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Showing posts from February, 2011


In light of the tragic events that have unfolded in Christchurch recently I thought I would post our National Anthem.  I think it's one song that most New Zealanders recognise as being ours.  It's a song, for me, that symbolises the strong bond that we have to our country and all people that call themselves New Zealanders. 

My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch and those all around New Zealand that have been affected by this event.  Although no words can bring your loved ones back we know as New Zealanders we will go on, we will rebuild and we will be strong again.

English versionGod of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand. Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption gua…


During the second week of this term all of our staff participated in the SwimSafe professional development program. This was a chance for all of us to experience the techniques used to teach children how to swim. There were a few nervous looks as we got into the pool to try things out for ourselves after a classroom session that looked a bit like dead ants trying to escape from some sort of crazy threat :)

Our facilitator was great, she put our minds at ease and took us through the things we need to do with the children in the pool. It was great to have the chance to experience what children experience when we're trying to instruct them. It was also good to put a few more ideas under our belts with what to do with those non-swimmers and what to do when we can't get to the pool - yes you can still teach techniques outside the pool, to be practiced inside the pool at a later date of course.

We were also given a CD with all the modules in pdf format so we've got them hand…