Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Materials Recovery Facility

On Tuesday we had a very interesting visit to the Materials Recovery Facility. Through the windows of the Education Room we were able to see the whole sorting process, that our kerbside recycling goes through. We wish to thank all of the Parents and Grandparents who accompanied us to the facility and made the visit possible and Mr Baker who spoke to us at the Facility.


Thursday, August 24, 2017


Today Zoe taught us how to make safe sling shots.
We had so much fun discovering how we could make our corks fly the furthest.
Just look at the delight on our faces!


Today our cooking group made the most delicious gingernut cookies.
The children are certainly master chefs in the making!
We enjoyed eating these while we watched a clip from this mornings Breakfast show about  single-use plastic water bottles.
It is well worth watching at TV On Demand to learn some pretty scary facts about the amount of plastic that has been produced in the last ten years.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fraction Fun with Mrs Dunlop

Today the Pyramids and the Spheres maths groups were working on fractions with Mrs Dunlop.
It was fun adding up fractions to make a whole.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Thank you Livvie

Today Livvie shared her amazing birthday cake with the class.
It was delicious! Thank you Livvie.

Our Building Table

We have our building table set up in our outdoor classroom area. All we need now is some fine weather to start using it!

Thank you to those people who have donated timber, nails, screws and tools. If anyone has anything they think would be useful to add to this resource we would be very grateful .

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Experiment - Making Ice-cream

Today Zoe taught two whanau groups how to make ice-cream.
They got a bag full of ice and salt and then measured cream, sugar and vanilla. They mixed these together by shaking them in a separate bag.
The result was delicious!

Friday Baking Day

Last week one whanau group made lemon honey with Sharna using lemons from our school orchard and today another group baked with her. They used the lemon honey to make a delicious lemon shortcake.

Another two whanau groups worked with Zoe and made some yummy ice-cream so this afternoon we all had a feast!!!!

Thank you so much Sharna and Zoe, we really appreciate all you do for us.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Seed Pencils

Thank you Tima for the Seed Pencils. It will be fascinating to plant these pencils and watch the Mint and Basil Grow.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mr Archer

One  Important message from Mr Archer today was about reusing items that might otherwise end up as waste in a landfill. 

TePuawai have thought about this message and decided to reuse milk bottles as containers for our Loose Parts Collection in our classroom. Over the next few weeks we will be gathering 3L Value Milk bottles and 1L Meadow Fresh milk bottles so that they can be cut down and reused as a container for our Loose Parts. We have chosen these types of milk bottle because they are rectangular and fit nicely on the shelves. 

Thank you for your help to collect them.

The Three R's

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Our Topic for this term centres around The Three R's. 
Today Kevin Archer from the Taranaki Reginal Council, came to visit TePuawai and talk to us about waste.
One of the important messages was that we can reduce waste at school by using reusable containers in our lunch boxes.

Afterwards we looked at our lunch boxes and found that many of us are already making good choices and minimising waste.

Lemon Honey

Each Friday one of our whanau groups has the opportunity to cook with Sharna. Today we picked some lemons off the schools lemon tree and turned it into lemon honey. 

Friday - Experiments

Nina's mum is coming to Te Puawai every Friday to work with two of our whanau groups doing science experiments.
Today we put vinegar in a bottle and baking soda inside a balloon. We then put the balloon on top of a drink bottle and guess what? The balloon filled with air! 
One balloon filled with so much air it exploded in Zoe's face!
You might like to try this experiment at home for yourself.