13 November 2017

Touch Photos

Thanks to Mr Blanchard for these cool photos of the Pink and Purple team in action at touch last week!

04 November 2017

Interschool Cross Country

A number of students from our class competed in the Interschool Cross Country, held in Hunterville yesterday.  The conditions were pretty tough - it was wet and muddy and raining, and the course is already very challenging.  But we still did VERY well!  Congratulations to Jack for winning the Year 6-7 race.  This is the first time since 2001 that Halcombe School has had a winner!  Logan and Georgia also did extremely well, finishing second in their races.  Holly, Willow, Gussie, Marie, Jessie and Samuel also achieved placings in the Top 20.  Great work team!

Here are some of the Room 6 kids in action:

02 November 2017

Touch Rugby

Here are some of the Room 6 students in action during touch rugby.  Thanks for the photos Mr Blanchard!

01 November 2017

Interschool Speech Competition

A huge congratulations to Tommy and Emma for representing Halcombe School so well in the Interschool Speech Competition this year. They have been practicing hard, and both performed very well. A special congratulations to Emma, who won the Year 8 competition.

31 October 2017

Young Achievers

Congratulations to Olivia, William and Shelby!  They are our 2017 Young Achievers, and they received recognition at the Manawatu Young Achievers Award ceremony last night.  Here is why they received their awards:

Olivia is passionate about all aspects of farming.  She has raised a calf every year, and has an extensive knowledge of farm life.  Olivia regularly helps out on the family farm, and always has a story to tell about her latest farming adventures!

William was born to be a farmer.  He is very aware of environmental issues facing farmers today, and has helped his family to plant thousands of trees on their property, and fence off waterways.  He is also passionate about utilising new technology to help with jobs on the farm.

As a member of Marton St John, Shelby makes a positive contribution to our community.  Involvement in this activity requires commitment, hard work and many hours of training.  Shelby carries out her responsibilities with enthusiasm and dedication.

30 October 2017

Small Ball Skills

We're all done with cross country running - now we're into Small Ball Skills.  We're going to get much better at throwing, catching, hitting targets and bowling!  Hopefully.

27 October 2017

Cross Country

What an epic day we've had at the Halcombe School Cross Country!  We made the most of the training sessions we had, and this definitely helped to get us in shape for the big event.  The course was just as challenging as ever with plenty of prickles and mud and water and steep down hills and even steeper up hills!

Well done Room 6 - you can all be proud of the effort you put in.  Well done to those who pushed themselves, and gave 100%.  It looked like you all did!  A special congratulations to those who achieved their goals.  

Top 3:
Year 6 & 7 Girls - 1) Lucy  2) Jessie  3) Ashley R
Year 6 & 7 Boys - 1) Jack  2) Logan  3) Mitchell
Year 8 Girls - 1) Georgia  2) Willow  3) Gussie
Year 8 Boys - 1) Samuel  2) Fergus  3) Ben

Thanks for the photos Miss Fleet!

25 October 2017

Pet Day

What an awesome day we've had!  Congratulations to all those who brought pets today - we know that raising a pet is really hard work, and you all did very well.  There were some really cute dogs, calves and lambs (and pandas)!  Well done to those who received prizes.

The Country Kids Challenge was loads of fun too, and as usual, the competition was red hot.  Competing in a range of 'rural' challenges, the teams blitzed through the course in an epic race.  We found out that:

  • throwing a frisbee accurately is a wee bit hard in the wind.
  • bobbing for apples isn't as easy as it looks.
  • hay bales are heavy.
  • some people know how to use drench guns, and others don't.
  • some people weigh a lot and pushing them in a wheel barrow was hard.
  • getting your team to move 5 metres while standing in a wool fadge is pretty much impossible.

And check out this cool video taken from William's drone:

24 October 2017

Pet Day Indoor Exhibits

We have put a lot of time and effort into our indoor exhibits for Pet Day.  We have spent hours making our paper mache masks, and are really happy with how they have turned out.  We also took the time to frame our rural photos carefully.  Great work team!

Cross Country Training

We were so happy to see our old friend THE BOG during our cross country training run today!  

Photographer:  Miss Fleet

16 October 2017


Today we got stuck into painting our paper mache masks.  We had to think carefully about what colours we wanted to use, and what designs/patterns we wanted to have.  We think they are going to look pretty cool when they're done!

28 September 2017

Tech - The Last Day!

Our Tech Programme has now finished - what a shame!  We have had a very intense two-mornings-a-week-for-ten-weeks programme, and have loved every minute of it.  We have learnt so many new skills and have made some awesome things.  Thank you to our wonderful teachers, Mr Stoneley, Mrs Nevile, Mrs Penfold and Mrs Henderson.

To celebrate our last day, the Food Tech group made a delicious lunch for everyone, and we FINALLY had the chance to race our CO2 cars.  Good times!

Survival Videos

Our final activity in our inquiry into Survival was to make movies!  We were divided up into groups, and had to film a 'real-life' scenario where we had to survive against the odds.  We had a lot of fun making these movies, and we hope you enjoy them.

Movie Making Fun

27 September 2017


Recently, Mrs Turner hacked our class ipads and placed 'beautiful', close-up photos of herself on our home screen.  Today we got our revenge!  We had a LOT of fun trying to decide what 'new' number plate Mrs Turner should have.  We're wondering how long it will be before she notices her new plate....

Interhouse Quiz

Today it was time for annual Interhouse Quiz!  We were divided up into teams and had to answers loads of questions - some were easy, others were really hard!  Congratulations to Kauri, the winning house!  Congratulations to Hamish, Brenna, Shania and Ruby - the winning team (also from Kauri).  Well done everyone!

Final Results:
4th - Totara
3rd - Rimu
2nd - Matai
1st - Kauri

26 September 2017

Speech Finals

All our senior students have recently presented speeches.  Being able to speak with confidence to a group of people is a great skill to have, and everyone performed well.  Today it was time for the finals - the top four Year 7 speakers, and the top four Year 8 speakers.  Congratulations to Tommy and Emma, who won the competition.  These two will now go on to represent our school at the interschool competition next term.

Well done to all the finalists!

Skype Time

We recently received a message from Mahana School (near Nelson).  Their teacher had seen some of our animation work on our blog and wanted to teach her class how to do it.  Today Hannah and Willow skyped them and taught them how to use Brushes and Explain Everything.  How cool is that?

If you'd like to take a look at their class blog, click HERE

Paper Mache

Today we put the finishing touches on our paper mache masks.  These will be one of our indoor exhibits for Pet Day.  We've been working on these over the last few weeks... adding more and more and more layers!  We are very happy the paper mache part is now finished.  Next we have to paint them!

22 September 2017

Dubsmashing Fun

CO2 Cars

As part of our Technology programme, all our Year 7 & 8 students have made CO2 Cars.  Today the last cars from the last group were finished.  They look awesome!  We put them on display for the rest of the school to see, and they think they're pretty cool too!

21 September 2017

Tech Update

Student Council Fun Day

What an awesome day we've had.  The wheeling was fun, as we all hooned around the school at 100 miles an hour.  Some people performed some pretty cool tricks.  Some people crashed.  Lots of people used the jumps.  We all had a great time!

The Student Council also did a fantastic job of cooking and preparing burgers for lunch.  They were delicious!

16 September 2017

Staff vs Students - Nukumball

After getting beaten by the A Netball Team recently, the staff were out for revenge!  Even though the students threw some mighty passes over the net, the staff were able to hold on for the win.  Yehaa!


13 September 2017

Maori Language Week

To celebrate Maori Language Week, some of us have been making wee animations that showcase our ability to have a simple conversation in Te Reo.  Some of our pronunciation is a little wobbly, but we gave it a good shot!

10 September 2017

Interhouse Nukumball

We had the finals of our Interhouse Nukumball Competition on Friday.  Rimu faced Matai in the play-off for 3rd and 4th, with Matai coming out on top.  Then Kauri faced Totara in the final.  It was great match, but Totara was just too strong for Kauri.  Congratulations Totara!

07 September 2017

The Great Potato Project

Today we joined forces with Rooms 7 and 8 for the Great Potato Project.  We have been partnered up with a younger buddy, and together we planted our potatoes and said some magic words to make sure our potatoes are going to grow really well!  There will be prizes for the biggest, heaviest and weirdest shaped potato.  And then we'll cook them and eat them!  Good luck everyone!

05 September 2017

Fun Day Coming Soon!

Today the students in Room 2 met with the Student Council.  They asked for their help to raise money for the SPCA.  The Student Council said they'd LOVE to help!  Stand by for an announcement soon!

04 September 2017


We are now well underway with gymnastics, our next focus in PE.  We have been divided up into groups, and rotate round six different activities during our 45 minute sessions.  We have all set goals around improving our skills and confidence in different areas, and we're going to work really hard to achieve them.  Here are some action shots from our lesson today: