Monday, 9 October 2017

Some more term 3 highlights.

The Year 5 and 6 children worked carefully on our geometric art on a Wednesday afternoon.  We are really pleased with how they turned out.  At first most of us found it really tricky to use a compass to create circles.  We persevered and were proud of ourselves when we achieved it. Now we are keen to experiment with how we can create different patterns using circles.


We were lucky to have Michelle come and run an emotions workshop with us this term. We learned about the kinds of emotions we all experience at times, how we experience them in our bodies, ways we can manage our emotions and some relaxing and calming exercises. We have found these skills really helpful and are looking forward to another visit from her next term.

This is our new learning space for Term 4 while our classrooms are rennovated.  
We  have already spent our first day together in the hall and are excited about how we will use this space, the library and the break out spaces during Term 4.  

Enjoy the holidays everyone!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Lesley spreads her Message!

Lesley always gives us lots of fantastic ideas on how we can all help our environment and reduce rubbish!  
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Today she shared with us a local initiative by a cafe to get rid of  unnecessary plastic straws by using re-useable metal straws. Plastic straws cannot be recycled and have been found causing terrible harm to animal life. You may have seen the picture that circulated the internet recently of the turtle who ended up having one pulled from its nose .   
Her simple message to us was next time we order a drink we could make a difference by simply saying "No straw please".

Lesley also showed us some great options for creating funky re-useable shopping bags so that we stop using plastic bags.
Check out this cool one made from a t-shirt from the Op shop!  Look out for one of Lesley's workshops on how to make these in the school holidays.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Life Saving Skills.

On Wednesday we were lucky to have Paula from St Johns Ambulance come and teach us about how to help others in an emergency.  

We learnt  about using the Drs ABCDS:

Danger-  Check for Danger
Response- Check for a reponse "Are you ok?"
S end for help-  Call 111
Breathing- Look, Listen, Feel.
Severe Bleeding

We practiced putting people in the recovery position and how to stop bleeding using bandages. 
We know we have the power in us to help others if we need to.  

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Edvard Munch

These artworks were inspired by the famous  Norwegian Artist Edvard Munch's The Scream artworks that were created between 1893 and 1910. 

We used wax crayons and sharpie pens to create the faces and then used straws to blow dye into crazy patterns.  It was lots of fun!  
We came up with lots of reasons why our characters were screaming!

Matariki Celebrations

We have been learning about the importance of Matariki over the past month.  Matariki is a small cluster of seven stars that appear in late May or early June and is also known as the Maori New Year. 
It is a time when friends and family gather together and share kai, stories, waiata and making traditional Maori crafts.  

In Kowhai we created these cool stars using a variety of different art techniques and patterns as we learned about what Matariki is and how it is celebrated.  
As a school we celebrated Matariki with a hangi.  
We invited our school community to join us.   A huge thank you to the Couch  family for their help and guidance to make this happen.  It was delicious.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

We have been busy..

Over the last term we have been so incredibly busy. 

We have been lucky to be involved in Friday Sports in Rangiora where we have the opportunity to play a range of winter sports including hockey, netball and soccer  against different schools from around North Canterbury.  We have had a mixture of wins and losses, however we have consistently shown great sportsmanship and used our REACH values which is fantastic to see.  Thank you so much to the parents who have come along to support us at our games and particularly to those who have given up their time to coach and referee us! We really appreciate your help and couldn't do it without you.  

We have been learning  how to use good questions to work out patterns when we play barrier games in Maths. 
We had to work out how many tiles the person had used; how many of each colour and then what order they had placed them.    
It was very challenging if the pattern was very complex but we got there in the end!  

This term we  held our annual poetry competition in which everyone worked hard to learn their poems.  We had so many fantastic presentations and I was proud of everyone.  It was certainly very hard to decide on the finalists and in the end only a few points separated a large number of children. 
Congratulations to Maisy,  Ciara and  Maddie who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the school competition for Year 5.

Congratulations to Maisy who is the top 9 year old girl  swimmer of the year in North Canterbury.  Congratulations also to Lachlan who will be competing at the South Island Schools Cross Country event later in the year after placing 7th in the recent Canterbury Schools Cross Country event held at Halswell Quarry.  
What a talented bunch of children we have at Ashley School!
We have had lots of fun with the Mainpower sports coaches this term. We have learnt some really fun and new games including Frisbee Golf and Fist ball (which is very similar to volley ball). Mrs O'Loughlin is now keen to take her children to play Frisbee Golf at Jelly Park!

We are currently getting ready to cook up a storm as part of our Rakau Kitchen Rules where we have to plan, organise and make afternoon tea for invited guests.  
This has involved us working collaboratively with children from the different classes to come up with invitations, a menu and entertainment for our guests.  We can't wait to get cooking on the last week of term.  We are sure that it will be delicious!