Friday, 13 September 2013

Busy, busy, busy

Hey, hey, hey :)

Welcome back to you all (FELLOW BLOGGEES), support staff and our (hopefully) well rested Teacher Aides. Hope you've all had a wonderful break.

Oh how our little tamariki have grown (yr2 - 6) and all of a sudden a new bunch of wee ones (New Entrants) come strolling up our driveway ready and eager-eyed (or not) to start in their new classes.

Talk about getting straight into mahi.  
We are now in week 4 of the 1st term and onto swimming lessons we go.
Teacher Aides Matua Andrew and Whaea Rachel get to hang out with Rooms 1, 2 and 9 down at the pools.
Its been great weather for walking to and from the pools.

We had interschool cricket held at Cannons Creek park and next week (Wed) we have hockey for Yrs 4 and 6.
Yay to winning all your games.

Well that's this weeks catchup.  Be back next time for more updates on THE LIFE OF T.A's/Support Staff :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Howdy everyone and a warm KIA ORANA 
Third Term and so much fun to be had.  Here's some pics of Helaina and kids horse riding to build confidence and Ethan doing a story on our new ipad.

Faamanuia, Etevila, Aishah, Eleanor, John and Sione spend one day a week learning about confidence and care of horses.  Fun times. 
Building confidence with the help of horses

Here's some with Ethan and Nancy working on new i-pad.

Ethan shows his skills on the new i-pad.  Well done young fella :D
These are some of the many things our Support Staff and Teacher Aides are involved in throughout the school.  More good times to come.

Happy reading and have an awesome day

Monday, 8 July 2013

Week 10 Final countdown to end of term ...

Kia Ora Koutou.  Warm Pacific Greetings to one and all.

Firstly BIG SHOUT OUT to the new addition to our 

Introducing Aaron who is working in Rooms 1 and 2 in our
 Early Words and ORRS programmes.
Welcome to the nutters club aka A-TEAM.

This term has had a lot of good times and sad.  We farewelled our AWESOME team mate Kirsty Morton
and lost her to the East Coast where the sun shines bright but we are brighter!!!!  We miss her dearly yet know her dogs are keeping her on her twinkle twinkle lil' toes :)

An amazing event happened Friday 21st June 2013.
KAPO KAPO concert to celebrate Matariki at the Porirua Te Rauparaha Arena. BIG UPS to all our kids who took part.  Check out photos on Kapo Kapo website but here is one pic for your pleasure.
Russell School Performing Arts Group
Kapo Kapo concert

.... and so it is with our latest blog I bid thee fairlywell and lots of laughters your way :) :) :)

Happy reading :)

Friday, 24 May 2013

Greetings and salutations to our fellow cyber bloggers :D 
Holidays have come and gone (aaaahhhhhh !!!) yet I could so do with another week of R n R.  Week 3 is now upon us  and so much has happened.  

 Our ORRS kids have been busy making popcorn, helping in the gardens, practicing music with the ukulele.

This term we have a AFL being taught on Wednesdays and our kids are loving it.  Something new other than Rugby Union or League.

We had READING A BOOK week which was awesome and getting to act while reading is CHOICE.  From Tuesday to Thursday classes went down to the local library to see new things and to see what our local library offers them as awesome learners.  

This Friday we have SOUP day and all our kids will get some nice hot soup to have with their lunch.  

More photos to come from the term next week and more updates of upcoming events.  Until then, happy blogging :)

Monday, 15 April 2013

On Friday 12th April, Whaea Nancy and myself, Whaea Helaina, took 6 students Ice Skating on the Queens Wharf.  This is a collage of our day trip.  It was such a great experience for all of the kids and we had sooooo much fun. The kids got to play at Frank Kitts Park and we indulged in the best Ice Cream ever. Yummmmmm!! 

This is a story that Tui' wrote about the trip.

I am Ice Skating with a Seal, it helps me ice skate.
I fall down and got wet.  The boots are orange.
 I love Ice Skating. 
I am playing on the slide at the park with Lola, Max, Sione, Ethan and Falea’ana.
I had a ice cream and it was yum it was a pink berry ice cream.
It was fun.


Monday, 8 April 2013

Hello everyone.   I just wanted to share that our Russell School Netball team had their first game at Mungavin Ave Netball Courts on Saturday.  BIG SHOUT out to them.  Today we had Duffy Assembly and guest speaker was non other than Mr Norm Hewitt.  Check out our photos of both events.

 Keep an eye for our up coming events.  Even better come be a part of it all at RUSSELL SCHOOL.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Week 8 has come upon us so here's some of the programmes we are all doing.  Enjoy and looking forward to your feedback. 
Phoenix using a touch screen ipad with Nancy in support
Various programmes - Spring Into Maths and ESOL
Nino and PJ reading programme - Mileage Reading in Room 2

Ethan and Max learning the ukulele in Music Therapy and stick exercises in Physicl Therapy
Language programme with Helaina.

There are more pics to come and so many more to write about but on that note, I shall endeavour to put fingers to the keys before the week is out.  Until then happy viewing :D

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Where for art thou green fingers?
With our warm weather upon us, some of our students - Ethan, Phoenix and Euta have been busily working in our school gardens.  
 Butterflies have also been on the agenda of looking after and seeing them all hatch from their cocoons.  Awesome caretakers these kids have been.
Our boys continue to grow in their knowledge of different plants, how to take care of them and which is which.  The cocoons have hatched nicely and if you're lucky, you'll see our beautiful butterflies flying around the school grounds.

Happy gardening everyone :) 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Big Data Trip into the big smoke of Wellington City.  Awesome day had by all.  Kids loved the large wood puzzles (THANKS LOTS to our hosts at Old Saint Pauls church).  Check out some of our photo collages from our big adventure.  
 Bus ride into the city to learn about THE BIG DATA
We arrive at our destination - The National Library.

National Library Team
Maori legend of how the sky and earth were separated.

Old St Paul's pics

There's so much more to learn about BIG DATA so make time to go and check out this amazing event at National Library.  

Next event - Fun Friday with Cannons Creek

Take care all until my next T.A/Support Team update  

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

WARM PACIFIC GREETINGS to one and all who venture into our A-TEAM blog.

It's been a few weeks since I popped in so I'd best update you all on what has happened since week one.  Firstly let me re-ontroduce our AMAZING T.A-SUPPORT TEAM to you all.

Matua Andrew - our very own 'MAN ABOUT THE WHARE' has returned with a new step in his walk ... married YIPEE and congrats to him and his new wife.
Andrew will be heading our WHAKAIRO group once again this year as well as helping with KAPA HAKA-PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS.  He also works with several groups throughout the school and takes alot of our sports teams to inter-school events.

Whaea Kirsty - move over USA 'Dog Whisperer', we have the original 'DOG WHISPERER' right here at Russell School.  Bit of advertising here but Kirsty is one of the top dog handlers in NZ.
Kirsty works in our Junior school and does awesome stuff with the kiddies she works alongside.  She also does one-to-one with students.  Kirsty is a music and sports buff and you might even catch her at a t-ball games or 2.

Whaea Helaina - 'JACK OF ALL TRADES'.  If she's not in one of your kids classrooms, you'll definitely find her in the office helping Deb with something or getting someone's kai or ... well let's just say she does the mahi (work).
Helaina works in both the Senior and Junior schools with ESOL students/Maths/Reading and works alongside Deb in the office.  

Whaea Rachel - 'SWEETNESS - DARLING....'.  Somewhere in your day you will indeed hear these words around the school.  
Rachel works in both the Senior and Junior schools doing Spring Into Maths, Music and Physical Therapy, and heading our school Polyclub and Kapa Haka-Perfoming Arts groups with Matua Andrew.  
Rachel enjoys a good laugh and chocolate and just plain old hanging out with the kids and staff alike.

We have our amazing 'GREEN FINGER EXTROADINAIRE' Support Teacher Whaea Nancy who leads and oversees our T.A (Teacher's Aide) team.   Nancy is a mean baker and has treated us all to a cake or two or three since coming on board our wonderful team.  She is one of our Literacy and Reading teachers and helps some of our students with gardening hence 'GREEN FINGER EXTROADINAIRE'.  

Last but not least on our awesome list of Support staff through the school let me give a shout out to our Russell School's very own 'go to' person...Deb Wallace. You may see her in the office most of the time but she is our angel amongst many and can be seen helping with First Aid, taking parents to she does so much.  


Don't be shy to rock up to any one of us and introduce yourself so like the Sesame Street song goes ... WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD? that's the only way we'll know who you are.  

Have a great year ahead and would love to hear your comments. 
ROCK ON 2013