Sunday, 31 July 2016

Mountain Biking Pump Track Design Competition - for KIDS!!

Christchurch Adventure Park is on the hunt for budding young track designers to assist them in the design of the pump track at the internationally anticipated Christchurch Adventure Park.
The Park is inviting Christchurch school students aged between 5 and 12 years old to design a pump track or a feature of a pump track as part of their design and explain why the Christchurch Adventure Park is important to them.  Entrants are encouraged to be creative and use their imagination.  Entries can be in the form of a poster, video, powerpoint, or their designs could be a photo of a pump track created in the sandpit, made of lego or plastercine.
Christchurch Adventure Park Director, Darron Charity is excited to get the input from the younger generation. “ We want the Park to be about the whole community – young and old, from beginner right through to the more advanced rider. It is a fantastic opportunity for the local school kids to be a part of the design team responsible for launching the Christchurch Adventure Park. It will be great that in years to come the kids can say ‘hey I helped design and build part of the Park’. I have no doubt that the children are going to come up with some great ideas and can’t wait to see their entries.”
The six winning students will win:
  •   Christchurch Adventure Park build kit
  •   Be invited to attend a workshop to provide input into the design of the pump track.
  •   Visit the site throughout the build
  •   And most importantly claim the bragging rights to being the first kids to test and ride the pump track prior    to the Park opening in December 2016.

You need to design a pump track or a feature of a pump track and explain why the Christchurch Adventure Park is important to them.
This can be in the form of a poster, video, powerpoint presentation, pump track designed in the sandpit or made from lego or plastercine. Get creative! There are no rules.
Must be aged 5 – 12 years old and live in Canterbury.
All entries must be received by 5pm,  17th August 2016.  
Entries can be emailed to: 
or by post to: Pump Track Competition, PO Box 80163, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440

Please include your name, age, school, Caregivers phone number & email address
Entries may be displayed on our facebook page and will be judged by our lead Track Designer, Programme Director & PR Director.

Pump Track Design Competition

A message from Rio!

Hi Team
Here is a photo and message from our friend Natalie who is in Rio as a volunteer for the judo.

Hi Karen!! Fun uniform facts for your kids! Yellow is operational services, green is working with the public, red is medical services and blue is for the referees! ??

Check out Natalie's volunteer uniforms

Penguins are incredible . . .

Look what we found out about Penguins . . .We read a cool book about Antarctica and the penguins that live there.  Whaea Charlotte told us that there are a number of different penguins that have their habitats in NZ, so we researched and found out . . .

Sustainable Coastlines Presentation and Planting

We were really lucky to have Oliver and Sara from Sustainable Coastlines visit us on Wednesday morning to talk to us about why we should love our water.  We learnt some amazing things that we didn't know

Sustainable Coastlines is a young, multi-award winning New Zealand charity run by a small team of hard-working staff and a network of passionate volunteers and interns. Our mission is to inspire, educate and enable others to look after the places we love.
We love our coasts and we work with our sleeves rolled up to keep them beautiful. We coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects. We also help groups run their own events. Through these efforts we motivate volunteers and communities around Aotearoa and the Pacific to look after the beaches and rivers we love.

On Friday we joined a group of volunteers, CCC Park Rangers, local iwi, Oliver and Sara from Sustainable Coastlines to plant along Anzac Drive at the Mahanga Kai site - watch out for the sign as you drive along Anzac Drive.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Looking and Drawing Like a Scientist

We are learning to use our eyes like a scientist to do accurate scientific drawings.  View the video of 'Austin's Butterfly' - a true story of a seven year old boy called Austin learning to look and use his eyes like a scientist to draw an accurate scientific drawing of a butterfly.

See what you can learn from viewing this to help you use your eyes like a scientist to draw accurate scientific drawings.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Term 3 Novel - Whaea Rhiannon & Whaea Charlotte

Our novel for this term is...

The Bold Ship Phenomenal
By Sarah Johnson

Malachi wishes for an exciting life but gets more than he bargained for. With an unexpected twist of magic, a bottle discovered on the beach provides him with intrigue, portents and parallels to his stowaway journey on a truck. Johnson’s fresh approach to Malachi’s familiar dilemmas proves a satisfying read.