Thursday, 19 October 2017



All parents/ caregivers and student of Room 13

I hope you had a fabulous holiday and are ready for a very busy Term 4.  We have so much to look forward to:

*  Field of Dreams Swimming - which already kicked off yesterday
*  Athletics Day - next Friday, 27 October 2017
*  GALA Day - next Saturday, 28 October 2017
*  And so much more!!!

We are really URGENTLY looking for more parents to help out at the Athletics Day.  There is only one daddy who is able to help us for three hours - no one else - so if there is anyone who can possibly help, please let me know as soon as possible.  And then we also need some help for the Gala Day - that is just about an hour - if there are any parents who can possibly assist on that day, please let me know as soon as possible.

We are really looking forward to an amazing fun filled term!!!

Kind regards
Melanie Stofberg

Sunday, 17 September 2017


Hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend!

Remember, our Science Fair is THIS WEEK!!!  Please make sure your child's science experiment ingredients are enough for AT LEAST two experiments!  And please send this to school AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, then we won't have any tears on Friday of children who forgot their ingredients or boards at home!

This is going to be A LOT OF FUN!!!  So please come over in the morning - in the hall, or in the afternoon - in Room 13, to come and have a look at our AMAZING projects!

Thanks so much for everyone involved who helped in any way possible, this means THE WORLD to these kids.

See you on Friday!


Monday, 4 September 2017


It is almost time for our SCIENCE EXPO!  Those of you who still haven't brought their science boards to school, please do so as soon as you are ready.

We are REALLY looking forward to seeing them!  This day is going to be AMAZING!!!

Good luck to everyone who is still working on theirs!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Blog survey

Good day parent,

Can you please take the time out of your busy schedule to complete this survey on our Blog?  This is the survey that was mentioned in this weeks News Letter:

We would REALLY appreciate it!

Enjoy the rest of this week!

Mrs Stofberg

We would like to congratulate Chaska from Room 13 for receiving this weeks BP4L.  She received it for:  "never allowing anyone to distract her and always focusing on her work"

Well done Chaska!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Good day Room 13 parents and students,

We are almost done with our first week without Mrs van Zyl and I can honestly say that I think everything went really well!  Thank you so much for everyone who came to introduce themselves, for the chocolates and for the notes - I really do feel very welcome and look forward to teaching all the wonderful students in my class.

I want to encourage all parents to please come and see me or email me if there are any areas of concern or anything that you wish to bring under my attention.

We are definitely going to have a FANTASTIC rest of the year, I am really looking forward to all the fun activities I have planned for the classroom.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Amazing Science in Room 13

For the last few weeks we have been working at school and at home on our science projects. Here are a few pictures and videos of students testing their experiments at school.

My science experiment is called Milky Magic. I choose this experiment because it looked like fun and I loved the colours.
By Veronique.

My experiment is about Acids and Basis. I liked the idea of changing colours so I choose purple cabbage leaf water as the indicator. 
By Ryan.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Science Experiments

Today our science experiment was all about Fizz Balloons. 

We needed:
•baking soda
•a balloon
•a plastic bottle
•some vinegar

1. Pour 3 to 5cm of vinegar into a plastic bottle.
2. Use a funnel and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the vinegar.
3.Quickly place the neck of the balloon over the end of the bottle.
4. Watch wha happens.

Why is this happening:
Baking soda is a substance called a base. Vinegar is a substance called an acid. When bases and acids combine they create new substance. In this experiment carbon dioxide is created. Carbon dioxide is a gas; the gas leaves the bottle and blows up the balloon.

Here is our video to show you.

Welcome back to Term 3!

A very big WELCOME to Miss Anderson. 
She is a student teacher and will be teaching alongside 
Mrs van Zyl, for the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Quick 60 - Celebration

Congratulations to Malachi for completing the Quick 60 workshop this term.

Cross Country Training

Room 13 was very excited to do cross country training this morning. Here they are, getting ready just before the start.

Room 13 Speech Finalists 2017

I was so proud of these students yesterday. They stood on the stage with pride, delivering excellent speeches.
A special congratulations to Izaria for coming 3rd.
You guys are AWESOME!

Monday, 26 June 2017

PB4L Celebrations this week

Just look at these team players.
Working together as a team, can be very rewarding!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pajama Day in Room 13

What an exciting day!
Our class was so lucky to win a Pajama Day for the whole class in the ‘Draw Straw’ competition last week. - Thanks Carli, she drew the lucky straw.
A big thank you to the parents for supplying the class with yummy treats.
Here are few photos from our day.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

PB4L Week 6 and 7

This week our focus is to be respectful and listen and respond appropriately to instruction form adults or friends. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pukeko trip to the Marae.

Here is a Video Miss Chalmers made from our Marae trip, last week. 
A big thank you to our parents that offered to help with our trip.
Reremoana Marae Trip 2017 from Helen Chalmers on Vimeo.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Term 1 House Point Winners

Hi Room 13, if you are in TOTARA HOUSE please remember...
You are invited to wear GREEN MUFTI on Friday 19 May.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Matilda - Fun Friday

Last week we were lucky to create and make our own Matilda cookies. We used plain vanilla wine biscuits, icing of our choice and some decorations. Would Matilda as a five-and-a-half year old approve of our creations and Why?

It was yum...indeed!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Making ANZAC Biscuits with Room 14

This week we learned lots of interesting facts about ANZAC and way it is important to us as New Zealanders.
Today we baked some ANZAC biscuits with our buddy class next door. Mmmmh.. it was yum!

ANZAC Biscuits from Sophie Glen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Congratulations you guys! These Pukeko students have been great citizens the last two weeks. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

PB4L celebrations

These lovely students from our Pukeko team made some pretty good choices last week by using their WITS when faced with a problem.  We were very proud to see Mia and Carlos from Room 13 up there this morning!
Congratulation you guys!

Three-Way Conferences in Week 11

Three-Way Conferences in Week 11 - Please Read Before Booking a Time Slot

Hi Parents and families,

Please read the following notices before booking a time slot for three-way conferences. Only some students will be coming along this term, and it all depends on when their anniversary is and when they will be receiving a report. These notices were sent home in hardcopy last Thursday. If your child is a Year 3 and their name is not on this list, they will be receiving their report, and will be invited to three-way conferences next term in Week 9. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions,
Kind regards.

Netball Sessions

What Are the Benefits of Netball?
Netball is a game similar to basketball, but there are a few notable differences between the two. In netball, there are seven players per team. You're not allowed to dribble the ball, it must be passed between players by throwing. The ball and basket are smaller and there isn't a backboard. Despite these game differences, the health benefits of netball are comparable to basketball.
Benefits of Running
Playing netball requires you to run around the pitch, sprint short distances and change direction quickly. The running skills involved provide a good cardiovascular workout and over time will improve your fitness, strength and agility. The standard netball court is 100 feet long and 50 feet wide. As a netball game progresses, many of the players will cover some significant distance running around the court. In particular, the player in center position has to cover most of it.
Hand-to-Eye Coordination
Netball requires players to pass the ball to members of their own team using different throwing techniques. Each requires and develops good hand-eye coordination; a player must throw and catch the ball accurately. A high pass sends the netball over opponents' heads, and the player's teammate must usually jump to catch the ball from a high pass. A chest pass is a fast throw at chest height from one teammate to another; a bounce pass sends the ball to and from waist height with a single bounce on the ground.

Thank you Counties Manakau Netball for introducing this sport to our students.

Here is a short video of Room 13 students, learning to land and pivot.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

PB4L celebrations

Congratulations you guys! These four Pukeko students have been considering their choices while visiting websites at school.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

House Wheelay

On Friday afternoon each class in the school went out to the soccer field in participate in the House Wheelay Event. A wheelay race is when 12 teams are lined up on the spokes of a large wheel that has been painted onto the grass. Each team passes a baton through their team members on the spoke until it gets to the outermost person, who then runs around the circumference of the wheel. The first team to have every player run around the wheel wins. We haven't done a wheelay at Reremoana for a few years because we're getting so big now. 

Check out the photos below; photographer, Ms Fothergill.

Sunday, 12 March 2017


These two girls have been acting safely around the school. Congratulations for receiving these certificates during Pukeko assembly this morning. What great role models to have in our class.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Learning more about dog safety

We had a great opportunity today to ask questions and learn more about how to keep safe around dogs. 
Here is the link the 'World-first dog safety app' that helps keep children safe around dogs.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pukeko Team Celebration this Friday

Please Read!

Just a reminder that we have a community calendar now that outlines events for the term ahead. It might be a good idea to save this link.

Monday, 6 March 2017

PB4L Congratulations

Congratulations to Neel and Veronique form Room 13 for receiving a certificate at our PB4L assembly. These students were recognised this morning for their efforts in "do good because good is good to do" around our school.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Student of the month

A special congratulations to Hope. She has been a positive role model for her peers. Hope always strives to show resilience and determination in her learning.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Collaborative Challenge

Working together in groups can be lots of fun, but it can also be very challenging if you don't work together. Today's challenge was to build the castle from our shared reading book 
"Tuesday at the Castle". 

Each group was given a bag of marshmallows, skewers and some toothpicks. They had to plan, share ideas, listen to each other and work together to achieve the end result, a castle that could stand by itself.

Fantastic collaborating Room 13. 
Just look at these photos and videos!

Chapter Chat on a Friday

Room 13 is super excited about answering the Chapter Chat questions on a Friday morning. The excitement of doing this on twitter and getting ready to "tweet" a valuable response is a great learning opportunity for the students. 
Below are a few pics we took last week while they worked on answering the questions.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

PB4L - Celebrations

Congratulations to these Pukeko Team students ( Chaska and Eden) for receiving certificates for "Being respectful - By keeping our hands and feet to ourselves"

Jump Jam and House Spirit Day!

Jump Jam & House Spirit Day

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Our Castle Designs

Today Room 13 was given the task of designing and drawing the castle we have been reading about in the book 
"Tuesday at the Castle". 
They have all done an amazing job and showed resilience by trying and redesigning and trying again until they were happy with their designs.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Chapter Chat

This term the Pukeko Team is doing something really exciting as part of our reading programme. Rooms 11, 12, 13 and 14 have all signed up to something called "Chapter Chat". Chapter Chat is where 100 Year 3/4 classes from across New Zealand chat and share responses to a particular chapter book on Twitter. This term everyone will be reading the book "Tuesdays at the Castle" by Jessica Day George. 

How does it work?

Every day each class will read a little bit of "Tuesdays at the Castle" and complete activities during independent learning time. Every Friday at 10am we go live! Each child will be logged into Twitter ready to answer some questions about the chapters they have read so far. 

Why Chapter Chat?

- The main focus for Chapter Chat is to foster a love of books! Chapter Chat is about books!

- Chapter Chat as a way to get children connecting with others.

- Chapter Chat is about an audience! Children love having an audience for their learning and one of our goals is to provide it.

- Chapter Chat is a place where children can learn about Cyber Safety in real time. It teaches children how to behave in an appropriate way online.

- Chapter Chat supports children with quality writing. Tweeting is not just for fun but a place where we can practise and develop our writing skills.

Keeping Safe on Social Media!

In order to make sure we can monitor all activity while we are on Twitter, all children will be using the one classroom account. Teachers will check tweets before they are sent and systems have been put in place to limit what children can view while they are on Twitter. We will be using Twitter solely for the purposes of Chapter Chat. We believe this is a really fun and authentic way to teach children about digital citizenship and online safety.

Mrs van Zyl