Hi! I’m Thayer, and I’m going to tell you about school in the Mount. I am in Year 1 at Mount Maunganui Primary School. We have maybe 25 kids in my class, all 5 and 6 years old. I am six. I am one of the older kids.
I have two teachers and their names are Mrs. Vanderpole and Ms. Lewis. Mrs. Vanderpole is our real teacher and Ms. Lewis is the assisting teacher. Both of them are really nice. Every day when I come in they smile at me. It makes my heart beat happily. Mrs. Vanderpole is sometimes a little bit strict. Some kids get growled at when they are distracting the class but not me. But otherwise she’s sweet as a pumpkin.
Ms. Lewis is not mean at all. She is as sweet as a little peach. Here are two photos of my teachers:
MY SCHOOL DAY
In the morning, I scooter to school at about 8:30am. I don’t have to wear a helmet OR shoes because there is no broken glass anywhere and the side walks are very safe. And the rules are pretty different here. But I do have to wear a helmet on my bike.
When I get to school, I hang up my backpack on a hook by my classroom.
And then I come in, get all my stuff ready, like putting my book sack in the bin with all the other kids’ book sacks. This bag holds my nightly reading homework.
Then the teacher takes roll. If you are wondering what a roll is, it’s so you know that everyone is at school. For example, Mrs. Vanderpole or Ms. Lewis would say, “Good Morning Thayer,” and then I would say, “Good Morning Mrs. Vanderpole” or “Good Morning Ms. Lewis.” See? It’s as easy as… scootering to school!
After roll we get right to work. We normally do Creative Writing first. Creative writing is where you make up your own stories and then you have to write them creatively and differently. It is very fun. And I am one of the first ones to finish sometimes. My stories are real live things, not just things that I make up. And I also get to draw pictures with my stories. My other subjects are Reading, and try to guess what they call math here…. MATHS!
And I also do Handwriting and I have extra homework sometimes because Mrs. Vanderpole gives so much homework. Homework is easy and I love it because it is fun and sometimes I bring it in early. I don’t have homework at my school at home so I’m not used to it but after a few days I started to get the hang of it.
I have lots of friends and the best part about having friends is that they protect you a lot. I love everyone around me but sometimes the boys are mean. At recess I like to play games like house or bunnies. Today I had so much fun at school because Mrs. Vanderpole brought out a huge bubble maker that made huge ginormous bubbles. I popped one of them and it smashed right onto my nose. It felt weird.
On the day of my Try-athalon at school I was really scared. I wished to be first in my group, not third or fourth. Fourth is the last if you were wondering. I had a group of 4 girls and we started with the swim. We did one lap down and then back. Then it was time to walk to our bikes. We had to ride all the way down the sidewalk and out of school grounds. And then we came back on school grounds, on the field, biked around the field. Then it was time to start running! I ran around the field one more time and finished second place in my group! Then I got my towel and sat under the big oak tree with the other kids until it was all done.
The Mountie is a Mountie character. And why they called it a Mountie is because it’s a mountain with legs and a hat, and it also helps other people so it’s a Communicator, Self Manager, Team Player and a Learner.
You learn to be a Mountie by getting “ticks” and if you are wondering what “ticks” are, they are little check marks on a board in the classroom where you are sitting. A tick is given when you help or do good things like a Mountie. Whenever you get a tick it is good luck. I only have one more row to go with ticks until I’m starting a new fresh one. Seriously! I have a lot of ticks. I know that at home, ticks give you Lyme Disease but here in the Mount they are good things.
On Tuesday mornings I go to Hip Hop at my school at 8:15am before school starts. I have so much fun at hip hop and we learn cool routines. I have lots of moves in my routine. We are doing a song called La Bamba. It goes like this: “La la la la la la la BAMBA.” I like to partner with Rico. He is a very nice boy. I like to partner with him because he’s not too crazy like the other boys. We are good partners. Whew! I love hip hop. “Hip Hop BABY don’t STOP!”
Here is a video clip of Rico and I practicing part of our dance.
At the end of hip hop class Zoe brings me her marshmallows that she gets on her hot chocolate date with Mom while I’m in class. She is so nice to share them with me. I love this part of class. A lot.
I am so happy that I came here to the Mount. At first I was a little bit scared but now I know that it’s going to be just fine. Bye! See you later!
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