Our First Snow Fall

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Here are some guest writers’ stories about the snow:

It is freezing outside and it is icy, very icy outside.  This snow is coming down. By Stuart.

I like the snow it is freezing.  I like making snow balls and snowmen and drinking hot chocolate. The snow went in my mouth it feels cold.  By Ariki.

I walk through the snow while I walk to the dentist. It is cold. My feet are wet.  Bits of snow fall from the sky.  It’s cold! By Andre.

I like snow because I like to make a snow house and  go snow boarding.  I like snow flakes because I like to eat it.  By Poutama.

Fluffy snow flakes falling from the sky covering the house, covering the houses, covering the grass, covering everything it sees.  Kids going cold home, mums and dads putting the fire on.  When you go ice skating watch out, don’t fall over and hurt yourself. But if you fall don’t blame it on me.  When you make a snow man don’t forget the nose.  I think you know how to make a snow man if you don’t just do what I do first make a big and a little snow ball.  Then you get some back and make a mouth and some eyes, get a carrot for the noses and sticks for the arms.  Don’t forget the hat and buttons.  By Polly.

Winter’s here. It’s as cold as an iceblock in Antarctica. Fluffy snow floats down on you.  Everything’s white.  SO it’s like a white world all around.  Children slipping and falling and making snow angels and having snow ball fights.  You step on the snow “crunch” you sink down.  You step back up and there is a footprint standing still.  Last time I made a snow man down in Otatara with a carrot nose and two pebble eyes.  Suddenly my dog Bella rushes up to the snowman over eating the carrot, the pebbles and the snow.  Then I look at her, she looks like a snow dog.  The snow stops and gets slower and slower then it’s completely stopped but it comes back rushes down and the fun begins again.  By Mackenzie.

The snow is very cold and the trees are covered in snow. I throw snowballs at people it goes down my back.  By Martin

 

Taihape Winter Tournament 2014

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Last Friday we ended the school week with the Taihape and Ruapehu Primary Schools Winter Tournament. This year the event was bigger than ever with 11 schools competing in Rugby, Football and Netball. There were students participating from Year Four through to Year Eight, in two divisions for each code, Year Four to Six and Year Seven and Eight. All in all the memorial park would have had approximately 400 young students enjoying the sports on offer throughout the day.

With all the rain we had throughout the week, everyone came prepared to get a little wet but the day was fabulous making the games much more enjoyable for all involved. It was great to see so many supporters out and about, the fields and courts were lined with spectators.

A huge thank you must go out to all the umpires, coaches, managers, and helpers that helped made this day a great success. A special mention to Jude who ran the netball on the day, every year this lady is asked to help out and every year she steps up without hesitation. To all the Taihape Area School senior students who umpired throughout the day, you guys did an amazing job.

This year, the results spread evenly throughout the schools involved, there was no one school that dominated the divisions. Results below;

Year Four to Six Netball = 1st TAS Gold;  2nd Raetihi;  3rd Moawhango

Year Seven and Eight Netball = 1st Magic Saints;  2nd TAS;  3rd Ohakune Skyscrapers

Year Four to Six Football = 1st Mangaweka A Team;  2nd Green Saints; 3rd Waiouru White

Year Seven and Eight Football = 1st White Saints;  2nd Ohakune Detonators;  3rd TAS

Year Four to Six Rugby = 1st Ohakune Dynamite;  2nd Raetihi;  3rd TAS

Year Seven and Eight Rugby = 1st Raetihi;  2nd Ohakune Eruptions;  3rd TAS

Winter Tournament Overall

Winner 2014 – Taihape Area School 20; Runner up – Saint Joseph Primary School 18; 3rd – Country Schools Combined 17

Sportsmanship and Fair Play Award 2014 – Waiouru Primary School

Well done to all schools involved on making Winter Tournament 2014 a success. At the end of the day there were plenty of tired but happy faces.

(Loni Martin, Taihape Area School)

Super Heroes Inquiry

The Super Heroes have been working hard on their Enviro-Inquiry into how to attract native birds to our school. Below is an excerpt cross-post from their classroom blog all about their current progress.  Why not take a look at their blog here and leave a comment?

Week 1 & 2:

We explored our school grounds. We used maps and recorded “What can we hear? see? smell? taste?”  You can see Malhi’s map below.
We then asked “What do we want to hear and see?” 
We noticed that we heard no birds, and we really want birds at school.
 
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Week 3: Now we are learning about NZ native birds and how we can attract them to our school. We watch them on TVNZ’s “Meet the locals” and we listen to them to try to recognise the sound they make. We did a survey of our backyard where we looked for places where minibeasts and birds could safely live at school. Our very low green score showed us that we need to have a make over to bring more mini beasts in.  
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How green is our backyard?
 
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We are looking in the leaves for insects and worms.IMG_0539We found some spiders in webs near the office.IMG_0544

We have a few tall trees where birds can rest and nest away from the threat of cats.

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We found some flaxes and kowhai trees. They will give birds some food.

Better Than Federer (Almost)

We are very lucky to have our lovely Sport Whanganui Coach, Marie Kinloch, coaching our Mana class in tennis this term.  The kids are really enjoying the lessons, and I am very impressed with their growing skill!  I guess we should probably hedge our bets now and work out a commission contract just in case one of them does make it to Wimbledon :-)

Ruapehu Kids Buster – Waimarino AMP Show

We have some very tough kids here at Waiouru School!  We had two amazing teams compete in this inaugural competition, and by the sounds of it (and the look of the pictures) they had an absolute blast.  A big thank you to the parent competitors and supports on the day.  You guys ROCK!

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Meet the Teacher Evening 2014

Here are some photos from our wonderful Meet the Teacher Evening.  It was great to see so many new and returning parents.  A big thank you to David Hill (WMTF) and Commander Williams for joining us for a sausage sizzle.  Remember our doors are always open, so do pop down and introduce yourself if your haven’t done so already :-)

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Meet the Teacher 2014, a set on Flickr.

Welcome Back for 2014

Principal, Waiouru School

Principal, Waiouru School

I hope you are all well rested and ready to go for the new year!  We have had a cracker start to the year with 22 new children beginning the new year with us.  Welcome to all of our new families and welcome back to our old hands.  I would also like to welcome our two new teachers to our staff, Stacey Buchanan and Carie Webb, we are so pleased to have you both joining our school community.  Hopefully we will see many of you at our Meet the Teacher evening tonight, Kerry and I will make sure the sausages are hot! :-)