Friday 22 March 2013

Week 9 Update

What a week it's been in Year 7 & 8...

PCT Competition:On Wednesday our two teams of Year 8 students had a fabulous time challenging themselves on the police training course. Leaping through windows, scaling fences, pushing trailers and carrying bodies, they competed against 47 other Year 7 & 8 teams, placing 9th and 10th. A fabulous effort, tu meke!

Writer's Workshop: The next day our Writer's Workshop got underway, under the tutelage of Elizabeth O'Connor, scriptwriter. Ideas and creativity bounced around the staff-room as they created their radio play based around a raft competition. After Easter they will visit a recording studio to ready their work for broadcast on Plains FM. We will let you know when to tune in.
Learning Environment Experiment: In Room 19 the desks have been put into storage and have been replaced  with tables, low tables, cushions and beanbags; the aim being to create a comfortable and flexible work-space. Two and a half days into the experiment and we are loving it so far. We will evaluate our experiment at the end of the term.

Leadership Week: Week 9 is Leadership Week in Year 7 & 8. On Monday the Year 7s will be working together as they learn about the 'Habits of Highly Effective People'. The Year 8s will be combined into 2 classes for the day. Wednesday and Thursday is the Year 8 Leadership Camp based at school, with excursions. They will be learning more about the 'Habits' they were introduced to last year and put these into action. The Year 7s will be taught by Paul McAven on Wednesday and on Thursday will put their leadership skills into action working in small groups in classrooms around the school.

Basketball: Trials were held for our two basketball teams on Thursday. Teams will be announced on Monday. We still have room for one more player. See Miss D if you are interested.

Te Whanau Mahi Tahi went to Barrington Mall on Friday to thank Paper Plus and ASB for the wonderful generosity they have shown towards our new library. The children returned buzzing from the experience.
the Friday before Easter. Apologies for the error on the entry notice, this event is on the 5th of April. Your child will need to do some training for this event, Easter should provide a good opportunity for this.

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