Monday, July 3, 2017

Learning NZ sign language


Last week we had a visit from Chuck who taught us some NZ sign language. We know that NZSL is an official language of New Zealand and a real treasure for our world. We can use sign language to communicate with people who cannot hear. We used our eyes to repeat Chuck's signing and follow his hands.

We learnt about the alphabet, animals, colours and numbers. 

If you'd like to learn more about NZSL please click here!









Cultural day

Rata Tahi students have so many wonderful cultures so we were very excited to share these with the rest of the school on culture day. We started our day with a parade of Nations where we each stood behind our chosen flag. Then we had a special Taonga time where we made crafts, learnt songs, and even dances from around the world. We shared a yummy shared lunch with our whanau and then finished the day with a cultural concert out on the tennis courts. 



Kapa Haka sharing their waiata


Maori students - Can you find Harlow, Leon, Kalais ,Charlie and Zara?



English sudents - can you find Loretta?



Fijian students - can you find Zuhayr and Rayna?

French students - Anais

Kiribati students - Kauea and his brother Teukin

Filipino students -  Can you find Ysabella and Joseph?

Polish students - Marley and her whanau

Samoan students -  Can you find Jahzel, Lillyana, Osati, and Aurora?

Scottish students -  Can you find Grace?

Tongan students -  Can you find Olivia?

New Zealand European students  - Can you find Jaiah, Lincoln, Toby and Cameron?



Our fabulous Pasifika preformers

Anais narrated a traditional European folk tale

Toby was the grumpy troll and Cameron as the middle goat in the three billy goats gruff

The video practice of our pasifika performers for those whanau who were unable to attend the concert.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Global treasures - Statues and important places around the world

In Rata Tahi we have been making global treasures out of lego. First we choose your picture that you are going to build. Then you get the lego you need. Then you stick them together to look like your picture. Now it's made!

By Harlow, Marley and Aurora.


Anais build the leaning tower of Pisa, from Italy.

Toby built the Colosseum


Leon build the pyramids of Giza

Joseph build the pyramids of Giza too!

Harlow build the Eiffel tower, from Paris.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Writer of the week!

Each week this term we will be using the blog to share our wonderful writing. This week we have a story from Toby, who wrote a recount about his holidays. He is the writer of the week because he worked hard to re-read and edit his work. 
Fantastic work Toby!




"In the holiday I went to my Nan's to have a sleepover and Danny came and I came too. Danny played on the ipad first. I had the second turn on the ipad. Danny's braces came off and we went to sleep. In the morning we had hot milo and Danny had porridge for breakfast. I had eggs for breakfast and we went to bike. Then my Mum came to pick me up from Nanny's house. We went to the caravan."


Monday, May 1, 2017

Learning Buddies

At Saint Claudines we have learning buddies in our classroom. Everybody decides their learning goals and our buddies help us to achieve them. We work with our buddies everyday - we re-read our favourite books, we share our writing and we support eachother in our learning. Take a look at who we are working with: 



Osati and Joseph.


Lillyana and Jahzel


Kauea and Zuhayr


Cameron and Charlie



Aurora and Anais


Kalais and Lincoln




Harlow and Marley

Photos to come: 
- Zara and Loretta
-Lose and Olivia
- Grace, Rayna and Ysabella
Leon, Toby and Jaiah

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Our favourite learning

Miss Braid sat down and talked to us about our favourite learning: 

Lose and Marley loved creating words using the letter/sound dice. Lose said it was fun to sound out the letters and check if the word made sense or not. 

Grace and Ysabella loved finding the letter tiles in the water beads to create practise their words.

Harlow and Olivia said that the puppet show was their favourite. They like to use the puppets to create their own stories and set out chairs for people to watch the show.

Charlie loves the toy shop and practising using money to buy and sell items

Jahzel and Lillyana love the reading corner - particularly the comfy cushions!

Bird's Nests

Last week, Anais' Mum was cutting down the trees at the back of her house and found some empty birds nests. Anais brought them into school on Tuesday to share with us. We used our gentle hands to handle the fragile birds nests. One was a traditional smaller nest, and the other a longer cone shaped one that was spread through the branches. Thanks Anais! We loved looking at the birds nests, thinking about who might live in them and discovering what they were made of.