Saturday, 11 November 2017

Room 8 Printmaking

Room 8 have been busy experimenting with different types of printing.  We had so much fun making bubble prints with Rebecca! 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Print Making 

This term, Explorers Two have been trying out the art of Print Making. In Room 7, we have turned handprints and leaf prints into animals. 
We began our handprint printby choosing an animal to print. Then we painted our hands and transferred the paint onto paper. We drew features onto our prints with Sharpies, resembling our animals, and finished by adding googley eyes! 
Miss Hill brought in leaves from her garden at home. We choose four leaves each, painted them and transferred the paint onto paper, making a print. Once the paint was dry, we created animals with pencil and Sharpies. 
 



Poetry Competition
Congratulations to the students from Explorers Two who shared their amazing poems at Syndicate Assembly. Joseph, Georgy, Tom and Barnaby represented Explorers Two very well, and captivated the audience with their recitals. Our school librarian, Mrs Hayes, had the tough job of choosing a winner! Thomas Crane was chosen as the Year 2 winner, with an original poem 'Halloween Dream'. 

A huge Well Done to all Explorers Two students for choosing and sharing some fantastic poems. The competition this year was stiff, and we appreciate how hard it can be to get up in front of others and present, so you all did a splendid job! 
We cannot wait to hear the poems next year! 


App 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


Room 7 has welcomed another new student! 
Sammy Sloth has joined us from the depths of South America's rainforests! Sammy is learning all about Room 7 and New Zealand by having sleepovers with his classmates. If you see Sammy around, feel free to say hello!
(Apologies for the closed eyes, the sun appeared this afternoon!)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

What a fantastic and fun way to support your child's reading at home.  Thanks Sebastian for sending us these photos of you making your happy cake!


I was reading something interesting over the weekend and thought this part might be helpful for some of our students.

On her son’s first full day at school, a mum drew a small heart on the palms of both her and her son’s hands. They were “charged” up by holding hands on the way to school and she told her son to simply press the button if he wanted to send her a hug and she would do likewise.
She sometimes drew a spare heart on his arm in case the one on his hand wore off! Now that’s a mum who thinks of everything.
She was pleased to report the tactic worked and her son said, “I pressed it for a long time mummy but I didn’t cry.”
Commenters on the Facebook post likened it to a similar method described in a storybook called The Kissing Hand, where a mother racoon kisses her son’s paw when he was nervous going to school.
She tells him, “Whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, ‘Mummy loves you. Mummy loves you.'”
What beautiful, yet simple techniques to let your little person feel they a tangible connection with you, even when you aren’t close by.
Dear Parents and Caregivers,


Welcome back to Term 4.  The children all seem rested and refreshed after the school holidays.  

A special welcome to Timmi Lewis who is renewing her teacher registration and helping out in Room 8, and our new students, Oliver in Room 7 and Ivy in Room 8.


Homework
It is important that your child reads to you each night.  As your child’s books become longer with more difficult text, they may have a book to read over two nights.  Remember to discuss the story together and ask questions to develop comprehension.  Your child could also read a range of materials, such as, library books, short chapter books, and poems.  
For those children who have weekly spelling words please continue to practise them using the strategy of Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check.

Parent Help
Thank you to those parents who have helped in the classrooms over the past 3 terms.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  If you have some free time to help (even if it is not on a regular basis), that would be great!  Please have a chat with your child’s homeroom teacher if you would like to help in the classrooms.

Hats
It is compulsory for children to wear a uniform hat at school this term.  Please can you ensure that your child has a named hat at school every day.

Bees
St Martins school have been lucky enough to receive two beehives to support the Year 5-6 Eco Action group and Garden to Table.

Michelle will be away in week 3.  During this time, a regular relieving teacher at St Martins, Maree Porter, will be taking Michelle’s class.  


Kind regards,
Michelle, Helen, Kate and Katelyn