Monday, April 18, 2016

The Duathlon

The day began with Mr Marshall showing us where we would bike and where we would run. We all gathered out on the courts and each syndicate had its races. The Room 9 children biked and ran with speed and determination and everyone got house points at the end. What a great way to end the term. Happy holidays everyone!

Our pen pal letters

Our pen pal letters are now published and ready to send. Everyone wanted their letter to look brilliant and they certainly did when they were finished.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bike Week

Today Constable Ross visited Outram School. Room 9 spent the morning with Constable Ross going through some bike safety rules. First of all we put on our helmets correctly. The wee adjustable buttons on the side need to be right up under our ears.

We need to be able to get a finger between the strap and our chins; so it is snug and tight but not too tight.

Next we need to be able to fit two fingers between the top of our helmets and our eyebrows.

You've got it Oscar!

Then we did some riding on the line and close control work on our bikes.

Daniel wasn't feeling too confident so he worked hard on the small court at starting off and pedaling. Great job Daniel; you showed wonderful perseverance.

We even spent much of our lunch time on our bikes cycling around the obstacle course that Mr Marshall had set up. Some of us even had a go at the barrel race.

Then this afternoon Room 9 and Room 10 joined together. We had eight separate groups working on different skills; stopping and starting, long distance biking, hand signals, getting on and off safely and close control skills. 

Here is Rakai working on his hand signals.

Signaling left...

and signaling right!

Phew! It has been quite an afternoon. Thank you so much to all the wonderful parents who made this afternoon possible: you really shine!!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Our traditional Maori settlement on the Taieri

Our Maori village has grown and grown. Today several waka arrived including one made of lego and one made from play dough.  Several children made whare nui. Great building everyone.

Marvellous Monarch Butterflies

Earlier in the year we watched a caterpillar change into a chrysalis and then watched the butterfly emerge. We looked closely at the butterfly and photos of monarch butterflies. We then sketched our own butterfly and coloured with oil pastels. Finally we dyed the background.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Breakfast at Outram School

The School Council arrived at school at 7.00am three times this week to cook breakfast for each syndicate to raise money for charity. It was a huge job and the meals were delicious. Thank you for all your hard work.

From Room 9

We have finished our jigsaw puzzles

There was a lot of hard work in Room 9 today as we completed our jigsaw puzzles full of information about life for the early Maori. Now we are ready to listen as each group reports back to the class.

Busy tidying up the garden

Today at Garden Club the parsnips were pulled, the courgettes were cleared and lettuces and tomatoes were picked. New organic compost was dug into the garden ready for our final session next week. Again everyone took home a big bag of vegetables.

A lovely visitor for Room 9

Myah is visiting her family in the South Island and we are lucky to have her with us in Room 9. Welcome, welcome, welcome Myah!

Wow! Look at this waka!

Aidan brought in this waka this morning that he had carved out of wood. He added extra pieces to finish it off. What a clever, clever boy and what a superb waka.