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Hihi – Year 1 Blog

Run, Run, Run as fast as you can – you can’t catch me…………… I am awesome at Cross-country!

Our annual cross-country race is a school calendar highlight.  The whole school participates and it is wonderful to see our students living the Wentworth Values as they persevere to finish the race.  The way in which students will each other towards the finish line is inspiring.  Words of kindness, encouragement and loud cheers filled the air!

This year the weather held off just long enough for us to really enjoy the muddy course.  Thank you to all who came to cheer us on and to the wonderful Year 10 helpers.  We really appreciate you all.


Wizards, Spells and Maths?

Wentworth Primary turned into Hogwarts on Wednesday when we held our annual Students vs Parents Maths Competition.

Much fun was had and I’m sure that I saw some flying spells help parents take flight on trampolines!


The Rat and the Octopus!

Our recent trip to the Auckland Museum saw us explore Myths and Legends.  We listened to a new story about the Rat and the Octopus and we learned why the Pacific Island fishermen used shell and rope lures to catch an octopus.

We then had free time to explore the Museum.  We went into the Wharenui, we saw a large waka and some of us even got to put our hands in the mouth of a shark!

It was a fantastic day!

Thank you so much to the parent helpers.  We couldn’t go on these trips without your support!


We are ready for College!

Our Year 7 friends came to visit us on Friday.

They had written some wonderful stories about endangered birds and we were lucky enough to have them read to us.  We also got to share our writing with Year 7.

We can’t wait until they visit us again!


I’ve heard of Pop Artists but never POPCORN Artists!

With the Rugby World Cup taking place in Japan, we decided to learn a little about Japanese Art.

We had a look at photos of Japan and were astonished by the beauty of the Cherry Blossom trees (桜の花 – Sakura no hana).We decided to make our own Sakura trees out of popcorn……..not only do the trees look beautiful, they look delicious too!


Getting the measure of ME!

We have been learning about Measurement in Mathematics.

We have been learning to measure by direct comparison and we have begun to choose, and use, non-standard units to measure everyday items around our classroom.  Using blocks to measure items also helps us to reinforce our counting skills.

We didn’t have to look far to find the Treasure!

We often tell our students that books are ‘treasures’ and this message was reinforced in the recent performance of Treasure Hunt.

The Hihi class were taken on an adventure, told through the tales found in stories written by New Zealand authors.

The actors drew our children into a world where success was found by understanding that we are all different, showing kindness and empathy towards things we do not understand, and most of all having CONFIDENCE in ourselves!


These attributes are real treasures that we are developing in our Hihi class everyday!

Hihi’s on the water!

Our two week swimming programme has come to an end and our Hihi class are confident and competent swimmers.


The progress made over these 8 sessions has been significant.


We are so super proud of how our children coped with what has been two VERY busy school weeks!

Swimming Stitchbirds in Stanmore Bay!

The Hihi Class have been thoroughly enjoying dipping their wings into the pool at the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre.

Monday to Thursday our Hihi class have been seen frolicking in the water performing dives, ‘arm circle’ swimming, bubble blowing and expert kicking!

It has been wonderful watching the confidence in our class grow each session and it has been heart-warming hearing each child proudly share the new swimming technique that they tried or even mastered!

Water confidence is an essential part of our learning, especially given the gorgeous coastal environment we are so lucky to live near.

Keep it up Hihi!

Summer is coming and I am sure that we will see many Hihi at the Hibiscus Coast beaches this year!

The sun was shining and the Hihi birds were singing!

The sun was shining and the Hihi birds were singing!


We had a fantastic trip to Tiritiri Matangi last week.

The stunning weather enabled us to see some beautiful New Zealand birds.


Our highlight was seeing the Hihi – we were thrilled to spot both a male and female Hihi!


We also saw three Wetapunga.  This stunning insect can grow as big as 10cm in body length – Mrs McLeish was pleased that the one we saw wasn’t as big as that!


We absolutely appreciated the expertise of Tiritiri Matangi guides and we also want to send out a big THANK YOU to all of our helpers!  We couldn’t do it without your support!


I know that I can’t wait until our next visit!


Have a wonderful holiday break!

It has been a very long but very fun Term 1.

I can’t believe that it has come to an end.

I want to wish the Hihi class a wonderful and safe holiday break and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 2!

Lest we forget!

On our last day of term our entire school gathered together to make poppies in remembrance of our ANZAC heroes.

Our challenge was to make the tallest poppy possible using only 20 sheets of newspaper, 4 sheets of red paper, one sheet of black paper, string, sellotape and scissors.

The results were creative, stunning and it was very special seeing our poppies standing tall in the school gymnasium.

We all developed our leadership skills.  We learned to effectively work together towards a common goal by communicating clearly as well as diplomatically.

It was a fun challenge and the poppy heads have been displayed in the hallway at school.  Please pop in and check them out!


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