sewing project - Bear

Week 9 (9-13 December)

Welcome to Week 9 :)

Pool Party Reward
Please send togs along on Monday for our class pool party at lunchtime. This is our reward for filling our Kindness jar. Hopefully the weather will remain fine.

Instructional reading has now finished for the year. Please return all reading books to school for our end of year stocktake.

 If anyone has a few spare minutes at any stage we would love some help to shelve the books. Our senior helpers last week have already grouped these into book sets and colour codes.

Monday: Inaka lunchtime pool party
Tuesday: Year 1 & 2 lunchtime swim
Wednesday & Friday: Class swimming lessons

Music Lessons for 2020
If you would like your child to learn an instrument next year please complete the google form by typing this link into your internet browser no later than Wednesday 11th December 2019. Last week's newsletter attachment had details of instruments available and costs per lessons.

Have a great week :)

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Swimming on Friday

Pack the togs for Friday swimming.

Also we are hoping that next Monday as a reward for filling up our kindness jar that we may have a pool party at lunchtime for the Inaka children so please also send swimming togs along on Monday.

Chloe's Ice Cream

Chloe made her own vanilla ice cream today using cream, sugar, vanilla essence and ice cubes with salt! Chloe was learning to follow a recipe and measure ingredients and at the end we loved how when she needed some help she invited Amelie to join her and then shared her ice cream with Amelie as a thank you for helping her. It is always nice to do projects with good friends who can help you.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Week 8 (2-6 December)

Welcome to Week 8 :)

Welcome to Waimairi
A warm welcome to Micah who is joining us in Inaka starting on Monday. We look forward to getting to know Micah over the next few weeks before the end of term. Micah joins us from Timaru.

Whanau Picnic Evening
Join other Waimairi families on Monday night (2nd December) on the back field for a BYO picnic dinner and enjoy the organised touch rugby activities and games if you wish. There will also be a free sausage sizzle thanks to our fabulous PTA team. Starts from 5pm onwards with touch activities for our Year 1 & 2 children from 5-5.45pm, followed by Year 3/4 and then Year 5/6.

Sadly Mrs O is unable to make it as she is off to celebrate Miss T (Lisa Tangiiti) who is gaining her full registration at a special awards evening on Monday night but Tina hopes to be there to enjoy the fun with you all. Thanks to the PTA for organising this for our school community.

Craft Club
Craft Club is being held on Monday lunchtime this week and it's a special Christmas one this week. Come along and decorate a Christmas themed gingerbread biscuit in the hall. There will be gluten free ones available (one per child only). Huge thanks to our Craft Club volunteers who give up their time over the year and to our PTA helpers who have been busy helping to whip up batches of gingerbread biscuits for the whole school! You guys are amazing!

Tuesday - optional lunchtime swim for Year 1 & 2 children.
Wednesday and Friday - class swimming days. Please send togs along on these days as it's not much fun having to sit and watch everyone else enjoying the water especially on a hot day!

Classroom Release Time
Mrs O's ora group has CRT on Thursday from 11-12.30pm.
Tina's ora group has CRT on Thursday afternoon from 1.30-3pm.
Miss McLaughlan is taking both CRT sessions this week.

Kapa Haka
Junior kapa haka is on Tuesday afternoon 1.30-2pm.

Reading Books
This is our last week for instructional reading. Please send ALL reading books back to school by Friday please. Encourage your child to put them straight into the red reading box on the floor behind Tina's jellybean table.

Have a great week :)

Makenzie's Painting

Makenzie made a double sided painting for her sister Layla'h. What a cool idea - when Layla'h feels like a change, she can simply turn it over and have a different picture to enjoy.  One side has a pink flamingo with pipe cleaner tail feathers and a sparkly glittery lake and the other side is a picture of Layla'h. Great thinking Makenzie!

Chloe's Diorama

We think Chloe may have been inspired by all the dioramas popping up around Inaka at the moment! She decided to make a habitat for her fox to live in which she made out of paper. She has attached it with string so she can move hers around the diorama. We love how even the outside is painted with trees like a forest and she has a fabric river for her fox to drink from.

Action Song with Sofia, Ana and Cecilia

Sofia, Ana and Cecilia have been practising one of our class songs we have been learning - Edith the Elf. They decided to perform it for us complete with all the actions. Wonderful effort girls - we really enjoyed watching you all.

Celebrating Success with Ben and Makenzie

Well done to Ben for learning all his List 3 words and to Makenzie for learning all her List 2 words.
We only have a few weeks left of the year so for those children still learning your high frequency words, keep up the practise at home.

Tyson's Sketching

Tyson worked really hard to create these two fabulous sketches with a Christmas theme using an online tutorial. This has inspired others in Inaka to have a go. We can't wait to see what wonderful sketches we will see next.

Elleanor's Unicorn Pinata

Elleanor has been persevering with her unicorn piñata for more than a term! She started by doing paper mâché over a balloon to create the head and then attaching a box for the body. She used a rolled up piece of cardboard for the horn as well. After all this work, she then created a mane and tail out of fabric strips, and painted it in all her favourite colours. Now it's ready for a party!!
Great job Elleanor - we know how hard you have worked on this.