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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

R12's Weekly Bus Journey To and From Technicraft

Every Wednesday  the Years 7 and 8 travel the same route to attend their Technicraft classes. The distance the students travel is exactly 2km according to my mapping directions and I'm guessing that it takes approximately 5 minutes to get there. Next time I am going to use my timer to accurately measure the time it takes for us to get there.
Can you guess what that could be?

Three Ways To Increase Traffic To Room 12 Blog

I learnt 3 new ways to increase more views on my blog.

  1. Content: make content easy to read by using plenty of subheads, bullets and numbered lists.
  2. Promote my blog in my email signature.
  3. Cross-promote to your mailing list, by sharing the first paragraph from several recent blog posts and include a link to continue reading on the site. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

πŸ”Chicken CURRY!!!πŸ› by Tupouseini

On Wednesday, the year 7 students went to Tamaki College to do some cooking with Mrs Tuipulotu.


Our cooking today was Chicken Curry on rice. First I was excited to make it but when Mrs Tuipulotu said that it is not the chicken curry that is made island style, I was disappointed. She said that we were going to do the Indian style.

We used an Indian style curry sauce for the base. Then she put tomato paste into the curry sauce to combine the two flavors. We stirred and stirred the mixture until Mrs Tuipulotu said to stop. She came around with brown sugar and a butter knife. She scooped up a few spoons into the bowl and moved on to another table. After that, she carried a large tray of frozen chicken for us to cook.

After we cooked the chicken and the sauce, she came around with rice. We put the chicken on the rice.  Then we put a few teaspoons all over the chicken and there you go. It was yummy!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hawaiian Dancing by Athens

A couple of weeks ago ten students from Room 12 were chosen to go to Te Oro to learn dancing. Our dance instructors were from Honolulu, Hawaii and they were all Year 13s. 

They started by splitting us up into four groups, I was divided into the same group as Mary. We then started learning a Hawaiian 'thank you' chant. They were using Hawaiian language which was hard to remember and pronounce so therefore I had a really difficult time learning it. 

I thought the chant was challenging but the dance must have been at least 5 times more complicated. Most of the time I didn't even know what I was doing. I was probably making up my own dance moves, Meana and Lupe even told me that I looked totally lost. When the hour was finally up I noticed that I improved and wasn't as bad as I first started. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Skipping (Update) by Timote Junior

Today is Tuesday so it's the last day for skipping. Room 12 have been practising skipping everyday so that we can become better than before.  We are still working on our routine, for the demonstration. There is only one day until the skipping display. After every skipping session our energy drops, because we are skipping for so long. The skip off is tomorrow and we will be performing in our groups demonstrating our routines whcih we have been practising.

🎀 Samoan Singing!! 🎢 by Saluselo

Last week on Friday afternoon, we had Samoan singing. We lined up into a single line and made our way up to the multipurpose room. We waited for a while, because the juniors were still singing a Samoan song. After two or three minutes, the juniors slowly strolled out of the room. After that, we went in the room. Mrs Folu was waiting for us at the other side of the multipurpose room. We sat down and we were ready to lift our voices.

Our first song we sang was Le Aute and I started it off with a tune. Tasi, Fa! We sang with our hearts. After we sang, Mrs Folu started to clap. "You sang beautifully!" Mrs Folu spoke as she smiled. We did a couple more songs. My favourite song was the Samoan alphabet. It was the best singing that I have ever done.
AEIOU Alphabet Samoan
Vaai I Le Pepe Samoan
Siva Mai Samoan

Monday, 3 July 2017

Graphics Class by Athens

Every Wednesday we go to Tamaki College to attend cooking class or graphics class. The Year 7s are currently doing cooking- the Year 8s graphics. 

Our current task right now is to learn how to make juice boxes. We first have to create and design our boxes on a piece of paper and to help us we use our Chromebooks. I still haven't started on this since I've been focusing on other things.

Mr Pineda also has this system. If you get your work completed on time you get a couple of points. Once we have finished our work he checks it and either gives us a merit, achieved or excellence grading. At the moment I have around 30-40 points, I can't remember who but I'm pretty sure the person with the most points has at least 70.

I enjoy graphics but the cooking even more. My enjoyment comes from the preparation of the food and definitely consuming it. Learning cooking will definitely help me in the future especially when I'm living on my own and won't have my parents to monitor me.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

πŸƒ My Experience At St Kents πŸƒ by Meana

I walked into class and noticed on the board that we have St Kents Day! I jumped with joy, it's been nearly 2 years since I last went there, this was my opportunity to go again. Once the bell rang everyone who was invited to come bolted off like a cheetah especially me. I was glad that I had Tupouseini, Vika and Mary to support me. As we walked to the bus like mature students we quickly seated ourselves and off we went. When we arrived we were so happy that we quickly rushed off the bus and waited in our class lines. We had different but fun activities to do. I'm so excited to see what we'll be doing next.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Skipping by Tyron

Rooms 12 and 11 combined together to do skipping outside on the court. We all spread out and found a space where we wouldn't bump into each other when we skipped. We all warmed up doing simple easy skipping skills.

We skipped backwards, forwards and side to side. When that was all done, we all split up into teams. Each team had to come up with ways to work together. Every class in the school is doing a skipping display.

Everyone then went back to where they were standing. Then we all start to skip again as a class. If you stopped or became tired you had to sit on the ground.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

★ Learning About Matariki ★ byKatrina

On the 13th of June every Maori in the senior block went to Te Oro to learn lots of things about Matariki. We all learnt how to find Matariki in the sky and we also learnt that the Southern Cross never rises and it never sets.


People think of the group of stars as a mother and her daughters. The mothers' name is Matariki and the daughters' names are Tupu-a-nuku, 

Instructions on how to find Matariki for yourself. 
Maybe you can try and see the star cluster in the sky. Tupu-a-rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipungarangi and Ururangi. 


All you need to do is firstly wake up before 6 o'clock, and then at 6 o'clock go outside and look for the Southern Cross and if you've find it try and find Matariki but remember to use the Southern Cross to help you.




Monday, 19 June 2017

Skipping Is Coming Up!πŸ˜„ by Lupe


πŸ˜„Very soon my school ( Ruapotaka School) is going to have an event called Skipping. Every year all the classes do a display then we have a skip off. If you want to win, your stamina and your skipping have to be good. When we do the skip off we stand in separate spaces so no one gets muddled up. Then you skip for as long as you can. Later one of the teacher will say "double under" and that's when it gets hard.  You have to turn the rope twice as fast. And the last three who skip the longest get a special certificate for coming first, second or third. So we are practicing.

Friday, 16 June 2017

πŸ₯‡Duffy Award!!πŸ₯‡ by Saluselo


On Monday, we had a whole school assembly as usual. One of the items that occur is when Mrs Vickers gives out the Duffy books and certificate to the pupils who have been doing well in their reading, writing or other subjects.

She called out the room numbers one by one: 9, 10,11 and 12. It was their turn to receive the Duffy books. The teachers had a good think about who they were going to chose. Finally,  Mr Reid picked Mary and Mrs Golder picked Saluselo which is me because I did well in my reading. I moved up a reading group as well as my reading level.

When I went up to get my award, I felt nervous. This is my 5th Duffy book award. Afterwards, Mrs Vickers congratulated me by shaking my hand and gave me a Spirit Animals book which is my favourite book.

When I looked at my book, I thought to myself, 'now I have two books like these.' I was proud of myself for doing well!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

πŸƒOur Daily Fitness πŸƒ by Azahar


Every Morning after the first bell, all the seniors have to line up for our daily fitness. Our fitness is running, and we have to run around the senior block for at least 10 minutes.  


Sadly I can't run with my friends because it's Ramadan and I have a month of fasting.

When I'm not fasting I usually run with two of my friends, Jack and Mika. We always run on the left because we don't want to slow down the people that are overtaking us. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

I'm Back! by Athens


After two months in Myanmar and Thailand I'm back at school! I left New Zealand on April 5th and arrived in Thailand on the 6th. I landed back in New Zealand on June the 5th but took a week off because I was very jet lagged. I couldn't sleep at night instead I slept all day, just like a possum! Now that my sleeping schedule is back on track I no longer sleep like a nocturnal animal.

Something that I will miss is probably the fruits back in Thailand. There were many types of fruits there that we don't have here like lychee, mangosteen, rambutan and jackfruit. 
             
I am happy to be back at school because I missed my friends and teachers dearly.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

🌞 What A Beautiful Day To Do Fitness 🌞 by Meana


Today was a wonderful day to do running. Even though it was a bit chilly it still turned out very good. After the long weekend everyone looked shattered and tired. Looking at the sky it was crystal clear and really sunny to at least do some exercise. Once the bell rang everyone walked casually like always and stood in line to wait for Mr Reid. When Mrs Golder started the timer everyone dashed off in a flash. About five minutes into the fitness, everyone was puffed out, but I had fun anyway. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

National Milk Day! πŸ₯› by Lupe


Today is an incredible day because it is National Milk Day. We get milk from Fonterra. They provide milk for us and makes us fit and healthy. Every school now has milk delivered to them. We have milk and drink it at morning tea. Milk comes from the cows udder's then farmers have to milk them. After we drink our milk we have to fold the carton in a certain way. So drink milk and stay strong. πŸ₯›

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

We Are The Champions!! by Mika


On Wednesday we had an epic Inter-School Soccer Tournament. Representing Ruapotaka were me, Lupe, Min Zin, Dakbai, Saluselo, Timote, Meana, Izabella, Isabell, Katrina, and Solomone.

In our division there were Glen Taylor, Tamaki Primary and Sylvia Park. We defeated Glen Taylor and Sylvia Park but lost to Tamaki Primary.
In our last pool match we thrashed St Patricks beating them by 7- 0. In the Semi-Finals the result was Panmure Bridge 4, Ruapotaka 0.We made the finals - everyone was excited.

In the Finals we went up against Stone Fields, which was really intense. Both teams were trying their best to win the game. But no-one won, so it ended with a draw (0-0) Dakbai scored the most goals (5) and our MVP (Most Valuable Player) was Captain Lupe.
Overall we came 1st equal. Our whole team was tired and exhausted.

We are the 2017 CHAMPIONS!

Monday, 29 May 2017

My Jewllery Tree I Made At Tech by Tupouseini

Today I finally received my jewellery tree that I created at Technicraft at Tamaki College. I worked hard in Mr Grundy's workshop to complete my tree and all that work paid off.

 First we all had to draw our woodwork so it could match the measurement.
 Then we had to write down reasons why our projects are useful. I asked Mr Grundy if he could show me how to put on the hooks correctly. After putting on my hooks I finished writing my reasons down on paper. It was time to pack up so Mr Grundy said he would finish our work for us because we had to move on to a different class which was cooking.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Soccer Team⚽⚽ by Timote

The day has finally come. After all the hard training and exercise, I have finally made it in the Inter-School Soccer Team. Mr Reid has chosen twelve fit, hard working students to join the 2017 Ruapotaka soccer crew.

The reason why some people were chosen was because they had pushed themselves very hard to make it into the team.

Tomorrow morning, the soccer team is going off to Point England Reserve to battle other schools and try and earn their way up to the top. I can't wait for tomorrow!!
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Friday, 19 May 2017

🎀 The New 'Lip Sync Battle' Champions! 🎀 by Jack Daniel

I have never witnessed an assembly so fascinating and exciting as the one I had seen on Monday (08/05/17). There were entertaining dancing, award-winning students and even hosts that were loud and clear. On Monday, the syndicate assembly was spectacular.

Room 12 were the hosts, and Rooms 11, 10 and 9 were the audience as well as their teachers. We had another lip sync battle and this time, Room 11 (The former L.S.B champions) were defending their prestigious title against the other classes.

Here were the contestants:
Room 9 - Jacob and Diego (Options)
Room 10 - Dominic and Peni (Let It Go)
Room 11 - Meafou and Vika (Rolex)
Room 12 - Mika and Lupe (Rolex)

The winners and new Lip Sync Battle Champions were Dominic and Peni from Room 10. Their performance and effort was super entertaining and they should be proud of themselves. The belt was passed to Room 10.
 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

🍳 The Return Of Technicraft! 🍳 by Jack

Last week on Wednesday, (The first week of Term 2) we started Technicraft at Tamaki College again. The last time we went to Tech was in Week 9 (Term 1). On the first day back, we made truffles.

The truffles were the easiest and quickest recipe so far. The ingredients were oreos, coconut, condensed milk and chocolate. First we broke the oreos, then put them into a bowl. Then we added some coconut and poured milk on top of the crushed cookies.

After that, we mixed them together and put the bowl into the refrigerator to cool it down. Next, we melted the chocolate in a separate, smaller bowl in the microwave. We then took the two bowls out of the refrigerator and microwave.

Finally, we rolled the truffles into balls, and applied the topping which was the melted chocolate. Lastly, we rolled the truffles into more coconut. I made four chocolate truffles. They tasted sweet and appertising. I enjoyed the first tech of Term 2.

Back To School by Tyron

After two weeks everyone's holiday was over and it was time to go back to school. Last term we all had our Anzac service and not many parents came to watch, but some did, so that was good.

Term 2, 1st May 2017 at Ruapotaka School. Today is the first day for term two. Everyone was happy playing and being at school with their friends once again. After morning tea all year 7s went to Room 2 for a talk about Immunization at 11:30 am. We watched a video of children at another school. The video showed children playing soccer and the characters saying that one of the goalies looked very tired or ill and the soccer ball was a sickness and each team tried to keep the ball away from the goal.


A boy that was videoing the soccer was scared of getting an injection and thought it was going to sting and hurt. After they went to go see the nurse and talked about getting an injection they then went to go see what other children thought about getting an injection. The child was more confident about getting  his injection and wanted it straight away, but the nurse said the he needed his parent's permission to have it.

When the video ended all the year sevens went back to class and the year eights went to Room Two for their turn for the Immunization talk.

Monday, 8 May 2017

School Begins 😁 by Meana

I woke up extremely excited to go to school. I actually thought that 2 whole weeks without any learning and no friends was a bit too long. On the way to school I felt a slight chill heading towards me. As I slowly walked closer to class I spotted all my friends, I jumped with joy. As soon as the bell rang everyone walked casually to their daily fitness. I think that my first day back at school was really fun!!





Tuesday, 2 May 2017

πŸ… First Award For Term 2!! πŸ… by Jack



On Monday, there was quite a special assembly. This was because it was the first time back to school after the Term 1 holidays ended for 2017.

Over the holidays, there were two very important events. Easter Day and Anzac day. Anzac Day was important to us because we had learnt about the topic and even had our own special ceremony in the multi-purpose room.

Sadly, I couldn't attend the ceremony because I had left early. Anyway, after we sang our national anthem, three special people from specific classes (Rooms 1, 11 and 12) were called up to the front of the audience and received a book and a certificate.

I was one of the students who earned a book and a certificate. The book was called D-Day, which was based on World War Two. After school, I read the first five chapters of the story. It's a really interesting narrative, that involves a lot of complex vocabulary.

I'm looking forward to reading more of the story in my free time and find out what will happen in the conclusion.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ruapotaka School Te Oro Performance

Here is the Te Oro performance. Well done students! You were all fabulous:)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tech With No Chromebooks ☹ by Lupe



This Wednesday the year 7 and 8 students went to Tech without their chromebook because our teachers said not to. All the year eights are doing cooking and all the year sevens are doing woodwork.
The year eights made some delicious spicy hot chicken nibbles, unfortunately it was too hot. But it was still tasty.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Lights, Camera, Action πŸŽ₯ by Meana

For the past few weeks a group of students from Rooms 11 and 12 had the chance to create a slide presentation for Te Oro. Only the best students were chosen,

The students who were chosen were those who showed high standard in art and writing. They were myself, Athens, Katrina, Saluselo, Mika, Min Zin, Jack and Maia. For the first few days we spent time organising our ideas so that we knew what we wanted on the slides.

My plan was to create an inforgraphic about four different pests, around our local area. Our main purpose was to  make it interesting, creative and entertaining. 

Now there is only one more week to memorise and focus on our learning.  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

πŸ”§Last Day Of Tech πŸ”§ by Katrina



Today on the 5th of April was the last day of Technicraft because next week there is a display at Te Oro and most of the people are going. 

Today in Mr Grundy's class I was making my toy. My toy is a tractor. I am almost done with my tractor. I only started a few weeks ago and I am very proud of myself. 

After the lesson we all have to sit on the benches and only four of the year seven's swept the floor, because there were only four brooms. 

The photo above is showing us sitting on the bench and people sweeping the floor.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

πŸ˜‚ Too Much Laughs With Our Hilarious Visitor πŸ˜‚ by Jack

On a Thursday morning, a person by the name of Robert Rakate, and Henry visited Ruapotaka.

It was a bit unexpected, because Mrs Pederson said that as she was walking out of the staff room she saw them and invited them to our Duffy Assembly. Robert Rakate used to work for the Mai.FM radio station. 

We saw Henry last time, at Tamaki Primary School. They were both very entertaining and funny. The room filled with laughter, joy and excitement every time Robert Rakate stood up and said something. He told us stories about his favourite stories and his year eight son. His favourite book growing up was Astrix. I have never heard of that book, but it sounds pretty interesting.

He inspired me to keep reading books in the near future and stay on my 'A' Game. When we recieved our Duffy Books (My last one for Ruapotaka School) it reminded me of all the memories of the other Duffy Books I had while growing up. πŸ‘


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Monday, 27 March 2017

🍳Cooking Class 🍳 by Azahar



Every Wednesday Room 12 and Room 11 go to Tamaki College for Tech. This term we are doing cooking and our teacher's name is Mrs Tuipolotu.

We train to be high quality chefs. We partner up every week and my buddy is Jack. On the first week we made cupcake donuts.

Last week we cooked a pizza wheel. The pizza wheel was my favourite so far.

I'm enjoying my cooking class this year.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Monitor's Badge by Athens

We finally have this year's monitor badge. I still have mine from last year. It sounds like an easy job but it's not as easy as you think. You have to make sure the kids listen to you, you have to make sure no one's doing anything you wouldn't want them to do and if something does go horribly wrong it would come back to us and it'll be our fault. 

I think it's a huge responsibility to look after the class especially if the teacher isn't in the classroom with you. Everyone has a chance to become a good monitor. I am proud to say that I am a 2017 monitor!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

πŸŽ₯ Te Oro Slide Presentation πŸŽ₯ by Jack


A couple of weeks ago, some students from Rooms 11 and 12 had the opportunity to form a group and make a slide presentation for Te Oro. Only the best of the best were picked.

The people who were great artists and great writers. They were Me, Mika, Saluselo, Athens, Meana, Maia, Katrina, Min Zin and Isabell. During the first few days, we spent time organising our ideas on what we wanted to do on the slide.

My ideas were to make a pie graph of our local pests, and also a banner. I used different colours for each slide. Our main purpose was to make it interesting, unique and entertaining.

Two more weeks are left and we will be  working on doing a voice over. I can't wait to see our amazing slide show.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Teamwork Leads To Success πŸ“š by Meana


This year it's all about Learn, Create and Share! Our class is combined with Room 11, and we're always working together and sharing our ideas with each other when we are learning. We're all preparing and studying for our upcoming tests. Since the year 8 students will  be heading off to college next year there will be more opportunities and challenges to face. Now is the time to set our goals.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Mr Grundy's Wood Working by Robati

   
Every Wednesday Year 7s go to Tamaki College to Mr Grundy's woodwork class. As soon as we learnt the basics of doing housing joints, he showed us a few of his own wooden toys he worked by hand with sharp tools.
We started off with a 320cm length wood. The most important tools are pencil and paper. If you didn't have these two supplies you wouldn't be able to make anything. If you do have them,  you also needed a ruler. The ruler is for measuring your wooden board onto your sheet of paper.
You had to start off writing your name on the top right hand corner of your sheet of paper so Mr Grundy and the other year 7s will know who's it is.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Where's Mrs GolderπŸ€”by Meana

 
I came to school, only to see that Mrs Golder wasn't here today. Where is she? Why didn't she come to school? Why was there another teacher here? Many questions were going through my head. Then that's when I possibly knew, Mrs Golder was probably sick today. I have to be honest I really wanted her to come to school! Now we can't take our Chromebook's home! Aarrgghh I really hope she comes tomorrow.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Everyday Theatre by Timote


On Friday morning two visitors came into our rooms and started to entertain us with a play about family problems and how to deal with them. The characters were Dave, T, Maria, Becca and Brian.

The play was about T. who had lots of drama in his life. He was 12 years old when his parents Maria and Dave began to argue  a lot and then separated. T's. best friend was Jack who always tried his best to help him out with his problem.

Rooms 11 and 12 had to make a group so that we can make our own role play and actions that showed what had happened in the story so far.

In my group were Min Zin, Henry, Mika, Jack, Azahar and Lupe. Our action was Brain moving in to Maria's place. At the end of that entertainment we were given a small blue card and a badge that said, " Game Master."

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Tests πŸ˜“ by Meana



Last week we started another test! It was really complicated. I wasn't really ready but I knew our teacher had prepared us for our test. So I didn't have anything to worry about. We already sat our Vocabulary, Reading and Writing tests. I think I did well. Next to come is Maths. Something that I'm alright at. But fingers crossed that I pass.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Room 11's Hosting Assembly by Robati


It was Room 11's turn to host the Senior Syndicate Assembly.  They chose a song called 'Happy' by Velody. Afterwards we had a singing competition. Room 11 had to choose two students from each classroom to sing  a song.  Rooms 9, 10 , and 11 got to sing but unfortunately the chosen Room 12 students weren't there to perform as they were called away.  So Vaimoana stood in and sang a song by herself. First place came Room 12, second, Room 9, third 10 and lastly Room 11. Then we handed out the certificates to the students who were working hard and behaving well. At the end of Room 11 syndicate assembly Meafou took Room 9 out to the door followed by Rooms 10, 11 and 12.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tabloids by Timote

On Wednesday afternoon the whole school came together for Tabloids activities. We were put into our team houses. The colours were blue (Kikorangi) , red (Whero), green (Kakariki) and yellow (Kowhai). 
Once we started tabloids I was already having fun. 
To score points during tabloids  a teacher observed our performance, behaviour, attitude and physical skills. If we did well then we were given a score between 0-5. 
At the end all the team leaders added their scores up. The total score that we got was 27.   

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Duffy Show For 2017 by Timote Junior

Today our entire school went to the multipurpose room for a special show. It was all about the earth.  The show was really hilarious and interesting. It had to do with Duffy going with Millicent to different places and helping to sort out climate change.  It was also about Duffy teaching Global Girl how to read books, maps and more. 
  

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

First Senior Syndicate Assembly For 2017!!! 😁 by Jack Daniel

On Tuesday 7th February 2017, was the first ever Senior Syndicate Assembly of 2017.

Room 12 (My Class) hosted the assembly and it was amazing and entertaining. Firstly, Lupe introduced everyone to our assembly and welcomed Ms Riley because it was her first ever assembly with the senior block.

After a couple of lines from the students in Room 12, we sang our first song called 'Be Happy' by Velody. After that song, Lupe presented the certificates for people who did better than before. Vaimoana and Timote received the certificates in our class.

After the certificates were handed out to the students who were better than before, Azahar called on the dancers from each class to dance to their selected songs. Soon after this, Room 9 danced to 'Juju On That Beat.' 

Next, Rooms 10 and 11 danced to the same song as Room 9. Lastly, Room 12 danced to 'Hit The Quan.' Finally, we sang another song called 'Lean On Me.'

It was a great assembly to start the year off. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Back At School! by Athens

We are finally back at school again and I'm a year 8 now! We started school on February the 1st which was on a Wednesday. It is also Waitangi Day on Monday and that means a three day weekend. Lucky us! 

Mr Reid and Mrs Golder started teaching together. It is a new experience for me since I've never had two teachers. It's quite exciting actually. 

On Wednesday Mrs Golder picked me to get a new Duffy book and the reason was because of my 'Who Am I?' story. Then on Friday I received a Principles Award for it. I am getting off on a great start!