Creating a love of learning within a safe, caring, respectful, sustainable environment where individual excellence and diversity is valued.
Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whanau and Friends of the School
After spending Monday and Tuesday at Dunedin with the year 4 children, amazing parents and teachers, I have reflected on the benefits of EOTC week in terms of the benefits providing different experiences for children. For most of the children the Dunedin experiences were new to them: Swimming at the Hot Salt Water Pools in St Clair; visiting Dunedin Art Gallery and creating their own ‘Kiwiana” exhibition (a photo of which is already posted on the Art Gallery website); playing in the surf, sprint races and sand-castle building, having fun at the St Kilda’s “dinosaur” playground; walking to the top of Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world; Participating in an “Across the Ocean Waves” Programme at Toitu, Otago Early Settlers museum; Eating lunch at the Chinese Gardens and finishing our visit with a “Tropical Rain Forest” programme and exploring Discovery World, at the Otago Museum. We stayed in the lodge at the Dunedin Holiday Park, which was an excellent facility, with a shower and toilet in all bedrooms, and large communal kitchen and ample space for children. I am always fascinated by the different qualities children show in environments out of the classroom – children that assume a ‘nurturing role’ to support friends who are missing family; others always offering their help; the children that can self-manage their belongings; and the children that step up as role models to others, and who think ‘outside the square’ to take responsible action. The values that are instilled by parents come to the fore in these informal settings. At the beginning of year 4, our children are still very young to be away from home, and this group were amazing – coping really well with the very busy timetable and the challenges they faced. I would like to sincerely thank all the children, the parents, and teachers Jacalyn Tapp and Theresa Pearson for making the last two days memorable ones.
I know that the experiences offered at our other two camps, the year 6 camp at Pukerau, and the year 5 camp at Naseby will also give our children opportunities to face new challenges whilst having fun in unfamiliar environments.
Congratulations to the twenty three children who have been selected in Goldfields Swim team, to compete at the CO Swim Sports next Wednesday and to all the children who gave 100% during the Goldfields Senior Swimming sports. The results for our swimming sports are on our website. Ribbons and Certificates for these. will be giving out at Assembly on Friday 6th March. Well done to everyone who competed.
Kai pai to wiki. Have a good week. Sharon
Congratulations to our 2014 Prizewinners:
Individual Excellence: Anton
Contributions to the Life of the School: Greta
Anderson Family Trophy: Maia
Whānau Group: Pukeko