The Pheasants and the Partridge classes had great fun on camp in Simonsberg. They experienced the outdoors and participated in various activities ranging from an obstacle course, puzzle pieces, mummy game with toilet paper, trust your partner blindfolded, to rafting on the small dam. They all enjoyed a night hike and playing stalk the lantern. They came home exhausted and extremely dirty which clearly means they had a fantastic time with old and new friends. What a great group of children.
The Pheasants have had a crazy-busy 7 days. Starting last week Friday we had the opportunity to go to the beach and bond with our new friends, as well as spend some time splashing about in the ‘not-so-warm’ water. Thank you to the parents who also joined us and took advantage of the opportunity to grow our Elkanah community. Some moms even braved the waters for a swim. Well done.
On Monday we visited the Animal Anti-Cruelty League where we leaned how important it is to look after our pets properly. We also learned about “living beyond self” by giving very generous donations of food and blankets to this worthy cause.
On Tuesday this week we introduced the iPads into our classes. The children have joined the various Google Classrooms, which will be one of the main avenues of disseminating and collecting tasks. This week we started exploring some of the apps as well as practicing our tables using some fun maths websites.
We look forward to more fun as the year progresses.
Unless you have been in witness protection for the last few weeks you would no doubt be aware that the buzz at school has been around our annual Grade 4 Camp. Camps are one of the highlights, if not the most popular highlight, of each school year. 2016 was no different. We packed up 44 super-excited Grade 4s on a big, luxury Elwierda bus and headed of for the Simonsberg Christian Campsite near Stellenbosch. Along the way we stopped off at Giraffe House where the learners had the opportunity to watch a live show about some of the amazing and wonderful creatures that live in our world, as well as wonder around the facility and view some really beautiful wildlife. A couple of brave and/or lucky volunteers even got to hold (and in one case, kiss) some of the interesting creepy crawlies.
After arriving at Simonsberg and settling in to their rooms, the learners spent the next 2 days involved in various formal and informal activities, all designed to give them a different learning experience to the one they get in the regular classroom environment each day at school. The formal activities involved activities like raft building, obstacle courses, blind fold courses, zip-lines, puzzles and mud swings, all of which encouraged the learners to collaborate and work as a team to reach certain objectives. The informal activities involved the kids making their own teams and building forts in the forest during their free time. For many of the learners this was their favourite part of the camp. Without them realising it they were involved in collaborating, cooperating, conflict resolution, strategising and creative thinking while building their forest forts. Some of them even pondered and/or experimented with the health benefits of being covered in mud from head to toe. For those who were less interested in building forts, the pool provided much enjoyment. In the evenings we went a night hike and created ‘mummies’ on the first night, and enjoyed campfire songs and stories, and stalked the lantern on the second night.
All in all it was a wonderful learning experience that the kids will certainly not forget. Thank you to the parents for supplying the delicious baked goods which kept the learners (and the teachers) going between meals.
Mr Bellwood and Mrs Coetzee
The Pheasants have had a really fun-filled week this week, both in and out of the classroom. We started out on Tuesday with a wonderful visit to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League where Mpho showed us why it’s so important to look after our pets properly. She also told us about the amazing work that the AACL does in helping the less fortunate to manage their pets correctly, as well as finding new homes for pets that have been neglected. The highlight of the visit was being able to play with the kittens, cats and dogs that are so desperately looking for homes. No doubt many parents received heartfelt pleas from their children to adopt one of these adorable animals. Check out the slideshow below to see a couple of images from our visit. My favourite is the smiling dog.
In the classroom this week, we introduced the children to some traditional science experiments, and to the processes we follow when conducting experiments. The children had to create their own rainbows by reflecting light through water and onto a white surface. They had loads of fun trying different quantities of water, angles and distances, until they were able to get it just right to form a rainbow. And of course, anything that gets them out of the classroom is always a win.
In our second experiment we tested to see the effect of dish washing liquid on milk. We found out that the fats in milk react to the dish washing liquid and move about causing the food colouring to move.
And on Friday we celebrated Friendship Day by dressing up in pinks, reds and whites. We discussed the qualities of friendship and why it’s important to be kind to each other.
We look forward to another great week next week with the introduction of our iPads on Thursday!
Have a wonderful weekend.
On Thursday the 28th of January the Grade 4 Pheasants joined the rest of the Grade 4s for a wonderful morning of bonding and frivolity at Small Bay beach. The weather was perfect, with lovely warm water and pleasant temperatures. A gentle mist hung around for a while keeping the bathers cool while they enjoyed the waves under the watchful eyes of the teachers and lifeguards. Other members of our class preferred to clamber on the jungle gym or spend some quality time with mom or dad. The ice-cream man made his appearance mid morning, much to the pleasure of the pupils who quickly depleted his stock. All in it was a wonderful morning enjoyed by all.