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.’
March has been an active month at Wadestown with the students taking part in the Wellington Regional Council’s Mov’in March celebrations. The children have been encouraged to actively travel to school by walking, cycling or scooting, in order to get another stamp on their passports.
Quote take from the writing of a Year 3 student:
‘Mov’in March is a card with ten numbers on it. It is a competition. You can bike, scoot or walk and when you get to school you get your card stamped. Mov’in March gets us out of the car and into the fresh air. It gives us muscles and it makes us fit and healthy.
Last week, while weather bombs dropped around country, 93 lucky students from Rimu Team spread on the sunscreen and basked in the sunshine at Forest Lakes Camp at Otaki.
For four days the students challenged themselves with such activities as horse riding, kayaking, flying fox and mudslide, to name a few. One of the highlights of the week was a series of water relays that kept everyone soaking and laughing while the eager parents regularly fired water missiles (in case the students were getting too hot).
One evening highlight was the technology challenge where the children had to design and make a costume for a princess or a superhero out of newspaper and sellotape. The catwalk by our models was received with deafening hoots and cheers – a fun and creative enterprise.
Sixteen hard working parents supported the children to achieve the activities, manned the kitchen to deliver delicious meals, and joined in with the fun wherever they could.
Back in class this week we have been reflecting on the camp and everyone seems to have a different highlight and happy memory, so once again the teachers are reminded that the planning and effort is well worthwhile.