Kowhai class shared their learning at assembly

The value of the week was courage and we shared times in our lives when we have shown courage:

Darcy: I showed courage when I first started school.  I felt a bit shy.

Blair: I showed courage to make good choices with my brother.

Aby: I showed courage when the dentist pulled my tooth out.

Sam: At the beginning I felt really scared to go into the native bush.  It looked like a big black hole.  But the I did it.  I liked it and I felt really proud of myself.

Lily: Dad wanted me to go on the chairlift at Cadrona.  I felt really scared because it looked so high.  But I did it and I had a really great time.

Aroha: I always show courage to tell the truth.

Kaida: I showed courage on my first assembly when I had to talk.

Gabe: I showed courage when Niki and I went on a bush walk with my Dad.  It was really dark in there.

Olive: I went on a moving chairlift in Rotorua.  I was really scared to hop on while it was moving.  Someone helped me and I did it and it was fun at the top.

Saxon: I showed courage when I went to see the ducklings.

Niki: I showed courage to go into the alpaca’s cage at Gabe’s.

Cameron: I showed courage when it was my first time trying a new food – spanakopita –

and I did it and it was really yummy.  I also showed courage when I had my blood test.


Our inquiry this term is the question ‘How can we express ourselves through the arts?’

We made a series of self portraits showing our different emotions.  Can you guess how we are feeling?


We sang and played  “Blue is the Sea’. The sea has many moods which we tried to express in this song.


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We had so much fun at Boat Day so we made paintings of the day.  We tried to paint like the impressionist Claude Monet.  He thought about light and dark and reflection.  His paintings often looked better when we stood back from them because he used little brush strokes.  We also wrote cinquain poems.  This is where you count the syllables in each line and the pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.




Boat Day

Black shiny tube

Bouncing on the water

I feel excited in my tube


By Blair


Boat Day

Small blue kayak

Riding the little wave

Happy and strong and really proud

Best day!

By Sam


 Fun tubes

Black round circle

Spinning in the water

Fantastic fun in my fun tube

Big splash!

By Saxon


Big Boat

Yellow fast kayak

Paddling on the calm sea

Taking control of my yellow kayak


By Aby


My boat

Small optimist

Sailing, turning in the breeze

I am the captain of my boat


By Olive

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Big fun kayak

Adventure on the sea

Nervous, excited, happy, proud


By Lily


Boat Day

Fast red kayak

Paddling from side to side

So much fun circling and turning

Fun day!

By Kaida


Boat day

My boat is red

Floating, slicing through the sea

Having fun in my red kayak


By Cameron



Silver scales

Swimming in the water

I caught a fish on my fishing line

The best!

By Darcy


Boat Day

On the jetty

Fishing with my Daddy

First time fishing, my favourite

Love it!

By Aroha


Yellow Yacht

Sails flapping

Swishing, turning, blasting

I feel so great in the salty breeze


By Nikora


Blue Boat

Fast kayak, bright blue

Floating, paddling, speeding

Happy, smiling in the kayak

Boat day

By Gabe

We had lots of fun experimenting with the rhythms in ‘Cockroach Sandwich in my lunch’.

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What a great term of learning we’ve had!



2 Responses

  1. Alison Chissell

    Well done Kowhai! It was an amazing assembly. I really liked your Claude Monet inspired portraits amd your musical performances were outstanding.

  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for such a happy term in Kowhai Christine 🙂 xxx

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