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Tuesday 17th February

We arrived for the run, all ready for fun and Glenis shouted  “Go”

Over the hill and over the jumps and under the net down low

We raced on our bikes, our scooters and trikes and their wheels whizzed on the ground

Our families watched and cheered us on as we zoomed around and round

There was popcorn to crunch and sausage to munch when we sat and ate tea on the lawn

Our helmets looked funny and we earned sponsor money  - The day of the Trike-a-thon!


Our Trike-a-thon was a very successful family event and raised $1232 towards a new slide and water trough for the children.  There was a best decorated helmet competition, face-painting, crazy hair stall, chocolate wheel and sausage sizzle with popcorn and drinks for sale.  Children were sponsored for participating in the obstacle course and bike/scooter/trike ride.  Everyone brought a picnic tea and enjoyed the warm weather.

Term 1 2015

Marlborough A&P Show

The Morning Session children visited the Marlborough A&P Show by bus on Friday 7th November.  Naturally the tractors, machines and baby animals were a great hit. We also saw cows being judged, sheep dogs at work and two sheep being sheared.  The children were also delighted to see the 7 foot scarecrow they had built and entered into the best scarecrow competition on display in the hall.  "Super Daddy" is a red haired superhero with a baby in arms and a nappy bag over his shoulder.  He received a Highly Commended certificate.


Visit to Christmas Display

In December, the children are going to visit a Christmas display by Marie Parnell in the Blenheim Railway Station.  The display has been created especially for the children of Marlborough and with a gold coin entry charge, we are helping to raise funds for the local Hospice - a very worthy cause.

Science Fair

11th September

Children, Staff and whānau focused on experimental science in term 3, 2014 to stimulate the children's thinking while providing resources and equipment for them to develop their own theories on how the world works.

Over the term children and their whānau worked on their own individual projects and experiments, with the emphasis on learning together.

Projects included flight, chemical reactions, dinosaurs, spiders, bubbles, space, making lava lamps, mixing liquids and colours, growing crystals and bottle rocks.

Special guest Professor Dennis Robinson came to view the children's display boards and chose some to be part of the Marlborough Lines Science and Technology Fair.  The Marlborough Science Fair was represented by committee member and Head of Science at Marlborough Boys' College, Peter Sutton.  Certificates were presented to all the children who participated.

"The event was a huge success with the large crowd impressed with the level of understanding and involvement from our under-5's.  The children gained skills and confidence while working on their projects with siblings, parents and grandparents" siad Glenis Duffield, Head Teacher.


Our Goals  

-Children will have the opportunity to predict possible outcomes (hypotheses)

-Children will experiment, observe and repeat the experiment

-Children will learn that experiments sometimes work and sometimes don't

-We will encourage children to ask questions and share their working theories

-Children will have opportunities to develop and then modify their working theories

-We will encourage children to look for patterns

-Children will be able to articulate their discoveries to each other

-Children will get the chance to present their own experiment/project to whānau and friends in the form of an exhibit at the fair.

 Next Science Fair will be held Term 3 2015

Taiopenga Cultural Festival

The Taiopenga Cultural Festival is a Māori festival of participation and enjoyment and is an opportunity to celebrate New Zealand's rich Māori cultural heritage.  This is the fourth time the children have performed onstage at this festival and it is always an exciting time.  We sang action songs, twirled poi to Rerere Taku Poi and did a children's haka.

Multicultural festival

On Saturday, 1st March, our children performed action songs at the Marlborough Multicultural Festival.  The children wore our own special kapa haka outfits or national dress from their homelands.  They all enjoyed performing songs from different cultures on stage as their parents and whānau supported them from the audience.  This was the fourth time we had been in the festival and it was a great success.

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