Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Science Rotations in Ngake Hub

This term our main focus is the Nature of Science component of the NZ Curriculum. In the classroom we have been focusing on the idea of changes relating to solids, liquids and gases. We have also been learning to make detailed observations using our senses, and are working towards asking detailed questions to further our inquiring minds.

We have just finished doing a rotation day where the children mixed up across the hub into different groups and got to have a go at 4 different experiments. We made lava lamps, volcanic eruptions, scared pepper and made marbled milk, Here are some photos below of our experiments. 

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Swimming in our School Pool

Last week we started swimming lessons in our heated school pool with instructors from the Aquazone swim school. In Room 1 we are learning to be confident in the water, blow bubbles, put our head under the water and float on our fronts and backs with a board. In Room 3 and 4 we are learning to float and glide without support, kick and use arm circles. Swimming in our school pool is fun and we are showing lots of "Confidence" in the water which is our Term 1 C.A.R.E value for Term 1. 

To celebrate the end of our swimming lessons, Ngake Hub had a fun swim time in the pool yesterday afternoon. Some of us participated in some fun races. We had an egg and spoon race, and a balancing a cup of water on our heads race. Next we all got some free time to splash about, play with some equipment. We had so much fun and Confidence in the water!


Here are the photos from our fun swim:

Monday, 15 February 2021

School Picnic at Khandallah Park


Last Thursday, the whole school went to Khandallah Park for a School Picnic. The sun was shining as we headed down to the buses with our buddies from Matairangi Hub. After we arrived, we sat down for morning tea, then headed to the playground where there was a flying fox, tunnel slide and rock climbing frame. After playing in the playground it was time for a swim in the outdoor pool. The water was a bit chilly but we still enjoyed it. After lunch, we went for a little adventure into the bush and explored an area around the stream. Some of us made leaf boats while others looked for living things in the water. It was lots of fun at the picnic and we can't wait for next year!

Monday, 14 December 2020

Christmas Party

 This week was another epic instalment of our annual Ngake Hub Christmas Party. The children made some wonderful placemats, and party hats. There was a lot of delicious food and even a famous visitor to give out some little treats.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Diwali Celebrations in the Ngake Hub

 This week we are celebrating Diwali in Ngake Hub. Diwali is the celebration of Indian New Year. This week we have been doing some activities to celebrate in groups across the Ngake Hub. Mrs Mudge and Tamara have been making Diva with clay, Mrs Patel has been making Rangoli Patterns and Mrs Thomson has been looking at Henna patterns and the children have been making their own designs.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Mihi Whakatau

 Over the last 2 weeks, Kilbirnie School has held a Mihi Whakatau each week. We do this to welcome any new children to our school. The manuhiri (students and staff) sing songs, and deliver some whaikorero to welcome the tangata whenua. The tangata whenua elect a parent to deliver their whaikorero and also perform a waiata. After the mihi whakatau is finished, the tangata whenua become part of the manuhiri and will sit with the manuhiri during the next mihi whakatau to welcome the new students.

Here are a few photos from our most recent mihi whakatau.

                                                    The tangata whenua performing Te Aroha

            The manuhiri performing a waiata after Mr Austin delivered his whaikorero
                        The tangata whenua move to shake hands or hongi with the manuhiri

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Ngake Hub Production

 This week we finally got to present our Hub Production called Off the Planet

Our Inquiry topic for this term has been Space. We decided to incorporate some of our learning into our hub production.

Our production followed a Grandma and Grandpa reading the children a bedtime story. The story takes us on a trip through space where we meet some friendly aliens and take a tour of our solar system; learning about the planets, the moon and the stars along the way. 

All of the children in the Ngake Hub did such a wonderful job learning the songs, the actions, their lines, their places on the stage and the art of performing. We are immensely proud of these kids for their huge achievement- It was an amazing show- one they will remember for years to come.

Here is a photo of our dress rehearsal:

Science Rotations in Ngake Hub

This term our main focus is the Nature of Science component of the NZ Curriculum. In the classroom we have been focusing on the idea of chan...