Sunday, 31 March 2019

Week 9 (1-5 April)

Welcome to Week 9 :)

Quiz Night
Quiz night is this Friday - grab your tickets from the office now. $90 per team (4-6 people).
This is a real highlight of our Waimairi events calendar and loads of fun. Cash bar. BYO nibbles for your team. Dress up optional. We hope to see you all there.

Friendship Lists
We are just waiting on the last few returns from parents and hope to have this out to you all by the end of the week (just in time for arranging holiday playdates!) Thanks to those who have returned their forms. Any late ones - just keep sending them in to us before Wednesday.

The pool has now closed so there is no more class swimming until Term 4 now.

Kapa Haka
The juniors have Kapa Haka on Tuesday after lunch.

Poetry Books
There are a number of children unable to locate their poem books at school - if your child did not bring their poem book home on Friday could you please check if it might be at home somewhere. These get put in the red poem boxes in classrooms on a Monday morning before school. Children should be bringing their poem books home every Friday to share their poem for reading over the weekend and so they can enjoy re-reading their favourites.

Collecting Children Early
A reminder please that if you collect your child during the school day for an appointment or to leave early for a particular reason to please let class teachers know, as well as signing them out at the school office before leaving.

Lunchtime Activities
From Monday there will be skipping ropes for the children to use at break times. These will be outside the staffroom by the hall - ideal for individuals or group skipping!

There is also Chess Club every Thursday at 12.30pm in Room 4. Mr Lukes loves seeing the children there - all ages and all abilities welcome.

Mini Golf course is still running in the old car park area - anyone is welcome to have a go.

Scooters and bikes in the scooter park area or bikes along the bike area (alongside the ditch on the back field). Bike riders must have a helmet on. Thanks to everyone who is remembering to park their scooters and bikes in the stands outside the pool area.

Newspaper Needed
If anyone has any newspapers at home that are no longer needed we would love them for our art area.

Now that we have started projects in Inaka we would also love any small boxes, cardboard tubes etc (but please no bigger than a shoe box/cereal box size please as we don't have the storage room for anything larger). Please feel free to add box construction items to our plastic bins under the art tables.

Lost Property
We had a big sort out of lost property last week. Any unnamed items have now been added to the main lost property box in the hall. Named items have been returned to children. It would be really helpful if you could please check sweatshirts and polar fleeces are well named especially items that have come from previous owners  as this makes it so much easier to reunite lost property with the correct owners.

Reading Book Returns
Thanks to all our wonderful helpers who have been shelving our reading books over the last few weeks - we do so appreciate your time helping out with this. We only have one spot left for next week - if anyone is keen just add your name on the noticeboard in our class foyer.

Have a great week :)

Monday, 25 March 2019

Mufti Day Tuesday

Tuesday 26th March is mufti day - please bring a bottle instead of a gold coin. It can be anything as long as it is unopened and not expired (e.g. wine, sauce, bath products, soft drink...) and these will be used at our upcoming Quiz Night on April 5th.

If you are able to wrap it that's awesome but if not, the PTA will wrap it for you. Just send it along to school with the children in the morning.

Many Thanks

PS Don't forget to get organising your team for the Quiz night. Teams of 4-6 people, $90 per team. Tickets on sale at the office now.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Lola and Amelie the Teachers!

Lola and Amelie have both recently enjoyed being the teacher in Inaka and reading stories to the class. We have been impressed with their loud, clear teacher voices and the way they hold the book up so everyone can see the pictures. How brave and confident they are to read to everyone!

Swimming Skills

Inaka has been practising safe entry and exits in and out of the pool - this is really important for when you are swimming in lakes and rivers or are out and about on boats and need to climb out of the water when a ladder is not available. Our children have got very good at this.

We have also enjoyed making whirl pools lately. When we get it going fast we have discovered that we can float along with the water and we don't even need a board or noodle to carry us along!

Mini Golf

Have you seen the new mini golf course we have set up in the old car park? Mrs O found some Inaka children having a go when she was on duty the other day. They told her it was great fun!

Sketching Fun

This was a gorgeous sight to see the other day! This group of boys wanted to practise their sketching using 'how to draw' clips to create characters. What a fabulous way to get better at including detail plus did you know sketching is also great for helping develop fine motor skills needed for writing. Ka pai Sam, Cairo, Ash, Sam and Eason - your finished sketches looked amazing as well.

Spotted in Inaka

Lots of great learning happening over the last few weeks in Inaka.
Who have we found recently growing their brains, collaborating, problem solving, persevering...?
We have artists, musicians, builders, designers, mathematicians, writers, and shop keepers!

Cross Country Action Shots

Ka pai to all our Inaka children who showed perseverance on our Cross Country run on Wednesday. It's always a bit daunting to be in a new environment with lots of spectators but we were so proud of each and every one of them! Thanks to all of you who came along and supported the children down at St James Park - it was lovely to see such a great turn out of whanau and we know the children loved seeing you all there cheering them on.

Here's a few action shots from the day...

Week 8 (25-29 March)

Welcome to Week 8 :)

This is the last week for swimming so please pack the togs for Wednesday and Friday class swimming (weather permitting). There is also a lunchtime swim on Monday for this who wish to have an extra swim.

Lucky Book Club
If you wish to order from the latest catalogue, please have orders back to the school office by Friday 5 April.

How to Raise A Champion: Balance is Better
This is on in our school hall this Thursday 28th March and will be a fabulous night with a variety of really interesting speakers giving perspectives from athletes, parents and researchers. It's not too late to purchase a ticket and non-Waimairi friends and family are also welcome so if you have friends with children at other schools feel free to share the link for buying tickets with them.

Quiz Night
One of our most popular events of the year is coming soon on Friday 5 April... tickets will be on sale from the school office. Teams are 4-6 people ($90 per team) and there is more information on the flyers on our classroom doors. BYO nibbles for your team and there is a cash bar operating for refreshments.

We currently have three staff teams organised and ready to challenge you all - are you up to the challenge?!!!!! We hope to see you all there. If you are keen to participate but don't have a team to join let Tina or Monique know and we can try and sort you a team to join with other Inaka parents.

Thanks for reminding your children not to bring toys to school - we really appreciate it. Pokemon cards are still allowed for break times only (not in learning time) but this is at your own risk. It is always helpful to chat with your child about fair trades and swaps as many get upset when things don't go their way. Teachers take no responsibility for lost cards or unhappy traders.

Outdoor Library
Have you seen our lovely outdoor library in the old car park area? It has comfy beanbags and chairs with mobile book stands for browsing during break times. A great place for those who like a quieter spot to hang out.

Chess Club
Mr Lukes is starting up lunchtime chess club on Thursday lunchtimes from 12.30pm in Room 4 (Ti Kouka space) for any children who would like to learn to play chess or challenge a friend for a game.

Lost Property
We are getting a big collection of left behind jerseys and lunch containers - please have a look in our blue container under the kitchen bench and hopefully we can reunite some lost property with the right owners.

Have a great week :)

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Wednesday Cross Country

Cross Country on Wednesday 20th March at St James Park.

Inaka will leave school around 11.30am to walk to the park (senior children will already be there as their races start from 11am).

Children need:
* Sports mufti (suitable for running in)
* Sunhat
* Packed lunch
* Water bottle

You are welcome to stay and join us for a picnic lunch at the conclusion of the races.

It's also a swimming afternoon for children who are returning to school for the afternoon but we will leave our swimming bags at school while we walk to the park.

Check School Facebook or school tweets for postponements if the weather is bad.

Remember - please let Vanessa or Monique know if you are taking your child home after Cross Country is finished so we can update our roll.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Week 7 (18-22 March)

Welcome to Week 7 :)

Monday Meet Up
Following Friday's events we will be meeting as a school in the hall at 8.50am to start our week on a positive note together. Parents are invited to remain afterwards for a deeper discussion and to connect over a hot drink and some food. Mike will offer advice on supporting your children and give you insights into how things will roll at school this week.

Mike has made mention of the Nabi family - and we had the privilege of teaching the Nabi girls in their time at Waimairi School so our thoughts are with them and their wider family at this sad time.

Teacher Union Meetings
The scheduled union meetings that staff were attending this week have been postponed in respect of Friday's events and to allow Christchurch teachers to be with their school community and classes during this week.

Cross Country
This Wednesday is our school cross country at St James Park with seniors starting at 11am onwards. Junior classes will walk down a bit later during the morning in time for our races - leaving time from school still to be confirmed and we will advise on the blog once this is confirmed. You are most welcome to bring a picnic lunch and join us after the races are finished. Children will walk back to school after lunch.

If you are taking your child home at the completion of the races it is essential you let Vanessa or Monique know at the park as we will be doing a roll check before leaving.

Absences, Appointments or Early Departures from School 
If your child is going to be absent from school you can email class teachers or let us know but the school office also needs to be informed. You can do this by ringing the school on 03 352 9208 and leaving a message.

If children are leaving class during school time e.g. for an appointment or any other reason during the school day, you must inform the office before your child leaves school. Please also let class teachers know.

As the weather starts to cool day, swimming will be dependent on the weather.
Monday - optional lunchtime swim for Year 1/2 children
Wednesday - class swim (after we get back from cross country)
Friday - class swim

Classroom Release Time
Miss McLaughlan will be releasing Tina on Thursday morning (9-11.45am) and Monique on Thursday afternoon (11.45-3pm) for our CRT time.

Monique will also be out of the classroom during the first block on Thursday morning as part of her role mentoring one of our second year teachers. Miss Reegan Smith will be covering for Monique during this time, and many of the children will know Miss Smith as she taught in He Tangata last year.

Thanks to those parents who are ensuing that toys are not being brought to school.
Pokemon cards are the exception - but the rule is they are not to be used during class learning time. Children are able to bring them to use at morning tea and lunchtime but teachers take no responsibility for loss of cards or unhappy traders etc! Generally the rule is as long as there are no issues, the cards are welcome at school for break times.

Social Studies
We are in the process of completing our beautiful Inaka art work - representing our class name (whitebait) and the significance of our new class name. We will also be looking at the names for other spaces around the school and what they represent.

Reading Returns Roster
Thanks to all our amazing volunteers who have added their name to the roster to help shelve our class reading books. You are wonderful and we really appreciate it. There are a couple of gaps for the last few weeks of the term if anyone is able to help out.

Have a great week ahead.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Friday Swimming

Reminder - Friday is class swimming.
Please send togs along as we will swim if the weather is suitable.

Cross Country Day

Our school wide cross country day is next Wednesday 20th March at St James Park (postponement day is Wednesday 27th March).

Senior races start at St James Park from 11am - our junior classes will leave a little bit later to walk down to the park before our 400m race. If your child requires any medication/inhalers etc to be taken down on the day can you please let Tina, Monique or Vanessa know before Wednesday.

You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to have with us while we are down there.

If you wish to take your child home after the cross country is completed please let Monique or Vanessa know at the park before you leave as we will be doing a roll check before we return to school.

Fingers crossed for great weather!

Angus Shows Perseverance

Angus has been learning his List 1 words and his perseverance has paid off! Well done Angus - we are proud of you.

Zac's dad comes to visit

Zac's dad came into Inaka to share with us what he does at work. Craig works at MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) It is his job to keep New Zealand safe from pests, bugs and diseases. He checks items on planes, trains, boats and the mail to make sure no nasty things come into our Country. Craig showed us all items he and his team mates have found. Our tamariki loved looking at these items. What can you see?

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Week 6 (11-15 March)

Welcome to Week 6 :)

Monday - lunchtime swim for Year 1 & 2 children
Wednesday & Friday - class swimming
Please remember to send swimming togs on these days.

Monday Welcome Meet Up
Join us in the hall from 8.50am on Monday as we welcome our new families.

This week we welcome Miss Lauren Hall who is completing a five week teaching placement in Inaka. Miss Hall is currently studying at the University of Canterbury and is in her third and final year of study. We look forward to having Miss Hall at Waimairi - please pop in and introduce yourself over the next few weeks so she can put names to faces.

Lost Property
We have quite a few lunch containers, jerseys and other lost property in our blue container under the kitchen bench - please have a look if your child is missing anything. Also we have had no response to the jackets that were left behind in Te Puna at the end of last year so these will be put in the general school lost property box.

PTA News
The next PTA meeting is coming up next week on Tuesday 19th March in the staffroom (foyer of the hall). Join us from 7pm for our AGM - we would love to see some new faces.

Tickets are still on sale for How to Raise a Champion: Balance is Better. This is coming up on Thursday 28th March at 6.30pm in the school hall. Limited tickets available - see Tina or Monique if you need help booking these online or enquire at the school office. A great line up of speakers - feel free to bring along non-Waimairi friends as well - anyone is welcome to purchase a ticket.

Have a great week :)

Hot Dog Shop

Last week we had a very popular hot dog shop created in Inaka. There were handwritten signs, lots of money changing hands (great maths opportunities) and lots of oral language as customers and shop keepers took turns in selling and buying the hotdogs. There was even art - lots of lovely pictures of hotdogs!

For those new to Waimairi, we also sell real hotdogs on a Friday for lunch. These can be ordered before school on a Friday by the school hall for $2.50 each. The children can choose cheese, mustard or tomato sauce as extras on the day. A great idea for Friday lunch and all profits go back to the school via the PTA. If any parent is interested in joining the roster for the hot dog stand (either taking orders before school or helping dish up at lunchtime) please let Mrs O know - the PTA is always looking for willing helpers to have a turn once during the term.

Spotted in Inaka this week!

Who have we spotted working hard this week at learning choice time?

Miles is all concentration as he creates his farm with the animals - or is it a zoo? Maybe it's a wildlife sanctuary!

Even with a broken arm, Lachie is still enjoying learning choices in Inaka. Lachie and Ben were spotted using the new car garage and hot wheels cars that Mrs O's big boy Will has kindly let us borrow to use in Inaka. We are always after any surplus toys that might no longer be used - any donations always gratefully accepted.

Kimmie is busy making patterns using the Connect 4 - this is a great way to explore number patterns as well. How many red counters can you count? How many more will Kimmie need to fill up the whole board?

Louis was spotted deep in thought during his instructional reading time.