Monday, 23 November 2015

READ ALL ABOUT IT! Google Expedition!

Kia Ora Whanau,

Today, Rowandale School was very fortunate to experience a Google Expedition.  Maru Smallridge from Google arrived this morning with almost 60 cardboards.  The teachers were given a quick lesson on how to use the cardboard and what it is used for.  Unfortunately the Responsible Rhinos were too young to experience it first hand, but it is definitely worth a google search.  Here are a few photos of the cardboard and a short interview with the Google expert, Maru who will explain more about the Google Expedition.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Diwali Day

Namaste family,

Last Wednesday, we celebrated Diwali day at Rowandale School. In room 2 to celebrate the colourful day we watched the story about Ramayana and the Diwali story. Then we did some Diwali colouring. After that we went to the hall for a spectacular assembly.

Here is the link if you would like to watch it at home.

Fauzan in room 2 arrived to school in his beautiful traditional Indian top - Sherwani, he looked wonderful and he definitely had his class mates complimenting him. Thank you Fauzan for wearing your culture on Wednesday.

Here is a picture of Fauzan.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Music Practice - One direction: What makes you beautiful

Hello again,

Last week on Tuesday, we evaluated our musical performance and decided on the very last week that we wanted to do more than show the school the sounds of some instruments. So we got some student voices on songs we could sing and dance to, we had a range of selection, some wanting Chris Brown to others wanting the whip and nay nay song, in the end we went with One direction - what makes you beautiful, as we wanted to remind all the lovely girls in school how beautiful they are.

We managed to learn our dance moves in a short amount of time and learning the lyrics were a piece of cake as some students were familiar with the song already. Here is a short snippet of some of the boys practicing on a Friday morning just before the first bell.


Good afternoon family and friends,

On Friday 13th November, some of our responsible rhinos left our class to be with a busy bee class. We celebrated their learning journey with us by chomping down on some cupcakes and with a little departing gift. The students were Jeremiah who is now in room 6, Miley who is now in room 7, Te Hiao who is now in room 8 and Doreen who is now in room 9. The rest of the responsible rhinos will join their friend next year in the new school term. It was a very busy day, but we still managed to acknowledge the four students who were in room 2 ; we sent them with our best wishes as they continue their learning journey in the busy bee classes. 


Little music around the world

Talofa Lava Aiga,

On Friday, Rowandale School had a musical performance. The day was spent showcasing our musical talent and hard work spent over the past five weeks. The responsible rhinos performed sixth on the day, they were extremely nervous but they managed to gather the courage to stand on the stage in front of all their friends and families to perform sounds from whistles, tambourines, maracas and drums, then they sang and danced to One direction - what makes you beautiful. For some students, they found it hard standing on the stage in front of many people, just being able to stand up in front of a big crowd is hard work itself. I am super proud, they were all able to walk on stage together as a class and walk off proud in the end.

After our performance we had a reflection about how we did on stage and this is what some of the students said.
  • Miss Fuataga, we did okay but not our best.
  • But we were so nervous.
  • We practiced better.
  • There were so many people and mums and dads.
  • The big kids were looking at us.
  • We did good.
  • Some of us danced and some didn't.
  • I saw my mum.
  • I was scared.
  • I couldn't do it in front of everyone Miss.
  • It was hard. 
  • I didn't want to do it. 
  • I couldn't move.
  • I didn't have enough space. 
Regardless of the outcome, I am super happy that they were able to build the courage to walk on stage in front of the school. Here is a video if you missed out or would like to see it again. Enjoy.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Flight Topic

Kia Ora friends and whanau,

Last term we looked at the topic FLIGHT, this is one of our products for the topic. We made kites using plastic and paper and we decided to take our plastic kites out for a test. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Term 4 Newsletter

Responsible Rhino’s Newsletter    

ursday 22nd October 2015

Kia Ora, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei and welcome back to school for the last term of the year. Our theme for the term is Global Warriors - Te Ao, there will be a curriculum focus on The Arts - Music, Social Science and PE and Health. 

The special dates to remember this term are:
Week 1 - Niue Language Week
Week 2 - Ronald McDonald Dental Care Mobile on site
Week 3 - Labour day: Monday No School
            - Tokelau Language Week
Week 5 - School Musical Performance
Week 9- Athletics Day for Fledglings and Busy Bees
Week 10- End of Term 4: Tuesday

You will be notified if we have any more special dates coming up during the term

Greetings parents,

This is the last term for the year, it will be a busy one with Music classes in place and Athletics Day to work towards. Last term ended great with a popcorn party earned by room two by behaving and working very hard in class during the term.

We have many students who have moved up with reading levels and maths levels, this term we will work even harder to get to an even higher level. I do stress the importance of doing extra work at home. There will be basic maths, a poem, and spelling homework to take home for homework during the week; Monday will be the issue date starting in week 3, with the last Friday issue tomorrow. Readers will go home on Monday through to Thursday night. On Friday book bags will stay at school because of the weekend, during this time the children can be exposed to different text types such as the newspaper and magazines at home; this is a good time to read Duffy books as well.

In room two we plan to make musical instruments, so we will need your help, by bringing in empty cereal boxes, old unwanted shoe boxes, toilet paper rolls, hand towel rolls and recyclable bottles with ridges. We will be appreciative of anything, thank you.

The weather will warm up during the term, so it would be really good to see children coming to School with the School Hat, these are also available to purchase from the School Office for a low price of $10.00. It is encouraged that the children wear full school uniform so a Rowandale School hat would be complete.  

If there are any concerns that you would like to discuss about your child, feel free to come see me before or after school.