Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cultural Concert 2009

Every year our schools has a cultural concert (aka Christmas Concert) for parents and families to attend. It's quite a big affair with food stands and visit from santa. It is held on the field and every single child participates with their class and perhaps in other special performances as well eg choir, dance groups, kapa haka etc. This year - for the first time - Harry was in the choir and they were both in the dance group! Georgia signed up for the dance group before she realised they would performing at the cultural concert at the end of the year and she almost chickened out. Harry is always looking for ways to be at the centre of attention!

Angela and Harry

Niamh, Franchesca, Georgia


Friday, December 18, 2009

Picnic at the park

Today we had a lovely picnic at Cornwall Park with Elisa and Rosalie. Elisa used to be Harry's therapist and we haven't seen Rosalie since she was just a couple of weeks old. She's very cute and very alert!

Georgia's last disco and last day at primary school!

The night before the last day of the school year there is a special "by invitation only" disco for Year 5 and 6 students at Elm Park School. It's a big deal, especially for the Year 6s! On the final day the Year 6 students are all given a t-shirt that has been designed especially for that year group and has all their names on it. A good deal of that last day is spent wearing those t-shirts and getting as many autographs as possible from teachers and students. There were lots of tears this year as none of Georgia's friends will be going onto the same school as her next year.


Georgia and Franchesca

While I was working in my office yesterday Georgia and Franchesca frolicked in the school pool!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It must be summer!

Georgia and Harry with friends (and sisters) Niamh and Briana.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

S'winter Playdough by Georgia and Bethany

S'winter is a combination of summer and winter! Bethany made all the winter modelling and I did all the summer ones. The little white blobs on the beach are jandals. The girl in water was surfing when she "wiped out" and that's why the board is upside and she's still attached by the white string! The girl in the sled is sledding in her dress and sunhat! Photos by me!

Our clever girl!

Thursday night was the Year 6 Graduation evening at Elm Park School. Even though it's only the end of primary school the evening is always fairly formal and quite special. Each child goes up and is presented with their graduating certificate by the principal along with any other awards they have earned throughout the year. For example, service to school, sporting achievements etc.


Following that the Excellence Awards are presented to the top achieving students. Georgia was presented with Excellence Awards for Reading, Writing, Inquiry Learning, Information Technology and Art. None of us knew in advance about Georgia's awards although we were hoping for one and thought it would be reading! There were big smiles and lots of tears all around as her award was read out but Karl still managed to capture the moment on video! I'm having trouble uploading this video but will hopefully sort it out as it's awesome to see!

When I've got some time I'll type up the transcript of what was read out when her award was presented.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Harry and Santa

Georgia is too cool for Santa photos these days apparently!

Friday, December 4, 2009