One year later we are still gaining recognition throughout NZ. Last week Cameron and Mere from our local Ministry of Education office in Hamilton visited the school during our "Putangitangi" workshop with Waihi Kindy. The following day I received a stunning email from one of our visitors who took the time to recognise our combined efforts which have made this school what it is. In one excerpt of that email she said,
"It was really interesting to hear from your perspective the pathway of learning that you, the Board and teachers envision for the students, and the wider community. It was really pleasing to hear about the achievement results of your students yesterday and how this is progressing.
Once again thank you very much for yesterday, I truly want to acknowledge you and your staff and in particular those hard working tamariki."
This was a really nice way to end another busy week at school, at a time when I know our hard working staff and children are feeling the fatigue that comes at the end of a School Term. It is good to share these moments of recognition and celebrate our achievements as a school.
In a week that celebrates "Creativity" we should really reflect on our achievements and recognise our school as a unique, creative and inspiring place to learn, something to be tremendously proud of.
We have added a communication book to the blackboard set up. If you have any questions, can offer time or resources this is a great place to do it. We encourage you to write in the book if you have completed jobs or have maybe been able to do half a job so that others know where to carry on.
If you can offer time and would like to work with a small group of children, write it in the book, we love having you at school to share in our learning!
Sweet birds singing and cheeping happily.
Small Waikino children talking loudly.
Cold cheeks warming in the hot sun.
Yellow sun making my body warm.
Huge trees waving wildly.
Smooth flax swishing in the garden.
Cool breeze blowing lightly.
Old, rusty cars rumbling slowly past.
It was great to see so many of you checking out the healthy lunchbox display that Sharlene had put together. Why not try a recipe makeover at home this week?
by Noah and Ciara
Room 3's Procedural Writing
Last week Room 3 reflected on our value "Peacefulness". Ciara and Noah wrote words and a poem about what peacefulness means for them and where they find peace.
We also have been working hard to improve our procedural writing, especially because it is up to us to create some Garden Guide Cards for volunteers working in our Edible Community Garden. We worked in pairs to write our procedures straight onto our iMacs. During the process we had to partner share with other groups, print and conference over spelling, choices of words and clarity of instructions given. Sometimes we chose words we didn't quite mean. Here is an example of an unfinished Gardening Guide Card by Amie and Kate. If you were giving them next steps support, what would you see them change or add to the excellent piece of writing to date? This is a good reflective question for all of us to consider back on our own procedural writing.