Sunday, November 9, 2014

Whangawehi River Day

The whole school at Whangawehi beside the trees that we planted last time we were here.

The Whangawehi river. You can see the fence that has been put up to keep the cattle out of the river

Listening to Jenny talking about the river.

Inanga  whitebait and tuna glass eels that we found in the Whangawehi River
Watching Arthur getting the net in the river

Looking and Watching at the Gala

 Finn was the most popular character we made for the gala

Putiki's nan with Finn
hLisa's Mum and Dad with Finn

Nanny Vienna with Finn

Steve and Julie with Finn

Girls with Finn

Ivory being a Pirate

Memaree with Krushay

Rongomai with her whanau

Rangi and Krushay and the girls


Making our Costumes

This is Patricia sewing her costume for the school Production. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Room 2 go-kart project

At the end of 2013, schools were encouraged by the Ministry of Education to apply for Alim. This enabled schools to have teacher release time and a little bit of putea. Teachers were encouraged to be innovative and think of a different approach they could use to foster positive attitudes with learners and their mathematics learning.

Miss Grover selected a small group of 4 students from Room 2 and started on this journey. After having a discussion with them, they identified that building go-karts would be an awesome opportunity. The first math’s encounter for this project involved accurately measuring themselves in height to ensure their scale drawing would allow them to sit in the go-kart without it being too short or too long. Km’s into town, how much petrol costs, a budget to spend at Carters, how many packets of chewing gum could be purchased for $5 was all math’s learning that was very real for this group of learners.

They are now at the end of the project and the go-karts look amazing. One student in the group has made more than 18 months progress in 15 weeks of being involved in this project. Miss Grover and myself fly to Auckland next Tuesday to showcase this story on a National level and the success she has had. How lucky are these children to be involved in such a beneficial project? Ka mau te wehi tamariki ma & Miss Grover!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This is Room 2's prize giving song for the end of the year, hope you enjoy singing your hearts off.  :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bird watching

Room 2 at Oraka with Mr Smith from DOC. Mr Smith showed us some birds that are sometimes found at Oraka like the Kotuku.   We learnt about why birds can wade at the edge of the water and other birds swim in deeper water. We also learnt about Godwits and how they fly to Russia.T

Next we went to the Wetlands to watch birds. We were really quiet and saw a Pukeko. We heard a Bitten booming. We also saw how the Raupo was growing in water and we looked at the trees that we had planted. Mr Smith told us how the Wetlands was his favourite place and how once there would have been Giant Eagles and Moa living there.