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Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Across the school this term, children are learning about the value of 'excellence'.  

Ask your children how they are showing excellence at school.


Today we become scientists. 

What do we know about being a scientist?  What do scientists do?


  • make potions - Reagan 
  • look outside to discover little insects - Sienna
  • make explosive bomb stuff - Alexander 
  • draw diagrams - Oliver 
  • some are good and some are bad (if they make explosives they are bad) - Reagan

We are scientists of CREEPY CRAWLY CRITTERS.  What are some things we might need to consider?  Will we have a code of ethics?  

What might we discover in our 'Secret Garden'?  

Code of Ethics 

Try not to touch the creepy crawly critters
Stay in the secret garden area
Try not to disturb the habitat too much (no digging)
Try not to step on the plants, because this is part of their habitat
No running, because you might step on a creepy crawly critter 
Don't pick the flowers, because it's part of their habitat and part of their diet
When we leave, we need to make sure that all of the creepy crawly critters are still alive!

Maybe we could investigate habitats - Charlie 


Here are a collection of WOW words that we might try using in our writing.  We are starting to use them in our talking, so we are becoming more familiar with them.  

Monday, 20 April 2015


What we think we know about ANZAC Day ...

People sat on the hills with guns and when the boats came they shot the soldiers - Reagan 

We remember people from the army - Connor 

What we know now ...

ANZAC is the acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.  

April 25th 1915 was the day the ANZACs landed in Gallipoli Peninsula (now known as ANZAC Cove) to battle the Turkish Army during World War 1.

In NZ we celebrate ANZAC Day on the 25th April and this year it is the 100th anniversary of the troops first landing.  

More than 11 000 ANZACs died on the Gallipoli Peninsula, despite being there for only 8 moths (that's more than 1 000 ANZACs a month who died while fighting for peace and freedom)

The original ANZAC biscuit was known as an ANZAC wafer or tile.  It was part of the rations given to ANZAC soldiers during World War 1.  They were included instead of bread, because they had a much longer shelf life.

The last surviving ANZAC, Alec Campbell, died on May 16th 2002.  

What we want to know ...

Where did they place all the bodies of the dead soldiers? - Reagan 

This video is a tribute to American service men and women, as well as those from other nations, who fought side by side with them to restore peace and freedom in the troubled regions of the world.  As they fought and died together, let us remember them together.  

We have a field of rememberance at RSS.