27 July 2017

Tech Time!

We were very excited to start our Tech programme today!  We have been divided up into four groups, and will rotate through four activities:  Hard Materials (woodwork), Soft Materials (sewing), Food Technology (cooking) and we'll each make a CO2 car.  We thoroughly enjoyed our first day, and are very much looking forward to the rest of the programme.


We were so lucky to receive a visit from the Manawatu Turbos rugby team today!  The team decided that on their day off, they would visit some local schools.  We played some crazy games and had heaps of fun.  Go the Turbos!

25 July 2017

Be More Awesome!

Want to be more awesome?  Use this short video for inspiration!

The Lost Thing - Creative Thinking

At the end of last term, we read the picture book 'The Lost Thing', by Shaun Tan.  This weird and wacky story is all about a boy who befriends a creature that appears to be lost.  Using this book as inspiration, we designed our own 'Lost Things'.  What a creative bunch we are!

24 July 2017

Term 3 Inquiry

This term, our inquiry is:


Our first job was to think about what we thought this meant.  Here is a sample of our first ideas:

Following this, we did lots of talking in groups and as a class.  Eventually we agreed on the following definition of our inquiry:

SURVIVE: to stay alive

AGAINST THE ODDS: to achieve something
remarkable when your chances are slim

We are looking forward to getting stuck into our learning!

04 July 2017

Buddy Class - Inquiry Sharing

Now that our inquiry work has all finished for the term, it was time to share our learning with our Buddy Class.  We were very impressed with the amazing animations that our buddies have been working on!

And we were pretty proud to be able to share our Medieval Europe projects too!

02 July 2017

Disco Highlights!

What an awesome time we had at the disco!  Check out the photos:

Congratulations to the Student Council who did an excellent job of organising and running the discos. Well done team!

30 June 2017

Drama Show

We had a number of students from our class involved in the Drama Club's performance of Hansel and Gretel today - and what a talented bunch they are!  Congratulations team, that was such a cool show!

Medieval Europe: An Inquiry

Over the past few weeks, we have been taking an in-depth look at aspects of Medieval life that we were particularly interested in.  Our job was 'to prove we know a whole lot' about our topic.  After a very busy few days of writing and publishing, our assignments are finally complete.  Some people chose to present their work in poster form, while others made slideshows using Powerpoint.  Check out these awesome examples:

Pause the video if you'd like to read the information.

28 June 2017

Large Ball Skills: Basketball

Today we had our final session of our winter sports rotation - basketball with Miles.  We focused on shooting - and we weren't too bad!

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23 June 2017

Disco Time!

Black Day!

10/10 for awesomeness on Black Day Room 6!  Go All Blacks!

21 June 2017

Staff vs Year 8 Students - Patter Tennis

It was a close match, but the staff just managed to beat the Year 8 students in patter tennis today!

Large Ball Skills: Football

As part of our Large Ball Skills rotation, we had football with Miss Fleet today.  We did some fun skills and drills before getting stuck into a game.  Thanks Miss Fleet!

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Buddy Class

It has been ages since our last Buddy Class, so it was awesome to catch up with Room 2 earlier this week.  First we shared some of our recent learning; Room 2 shared their models to show why we have night and day, and we shared our expositions.  After that, we had time to have some races through the fitness trail.

19 June 2017

Football Training

We are very lucky to have Debby from Central Football visiting our school to run some football training sessions.  We had our first bash today, and it was HEAPS of fun!  She taught us about how to position your body when you are dribbling the ball.  We are looking forward to our next session already.

Warming Up - Bib Tag

Dribbling Practice

Running The Gauntlet

17 June 2017

Catapult Challenge

As part of our learning about Medieval Europe, we learnt that catapults were used to attack 'enemy' castles.  They had a devastating effect on castle walls, and all kinds of lethal objects were launched from the catapults.  We thought it would be fun to build our own miniature catapults, though ours were not quite so deadly as those used 1500 years ago!  We had a competition to see who could fire objects (plastic beans) as far and as high as possible.  Well done to Ben and Jack - the catapult champs!

Interhouse Patter Tennis

A huge congratulations to Rimu - the Interhouse Patter Tennis champions for 2017.  Well done!  The final results were:

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

15 June 2017

Fort Competition

The boys have had a competition this week - to see who could build the biggest, baddest, bestest fort on the construction playground.  The Year 7 boys built their fort first, followed by the Year 8 boys.  Which fort is the best? You be the judge!

14 June 2017

Large Ball Skills: Netball

This week it was time to sharpen up our netball skills!  Lots of students in Room 6 have made goals around improving their netball skills, so hopefully everyone learnt something.  It sure was entertaining watching everyone trying to learn how to play... especially the boys!  Thanks to Miss Main and Miss Jeynes - our teachers!

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10 June 2017

Interhouse Patter Tennis

Many of our senior students have been battling it out in the annual Interhouse Patter Tennis competition recently.  There have been some incredible skills on display, and rallies that have last for 20 hits or more.  Next week Totara will face Kauri in the playoff for 3rd and 4th, and Rimu will face Matai in the final.  Good luck to all teams!

Here are some of the Room 6 students in action:

07 June 2017

Large Ball Skills: Rippa Rugby

We started our Senior Team Winter Sport rotation today.  Our first sport was rippa rugby.  First we warmed up with lots of skills and drills, then we launched into a game.  The field was pretty wet and slippery, so it was a bit of a challenge to play the game without sliding all over the place.  It was lots of fun though!

Warming Up:

Game Time:

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