Friday, 23 November 2012

2012 Term 4 Week 6 - Chrischurch visit

This week I had the honour of addressing some of the principals, teachers and parents of schools in Christchurch who are facing closure, renewal or merger. This was an incredibly humbling experience. I attended two meetings with some of my colleagues from new and refurbished schools around the country to share our journey, philosophy and design. My last visit to Christchurch was around the same time last year and I was amazed at both how little appeared to have changed and the gaping holes where buildings used to be. A trip around the red zone was a stark reminder to those of us in other parts of the country of the resilience, spirit and determination in the city. It brought tears to my eyes and a sense of shame that I had not appreciated the extent of the hardships faced by the people of Christchurch. As one of our hosts explained, "my city is broken, but come back in 20 years and what a city you will see." Kia kaha Christchurch.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

2012 Term 4 Week 4 - Athletics

What a fabulous day we had at our inaugural HPS Athletics Day!
Our students, teachers, and parents all had a great day of running, jumping and throwing with only a 10 minute weather break mid morning to dampen the day.
It was great to see all ages competing with gusto and our Y7/8 students helping our youngest students as they ran their races on the track.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

2012 Term 4 Week 3 - HPS Masterchef

Over the past couple of weeks our students have been exploring Kiwi Kai and 5+ a Day as part of our Whanake Hingaia inquiry.

Teachers took part in a Kiwi Kai Masterchef competition with Chef Cole the winner in the final. This week it was the turn of the students who had the option of creating a dish at home and brining it in on Wednesday for judging. 

Our judges had a big job taste testing as we had over 40 entries! (not bad for a school of 67!!) The entries were beautifully presented and all students had prepared copies of their recipes to share with their friends. During the taste test our mini chefs explained their dishes to the audience while the dish was shown on the big screen. All of our students did really well explaining the links to 5+ a Day as well as why they had chosen their particular dish to make for the competition.

Our winners on the day were Eli and Melani - well done to our mini masterchefs!

The recipes were researched, tested and prepared by the students to link into the 5+ a day concept and we had muffins, fruit drinks, salsa, shepherds pie, pizza, turnovers and more. 

These recipes are dishes that our students have chosen for themselves and are (mostly) lunch box friendly. They will be collated into a recipe book which will be available at Whanake Hingaia on Saturday 24 November.

We look forward to seeing you there!