17th December 2009 School's
all over for the year. Happy Holidays everyone. Many thanks to Hamish,
our main news reporter for the year.
15th December. Last night was the fancy dress. It was a very fun time of singing and dancing and parading and all kinds of other stuff. At the end of it was the prize-giving. Ruby Thompson got the highest total of scores for the international tests that are known as the I.C.A.S. Karaitiana Taipeti got the quickest time to do a 100 question multiplication test and get them all right in around 2 and a half minutes! The principal's awards went to Olivia Smits, Briar Walker and Kurt Turpie. Afterwards Kurt and Briar said a very funny end of year farewell speech on behalf of the year eights. They are lucky that they are leaving this year! Well that is the highlights of the night and just remember: Waterfight tomorrow but only for the middle and senior syndicate. It will be the last day of ever for the year eights. It will be very emotional but fun as well. I wonder if I will be able to nail Mr. Hawkes in the middle of the head? or maybe right between the eyes??.... Here's a few photo's for you of the Fancy Dress night.
Today or should I say tonight is the fancy dress. This happens yearly
at the events centre next to the school. It starts sharp at 7:00 pm
and finishes at about 8:30 pm. It is non stop fun, plus some important
awards, so I hope to see you there! 1 and a half more days of school!
Merry Christmas to all!
11th December. Yesterday was the middle school's picnic. It was awesome. Next week is the Fancy Dress, Water Fight and the last day of school for the year. It is so close! Only 14 days till Christmas, Happy Holidays!
10th December. Yesterday was the juniors picnic and the fancy dress. Today is nearly the same. There is fancy dress first up, then at lunch time the middle syndicate will have theirs. It will be really cool. Fancy dress night is on the next Monday, 6:45 PM to around 8 PM. Hope to see you there. 15 more days to Christmas, Happy Holidays!
8th December. This is the last month of the year, the start of summer, the last term of the year and also the last term for the year eight at Awakeri school. Yes it is that time again, the end of year disco for the seniors, picnics for the middle and junior school and of course the beach trip for the middle school which is today. The yr. 7 and 8 disco is on Tuesday the 15th 7 pm to 10pm, it will be a blast and look awesome as well. The picnics are also really soon so that will be fun as well. Only about 18 more days till Christmas, Happy Holidays!
30th November. On
Thursday and Friday the senior school had their intensive. It was a
successful couple of days where the year 7 and 8 pupils get to have
a go at learning about responsibility and having fun. On Thursday the
year 7 pupils learnt all about being responsible, working as a team
and how to look after junior students. It was a very fun day. The year
8's went into Whakatane for the day. They went to the pools, the gym
and even learnt how to play basketball. Then on Friday the year 7's
went to Barrs' farm to learn about teamwork while the year 8's went
to the golf course or the skate park to have a good time. After that
all the pupils met at the Awakeri hot pools for a buffet of sausages
and a swim in the hot water. I wish that the water was cold though!
I am pretty sure that the sausage eating record of 11 was broken by
Jamikah Tawhara who had 11 and a 1/2. Well done to her. Want some photo's?
Click here if you do.
24th November. Yesterday Barbara Kendall came and left, but not empty handed. She left us an awesome speech about motivation towards your dream, autographs and a few pictures. The pictures will be at the bottom of the text. Her speech told us about the start of her career, her life and also her most embarrassing moment. I will not tell of her moment because it is really embarrassing. Her mum and dad were sailors and they owned a yacht. Her brother started windsurfing before her, so that is one form of motivation. She has came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Olympics and is wondering whether to have another go at it. Any way here are the photo's and just 32 more days till Christmas, hasn't the year gone fast? Happy Holidays!
23rd November This week the school pool opens up but that isn't as important as the school's guest speaker, Barbara Kendall. She is an Olympian with 3 medals to prove it. The middle and senior syndicate get to go to the Events Centre and listen to what she has to say at 10 a.m. Caleb is back at school but he is not fully healed. He picked the right week to come back. This week is the yr. 7 and 8 intensive. The students have worked hard to earn it. Here is some random news: Mr. Hawkes and Mr. Fitz are growing moustaches for moustaches month! Good on them. Just 33 more days to Christmas, Happy Holidays!
19th November Today
the senior school had their turn of the interschool athletics. It was
a long and hard day full of ribbons and fun. There was Discus, High
Jump, Long Jump and Shot-put. In between were the track events. At the
end of the day were the relays for the age groups. Here are the times
and the places of the awakeri students:
18th November. Today the middle school went to interschool athletics. It was raining but that didn't stop them going or room 8 going to their camp at Tui Glenn either. The seniors get a shot at winning some ribbons tomorrow if the weather holds up, lets hope it does! The year 7 and 8 intensive are coming up soon. The yr. 7's get to go to Bar's Farm while the year eight's go to either the Whakatane Skate Park or to Tauranga End of year is coming up so with it will be the usual stuff like the Disco Fancy Dress, the Picnics, Magazines, Water Fight and the Competition for the cover drawing of the magazine. Lets hope that the rest of the year is pleasant. Just under 50 days till Christmas so Happy Holidays!
17th November Lots happening. Today the seniors had their final 12 minute run,and about 80 percent of them got new personal bests! Awesome. Tomorrow and Thursday our athletes are off to the interschool sports. We know they'll do well. Susannah Williams has been busy filming her musical movie, with her assistants Jimikah and Kayla. Suzzy wrote the script and songs and nows she's directing the actors. Good luck to Room 8 for their camp starting tomorrow.
10th November Click here to see some nice photos of the senior high jump finals. We can fly!!
6th November We had some great running yesterday at the senior track athletics. First up Samuel Burgess and Caleb Robertshaw had another titanic battle in the open 800m, pushing Samuel to beat Ben McPherson's long standing record by 6 seconds! Tiaan Brownless also broke the 10 year old boys 100m sprint record, to go with him winning all the field events for his age! Check out our athletic records in the Sports Records link to the left.
3rd November This week is the schools athletics week. Today the juniors will have a go at breaking some records for the field events. Yesterday the seniors broke some records, one of them was the open 1500m which was broken by Caleb Robertshaw (1st) and Samuel Burgess (2nd). The new record is now under 5 minutes! The other record that I know of is the 13yr old boys vortex throw. This was broken by Samuel Burgess who got over 60m (it was nearly farther than the measuring tape)! the senior and middle school had started the high jump. For the seniors no records were broken yet but there is still the 12 and 13 year old boys to go so you never know. The whole competition is to find the people that are good enough to go to interschool athletics, but right now it is house against house. There are going to be more field and mostly track events on Thursday, so come along and support your house. If you don't have a house then support rata! Good luck to all the Juniors.
22 October Today is Group
Day, so the top performers at Ag Day went with their animals to the
Group Day comp at Rangitaiki Independent School. Today we had an earthquake
drill too. Those runners out practising athletics did well to drop and
get into a safe position!
20th October Family soccer starts soon, on Mondays, from 2 November, 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm, three games a night, check out the other rules on the Awakeri Soccer website. Register teams with Barrie Hawkes ph 3222076 or email $30 a team.
19th October This
is the start of week two for the last term of the year. On Friday was
the school's Ag day. A lot of people showed up. There were rats, cats,
dogs, calves, lambs, goats, miniature scenes, flax flowers, aqua jars
and loads more. For the calves there was a total of 35 different ribbons
handed out and a total of 12 trophies and lots and lots of more ribbons
for the dogs and goats and lambs. The day was a great success! Check
out these awesome photos.
14th October Welcome
back everyone and I hope you enjoyed your holidays. Today Rhythm Interactive
came to the school and let the senior classes learn about how actions
speak louder than words by playing djembe drums. I'll try and get some
photo's on the website for that.
25 September The final
night of Sheik Rattle n Roll went very well, enjoyed by a full house.
Lots of ex-pupils there watching too. Happy holidays everyone!! There
are more cool pics of the production here.
23 September Check out these cool pics of the production. There's even one of Mr Fitz dancing!
22nd September Today,
or should I say tonight, is the opening night of our production. All
the tickets haven't been sold for tonight so there will be tickets selling
at the door (Thursday night is sold out). Come along if you can. There
will be action, drama, love, politics and royalty.
16th September The year
eights have been off visiting the local high schools to see which one
they want to go to, or should that be which one would take them!
14th September Sheik Rattle n Roll tickets went on sale this morning, we sold over $200 worth. Big dress rehearsal today, plus the kapa haka have a practice at Edgecumbe College to get ready for performing there on Saturday. Wow, it's all on!!
11th September Today is production singing practice. Speaking of production the tickets are on sale and you can get them from Mrs. Prodger at the office or on Monday you can get them from the pair of senior students selling them. They are $8 for an adult and $4 for a child. The shows are on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7 PM for both. There will be acting, singing and even as a special bonus kapa haka. So if your up for a laugh then come along to the little theater in Whakatane but bring your ticket because if you don't then you probably won't get in.
8th September The indoor programme for this year's Ag Day is here on the website. Click on the link to the left.
7th September Spring is here and so are the lambs and calves and animals. That's good because our schools agricultural day is next month! The new term will be on the 12th of October and then on the first Friday is ag day! It's on the newsletter so have a look! Production Rehearsals are in full swing and there are meant to be no scripts this week at rehearsal. BREAKING NEWS! Today all of the senior school had a 12 minute run and it went well. Samuel Burgess and Kurt Turpie both broke the 3 km mark. WELL DONE to them both. Because people were away then we are having another 12 min run for them. If you have already done it then it is optional. Did you know, Room 14 ran over 61 km in those 12 minutes!
30th August Tomorrow and Wednesday is kapa haka intensive. This will be our 13th year entering in the Rangitaiki Festival, and we have our biggest every group getting ready for it. Check out our Kapa haka history here. Hopefully more details to be added, including our rare placings and even rarer victories!! Still. We love it!
28th August DAFFODIL DAY Well,
production is in full swing and isn't it scary how close it is! Rehearsals
are going great and Mr. Fitz is happy with them (I think....). The orchestra
have just finished learning all their songs so they should be awesome,
along with a parent addition to the orchestra.
27th August Check out the new Educational Links on our Helping Your Child page. Miss Robb has been training up the teachers to use interactive whiteboards and she recommends these sites. PS We've fixed the links to the sites, some of them weren't working. They are now!
24th August In the last
few days we have had visitors from Edgecumbe College and the Rangitaiki
Independent School telling our senior students about what they can offer
year 9 students next year. They handed out information packs or CDs.
A notice is coming out soon for the yr. 8 students about all the open
days etc. that the high schools are offering, when we have all the information.
Isn't it nice to be wanted!!
20th August Congratulations
to our winners at the Eastern Bay Science Fair!!! Daniel Reeves and
Olivia Smits both got GOLD; Jennifer Cram,
Shane Gow, Kelsey Haddock and Briar Walker got silvers; we also won
five special awards and four highly commendeds. Awesome!! Check out
the details on our Science Fair page.
14th August. Like I promised, the interview happened and it was fun. The visitors are leaving tonight and everyone will miss them. What I found out is that the climate in Singapore is very hot and humid so the cool weather is a really refreshing change of weather for them. The temperature can reach 33 degrees Celsius while in New Zealand it struggles to reach 30! The main cultures are Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Eurasian and even Philippine! The result of all this culture results in having over four different languages, but little old New Zealand only has Maori and English. The school that they talked about had over 41 classrooms while Awakeri only has 15! Their favourite thing about New Zealand was the friendly hospitality and the sheep.
13th August. Well, today was the Eastern Bay Science Fair and the children who got Highly Commended or higher in the school science fair jumped on the bus with their pillows and went. This event was held at the the Whakatane War Memorial Complex and it was packed with project boards. We went and sat next to our projects to nervously await judging. Some of us only got 2 judges some people got up to 8! We recognized some of the judges and Mr. Fitz brought the exchange teachers to check it out. The people who have to go to the prize giving will be notified tomorrow and the prize giving is on Saturday. I hope to see you there!
11th August. Check out these photos from the science fair.
10th August. The weekend is over and the School will be busy hosting some teacher from Singapore. Their Primary schools have up to 2 200 students but with us it is only about 350 students. It is a privilege to have them so I am going to hopefully interview them before they go. Room 10 is back from their camp so there should be a update about that. Also the Middle school have started practices for the interschool hockey and soccer day. The production practices are starting on Wednesday which means that the people with main parts better have been practicing their lines. The actual production dates are on the newsletter so check it out. Well that's it for now, I have an interview to arrange!
7th August. The
placings are determined and the certificates are waiting to be handed
out. Yes that is right, prize giving is today and it will be outside
in the sun at 12 o'clock, it will be a fun time. The placings for science
are 1st: Abbey Patterson, 2nd: Daniel Reeves, 3rd = is Jarrod Hall,
Kelsey Haddock with Briar Walker (partners). Highly commended goes to
Hamish Inwood, Toby Kirkpatrick, Brooke Theobald and Susannah Williams.
Commended goes to Kelsie Ingle, Kurt Turpie, Sophie Howard with Nikki
Turpie (partners). For Technology the placings are 1st: Jennifer Cram,
2nd: Kara Sanson, 3rd: Shane Gow and Highly Commended is Olivia Smits,
Nicci Hammond and David Klein Ovink with Jesse Ingle as a partner. Well
that's the placings but only the people with highly commended or higher
get to go to the Eastern Bay science fair.
6th August. Judging is over! The judges have decided the winner for the Awakeri School Science Fair and also who goes to the Eastern Bay Science Fair next week. Tonight is the public viewing but tomorrow is the prize giving. Be there at 12 noon if you are in the area and by 'there' I mean at the Events Center! There will be certificates and shiny trophies and more certificates. It will be a fun time. Also some pages have been updated so keep an eye out for them.
That's it! If you haven't handed in your science fair by now and you
are a current student of the school, it doesn't count! Luckily everyone
has, so nobody will be left out! Yes that's right science fair has been
handed in and judging will start tomorrow! Then on the same Thursday
night it is open to the public, and again on Friday morning from eight
till nine, Local time that is. Then on the same Friday the prize giving
will be held. If you get a highly commended then you will be able to
get into Eastern Bay Of Plenty competition! The suspense is high. The
quality is from good up to excellent! so come along if you have the
3rd August. This is a very busy week for the school. Today Room 9 Left for their camp at Lake Taupo and room 11 are at the beach planting some plants for the sand dunes. They will be back at the end off the day. On Wednesday the school gets back room nine but room ten go and have their turn at the same camp. Science fair is on this week for the school. The students have been working really hard on that. There are the school trophies, the placing and the entry into the Eastern Bay Of Plenty science fair in the following week, I just can't wait! The interschool soccer and hockey teams have been picked and training should start soon, Meanwhile the seniors are making the most of the free time they have in lunch and interval and playing a game on the field. Jump rope for the heart was yesterday and as a school we made $310! This all went to the Heart Foundation.
27th July. This
is the start of week 2 for term 3 and it started with a big rush of
fire, literally! You may be wondering what I am talking about. It is
the hot air balloons that room 14 made with Mr. Sheather in room 15.
They have been working on it for an afternoon every week for the past
4 to 5 weeks. Most of the balloons took off but there were some of them
that crashed and burned. Most of the school came out to watch and it
was a crowd pleasure. Personally my favourite part was when they were
falling and burning at the same time.
23rd July. This week is the first week for the term and it has been really fun even though it hasn't even finished yet! The life Education trust or Harold the giraffe as the students know it by has started teaching most of the classes about healthy things by making it fun as well. On Tuesdays the yr. 7 and 8 students from Rooms 13 and 14 go to technology at Edgecumbe. This will be the second term for them. The production is this term, so the scripts will be handed out to the leads tomorrow for them to learn. They get an extra six weeks to learn the lines. Science fair is on this term as well. The students entering should be at least half way by now. Well that is what I think anyway. Wow look at the time, this is Hamish ending the bulletin.
3rd July. Today is the last day of the term. It will be extra emotional because it is the day that they announce the lead parts for the production, and who got them! The scripts will be handed out today so that the people who got the parts get to practice over the holidays. What a great idea. The names will be announced around midday to 12:30 p.m. Come along if you want to. It will either be in the events center or on the deck of room 13. Well that's it for the term, see you later!
2nd July. In
Room 11 today, they had some rather unusual visitors. It was a pair
of ferrets! Their names were Gizmo and Oscar. Check out Room 11's page
for more info and some cool photos.
30th June. Today
was supposed to be Manawahe cross country but because it is raining
really heavily, it is now postponed. The senior and middle school have
been training to run all the way up big hills for kilometres and then
down a little bit of a hill for a few metres. It is a very big day and
has been running for as long as I can remember.
22nd June. Today
the Fire Fighters came. If you are wondering why, and I know you are,
then I will explain. The senior school has been studying about fire
wise and fire safety. We watched videos and prepared for fires, had
quizzes and had discussions. This has been going on for a few weeks
now and it is quite graphic so the videos are rated for form 1 students
up. Otherwise it has been really eye opening to how fast fire is and
what to do. After talking about fire safety we went through the smoke
house to see what it would be like to get down, get low and get out.
Then we had to go back in, which by the way you should NEVER do but
luckily it was only to practice, and jump out of the fake window which
was padded down at the ground where you landed. The part with the most
fun was jumping out. It was a fun thing to do and learn about but in
the real thing it won't be as fun because fire is deadly.
19th June We had some
cool speeches in the semi finals. Zac made some funny jokes, including
one about dinosaurs, Holly challenged us not to scratch while she spoke
to us for three minutes about headlice, Sophie tald us the history of
potato chips, Josh KO looked at David Beckham's role modelling, David
KO got us worrying about the number of press ups we should be doing
to balance our sugar intake, Kurt gave his speech with a strange accent
and Rico had us all laughing with his stories of trampoline accidents.
So... who got through to the finals?
16th June Congratulations to the following people who have got through to the semi finals of the senior speech contest: Holly Davis, Blake Cossey, Abbey Patterson, Jennifer Cram, Rico Luca, Kelsei Ingle, Zac Fretwell, Kelsey Haddock, David Klein Ovink, Kurt Turpie, Sophie Howard, Shjara Dakin, Hamish Inwood and Josh Klein Ovink. The semi final is on Thursday, then the finalists will be selected for the final on Tuesday 23rd June, which is open to everybody. If you want to see who has won the contest, going all the way back to 1949, look at our Academic Archives page!
12th June. Grease
was performed yesterday by Whakatane High School, at the Whakatane Little
Theatre. The three classes (rooms 12 - 14) that were lucky enough to
go, had a great time and were wowed at how well it all looked and how
well it all flowed. The dancing was awesome! It is a musical based on
the movie that came out around the 1970's. If you saw the movie and
then the show you would be amazed at how much they were alike! It was
really enjoyable and it was probably made for teenage people or up (in
age). It was a great introduction to acting for our own production in
4th June Wow, what a great cross country day we had yesterday! The runners were colourful, the sun was shining, the track was hard and fast, so we set three new records!! Congratulations to Sam Burgess, Quest Tipping and Sammy Looney who set new records. You can check out the other place getters (of 8 yrs and up) and our cool photos of the cross country by clicking here. Best dressed on the day? It had to be Briar Buzzy Bee Walker and her sidekick Kelsey Kowhai Haddock. Best fall of the day, well there were a few at the start lines.
2nd June. Today is the start of a short week. This week may be short but it is not going to be boring! For some of the senior classes, the speeches have been starting and maybe even end up finished by the end of the week. The speeches happen every year and are a great way to build up confidence, and win the speech shield as well! Tomorrow there is the cross country running. We are really lucky to be able to use the farms and kiwifruit orchards around the area so thank you to the owners/managers. It is a big day and a fun way to get out there and enjoy the sun and the exercise and the countryside. The top eight runners with the fastest times get to go to the interschool cross country in Manawahe. It is very hilly terrain and is going to need lots of practice.
28th May. Yesterday
was the interschool rugby and netball. You didn't have to do it if you
didn't want to but if you didn't then you missed out on a whole lot
of fun. At the rugby at Matata, there was a total of 14 up rounds and
probably over 50 games. The netball was played at Te Teko.
guys may have heard that Room 12 & 13s camp was pretty cool. Is
this true? Lets ask some of the students about what they liked most
!9th May. Yesterday Rooms 13 & 12 left for their camp. They must be having soo much fun by now. Because they were gone Room 14 got to spend the day at technology in Edgecumbe. Room 14 made omelets, Fruit muffins, Jewelry boxes and egg holders! Room 13 and 12 are going to be back on Friday so you might not see many photo's until next week. Until then, see you later.
15th May. This
week the school library had a visitor. She is an author named Val. Bird.
She came and only a few lucky people got to have a half hour with her
to ask questions and get books for the library.
12th May Every day the
boys get together for a game of four square before school. It's always
a good battle! Here's what it looks like:
5th May. Yesterday
week two started. With the start of the week is the start of the badminton
sessions. They are a cool introduction to the badminton season. Each
class gets 45 minutes to have a go at playing badminton. It is also
a way to see whether or not you want to play it as a winter sport for
the year. I got a few shots for you to check out but before that I have
some more news. Soccer, Rugby, Netball and Hockey have all started.
Practice's and games are already under way. There is going to be a lot
of fun in the weekends now.
28th April. Yesterday was the start of term 2! The holidays were fun but it is now time to get back into the fun of school. The holidays included Easter and fun events and Anzac day. The fun was everywhere! Now though, It is the very fun term 2. It is winter so that means some winter sports to warm everyone up like interschool rugby, school cross country, interschool cross country, speeches for the seniors and middle syndicate, science fair preparation and auditions to the school production! As you can see there is a lot going on and a lot to read about over the term. Room 12 is having their turn to go to technology at the Edgecumbe high school. Technology or tech for short is a place where the year 7/8 pupils go weekly to learn how to cook or build things, plan their time wisely and learn what it is like in high school. They will have heaps of fun! Well that is it for now , Bye!
24th April. ANZAC Day tomorrow, then only one day of holidays left! Term Two here we come!
7th April. Yesterday was Interschool touch day. The school has been practising for and organizing this event for weeks. The touch day is a day designed just for fun for the children to have a go at touch rugby. Some of the year 7 and 8 children had a go at refereeing the year 3 and 4. There was a total of 16 rounds and a lot of fun for everyone. There were a lot of schools ranging from Otakiri to Te Teko to Te Mahoe to Awakeri. It was a tiring but rewarding day for all the schools.
2 April Here are some photos of Top School action. Today the Variety Club Bash pulled in with sirens, flags, and fun. They also gave the kids quite a few goodies. Michael and Felicia were lucky enough to get a radio each!
31 March Room 14 have just got back from their camp last week What did they think about it? "Excellent, it was soooo fun" - Brianna; "It rocked, as I took every opportunity to do something" - Josh R; "I enjoyed it because everyone was kind and caring" - Brooke; "It was absolutely perfect!" - Josh K. See some of our camp photos here. Go to Room 14's page to read some interesting details.
23 March. Top
school was yesterday and there was a lot of excitement about it. The
Whakatane Top Town team came and put on a show for the crowd. In the
Quickfire Raffles the prizes ranged from All Black and Tri Nations Bean
Bags to portable stoves to colouring pencils, to dress shirts, to frozen
chickens etc. The Hangi was the best buy for me. It was $6.00 for a
bit of pork, a bit of stuffing, a bit of chicken, a bit of pumpkin,
a bit of watercress, a bit of potato and a bit of kumara. There were
rides ranging from a chairoplane, motorized jeeps, a giant slide and
the bouncy castle. There were other stalls including win a goldfish
or hamster, lucky dip, lucky jars, horizontal bungy for a canned drink
and crazy hair. Julians Berry Farm was selling its locally famous fruit
ice cream. It was a hot day as well so they went down like a treat.
There were sausages and bread for sale as well as burgers, waters, can
drinks and lollies. The top school teams all did brilliantly and one
of the teams even got 33 balls in the bucket for the horizontal bungy
in the form of the course. They only had 10 minutes, so that is a pretty
amazing feat. Tomorrow room 14 are going on camp till Friday. That means
that some of the pages wont be updated until Monday next week. They
are going to Blair Lodge and are also going to visit the Martha gold
mine in Waihi.
18 March. "Brilliant!"
Is what Marc Ellis would say for Top School 2009. Peter Fitzgerald has
been organizing this event for many years. Top School, if you don't
know already, is a friendly competition for student of Yr. 7 & 8
and this year the 5 & 6 students to compete with other schools for
the glory of winning and extra prizes. There are two sections, one for
the teams and also one for the cheerleaders. If you win the cheerleading
part then you get to go up and perform on stage, which is really just
the back or deck of a truck. Most of the day is organized for the team
competition but the cheerleading competition is an extra competition.
The most dangerous task for the teams to do is the castle because you
need to climb up a rope net and then slide down a really high slide.
The most complicated course to put up is the stitch in time because
if you have to set it up then you have to get it the right length otherwise
it wont work properly. The hardest event to put up is the castle because
you have to make it really safe. Most years the school raises $25000
which goes towards playgrounds, solar heating for the swimming pool,
a turf, new computers for the classrooms and much much more! Peter Fitzgerald
is guessing that 5,000 people will turn up for the biggest event of
the year. Some time during the day the Whakatane Top town are going
to turn up and then have a go on the carpet ride. Top School is on the
17 March TOP
SCHOOL IS COMING UP FAST!!! ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO!!!!
Karen Yates is doing a really
good job organizing our BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR!.
We have decided our Awakeri Top School Teams for 2009:
We know they will make us proud!
11th March Awakeri did really well at the Iinterschool Swimming Champs today. There were lots of great individual performances. People who won finals were: Jenna Wilson, Sam Holani, Shannon Frost (2), Alex Coventry, Jarrod Hall, Ruby Thompson (2), Tom Holani, Josh Keightley, Sam McPherson (2) and Kurt Turpie. There were another 12 second and third places as well. Click here to see a few photos and the list of finals place getters. Many thanks to the parents who supported us and specially to Sue Holani for being a time keeper.
10th March Check out these photos of the senior science trip to study the estuary at Ohiwa yesterday.
5th March. Clap!
The race had started. I jumped and did a far dive. That was just one
of the many events that started the fun day of swimming in the Edgecumbe
College pool. There were events from Biggest Splash which is trying
to do the biggest bomb, to nicest dive which was the best dive with
the smallest splash, to lengths of swimming to widths of swimming. In
the last race the adults and the teachers even had a swim. In the end
of that race it was the parents that won, the teachers came 2nd and
the children came last. The teachers team had to borrow a parent and
it turned out to be Kurt Turpie's dad. Then in the end Kurt was racing
against his dad for 2nd, but Kurt's dad won. It was a very interesting
race. It gave everyone a bit of excitement to talk about quietly on
the bus back to school. Check out these cool photos
of the swimming sports.
25 Feb. Its
finished! The brand new computer suite is done and the classes are getting
toured around it as I write this sentence. The finished room with all
the computers included is worth $180,000 in New Zealand currency. It
has two main rooms and an extra room as well. It has 28 computers but
we will get another 2 so that when a classroom goes in to use the computers
nobody will have to wait for someone else to finish so they can get
their work done. It has speakers, cushioned chairs, head phones and
of course the computers in one of the main rooms. In the other room
is a big area were you can watch movies, learn jump jams and view students
work (with their permission of course!). In the first half of the 1st
main room will be an interactive whiteboard.
22 Feb. Here are some
cool photos from our Fun Raiser on Friday!
20 Feb. Fundraiser was today and the school all had fun. After interval we had a couple of hours to prepare the stalls. I will try to get some photo's up on the news page. Even though it rained all day, we still raised a whopping 1,371.50 New Zealand dollars in the lunch hour:
Room 14 : $509.10
Room 13 : $439.30
Room 12 : $423.10
19 Feb. Hello
everyone and welcome to the news page for Awakeri Primary School 2009.
Room 11 went to camp yesterday and are having heaps of fun at Ohiwa
Harbour which is near Ohope and Ohiwa. They will be returning after
lunch on Friday but will unfortunately miss out on the senior school
fundraiser which is at lunchtime tomorrow.
12 Feb. The
votes are in! The newest house captains were just elected yesterday
after lunch. We now have 8 girl and 8 boy house leaders, worthy year
eight pupils. The four houses (Rata, Rimu, Kowhai and Tawa) all now
have two boys and two girls as their leaders. The leaders for Rata are
Kara Sanson, Susannah Williams, Jesse Ingle and David Klein-Ovink. The
house captains for Kowhai are Kelsey Haddock, Briar Walker, Sam Burgess
and Joshua Ridley. The house captains for Rimu are Zac Fretwell, Jarrod
Hall, Carrie Fynn and Jennifer Cram. The house captains for Tawa are
Shayne Fortune, Nicci Hammond, Emily Graham and Olivia Smits.
Lots of people are trying really hard to get into the Top School Teams. There are 34 keen girls and 53 keen boys getting tested on their fitness, agility, throwing, strength, teamwork etc. in their lunch times. Good luck everyone!
5 Feb The latest school
newsletter is on, check it out every week, even before your child brings
it home from school! The link is on the link bar to the left.
3 Feb School's back! What
do people think about it?
28 January 2009 School
starts on Monday. Enjoy your last few days of holidays everyone! Bring
your swimming togs with you on Monday, you might be lucky!
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