October 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Kate!

Today was Kate's special day and she is now into double digits! 
Have a fabulous 10th birthday Kate!

October 17, 2017

Kereru Superstars!

Congratulations to Bella, Austin and Bianca who all achieved recent success in Dancing, Cross Country and Judo.
Bella was placed 3rd and 4th and Highly Commended in a recent ballet competition in Blenheim.
Austin ran in the Inter Regional Cross Country event in Timaru and received a medal.
Bianca participated in the NZ Judo Championships in Wellington and received a gold and bronze medal for her weight group and in the open competition.
Well done to all of you! Awesome effort!

October 16, 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 1

Welcome Back! 
It's Term 4and that means CAMP! 
It's going to a super busy term so remember to check back here regularly.

Monday: Holiday News
                 Touch Rugby Training w/Garin Students
                 Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Touch Rugby Training w/Garin Students
Wednesday: Sport 
Thursday: Performing Arts (middle block)
Friday: Shared Prayer
              News Groups
Have a great first week of term!

September 23, 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 10

Last Week of Term 😁
Remember to share our class blog with your mum/dad/grandparents
Monday: Election homework due
                  Tennis Skills w/Kolie
                  Performing Arts (middle block)
                  Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport (athletic skills)
Friday: Shared Prayer
               News Groups
               Mrs Stanton (middle block)
Enjoy your last week of term! Woohoo!

September 22, 2017

Decision 2017!

This week Kereru Class have been learning about the electoral system and how we get a government.  The students discussed questions such as: What is an election? Why do we have them? What happens during an election campaign? How does the voting process work?
The students have been very engaged and definitely had their own opinions about the two main political parties and their leaders!
We finished the week with our own election with each student getting an I VOTED sticker afterward.
The results were.....
Winner: Labour 18 votes
Runner up: National 10 votes
Greens: 2 votes
NZ First 1 vote
It will be interesting to see if our votes match up with the real thing on Saturday πŸ‘€
Looking forward to our class discussion on Monday!
Here are some photos taken over the week:
Election process discussions
Students on the 'Vote Compass' site
Vote Compass Site
Our two Election Officials

Decision time Ben!

September 20, 2017

More Wishes and Stars!

September is our busiest month for birthdays here in Kereru Class and yesterday we had another one!
Happy Birthday to Jorja! πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‰
Last weekend Jacob participated in a table tennis competition and made it through to the finals in both the Under 11 Boys Singles and Under 13 Boys Doubles. 
What a fantastic achievement Jacob!

September 15, 2017

Māori Language Week

This week is Māori Language Week. The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting. 
The students have practiced how to introduce themselves to a friend and have posted these, and their personal Mihi,  on Seesaw. They have also been learning about Māori myths and legends, in particular 'The Story of Rangi and Papa'
In their groups they presented their own interpretation of the story using masks and stick puppets. Great job everyone!

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 9

It's a very active week this week!
Monday: Homework (make sure you have your Maori greeting prepared)
                 Tennis w/Kolie
                 Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport (athletics)
                 Middle Syndicate Mass @ school 11.30 (invitations have gone home)
                 Zumba w/Sally (afternoon)
Wednesday: Performing Arts (afternoon)
Thursday: Library (instead of Wednesday)
Friday: Shared Prayer
              Mrs Stanton (middle block)
Have a fabulous week!

Middle Syndicate Mass

On Tuesday 19 September @ 11.30 The Middle Syndicate will be having a mass at school. Parents are very welcome to come along and join us and stay for a cuppa and a bite to eat afterwards.
(invitations have gone home with your child)

Wishes and Stars

Big birthday wishes to Ronin who turned 10 on Thursday πŸŽ‚ and congratulations to Elizabeth, our Star of the Week ⭐ Elizabeth is a happy, kind and gentle friend to all who also works cooperatively with her learning buddies.

September 12, 2017

Disco Fever!

Spring has sprung which calls for a Spring Fling! Lets celebrate spring's arrival by dragging out those bright and flowery shirts and dresses. Come and have some fun at our Spring Disco! 
  • When: Friday 15 September, 2017
  • Where: Richmond Parish Centre, William St, Richmond
  • Time: 7-9 pm (Year 5-8)
  • Dress Code: Flower Power/Bright spring colours
  • Cost: Tickets $5 each - Available at the office. Door Sales available.
There will be games during the evening and a prize for the best dressed. 
Treats & fizzy drink will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Birthday Girls

This week we are celebrating two birthdays in Kereru Class πŸŽ‚
Keira celebrated her 11th birthday on Monday and Bianca is now 10 years old!
Happy Birthday Girls!

September 11, 2017

It's Maori Language Week!

Encourage your family to use some Te Reo Maori in conversations this week.
Use the link on the homework page to find some phrases you can use.

September 8, 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

Ms Hampson got a spring surprise this morning! A gorgeous bunch of spring flowers were sitting waiting for me.
Thank you very much to Elijah (and mum). They look and smell just lovely!  πŸŒΌ

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 8

Monday: Tennis w/Kolie
                 Performing Arts w/Mrs Wallace
                 Fitness w/Bodie
Tuesday: Sport (Athletics)
Wednesday: Library
                       Camp Parent Information Evening 6-7pm
Friday: Shared Prayer
              Mrs Stanton (middle block)
              School Disco 7-9pm
Have a fabulous week!

Year 5/6 Very First Golden Letter Recipient

Wow! Big congratulations to Mia for being awarded the Golden Letter for Year 5/6!
The Golden letter is a new initiative and is awarded to students who show they are living the Saint Paul's way and are a shining examples of a Saint Paul's Star!

Golden Letter from the Principal for Mia Fraser
Dear Mia
Congratulations!!  The teachers at Saint Paul’s School have all agreed that you are a Saint Paul’s star and this term you have been chosen to receive a ‘Golden Letter from the Principal’.
Mia we are very proud of the way that you show our school values in the playground and in the classroom.  You are kind and caring to other students and always make sure that others are happy and enjoy being at our school.  Your teacher often notices that you care about other people in the way Jesus has asked us to care for everyone, valuing the uniqueness of every person.
We notice that you are kind and generous with your time, always happy to help others in any way.  You help other children in your classroom feel happy and safe at school and you also share all the great skills that you have. Other children at Saint Paul’s can learn how to do the right thing by being around such a positive role model. 
You are a diligent worker and have a strong work ethic. Mia we know you try to do your best in all learning areas and this is evident in your work.  What a shining example you are for your classmates.

All of the staff and children from our school want to say thank you for always choosing to be the very best you can be and for being a part of making Saint Paul’s a great place to be. 
Keep on shining Mia.

September 4, 2017

Fabulous Fathers

Here are some of our very cool Father's Day cards πŸ‘¨ πŸ’™

September 1, 2017

Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 7

We have school photos this week on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure you are wearing correct uniform. Thank you
Monday: Tennis in Schools
                 Fitness with Bodie
Tuesday: Speeches due today
                  Sport: Athletics
Wednesday: Suter Gallery Visit (Cancelled 😞)
                      Speeches (continued)
Thursday: School Photos
Friday: School Photos
              News Groups
              PE: Athletics
              Year 6-8 School Speech Competition
Have a fantastic week!

Kereru Stars!

Here are our fabulous stars for week 5 and 6!
Rosa received the Star of the Week last week for her fantastic time management and great details and description in her writing.
Luke received this week's Star of the Week for showing great team spirit and supporting his team mates at the winter tournament.
Ben received a third place trophy for a Motor Cross event that he participated in last weekend.
Well done everyone!

August 31, 2017

Winter Tournament

What a fantastic day we had today at the Year 5/6 Winter Tournament. All of the students participated in football, rugby, netball or boccia. 
It was great to hear the students encouraging and supporting each other throughout the day 

Thank you to parents and grandparents who came out to support the teams and BIG congratulations to our Year 6 netball team who took out first place in their competition. Congratulations also goes to the social football team who won their competition 

Awesome effort everyone!

August 28, 2017

Book Week Parade and Kereru Book Day!

On Friday we had our annual Book Week Dress Up Parade.
The winner of best dress up (and it was a very difficult decision due to so many fab costumes) was Declan who came dressed as a box of matches!
Well done to everyone who put in an effort to dress up!
We also had our Kereru Book Day on Friday. Students came in their comfy clothes and set up reading nooks around the classroom. They shared their favourite book, read their scary stories and created book trailers for their book. 
S'mores and Milo were a special treat in the afternoon!
πŸ“— Student Comments πŸ“˜
It was quite fun cause we got to do the things we normally do when it's a rainy day at home.
by Elizabeth
We had delicious Milo and S'mores and shared our favourite book. It was awesome!
by Reuben
The book day was very fun. Their were some cool costumes at the parade. Mrs B's costume was one of the best teacher's costumes!
by Austin
All the costumes looked really cool and it was cool to see the different ideas that people came up with. Comfy day was also fun and so were the activities.
by Rosa




August 25, 2017

Winter Tournament!

On Tuesday we have Winter Tournament over at Henley. Remember to come to school in your P.E gear. It is an 'all day' event so bring the following:

  • Water
  • Snacks and lunch (sausages available to buy for $2 each)
  • Warm clothing (track pants and your school polar fleece)
  • Raincoat (in case of showers or rain)
  • Shin pads, mouth guards, boots (if needed)
  • A competitive but fair and friendly attitude :)
Most games will start at 10.00 a.m
It's going to be a great day. Have fun!


Keeping Up With Kereru: Week 6

Winter Tournament is on Tuesday. Please remember to wear full PE gear.
Monday: Rock da House Rehearsal
                 Fitness with Bodie
Tuesday: Winter Tournament
Wednesday: Library
Thursday: Performing Arts with Mrs Wallace
Friday: Shared Prayer
              Mrs Stanton (middle block)
Have a Fantastic Week!

Student Led Conferences

We had a fantastic turn out of parents for Student Led Conferences on Wednesday night! 
It was great to hear the students articulate their learning and see the pride they have in their work.
Well done Kereru Kids!
I was really happy that my dad gave me happy comments about my learning and what I was showing him.
by Bianca
I enjoyed showing my parents the maths challenge because they struggled with it and I had to show them how to work it out.
by Declan
It was fun showing my parents all my work but they got a bit confused with my maths.
by Jacob C