Saturday, September 22, 2018

Poetry Recital

A huge well done to all of the Junior children who learnt a poem and performed it to their class. Kaydee, Sakheesh and Arnav were chosen from Room 16 to represent our class in the Poetry Recital. They all did so so well and Kaydee came 2nd out of all the year 2's. Well done everyone!!

The Junior Cultural Club also performed at the Poetry Recital. They were fantastic! Well done to the Junior school. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

New Zealand's Healthiest Schools!

We are participating in the New Zealand's Healthiest Schools Challenge, a fun virtual adventure around the globe, led by NZ rugby legend Cory Jane and NZ Hockey legend, Gemma McCaw. The Challenge begins in term 4. Each student will receive a free pedometer to count steps and other activities in the real world — the class average moves the little avatars we’ll be creating around the online challenge course. At each destination reached, we see a video of our individual avatars exploring with Cory and Gemma and getting some healthy tips along the way. Parents, family and friends can also join in with their kids and support our school by signing up to the Support Crew Challenge - a separate event running at the same time as the kid’s challenge in the classroom. Gather up a team of 3-4 people, dust off your activity tracking devices and register your team at

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Writing hall of fame

Remember to look at the bottom of the Newsletter for the writing hall of fame. Four children from room 16 feature in the newsletter this week. Well done Colbie, Kaydee, Armaan and Shay 😄

Monday, September 10, 2018

Maui and the sun

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We have enjoyed reading Maori myths and legends. We worked collaboratively to sequence and retell the story of how Maui slowed the sun. We then retold the story during writing, our success criteria was: 
-Use at least three new words. 
-Use at least two types of punctuation.
-Use different sentence starters.
-Show personal excellence. 

Here is an example of Claudia's writing - isn't it fantastic? 

There once was a clever, determined young man who was called Maui. Each night he and his brothers would talk about the boiling, hot sun because the Aotearea sun gave them short days and long nights. "I know a way to tame the sun" announced Maui. "You can't tame the sun!" mocked his brothers. "Yes I can" explained Maui "we find flax and make flax ropes". The brothers followed his instructions to catch the powerful sun. They hid behind trees and caves. "Only when I say 'now', do you have to pull the ropes". The brothers waited for the sun to come out. Soon, the sun came out. "Now!" Maui called. The brothers pulled the sun as hard as they could. "What are you doing?" shouted the sun. He roared at the brothers and threw fire at them. "Pull harder, pull!" called Maui. "Let me go!" roared the sun. "After letting you go, will you promise to give us time to do our chores?" asked Maui. The sun finally gave up. Now Maui and his brothers had plenty of time to hunt, they had plenty to time to fish and they had plenty of time to eat. The next day, the sun travelled slowly in the sky. Now Maui and his brothers lived happily ever after.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mistakes help us to learn!

We have been learning about growth mindset and understanding that mistakes are a good thing and that they help us to learn.

It is important to make mistakes because you can get better and better from doing it. Although when you make a mistake you may feel embarrassed to put your hand up and get the wrong answer you can learn from your mistakes. It's okay not to know but it's not okay not to try. A time when I made a mistake was on the mat today. We did fractions and I couldn't explain something. It's not I don't know it's i'll give it a go.
By Kaydee

Mistakes help your brain to grow. They help you to learn. It is okay to make mistakes.
By Shay

Mistakes are proof that you are trying. A time I made a mistake was when I was putting the Christmas star on the top of the tree. It got crooked but my mum said it was good so I left it there and I learnt that making a mistake is okay. It’s not I can’t it’s I can keep trying. If someone has said I never made a mistake they are going to stay the same level and they aren’t going to learn anything new.
By Jada

Mistakes make you learn because practice makes perfect. First I didn’t know how to spell favourite and now I do. I used to spell favourite like this...favet. It is okay to not know... but it’s not okay to not try. Mistakes help my brain to grow. Mistakes are proof that you are trying. I need to remember that I am capable of learning anything.
By Kian

It is important to make mistakes because you learn from it because if you don’t make mistakes then you don’t learn. A time when I made a mistake was when I forgot to tackle but my dad trained me a lot then...I got super amazing. Mistakes are proof that you are trying! Noah McVicker was making wallpaper cleaner and it did not work but he made play-doh for kids. It was really amazing.
By Braxton

How to be sun smart!

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