Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Alphabet and List Words

Some children will be coming home with Alphabet letters and/or List Words to continue learning.

Could you please check your child's reading folder or school bag and take time to practice these when you can?

You may like to cut the List Words up and make flashcards. Or display them on the fridge... whatever works for your family.

Thank you

Kirsty and Tracy

Drink bottles

A growing number of children are not coming to school with a drink bottle. Could you please check in with your child to see if they have a drink bottle or not?

Thank you for your support with this.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Sharing health information with schools to enhance children's educational outcomes-what are your perceptions?

Nikita Gregory is a researcher from the College of Education, Health and Human Development  at the University of Canterbury. She has randomly selected 20 children from our class in the hope that their parents will fill out and return her survey. If you have one in your child's bag please complete and return it to Mrs Campbell or Kirsty as soon as possible.
Many thanks.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Police car and Fire truck visit

Last week we were lucky enough to have a visit from the Police and the Fire Service, here are a few shots:

Miller along with his brother Cooper and friend George got to ride in a police car and visit one of the Police Stations.

Sofia's little brother Oliver won a ride in a Fire truck.

We all got to hop inside and find out what it feels like to be a fireman.

Watch out, here comes the water!!

We all loved playing in the special mist from the fire extinguishers.

Week 5 - 27th May to 31st May

Week 5

  • Please remember this Wednesday 29th May the school is closed for the Teacher Strike Action. You will need to make other plans for your child.
  • Thank you to those parents who are providing a little extra food in your child's lunchboxes, this seems to be making a difference with the children's energy levels throughout the day.
  • We farewelled Edmund on Friday and consequently forgot to give out our Poetry books for the weekend. Look out for two poems this coming Friday.
  • Amazing effort with Projects at the moment. Many children are fully involved planning, making, sharing, problem solving and reflecting on a project of their choice. Thank you for your support with this.
  • A small group of children trialled making their own slime last week. The children had great fun playing with it and mixing colours etc.. however the actual slime was not a huge success. If anyone knows a great recipe without 'borax' in it and can run a small group to make this we would be very grateful. We trialled a recipe with cornflour and shampoo, however possibly a recipe with PVA glue in it might be more successful.
Here is a small selection of photos from the past two weeks:

Kaia and Willa making a rainbow jelly project.

Kirsty's lovely Mum Nana Anne, helping our sewers every Wednesday. 
Go Matteo, Sasha, Lizzie, Clare and Georgia!

An incredible block challenge completed by an amazing bunch of boys in Wai-iti, lots of problem solving, negotiating, turn taking. Well done boys!

Sasha and Sofia very proud of their fish creations. Great perseverance girls!
Our Jelly fun continues. This is the favourite part of the Project, eating time!! 
Thanks Willa and Kaia for sharing with your friends.

Arlo and Thomas making an 'Under Sea' diorama. Next step to add some hanging fish or sharks!

Aleigha is very excited to make jelly with her friends Lilly and Armani.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Reading Books

Hi All

Your children keep the reading books they have had for the week in their reading folder. They have read with the teacher, they read it to themselves and they have read it to you so they have experienced that book three times. Then we would like them to read it to themselves again as many times as they like. That needs no time from you unless you hear or see them having a problem. This mileage is really important.
Many thanks
Kirsty and Tracy

Monday, 20 May 2019


We have had some issues over the past weeks with Pokemon cards. We understand that the children enjoy the sharing and trading of the cards, however, we are spending more and more time sorting out Pokemon card problems. So we have decided on this compromise. Children are not to bring Pokemon cards on Monday through to Thursday. They can bring their cards on Friday for sharing and trading.
Many thanks
Kirsty and Tracy

Shoe boxes or similar needed.

Hi All,

Linking with our Science focus this term we are going to create dioramas based on our Wai-iti stream.

Please start sending in any shoe boxes or something similar.

Thank you!!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

WEEK 4 20 - 24 MAY

The temperatures are sadly going down but it's all go in Wai-iti!

Thank you to those that were able to come in and help with projects on Friday. The help is very much appreciated by the children and the teachers.

On Thursday lunch time Mr Lukes runs a chess club in Room 4 in Ti Kouka. The children don't need to know how to play as they will teach you. We are encouraging the children to give it a go and it would be great if you did too.

The children use boxes everyday for their projects so the need for small boxes is ongoing. Muesli bar, cereal boxes anything around that size is great. Please nothing larger.....we just don't have the space!

There are lots of bugs around at the moment. If your child is unwell please keep them at home so that germs or stomach bugs are not spread around.

Keep warm
Tracy and Kirsty

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


We have a number of children whose projects are food creations such as jellymaking and a non-baking slice. It is getting difficult to fit them into our day but with your help we could 'knock them all off' and refocus our projects. The children love the experience of cooking and ties in both science and maths so it is really worthwhile. If you have any time to spare on Friday to help these children it would be really appreciated.
Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Food and Winter Bugs

It is that time of the year where lots of winter bugs are doing the round. A friendly reminder to please keep your child at home if they are unwell to stop spreading germs to others and so they can rest up and come back ready to learn.  Thank you.

On another note, due to our different eating times this year, we have noticed many children are extra hungry at morning tea time and they are eating all their sandwiches. So by the time, it is lunchtime they have nothing filling left. We suggest you talk to your wee person and see if they would like extra sandwiches, one lot for morning tea and another lot for lunchtime. Thanks for your understanding.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Week 3 13th-17th May

Hello Everyone,

We hope you have had a restful weekend and are ready to go again this week.

Thank you to those parents who are available for help with putting reading books away and cleaning tables. We truly appreciate it!!

Most children are well into their Project learning this term. We have a variety of Projects on the go, here is a sample of what's happening in Wai-iti at the moment:

-sewing with Kirsty's Mum on Wednesday's
-jelly making
-ice block making
-chocolate slice baking
-slime making
-box construction (beanie boo houses, sports fields, boats, magnifying glasses...)
-plasticine model
-paper mache dinosaurs
-hot air balloons

the list goes on......

Please ask your child what their Project is at the moment and if they haven't started one they might like to come with an idea to school this week.

Have a fabulous week, keep warm and dry.

Kirsty and Tracy

Fun Friday at the Antarctic Centre and Action Indoor Sport

Wai-iti had the best day!! Lots of learning about the Antarctic as well as a few thrills (4D Movies  and Hagglund rides). Then some physical action at Action Indoor Sports. Infact, so much action no photos were taken!!


The gardner at the Fitzroy Rest Home in Merivale thought the children would have some fun with the sycamore seeds from the garden. THEY DID! It generated lots of talk about flight!!

Monday, 6 May 2019

Term 2 Week 2 6-10th May

  • We had a fabulous day on Friday, thank you to all the parent helpers. We know this trip was short notice and some of you took time off work to come. We very much appreciate your support.
  • We now have a new reading book roster and a cleaning table roster up outside Wai-iti. If you are able to spare some time please add your name.
  • Please check that your child's school uniform is clearly named especially items they may take off during the day. We have found numerous unnamed jerseys and cardigans and we are aware they cost lots of money!!
  • Just a reminder that your child will come home with their reading folder every day with a book they have read with the teacher. On a Friday they will bring home a Poem instead of a reading book. Every Monday we collect in all readers and start again. This gives you the opportunity to re-read books throughout the week and at the weekend.
Have a great week everyone, all back to normal here!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Antarctic Centre and Action Indoor Sports - Friday 3 May

We're all looking forward to our trip tomorrow. Thank you so much to the parents who have volunteered. We know it was late notice so we really appreciate you being with us.

We will meet all the children in the morning in Wai-iti, take the roll and then make our way to the buses. The good news is that now we have clearance to be on site on Friday afternoon we can meet you all back at Wai-iti at 3.00pm.

The children do need:
A packed lunch
A drink bottle
A warm jacket

Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Wednesday, 1 May 2019


Hi All

We need 3 more parent helpers for our trip on Friday. You will have a group of 6 children, a ride on the Hagglund and lots of fun!!! You can even play sport for the afternoon or not...your choice!
Any takers.
Tracy and Kirsty