Saturday, 13 December 2014


We have spent part of Term 3 and all of Term 4 learning three different dances for our school end of year production "Countdown". Kea Class represented the medieval period of history where the peasants decided to to try and make things a bit fairer by robbing from the rich and giving to the poor! We have had lots of fun making up dance moves and creating costumes for the show. We had a great time and the audience loved it too.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Disco Fever Kea Class Style!

Advent Hearts

As a school we collected Christmas themed food to donate to the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hamper appeal for those less fortunate than ourselves. We collected nine grocery bags full of delicious Christmas goodies. These gifts were presented at Mass on the first Sunday of Advent. 

First Holy Communion

On the Feast of Christ the King 2014 the Richmond and Stoke Parishes celebrated the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Lucy, Isla and Jasmine from our class all received communion for the first time. We congratulate them and wish them every blessing for the future.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014



After studying native birds we decided to attract birds more to our school. We set about looking at bird feeders on google images and then designed our own. We were so lucky to have 4 parent helpers to assist with the hammers, drills and saws, not to mention the hot glue gun! By the end of the session everyone had made one and put it up around our classroom. The bird seed and fruit attracted many birds as we watched and over the holidays one bird felt so at home that it made a nest on top of the noisy class bell box outside Kea's door!


Kea class loved baking some citrus slice which was our treat as we watched an end of term video. Hmmmmmm!

Mighty Mathematicians in the Making!

Our weight unit was a terrific hands on experience. We learned to weigh objects and read the scales. After a fair bit of practice, everyone got a good feel for how heavy 1g and 1 kg is. Here are some shots of children learning about weight.


We are now studying fractions. First we recapped what a fraction is : amounts compared with a whole. We have discovered that :
  • fractions can be more than 1. 
  • Adding and subtracting fractions is being learned 
  • fraction of a number.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


We are learning about Castles in Term Four in preparation for our part in our school production.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The smallest book in Kea Class

Autahi had the smallest book in Kea Class today. It is a book of inspirational quotes.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Brook Sanctuary Trip

After learning about native plants and birds it was a terrific opertunity for Kea class to be able to see it all at the brook sanctuary. Rick shared his valuable knowledge with us. He could tell which berries were poisonous  and which were not. Rick also told us how the Maori used some native plants to help cure sickness.

Rick showed us the weta in a hollow of a trre trunk by using his sell phone. He turned his light on then videoed the weta.

To finish off he showed us stuffed stoat,rat,possum and ferret. 

It was a great outdoor experience and we hope to take our families there! 
Kea class trip to Brook Sanctuary on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The oldest books in Kea Class!

Khara's book is two hundred and twenty years old. It is a cookery book. It is so old that it uses the old fashioned way of writing the " s" sound with an "f". Katie's book is dated 1881 and is a book of general knowledge.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Saint Paul's Feast Day Mass

On Tuesday 24 June our school celebrated the Feast day of our patron saint, Saint Paul by attending mass. Kea Class performed a short play called "Blinded". It was a play about how St.Paul came to know and follow Jesus.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Inter-school Hockey

Congratulations to all the students who competed in the Inter-School Hockey Tournament at Saxton Field. We are proud of you!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Move It Day for Caritas

On Wednesday 16 April the students of Saint Paul’s School, Richmond, Nelson participated in a fund raising day to raise money for the Caritas Solomon Islands Appeal. The first part of the day saw the students doing wide range of physical activities to benefit the school. The activities ranged from pulling weeds and mulching the school gardens to collecting rubbish and sweeping the classroom courtyards. At lunchtime the children were able to buy lunch for a gold coin donation and this was followed by fun lunchtime activities such as jump jam, tennis and scooters. At the end of lunch they all gathered to have a photograph taken with the Solomon Islands flag that was provided by one of the children who have family and friends who come form the Solomon Islands. The day raised $350.00

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Scooter Safety

This week we had some visitors to our school who showed us how to fit our cycling and scootering helmet properly. They taught us the "two finger" rule. 1. You should only be able to get two fingers between your chin strap and your chin. 2. You should only have a two finger width between the top of your eyebrows and the edge of your helmet. 3. Your strap should fit neatly, either side of your ears, like a "V" for victory sign. We also found out how to check and cross safely at the zebra crossing and across driveways. Safe scootering everyone!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Visiting Bishop's School, Nelson

We had a taste of what it would be like to be a child in Victorian times when we visited the Bishop's School. We had to line up in silence, wait until we were told to sit down, read all together from the blackboard, do an arithmetic test and do copperplate handwriting.

A visit to the Suter Art Gallery

We had an enjoyable visit to the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson. We looked at paintings from an exhibition called"Sunstroke". All the paintings had bright, hot summer colours. Esther showed us how to look closely at the paintings and choose one colour that really stood out to our eyes. Then we looked At  the two to three colours that were surrounding that colour to see why those colours made the first colour look so bright. After that we took those three colours and created our own picture.

Friday, 21 February 2014

"T" is for Tasman

We spent a morning travelling around our local area on a red double decker bus looking at lots of places of interest. We visited the Abel Tasman statue in Tahunanui, the settlers memorial wall and statue on Wakefield Quay, Founders Park and the birthplace of Ernest Rutherford in Brightwater.

Welcome to Kea Class 2014! We hope you enjoy checking out what we have been learning by following our blog this year.