This week in Kaimai pod they have been thinking about Pink Shirt Day and anti bullying week. They have been doing some writing about if you’ve been bullied or threatened. They planned comics, based around a situation they had been in or read about. They also thought about how we could stop bullying in school and everyone came up with five things they could do to help. Kaimai loved dressing up in pink for Pink Shirt Day.
In writing they have been describing Mr Graveson and what he does in our school. Kaimai Pod is nominating him for a competition for the best caretaker in New Zealand. Kaimai Pod thinks he does lots for our school. They listed all the jobs they knew that he did … and the list was very very long. Then we wrote descriptions about him.
Mr Graveson’s smile reaches his ears with laughter everyday. Grey hair sits on his head, blue eyes twinkle at the door that he fixes.
By Tegan Fea
His big friendly smile covers his face and light blue eyes hide under his glasses when he reads. He wears a green T.shirt matched with a KKPS vest, as well as grey and brown army shorts.
By Sophie Mackay
The black boots are worn out from years of tireless work. Jeans are cracked with mud from cleaning gutters and working.
By Rhys Harrison
Written by Sophie Mackay and Tegan Fea
This year Anzac Day fell in the school holidays. This didn't stop us from learning about this important and special day. Check out some of the awesome learning that the senior school has done to celebrate Anzac Day.
Our head students went to the Anzac Parade and service to lay a wreath on behalf of our school.
I hear gunshots as I jump off the boat. The water is dark red. The cold night air seems gloomy and scary, this morning. I regret coming here and so many other people probably do as well. I reach the sand. Tears drip down my face like rain. The only thing going through my head is… this is the end, the end of my life. People are already giving up. People shout, “Shoot! Shoot!”
I lift my gun and pull the trigger. Bang! It hits someone. They fall. I drop my gun. I feel guilty for killing someone. I don’t want to fight this war. There’s a stinging sensation in my chest and then silence.
In Matakana Pod students made Anzac Biscuits and wrote acrostic poems
On Friday 6th April Katikati Primary School was privileged to have Timo Tagaloa, a New Zealand born Samoan rugby union player and ex All-Black, visit our school to take a rugby coaching clinic with a group of 20 Year 5 and 6 students.
Timo’s visit began with a powhiri welcoming him to the Katiakti school community. He then took a group of students through a rugby coaching clinic which involved activities to develop ball skills, tactics and team work.
Timo’s then talked with the students about his background and journey to being a top sports person.
In the afternoon Timo was the main speaker for the Senior School Assembly. He spoke to the students and parent guests about PURPOSE. P = PASSION for whatever you choose to commit to do, U = UNSELFISHNESS is the hall mark of people of character: sports people need to be persons of character to succeed in sport and in life, R = RISKS are a part of every journey if you’re serious about achieving your goals, P = PERSEVERANCE is paramount as you learn the skills and get the experience needed to excel, O = OUTCOMES are only possible when you have the right attitudes and make the right choices, S = SET BACKS help you to grow in character as well as in developing the skills needed for your particular sport, E = EXPERIENCE happens over time. It takes time to develop the physical skills and the character needed to be a person of PURPOSE.
Writing by students in Matakana Pod
When I walked into the pool, parents were already waiting to see the swimming. The teacher called out the first swimming group and we put our warm feet in the water. The water was cold when we jumped in and were waiting for the clapper to go. Then suddenly the clapper went. Bang! Everybody started swimming as fast as they cold to win the race. The next race went and then the next and next. At the end of the day they told us the winning house - Gledstaines, Stewart, MacMillan and then Mulgan! By Tianna M
Go, go, go! Yesterday we did Swimming Sports. We went over to our school pool in our house colours. It was only Year 4’s. It was exciting, everybody was yelling for their teammates. The pool was freezing cold as soon as you got in and even more freezing when you got out. When we were in the pool the teacher had two block and BANG! Everybody was off swimming. It was amazing at Swimming Sports! By Tresna S
Splash! The water splashed as I darted into the water as the clapper clapped. “Swim” I said to myself, “swim as fast as you can”. But it was too late. The children were already at the end. !st Tianna, 2nd Ashlee and 3rd Madison. That was the end og the length of freestyle. Well too bad, at least I tried my best. - By Shreya K
Splish, splash as I pushed off against the side of the pool. People were cheering. I just wanted to close my eyes. I took a deep breath s the tiny waves pushed me underwater. Finally I touched the bar in first place. I rushed out of the KKPS pool with my purple lips touching. I ran with the cube in my hand. I heard “go MacMillan, go Stewart, go Mulgan, go Gledstanes”. Yay, next it was the finals. I was nervous. By Ashlee B
Splash! Yesterday I went to the Year 4 Swimming Sports. It was awesome because I came 2nd in backstroke and freestyle and I came first in the dolphin dive! The funnest part was that we had a free swim. I played tag with my friends. By Shyam K
Written by Flynn M and Jack H
Swimming sports this year was so much fun, even though the weather was terrible. There was home baking and sausages to buy. Sausages were $2 and home baking was 50 c to $2.
There were lots of different races, from 1 length butterfly to 3 length freestyle.The parents and the teachers were amazing with selling the baking and recording the swims. Thank to all the parents for taking time to help us with our swimming sports.
It was great fun and the competitors and everyone there had a blast.
Good luck to all the competitors going through to Northern Cluster next Thursday!
By Jack Harray and Flynn Moodie
This week Matakana have been rotations for Inquiry Learning. For example they did a treaty and made feathers with patterns on them.
They get fake money for being focused and get to buy activities like baking, swimming, lego and drawing.
The students say that one of the best thing of being in Matakana are the kind teachers. They love fitness and sport, which they have daily. Lots of people in Matakana enjoy reading as well. They enjoy having Miss Lee because she's funny and they get to play sport.
Written by Flynn Moodie and Jack Harray
He dribbles, he shoots, he scores!!! This is not soccer, it is Year 4 hockey! The year 4 students have been so lucky to get a player from Bay of Plenty hockey out to coach rooms 23, 24, 16 and 18.
We interviewed some students from Room 23 and 24. Fynnley , Lucas and Halelya said “It was very fun but was very hot”. They liked scoring goals, close calls for a goal and cats and mice. Their least favourite thing was standing on the hot turf as their feet were burning on the turf. They played cats and mice and a real game of hockey.
Overall they had a great time with lots of fun games.
By Tegan, Rajveer and Sophie
This week Kaimai Pod has been doing some sunflower art. Firstly they started with the outline in chalk and then used pastel to colour it in. They then blended the colours together. When they finish blending, they dyed the page with a colour and that made the chalk turn into a outline.
In writing we have been doing bio poems. They are poems about yourself and they also tell a little more about the things you like. In Maths Kaimai have been doing some problem solving and graphs about different people and countries. We also have been learning on our techniques of swimming and seeing what type of swimming they can do.
Kaimai is grateful for the new things we have, like the wobble chairs and the air conditioner (the air conditioner is one of my favourites). We thank all parents and caregivers that make Kaimai an awesome classroom.
The Boomerang bag project was brought to Katikati by Jizzy Green. It is part of a worldwide Boomerang bag campaign to stop the use of plastic bags.
Jizzy is a local environmentalist and teacher. She inspired Room 27 to write to local businesses to tell them about the use of plastic bags and how they can kill sea animals and turtles. We have been making our own bags for other classes to use.
We delivered the bags this week and we hope to see our local community get behind this great project! We need to write more letters now so that other businesses take up the Boomerang challenge!
Let's make Katikati plastic bag free!!
We found a way to make our own bags without sewing!
We had lots of helpers getting the bags into the shops downtown.
The best part of Finlay Park Camp
Me and Matthew had just got off the boat, and were running to the other end of the island. I was a kiwi, and Matthew was a rat. We were playing Animal Survival We went through some mud and got slightly stuck, delaying us. Then we saw some carnivores coming our way, so we jumped into some nearby mud, not knowing how deep it was. We both got stuck, and a wild cat was running towards us. Matthew got out using a log, and the cat got me.
Later on in that activity, Flood had found us and was trying to get us. Matthew was throwing mud balls that deliberately missed. Flood got stuck, then ran away, soon to come back from the other side. He got a plank from the water, and tried to get to us. Hannah, my sister, was on the other side of the island was yelling FIRE, FIRE, FIRE. Matthew yelled FLOOD, FLOOD, FLOOD. Then Fire and Disease came over to try to get us. Then the hunter got Matthew, and they all went away.