Teacher – Ruth Pannet
We are now busy preparing for the BP Schools’ Winter Tournament, with class netball and touch rugby competitions. With the gender lines clearly drawn, it’s been really fascinating seeing the boys understand and enjoy netball and the girls doing the same with rugby!
Other extra-curricular activities include the Cantamath Competition and the Ellesmere Speech Competition. We entered both a Y7 and a Y8 team for Cantamath and I’ve been holding weekly lunch-time training sessions for this. Only one Y8 student can be selected for the speech comp and while not all of the children are keen to be considered, it’s valuable public speaking practice for all and a chance to attempt to persuade us all on a topic they are passionate about. We are currently holding a class competition to see who will represent us.
Meanwhile, we have also been delving into Maori myths and legends to tie in with our South Island/NZ identity focus. The children have all produced a stunning artwork based on a myth or legend of their choice and are now retelling and illustrating that myth in a book that we will share with Ngahere children later in the term. Our joint camp to Wainui with Totara will really cap off this busy term…Ruth Pannett.
Lily and Joe placed 3rd in the mixed teams for the Huxter Mountain Bike relay.
Five senior pupils spoke at the ANZAC Parade. Thank you to Lily, Willow, Winter, Ava O and Tom.
Eleanor bought in her observational hive to explain the lifecycle of the Bee.