It's been an action packed term. Our theme has been based our health and we have been lucky enough to have a visit from the Life Education caravan and Ken Terry, our local police education officer, to support us with the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme. Cross country training and gym trips have kept us busy physically. Our Kapa Haka skills are developing well as we prepare for the Christchurch festival next term. Our poi item is much more challenging this year and is certainly requiring us to spend much more time practising. Our Strictly Jump Jam team has been practisting all term and gained second place in the local competition. Novel studies have kept us occupied during Reading time and require us to develop strong self management skills. During Maths we have been making great progress on our basic facts and incorporating art into our Geometry sessions. The days have raced by and we are nearly at the end of the second term. Hard to believe.
We have made a great start to the year. Our space now includes 43 Year 4 to 6 students and two teachers. This has been a new experience for many North Loburn students as previously most had worked in single cell classrooms. All have faced the challenge head on and are adapting well to the new environment.
Term 1 has also been actioned packed with many extra curricula activities. Events such as climbing Mt Grey as part of our Summit Challenge, swimming sports, flower show and camp have all helped us on our journey to becoming well rounded people.
Camp has been a first term highlight for many of us. Below is a summary of out three days.
We went on camp to Staveley and had an awesome time even though the weather wasn't kind to us. The first day began with a visit to the Methven Heritage centre. The interactive displays and variation of activities kept the pupils absorbed for well over an hour. After leaving there we travelled to Staveley. Because of impending rain we got straight into the first rotation of activities before unpacking. This was fortunate as we only just managed to complete this before the rain set in for the day. The activities were: archery and air rifles, compass/ rogaining, steam study, outdoor cookery and team building. Indoor activities were used for the rest of the day because of the rain.
Day two started with more rain. Fortunately it was light enough for us to be able to go outside and we managed to complete three of the rotations. The day’s activities were capped off with a great singing session with Mr Ward and spotlight in the dark.
On the third day many children rose early again and spent time in the hall playing a variety of games. The organised part of the day started with the final rotation completed in damp conditions. Children cleaned their bunkrooms and packed their bags. Parents did the extra duties. Just before leaving camp we came together for a thank you time.
All in all a very full on programme that at times was made challenging by the weather. Parents and most children took this in their stride and made the most of this opportunity. Huge thank you to everyone who helped in one way or another.