Thursday, 12 April 2018

Pitau's Visit To The Art Gallery And Museum

Reporters: Willow and Cecille

Recently the Pītau group got to experience their amazing trip to the Christchurch Art Gallery and Museum. The reason they went was because they were learning about themselves, their belongings and what kiwi identity might be. The Pītau children also looked at some significant New Zealanders, symbols and history.

The children made an art piece and they had to select some images that were significant to them. When they got back to school they put a picture of themselves in their gallery and they had to put important people of New Zealand in there.

Mrs McLeod said, “my overall thoughts on our art gallery trip is that it was very beneficial because it allowed the children to make connections to how they belong to New Zealand.”

We got a quote from a student that went. She had told us about her favourite part and what she saw. Paige says, “we learnt about some pounamu and we went into a paua shell house and learnt about all the history that was in it.”

Building Redevelopment

Reporters: Sheldon, Lucas and Helena

Currently our school is going through a building redevelopment. This means areas will be blocked off and classrooms will be upgraded such as walls being removed and roofs being raised.

The play areas will be very compact as the entire field could be blocked off, meaning there could be different play times for Kākano, Pītau and Koru. Maybe some of the Cypress Gardens could be open for more play areas.

If you want to get to the field you have to take the long way around as the basketball area has been blocked off. But the PE shed is still open and able for kids to get equipment.

What are they doing at the moment?
The workers are working in the old koru 2 and the old room 15. They have put their offices and toilets and their vehicles in a fenced off area. They have cut down some trees and removed part of the fence in order to enter the construction site. They have done some surveying to mark out the area where the new hall will go.

These are some questions we asked Ms Nicholls, our Deputy Principal, who has been helping in organising the redevelopment at Bromley.

What are they rebuilding?
The old Kākano block the Koru block and other areas.

Where is the brand new building getting placed?
It will be going to be where the basketball court was near the PE shed.

How long will it take for the entire redevelopment to finish?
1 year.

How did you get this much money to do this?
The minister of education is paying for redevelopment of all schools in Christchurch and it would take about 20 years for all schools to be finished.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Prime Minister Comes To Bromley

Reporters: Sheldon and Helena

On Thursday the 22nd of February, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, came to visit Bromley School to announce mental health policy for Canterbury and Kaikōura children. It wasn't just Prime Minister Ardern, there were people from the government such as the Minister of Health, David Clark, and two well-known Christchurch MPs, Hon Megan Woods and Poto Williams.

Two of our Ariki leaders, Sheldon and Helena, got talk and introduce the Prime Minister and everyone that came. Some of the guests went to the library where Mandy and her coding group were working and to Pītau 1 to see what they were learning about.

Prime Minister Ardern came in a crown grey BMW. When she stepped out of the car, our Kapa Haka team welcomed her and her team. They did a wonderful job on such short notice.


Our Ariki then led Prime Minister Ardern to the staff room where she met Mr Kinley, some of our Board of Trustees members, parents, Wali the cat, and our lead teachers. She then spoke about the mental health care initiative.

Afterwards, the Prime Minister spoke to the media outside and some of the teachers and staff had photos with her before she left.

Mr Kinley says, “It was a fantastic day for Bromley School. Not only just to meet the Prime Minister in person and chat to her, as well as other very important Members of Parliament, but to hear about her announcement to support children in their mental health made this certainly a day to remember”.

We hope that initiatives like this really do benefit us children and we look forward to hosting more important guests who make important decisions about our future.

Beach Education Programme Makes A Splash

Reporters: Lucas and Kordae

In week 2 and 3 all of Pītau and Koru went to South Brighton Beach for Beach Education to learn many things.

They took part in many activities including everything the lifeguards had learned, a sand castle competition and going in the water.

The students were separated into 4 different groups to go around into four stations. On one of the stations they learned what the IRB is and that is an inflatable rescue boat that they use 70% of the time to rescue people.

Next is the medical equipment to help people that are unconscious or are having trouble to breathe. Another one was the inflatable rescue tube which they use 15% of the time to rescue people and finally is the knee boards, which they use another 15% to rescue people.

The sand castle competition that they participated in was a great event with working together very well with great designs with shells, sticks and dried up seaweed.

Finally the water time even though they didn’t have much time  they made the most of it with some huge waves chatting with their friends and having fun.

Mr Cron, who organised the event, said “I thought it was absolutely fantastic, the life guards related really well and children learnt important new safety issues involved with New Zealand beaches”.

Overall this was a great programme. Thanks to the lifeguards who ran it, as well as the teachers and parents for their support.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Year 5 and 6 in Hanmer Springs

In Week 10 of Term 3, Koru 1 and 2 went for a 2 hour bus ride to Hanmer Springs. Once they got there, they lined up to get in. They quickly got undressed and they had already got there togs on underneath there school clothes. It was really fun and everybody had a good time, there was lots of stuff to go on such as: Hydro slides, pools, hot pools, water slides, lazy rivers and so much more. Once we had to leave everybody didn't want to go because it was so fun. Some people didn't want to go because there was a cafeteria there too.

Our key competency focus was Relating to Others. Check out some of our blogs about how we reflected on the day and that key competency.

Check out some of the action.

Author: Blaine