Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Celebration Assembly Folk Dancing

During Terms 3 and 4 the Middle School classes learnt all sorts of different traditional folk dances in the hall.

And after all the practising, we all dressed up in our 'flash' dancing clothes...

... and we demonstrated all that we had learnt to the rest of the Middle School and the parents who were at the Middle School Celebration Assembly.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017


To read a map you have to think like a bird, flying above the school.
It's called a 'birds-eye view'.

Room 15 have been learning about different types of maps and how to read them. 
The first thing to learn is that you must 'orientate your map' -
 otherwise you end up going in the wrong direction!

We have been testing our map reading skills around the school by doing Orienteering Courses.
Mrs Cammell gave us a map and the rest was up to us to find
the hidden clues.
The maps show where all the markers are hidden.
Working as a team sometimes helped.

Our job was to follow the course on the map...

... to the right spot where the little white cards were hidden...

... and then write down the letters from the marker onto our map.

Sometimes they were put in tricky-to-find places.

Sometimes they were up a tree.
It was also a competition to see who could find all the right markers AND be the fastest...
so there was no time to stop and pose for photographs.

None of us got lost... we all turned up again in Room 15 - eventually!
  What amazing skills are emerging - accurate and very fast orienteerers!! 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Room 15's Star Students this week

Awesome Achievers


Buddy class - Maori memory

Maori Memory Games
with our Junior Buddies

Andreas teaching the class Origami

Operation Origami

Andreas has worked hard to learn how to make some complicated origami models, including colourful floral wheels, by folding coloured paper.  He rose well to the challenge of teaching his class mates how to make these.
Thank you Andreas for sharing your knowledge and skills.


Middle School Science Club

On Thursdays at lunchtime some keen young scientists can be found meeting in the Hall kitchen to explore and experiment.
Antony and Neil were fascinated to see what happened when drops of food colouring were added to a bowl of water.

Celebrating Diwali

Today we learnt about Diwali, a Hindu festival held at this time each year.  Some students and teachers dressed in traditional Indian clothing, including Shyla.  She and Shiloh also shared with us their research covering aspects of Indian culture such as food, celebrations, art (Rangoli patterns), accessories, stories, music, sports and clothing.

Shyla and Shiloh sharing their research.

We were interested to learn about Shyla's culture.