In Week 1 of this term, the Year 4-8’s participated in the swimming sports held at the Regional Aquatic Centre. Students cheered on their house while individuals competed in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. The house relay and novelty events were highlights for all. Congratulations to Kereru who were the winning house on the day. Several students will now move onto the Western Zones in Week 5. Good luck to these athletes.
Throughout Term 2, all Year 7 and 8 students took part in the Science Fair. Students selected a question in a Science field of their choice, and created a project which followed appropriate scientific methods. They were judged upon scientific thought, technical skill, originality, effort and presentation. This was a fantastic learning opportunity for all students. Several students have now been selected to enter their projects into the NIWA Wellington Regional Science Fair in September.
On the sunny afternoon of Thursday the 1st of June, the students of Wadestown ran the cross country. The students had been practising the course for the last month, and put a mighty amount of effort into the main event. There was plenty of support from teachers, parents, family members and friends to cheer the students on as they ran to the finish line. Well done to all who participated on the day, and a special congratulations to those students that made it through to the Western Zone and Interzone competitions.
From the 22nd to the 26th of May both sites at Wadestown School celebrated their yearly book week. This consisted of competitions, shared reading, visiting authors, literacy quizzes and the book fair. The ever popular book parade also took place at the end of the week, and was enjoyed by students and teachers alike!
Writing from Year 7 students:
‘It was very fun and there were lots of creative costumes. Mr Piper dressed up as Wally from ‘Where’s Wally?’ and the Yr 7\8 teachers were all dressed as characters from ‘The Lord of the Rings’.’
‘On Wednesday, author Bianca Begovich came to our school. She has written many children’s books about the environment, and talked to us about how to write successfully. She said you should always write about the things you love and are passionate about.’
Last week the students at Wadestown School were visited by Constable Duncan Ashton for the introductory session of the New Zealand Police programme Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS). KOS is a school-based personal safety programme that provides children and young people with skills to cope with situations that might involve abuse.
Constable Duncan read a story “Lost” to Room 1 and Room 2. He talked with the children about how they could handle a situation if they ever found themselves lost. Constable Duncan said that when he visits again in week 4, he will bring his Police car to show us!
Our Year 7-8 camp held at Green Pastures near Wanganui last week followed the success of the Year 5-6 camp held two weeks earlier. It was a wonderful week of new experiences and activities for our Year 7-8 students and a special thank you to all the volunteer parents who assisted our teachers Nick Julian, Nicki Greer and Hayden Trass to make this such a memorable week. Our students arrived back at school last Friday tired but exhilarated and full of camp stories they shared both at school and home.
Writing of a Year 8 student:
‘I tried to wrench my leg out of the cold, thick, viscous mud. Using any plants or roots to hold for support, I climbed out of the mud and sprinted up the slippery bank. Every time I stepped, I could feel sharp stones and sticks pushing into my bare feet. With a couple more meters to go, I slumped to the ground, at the end of the mud run, like a slowly dying zombie and restarted the whole run. Mr Julian had promised that the mud run was going to be some people’s favourite activity at camp – and it was definitely mine! All you could hear through the mud run course was people screaming of laughter and shrieking as they jumped into the freezing, murky water.’