Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Please can you let us know if your child is not confident in the indoor pool at the Lido.   Either pop in and see us, send a note or email Mrs Lunn at jo@riverdale.school.nz



Yesterday we received a letter from Ronald McDonald House Charities thanking us for raising a whopping $532.80!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Writing wizz!

Wow! This amazing piece of writing was done this morning...

Rustle! Rustle! Went the sound of the Manawatu River rustling along. On Saturday me and my Dad and plus my little sister went to the Manawatu River for a swim. The current was strange. It was also very, very deep and I saw people making fun of each other. We had to stay close to my Dad because my little sister nearly drowned but so did I! The river was shining blue and it also looked sparkly in the distance. The currents were wavy and unsafe so we couldn’t go too deep. There were lots of odd things to see. Like the big, gigantic rock that had a word that said ROCCO in all capital letters. The river was freezing cold and slippery because the stones weren’t stable so I kept on slipping over. The river was fun but after some time it was time to go home. Mum was very happy to see me.




I love Scout because Scout is cool and he hides in the classroom.  He is the best in the world.  Scout is on the tree today.  Scout is scary too and he is in the Whisper Island today.  I love Scout.
By Joel

Ahh... I love this vacation especially in Whisper Island at school.  I hope the children don't come in.  I'm so relaxed in the tree.  Maybe I should stay in the tree and stand here.  I hate to say, but it is noisy in the class but relaxing in Whisper Island.  I wish I could sleep here on the tree.
By Maarire

Today Scout hid in Whisper Island climbing a coconut tree at the beach.  It looks like he's trying to find a nice hard coconut so he can do the coconut drums.  Maybe he went to Hawaii for a vacation and then he went to the hot beach.  When he got there he had nothing to do because he's too little to swim so he just climbed a coconut tree and did the coconut drums.
By Benji R

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Today our elf on the shelf has taken one of the teacher's candy canes and now he's trying to climb the shelf!  I can't believe that he'd take one of the teacher's things.  "How naughty is that?"  Scout is going to older and cheekier.  Oh no! I don't want him to take my stuff and tonight I'm going to look on my iPod and look on the Santa tracer app and see how Santa is going.
By Karys

Emily gave Mrs Lunn a candy cane but Scout took it and ate it but before he got a small lick, Mrs Lunn came and stopped him so he used it for a grappling hook and he climbed up as fast as he could but Mrs Lunn caught the candy cane and dragged him around.  "Finally!" said Mrs Lunn.
By Riley S

Today Scout the elf is hanging on the teacher's cupboard.  Hanging on what?  Mrs Lunn's candy cane.  Who gave it to her?  Me!  I hope Mrs Lunn can still eat it!
By Emily

"I haven't eaten in days.  I suppose Mrs Lunn won't mind if I take a few nibbles or her candy cane.  Mmmm, this is delicious!  I might take a few more bites.  I realised it was all gone!  Ohh wait.  I know what I'll do.  I will buy a new one but I realised it wasn't the same brand."
By Petra


Tonight is the Te Puawai Concert at school.  We also will be hosting our community hangi.  We went out and watched the men light the fire for the hangi.

We performed to our whanau.  We were amazing.


Today while the Te Puawai kids were rehearsing, the rest of us went down to Piako Tahi.
We watch a clip called The Fish of Maui

The video had no words so we were challenged to write a story that would go along with the video.  Here are a few examples...

One day Maui went to catch fish but he caught a big fish and he brought it up and it turned into an island.
By Devon

One day Maui was in his waka and he was in the waka for days.  He put his big hook in the water.  Soon he caught a huge fish.  It almost pulled his waka into the wavy water.  But he hung on.  Then he pulled the fish up and that is how the North Island was made.
By Connor B

One day Maui decided to catch a fishing.  It took him hours to catch the size fish he wanted.  Finally he saw a giant fish in the corner of his eye.  He tossed the rope into the water.  Suddenly he felt something pulling ... a fish!  So he pulled with all his might. PLONK! It was a giant stingray.  His boat was stuck on the top so he always lived there.
By Petra

One day Maui went out in his waka to catch a fish.  He threw his hook in the water.
By Rawiri

Maui was going on a waka designed with kowhaiwhai patterns, to take his out to sea.  He travelled day after day until he found the perfect spot.  Then he got out his fishing hook and threw it out into the sea.  He was so bored so he read the newspaper and slept.  The, out of no where, a giant stingray appeared with orange eyes.  He pulled with all his might.  That's how we got the North Island.
By Anoushka, Rebekah and Vanessa

One day Maui sailed out to sea to catch a big fish.  When he had sailed far enough, he threw his fish-hook into the water.  Then he took a BIG breath and waited.  While he was waiting he fell asleep BUT he felt a tug at his fish-hook.  So he started tugging as well.  He tugged and tugged until it finally rose out of the water.  Maui was surprised.  It was a string-ray!  A ginormous sting-ray!  From that day on, that sting-ray is known as the North Island.
By Emily and Malee

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Today Mrs Lunn made Pavlova with a group of children.  The were very intrigued how Mrs Lunn separated the eggs.  She even brought in her very old mixer to whisk the eggs for us.  It is pretty noisy but certainly did the trick.

Watching the egg whites being whipped

The pavlova once it had cooled in the oven

The pavlova with cream on top

Taste test time!

The verdict:  DELICIOUS!


Today the teachers showed us a video of some children at Cloverlea School.  They have been making Christmas cards for elderly people in rest homes.


We decided that we could make some cards too.

The teachers will take the cards to the Awapuni Library so the lady from Sending Love can distribute them.



Today Scout hid up high reading a book called Father Christmas heard a fart.  When the class heard Mrs Lunn say the name of the book, the whole class laughed!  I wonder where he will hide tomorrow.  I hope he wont be reading a very, very funny book!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Scout's having a drink!

Welcome back to the Elf on the Shelf News...

We have some good news and funny news. 
First, we start with the good news.  Scout got his magic back!
Now, the funny news.  When I got to school, someone showed me where Scout is now and guess what... he is by his box that he came in and is drinking water from a very long straw!

By Jacob L

Monday, December 4, 2017


The Magic Kitten

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Once there was a magic kitten.  It had white paws and black fur.  But one day it saw it's worst nightmare.  An invasion of mice!  So he pounced into the air.
"I'll win this for my village!"  
"Not if we win!" said the mice.
"Hey!" said the cat.  "Who threw that?"
"Stop the war!" squeaked the mice.
"It's the weekend so why are we fighting?" asked the cat.
"For no reason," replied the mice.
But the mice were not happy because the cat had squashed the mice village.
"Oh I'm sorry," said the cat.
"It's ok," the mice replied.
"Let's not fight from now on," suggested the cat.
"Deal," said the mice.


Look where Scout is today!

"Santa, Santa! Quickly!  The people are starting to wake up!" 
"Alright, alright! I'm coming." said Santa.
All the people were waking up.  All of a sudden the elf started to fly.  He found the perfect hiding space.  Then... he got into the stickers.  In the morning, we saw him in the cupboard covered with stickers all over him!

By Darcy

Woosh! Up! Down! Loop de loop!
"I'm sorry.  I was just getting from Sarah's house to Father Christmas.  If you don't be good I will tell Santa.  My name is Scout."
After he was finished I said, "no, no.  Don't tell Santa because I have been good."
"If you have been good I won't tell Santa,"  replied Scout.

By Keira

Today someone touched Scout and now his magic has gone away.  Scout is really nice elf.   Scout is red and white.  He is in the teachers' cupboard next to some stickers.  In the night, Scout flies back to the North Pole and tells Santa if we're being good or not.  I wish that Scout gets better.  I'm sure he will because the person who touched hum is writing a sorry note.  He's also going to take a picture of him and Scout because if you give him a picture it will turn into Pixie dust so Scout can fly again.  That person is feeling really guilty and he said he won't do it again.

By Mia

We wonder where he will be tomorrow!


We had a wonderful time making lollylog with Mrs Kenyon today.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Today the teachers challenged us to make a vehicle for our elf Scout to travel to the North Pole each night to see Santa. 

 Here are a few photos of the CREATIVE ideas we came up with...

And the winners of the Creativity prize this week goes to....

Keira and Samantha!!!



Today we found Scout our Elf on the phone.  Maybe Scout wants to talk to the other elves or say to Santa which kids are good and which are bad.  Every night, Scout flies away to Santa to tell him were the kids bad or good.  Then he flies back and hides in the classroom.  First time we found Scout on the shelf stuck in the sellotape but when no on saw him he got out of the sellotape and ended climbing up on top of the shelf.  When the teachers saw it they said "we will not help you get down because if you climbed up then you will be able to climb down."  But today we found him up on the phone because he wants to have a chat with the other elves.

By Sofya

My Elf hid on the game machine.  Today he hid on the drawers.  You have to name him in order for it to work.  Me Elf's name is Roodoll. JC's Elf wrapped the Christmas Tree with toilet paper.  At the end of the time with you, they are cheeky.  They even can have a bowl of marshmallows.

By Campbell

Woosh!  "Ha ha ha!  I toilet papered your Christmas tree!" said DJ my Elf.  Mum nearly called Santa.  She was fuming.  Her ears were as red as a stop light!


Rippa Finals

CONGRATULATIONS to Mikaela and Benji for winning the best Junior Rippa player awards at the Rippa finals yesterday.  

A big congratulations to all the children from Piako Rua who participated in Rippa this year.

I liked the finals because I can get a gold medal.  Then I got a sausage and I got a drink and then I got another sausage. By Benji N

Hooray!  Hooray!  I was the best girl in my team because I got a medal.  I was the best junior girl.  Benji was the best junior boy.  I felt happy because I got a medal.  Mum and Dad were excited.  By Mikaela


Look who has come to be a part of Piako Rua!  

One of Santa's elves!

We have named his Scout.  

Everyday we find him in a new position.