Monday, 2 December 2019

Important Notice re year 8 Surfing Session

Dear parents, students and whanau

Due to the forecast inclement weather conditions (thunder and lightning and heavy rain) and on the advice of West Coast Surf, the decision has been made to cancel the Year 8 surfing session at Tauranga Bay on Tuesday 3rd December 2019.  

There is no postponement date however I do recommend that families look into contacting West Coast Surf regarding surfing sessions over the summer holiday break.  Mark Perana is one of the top surfing coaches in New Zealand and he and Leeann Hill provide an excellent introduction to this sport.

Year 8 students will be expected to attend school in their uniform on Tuesday for another scintillating day of learning in the classroom. ;-)

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Special Effects with Photography

Callan and Cullam trick the eye with this illusion. 

Cooper and James used perspective shots to create the illusion of a giant soccer ball being pushed by a teeny-tiny Cooper.

Rian and Cameron used perspective shots to create the illusion of Rian riding a giant skateboard.

Police Blue Light "Big Day Out"

Aimee, Constable Terri, Mrs Truman(tumuaki) and Eamon.

Aimee joins the back seat crew.
Congratulations to Eamon and Aimee, our choice of Year 8 students for the police "Big Day Out".  These two students work hard on their academic goals, demonstrate kindness and inclusion towards others, and are just two very nice young people.  We are proud of them and delighted to be able to invite them to enjoy this fun day out.  Thank you to the members of the Greymouth Police Force who helped to organise the day especially Terri and Mike.
Eamon rides shotgun with Constable Terri.

Monday, 18 November 2019

William Pike Wilderness Trail Ride

Rebekah arrives at the lunch stop.

Billie's perch.

Sam and Matt nibble on some cyclists who did not cross with care!

Jo, David, Daniel and Charlie park up for lunch.

Tyler, Korban and Nathanael chillaxing.

Lunch time

Cyclists approach the Taramakau bridge

Jack and Cailan cycle the cambered curve.
Jo and Eamon cycle over the Taramakau clip-on.
Angus and JP led the way from Karoro Domain to the Blaketown tiphead.
Rhys cycled from Kapitea Reservoir to the sea side of the Taramakau bridge. 

Friday, 20 September 2019

Sir Peter Blake Award

Congratulations to Hannah, student recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Award for Leadership. Thank you also to Leah from Westpac.

Hannah  returns to her seat after receiving the Sir Peter Blake Award.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Beach Clean Up for William Pike Service

On Wednesday 18th September Karoro School students from Rooms One and Eight walked along the cycle way and the Karoro foreshore collecting rubbish. Sadly we found a lot of rubbish. We collected the rubbish, sorted it into rubbish and recycling, and then Mr Terry removed the bags off to Maclean's Pit. A kind loader driver lifted up the really heavy rubbish and removed it from the cycle way for us.

Nathan finds a length of rubber piping

Aimee and Brighid found so many bottles we could not retrieve them all this time.

Milan and Jennae tried pulling up a length of rope that was buried in the sand.

Hannah was horrified to find a six pack plastic ring tab.

Lincon and Clem dug up a tyre with the help of Daniel.

The girls collected bones... and could almost re-construct a whole sheep!

One of our three piles of rubbish!

Thanks to Westroads for lifting away the heavy rubbish.

Year 7 collectors.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

St John's in Schools

Nga mihi Catherine for teaching us about basic first aid: DRS ABCD.




Monday, 26 August 2019

Thinking About Gratitude

Think seriously about gratitude. Decide on one thing that you are grateful for this week.
You might be grateful for something profound or something simple. 
Think about why you are grateful for this one thing and justify your choice. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Year 7 & 8 Porter Heights Ski Trip 2019

 The sun was shining and the sky was blue, in between the bouts of blizzard-like conditions. 

Strong winds and swirling snow and ice crystals reminded everyone why we need to bring the correct clothing for skiing. 

Our beginner skiers were relentless in their pursuit of higher skill levels. Several of them also graduated to the poma lift. 

Our beginner snow boarders were tenacious and eventually four of them got to ride the poma lift up the intermediate slope.


Some of our advanced skiers were disappointed that the high winds resulted in the closure of the 'T' bar lifts. However those with a real love of skiing were able to make the best of the day by riding the chair lift (which was closed intermittently due to high winds), practising their jump techniques, and enjoying the intermediate slope in the company of good friends.
 We would like to thank all of the parent support we had with us on the day, particularly the drivers and those parents who skied with students. Your support ensures that the day runs smoothly.

We would also like to thank the hard working staff at Porter Heights: office staff, gear hire crew, ski instructors and the lifties!

Ka mau te wehi! Awesome work whanau.