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Ōrongomai Cross Country 2021

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Ōrongomai Cross Country 2021 Congratulations to all of the students who participated in Ōrongomai's cross country on Wednesday.  It was a fantastic day all around. Amazing sportsmanship was displayed and it was great to have everyone cheering on those that were racing.  Clearly, the hard work put in leading up to our cross country was well worth it as everyone pushed themselves to do the best they could on the day (even in very warm conditions).  Finally, while we wish that whānau could have come to watch and support on the day, we do thank all parents for their understanding of current restrictions.  A special congratulations to this year's placeholders pictured below: Boys: Macca Robinson, Kaden Rodgers, Beau Hantz, Jacob Smith, Max Moore, Juan Lee, Liam Scarlett. Girls: Sisi Turner, Bailey Parish, Indi Haydon-Uren, Cecilia Zhang, Emma Fone, Chloe Biddington.  Not pictured: Jackson Cutts, Maddi Brooks, Imogen Brooks.  Below are some more photos of our awesome Ōrongomai athlet

Term 3 Reflection

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Ōrongomai students have had a great return to school after our distance learning programme!  We have been fortunate to have  participated in an exciting session of gymnastics provided by Flips and Tumbles. Canterbury Cricket also visited and showed the Ōrongomai students a variety of techniques that will help them with this popular lunch-time sport. 

Ōrongomai Online learning - Week 6

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 Here is a snippet of some of the work that happened during Week 6.  We hope you enjoy watching the video :)

Ōrongomai's Lockdown Learning Week 5 , Term 3

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We have loved seeing all the work everyone has been doing at home in their bubbles. Here is a snippet of some of that work. Keep it up, you should all be very proud of your hard work!  

Term 2 Reflection

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Thanks to all our Halswell whānau for your contribution to another successful production. Seeing the smiles and excitement of the Ōrongomai students as they eagerly await to perform is always a highlight of the production. We hope you have a safe and happy winter holiday.

Happenings in Ōrongomai over the last few weeks

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It's been another busy few weeks in Ōrongomai as we prepare for our part in the school production, Reboot. As well as getting ready for the production we have continued exploring all things tooth related. We have also been learning about rhyme and writing our own raps. It's been a lot of fun thinking of ways to use our names in raps to tell a story and to tell stories about what the tooth fairy does when they come to visit! We have put together a video to show everyone some of this learning.  In week 5 we lead a combined assembly with Ōtumatua. During the assembly we did a performance of George Ezra's Shot Gun in New Zealand Sign Language to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week.  We created a video of us signing the song, check it out!

Toothy Tales!

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We've started the term off with a bang already! With a focus on building up to our production, we have been exploring the memory of losing your first tooth. We started by sharing our own memories and our family traditions, learning about how some families place their teeth under their pillow, in a jar or even throw it on the roof. Some of us leave our teeth for the tooth fairy, so we have been imagining what the tooth fairy looks like and where s/he lives.  We have sewn little pillows and made mini clay pots to keep a tooth safe. We have created fairies and flown them from the spiderweb in our playground. The construction tables have been very busy with the making of houses for the Tooth Fairy or El Raton.  Inspired by the tradition of throwing your tooth of the roof, we even have started to design and create catapults to launch our teeth from!  We have been reading some fantastic stories all about wobbly teeth and teeth traditions that you might like to read on our  production pag