Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Production - The First Evening Performance

They were brilliant!

This evening's performance was even better than this afternoon's.



I expect that tomorrow evening's performance will be better again!

CU in the morning,

Mr Grant

Production - The Matinee

Good evening,

Just a very quick update before heading back to Villa for tonight's show.

Well done Room 2, you were great.



You'll be even better tonight!

CU in about an hour or so,

Mr Grant

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another Rehearsal [Tues]day

Good afternoon,

Another day was spent rehearsing all or our scenes for tomorrow's production, and they are looking flash!



In between trips to the hall, Room 2 [Readers] even got some reading done!


Thanks Mrs O'Neill.

Tomorrow's the big day.

Please send the children to school in their sports gear, and with a bagged morning tea/lunch. Lunch boxes will be just too bulky, considering they will have to carry their drink bottles and costumes (which are still here at school, safe and sound!).

The bus will leave here at 0930, and we'll be back sometime after 1400.

Please have them at Villa by 1745 (that's 5:45 pm), so's we've got time to get them changed and...stuff. Sorry, you'll have to stay outside 'till 1810!

I think that's about it.

CU in the morning,

Mr Grant

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dress Rehearsal Monday

Good evening,

I was in the hall all day, and Room 2 was scattered thither and yon through the J Team, leaving four Room 2's, along with the rest of the Belly Button Boogie children in Room 2 with Mrs O'Neill. If that makes sense.








Tomorrow will be another rehearsal day (which I'm quite pleased with - I need the practice!), though we are planning to work in a reading interchange.

Keep practicing these at home!


THE FROG KING

Far, far away
There was a spring:
There lived a frog
And the frog was king.
King of the pond
And he would boast
That he was ruler
From coast to coast.

His mighty words
Spread 'cross the land
Until they crossed
O'er the sea's salt strand,
Into the kingdom
Blue and deep
Where the whales swim
And the dolphins leap.

There was a turtle
Brave and free
Said: 'I will go
Test this mystery'.
He swam through rivers,
Lakes and fords
So he could visit
The great frog lord.

And when at last
He reached the spring
There was the frog,
There was the king.
'Bow down before me'
The frog said.
The turtle jumped in
And the frog was dead!


Paradise Island

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

Sunshine in the winter.
Sunshine in the fall.
Kingston Town has never ever
Seen the snow at all!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.

Mento, ska calypso
Listen to the band
If you want a coconut
Just pick one from the sand!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.
(twice)

(together)
We go to the sunshine...
We know the way.,.


BELLY BUTTON BOOGIE

Grandma
This black button comes from Grandad's army demob suit.

Children
Demob suit?

Grandma
With a thin moustache and wide Lapels he looked quite "zoot hirsute"

Children
Zoot hirsute?

Grandma
But this one here is a strange one dear,
It belonged to Auntie Nelly.

Alice
It's got no button holes!

Grandma
Oh no! She wore it in her belly!

Children
Auntie Nelly? In her belly?

Grandma
She was a dancer of repute
In an oriental way
And when she wore her belly button
She would often say:

b b b b b b b
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Just do the b - b - boogie
Woogie till you drop
It's Auntie Nelly's favourite
Her belly is never a flop!

Jack
Hey! Grandad!
You've got enough belly to do a belly dance!!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

You wriggle and you jiggle
Wiggle round the floor
With jelly belly Nelly
The evening is never a bore!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Boo boo belly button boogie (x4)

Do the belly belly belly belly Belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Yeah!!!!


PYJAMA BUTTON

This little teddy bear button
Needs sewing on to keep your top polite,
Or you won't have your pyjamas
And you won't dream your cares away tonight.
Dream of the future you will see.
And dreams will set your spirit free.

Grandma
We've shown you a lifetime,
A journey through hopes and dreams.
We took you to places
And faces you'd never seen.

Alice
You told us about this golden one

Jack
And this one

Alice
And that one

Grandma
Its bedtime!

Jack/Alice
You've told us so much more
Than we knew before.
The time has gone so quickly...

Grandad
It's bedtime!

Jack/Alice
Granny, oh Grandad!
A rainbow is overhead.
One more tale from the Button Box:
It's still quite early,
Too soon to go to bed!

Tell a story one more time...

ALL (or Grandma on bold words)
Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
Let the stories unfold!

Magic

Sunshine

Laughter

Let the stories unfold!
Mr Grant

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Room 2 Newsletter for Term 2, Week 9

Good afternoon,

Here is the Room 2 Newsletter for Term 2, Week 9.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Grant

Friday, June 24, 2011

Funday Friday

Good afternoon,

We had a fun day here today.

We interrupted Mr Atherton after everyone had had their turn reading their mihi to learn Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Maori...
Tahi, rua, toru, wha!
Mahunga, pakihiwi, puku, hope, waewae
Mahunga, pakihiwi, puku, hope, waewae
Mahunga, pakihiwi, puku, hope, waewae
Taringa, mata, ihu, waha, e!

One, two, three, four!
Head, shoulder, tummy, hips, legs
Head, shoulder, tummy, hips, legs
Head, shoulder, tummy, hips, legs
Ears, eyes, nose, mouth, yeah!
...then we interrupted Room 10 to briefly join in their fitness session!

After library...




...we had a bit of free time...



...before spending the rest of the day (after lunch, that is) in and out of the hall, practicing for the whole school song at the end of next week's production.

They're all sounding really good.

Keep practicing!


THE FROG KING

Far, far away
There was a spring:
There lived a frog
And the frog was king.
King of the pond
And he would boast
That he was ruler
From coast to coast.

His mighty words
Spread 'cross the land
Until they crossed
O'er the sea's salt strand,
Into the kingdom
Blue and deep
Where the whales swim
And the dolphins leap.

There was a turtle
Brave and free
Said: 'I will go
Test this mystery'.
He swam through rivers,
Lakes and fords
So he could visit
The great frog lord.

And when at last
He reached the spring
There was the frog,
There was the king.
'Bow down before me'
The frog said.
The turtle jumped in
And the frog was dead!


Paradise Island

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

Sunshine in the winter.
Sunshine in the fall.
Kingston Town has never ever
Seen the snow at all!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.

Mento, ska calypso
Listen to the band
If you want a coconut
Just pick one from the sand!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.
(twice)

(together)
We go to the sunshine...
We know the way.,.


BELLY BUTTON BOOGIE

Grandma
This black button comes from Grandad's army demob suit.

Children
Demob suit?

Grandma
With a thin moustache and wide Lapels he looked quite "zoot hirsute"

Children
Zoot hirsute?

Grandma
But this one here is a strange one dear,
It belonged to Auntie Nelly.

Alice
It's got no button holes!

Grandma
Oh no! She wore it in her belly!

Children
Auntie Nelly? In her belly?

Grandma
She was a dancer of repute
In an oriental way
And when she wore her belly button
She would often say:

b b b b b b b
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Just do the b - b - boogie
Woogie till you drop
It's Auntie Nelly's favourite
Her belly is never a flop!

Jack
Hey! Grandad!
You've got enough belly to do a belly dance!!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

You wriggle and you jiggle
Wiggle round the floor
With jelly belly Nelly
The evening is never a bore!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Boo boo belly button boogie (x4)

Do the belly belly belly belly Belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Yeah!!!!


PYJAMA BUTTON

This little teddy bear button
Needs sewing on to keep your top polite,
Or you won't have your pyjamas
And you won't dream your cares away tonight.
Dream of the future you will see.
And dreams will set your spirit free.

Grandma
We've shown you a lifetime,
A journey through hopes and dreams.
We took you to places
And faces you'd never seen.

Alice
You told us about this golden one

Jack
And this one

Alice
And that one

Grandma
Its bedtime!

Jack/Alice
You've told us so much more
Than we knew before.
The time has gone so quickly...

Grandad
It's bedtime!

Jack/Alice
Granny, oh Grandad!
A rainbow is overhead.
One more tale from the Button Box:
It's still quite early,
Too soon to go to bed!

Tell a story one more time...

ALL (or Grandma on bold words)
Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
Let the stories unfold!

Magic

Sunshine

Laughter

Let the stories unfold!
Have a great weekend,

Mr Grant

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mary Thursday

Good afternoon,

We had a special treat this morning. After morning tea we all trotted off to the hall, along with the rest of the J Team and the M Team to watch a presentation of stories from Mary MacKillop's life, as told by a couple of actors from across the ditch.


And a good time was had by all.

After lunch, we had a bit of R.E., this time all about the prompting of the Holy Spirit.


Then some more production practice, this time just with us, minus the children who were out for PMP.

The Frog King...


...Paradise Island...


...It's a Long Way to Tipperary/Pack Up Your Troubles...


...and the Belly Button Boogie.


Tomorrow is our library day, so please remember to bring back your books - no returns, no new issues!

CU in the morning,

Mr Grant

Oh, and keep practicing at home. Belly Button Boogiers, this means you!


THE FROG KING

Far, far away
There was a spring:
There lived a frog
And the frog was king.
King of the pond
And he would boast
That he was ruler
From coast to coast.

His mighty words
Spread 'cross the land
Until they crossed
O'er the sea's salt strand,
Into the kingdom
Blue and deep
Where the whales swim
And the dolphins leap.

There was a turtle
Brave and free
Said: 'I will go
Test this mystery'.
He swam through rivers,
Lakes and fords
So he could visit
The great frog lord.

And when at last
He reached the spring
There was the frog,
There was the king.
'Bow down before me'
The frog said.
The turtle jumped in
And the frog was dead!


Paradise Island

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

Sunshine in the winter.
Sunshine in the fall.
Kingston Town has never ever
Seen the snow at all!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.

Mento, ska calypso
Listen to the band
If you want a coconut
Just pick one from the sand!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.
(twice)

(together)
We go to the sunshine...
We know the way.,.


BELLY BUTTON BOOGIE

Grandma
This black button comes from Grandad's army demob suit.

Children
Demob suit?

Grandma
With a thin moustache and wide Lapels he looked quite "zoot hirsute"

Children
Zoot hirsute?

Grandma
But this one here is a strange one dear,
It belonged to Auntie Nelly.

Alice
It's got no button holes!

Grandma
Oh no! She wore it in her belly!

Children
Auntie Nelly? In her belly?

Grandma
She was a dancer of repute
In an oriental way
And when she wore her belly button
She would often say:

b b b b b b b
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Just do the b - b - boogie
Woogie till you drop
It's Auntie Nelly's favourite
Her belly is never a flop!

Jack
Hey! Grandad!
You've got enough belly to do a belly dance!!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

You wriggle and you jiggle
Wiggle round the floor
With jelly belly Nelly
The evening is never a bore!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Boo boo belly button boogie (x4)

Do the belly belly belly belly Belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Yeah!!!!


PYJAMA BUTTON

This little teddy bear button
Needs sewing on to keep your top polite,
Or you won't have your pyjamas
And you won't dream your cares away tonight.
Dream of the future you will see.
And dreams will set your spirit free.

Grandma
We've shown you a lifetime,
A journey through hopes and dreams.
We took you to places
And faces you'd never seen.

Alice
You told us about this golden one

Jack
And this one

Alice
And that one

Grandma
Its bedtime!

Jack/Alice
You've told us so much more
Than we knew before.
The time has gone so quickly...

Grandad
It's bedtime!

Jack/Alice
Granny, oh Grandad!
A rainbow is overhead.
One more tale from the Button Box:
It's still quite early,
Too soon to go to bed!

Tell a story one more time...

ALL (or Grandma on bold words)
Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
Let the stories unfold!

Magic

Sunshine

Laughter

Let the stories unfold!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Power Cut Wednesday

Good afternoon,

This morning, just before fitness...



...the school experienced a brief power cut. Funny how your IWB won't work without the old juice coming in from the mains!

Thankfully the power came back on in time for White Group to share today's text.


For R.E. this afternoon we had a bit of a catchup and paste session before singing a couple of R.E. songs.

Like this one.


And that was pretty much our day.

I hope we all get a better night's sleep tonight,

Mr Grant

Oh, and keep practicing at home. Belly Button Boogiers, this means you!


THE FROG KING

Far, far away
There was a spring:
There lived a frog
And the frog was king.
King of the pond
And he would boast
That he was ruler
From coast to coast.

His mighty words
Spread 'cross the land
Until they crossed
O'er the sea's salt strand,
Into the kingdom
Blue and deep
Where the whales swim
And the dolphins leap.

There was a turtle
Brave and free
Said: 'I will go
Test this mystery'.
He swam through rivers,
Lakes and fords
So he could visit
The great frog lord.

And when at last
He reached the spring
There was the frog,
There was the king.
'Bow down before me'
The frog said.
The turtle jumped in
And the frog was dead!


Paradise Island

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

Sunshine in the winter.
Sunshine in the fall.
Kingston Town has never ever
Seen the snow at all!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.

Mento, ska calypso
Listen to the band
If you want a coconut
Just pick one from the sand!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.
(twice)

(together)
We go to the sunshine...
We know the way.,.


BELLY BUTTON BOOGIE

Grandma
This black button comes from Grandad's army demob suit.

Children
Demob suit?

Grandma
With a thin moustache and wide Lapels he looked quite "zoot hirsute"

Children
Zoot hirsute?

Grandma
But this one here is a strange one dear,
It belonged to Auntie Nelly.

Alice
It's got no button holes!

Grandma
Oh no! She wore it in her belly!

Children
Auntie Nelly? In her belly?

Grandma
She was a dancer of repute
In an oriental way
And when she wore her belly button
She would often say:

b b b b b b b
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Just do the b - b - boogie
Woogie till you drop
It's Auntie Nelly's favourite
Her belly is never a flop!

Jack
Hey! Grandad!
You've got enough belly to do a belly dance!!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

You wriggle and you jiggle
Wiggle round the floor
With jelly belly Nelly
The evening is never a bore!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Boo boo belly button boogie (x4)

Do the belly belly belly belly Belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Yeah!!!!


PYJAMA BUTTON

This little teddy bear button
Needs sewing on to keep your top polite,
Or you won't have your pyjamas
And you won't dream your cares away tonight.
Dream of the future you will see.
And dreams will set your spirit free.

Grandma
We've shown you a lifetime,
A journey through hopes and dreams.
We took you to places
And faces you'd never seen.

Alice
You told us about this golden one

Jack
And this one

Alice
And that one

Grandma
Its bedtime!

Jack/Alice
You've told us so much more
Than we knew before.
The time has gone so quickly...

Grandad
It's bedtime!

Jack/Alice
Granny, oh Grandad!
A rainbow is overhead.
One more tale from the Button Box:
It's still quite early,
Too soon to go to bed!

Tell a story one more time...

ALL (or Grandma on bold words)
Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
Let the stories unfold!

Magic

Sunshine

Laughter

Let the stories unfold!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No Rat Tuesday

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your kind messages of condolence concerning Rattie's parting. Thanks Molly for the flowers, and thanks Gabriella for the biscuit!

No decision will be made about replacing the boys 'till next term, so...watch this space. (Well, not this space. This space won't tell you anything new. Any decision will be broadcast in a new post. Just to be clear...)

This morning we started a new fitness routine - skipping.


As you can see, it was kinda wet out, so the children had their lunch inside, before heading outside for a run around.



After lunch I was busy with the guitarists for a bit, so Mrs Campbell took Room 2 over to watch the Irish dancers in the hall.

And a good time was had by all.

CU in the morning,

Mr Grant

Monday, June 20, 2011

Rattie Has Passed Away

Good evening,

Or not so good evening...

Unfortunately, Rattie passed away this evening, some time between I transferred him to the smaller cage to bring him home for the night, and when I brought him in from the car into the lounge when I got home.

He was very lethargic all day, and felt quite cool when I had him in my lap after school this afternoon.

Poor wee chap.

He will be missed.

Mr Grant

Monday Wet Day

Good afternoon,

Welcome to winter! Today, after reading...


...the children stayed inside for lunch...


...watched themselves for R.E....



...and then we discussed balloons, and being all you can be.



Please keep practicing these at home.


THE FROG KING

Far, far away
There was a spring:
There lived a frog
And the frog was king.
King of the pond
And he would boast
That he was ruler
From coast to coast.

His mighty words
Spread 'cross the land
Until they crossed
O'er the sea's salt strand,
Into the kingdom
Blue and deep
Where the whales swim
And the dolphins leap.

There was a turtle
Brave and free
Said: 'I will go
Test this mystery'.
He swam through rivers,
Lakes and fords
So he could visit
The great frog lord.

And when at last
He reached the spring
There was the frog,
There was the king.
'Bow down before me'
The frog said.
The turtle jumped in
And the frog was dead!


Paradise Island

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

Sunshine in the winter.
Sunshine in the fall.
Kingston Town has never ever
Seen the snow at all!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.

Mento, ska calypso
Listen to the band
If you want a coconut
Just pick one from the sand!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.
(twice)

(together)
We go to the sunshine...
We know the way.,.


BELLY BUTTON BOOGIE

Grandma
This black button comes from Grandad's army demob suit.

Children
Demob suit?

Grandma
With a thin moustache and wide Lapels he looked quite "zoot hirsute"

Children
Zoot hirsute?

Grandma
But this one here is a strange one dear,
It belonged to Auntie Nelly.

Alice
It's got no button holes!

Grandma
Oh no! She wore it in her belly!

Children
Auntie Nelly? In her belly?

Grandma
She was a dancer of repute
In an oriental way
And when she wore her belly button
She would often say:

b b b b b b b
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Just do the b - b - boogie
Woogie till you drop
It's Auntie Nelly's favourite
Her belly is never a flop!

Jack
Hey! Grandad!
You've got enough belly to do a belly dance!!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

You wriggle and you jiggle
Wiggle round the floor
With jelly belly Nelly
The evening is never a bore!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Boo boo belly button boogie (x4)

Do the belly belly belly belly Belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Yeah!!!!


PYJAMA BUTTON

This little teddy bear button
Needs sewing on to keep your top polite,
Or you won't have your pyjamas
And you won't dream your cares away tonight.
Dream of the future you will see.
And dreams will set your spirit free.

Grandma
We've shown you a lifetime,
A journey through hopes and dreams.
We took you to places
And faces you'd never seen.

Alice
You told us about this golden one

Jack
And this one

Alice
And that one

Grandma
Its bedtime!

Jack/Alice
You've told us so much more
Than we knew before.
The time has gone so quickly...

Grandad
It's bedtime!

Jack/Alice
Granny, oh Grandad!
A rainbow is overhead.
One more tale from the Button Box:
It's still quite early,
Too soon to go to bed!

Tell a story one more time...

ALL (or Grandma on bold words)
Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
Let the stories unfold!

Magic

Sunshine

Laughter

Let the stories unfold!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Room 2 Newsletter for Term 2, Week 8

Good evening,

Here is the Room 2 Newsletter for Term 2, Week 8.

Bye for now,

Mr Grant

Room 2's Disco


And a good time was had by all!

Mr Grant

Friday, June 17, 2011

Funday Friday

Good afternoon,

Today the children were climbing the walls...literally!


Then it was off to the library.





To be joined by Room 8, for a few minutes anyway.


Right, off to get ready for the disco tonight.

CU then,

Mr Grant

Oh, and this notice was supposed to go out tonight, but I've only adapted it for the Belly Button Boogie children now!
Our Button Box Musical

17 June, 2011

Dear Parents/ Caregivers

Our Lady of the Assumption School will proudly present this year’s production ‘The Button Box’ on Wednesday 29th June and Thursday 30th June.
On both of these days there will be an evening show starting at 6.30pm, with an additional matinee show at 1pm on Wednesday 29th. All students will travel by bus to Villa Maria College to perform in the matinee show and the cost for this is $3.50 per child, which will be added to your school account.

Tickets will be available for purchase from senior students set up in the school office between 8.30am and 9.00am, and in the afternoon between 2.50pm and 3.15pm, as of Monday 20th June.
If you are unable to come in and purchase tickets you can place your order in an envelope and give it to your child to hand in to the senior students who will then arrange tickets and send them home with your child.
Ticket prices are $5.00 per seat.
*Please note, you are welcome to sit pre-school children on your knee, but if they have their own seat they will require a $5.00 ticket also.

In the production your child’s role requires the following costume items:

For the Belly Button Boogie:
Boys – white T Shirt, blue jeans
Girls – a pretty top and a skirt

For the Pyjama Button (that is, the whole J Team):
A pair of pyjamas

Please send these along to school in a named plastic bag no later than Wednesday 22nd June.

We can’t wait to put the show on for you!

Many thanks,

OLA Teaching Staff

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Good afternoon,

This afternoon we had an R.E. lesson on the Holy Spirit. We showed how we can show the Holy Spirit working in us...


...and how the Holy Spirit makes us smile!


...before consolidating our learning through a Holy Spirit worksheet thusly...


(We also spotted an error in the R.E. digital resource...)


After R.E. it was off to production practice, for the first time in the hall.


And a good time was had by all.

Tomorrow is our library day, so please remember to bring back your library books.

Bye for now,

Mr Grant

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Back to School Wednesday

Good evening,

Another busy day was had here in Room 2.

A touch of writing...


...and some R.E.



...with some singing to end the day. Please keep practicing these at home.


THE FROG KING

Far, far away
There was a spring:
There lived a frog
And the frog was king.
King of the pond
And he would boast
That he was ruler
From coast to coast.

His mighty words
Spread 'cross the land
Until they crossed
O'er the sea's salt strand,
Into the kingdom
Blue and deep
Where the whales swim
And the dolphins leap.

There was a turtle
Brave and free
Said: 'I will go
Test this mystery'.
He swam through rivers,
Lakes and fords
So he could visit
The great frog lord.

And when at last
He reached the spring
There was the frog,
There was the king.
'Bow down before me'
The frog said.
The turtle jumped in
And the frog was dead!


Paradise Island

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

Sunshine in the winter.
Sunshine in the fall.
Kingston Town has never ever
Seen the snow at all!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.

Mento, ska calypso
Listen to the band
If you want a coconut
Just pick one from the sand!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.
(twice)

(together)
We go to the sunshine...
We know the way.,.


BELLY BUTTON BOOGIE

Grandma
This black button comes from Grandad's army demob suit.

Children
Demob suit?

Grandma
With a thin moustache and wide Lapels he looked quite "zoot hirsute"

Children
Zoot hirsute?

Grandma
But this one here is a strange one dear,
It belonged to Auntie Nelly.

Alice
It's got no button holes!

Grandma
Oh no! She wore it in her belly!

Children
Auntie Nelly? In her belly?

Grandma
She was a dancer of repute
In an oriental way
And when she wore her belly button
She would often say:

b b b b b b b
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Just do the b - b - boogie
Woogie till you drop
It's Auntie Nelly's favourite
Her belly is never a flop!

Jack
Hey! Grandad!
You've got enough belly to do a belly dance!!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

You wriggle and you jiggle
Wiggle round the floor
With jelly belly Nelly
The evening is never a bore!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Boo boo belly button boogie (x4)

Do the belly belly belly belly Belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Yeah!!!!


PYJAMA BUTTON

This little teddy bear button
Needs sewing on to keep your top polite,
Or you won't have your pyjamas
And you won't dream your cares away tonight.
Dream of the future you will see.
And dreams will set your spirit free.

Grandma
We've shown you a lifetime,
A journey through hopes and dreams.
We took you to places
And faces you'd never seen.

Alice
You told us about this golden one

Jack
And this one

Alice
And that one

Grandma
Its bedtime!

Jack/Alice
You've told us so much more
Than we knew before.
The time has gone so quickly...

Grandad
It's bedtime!

Jack/Alice
Granny, oh Grandad!
A rainbow is overhead.
One more tale from the Button Box:
It's still quite early,
Too soon to go to bed!

Tell a story one more time...

ALL (or Grandma on bold words)
Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
Let the stories unfold!

Magic

Sunshine

Laughter

Let the stories unfold!

Indeed, the Belly Button Boogie is first up tomorrow afternoon for our first practice in the hall with the principals. Pray for us!

Mr Grant

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

School's Back Tomorrow

Good afternoon,

I've just had confirmation that school is fine, and we're back tomorrow.

And I quote...
The school has been checked by an engineer from OPUS. Once again our buildings have held up really well and we are able to open all classrooms tomorrow. All buildings are ok to be used.
All liquefaction has been cleared from the grounds. Any hazardous areas have been fenced off so that no one has access. All hazards have been marked clearly.

The school water supply is working however we are still required to boil water - we have organised for more bottled water to be delivered to the school and we still have a back up supply. It would be great, however, if you could send your children with their own boiled water in bottles at least until Thursday when the new supply of water should arrive.

There will be a chance for parents to stay on site and have a cup of tea/coffee in the hall, should you wish to, while the children settle in.
CU bright and chirpy in the morning,

Mr Grant

Monday, June 13, 2011

No School Tuesday

Good evening,

I've just had confirmation that the school will not be open tomorrow. We've lost our water, so we'll need some time to find out where it went...

CU, well, Wednesday? Maybe? Hopefully? I'll keep yo'all posted.

Mr Grant
Good afternoon,

Well, that was a touch disruptive.

This morning, we started a new narrative, this time working on their own narratives in pairs.


This morning for reading, rather than taking instructional groups, I thought it would be a good idea to teach the follow up activities that I have been asking the children to do, well, since February!

First up, this is how we buddy read...


(sit side by side, one reads, the other listens seeing if they got it right)

Then, I showed the class how to record stories using the Room 2 microphone, by, well, having the class read this week's big book, My Little Dog.



...then I re-visited how to find the reading games on the blog - look to the list on the right, under Room 2's flag.

After this, the groups split up and, two at a time, went on to practice taking photos of the very same book. See if you can identify which photos are which page...






We kinda ran out of time to do the rest of the story!

And then the afternoon happened.

Please keep practicing these at home.


THE FROG KING

Far, far away
There was a spring:
There lived a frog
And the frog was king.
King of the pond
And he would boast
That he was ruler
From coast to coast.

His mighty words
Spread 'cross the land
Until they crossed
O'er the sea's salt strand,
Into the kingdom
Blue and deep
Where the whales swim
And the dolphins leap.

There was a turtle
Brave and free
Said: 'I will go
Test this mystery'.
He swam through rivers,
Lakes and fords
So he could visit
The great frog lord.

And when at last
He reached the spring
There was the frog,
There was the king.
'Bow down before me'
The frog said.
The turtle jumped in
And the frog was dead!


Paradise Island

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

Sunshine in the winter.
Sunshine in the fall.
Kingston Town has never ever
Seen the snow at all!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.

Mento, ska calypso
Listen to the band
If you want a coconut
Just pick one from the sand!

We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
We go to Jamaica
We crossin' the sea
We go to the sunshine
The paradise island
Where you pick the mango
Right offa the tree

We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way,
We know the way to be free.
(twice)

(together)
We go to the sunshine...
We know the way.,.


BELLY BUTTON BOOGIE

Grandma
This black button comes from Grandad's army demob suit.

Children
Demob suit?

Grandma
With a thin moustache and wide Lapels he looked quite "zoot hirsute"

Children
Zoot hirsute?

Grandma
But this one here is a strange one dear,
It belonged to Auntie Nelly.

Alice
It's got no button holes!

Grandma
Oh no! She wore it in her belly!

Children
Auntie Nelly? In her belly?

Grandma
She was a dancer of repute
In an oriental way
And when she wore her belly button
She would often say:

b b b b b b b
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Boo boo belly button boogie
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Just do the b - b - boogie
Woogie till you drop
It's Auntie Nelly's favourite
Her belly is never a flop!

Jack
Hey! Grandad!
You've got enough belly to do a belly dance!!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

You wriggle and you jiggle
Wiggle round the floor
With jelly belly Nelly
The evening is never a bore!

Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly button boogie
Do the belly button boogie tonight
(belly button, ooh, belly button)
Do the belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Boo boo belly button boogie (x4)

Do the belly belly belly belly Belly belly belly belly
Belly button boogie tonight

Yeah!!!!


PYJAMA BUTTON

This little teddy bear button
Needs sewing on to keep your top polite,
Or you won't have your pyjamas
And you won't dream your cares away tonight.
Dream of the future you will see.
And dreams will set your spirit free.

Grandma
We've shown you a lifetime,
A journey through hopes and dreams.
We took you to places
And faces you'd never seen.

Alice
You told us about this golden one

Jack
And this one

Alice
And that one

Grandma
Its bedtime!

Jack/Alice
You've told us so much more
Than we knew before.
The time has gone so quickly...

Grandad
It's bedtime!

Jack/Alice
Granny, oh Grandad!
A rainbow is overhead.
One more tale from the Button Box:
It's still quite early,
Too soon to go to bed!

Tell a story one more time...

ALL (or Grandma on bold words)
Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
It's full of wonder!

Tell us what the buttons say!
Lift us from a dreary day!
Take us somewhere far away
We wanna go there!

Stories make a tapestry
Telling famly history.
Open up the button box
And let the stories unfold.

Magic in the button box,
Sunshine in the button box,
Laughter in the button box,
Let the stories unfold!

Magic

Sunshine

Laughter

Let the stories unfold!

Until when we meet again (I'm not sure we'll be at school tomorrow - I'll let you know when I know),

Mr Grant