Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Gliding, Floating and Freestyle

We look forward to swimming on Mondays and Wednesdays and it is great to see lots of students making progress and having the confidence to learn new skills in the water.

Here we are practising gliding on our front.
 Students use kickboards to practise floating on their backs. 

 Always a pleasure to see students enjoying their swimming lessons.
 Ofeira gaining confidence to relax and float on her back using a kickboard.
I absolutely love when students are learning and having fun at the same time 
 Kitione and Codice move on to freestyle and demonstrate to the class the correct arm stroke and breathing technique.  Well Done!

Google Expedition

On Monday we explored a new App called Google expeditions which allows teachers to take students on virtual field trips to almost anywhere in the world.  We climbed rock walls and conquered El Capitan.  We walked with the gorillas in the Congo and swam in the tropical waters of American Samoa before venturing into the deep blue see and swimming with the sharks.  There were lots of Ooohs and Aahhs and lots of excitement as students navigated their way through new and exciting landscapes.

Mindful Award

Congratulations to Maddison Daniel-Webster for receiving the Mindful Award for DETERMINATION by working hard to complete tasks independently.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Our First Swimming Lesson

Kia ora koutou katoa.  While the weather this morning wasn't particularly warm, there was a stir of excitement as we got ready for our first swimming lesson.  The students eagerly positioned themselves on the edge of the pool with their feet in the water.  
Each student made their way across the pool and successfully submerged under water.  
Now it's time to practise blowing bubbles
Here we are learning to float on our tummy.

Wow!  Floating on our backs was a little tricky but we persevered and...
everyone worked together to help support one another. 
“Tau kē nei” 

Swimming is part of your child's education and an important life skill heading into summer.  Please ensure that your child has the correct swimwear and a plastic bag.  If your child is not swimming, they must bring a written note.  We look forward to sharing our next lesson with you.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Let's Learn to Swim

The Super Space Crafters start swimming this week.  Students will be learning to participate safely in a range of aquatic learning experiences which develop both their swimming and water safety skills.  

Our swimming days are: Monday 11.30-12.00 & Wednesday 12.00-12.30.

Please ensure that students bring a towel and correct swimwear.


Last week, Rowandale School was  full of colour as staff and students dressed up to celebrate Diwali.     It was a fabulous celebration in which staff, students and their families came together to learn, about one the unique cultures of our school community.  

Durng the week, students were introduced to the story of Diwali.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Black Out Mufti Day

Today, we proudly came to school dressed in black to support the All Blacks making it to the finals of the world cup.  Thank you to everyone who brought a gold coin donation to school today.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated and will go towards supporting Ray Hammond & Louisa Wall to acquire incubators for premature babies.   Have a fantastic weekend and GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!