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Room 10 have set their learning goals for Reading, Writing, Maths, ICT, Behaviour and Sports.



We have typed our goals and put them onto a sports ball picture. When we achieve our term 1 goals, we can place our ball with our learning goal on it into a sports goal.



Room 10 has made basketball goals, soccer goals, a netball goal, a handball goal and rugby goals.



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I hope you all have had a restful holiday.

This term our focus will be the Olympic Games.

Senior School Speech competion about the Olympics.

Plus lots more.

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For the past two weeks Room 16 have been very busy writing recipes for their disgusting fantasy burgers.



The class have included revolving ingredients like:



lizard's skin, huhu grubs, toe jams, worms, cockroaches and stinky socks to name a few things.



The class have designed what they want the burger to look like, explained what their ingredients are, how much they need, why they have chosen their ingredients and where to get the ingredients from.



Then the class wrote out their recipes before creating burger art.



The class have ready enjoyed this form of literacy. I am really glad I don't have to eat their burgers as they sound yuk!!!

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In room 16, our class rules have been used to help us with our learning.



The rules are:

be quiet, listening ears, eyes on the teacher, hands up, on task working, keep your hands and feet to yourself and use your kind manners.



Last week we introduced a tick chart with a goal for everyone to be "caught following the rules". If you get five ticks in one day, your name going into a lucky prize draw. The aim is for everyone to achieve 5 chances for the week.



On Friday the children get to pick a number and if their number is drawn out they can choose a prize.



The behaviour in R16 has been a lot better which helps all of us learn.

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There have recently been changes in Room 16 with Seth and Te Aria leaving Malfroy School.



We are sad to loose them from our class.



However we welcome Sophie to R16. She has joined us from Reporoa School.



Sophie loves animals and has made lots of new friends.

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In Room 16 we have been learning about science and how you can create interesting experiments from things found in your kitchen at home.



We have explored how coloured milk and dishwashing liquid repel causing the milk to move.



Lava lamps can be made from cooking oil, water with drops of food colouring and Alka-Seltzer. The oil and water separate then when the Alka-Seltzer starts dissolving it mixes the coloured water into bubbles which raise to the surface through the oil.



Great fun.

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To finish off our robot unit, we spent some time constructing a robot out of recyclable materials.



It was alot of fun.

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The Senior school recently visited the Rotorua Museum to see the White Cloud Worlds Exhibition.



This trip explored how NZ's sci-fi and fantasy designers, illustrators and artists create worlds from their imagination.



White Cloud Worlds features the work of artists who have been involved in projects such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Wizards of the Coast and Marvel Comics.



Room 16 were able to model a sci-fi or fantasy character from clay.



At school, the class painted their clay models.

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This week Room 16 shared their robot learning in the Malfroy School newsletter.



We have marked out on our classroom floor a grid to help us learn about geometry.



Braay was our human robot and moved in different directions around the grid. The class using different directional instructions to programme our human robot.



Its a fun way to learn.

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Welcome to term 2. We have got two new students, Phoebe and Wirihana. They both used to attend the same school in Western Australia before coming to Malfroy. Now they are in the same class.



This week we had a special ANZAC Assembly to remember the soldiers who fought in the wars.



Mrs T was in Gallipoli for ANZAC Day last year and she shared her experiences visiting Turkey, London and Belgium.



Thank you to the R16 students who helped with Mrs T presentation. Dionne, Terina and Natalia flag bearers of the Turkish, Australian and NZ flags.



Kaleb who helped with the computer power point. Glynn for breaking the NZ flag and raising it up the flag pole. Glynn also spoke well into the microphone reading the Commonwealth Declaration.



Phoebe and L.J. did a great job carrying flowers and placing them under the flag pole.



Well done R16, I am very proud of you.

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Congratulations to Kiri who placed 3rd in the 9yrs Long Jump. Dionne who placed 2nd in the 10yrs shot put. Seth who placed 2nd in the 8yrs vortex. Terina who placed 3rd equal in the 8yrs vortex. Dionne and Seth who made the relay finals.



We are very proud of your fantastic athletic abilities.

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Today we welcome to Room 16 and to Malfroy School a new year 5 boy called Stephen.



Stephen has come from Wangamarino School and likes Rugby. Mrs T was very impressed with his great first day and his lovely manners. When Stephen was introduced to teachers, he smiled and shook hands with them.



Fantastic start Stephen.

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Today at our whole school assembly Ms McLaren announced and presented our new school ambassador leaders with a badge and certificate.



The children had to apply and be interviewed by our Principal Mr Brell and our Deputy Principal Ms McLaren. The children's classroom teachers were also consulted.



Mr Brell also observed the children in classroom and in playground situations to see if they were demonstrating leadership potential.



About 8 Room 16 year 6 students applied to become Ambassadors. Unfortuately not everyone was accepted. However 3 very responsible year 6 students from Room 16 have been selected.



Congratulations to our Room 16 School Ambassador Leaders for 2012. They are Dionne, Rawinia and Zayar. We are very proud of you.

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Last Thursday we held our annual Athletics Day. All children aged 7 years up competed in Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Vortex, 60m and 100m sprints and a tennis ball throw.



Room 16 had many athletes finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for their age group.



Congratulations to the following R16 athletes who have been selected to represent Malfroy School at the Rotorua Primary Schools Interschool Athletics day on Tuesday 27 March.



Seth will be competing in the 8 year old vortex, Long jump and Relay race.



Terina will be competing in the 8 year old Vortex.



Kiri will be competing in the 9 year old vortex and Long jump.



Zayar will be competing in the 10 year old Long jump and High jump.



Natalia will be competing in the 10 year old High jump.



Dionne will be competing in the 10 year old Shot put and relay race.



Well done athletes and all the very best for Interschool next week.

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Room 16 have been learning how to post an article on their blog pages.



Please click on their page and post a comment.

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This week we had a visit from Lucas Remmerswaal who is cycling the length of New Zealand.



Lucas has written two children's book promoting financial literacy. His website 13 habits.org explains why it is important that children learn and understand financial literacy.



Lucas spoke to children at our school explaining the need to find you passion, write it down, say it to yourself twice a day and just do it.



He talked about NZ's favourite Film Director, Sir Peter Jackson. Lucas talked about how Sir Peter is able to turn his passion into a job which makes him millions of $$$$$.



Check out 13habits.org to learn more.

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Every term the children at Malfroy School set learning goals. They set a writing goal,a reading goal, a maths goal and a key competency goal.



To aim is to enable the learner to identify what they need to improve upon or master by the end of the term.



With practice and perseverance the children can achieve their goals.



This is a sample of their goals:

I need to add or delete words to make my writing more interesting.



I need to read at home and bring my book back to school every day.



I need to learn my times table.



I need to listen more carefully.



These are important learning skills which will help children set and achieve future goal setting. You can do it.

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This week Room 16 are taking turns to read and take home for the night a Fishing magazine. Lots of the children, including boys and girls are interested in fishing.



In Rotorua we have lots of beautiful fresh water lakes and streams filled with trout. The Pacific Ocean is a short 60 min drive from here if you prefer sea fishing.



Kaleb loves fishing and he got to take the magazine home on Monday night. On Tuesday Kaleb was responsible for catching someone being good during learning time. Kaleb chose L.J. Today L.J. caught Zayar being on task and following instructions well. Tomorrow I wonder who Zayar will catch being good.



Mrs T hasn't forgotten about a girl type magazine. They can enjoy Popstar. Next time she may get a Pet type magazine.



Its a great tool to get children to read about what interests them.

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Room 16 has another super power reader to join Seth's celebration.



L.J. who comes from Samoa, English is his second language. L.J has gone up 5 reading levels. He was reading at Blue 11 now he is reading at Orange. He has been practising his reading at the next level and hopes to get tested again this week.



Well Done Super Power Readers Seth and L.J

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This past week R16 have been setting term 1 Individual Learning Goals for Maths, Reading, Writing and for the Key Competencies.



E-learning this week will have R16 typing up their learning goals and revising how to save their work correctly.



Hopefully the class will be able to post their goals on their own blog pages.



Congratulations to Ethan who was our "POWER Reader" and trophy winner for week 4.



Mrs T has been very busy testing the class for Maths using GLOSS and Reading, Running Record testing.



Seth has advanced 4 reading levels from Gold 21 up to Level 25. He has reached his year 5 National Standard level. This is a brillant effort Seth, well done.



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Today all of the senior classes went out to Tui Ridge to participate in team building activities.



The children worked in teams of 11 rotating around different activities. The children had to work together to earn points.



The activities included:



1. Throwing a tennis ball into a box/dunny.



2. Pushing a go-cart around a course with 1 driver and 3 people pushing.



3. Riding a tandum-bike with 2 children trying very hard to balance and ride a bike built for 2.



4. Big sack jump involved 4 children in 1 very large sack trying to jump together. This activity was difficult.



5. Try to work together while standing with one foot on one very long heavy piece of wood and your other foot on the other piece of long heavy wood. The wood is long enough for about 10 people all stand in a line holding a piece of rope attached to the wood. This activity required team communication and coordination. It was also a good idea to know what was your left foot when your leader called "left".



Next week we will explain the other activities, include comments from the children and hopefully some photos as well.



Room 16 were very well behaved and really enjoyed themselves.

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Today R16 started the school year off well. We completed tasks to help us get to know each other.



We have a new student Reece. Welcome to our school Reece.



We have been tested for spelling and basic facts maths.



Not all the students have got their stationery books yet. We need our new books to help us with our learning.



Room 16 were very well behaved in our whole class assembly which really impressed Mrs T.



Overall we had a great start with lots of things completed.



Well done Room 16, fantastic effort.

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This term starts with a team building day at Tui Ridge on Tuesday 7 February. Its the day after Waitangi Day and a long weekend. Room 16 is going with the other senior classes. I'm looking forward to having fun and getting to know the children better.

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Room 16 visited the Rotorua Museum as part of our Myths and Legends learning. At the museum we listened to the education officer Emma tell us the local Rotorua maori legend about Hinemoa and Tutanekai.



Hinemoa was a beautiful maori princess who lived at Owhata on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Her parents wanted her to marry a man worthy of her.



Hinemoa met a handsome young chief from Mokoia Island called Tutanekai who was born of a lower status than Hinemoa. Her parents did not want her to marry him.



However Hinemoa and Tutanekai fell in love but were living in separate places. Tutanekai lived on an island in the middle of Lake Rotorua and would play beautiful music to her on his flute.



Hinemoa wanted to use a canoe or waka to go to Mokoia Island. Her family prevents this plan by dragged the heavy waka high onto the dry land. Hinemoa desperately tugged at the waka but she couldn't shift them.



Hearing the music from Tutanekai's flute calling to her, she decided to swim across the lake to Mokoia Island using hollow gourds under her armpits.



Exhausted, she finally reached the island and warmed her tired and cold body in a hot mineral pool. Then Hinemoa saw Tutanekai's servant walk past carrying a calabash.



Hinemoa spoke to the servant using a deep voice ordering the slave to give her the calabash. Hinemoa frightened the servant by smashing the calabash on rocks.



The terrified servant rushed to his master Tutanekai telling him about the monster who smashed his calabash. Tutanekai did not believe his slave and told his slave to take another calabash and be more careful with it.



The unwilling servant returned to the lake and once again Hinemoa demanded and broke the calabash into pieces. When the servant returned to Tutanekai without the water, Tutanekai was angry and said he would go to the lake and get the water himself.



Hinemoa slid down deeper into the darkness of the rocks. Tutanekai saw the remains of the broken calabashes and realised his servant was telling the truth. Tutanekai reached into the darkness to find out who was hiding there.



To his astonishment he found his love Hinemoa who had courageously swam to be with him. Together they went back to his whare or house to become man and wife.



In the morning the people of Mokoia Island learned how Hinemoa bravely swam across the cold dark waters of Lake Rotorua for the love of their chief.



When Hinemoa's father discovered her missing, he ran down to the lake. He saw her cloak lying on the beach and her footprints leading into the water. He thought she must have drowned and set off with a search party looking in the lake for Hinemoa's body. The search party looked all day for Hinemoa. When they neared Mokoia Island they could hear singing and laughing coming from a wedding celebration on the island.



Hinemoa's father sadly anchored his canoe and went to tell Tutanekai the sad news. As Hinemoa's father approached the wedding, he discovered that his daughter was not dead. He was very happy to see Hinemoa alive.



Then the chief of Owhata listened carefully as Hinemoa told him about what she had done to be with Tutanekai. Her father proudly told Hinemoa that because she had proven herself to be a very able and courageous woman, she was able to marry Tutanekai. With the chief's blessing Hinemoa and Tutanekai lived very happy lives.



Today you can visit Rotorua Museum and see the actual real flute that belonged to Tutanekai. Many Rotorua maori people are descendants from these famous lovers.



Hinemoa and Tutanekai lived and are buried on Mokoia Island in the middle of Lake Rotorua. In our city of Rotorua, our two main streets are named after them. Where these streets meet is the centre of our city.

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I am a sports player

I wonder if I am good at sports

I value my family

I want to the best at basketball

I fear poisonous spiders

I am good at basketball

I pretend I am a god

I cry when people hurt me

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I wonder if I am good sport

I value my family

I want to be brainy

I fear nothing

I am good at sport

I pretend to be a spy

I cry when I break my bones

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I wonder if I am a fast runner

I value money

I want to be a racing car driver

I fear jumping off a high cliff

I am good at maths

I pretend to be a racing car driver

I cry when my family dies

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I wonder if I am strong

I value my family

I want 7 million dollars

I fear nothing

I am good at drawing

I pretend to be crazy

I cry when I crash into something

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I wonder what I will be in the future

I vlaue my family

I want all the money in the world

I fear spiders and cockroaches

I am good at computers

I pretend to be stupid

I cry when I get beaten up

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I wonder if I will come first in the interschool high jump event and if the All Blacks will win the Rugby World Cup

I value my family

I want two million dolllars

I fear spiders

I am good at High Jump

I pretend to practice how to play th guitar or piano when my mum tells me to

I cry when I cut myself.

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I wonder about money

I value my family

I want to become a policeman

I fear nothing

I am good at running fast

I pretend to be nothing

I will cry when mum dies

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I wonder about my dog

I value my family and my baby cousins

I want a Nintendo DSI

I fear nothing

I am good at singing and dancing

I pretend to be rich

]I cry when my sister is being mean to me

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I wonder about flying

I value my family

I want a cute puppy

I fear spiders

I am good at cleaning

I pretend to be famous

I cry when people are mean to me

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I wonder if I will ever travel the world

I value my family

I want one million dollars

I fear spiders and snakes

I am good at netball and sports

I pretend that I have finished my work

I cry when one of my family members dies

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I wonder about aliens

I value my family

I want to become a policeman

I fear ghosts

I am good at games

I pretend to live in a war

I cry when someone dies

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I wonder how much money I have

I value my family and my Nintendo DSI

I want heaps of moey

I fear nothing

I am good at playing rugby

I pretend to be rich

I will cry if my parents die

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I wonder if I will become a Silver Fern netball player

I value doing sports, singing and dancing

I want to wear cool clothes

I fear knives, scissors, swimming pools and spiders

I am good at sports, running, colouring in and drawing

I pretend to shrink and become a chocolate person

I cry when people beat me up and when someone in my family dies

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I wonder if aliens are real

I value my Pokemon cards

I want a real Pokemon

I fear nothing

I am good at playing the game "God of War"

I pretend to be a soldier

I will cry if my dog dies

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I wonder if I will become a policeman

I value my family

I want lots of money

I fear spiders

I am good at reading

I cry when my family dies

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I wonder if I will go to the rugby game.

I value my family and my puppy

I want to own a car

I fear scary movies

I am good at netball

I pretend to go to sleep

I cry when I don't get what I want

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I wonder about flying

I value my family

I want a cute puppy

I fear scary faces

I am good at babysitting

I pretend to be famous

I cry when I'm injured

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I wonder why people always fight over things

I value my family

I want to get a galaxy phone

I fear gangs that have any sort of guns

I am good at singing

I pretend to go to sleep at night

I cry when I get beaten up by my brothers

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I wonder why people can't fly

I value my family

I want to be rich

I fear spiders and bugs

I am good at drawing

I pretend to be a famous singer

I cry when I'm really hurt

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I wonder if I will get to be on TV

I value my family

I want heaps of money

I fear scary people

I am good at drawing

I pretend that I am scared of heights

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I wonder if I will go to the rugby with my dad and sister

I value my family

I want some money and a PSP

I fear my brother and the dog outside

I am good at singing and biking

I pretend to be the best biker in the world

I cry when my brother locks me outside

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I wonder if I will be an artist

I value the photos of me as a baby with my dad holding my hand

I want more earrings

I fear nothing

I am good at art

I pretend to be a singer like Rihanna

I cry when someone in my family dies

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I wonder if I am strong

I value my family

I want a new bike

I fear nothing

I am good at running fast

I pretend to be a monster

I cry when someone shoots me

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I wonder if the dinosaurs will come back

I value my family

I want to have a boy racer car

I fear nothing

I am good at riding a motorbike

I pretend to drive a car

I cry when I get punched in the nose.

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This year we have a lot of exciting learning opportunities happening in Room 16. First Assignment is to set up your blog page and teach someone something new.We will start this task on Monday in the library after Athletics.

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We have begun looking at Kenya as part of our year's theme on water. I want the students to see that not everyone is as lucky as they are; when we want water, we turn on a tap!



We began by looking at a photo of a tap with a padlock, in the middle of a village in Kenya. We asked why this might be.



We used Google Earth to fly to Kenya and find out where it is in relation to us on the globe.



We used our SOLO maps to compare and contrast NZ and Kenya. We used a part/whole map to explore what it would mean to be without piped water.



Now we have started a webquest to find out more about this African nation. And wow...we are hooked!



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We're learning to write fables as part of our initiative on the narrative this year. It's been fun to be able to concentrate on improving one main genre, and the students love narrative!



We've been using SOLO taxonomy maps and rubrics too. We used a rubric to self assess our confidence sequencing a narrative. We used a compare and contrast map to work out that a fable is just a subset of the larger narrative genre.



Here is the starter the children used - it was a fifteen minute writing exercise to finish the morning and I said I'd publish the best versions here:



A tortoise wanted to go on a long trip.  Two ducks offered to take her.  They gave her a stick to hold in her mouth, and told her to hold on tight.  The ducks took an end of the stick each.  Then they flew into the air with her.  The tortoise was so pleased that she called to the people below, "Look at me!  I'm queen of the air!"



... But when she talked, she let go of the stick and fell heavily below.  The moral is, do not fly without a seat.    - Alicia



...But then, like all cartoons, she dropped straight to the ground like a rock.  As she fell she thought that her life would flash by but it didn't and suddenly the ducks swooped down and caught her and then they flew away - but it was sadly hunting season.  Moral: never fly with wild ducks in hunting season and without a seat on a plane or a pilot or a co-pilot.  - Phoenix



...Just then she could feel herself falling from the sky.  She tucked back into her shell and "Bang!" she was dead.  It was sudden death.  The funeral was the next day.  They were there but suddenly the ducks saw a tortoise - oh, that was the dead tortoise's family.  Everybody felt sorry for that family except for the tortoise herself up in tortoises' heaven. Moral: never talk when you are in the sky holding on to a stick.  - Christopher 

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On Tuesday the 22nd Room 16 went on a trip to Saint Mary’s.



First Room 16 had morning tea and Mrs Hyde chose Storme, Chedon and Vyna to be the photographers. Then we all chose a walking buddy to walk with. So we lined up and walked all the way to Saint Mary’s.



When we got to Saint Mary’s the instructor introduced herself. Her name was Helen Brown but she told us to call her Miss Brown. Then she invited us into her big green rig truck.



She started talking to us about nature. She showed us all different types of predators. Then after that she showed us all the games: there was a touch screen computer, two normal computers, a fishing game, a microscopic TV where you put an insect under the microscope and it will appear on the microscopic TV.



So, Mrs Brown took the year 5s outside to be detectives and the year 6s got to stay inside the green rig and play games for 20 minutes . Then when 20 minutes was over, the year 5s got to go in the green rig and the year 6s got to go outside and be detectives.



The year 6s had to choose a buddy. We got a coat to wear and one person had to go inside the crime scene and one person had to stay outside the fence. The person that went into the scene had to have a clue sheet then we had to figure out what had killed the fish. We chose the pipe because it had chemicals coming out of it and it had oil in it.



When we had finished we went back into the green rig. We got told to sit down on the mat and Mrs Hyde asked Cassidy quietly could she please say the thank-you speech. Cassidy said yes then when it came time, Cassidy thanked Miss Brown for her time.



Written by Storme and Awatia



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Our students played in the first frost this morning....brrrrrrr!



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Can we use Paint to create our own illustrations? We're great at downloading pictures but this time, let's create our own!



WALT use the Paint programme on our desktops to create a picture of a haunted house which we described in our scary stories.

We have to:

• Work out how to use the tools in Paint.

• Think about a colour scheme that is gloomy rather than happy.

• Save the picture to our own folders in the Room 16 drive.

• Save it as a JPEG if it is complete.



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WALT write narratives.



First we learned about descriptive language techniques like adjectives, adverbs, vivacious verbs, similes, metaphors and personification. We described the setting; a haunted-looking house.



"It felt creepy as I approached the old, broken, rusted gate. It creaked when I opened it. I slowly crept up the rocky, unstable driveway and up to the porch. I quickly scanned the area to see if anyone was watching. The sky was pitch black and the moon was full. It was so cloudy that you couldn’t see any stars. The trees were like werewolves’ talons and the house was like a giant boulder in the dark. The doorway looked as dark as a large cave. The windows were like a TV turned off" - Cassidy.



"I shivered as I ran and stared at the big, dark, haunted building. The sky was black and thunder roared and lightening flashed. The dead trees were reaching down to grab me. The path was mouldy and the wind howled. I could hear voices inside and scary music was playing. Doors banged and glass smashed. The lawn was crawling with scorpions and spiders, dogs barked viciously all over the place and parts of the house were broken. The steps were covered in mould. The windows were its eyes. The door was its mouth. As son as you went inside it might eat you. I felt really scared and it felt as though someone was breathing and touching me behind the ghostly gates". - Jayden



2. Next we introduced the characters:



"My name is Christopher and I am nine years old. I have brown eyes, black hair, a scar on my lip and light brown skin.



The person who lives in the house is the old lady. Her name is Franny. She is a mean, old lady. She always has a grin on her face. It’s like the grin when you lose a game on the playstation. She has blue eyes like the colour of the sky when the sun is out; light blue. Her hair is white, as white as the fluffy clouds when it’s day time and she wears a necklace with Jesus’ cross on it. I hear people say that Franny is a ghost but I don’t believe them; I don’t know why." - Christopher



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It's great to see role models like Terry Slater, today's visiting story teller. He recited stories and involved the students. He showed us that reading and writing are useful and fun!



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On Friday we held a special assembly to commemorate Anzac Day.



Mrs Collie organised the programme whci included Phoenix unfurling the flag, Riley showing us his grandfather's medal and Mrs Deere showing an interview of her grandfather,who is now aged 86.



The kapa haka group had practised singing "Maori Battalion" for the occasion. As in past years, two representatives from each class laid flowers at the base of the flagpole. These were taken to the servicemen's cemetery later in the afternoon.



We completed the assembly with the national anthem.



I have asked the students to try creating a slide show using "Slide" and captions. Check out their pages and see their versions!



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We had to:

1. Define areas of light and shade on black and white photos.

2. Trace these onto overhead transparencies

3. Project these on to A3 paper and trace

4. Highlight with vivid

5. Go over lines with black colourflow

paint with dye.



Mrs Brell worked with Room 16 over last term to complete these. They look FANTASTIC in our room!







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Thanks to the students in our class who passed around the camera and caught these poses! It was a wonderful day with great weather and outstanding organisation...and brilliantly well behaved students!



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Angie has written some of the titles in the School Journal Story Library, among other NZ children's books. She is a drama teacher too...can you tell by her face and actions? She kept us rapt as she talked about the subjects that inspire her and how she came to write about them.



In the afternoon Angie took a writing workshop for our own budding authors.



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We took a swag of awards at assembly today. Christopher and Trent were awarded Player of the day for their respective sports of volleyball and cricket. Christopher and Awhi were age group champions for the school athletic sports. Alicia was our power reader. Lee was awarded his Ambassador badge for school leadership. Well done - you're great role models!

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On Friday the 12th of March, Rooms 16,17 and 14 went on a trip to Baxendale Place, Headworx, because we are learning about water in our community.



They also had fresh water there. Our photographers were Rangiahu Newton, Chedon Owsley and Te Rawhiti Fenech.



When we got there, Mrs Quirke and Mijo told us to kneel down so we could be able to hear him, then he told us the ground rules. Those rules were follow the foot paths, don’t touch anything and he said if you hear an alarm follow me or move to the entrance of the building because the toxic chemicals would swell up our water system in our body.



After they explained the rules, all of the classes got split up into groups. We had a teacher or adult’s supervision and then we all went into the new ultra violet light plant and that’s the new pipes they put up. After that we also went into a big pipe room where they installed the pipes and those pipes carried all of the water.



They also had a beautiful, green waterfall and a water spring. We all had to split up into two groups because our whole group was too big. We went over to the eruption roof. It had water flowing under it. They built the roof to protect the stream from ash which was a problem when Ruapehu erupted. They had a forest next to the eruption roof. The forest also had a little stream which was coming out of the ground and was called an aquifer.



We moved on and people were saying, “Do you guys want some fresh spring water?” and we said, “Yes please,” using our manners and it was yummy.

Then we all walked down until we all reached the starting point. We got told to walk around this corner but we didn’t know what it was. We saw a sign just above the roof. It said “No 1Pump House”, so we went in and it had all of these old pumps from back in the old days. We were all amazed, even Mrs Hyde.



Then we all went back and Dylan from Room 17 said thank you for showing us around and we all hopped on the bus and came back to school.



Written by Storme and Lee



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No, not the movie...it means making a cartoon or caricature of yourself. Because we don't match your photo with your name for web safety, try making one of these to put in the top right corner of your blog.



We'll use a Web 2.0 programme called Doppelme. Go to the link on the left panel. I will give you the password.



(Challenge for you: where did the name "Doppelme" come from?)



This is me. Do I look like the real thing?









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On a warm, summer's night in week 4...



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Here we are - the connected, collaborative and creative kids of Room 16!





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The weather was great and the minds were greater! We took time to get to know ourselves and each other, while exploring multiple intelligences during "Discovery Time".



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If your blog isn't here, then look for it under last year's teacher!



1. Leave a comment about yourself here.

2. Make a folder with your first and last name under Room 16 in the Room 16 drive.

3. Change the colour of your blog.

4. Write an article about your first week back at school.

5. Sign up to Tut Pup.



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Welcome to Room 16! Why not introduce yourself by leaving a comment?



I hope you've had as fun a summer as I have. I've enjoyed all the sunshine and it's meant time at the lakes, on the beach or at home on the deck with some great books. I've caught up with friends and spent time with my family.



Our year has a theme,"Water"; we'll work out how we're going to integrate this into our work. We start out with a unit on "Great Minds" - yours! We'll get to know the class and your learning styles, needs and interests.



Have a great year!



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The last dance arrived...and everyone got out their glad rags. The ambassadors did a great job of planning a superb evening: disco, supper and the formalities to follow. Class groups received certificates of graduation, Lyric and Summer spoke on behalf of the students and Keegan cut the cake with Mr Brell.



Good luck everyone!



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We're priviledged in Rotorua to have such beautiful landmarks. We're even more priviledged in that we can enjoy these assets for free! Room 12 and 16 won the bus trip into town in a prize draw and the swim at the historic Blue Baths and lunch was paid for from fundraising which took place earlier in the year. Thanks go to Cath at Geyserland Bakery, George at the Museum who organised the treasure hunts and the parents and other helpers who allowed us to spend a great day out. It didn't even matter when it started to rain at the pool!





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On Friday 27 November on a balmy evening, a number of Rotorua schools attended the annual Top Schools competition. We didn't win, but boy, we put in a good effort!



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We've completed our inquiries...nearly.

- We HOOKED into a topic

- We designed "fat" QUESTIONS - or did we? That's something we have to evaluate.

- We GATHERED our information from a range of sources including the internet. We learned how to use key words in our searches.

- We RECORDED our findings as bullet point notes so that we didn't write down stuff that we didn't understand and didn't plagiarise.

We CREATED our PowerPoints to support us in presentations about our chosen topic.

- Now we're REFLECTING or evaluating our work, through peer and self evaluation.





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our kapa haka group has practised all term and gave a final rehearsal showing to the school last week. Here are three of their songs. Some of our class members are here: Benjie, Storme and Lyric.















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Our school promotes a series of Skills for Life. Our students work through a series of levels from bronze, silver, gold, bronze elite, silver elite and gold elite. Aneesha and Georgina have just been awarded their gold elite badges; Summer and Alisha their silver elite; Matthew and Lee their bronze elite; and Jesni and Aleen their gold certificates. Way to go!







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Mrs Lane donated 3 unicycles for our lunchtime fun programme and there's been a lot of interest from those keen to gain a new skill. Some special training was held for a lucky group of selected students on Tuesday morning with Simon Hadlow.







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Our recreation programme is great, with two sporting activities every lunch hour which we can get involved with.



We've had volley ball and bullrush. At the moment there's an interclass touch competition, and last week we had a kids versus adults match with Mr Brell, Matua Jamis, Whaea Teina, Mrs T and Whaea Michelle among the players you can see here.





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My Worst Holiday Ever…

...An Imaginative Recount



Last holidays my family and I went to Samoa. We went on Air New Zealand.



My family and I went on to the beach in front of our hotel. The sea was calm and clean. I saw some boats in the sea. I was lying in the hot sun and the waves were crashing.



Suddenly I felt an earthquake. Then I saw the sea moving back I shouted, “Run to the top of the mountain!” and “A tsunami!” I thought I was going to die. I heard shattering glass and smashing timber.



After that, everything went still again and I heard girls screaming. I saw homes crushed and I saw some mothers calling out to their kids. People were crying all around me and I felt like another tsunami was going to come. I was scared.



Finally, I arrived home in New Zealand. My family was waiting. I ran to them. When I was running, I started to cry. I saw other families crying.



By Shae



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On Tuesday 3rd November, Unison came to malfroy Primary to give a presentation to the seniors, about "Safety with Electricity."



After morning tea, all the seniors lined up outside their classrooms and were led by the teachers to the hall. We all went in and sat down. As soon as all the classes were in the hall, the presentation started.



There were two people from Unison there. Their names were Samantha and Hayden. Then Samantha handed out some prizes. I was one of the first people to win a little, spongey ball.



They split us in half. Some went outside and some stayed inside. We got half an hour at each one. Inside, Samantha was giving a presentation on how dangerous electricity can be.



She showed us two photos. One was a man standing on a powerpole with jeans and no tee-shirt. And the second one was when he burst into flames. Unfortunately he didn't live to tell the story.



Outside, Hayden was showing us all the equipment he has to use when he goes out and deals with incidents with powerpoles. Next he showed us that if you have two wires together and you're outside, the electricity burns the particles in the air.



The presentation was great and everyone appreciates how much effort went into it.



By Summer



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This term we traditionally "do speeches" - not always very satisfying. Our team decided on a new approach...have a look at this.

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After discussing one Monday morning that only five students had eaten breakfast, we decided to have a shared lunch to start each week in order to get everyone set for learning, provide some lunch ideas and build some social and cooperative skills.



Last week we made hamburgers. Here is Summer's recount:



Today at 11.30 am, Room 16 and Mrs Hyde made our own delicious hamburgers.



First Mrs Hyde gave a brief explanation of what we had to do. She told us to wash our hands. We did it group by group.



Next we got our ingredients. Haimona and Wirepa were in my group. Our ingredients were cucumber,carrot, a bun, tomato, lettuce cheese and of course, a meat pattie.



Once we had made them, Mrs Hyde photographed them. I tried to make mine look tidy.



Lastly, we wrote about them, then we ate them!



I really liked the taste and enjoyed making them. — Summer







This week we made toasted sandwiches - quick and inexpensive. We will make them next week too, so don't forget to bring your fillings!



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After weeks of learning speed reading and skimming and scanning, while getting to know the Daily Post inside out, our two focussed teams headed to the Sportsdrome on Thursday 27 August, at 6.30, to compete with Rotorua's other schools.



We didn't win but we were up there! Well done to the two teams consisting of Aneesha, Bailey, Madi, Rhys, Cassidy and Summer. Georgina and Ronnie came as reserves and supporters. Thanks to Mr Brell and whaea Jo for their assistance on the night.



Watch out for next year!

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What do you do Monday morning? You find out that you are making pizza for lunch, with carrot sticks and milo!



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It was a great way to start the week and really stretched a few people to show how well they could cooperate in a group.



We learned a bit about fractions too - the cheese was in eighths, the luncheon in sixteenths and the final pizza in thirds.



Here are two of the boys finishing the dishes (we were too busy for many photos).



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The ready to cook pizzas were put aside while we got ready for . . . cross country!



Six members of our class were placed in the top six of the 9, 10 and 11 year old runners, who will go to the interschool cross country competition. They are Taina (third 11 year old boy), Harlem (sixth 11 year old boy), Stevee (first 11 year old girl), Georgina (fourth 11 year old girl), Summer(fifth 10 year old girl) and Storme (sixth 9 year old girl).



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We read the book, we made our wild selves on the New York Zoo "Build Your Wild Self" site, and we drew our own with pastel on black sugar paper!



ROOOAAARRR!!!



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An inter-class Rippa Rugby competition ended on Thursday with a final between Rooms 16 and 17.



There was plenty of class feeling, with competing chants on the sideline. Mr Brell refereed. The final score was a draw - probably very good politically - and the two teams ended the match with a haka.



Lots of fun and lots of energy spent!



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On Thursday afternoon we held a market research day for PrEP.



The idea was to try out the market place; would each business make sales? Each group worked out the costs for their products and calculated what they needed to set the prices at to make a profit. There was a PMI chart at each stall so that potential customers could comment on the positives, minuses and give the retailers some ideas for improvement.



Some businesses sold out while others have to modify their products. Now they have four weeks to come up with more stock for their final school market day in Week 10.



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In spite of the rain, and maybe that helped, about twenty teachers attended my workshops at the BEST seminar on Saturday. They came to find out how blogging enhances literacy;I hope they went away convinced! I certainly am adament that this blog is a tremendous tool.



One point that came up in later discussion with other digitally aware teachers, was that Classblogmeister is the only blogging application, at present, that has been made purely for students and educators. This ensures that not only can we reach an appropriate audience, but are able to communicate effectively in a secure environment.

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Hello BEST seminar attendees!  Welcome to the world of blogging.  Come and see what we do on our blog and leave a comment.  We will visit your blog if you leave the URL and help you along your way if you want tips about blogging or to collaborate on a topic.  Happy blogging!



 

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WALT create advertisements for our Primary Enterprise Programme, which will help us sell our products on market day.



Today we analysed the Cadbury "Eyebrow" advertisement and the features of a static display advertisement for More FM. Here it is:







We also looked at "http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/advertisingtricks/"and created an advertisement for an imaginary product called "Burp Cola." The criteria for a display ad are summarised in this photograph. Use these criteria to make your ad on Publisher or by hand on A4 or A3 paper.



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Mrs Brell made these trucks with us last Thursday. We had a time limit and as you can see, the trucks are at different stages. We have uploaded this with Voicethread so that each student can talk about:

1. What he/she did

2. What went well

3. What he/she could have improved.



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We've set up our own "user bookmarks" page off our Smart Net home page, where activities linked to our learning areas are easy to link to.



One activity to try is the "Be Funky" site, where you can turn a photo into a piece of art.



Practise using:

Function + print screen

Paste onto a blank Publisher page

Highlight and crop

Right click and save as a picture

Name it, save as a jpeg and save in your folder.



Right click the photo

Open with office Picture Manager

Compress to web page size

Upload with Slide and choose a style

Copy the URL and paste in an article box.



This might be what you'll get:



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Here are our character collages and soon they will be linked with our student voices. The written descriptions will be posted on our personal pages as they are published.



Criteria for Our Character Studies:

Our writing task last week was to write character studies.

The criteria for the piece of writing included:



a) giving a physical description

b) describing your character's personality

c) including what he or she says

d) quoting what others say about him or her

e) describing what he or she does - hobbies, work, silly habits



We firstly read a story shaped in a similar fashion, planned then wrote each paragraph in turn. Willing authors shared their pieces in order to stimulate the thinking of others. Here are our finished studies.



Criteria for Our Character Collages:

We wanted some artwork to illustrate our character studies. Children could use photos as inspiration for their portraits, but most simply used their mind’s eye!

a) Make a 2 centimetre border around your page. b) Sketch the outline of head, shoulders, neck and hairline. c) Use old magazines to find batches of the appropriate color. d) Glue down small pieces of magazine – about 1.5 centimetres. Build up the background first, then the other areas. e) Find an appropriate set of eyes, a mouth and a nose!



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This term our main senior school focus is PrEP. We will turn the senior school into an economic community with an elected government, a bank and a warehouse. Businesses from each classroom will get start up loans, buy resources and create products for a market day. Their aim is to learn how to budget, use time and energy purposefully and end up making a profit. The key competencies and values are well embedded!



Our first task was to create the currency for our community. Look at these examples and work out what the criteria was.



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At last we have our ink and dye portraits completed and posted on our classroom walls, as well as the virtual wall of our blog!



We learned to

- draw facial proportions and position the features on our own faces.

- use a pencil to sketch, which means holding it differently.

- draw in a simple background.

- go over the main lines with a sharpie or vivid marker.

- depict our hair accurately.

- use watered down dyes to cover the paper with a wash.



We didn’t need to be too careful!







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Harold has been at school for the last few weeks, helping to reinforce messages about healthy bodies and relationships. We studied the topic "Friends" in the senior school.



Harold made a visit at the end of last week's assembly. He danced in with Chris, who talked to us about staying healthy. We sang a song and Harold danced out with Chris.



It was very exciting!





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On Friday 19 June we held our special Duufy Books assembly, where each student receives a special free book. We had guest speakers from Kaitao Intermediate and sang our Duffy Book song.



It felt like Christmas!



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What a great winter's day! Because the Life Education van was parked on our turf, we asked to use the Girls' High facilities. Everyone played well.



The afternoon's competition ended with some unwanted and unexpected excitement when two boys from Western Heights knocked heads during the rugby. They knocked each other out and we had to call an ambulance. They were back at school the next day, but it's better to be safe.



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On Tuesday 14 June, Bunnings Came to school to run a workshop for a group of twenty senior students. Harlem, Eastern, Tah-leigh and Storme were selected from our class.



They were provided with a precut toolbox to construct and paint. talk about dedication! Fortunately Whaea Ja, Whaea Teina, Mrs Hyde ans our Bunnings helpers, Tammy, JJ and rachel, were on hand to help with nails that got hammered in the wrong way or to help with sawing wood to fit.



Thanks Bunnings - we really appreciate what you put into our school!



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We have become the buddy class for Room 2. On Wednesday afternoon we are showing responsibility, kindness and consideration for others by reading with our new friends!



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On Tuesday night it was Kids For Kids. It is for children who are malnourished and under priviledged.



What we did was sing with Suzanne Prentice. Many people showed up and both upstairs and downstairs was nearly completely full. We were all very excited.



During the half-time break we all got one lolly each. Mr Brell, Mrs Brell, Mrs McLaren and Mrs Hyde were there. Many people were taking photos.



We sang 17 songs and we clapped to the beat of the piano playing the Adams Family. The pianist's name was Chris Lamsam.



By Summer



(Note from Mrs Hyde - Wow, it was amazing how many Malfroy children represented us in this crowd formed from nine schools. Five of our children were chosen as finalists, and Benji, from our class, was one of them!)



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Watch, listen and comment on this poem by Aneesha and Georgina.













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Our hockey, netball, soccer and rugby teams headed off to Sunset Primary for an afternoon of interschool competition. We're happy to say that we had wins all round! Well done everyone!







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As part of our Anzac topic, we have been reading School Journal stories and articles.



One article was about the origin and use of Anzac Biscuits and included a recipe. We decided to have a go. We had a few problems - like Mrs Hyde forgetting to have the equipment to melt the butter and golden syrup, but we improvised.



The first batch were great; the second batch suffered when first the oven was turned off and then,when that problem was fixed, the trays of biscuits were left in too long! Mr Brell saw the black smoke and rushed to the rescue.



Even the burnt ones weren't too bad, and we shared them for afternoon tea.



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On Thursday night we had a special evening for parents, run by parents, to help them understand how we learn maths now. A room full of people braved the elements to find out how they can help their children.

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On Friday the 8th of May we watched the Fearless. They came to Malfroy School. We had to pay $2 to get in. Only some people paid to get in and we had to have a stamp on our hand or arm.



They did three dances and all three were hiphop. Their last dance got them all the way to America.



They started to dance with some cool music. Their first dance began. They did backflips, break dancing and more. Then they told us their names. The only one I remembered was Jordan. He was the coolest.



Then they asked the people who could shuffle and a few people went up to shuffle and tetronic. Giavanni, Angel, Harlem, Kaley, Toris and Toe got up. Toe is Mana's cousin. Toris won. They all tried hard to win. When Toris won the crowd went wild. They did the last two dances at the same time. They were fantastic and good. And then the show ended. By George



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On Wednesday the 6th of May Room 16 went to the Museum.



The first thing we did was meet a person named George then we went to a class room and learned a little bit about the Maori Battalion.



We went there to learn about Anzac and the Maori Battalion.



When we got there we got a clip board and a work sheet and had to look around so we could find the answers to the questions on the sheet.



Then we went to the Maori Battalion movie.



After that we had to go back to school.



- by Aneesha











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Mrs Brell taught our class last term, before Mrs Hyde got here. Now Mrs Brell does Mrs Hyde's release on Thursdays. Going by the thoughts and ideas expressed here, I think you'll find we're VERY fond of her!



Mrs Brell is bright purple like amethysts,

She is an eagle because she wants us to soar.

Mrs Brell is clouds with the sun behind, ready to shine on us.

She is a korowai that wraps us, and looks after us.

Mrs Brell is a beautiful oil painting that everyone sees in the room.

She is “Homai te Paki Paki.”

Mrs Brell is a donut with chocolate sauce.



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Today Malfroy Primary School had an Anzac Assembly. Once all the classes had entered the hall, we all stood while the song, “God Save the Queen” was on.



Mrs Collie turned the radio off then we all got told to sit down. At that moment the ambassadors Mahana and Ronnie broke the half mast flag and that was a very memorable moment for everyone.



Rhys read the declaration of the flag. Next we all sat down. We were all asked why we had Anzac Day. Olena from Room 3 said the obvious answer which was because we all wanted to remember all the soldiers who fought in the war.



Then Mrs Collie read a letter from a mother of a soldier. I personally thought it would have been really emotional for the mother who wrote it. She also added that it was written on the 8th of March, 1943.



Finally it was time for the placing of the flowers. During that music was playing and the song was “Abide With Me”.



We all stood to read the Commonwealth Declaration. We then listened to the instrumental version of God Defend New Zealand. Next we all stood for the Last Post.



A voice came across the radio saying, “They shall not grow old.” Ronnie and Mahana raised the flag then we had the reveille.



By Summer





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The first task for E_xplorers is to make one of these pictures to post to your blog.



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Make your own by clicking on the link on the left.

To upload:

1. Fn + prt sc

2. Paste onto a Publisher blank page and crop.

3. Right click and save as a picture. Save in your folder as a JPG file.

4. Open with Picture Manager and compress.

5. Use Picoodle to upload.

6. Copy and paste the code into an article box on your blog page.



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This is the first blog for the Room 16 E_xplorers. Leave a comment to welcome us to the global classroom.





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If you clicked on my name and wondered why I have two blogs, it is because I am shifting schools! This blog will become operational from Term 2 2009 - that's Monday 27 April. So put it in your calendar and come and see what this group of e_xplorers are up to!

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