Welcome to our student page.
Each week, our wonderful Head Students, Calad Twohig, Endera Tanala, Jessica Rowe-Mitchell and Charlotte Reid will share their highlight of the week with you all.
Term 1 Week 11:
Today we met with the Student Council and Saskia (Rangiora Lions Club Youth Ambassador) to learn more about leadership. She inspired us to take lots of different opportunities.
We are excited for the end of the term. We have been working hard filling our 3 Kete. Have a great holiday.
Term 1 Week 10:
On Monday 27th we had the opportunity to go to the PCT challenge. We had an awesome time developing our Leadership skills.
What an amazing day it was here at Southbrook School last Friday. We are very proud of Charlotte and Jorge and their 'Shave for a Cure'. Together they raised $1755.00 for Leukemia and Blood Cancer NZ.
Term 1 Week 8:
We are super excited to have our Learning Conferences this week. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with our parents.
Next week a group of us are going on the PCT challenge. This is an exciting opportunity for us to grow as leaders.
Term 1 Week 7:
This week we are supporting the Student Council. They have having a mufti day on Friday to raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters who help support some of our students here at Southbrook. A big congratulations to the students who competed in the Rakahuri Zone swimming sports last week. We are very proud of you all.
Term 1 Week 6:
Today we met with the student council. It was great to share ideas about making a difference at Southbrook.This last week we have seen dramatic changes in the new building. It is exciting to see it take shape.
Term 1 Week 5:
The Year 8’s are looking forward to having their new polo shirts. These tops show and celebrate that we are Seniors.
We are excited that our new building will be finished at the end of this term. Nga Manu Nui, Ngahere and Te Awa are looking forward to having fabulous new spaces to work in.
Term 1 Week 4:
Term 1 Week 3:
Students at Southbrook have been busy practicing for swimming sports and our triathlon that will be held this week. We have also been getting to know our own learning spaces and the new students at Southbrook. Welcome to you all.
It is hard to believe that it is Term 4 already and with the many things that are happening over the next 10 weeks this term is sure to fly by also.
Among the highlights that we are looking forward to this term are the Year 7&8 camp to Wellington in Week 2, the Year 5&6 camp to Woodend Beach in Week 8, the Middle and Senior Athletics in Week 3, the Junior School Sports Spectacular in Week 4 and a visit from the author Stu Duval also in Week 4.
We look forward to updating you each week as to further highlights here at school. Watch this space.
Week 8 for the term was Science Week here at school. Throughout the school there were different Science activities that reflected our school wide theme of Change. The different experiments that we conducted throughout the school were all loads of fun and we learnt lots. We really enjoyed having a different focus for the afternoon. The crowd favourite seemed to be Mrs Sollitt's Hockey Pockey experiment.
The Senior Team (Aoraki) also held Language Days on Wednesday and Friday. On each of these days we learnt common phrases and everyday words. We also looked at the country and some traditions that they had. The four languages we looked at were French, German, Maori and Spanish.
We have had some really great things happening here over the past week.
We were able to celebrate our very successful mufti day at our whole school assembly with a visit from Jason who thanked us in behalf of the North Canterbury Foodbank.
We were also able to celebrate our successful Readathon that raised $2900 for our pool area development.
Our Year 8's met with some representatives from Rangiora High School who answered some of the questions the group had.
We are all looking forward to Week 9 which is our last week of Term 3. Where is the year going??
Last week was not an overly busy week outside of our classrooms. One of the highlights was the Mufti Day that the whole school involved itself in last Friday. This event was to support the North Canterbury Foodbank whose stocks of food are used to support needy families in our area via food parcels and other gifts. We were aware that these stocks are at record lows.
Instead of a gold coin donation, which would normally be the cost for each person who took part, a food item (canned food or dried food) was asked to be brought to school to add to our pile of donated items. Considering the fact that we have 356 students here at school currently, we are very proud that we were able to collect just on 500 items showed. This effort shows how generous our families are in supporting this great cause. We would like to thank everyone for their support.
In what was overall not a busy week regarding activities around the school the highlight for us was the attendance of our Year 7 and Year 8 teams at the 2016 Cantamaths competition.
In this competition teams are challenged wth answering 20 complicated mathematical problems in 30 minutes. This is a tough ask and very few of the 100+ teams in attendnace manage to get all of the problems solved in this short amount of time.
Our Year 7 team found the competition challenging and finished in the lower portion on the scoreboard.
Our Year 8 team faired rather well and managed to answer 15 out of the 20 questions to place in the top third of the table.
Overall this was a great learning opportunity as to how to work under pressure as there is lots of noise and lots of activity to distract the teams from their problem solving.
We congratulate both teams on their efforts.
Last Wednesday our students celebrated Bubbles Day. We did this to raise awareness and contribute to the fundraising efforts of Cystic Fibrosis NZ and their efforts towards finding a cure. The classes got to walk around the court area here at school to view the different pieces of artwork that had been created in the different learning spaces.
One of the true highlights was getting to blow lots of bubbles, both big and small. The sad message behind this was that sometimes living with Cystic Fibrosis, people's breathing can feel like they are having to breath through a straw.
Our highlight for last week was getting the opportunity to participate in 2 big events.
The North Canatmaths coimpetition was held at the Clarkville School hall. Teams from schools across North Canterbury were all competing to be the best mathematicians in Year 6, Year 7, or Year 8.
After a tough and tense battle in all competitions our Year 6 team placed 6th, our Year 7 team placed 17th , and our Year 8 team placed 7th. A great learning experience for all.
The other big event was the one day Winter Tournament that was held on Friday. We played Netball, Hockey, Soccer and Rugby against a number of other schools from around North Canterbury. All of the teams competed well and it was a huge amount of fun.
Thanks to all of the helpers who assited on the day.