Pod 1 & 2 Athletics Day

On Tuesday 21 November, Pod 1 & 2 held their annual Athletics Day.  The sun was shining and there was lots of excitement in the air.  Once the Pod 1 & 2 students were ready in their groups, they headed out to the small field where they moved through 12 different station.  Many fun things had been organised.  We had a huge colourful parachute where we played games like shark attack, a dress-up relay race and a gum boot throw to test our strength and accuracy.  There was a water activity to cool us down, a rolly polly to test our direction and an obstacle course to test our balance.  After everyone had completed each activity we headed over to the large field where everyone had a chance to race.  We finished the day off with a mums race, a dad's race and a few wheelbarrow races.  What a successful day!

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Pod 3 & 4 Athletics Day

This year Shelly Park held their senior school athletics on Thursday 2nd November.  We were organised into our age groups and our house colours and then we set off for the days activities.  On the small field we had softball throw and long jump, in the hall we had high jump with Mr Rolfe and on the big field was a variety of fun activities.  There was the tug-o-war, the gumboot throw, the 'egg and spoon' race, basketball throw, sack races and a favourite - the obstacle course.  Once the champs had completed their side of things, we started with the races.  Everyone did their very best and we were exhausted at the end of the day.

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Ukulele 2017

A ukulele is an instrument that has 4 strings and is native to Hawaii.  At Shelly Park School we are lucky to have Caleb who teaches a group of children in our school library how to play the ukulele.  Each term, Caleb teaches us new songs and we practise them each week. This year we learnt to play Budapest by George Ezra, Royals by Lorde, Sorry by Justin Bieber, I’m Yours by Jason Moraz, and Count on Me by Bruno Mars.  Caleb is bubbly and funny.  He pretends that he can't hear you and then says random letters. But he is not only a ukulele teacher.  Did you know that he is also a music teacher at our school? We are so lucky to have a teacher like him! And we are lucky to have the opportunity to play an instrument.  Caleb is the best music teacher ever!!!! It is very fun and easy to play the ukulele and if you get stuck Caleb is there to help you.

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Red Bling Day 2017

On the last day of Term 2 we had a Red Bling Day in honour of Team New Zealand who won the America’s Cup. Everybody blinged up their uniform with red and they looked fantastic!  You could wear red nail polish, a red scarf, red hats, red earrings, red socks and anything red.  A man called Sir Peter Blake who was sailing for America‘s cup wore lucky red socks for every race he sailed, but on one race, pirates shipwrecked his boat! So now Team New Zealand always wear lucky red socks on their races and this year Team New Zealand even won!

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Arts Festival 2017

During the first week of Term 4, Shelly Park School celebrated The Arts with an Arts Week Festival.  You could wander through an exhibition where each class exhibited their amazing pieces and then students got to showcase their talent and wow everyone with their unique performances.  The ukulele group got to perform with Caleb and there were also many guitarists.  The Shelly Park Dance Crew performed their outstanding routine and the show opened with our very talented Kapa haka group.  There was a number of solo performers which included singing, dancing and playing the piano.  Well done to all everyone who took part and a huge thank you to the teachers for all their hard work.

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Gala 2017

This year the Shelly Park School Gala was on the 24th of September.  There were people from everywhere! In almost every classroom there was a stall of some kind where you could buy anything from lollies, to having your hair painted bright colours.  There was a Girl’s Zone and a Boy’s Zone which was very popular and the face painting was awesome.  There were bookstores, toy shops, food stands, ice cream and you could even take a photograph with lulu the macaw!  You could bounce on a bouncy castle slide and there was a trailer where you could play a game called ‘smash the plate’ to win a prize.  There were also slushes you get get tiger blood and all different types of flavours - it was amazing! In the Gobi Drive there was a big caterpillar train which played music.  In the staffroom you could relax and enjoy a coffee with come cake at Rolfie’s Café.  What a fun gala!

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Disco Term 3 2017

On Friday the 8th of September, Shelly Park School had their second school disco for the year.  This time it was a 'beach' theme and we got to dress in our colourful outfits. There was a plastic pool with balls near the chill zone and lots of cushions to relax on.  Prizes were given out for the best dancing and you could buy treats and glow in the dark bling.  There was a festive vibe with balloons and streamers and afterwards many people enjoyed a delicious sausage sizzle.  A huge thank you to the parents, teachers and PTA for making the disco such a success.

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Book Week 2017

This year Shelly Park School celebrated Book Week in the last week of Term 3.  We spent parts of each day with our buddy classes, exploring our favourite books and authors.  The week ended with a parade where everyone got to dress as their favourite character and walk down the catwalk to show off their wonderful costumes.  There were lots of different characters to enjoy and quite a few Harry Potters.  Even the teachers dressed up! What a fun way to end the term.

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Daffodil Day 2017

New Zealand has been involved in raising money for cancer for more than twenty five years.  On Friday the 25th of August Shelly Park School had a Daffodil Day mufti to support this worthy cause.  Everyone had to wear green and yellow clothes and accessories there were some people who even sprayed their hair. It was a fun day and we raised $ 615.70!

Matariki 2017

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars known as Pleiades. It means 'Eyes of God' or 'Tiny Eyes'. It is also the name for the Māori New Year celebration.  Pod 1 & 2 celebrated Matariki by creating their own manu tū (kites) and then flying them with their whanau (family).  They started out by colouring in the Māori patterns and then used special twine to create a tail.

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Space Mufti 2017

Pod 1 & 2 have been learning about our Solar System in Topic and decided to have a 'Space' dress up day. There were amazing costumes and even the teachers dressed up! Aliens, universes, suns, stars, astronauts and even Star Wars characters were on display. All the students got to walk around the school to show off their colourful costumes.

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Term 2 School Disco 2017

On the 16th of June, we had our first school disco! Pod 1 & 2 had their disco first and Pod 3 & 4 followed on. There were glowsticks on sale, light-up glasses and funky hair extensions which lit up in the dark. The DJ played our favourite songs and even got us to act like zombies. We got the chance to do the limbo and some students were really good! The teachers joined in for a few dances and when we got tired of dancing, we hung out in the 'Chill Zone'. We all had a fun filled night and at the end, some people got to enjoy a sausage sizzle!

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I Love Sports Mufti 2017

On Thursday 24th of May we had an 'I love sports' mufti organised by the school council. People dressed up in their favourite sports clothes or as their favourite sports person. There were dancers, gymnasts, and lots of rugby players. Even the teachers dressed up! It was good to be in comfortable clothes for the day and everyone had lots of fun.

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Kelly Tarltons Sleepover 2017

This year, Pod 3 had the opportunity to go to Kelly Tarltons for a sleepover! Room 8 and Room 13 went together on the 5th of May, Room 9 and 10 on the 12th and finally Room 11 and 12 on the 19th. There were so many amazing fish to see and lots of cool stuff to do. We visited the penguins, fed the fish, watched the turtles, played on the playground and looked at all the other cool things you could do at Kelly Tarltons. It was such an awesome experience. We got to sleep in sleeping bags and in the morning we all had breakfast together. Did you know that it was a man called Kelly Tarlton (a marine archaeologist) who founded the aquarium in 1985?

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Rugby Sevens 2017

Mr Lyford and Mr Rolfe took 24 students to Lloyd Elsmore Park on Monday the 29th of May to play rugby at the East Auckland Rugby Field Day, where the Shelly Park players played against 7 other local schools. There were 2 teams from Shelly Park, and those teams were: U35 & U45. The U35 team won their 7 games and the U45 team won 5 of their games. All the boys had a lot of fun and were exhausted by the end of the day.


Triathlon 2017

On Tuesday 11th April 2017, Shelly Park School held their annual triathlon. Pod 4 was in the first block, in middle block it was Pod 3 and then lastly Pod 1 & 2. In Pod 3 & 4 there was a Champs group and a Novice group. Everyone started with a swim, quickly put on their house coloured shirt and running shoes, donning a nit cap on the way to the bikes or scooters, and then finished off with a run. The Champs did three laps of biking, two lengths of swimming and then ran down through the gully, up to the dentist and back down to the finish line in the middle of the field. In Novice group, you did two laps of biking, one length of the pool and the same run as champs but going straight to the finish line from the gully. In Pod 1 & 2 there were Angel fish, Marlins and Dolphins. The Angelfish did one lap of the pool, 2 laps on a scooter around the small courts and then ran twice around the big field. Marlins did a width of the pool, two laps on a the scooter and then ran twice around the big field. Dolphins and Pod 1 students did a width of the pool and a lap on a scooter then ran around the field once. Parents came to cheer their children on and the school council worked hard to ensure things ran smoothly for Pod 1, 2 and 3. The weather was on our side and everyone was proud of their efforts.

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Going Blue for Autism 2017

On the 6th of April Shelly Park School dressed up in blue to raise funds for Autism. An Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability affecting social and communication skills. People who have autism find it harder to think and learn in some ways, and have difficulty making sense of the world. Everyone wore their favourite blue clothes and we raised $583.00 with gold coin donations.

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Pod 1 & 2's Healthy Lunch 2017

This term, Shelly Park School is looking at Hauora as part of our Topic. Hauora is a Maori concept all about well-being and healthy living. Pod 1 & 2 had a healthy shared lunch which helped us learn about healthy food. Parents came to join us to share the yummy food.

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Aqua Fun Day 2017

On the 21st of March Pod 1 & 2 participated in their Aqua Fun Day. The activities were set up on the small field with lots of different stations all around. The school councillors helped out so the day could run smoothly and parents joined in to help too. School counsellor Hayley was chosen to ring the horn every 15 minutes which meant each group had to move on to the next station. There were fun things like catching bubbles, collecting marbles with your toes and slipping and sliding down a waterslide. One of the favourites was throwing sponges at faces. The obstacle course was tricky and everyone got sopping wet doing the water challenges. Terry heated the pool so it was extra warm and no one wanted to get out. It was an awesome day and luckily the rain didn’t ruin it.

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Shave for a Cure 2017

Each year thousands of Kiwis are sponsored to shave their heads in support of people living with blood cancer and leukaemia. This year Mr Rolfe and Mr Lyford joined Miles and Benj, as well as six Year 5 & 6 students to shave their heads in support of this cause. They raised over $5,000 for Shave for a Cure.

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Pod 3 & 4 Swimming Sports 2017

Pod 3 & 4 had their Swimming Sports Day on Tuesday 7th of March 2017. It was a bit cloudy and the water was freezing but everyone was really excited. Pod 3 & 4 swimmers sat in their house colour areas and the house leaders kept them going with cheers and chants. The groups were Dolphins, Marlins and Angelfish. Each group had different races and challenges. Parents braved the weather and came to support their kids.

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Cricket Field Day 2017

In February this year a small group of Shelly Park students took part in the annual Cricket Field Days at Lloyd Elsmore Park. The group of ten students was organised by Mr Rolfe and Mr Lyford who were there to support them for the two days. There were 6 games in total, and they won three and lost three! Neena was the only girl who went and Mr Lyford was really pleased with how well she played!

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Powhiri 2017

This year Shelly Park School held our first ever Powhiri to welcome the new teachers, Mr Rijns, Miss Cullum and Mrs Robson to our school. We had two very special guests - Whaea Taini and Whaea Mania who came from Te Whare o Matariki (the Marae in Howick). After the official speeches, the whole school sang Te Aroha and Tutiro Mai and the new teachers sang E Toru Nga Mea. Mr Rolfe welcomed everyone in English and Maori and Mr Stratford represented the Board of Trustees. Mr Rijns did us proud when he spoke in Maori and English to represent the new teachers. It was really special watching all the teachers being welcomed into Shelly Park School.

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Shelly Park School Council 2017

We would like to present the 2017 Shelly Park School Council.

The School Council is made up of School Leaders and House Captains, and these students work alongside Mrs Rolfe to provide support and assistance in all areas of school life.

This year the school leaders are George, Charlotte, Sophie, Neena, Saul, Hayley, Sam, Alisa, Lydia and Luca.

Our house captains are Mackenzie & Connor (Kikorangi), Marcus & Sara (Whero), Katelyn & Charlie (Kakariki), Shayla & Ryan (Kowhai).

We wish them all the best for their last year at Shelly Park School!

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