Friday, 26 May 2017

Weather Poem: reading with our friends from South Taranaki

Today we read a poem with a reading group from Auroa Primary School. We read a tounge twister poem about the weather. Our school focus this term is about being connected and we are enjoying connecting with our friends in South Taranaki.

Weather - Poem by Eve Merriam

Dot a dot dot dot a dot dot
Spotting the windowpane.

Spack a spack speck flick a flack fleck
Freckling the windowpane.

A spatter a scatter a wet cat a clatter
A splatter a rumble outside.

Umbrella umbrella umbrella umbrella
Bumbershoot barrel of rain.

Slosh a galosh slosh a galosh
Slither and slather a glide

A puddle a jump a puddle a jump
A puddle a jump puddle splosh

A juddle a pump a luddle a dump

A pudmuddle jump in and slide!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Neon and Favourite Colour dress up day!

Neon day is a day that you can dress up in NEON (bright coloured clothing) or in your favourite colour!
We are going to have some FUN!!

There are going to be winners for the best dressed.

The whole Student Council social group are running the NEON/favourite colour day and there are 4 judges who are from the social group. It is on Thursday the 1st of June.

So all those mums out there go tell your children 'hey it is NEON DAY TODAY!!!!!!!'

Check out our posters around the school!

By The Social Group

Monday, 22 May 2017

Eastern Zones Netball

Congratulations to the Year 5 & 6 Netball teams for a wonderful team effort at the Eastern Zones Netball competition on Wednesday. Both teams showed a great team spirit and were very successful.

Clean Our Ocean Scratch Interface Competition: Message from the ICT Student Council

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 2.27.08 pm.pngDEADLINE: End of Term 2

You need to make a game. The theme is ‘Clean Our Ocean’. The aim is to program the diver character to save the fish by collecting the rubbish.

What you need to do:

  1. You need to set up a Scratch account to compete in this competition. Ask an adult at home to help you set up an account.
  2. Download a template below and add it to your Scratch Account:

  1. Make a game

Now it’s up to you to determine exactly how it works. You have to code the parts to the game, for example:
  • You program the diver to move and collect the rubbish (it disappears when touched)
  • You program the rubbish to move and catch the fish (the fish disappeared when touched by rubbish)

4. Add some surprises and challenges to the playing of your game, like a title page and instructions, new elements and actions, or different levels.

Send finished entries to Nicola

Win a Ranger Drone with HD Camera

And the challenge is not the only reward. The winning entry in each category will receive a Ranger Drone with HD Camera for their classroom.

By the ICT Student Council Group
(Thomas, Hunter R, Alex B, Ridley, Jupiter, Alex G)

Friday, 19 May 2017


This is Week 3 of swimming. Flippa Ball was lots of fun. By Thomas

Swimming was fun. We practised a lot of back stroke. By Hugo W

Today we did Flippa Ball. We played a game in teams. You have to use one hand to catch but the goalie can use two hands. By Luca

I was doing diving. We went back to the basics and went back to the boards. We did two straight jumps off the 1m boards. Then we moved up to the 3m boards. By Henry

Swimming was really fun. At the end we got to do "Seals". We had to get them from the bottom of the water. By Megan

We played water polo. It was hard to tread on water for so long. We had to put our hands in the air for 10 seconds while we were treading water. We did egg beats. Our ankles really hurt. By Haare

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Planting the Sand Dunes at Worser Bay Beach.

We transformed the dunes in a very short amount of time!

On Wednesday we went to the beach to assist the City Council staff planting 3,000 Pingao and Spinifex.  The dunes have taken a bit of a hammering in recent months and the sand is often blowing across the road.  
Sand dunes are a really important and unique ecosystem and in this time of extreme weather events, need extra work to be restored.  We see it as really important work, part of our bigger picture curriculum focus on sustainability and, it’s good for the soul to get outside in the drizzle and do some hard labour!  
The adage that ‘many hands make light work’ was apparent as we dug holes, fertilized and planted.  In a short space of time the dunes were transformed as the above photo attests.  
Everybody was a part of a team, some taking the role of Digger, Fertilizer etc.  I heard one group near by who had a Stomper.  I wonder what they were stomping on?  We are taking a really close look at the attributes of an effective collaborator.  This was a good occasion to see rich collaboration in action.
Good work for the soul!   

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cross Country Training

We have been training for our school Cross Country! This will be held on 30th May at Worser Bay Beach. Eastern Zones Cross Country will go ahead 7th June.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Learning to read weather maps

Today we learned about how to read weather maps. We learned about what the different symbols on a map mean and how we could understand the weather from knowing them.

We watched this clip to understand about reading weather maps:

Next, we tried to make sense of a weather map of New Zealand and Australia. We talked it through in small groups and then some of us tried being weather presenters.

"I really liked learning the different colours for the symbols and trying to work out what it meant" - Janne.
"I liked that now I've learnt lots of stuff on the weather forecast because my family watches the weather forecast and now I actually know what they're saying" - Liam.
I liked it when people came out and tried to be the weather presenter - Hayley.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Collaborative Art in Learning Groups

Today we found out who is in our new learning groups. We had a challenge to create a collaborative piece of artwork unpacking the learner attribute of "I am Connected."

We have been getting familiar with the Collaboration Matrix and using this to reflect on our group work.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Designing a Windy Wellington Theme Park

In Maths this week, we have been designing our own Theme Park. We have been collaborating, sharing ideas and coming to a consensus. We have set group goals together and have been reflecting on these goals. Please look at our presentation:

Eins Zwei Polizei

We are thrilled that Sarka has offered to teach German this term as part of our languages programme. Yesterday Anna's base group learnt that we use many German words in English. They also learnt how to count to 10 in German.