What a busy term we have had and one of the things that we are most proud of are the fabulous pieces of art that we have created. They brighten our classroom and are worth popping into class to have a look.
We were so fortunate to have Mrs Connelly spend a day with us this term, and she helped us to make these fabulous pieces of art. First we had to draw some abstract shapes onto our backgrounds, and then we used undiluted dye to create really bright colours for our background. She took photos of us 'striking a pose' and printed them off to go onto our bright backgrounds. We tied in some writing about ourselves which we also used on our artwork. We love that not only are each of our art works unique, that we are too!
To celebrate Matariki the junior classes were all muddled up into three mixed groups. Each group spent three afternoons in a different class creating something that reflects Matariki. In Kowhai, the students made kites which they decorated with ribbon and wool. In Rimu, they created a brightly coloured mobile that has the stars of Matariki hanging from it. In Manuka, we painted stars and then wove black paper through them. Some of us found the weaving part a bit tricky, under and over. It was lovely to see the big kids helping the little ones. They look fabulous!
Good golly Miss Molly! The students of Manuka have been so very busy! We've been writing recipes, but not any old recipe... Recipes to make your teacher frown, or recipes to make your teacher smile. We had such fun coming up with ideas! Then, just like real authors, we published our writing. We had to consider what font and colour to use, as well as illustrate our book with either photographs or drawings. Can you guess which ingredients are used to make Mrs Webb frown and which make her smile?
Lights, camera, action! NZ Playhouse visited and performed 'Little Red Robin Hood'. We laughed. We booed. We pointed. We had such a great time! It wasn't the original Little Red Riding Hood story - there was a little Robin Hood mixed in as well. There were songs and dancing, arrows and horses, and lots of laughing.
Then hands washed, instructions heard, and the cooking begins! This week it was 'Pumpkin Mania'. We were treated to a delicious pumpkin soup with flat breads, impossible pumpkin pies, and finished with chocolate and zucchini cake. Yummo! While we waited for it to cook, and the smell made our tummies rumble, we worked on our recipe books. We all tried a little bit of everything. The pumpkin soup was so delicious that we were scraping the bottle of the pot. With lots of smiles, and full tummies we headed out to play. We are so grateful to Cherry, Rachel and their team of merry helpers who support us in this. It's always super fun, great learning and something we look forward to!
Wowsers! How proud were the Manuka Superstars yesterday! After weeks of training, it was finally Cross Country Race Day! The weather forecast was a little dicey but the decision was made to go ahead and showcase our perseverance. So amongst a few drops of rain, through some mud, and to the sounds of our friends and family cheering, we ran. With puffing lungs and red faces we crossed the finish line and all that hard work paid off. For some it was a time to bask in the glory of getting a place and for others it was the satisfaction of knowing they had given it their all. All the Manuka students should be proud of a job well done.
The excitement when we know it's Rangiora Gym day is very high! We look forward to these trips every year. For some of us the trampolines are the highlight, and for others it's the thrill of jumping into the foam pit. We challenge ourselves balancing along the beam, and we stretch our muscles when we jump, tumble and use the bars. Check us out in the slide show below!
What a fun day we had at our 'Wheelie Fun Wheelie Discovery' with Rimu and Kowhai. We were really lucky to have a beaut day and even though the field was too wet for bikes, we had such a great time on our scooters and skateboards on the court. In the hall we had LOTS of different wheelie action. There were tummy boards, train sets, hot wheel cars to name a few! Even Mr Ward and Mrs Webb had a go.
My goodness it's been busy in Manuka over the last few weeks. We've had visitors come and share with us about their passions, and it's been so interesting for us to listen to and ask some questions!
Gemma McCaw is an olympic athlete and plays hockey for the Black Sticks, the New Zealand team. She spoke to us about the importance of striving for excellence, which is one of our PRIDE values, the importance of trying your best and friendship. Lots of us brought along our hockey sticks for her to autograph. We are looking forward to watching her and her team mates play at the olympic games.
Garden to Table is one of our most favourite things to do and this term it was even more exciting. James from Natural New Zealand Honey brought along some boxes of honey and some queen bees for us to look at. He was pretty jolly impressed at what we knew about bees (but we are the Busy Bees of Manuka!) and we had LOTS of questions for him. Did you know that a worker bee only lives for 6-8 weeks and makes about a teaspoon in it's lifetime, but a queen bee can live two years? The frames full of honey were very heavy, and were dripping on the floor. We were allowed to scoop out the honey with our fingers. It was REALLY messy but such great fun.
What a treat we've had in Manuka! Mrs Mason has spent a few days with us doing all things piratey. We've written pirate storys and made treasure maps. Check out our pirate paintings and the amazing finger and peg puppets that we made. We gave them all suitable names, and praticed our pirate voices. "Ohhh arrgghhh", "shiver me timbers" and "walk the plank you scurvy dog!"
During the week Manuka share each day a poem linked to something that we are learning about in class. On Fridays we share our favourite poems with a buddy, using our very best expressive voices (some are even sung!). We then get to be illustrators. After gluing the poem for the week into our poetry books we get to illustrate them in any way we choose, as long as it is linked to the poem. Each week a 'judge' critiques our illustrations and announces a winner, who then gets to the be judge the following week. This is then popped in our bags for sharing at home.