Monday, May 18, 2015

Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often!

In Room 2 we are about to start reading and writing speeches. We need to think about our purpose of our speech.... is it to inform our audience or is it to persuade them? So what makes this speech by Kid President engaging to listen to and watch?  Is he informing o persuading his audience? What key messages out of 20 can you recall? Why?

Kid President believes the things we say can help make the world more awesome.  Here he shares a special list of 20 things we should say more often. What would you add to it?

Kura Kaupapa o Ngati Kahungunu o te Wairoa are organising the pukorero event early in term 3. We are about to get started on this now! Public speaking is a life skill and it comes naturally to some and not to others. There are tricks to grow your confidence with this and preparation and practice are key ingredients for a successful recipe. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Enviro-schools Workshop - Plating & Wetlands

Today we were very lucky to spend the day out in the sunshine planting trees at Whangawehi and looking around the O'Briens Wetlands.

We started the morning off with tree planting at the Whangawehi river. The first tree we planted was a beautiful Totara tree in memory of Matua Edward. The children were very lucky to have learnt a lot from Matua Edward so it was very nice that they were able to show their appreciation with this tree.

Once we had finished planting the trees we were back into the bus and off to Pat and Sue O'Briens farm to look around their wetlands. When we arrived Sue (aka Mummy O'B) had a chat to us about what a wetland was and the importance of them. We learnt that wetlands are good for acting as a filter for our water- so all the water that is dirty from stock etc filters through the wetland and comes out a lot cleaner. Mummy O'B's wetland water comes out in the Whangawehi awa, so it is super important that it is clean.

On our walk around the wetlands we also had 16 trees to plant. We got stuck into this in peers, while the rest of us weeded around the plants which had been planted earlier. Tamariki were very lucky that they had the chance to explore areas further up the Whangawehi to help with their understanding of why we are protecting it.

A very big thank you to all the people who come and spend their time with us on our enviroschool days. We are so lucky you all come to share your knowledge with us all. Also a very big thank you to Pat and Sue O'Brien for allowing us to explore the wetlands and sharing your knowledge