Monday, 22 July 2019

Welcome back, notices and learning tasks for Week 1-2

Kia ora everyone and welcome back to school again for Term 3. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and feel ready to get back into things. Here are some important notices for the week ahead

Tues 23rd July
-Cross Country training, wear PE gear
-Sticks 'n' Stones with Vanessa
-Student lead conferences after school

Wed 24th July
-9am Mass, everyone welcome to join us in the church
-Cross Country training, wear PE gear
-Student lead conferences from 1.30pm
-House activities for the afternoon

Thurs 25th July
-Swimming: bring togs, towel, goggles if you have them. We will be having an early lunch and walking to the pool. Wear PE gear.

Fri 26th July
-9am school assembly lead by Room 1, all welcome to join us.
-Book Fair parade, come dressed as your favourite book character


-Mathletics Tasks. All groups have tasks set for this week and will receive another set of tasks next week.
-Writing Challenge. One task completed each week. Published, added to your portfolio.
-Reading 'Top 50' Five tasks completed each week.
-Principal appointment student survey (this will be completed in class)
-Student lead interview reflection and preparation.
-House leaders preparation (for Wednesday afternoon. Must be completed by Wed lunch time at the latest)
-Reading. Everyone must have a novel and check this with Mr Yeoman or Mrs Te Huia-Holmes, and be reading for at least 20mins each day at home.
-Book Letters. Due by those students who didn't hand in at the end of Term 2.

Enjoy your learning.

Mr Yeoman and Mr Te Huia-Holmes

Monday, 1 July 2019

Central Otago Primary Schools Curling tournament. Friday July 5th 2019

Here is the information for the students who were lucky enough to be picked to play in the tournament this Friday. Sorry to those who have missed out, we are only allowed to enter two teams. Our teams will be:

St Gerards 1 = Libby, Imojen, Thomas, Harry

St Gerards 2 =Lucas, Mika, Mayce, Hannah

·       Arrive at school normal time.

·       Briefing at 9:45am. Play starts 10:00am sharp. All finished with prizegiving at 2:30pm. 

·       Wear school tracksuits and warm clothes.

·       Bring a pen/pencil for your scoring cards and a broom for sweeping your stones.

·       Hot chips, sausages and hot drinking chocolate will be available for lunch. Bring coins if you want this.

  We need an adult to manage & supervise the teams throughout the day and we will need help with transport from school to the ice rink. Please contact Mr Yeoman (027 277 8466 asap if you are available to do this for part or all of the day. Thanks

Parents please advise Mr Yeoman if your child has permission to go home directly from the ice rink or if they will need transport back to school at the end of the day.

Important notices for final week of term

Kia ora everyone. Welcome to the final week of Term 2. What a term it's been! We're finishing off with lots of interesting things, enjoy the week and enjoy the holidays.

Tues July 2nd
-Ice skating / Curling. Meet at the ice rink 8.50am. Wear PE gear and warm clothes. Bring a drink bottle.
-Lunch with the Mayor! Tim Cadogan will be in Room 1 to discuss Climate Change and the Council response. 12.45pm - 1.30pm. Any interested students are welcome to join this conversation.

Wed July 3rd
-Ice skating / Curling. Meet at the ice rink 8.50am. Wear PE gear and warm clothes. Bring a drink bottle.
-First Aid course 1.30pm for all students.

Thurs July 4th
-Mufti mania day
-Ice skating / Curling. Meet at the ice rink 8.50am. Wear warm clothes. Bring a drink bottle.
-Shared lunch. Please bring something healthy to contribute to a class lunch to celebrate the end of term.
-Eisteddfod assembly 1:30pm. Student speakers will be announced in class on Tuesday morning.

Fri July 5th
-Technology at The Terrace.
-Curling tournament for our 8 Year 8 students involved, see your separate notice.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Notices and learning tasks for this coming week

Kia ora everyone. Welcome to Week 9 of the term. There is plenty of interesting things going on over the next couple of weeks. Please be well organised and enjoy all the opportunities!

Notices for this week:

Tues 25th June
-Ice skating & curling = Please meet at the rink 8.55am. Wear PE uniform plus warm thermals under and jackets/ski pants etc over top.

-Young Vinnies = Meeting at lunch time in Rm 2

-Sticks and Stones with Vanessa, 1.30pm

Wed 26th June
-Ukelele with Baz, as always bring a ukelele and a tuner if you have either, thanks!

-Eisteddfod poems in Rm 1, everyone must be ready to present on this day.

Thurs 27th June
-Ice skating & curling = Please meet at the rink 8.55am. Wear PE uniform plus warm thermals under and jackets/ski pants etc over top.

-1.30pm Predator Free NZ film making for a small group.

-Matariki art. Bring materials to decorate if you want to.

Fri 28th June
-7.30am Matariki breakfast
-1:55 pm Buddy reading, 2:20pm house sports.

Must Do Learning Tasks for Week 9 & 10

Please see the Must Do check sheet in Rm 2 for any more details. These have all been discussed and planned for today, students have details in their diaries.

1.) Mathletics activities

2.) Reading pages and tasks

3.) Book Letter from one of the books you've read this term.

4.) Writing portfolio

5.) Eisteddfod poem

6.) Buddy reading/House activity planning (for house leaders)

7.) Matariki reading and activities (will happen in class)

8.) Spelling, vocabulary activity, and Target game

Enjoy the learning!

Ngā mihinui

Mr Yeoman and Mrs Te Huia-Holmes

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Up and coming - Eisteddfod Poetry details

Hi all, with camp coming up next week I thought you'd better know about this term's Eisteddfod nice and early. Below is all the info you'll need.

Room 1 Poetry Eisteddfods will be heard in Week 9 of this term.
You will need to recite the poem in a way to make the poem come alive, as the poet meant it to be when read aloud. We are looking at performing the poem rather than just reading it.

Chosen poems should be of a reasonable length - 16 to 20 lines is a good length.
The performance is scored out of 50:

   10 marks for the introduction - state the title, the poet, some interesting facts about him/her if you have some. Why you chose this poem? The meaning you take from the poem?
   10 marks for the preparation - how well have you learned it? What ideas have you used to perform it? Do you bring any props?
   10 marks for diction - how clear are the words? - can we understand all of them? and can we hear them all?
   10 marks for audience suitability - Room 6 are the first audience, and later the whole school - is this a poem that suits this audience? I know that we all enjoy humorous poems, animals, adventures, narrative poems that tell a story and ones with interesting nonsense words.  Many people also seem to enjoy poems that have a clear rhythm and rhyme.
   10 marks for the overall presentation - this is the pure performance and entertainment factor.

Poetry  Eisteddfod Marking

*  Using poetry, recite/perform a chosen poem, entertaining the audience and making meaning clear by using appropriate speech and delivery.

Name:  __________________                             Title: ___________________

Audience suitability
Marker Comment

Monday, 27 May 2019

Notices, Learning Tasks and Dates - Week Five

Kia ora whānau. As we begin a new week there's plenty of things to look forward to, enjoy, and make the most of. Here's some happenings in the week ahead. Enjoy!

Tues 28th May
-Ukelele with Baz
-Sticks 'n' Stones with Ness

Wed 29th May
-Teacher Strike

Thurs 30th May
-New Zealand Playhouse Theatre performance

Fri 31st May
-Assembly, lead by Room 6. All welcome to join, reminder of the new time, 9am.
-Buddy reading and house games to finish the week.


We begin another two-week round of Must Do learning tasks. Here are your tasks for the next two weeks.

-Mathletics Tasks. Please make sure these are completed. We will have workshops to cover any new learning

-Portfolio writing. Continue to work hard on these. Make sure all work is edited, improved and proofread before submitting to Mrs T.

-Camp mapping task = Please complete what we all began together in class, be ready for marking.

-Camp animal portfolio task =With your partner please complete your research to a high standard, add to the google doc that has been shared with you.

-Personal reading and activities = As usual you are required to be reading every day, please complete your chosen activity each week and be ready to report back to your group.

-Spelling & Word activities = Spelling testing every night plus vocab activities, you also have a crossword to complete this week.

-Camp 'Leave No Trace' activity = We will cover this in class so you will know more about this later in the week or early next week.

-Leaders planning Friday afternoon buddy reading and house activities, please complete the planning form shared with you before lunch time on Friday.

-Catchups! Some of you still have unfinished work from our previous Must Do learning tasks. Please look over the checklist on the wall of Room 1 and ensure you work hard to catchup! Don't get behind!


Mr Yeoman and Mrs T

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Notices and Learning Tasks for this week - Term 2 Week 4

Hi everyone. Below are some important notices for this week.

Tuesday May 21st
-Ukelele with Baz. Please bring along any ukes and tuners you have at home.

Wed May 22nd
-Mass at 9am. All are welcome to join us.
-ODT Extra! Central Otago Spelling Quiz. Meet at the church car park 5.45pm.

Thursday May 23rd
-Rippa Tournament at Molyneux park. Please see earlier blog post for details.
-Camp parent helper meeting at 7:30pm in Room 2, for those who are coming on camp.

Fri May 24th
-Technology at The Terrace

Extra happenings this weekend...
-School family mass 9am on Sunday 26th
-Mountain Bike orienteering event around The Pines, beginning at Industry Lane. See the school newsletter or Mr Yeoman for more details.

These roll over from last week, please see earlier blog post. Students need to be aware that Thurs and Fri many of you won't have school time to work on these tasks so you must be well organised and many of you will need to spare some more homework time to complete these to your best standard and on time. Go for it!

Have a great week

Mr Yeoman and Mrs Te Huia-Holmes