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The Amazing Race 2017
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Girls' & Boys' Prep School

Ms Kirsty Bond & Mr Owen Foster —

This term is careering quickly to an end but not before we wade our way through a large number of activities. The following is just a snapshot of what has and is taking place. In amongst, this there are still classroom lessons taking place!

Last week our Y6-8s took part in the Student Conference – Double Time – Life when you are twice as old. The calibre of people who presented at the conference was excellent and meant that our pupils were exposed to a wide range of information and experiences. After the seminars, each student was involved in a variety of activities involving concepts from making videos about wellbeing, construction of popsicle stick buildings, making figures using 3-D pens to a problem-solving task about ocean pollution.

Also last week, we saw some excited Y4s off to their camp which involved a trip to Quail Island and Orana Park and an overnight stay at Halkett. Our Y7s took part in the infamous Amazing Race from Church Bay to Cathedral Grammar. In groups, pupils navigated their way on foot and via Red Bus, ferry and gondola back to school, all the while following a myriad of clues that assisted them in completing the activity. This week, they continue their leadership activities with Beach Ed, CanSail, raft building and orienteering.

Yesterday, some very animated and enthusiastic Y5s left for their three-day camp at Wainui on Banks Peninsula. Whilst there, they will take part in activities such as coaststeering, archery, orienteering and kayaking. Happily the weather is playing its part and we look forward to hearing of their adventures when they return tomorrow.

Today our Y6s are off to Surf Safe at Sumner and our Y8s are taking part in dinghy sailing course run by KORE Outdoor Resilience Education.

Thursday sees our annual Top Teams Colours’ Challenge run by Sport Canterbury. This is an annual event now and involves all Prep school children participating in House colour groups through a range of fun tabloid activities. Some activities do involve water so it would be advantageous for your child to bring a towel for afterwards. 

Currently, classes are working through Poetry Reading competitions so please check in with your child about practising for prep. The finals will be held next Monday and Tuesday. Parking will be available on the Cobbles outside the library.

We look forward to the upcoming House Choirs competition at the end of Week VIII. Loyalty will be running hot as each House performs a song of their choice from the theme Disney. The pupils are encouraged to dress up to add to the flavour of the event and to promote House spirit.

Good luck to those athletes taking part in the Canterbury Schools’ Triathlon at Pegasus tomorrow!