Sheppard Team

Sheppard 1 Kirsty Hudson
Sheppard 2 Jenny Waddel
Sheppard 3 Carol Ballinger
Sheppard 4 Naomi Davoren
Viola Ammon (Teacher assistant)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

All Reading Books to be Returned to the Library

The library is undertaking a stocktake. Please help with this mammoth task by return any outstanding school readers or library books to school.

Many thanks!

Aotearoa Christmas

The Junior School will be singing together at our end of year performance on 12th December.
Here's a link so you can start practising at home!

Monday, 6 November 2017

We Need Your 'Rubbish'!


Dear Parents/Carers

As part of our inquiry we are looking at ways to ‘engineer’ items out of recycled objects. We would really appreciate if you have any of the following items at home that we could use for our designs. Please send them in with your child asap.

Many thanks in advance for your continued support!
The Sheppard Team

Items needed:
  • Plastic bags
  • Bottle tops
  • Large plastic soda bottles
  • CD’s
  • Newspaper/magazines
  • Paint colour tester cards
  • Chip packets
  • Brown and coloured cardboard
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Plastic Fizzy Bottles
  • Small boxes, cereal, unusual shapes
  • Soda Cans
  • Tin Cans all sizes
  • Plastic Netting
  • Plastic Forks

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Learning Pit

Today as part of inquiry into a Holistic Approach to Growth, we were learning about the Learning Pit and what can happen when we are faced with a challenge. Students really identified with this concept and were able to think of examples when they have felt like giving up. We will continue to work through this understanding and look for examples of student getting in and out of the 'pit'.
Please talk to your child about their understanding and if you have any questions please feel free ask!
Many thanks,

Monday, 23 October 2017

Jennifer Somervell Visited the Year 1s & 2s!

We were very excited to have Jennifer Somervell visit Golden Sands School last week. She is a Kiwi author who writes children stories based on her experiences of growing up on a farm, in New Zealand. 

Jennifer invited students to participate in a re-telling of her story A Very Greedy Tale, based on the story of her two childhood pigs. We loved seeing the story come to life and hope to use our experiences to inspire our own narrative writing.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Rosie Revere, The Great Engineer

As part of our inquiry we shared the story of Rosie Revere. She showed us what a real growth mindset looks like!
We enjoyed hearing about all her crazy inventions and it has given the Sheppard teachers and idea for our end of year performance and for some tasks for Term 4.
Enjoy the story and see if she triggers your imagination too!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sheppard are all learning this song to sing at our assembly. It would be great to get some extra practise in at home over the next couple of weeks :}

Try Everything
Oh oh oh oh oh
I’m dressed up tonight
I’m about to take flight
Feeling unsure but I’ll be really brave
I keep falling down
I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up now to see what's next
Birds don't just fly
They fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong
I won't give up, no I won't give in
Till I reach the end
And then I'll start again
No I won’t leave
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won't give up, no I won't give in
Till I reach the end
And then I'll start again
No I won't leave
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
Oh oh oh oh oh
Look how far you've come
You filled your heart with love
Baby you've done enough take a deep breath
Don't beat yourself up
Don't need to run so fast
Sometimes we come last but we did our best
I won't give up, no I won't give in
Till I reach the end
And then I'll start again
No I won’t leave
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won't give up, no I won't give in
Till I reach the end
And then I'll start again
No I won't leave
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I'll keep on making those new mistakes
I'll keep on making them every day
Those new mistakes
Oh oh,oh oh oh

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Balls of ice, hut building, parachutes for dinosaurs and sandcastle building on the beach?!

We've been having some really cool experiences in Sheppard this term to help inspire and motivate us to improve our recount writing.
The writing process should be exciting and meaningful for all, but often we need a little help thinking of something inspiring to write about.
We've been focusing on writing about things that have already happened and starting our writing in different ways.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

A Holistic Approach to Growth...

What does holistic mean?
This is a questions we've been asking a lot lately! Here's some of the ideas we're been sharing.


Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand. It comprises taha tinana, taha hinengaro, taha whanau, and taha wairua.

Taha tinana - Physical well-being

the physical body, its growth, development, and ability to move, and ways of caring for it

Taha hinengaro - Mental and emotional well-being

coherent thinking processes, acknowledging and expressing thoughts and feelings and responding constructively

Taha whanau - Social well-being

family relationships, friendships, and other interpersonal relationships; feelings of belonging, compassion, and caring; and social support

Taha wairua - Spiritual well-being

the values and beliefs that determine the way people live, the search for meaning and purpose in life, and personal identity and self-awareness (For some individuals and communities, spiritual well- being is linked to a particular religion; for others, it is not.)
Each of these four dimensions of hauora influences and supports the others. 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Buddy Reading with Blake!

Every Friday, the Sheppard and Blake communities come together to participate in buddy reading, it is a wonderful opportunity for sharing a love of reading and developing new friendships!

The Power of Yet!

As part of our Inquiry we have been talking how having a growth mindset enables us to take risks, reflect and strive to achieve success.

We watched listened to a song, watched a video and heard a story to help get us thinking about what it means to have a positive outlook.

The Power of Yet - song

Olaf shows teaching us about perseverance!

The Most Magnificent Thing, a story about a girl who starts with a positive mindset then needs a little encouragement from her 'assistant'.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sheppard 2 swimming lessons, by Charlie

Sheppard 2 learnt lots at BayWave.  Thanks to the parents that came to help us.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Keeping Ourselves Safe - Secrets

During Keeping Ourselves Safe this week we will be covering 'Secrets'. We will be helping students to:
• tell the difference between good secrets and bad secrets
• tell adults they trust about bad secrets
• keep safe in trick situations both on offline and online.

We will be watching the video Bryan and Bobby “Secrets”. It is also on the Home Learning for Week 8.

Possible points to discuss with your child after watching the video:
How does this secret make the people feel?
Is it a good or bad secret?
Should they tell this secret? Why or why not?
What could they say?

Check for a clear understanding of the difference between a good and a bad secret. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to talk to you Guardian Teacher.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Sheppard Team


Thank you to all those who helped to make the disco such a great success... much fun was had by all!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Keeping Ourselves Safe - My Body

This week in Keeping Ourselves Safe we will be practising using the correct names for all the parts of our body. This includes the correct names for the genitals. It is important for us to use the correct names at all times for the genitals so that children can use them when talking to a doctor or nurse or if they need to report abuse.

We will also be encouraging children to take increasing care of their own bodies.
There is an addition Home Learning Sheet being sent home on Tuesday to support the learning in school.

We will be learning about different types of touch – touch we like, touch that hurts and we want to stop, and confusing touch that we want to stop.

Ask your child for examples of touch we like, such as hugs. Ask your child for examples of touch that hurts and that we want to stop.

All the details from our lessons will be on the Keeping Ourselves Website. We will be watching a video that highlights the things we will be covering this week.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your guardian teacher.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sheppard 1 swimming at Baywave

Thanks to all the parents and carers who have helped support us at Baywave this week.
We have been focusing entering the pool safely, floating on our fronts and backs, treading water and sculling. We even tried to out-run the instructors!
We're looking forward to another great week, this week.