Thursday, 29 November 2018


This is a good poem to remember as we all are getting tired and ready for the end of the school year.

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realised
I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile,
then I realised its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

By Spike Milligan

Monday, 12 November 2018

Drumming Part 2

Here is the next bit.  You need to practise:
  • stick flips
  • linking one part to the next
  • know what you should be doing - don't rely on others!

Drumming Part 1

I am breaking up our drumming piece into parts.  This is part 1.  Make sure you practise getting that timing perfect!

Fijian Song

Here are the actions for the song we are learning.  Girls, make sure you practise the actions and the lyrics.  Boys, you need to practise the lyrics and your awesome clapping.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Rad Rhythm

Hi guys,

Here is the video I promised.  Remember to keep in time and practise your Right, Left, Right, Flick, Click.  Thanks, Vena and Taylor, for your work!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Debrief Regularly

Children are excellent recorders, but can be poor interpreters of life.

Sometimes our kids just get it wrong. Get the wrong end of the stick. Pick it up wrong. Take it the wrong way. Take words and actions of others personally, when they weren't meant in that way. Or even if they were, they shouldn't have been.

And like weeds in the garden, these little roots of unforgiveness, bitterness, self-doubt, fear, anxiety can quickly take root. These seeds find fertile soil when planted in the heart of a child.

Today, I want to focus on what we can do to prevent negative words damaging our children. And this can be summarised by the statement...


Essentially, our role as parents here is to stop negative thoughts or self-evaluations going into the heart of a child. And they go into their heart when they are thought about, believed, slept on, and forgotten.

Because, although they may appear to disappear from outward sight, they do far more damage when forgotten and active within a child. For here, they take root, and later emerge as damaging self-talk or negative life attitudes. And they are literally best 'nipped in the bud'.

So debrief regularly. At bedtime. Or over a milkshake. Questions like:

- Are you OK?
- Is everything going OK?
- Is anything bothering you? Are you worried about anything?
- Has anyone hurt your feelings?
- Are we OK?

Because you will save your child and yourself a lot of heartache if you can help them to maintain positive life attitudes about themselves, you, and others.

Ivy and Timmy Make Cupcakes