Friday, December 11, 2020

Merry Christmas from Alan

 Moorena tamariki ma,

as you can see I'm all ready to go for Christmas Day - I've written to Santa to ask for my present (food food and more food please Santa!) and I've been a very good boy!

Keep safe, be happy, have a lovely summer and I'll see you next year.

- Alan 🐾

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Alan Looks Forward to Christmas

 Kia ora tamariki mai. Guess what I worked out using my awesome maths skills! It's only 17 days until Christmas! And only 3 days more school! I'm going to miss all my friends from Glen Taylor School over the holidays so be sure and say hello if you see me out walking with any of the Cox family. We would all love to see you!  

I've really enjoyed being at school this year with you all and you've worked so hard you deserve to have fun over the break. I was interested to hear all about the Summer Learning Journey that runs over the summer - for years 4-8. Heaps of fun activities to do and it means you will be all ready to go at the start of the next school year. Even this years year eights can do it and be extra ready for college. There are lots of cool prizes to be won so I hope you all  take part.

- Alan 🐾

Me in my favourite place at school - snuggled with my friends 



Friday, December 4, 2020

Alan Hears All About Prizegiving and the Cultural Festival

 Kia ora tamariki mai, I was very sad I couldn't come to the combined prizegiving and cultural festival yesterday but Mrs Cox said there would be lots of food around and she didn't think it was fair for me to have to be there and not have any. She also said it was probably going to be too hot for me. As it turned out she was wrong about the weather....she came home and told me all about the day though which I really enjoyed and she showed me pictures. The costumes were amazing and of course I was lucky enough to be at practice sessions for most of the groups so it was quite easy for me to picture you all. I think it was marvellous that everyone carried on when the rain arrived. Congratulations on such a successful day - oh and I'm not forgetting the art exhibition which I walked around on Monday - you're so creative.

Congratulations to all the prize winners as well. I bet you are feeling proud as you should be.

See you on Monday!!

- Alan 🐾

P.S.sorry my blog was late today - I slept in!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Alan Enjoys Assembly

Morena tamariki mai. Assembly last Friday was extremely interesting and exciting! It was organised by Room 9 who did a fantastic job. They showed us some of the art they have been working on. Beautiful canvases and also some Matisse inspired pictures of goldfish in bowls. Kai pai Room 9!

I was thrilled to see so many PB4L bands given out too. There were so many I couldn't count up that high....well done everyone! I've got my white band and I'm working on my black band takes a while but it's so worth the effort.

There were some special awards - my friends Pita and Dontae from room 10 received awards for being helpful with the junior students. I felt so proud of them.

I'm so glad I was at assembly to see all the special things that happened. 

- Alan 🐾


Friday, November 27, 2020

Alan Experiences High School Week

 Kia ora everyone. Well, some things have been a little bit different at school this week! If you are in years 5,6,7 or 8 you will have experienced a taste of what it's like to go to high school.Some things are the same as primary school and some things are different. For example you have different teachers for each subject you study and you go to different classrooms for each class. That means you have to keep your schoolbag with you all day and carry your books and equipment with you. So you learn to be extremely organised! It can all seem a bit scary and strange at first but high school is fun!

I only got to go to high school classes for one of the days but I loved it because every so often the class changed and I got to see a whole lot more of my Glen Taylor friends and you know that's my favourite thing - well, food is pretty terrific also....

- Alan 🐾


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Alan Enjoys Cultural Festival Practice

Malo e lelei everyone. Yesterday, as you know, was one of the days we have practice for the up and coming Cultural Festival. Usually I seem to be with the Samoan group who are coming along very nicely, but this time I was with the Tongan group who are doing wonderfully as well. First I was with the junior girls who were working hard on their piece of the performance which looked quite tricky to me! I don't think I could do it but the girls had it sussed. I think it's a combination of hard work on the girl's part and the wonderful help they are getting from  Susana the lovely mum who comes to assist. Aren't we lucky to have such wonderful parents at our school?

Towards the end of the practice all the members of the Tongan group got together and we watched everyone demonstrate their skills. It was wonderful and I loved watching everyone.

The Cultural Festival is going to be amazing - I can't wait!!

- Alan 🐾


Friday, November 20, 2020

Alan Visits Tamaki College

 Kia ora tamariki mai. The day before yesterdayI had an exciting morning. The year seven and eight students go to Tamaki College on a Wednesday morning to study technology. They do extremely interesting subjects such as cooking and robotics! I am always hopeful I'll be able to have some of the food they cook on the walk back to Glen Taylor but they never seem to want to share it with me. ( Alan, you know you are not allowed to eat food that is meant for people to eat! - Mrs Cox) 

While they were working yesterday I met some new friends in the staffroom and got lots of pats but no treats unfortunately. Still, I had a lovely snooze which is always welcome. Finally we walked back to Glen Taylor - lots of interesting things to sniff and I love walking with all the students. When we got back to Glen Taylor I had to have a very big sleep because I was exhausted by my adventurous morning!

- Alan 🐾