Planks Incursion

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 21, 2019

Last week at school the Foundation students participated in a Planks Workshop here at school.

PLANKS are dynamic building blocks designed to inspire creative minds. Identical in size and shape, and cut precisely from 100% New Zealand plantation pine, PLANKS are specifically proportioned so that,with the help of gravity and a little imagination, you can build, boats, castles, animals and robots… or even a spiralling staircase to the moon. Totally inclusive, PLANKS encourage a wonderful mix of creativity and skill, social development and imagination.

It was fabulous to see our students engaged in a creative process focused on design through open ended play and experimentation. The students demonstrated a growth mindset and reflective thinking processes as they worked to create their own solutions to problems.

Performing Arts

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Posted by special4 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 15, 2019

In the early weeks of  Term 2, the Foundation students participated in learning experiences that allowed them to express themselves freely in dance to music of different tempos and genres.

As the term progressed, the students were taught a set dance routine. Their positive energy and enjoyment of learning a specific dance evolved as they became comfortable with the patterns in the basic choreography and the importance of dancing in time to the music and safely together in unison.

It was a fun teaching and learning experience and the students were able to articulate what was easy to learn as well as some of the movements that were more challenging for them.  It was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces as they successfully performed the dance for their classmates. I’ve encouraged the students to dance at home with their family whenever the music is on!  They assure me their parents are great at dancing and the best part is that dancing is not only fun but great for fitness as well. I hope that they shared some of the dance moves they learned at school with you all.


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