Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Swimming Together

Learning to swim is fun.

Room 1 Swimmers.

The John Walker 
'Find your field of DREAMS Foundation' 
has invited our school to participate in 
their community Swim programme. 

This week Swim instructors from Swimgym Swim School began working with our children. The swimming lessons will be held twice a week with each lesson 30 minutes long. Your child's attendance is key to the success for this programme.

The goal of the Community Swim programme 
is to enable all children to develop the basic life skill 
of swimming and water safety.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Kowhai Team Newsletter 2016

Kowhai Team Newsletter, February 2016.

Kia ora and welcome back to school for 2016.
My name is   Robyn Pene , the children call me  Whaea Robyn and I look forward to getting to know your child this year.

The first two weeks of the year are spent getting to know each other, developing class routines and expectations. In this time stationery needs to be purchased and organised. Book bags and reading books will come home once this process is completed.
Swimming begins immediately as we have only a short window of warm weather in which to swim and it is compulsory. Kowhai children swim each day. Please send named togs and towel in a plastic bag. Togs can stay at school if this suits you.
Sunhats are compulsory and are purchased with stationery.  You can collect your child’s from their room and take home for a wash if needed.
School Lunches Lunch eating is supervised to ensure all children do eat. Hamilton East School is part of Project Energize and supports healthy food choices. Suitable lunches consist of sandwiches, fruit and other healthy snack food. If your child is used to eating rice or other prepared food then send this along in a container.  Packaged sugary snacks and chips are discouraged and sugary drinks are not permitted.   We also respectfully ask parents not to send yogurt to school. Although a healthy food it is so easily spilled and has ruined many books and book bags. Please save for an after school snack.
As an Enviro school we encourage the use of lunch paper and reusable containers rather than plastic wrap. Children are encouraged to drink water and can access their water bottle in the classroom at any time.
Home Readers  After teachers have established students reading levels and stationery is organised, book bags will begin to come home.  They will contain a reading book or reading activity to be shared at home with parents. This reading time should be short (10 mins) and enjoyable If your child is unable to read the material then read it with them.
Home books will begin to come home on Fridays in place of a reading book. They are a reading resource of poems and stories your child has written.
Book bags need to come to school each day and Home books returned on Mondays.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to meeting everyone at the Family Picnic and Goal Setting Conferences later in the term.
Keep in touch with what is happening in your child’s class by visiting the class blog via the school website

Robyn Pene
Kowhai Team, Hamilton East School

Friday, February 12, 2016

Take a look at us


Our Pepeha

We are learning to introduce ourselves in Te Reo Māori.

This is a simple Pepeha structure and you will hear many different ways of performing this formal greeting during Mihimihi. We encourage students to use their own family/whānau Pepeha to support their learning.

Tēnā koutou  (greetings)

Ko   Waikato te awa.
Waikato river
Ko   Hamutana Rāwhiti te Kura.
Hamilton East School
Ko   Pippa te Tumuaki.
the Principal
Ko   ________________ taku Kaiako.
       (Your teacher’s name)
Ko _________________ taku Pāpā. (my father)
Ko _________________ taku Māmā. (my mother)
Ko ________________ ahau. (my name is)
        (Your name)

Tēnā koutou   (greetings)
Tēnā koutou
Tēnā koutou katoa  (greetings to you all)

Kia Ora Welcome to Room One 2016

Hi everyone for our first day back at school
we went for a short walk. 

Our focus for term one is 
Turangawaewae- knowing about 'Our Place' 
Hamilton East School.