Thursday, December 3, 2015


Families & friends of the Bellbirds.
Please join us at 12.00 noon on Friday December 11th.
We ask that you provide a plate of food for us all to share.

A formal invitation will come home on Monday December 7th.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Deer Antlers!

 Aziah and Caelan came with deer antlers to show us all.

We had an opportunity to touch them and guess how heavy they might be.
We asked very good questions 
and Shenna told us a lot of interesting information.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

 Today Bianca from the Christchurch Art Gallery came to visit us.  
She helped us learn how to work  and create with clay.  
She taught us how to make a pinching pot  which we could then add features of our own to.  
We were very creative. We added eyes, tongues, handles, spikes and lots more to make our very own creation.  
We will wait patiently for them to dry. Then we can paint them!

We are very proud of our art works!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Well done to all the Bellbirds who tried there very hardest at the Athletics Sports on Friday.
We are very proud of your efforts!

A huge thank you  to everyone who came along to support and cheer us on!
Also a  special thank you to the Year 8 children who helped us at all the stations. You were amazing!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Get Firewise!

Yesterday the Fire Service visited out school as part of our inquiry into survival in hot environments. 
We learned about what to do if there is a fire.
We know to get down, get low, get out!
We know it is important to have a fire safety plan at home.
Please talk with your children about the safe meeting place you will have at your home if their is a fire.

 Mr Lynskey got the chance to use the fire fighter's hose! 
Watch out everyone!

Fabulous Friday Happenings!

Our classroom garden is looking good.
We are remembering to keep the plants watered.
Our spuds might be ready for Christmas!

We enjoy trying out our ideas at the junk table.
Aziah came with a cool idea.
He had made a laptop using cardboard.
This was popular and we were busy creating.

The shells were turned into interesting boats.
Some of us thought we could get them to float!
We put them in a bucket with water.
Did they float?
NO! They sank!

The crayon rubbing templates were interesting to use
and we were very focussed.

Following our Inquiry we made stand up animals.
A lot of cutting and folding was a challenge for us.

We all worked well together and remembered our manners.
Bellbirds showed respect for the adults who helped us at Discovery.
A great Friday!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

What an amazing week!
On Wednesday The Bellbirds/ Korimako and Harakeke classes  visited Orana Park as part of our inquiry  into survival in hot environments.
We braved the cold and wet conditions as we explored the animals around the park. 
 We enjoyed an up close encounter with the rhinoceros! We were amazed at how big they were!
The gorillas were a highlight for many of us!  
We had to be super quiet while we watched them so we didn't frighten them as they get used to people watching them. 
They played, they banged the window and swung in the tyres! 
 The tall giraffes were  not so impressed with the cold water and didn't stick around for many of us to feed them.  A  lucky few got the chance! We had to hold on tight to the branches as they wrapped their tongues around them to take off the delicious leaves!
This lion was very interested in us! 
It watched us very carefully.  
Some of us were a little worried it thought we might be a nice lunch!
A huge thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came with us!

Our goals at Discovery Time today were to listen carefully to each other and to help keep our classroom tidy by helping to pack up. 
We were impressed at how hard we tried to do this this week.  
We were also  super impressed with lovely manners that we also heard today!

Thank you Janaya for your fabulous cat idea.  It was very popular.  You were very well organised and patient with our younger children. An excellent role-model for us.
 Thank you Joel and his Mum, Cheryl, for your amazing skeletons today!  They were so cool.  We showed good patience and perseverance to do a quality job!
Thank you Maisie for your well organised bird research idea today that was inspired by your trip to Rainbow Springs.  

Our milk experiment was fun to watch.  We added a few drops of food colouring and a few drops of colouring to the milk.   The colours rolled, swirled, mixed and merged together! Exciting to watch!

 We worked carefully to produce these lovely thank you cards for the Ashley School PTA Boxing Fundraiser.  Just a few final touches and they will be ready!

Another fabulous week of learning in the life of a Bellbird!