Early morning at tent city. A great Aroha camp wakes up to a new day.
New Athletics Day date: Friday 17th March 2017
Thanks for your understanding and flexibility. Please note, Taonga Camp Day has been postponed further to Friday 24th March to allow Athletics Day to go ahead.
Aroha Overnight Camp: Wednesday 15th – Thursday 16th March 2017
Weather permitting, we are happy to announce that the Aroha Overnight Camp will go ahead as planned per previous notices, including activities on Thursday.
Athletics Day Organisation
9.00am Roll Call – Students to be sat in year and gender.
9.15am – 10.30am Session 1
Junior Boys Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Girls Only – Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
10.50am – 12.30pm Session 2
Junior Girls Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Boys Only – Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
1.15pm – 2.30pm Finals of Track Events
Please note this is a school day and at all times children are to be with their classes, under the supervision of their teachers. Interval and lunchtime are the exceptions and the times for these breaks might be subject to change.
Parents / Toddlers Races
These will be held after the last Final of Track Events – toddlers race, parents races are for under 35 & over 35, teachers etc.
Learning to be Good Supporters
We are teaching the children to be good supporters. Please do not take your child early on the day. If absolutely necessary, you must sign them out at the office.
The weather forecast is for heavy rain this Wednesday and Thursday. Therefore, the tough decision has been made to postpone camp until next Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. A notice with further information will be circulated. We apologise for any inconvenience, but it is not possible to run a viable wet weather plan with regards for the Vulnerable Children’s Act around sleeping arrangements. Thank you for your cooperation.
This week Room 26 and 27 had the best camp ever!! They stayed at Piha Mill Camp for 2 nights. The Year 6’s had an amazing time completing a selection of fun activities which included Archery, Orienteering, Confidence Challenges and Camp Cooking. They also did a Burma Trail and toasted marshmallows over the campfire. Camp Idol was the final camp activity with some standout performances!
THANK YOU to Jane, Kate, Greg, Andy, Rob and Roger who were our fantastic parent helpers over the three days and to all our other fantastic helpers who helped us with transport and activities. It was very much appreciated!
By Kaitlin Lee – Room 12
I was so nervous my knees were shaking, I could actually hear them knocking together! We were about to head off on the Senior School Camp at Parkiri! We all met in the hall for a quick meeting and then we lugged our bags all the way to our big flash buses! I knew we were going to have a pretty comfy ride just by looking at the bus.
It was a pretty long bus ride but we FINALLY arrived at the beach! I was starving when we got there and was relieved to hear that we could have our morning tea – YUM! After morning tea the teachers then split us into four tribes. There were the Sharks, Dolphins, Squids and Stingrays. I was in the Stingrays – the best tribe!
Our first activity was to put up our tents. We had to listen carefully to what Sherilee was saying so we didn’t get it wrong! We were a super tent and had to put up two! What a disaster!!! The second activity we did was a huge walk all the way, way, way down the beach and then all the way, way, back again! My feet were killing me by the end of it!
We had to get up at the crack of dawn this morning so we had enough time to have breakfast and get ready for our day trip to Goat Island! The bus ride to Goat Island made me feel a bit ill and some of the corners were a little bit scary. When we were at Goat Island we had 3 or 4 different activities to do. The first one for the Stingrays was a walk to the top of the hill to look at the beautiful views all around the Island. We all then trekked back to the car park so we could change and have morning tea before we went snorkelling!
I really liked the snorkelling! I saw lots of different types of fish including a baby snapper. Mrs Render said that she saw a huge snapper and had lots of people swimming out to where she saw it!
After lunch we went back down to the beach to play on the rocks, while we were there Mr Render took our group photo – we were all sitting on this really cool big old tree-. We also had a sand castle competition. My sandcastle was a shell, we didn’t win the competition but we still liked what we did!
After dinner we went up to Greenwoods farm where we went through a Burma Trail that scared me witless! After the Burma trail we went back into the other field and played a game called search light. I got spotted twice! That was a little bit gross because if we weren’t careful we crawled through cow poo!
We were allowed to sleep a bit later this morning but when we got up we were still all very sleepy! After breakfast we had to pack up the campsite… What a nightmare that was! It was so windy that the tents were flapping all over the place and it made it really hard! Once we had packed up the campsite and had lunch we went back to the farm… On our way to our afternoon activities we stopped to have a look at the Burma trail in day light – when we saw it we realised how silly we were to be scared the night before!
The farm was quite interesting. We got to see a cow being milked and Ethan got to drink the fresh milk. We also got to see a couple of sheep being sheared and some of the people got to have a go at shearing them. After this we went on another walk to a really pretty waterfall. I was pleased to get back to the bus to have some afternoon tea and head home!