Tuesday, 21 June 2011

PURAKANUI SCHOOL

by Bridget Davidson

We are loving our 'imagination' theme for the term. We are all writing
non-stop and some of us have almost completed junior novels. This ties
in well with our recent review of the English curriculum and our
excellent National Standards results in reading, writing, listening
and maths, where 85% of our results are at Stanine 5 or above,
compared with 60% nationally.

We were all fully involved with the Fair Trade photo shoot. Thanks to
Jinty McTavish for her support of this. The photo is published on the
www.fairtradetowns.org international website under Join the Party to
celebrate Dunedin's status as a Fair Trade town. This links to our
learning about fair working conditions.

The junior gymnastics festival at Waikouaiti was very successful. We
also enjoyed the loan and use of the new playground stencils from
Sport Otago. The children are already playing on the newly-painted
games.

Little Cockles and Pipis Playgroups continue to grow and a warm
invitation is issued for anyone to join us in the school library for
these sessions. Little Cockles is for 4-year-olds and runs
9:00-10:30am on Mondays with Mrs Allen. The Pipis Playgroup is on
Thursdays for 0-3-year-olds – contact Kathryn Dixon on 482 1800.

Our Naseby Winter Camp for the whole school is coming up 5-7 July,
linking to our term 3 'sports' theme. Planned activities include
ice-skating, curling and walks.

Don't forget to check out our website: www.purakanui.school.nz

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