This Thursday, the 20th of March, we will be holding the Kaimai School Swimming Day. This is a day where the whole school can participate in fun swimming activities that help encourage better swimming skills. The first swimming event will be at 1:00pm and we hope to conclude before 2:30pm. There will be six different events and we have planned to keep them moving at a good pace so as the students are not waiting around too long. We would encourage the students to bring two towels on Thursday, so as they can keep dry and warm, as they will be hopping in and out of the pool regularly. The students will be sitting in their houses, McLaren (Green), Omanawa (Blue) and Ruahihi (Yellow), and they will receive points for top places, as well as participation. Students are encouraging each other to wear their house colours if they can, but it is not compulsory. Please feel free to come along and join in on the day.
The Kaimai School PTA are running the annual Kaimai Golf Classic this Sunday on Penmoral Lane (off Soldiers Road) with a 10am start. Get your team together and have some fun! Contact the PTA for more information.
Here is a video that helps demonstrate the importance of children reading during the Christmas break. Below are some ideas on how to encourage reading during this time.
Find out what your child likes to read and engage them in that type of text. In other words, let them read books that they are interested in.
Help your child find where to read what they are interested in. A library is a good place and often a certain Big Red Shed will have books on sale at bargain basement prices. Swap books with friends. Should you have access to the internet there are e-books, and websites that consist of additional tales to popular stories written by fans from around the world.
Focus on the enjoyment of reading. Ask your child what the story is about, what do they think might happen, did they learn anything new. Focus on interest and enjoyment rather than success at school.
As part of Swimming New Zealand’s Kiwi Swim Safe, State Insurance is offering our school an opportunity to be part of a fundraising programme. Should you take out a new policy with State (the offical sponsor of the Swimming New Zealand Kiwi Swim Safe Programme) you will recieve 200 Fly Buys bonus points and Kaimai School will receive a $40 donation.
Simply call into State’s local Tauranga branch at 129 Willow Street where Carol and the State team can help, or call 0800 1 4 STATE.
Head student, Amber Paton, has been busy organising a Pyjama Day for the school.
“I thought it would be really cool, everyone can show off their pyjamas,” said Amber. “I did car washes around the neighbourhood and raised enough money to purchase prizes and milo and marshmallows for everyone at school.”
Money raised on the Pyjama Day will be donated towards the Hairy Maclary and Friends Tauranga Waterfront Sculture Project. The project is a storybook scene of permanent bronze sculptures of Hairy Maclary and some of his friends sculptured by Weta Digital artist, Brigitte Wuest.
Amber said that “Everyone is looking forward to it, the little kids are really excited. But… some of the big boys are not too keen, but I think they still will come in their PJs.”
Hairy Maclary stories will be read on the day and students will also be able to watch Hairy Maclary videos. Milo and Marshmellos will be available for children to sip on as they listen to their favourite Hairy Maclary story.
Principal, Dane Robertson, said, “We are all really proud of the work that Amber has put into this. It has been her initiative, she has created posters, raised money and is getting everyone excited for the day. She really is a great example of the types of students we have at Kaimai.”
“However, my pyjamas will need an upgrade for Friday,” Mr Robertson added.
Whilst some of us may be too young to remember, or participate in, the milk in school programmes of yesteryear, the knowledge that this programme was part of New Zealand schools from 1937 until 1967 is part of Kiwi lore.
Following a successful Northland pilot programme, Fonterra is now distributing milk to schools throughout the country. Kaimai School is now part of the programme which has been running for two weeks.
“Fonterra kindly supply the milk, a fridge, recycling bins as well as the delivery of the milk and the collection of the empty cartons,” explained Kaimai principal Dane Robertson. “We have three senior students who organise the rotation of stock, distribution of the milk and organisation of the recycling. The programme at school is in its early stages but is running very well.”
The recycled milk cartons are shipped to Thailand for processing. Thailand has been chosen as there are currently no facilities in New Zealand to recycle this type of packaging. In Thailand the paper in the cartons are used for student writing and math books, whilst the foil lining is used to make roofing tiles.
“I really like having the milk in schools because its free and it is good for you and helps make my bones stronger,” said Year 6 student, Steffin Bennett.
Approximately 75% of Kaimai Students are drinking the milk each day reported Mr Robertson.
Take a look at the slideshow of the KRSA Cross Country Championships. It was a great day with all the students giving it their best.
Every fortnight at our school assembly we discuss a virtue and the following assembly will have a class demonstrate what the virtue looks like. This could be with pictures, plays, song or as Room 1 demonstrated, a video. Take a look at Room 1′s video of gratitude.