Wow, what a fantastic day we had! I am so sorry to those of you that were affected by us being so late back. In future for this field trip I think it would be better actually staying overnight at the farm to have the full adobe home and organic farming experience without time restrictions. Unfortunately we completely underestimated the travel time there and back on our big bus. Tomorrow’s trip is much closer to school, so it won’t be a problem. We will be back here by 12:15pm. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Here are some photos of us making the adobe bricks out of mud, water and rice husks.
I’ll post more photos later of what some of the adobe homes look like when they are completed. We really enjoyed looking around after our delicious organic lunch at the farm.
Please note that your signed blue field trip form needs to be returned to school tomorrow (Wednesday 13th March). This gives permission for the four excursions over the next 2 weeks on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st March.
Congratulations for excellent math fact recall! There was a lot of pressure to answer questions very fast during the competition. Most Grade 1 students got about an hour of computer time to play on the day.
Here are the results for the top scoring participants from our school for the World Math Day competition held on Wednesday 6th March.
I believe the scores are taken from the number of correct answers in the first 50 games played on the day (10 games at level 1, 10 at level 2, … through to level 5). I should be able to print out certificates for you all next week.
Well done everybody! I hope you enjoyed taking part in this world event.
(Please note the above is only for APIS students in the 4-7 year old age group).
Here is an active link to the website mentioned above: www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/where-children-sleep
The photos are excerpts of a book written by James Mollison titled Where Children Sleep.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Dear students and parents,
Practice for World Math Day has begun! Your children each have a unique username and password pasted into their student planner so they can log into the World Education Games site and practice anytime!
Click the ‘Login’ button in the top right corner.
Type in your username and password. Click ‘login’ again.
Now you can click on your ‘avatar’ to change your appearance, or choose a level to start a new practice game! You play in real-time against other children from around the world in your age group (4-7 years).
I suggest you start at Level 1, and once you’ve played ten or more games at that level you can choose if you want to stay there or move to the next level. It’s up to you! Careful though – 3 strikes and you’re out of the game, so type carefully.
All games played prior to Wednesday 6th March are considered practice games. Games played on Wednesday 6th March are counted towards total points for our school, and there is the possibility of prizes. I believe only the first 10 games at each of the five levels count on the day. Please read the ‘Rules’ on the site if you want to know more. Certificates of Participation will be issued to anyone who completes at least one game on the official World Math Day.
Playing on the World Education Games site is so fun and addictive! Not to mention great for basic math fact recall. Practice makes perfect.
Please play a few games at home when you can between now and the end of the week. I will check your progress!
PS: Your sign in details will also work for World Spelling Day and World Science Day, however that is not a focus for our class, so it’s up to you if you want to try those.
Thank you families, for attending our International Fair last week. It was a lovely evening of fabulous food, entertainment and games. I hope you and your children all enjoyed yourselves, I know I did! A huge thank you to all parents that contributed with time, effort, performances and setting up. It is what makes this day one of the highlights of our school year!
If you have photos of the event, the school would love to have copies of your pictures! If you have any of Grade 1 students you would like me to upload here, please email me.
Thursday 31st January
Here are some last minute notes about tomorrow.
Maho, Naomi, Pammy and Oliver will be taking the bus from APIK at 2:15. All other students that are attending the fair will travel in private vehicles. Please pick up your child by around 2pm. Maho and family, and Naomi will take the bus back after 7pm. If your transport plans change, please notify the office and me.
There is no set costume for tomorrow, but if you can wear clothes that represent your home country that would be nice.
K3 and Grade 1 Boys
If you have a black or dark colored shirt to wear for the haka, please bring it. If not, don’t worry too much. The haka will be performed with Mr Andy and team New Zealand at 6:30pm. So please keep an eye on the program and the time for when to send your child to the stage. I will try and round up as many Grade 1 boys as I can just before that time.
Parents and caregivers are primarily in charge of their APIK children tomorrow afternoon. Please do not let your children run around unattended. Have them help you at your booth, or walk quietly around the stalls with you or another adult. I believe there may be some older students to take your kids for games early in the afternoon. If you will be busy with a performance or your booth gets very busy, please let myself, Ms Winnie or Ms Tom know and we can take turns looking after the kids to free you up.
If children are going to be at the fair for a while before their parents get there, then please send some money to school with them. Around 100-200B would be fine. All the stalls cost money for food and games. If parents will be at the fair from 3pm then this doesn’t apply so much, as the children can just come to you as needed.
Note for the girls:
It was too late for us to add the girls’ folkdance to the program, so we will perform that at an assembly in the future.
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow! It should be a very fun day. J