Thursday, 19 August 2010

Updated: WARRINGTON SCHOOL column

WARRINGTON SCHOOL

by staff, pupils and parents

We had a successful beach clean up in August with the school scouring
the length of the beach and the back bay picking up rubbish. General
consensus is there seems to be
less rubbish picked up each year. Great news for our beautiful beach!

There was a meeting in August to discuss how we can retain our bus
service. There is a 3 pronged approach to fighting this. The
implications for the school if we lose this service would be sad, with
some families indicating they would struggle to have their children
attend Warrington School. The legislation around school transport was
written in a time when we had Merton, Seacliff and Evandale Schools
still open. We scheduled a meeting for late August as well as a walk
with a trundle wheel to Evansdale to check the accuracy of satellite
information.

It is almost a year since our extensions and upgrades were finished.
The school has
benefited greatly from the new spaces with pupils having places to
perform their dances and plays: the dance drama culture of the school
is increasing. Wet, cold days are less of an issue
with space for indoor play.

We are getting excited about our playground development, the engineer
visited this week and funding has been applied for from a variety of
sources. The expected finish date is May 2011 and we can expect
significant changes to the sporting opportunities from access to a top
class facility.

Warrington pupils can be proud of their achievements over the last few
hectic weeks. There has been significant wins by our spelling, hockey
and netball teams. Naomi had a story chosen as runner up in the on
line Fabo writing competition (included below) while a school play has
been written and directed by Natasha and Andrea and
performed by senior pupils at Warrington Hall.

Recorder drive – room one pupils are beginning to learn the recorder –
we are looking for any recorders that are not being used – donate or
let us borrow that would be great.

Dates

Wednesday 1 September: Book car; BOT Meeting 7.30pm

Friday 3 September: School Disco (Yrs 1-3 : 5.30-7.00pm / Yrs 4-8 : 7.00-8.30pm)

Wednesday 8 September: Cross Country

Thursday 9 September, 3.15pm: Friends of Warrington School AGM

Friday 10 September: Cross Country postponement date

Wednesday 15 September: Book car and club

Thursday 16 September: Software Freedom Day

Wednesday 22 September: Get the train day

Friday 24 September: Term 3 Ends

Stories from Room 2

Making Lentil Soup

Today the year 4 and 5s made the most delicious soup called 'Lentil
Soup'. I thought I would absolutely hate it, but it was so nice!
Nearly everyone went back for seconds. The stuff in it was just normal
stuff like carrot,tomato, garlic, onion and chicken stock though there
was some other stuff too. I learnt that the soup we made is something
Egyptian people eat all the time because all the ingredients are very
cheap at the markets. I reallylike how the class all worked together
to make the soup. - Fern

I thought the soup looked like spew but it tasted very cool. I wanted
more. I think it was really really fun making it. It was cool how you
don't have to sit on a chair to eat. - Seth

We had lentil soup, it was like my Mummy's. It was yummy in my tummy.
I liked it. It was good, but not as good as Mummy's! - Rammy

Making Kofta

I made Kofta but before we started me and Esther washed our hands.
Then we went in the staff room. Ms Morrison got all the things. We
started working, this is how we made it. We put lamb in a bowl. Then
we cut some leaves and mint. We put it in the bowl and then we got
some water on our fingers and made balls and then put them into
breadcrumbs. Then we cooked it.

When it was finished I grabbed a meat ball in my mouth and I made
every one laugh! - Myah

The Kofta was my second favourite meat ball. My favourite meat ball is
stuffing. We all ate with one hand. We took our shoes and socks off to
eat Kofta. - Maddy

Yesterday the class made Kofta and the ingredients are: Chop up mint,
coriander, parsley and an onion. Mix these with minced lamb. We also
put in garlic, cumin and salt. We dipped our fingers in water and
rolled the mixture in balls. Roll these in breadcrumbs. I liked it. -
Eli

And after a few more hours they found a beauty parlour and bought a
tube of lipstick. The shop assistant was extremely relieved when she
found that Miranda only wanted lipsticknot a make over. - Mary

Fabo Writing runner-up story (excerpt)

"Oh no" cried Remy.

"I forgot about Lewis' party. It's his birthday today. I rang him and
told him I couldn't come. He sounded really disappointed. He was his
only friend apart from his dog Jelly, Oh well.... Anyway, where do you
get Zaxxon 21 and where in the world do you except me to get a ruby?"

"Well why wouldn't you? Everybody has one in our planet." replied
Miranda snarkly.

"Well they cost hundreds here"

"Now how will you ever get home?!"

"Do you know where my work frock is?" asked his mother for the second
time that day.

"No, I don't," he lied.

"Oh well it looks like I will be going with out it. I'm already really late."

"See ya later" said Remy.

- Naomi


Stories from Room 3

My cat is funny and silly and it has bitten me. She went up the
curtains. She is crazy. - Lyon

I made a boat with Harry and Steven in the Technology shed. We used saws, wood,
screws and sandpaper. It took a few days to make and it was really fun. - Jacob

Here is Polyester. Polyester is Matthew's toy tiger. He had it for a
long time and he gave
it to me. Riley

The day before yesterday my Mum bought me some tops. They are nice. - Alice

Last night my Dad came home with a new teddy. He got it from the bank
because Lolly
got a watch. It came with a scarf and it was blue. The bear was black,
I like it, it looks
happy. My Dad got to go on his bike. I am proud of my Dad. I love my
Dad and Lolly
too. She is kind and Mum and Mrs Russell is kind and beautiful too. - Olive-Coco

Yesterday I went to Mikey's house and Harry came too. We had fun at
Mikey's house.
We played cowboys. Mikey was the master of us. All of us had a horse.
Harry got shot
by me. Harry was the meanest cowboy and Mikey was the second meanest. I was the
nicest cowboy. - Zachariah

My favourite New Zealand place is Queenstown because I like going on
the gondola and
going on the luge. I also like tubing up The Remarkables. - Mitchell

My favourite place is Rabbit Island because it is fun. I have never
been there but my
brother has. I think there are lots of rabbits on the island and I
would like to go there
one day. - Zyon

My favourite place in New Zealand is Queenstown because you can go on
jet boats and
you can go on the gondola and there might be more things to do. - Floyd

My favourite place is Christchurch because my cousins live up there.
Once when I went
to my cousins house I stayed there for 4 nights. - Dion

Room 1 writing on 'virtues'

Friendliness is being a good friend and caring for your friends when
they're hurt or going through a bad and good time. - Joshua

Friendliness - being warm and courteous. Show interest in others,
helping people, don't judge a book by it's cover. Best cure for
loneliness. - Henry

Isobel's favourite Quotes on Creativity:

* "A person's life is dyed the colourof their imagination". - Marcus Aundius

* "Whatever you can do or dream you can do … begin it. Boldness has
genius, power and magic in it". - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Forgiveness, Love, Orderliness, Responsibility, Excellence, Niceness,
Creativity, Enthusiasm. - Acrostic by Florence

Sports

Hockey: The Warrington/East Otago High School combined team beat
Outram in the semi finals 5-1 and thus made it to the finals of Pool B
on Friday 6 August. We played Strath Tairei, a team that like Outram
had beaten us soundly in previous games. We won 2 0 – a resounding
success. Mira scored one of the goals and all our players (Izzy,
Isabel, Gracie and Natasha) played incredibly well. We had very vocal
and enthusiastic support from the supporters on the sideline.

Our Ministicks team got a chance to play against the NZ rep players.
Wow what an experience – our team were very excited, they beat them
3-1! The season was a great success and all 6 players (Alex, Dion,
Eli, Mikey, Mitchell and Oscar) loved every minute of it and are
looking forward to next year already.

Netball: The 2010 season has finished and we have had some good games
of netball, and seen some potential Silver Fern talent! The Blueskin
Diamonds (Yrs 5 & 6) had an exciting final and ended up going into
extra time to win their section against St Clair. The Blueskin Jewels
(Yrs 3 & 4) have played consistently all year, and after a close loss
to Portobello finished sixth in their section. Both teams have
improved and grown more confident over the season, and it has been
great playing with the Waitati children.

Spelling Quiz: On Wednesday 11 August three teams of spelling whizzes
headed to the Waikouaiti Events Centre for the first East Otago
Cluster Schools' Spelling Quiz. There were 10 rounds of questions.
Our teams worked really well together. We are very proud to announce
that the Warrington Spellers – Elsa, Jade and Lola - were the winners
of the year 3-4 competition. Closely behind in 4th place were the
Warrington Wizards – Fern, Joshua and Lichen. The Warrington Winners
– Ashlie, Henry, Lachlan and Stuart were the winners of the year 5-6
competition. A great result and a fun event to be part of.

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