Monday, 22 July 2019

Welcome to Term 3!

Welcome back to Term 3. It's great to have students arrive back at school well rested and ready to start another fantastic term of learning.

This term we have a few really great opportunities coming up for our students. We have Tennis Monsters NZ running session with our students, introducing them to the elements and fun of tennis; additionally City Slick Basketball will be offering a similar type of approach for basketball! We have E/A Rugby and Rippa and also E/A Netball.

We are also looking at speeches this term and will be leading into a Hiringa final with the top winner attending our local APPA cluster competition. Students will have a few different options this year, including the chance to prepare performance poetry. To help with this we have 2 guest poets working with classes on the 19th and 20th August - Zech Soakai (19th) and Courtney Sina Meredith (20th). They have been accessed through Red Room Poetry and we really are looking forward to meeting them and learning more about performance poetry.

Zech SoakaiCourtney Sina Meredith

Please keep a check on the school website calendar for any additional dates and events. Home learning is now available on the tab above.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Camp!!



What an amazing time we have had at Camp Adair! Our students are so lucky to have had this opportunity to grow, learn and make new friends in the great outdoors.



Monday, 8 April 2019

Gear List - Camp Adair!

Hiringa Camp Gear List - Camp Adair, Hunua 2019

MEDICAL: ALL STUDENTS WITH MEDICATION MUST HAND IN TO MADELINE ON THE MORNING

BEFORE WE LEAVE. CLEARLY NAMED.

All your gear must be clearly named – it is your responsibility to look after it during camp.
You MUST bring:
 Bedding – a sleeping bag, blanket and pillow
 Pyjamas
 Socks – 4 pairs at least
 Raincoat -This needs to be waterproof
 Warm hat and sunhat
 Running shoes/sneakers that you will keep dry
 Shoes or sandals that can get wet x 1
 Undies – 5 pairs at least
 T-shirts – at least 3
 Shorts - 2
 Track pants or similar
 A warm sweatshirt or polar fleece
 Togs and at least 1 beach towel
 Bath towel
 A tea towel for drying dishes
 Soap
 Toothbrush, toothpaste
 Insect repellent
 A book to read (sorry no e-book devices)
 Drink bottle and a cup/mug. Non-breakable is ideal.
 Plastic bags for dirty clothes!

You MAY bring:
 Slippers
 Other toiletries
 A small cuddly friend – not alive!
 A pack of cards or a small game that does not require a battery
 A stand alone camera (eg. not a phone or iPad etc)
 Torch

You may NOT bring:
 Lollies, chewing gum or any extra snacks (no exceptions - we have students with allergy
requirements)   
 Electronics
 Phones
 Jewellery
 Devices (eg. iPad type)
You will also need to bring a packed morning tea and lunch for the first day of camp.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Quik Hit Girls Cricket

On Tuesday 12th March Bradley and Madeline took out 48 excited years 3-6 girls to the Cornwall Cricket Club. The aim of the day was to encourage more girls to learn about and get involved in Cricket. It was a really fun day, with lots of skills training and non-competitive games. The girls had a great day! Thanks to Auckland Cricket for their amazing organising and our super parent helpers!





Monday, 11 March 2019

Swimming

What a great day Hiringa students had out at Diocesan school last week. 

Students really showed their Balmoral spirit in supporting each other and always giving one hundred percent. 

We had many placings in the heats and placings in the finals from Maddy and Louis. 


Thank you to our Balmoral parent support for helping out on the day.



Thursday, 7 February 2019

Term One 2019

Welcome back! It has been a great start to the new term with students abuzz and ready to begin with new classes, new friends and new learning. It has been great to meet many new students and families joining us at Balmoral this year and welcoming students to a new year level in their education journeys.

This term our focus continues to evolve around Balmoral Inquiry. Inquiry is a learning directive that taps into our student's interests and enables them to go 'deeper' by following meaningful, relevant and realistic pathways. Curriculum areas are covered through a range of targeted learning suited to our student needs.

This term we will also be leading into our bi-annual school camp. This is hosted at Camp Adair in Hunua. At camp students get the opportunity to explore beyond their usual comfort zones, being tested on a physical activity, socialising with new friends, and being away from home for a short while. We will be staying from Tuesday 7th May till Friday 10th May. More information will be coming your way very soon!

Home learning is now updated. We believe in home learning that is accessible to the whole family. Please read the page and provide the chance to spend time working alongside your children. There are links and ideas to mathematics and literacy that can be done in an authentic context. Home learning at Balmoral is about having fun, working together and exploring interests.

Sport plays a big role in opportunities available to Year 5 and 6 students. This term Eden Albert competitions are Swimming, Cricket and Touch. There will be trials for most team events.

We welcome you to pop in anytime before or after school to learn more from your children in the classroom. We are also very happy to meet; please contact us on the e-mail to organise if needed.

Teachers working in Hiringa this year are:
Madeline Henty (Shire 10) madeline@balmoral.school.nz
Elsie Uini (Shire 9) elsieu@balmoral.school.nz
Emma Wallace (Room 30) emmaw@balmoral.school.nz
Andrew Te Aotonga (Lead Teacher, Room 29) andrew@balmoral.school.nz
Steph Slaven (Room 19) stephanies@balmoral.school.nz
Amanda Boyce (Room 18) amandab@balmoral.school.nz

We have already had a great time meeting some of you and look forward to working together this year to allow for the best learning for all children.

Our meet the teacher information evening occurs 20th February 2019 in the school staffroom 5.30 - 6pm. An opportunity to visit student classes is part of this time frame.

Student led conferences for goal setting and discussion are occur on April 3rd and April 4th 2019. We hope to see you there!



Example photos - Camp Adair 2019.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Welcome to Term 4 2018!

Hello Parents and families of amazing Hiringa!

Welcome to Term 4. I hope you and your families had a restful school holiday break. 
It will be a busy last term with much new learning and growth. This term we farewell our Year Six students - we recognise the journey they have been on and the journey to come. All parents and family are invited to attend.

The new home learning project is now up on our home learning tab with the focus again being for students to select a subject of their choice to research linked to the letters H I R I N G A. We have talked to our students about making their chosen area or topic of interest to them and manageable.  A great way to do this is to select 3 questions to find out about, before sharing their new findings and knowledge.  They may also want to use the suggested questions on the home learning page as well. Over the course of the year we have had many varied topics, and we all certainly feel more informed than we did at the start of the year. 

Additionally, our school Athletics day is fast approaching, and is set for Wednesday 31 October (rain day Tuesday 6 November) at 3 Kings Park.  Our athletics team for Eden Albert will be selected from these finalists. More details will follow very soon. Also this term is the Eden Albert Softball tournament on Thursday 8 November at Keith Hay Park, with teams now selected to go.

Our annual school picnic at Cornwall Park is expected to take place on Friday 7 December, and then it will be time to farewell our Year 6 students at their Poroporoaki as they move on to Intermediate on Tuesday 11 December. 

We will also soon be starting our Keeping Ourselves Safe unit in conjunction with the Police Education programme.  Please help your child by looking at this information and discussing with your child what has been covered at school, which will allow for some additional learning at home.

As the year ends we realise some of you may have planned holidays or early summer escapes.  If your holiday coincides with the school term, please remember to email the school office so that they can adjust the roll on office@balmoral.school.nz .

Lastly, have a great Term 4 and stay tuned for many more examples of learning for this term.