Welcome back to Term 4. Its great to be back to warm dry weather, lets hope it lasts!
Don’t forget that this weekend is a long one – Hawkes Bay Anniversary and Labour Day.
I had a fabulous time in the holidays. I went to the uLearn conference in Auckland with Mrs Te Whaiti and learnt so much about connected classrooms, authentic learning experience in maths and copywrite issues with images on Google to name just a few things. In all we heard 4 Keynote speakers from around the world and went to 7 workshops each focusing on hands on activities to do in the classroom.
Today 5 children from our class participated in the hair-cut-a-thon. They were whisked off Milton Andrews to meet Mr Bremer and returned looking stunning.
Everyone has brought back his or her chair bags and homework books this term. Thank you for remembering. Most children have their stationery. Everyone needs a pencil, rubber and sharpener. A 30cm ruler, glue stick, coloured pencils and whiteboard pen.
Lucky Book Club will be coming home again this week. If you would like to place an order please send the money to the classroom by Friday 2nd November. Cheques to be made payable to Havelock North Primary.
This term we have Blast in the Park and the Peak Trail Blazer. I hope to see you all at one or other of these events. There is a competition at school to make a movie to promote the Peak Trail Blazer and we will be taking part and making movies to enter. If you took part last year and have any photos we could put into our movie please email them to me.
We have also rearranged the classroom and made a variety of learning spaces where children can go to work in groups, in pairs or individually.
We also investigated the sort of furniture that is in other classrooms across the school. The children may be rushing home and asking you for beanbags, couches and even arm chairs. Please don’t give up your best furniture for us, but if you have any old furniture you would like to donate to the classroom it would be gratefully received.
Tomorrow (Thursday 18th October) is the launch of the 150th Jubilee countdown – only one year to go! We will be releasing 150 balloons. Some of our children will be chosen to release balloons and the rest of us will be watching them. Please note that school starts at 8:45 for tomorrow only, to allow us to get ready. Children need to wear blue school uniform only (no Peak Trail Blazer shirts – again that’s for tomorrow only).
Swimming starts in week 3. Thank you to everyone who has paid. We will be swimming on Wednesday and Friday mornings for 5 weeks. I will need parents to walk down and back with us and to assist with changing if necessary. You will not need to teach swimming, there are instructors at Hilton Brown to do this for us. I will send home a separate email with times so you can let me know if you would be able to help.
Our topic for the first half of this term is puppets and we hope to make sock puppets using our new sewing skills. More details to come in future newsletters.