Thursday, 27 September 2012

Physical Therapy Russell School styles

Hi and welcome back to another tell all inside look at what goes on with our ORRS kids.  Introduced this term was a new programme PHYSICAL THERAPY where even I got a good workout.   

Take a look at some of our exercises and see if you can do them at home too.
Our boys Ethan and Phoenix work on building their arm muscles up and do leg exercises so as to balance and hold their body weight firmly.  

Thanks goes out to Ethan's mum for supplying us with the exercise balls.
 


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

PASIFIKA WORKSHOP

KIA ORA....TALOFA...FAKALOFA ATU...NISA BULA VINAKA...TALOHA NI...MALO E LELEI AND A WARM PASIFIKA GREETING TO YOU ALL :)

For the last few months once a Friday if you haven't noticed that the T.A's and Learning Support are not on site once a month its because we've all scarpered off to our PASIFIKA Course and loving it all. 
There are so many things we have learnt and learnt from other Teacher Aides bringing their resources to share.  Words like scaffolding, front loading, sentence starters, semantics ... to name a few.
Rae Si'ilata
Rae Si'ilata
Rae Si'ilata (left) leads our PASIFIKA workshops and she started her teaching career in Porirua and is helped by Group Facilitator Fisiena Lupo (right) who is also a teacher at Holy Family School.
We have used this phrase within our Language Assistance groups and wanted to share it with all our readers as its being used in our workshops too.  It relates to scaffolding and reading to and by the teacher to the student then the student in turn does the same.  AWESOME !!!
               Here are some of our pictures from one of our workshops.
Andrew reads "Sione and the Talo" book.
Rachel looks over the pictures ...
Kirsty and Helaina discuss different ways of communicating

...and starts translating and writing the story in NIUEAN.

"Now what's the word for ..."
We have and continue to learn from these workshops especially from each other.  Thanks goes out to our fellow TEACHER AIDES from Rangikura, Corinna, Cannons Creek, Natone, Brandon Int, Glenview and Holy Family schools.

Happy reading until next term  :)

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Grandparents Day went off ....

Another successful event for our wonderful GRANDPARENTS.  What a wonderful day had by all doing different workshops throughout the school.  

BIG THANKS 
goes out to the following groups:   
WINDLEY SCHOOL DRUMMERS and DANCERS, 
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT TEAM who talked about ideas for school murals with parents and children,
GARDENING with Whaea Bev and Whaea Angela. 

STORY TELLING with Whaea Ruth (Lynda's mummy),
WAIKANAE LADIES CATHOLICS GUILD with KNITTING,
KARATE with SENSEI ANN
AEROBICS/ZUMBA with NANA NOOROA KIPPENBERG
WEAVING with WENDY.

Windley Sch Drummers show us some mean beats




Check out our photos from our GRANDPARENTS DAY.

Bev has the kids planting our new garden




Our Grandparents loved it.  I loved seeing our matuas get down and flexi to the Zumba class and just have lots of fun.  My BIG UPS goes to Penina Sasa's Nana who was doing her thing, bouncing and jiving to the music.  


WAY TO GO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART.  

Kids look after and sit at the feet of your GRANDPARENTS...they are very wise and have more knowledge than we know.  



Bev teaches the children about gardening.
Shaoshao and Josiah show each other their planting skills

Friday, 14 September 2012

TWO MORE WEEKS TO GO .... INTRODUCING .....

Nine weeks down and 2 more weeks to go !!!  

Teacher Aides and Learning Support staff are alive and kicking :)  Whaea Michelle has left the nest for a holiday on the shores of Europe and we'll see her in the next term.

Although T.A's and Learning Support do alot of work in the classrooms, we have another amazing Support Person who works mighty hard in our office.  That wonderful person is DEB WALLACE.


Deb Wall

Deb hard at work

OUR AMAZING AWESOME P.A, SUPPORT            PERSON, MEDIC (NURSE MANU), PAYROLL CLERK ..... ANGEL OF MANY ANGELS :) 

Deb continues to baffle us all with all her skills, advice and giggles. She is someone who does lots and lots and lots so THANK YOU Deb for all you do :) So over the next weeks I shall be introducing each member of our Support Team to you all.  Have a good one and happy reading :) 

Friday, 7 September 2012

"The wheels on my bike go round and round ..."

Paul and kids talk about bikes.
Aaliya Rm1 checks the bike.
Yay!  Over the past month our juniors have had great bicycle lessons from one of our parents Paul, who comes in on Friday afternoons with his handy mini tyre pump and kit of goodies :)

For the first part of the session, the kids gather in Rm 4 and Paul takes them through the safety aspects of the bike, how to wear your helmet and naming parts of the bike.

Zung Bawn gets ready to ride.
Our kids have loved it all ... but wait its even more exciting when Paul asks, "So whose ready to take their bikes out?".  If you've never watched a group of wild animals in a stampede you should see our kids when they get on their bikes and nearly run you over and nearly stampede you!!!  Thank goodness for helmets and shin pads :) 

Its been great having Paul come in and show our kids that bikes are cool but also that its about what a makes a bike a bike. Paul showed kids how to pump tyres, what you use to pump tyres, what the inner tube of tyre looks like, where the height of your seat should be, how to sit on your bike seat and ...


                           "On your marks....get set....GO !!!!!!!! 
Next term we have bicycle lessons with our senior school who will be taking their bikes onto the road YIPEEE ...... Watch out world here we come :)