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Article posted July 20, 2011 at 09:35 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 332

A successful science fair at Mokoia Intermediate last week was the culmination of a term’s work in scientific method and critical thinking skills.



All students had the opportunity to work through a science investigation and develop their understanding of scientific method. The results were spectacular, with most of our children represented by the exhibits in the hall, which were completed in pairs or individually. Many chose to look at issues that affected Rotorua residents, like lake water quality.



The first place winner in the science section was year seven student, Matthew Gatenby. His investigation, “Travelling Trout”, looked at the necessary conditions for trout to spawn.



“I worked on it for two months. I’d taken up fly fishing with my dad. We’d seen news articles that said that they thought the reason was to do with water temperature. So that became my hypothesis.”



The top technology exhibit was the creation of year 7 student Hamish Dodd. He looked at inventing an air pump that didn’t cause back strain, after his dad asked him to inflate an airbed that they needed to check. “My next step is to look for advice from an engineering expert,” he reflected.



The science exhibits were judged by the principal, Mrs Deborah Epp, who has a science teaching background, Mrs Janet Nairn, former Head of Science at Rotorua Boys High School, and Mrs Barbara Jenks, a former Science teacher at Rotorua Lakes High School.



Students at Mokoia Intermediate are being prepared for a world “where science and innovation will be an increasingly important part of daily life,”(Lesley Middleton, Ministry of Science and Innovation). A recent report by Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor, suggested that “a forward looking science education system is fundamental to our future success in an increasingly knowledge-based world.”



Top exhibits will be entered into the BOP Science Fair in September.



Place-getters:



Science Category:

1st – Matthew Gatenby, “Travelling Trout”

2nd – Olivia Wilson and Jessie Heke, “Swimming in Lake Rotorua”

3rd equal – Tom Waldin and Paddy Baylis, “Bilingual Brain Gym”

3rd equal – Liam Mowbray, “Blazing Fire”

Highly commended – Kirsten Purdie, Jaime Thorby, Monica Stevenson, Tenaya Chater, Debra Edwards, Samantha Meredith and Abbey Lawrence



Technology Category:

1st – Hamish Dodd, “The Super Pump”

2nd – Paula Lee, “Algae Eco Friendly Paper”

3rd – Rose Pickernell and Charlotte Ennor, “Comfy Cleaners”

Highly Commended – Luke Gordon, “Instant Life Jacket”



Article posted July 20, 2011 at 09:35 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 332



Article posted July 13, 2011 at 05:05 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 65

Our cross country team had a lot of success at this year's inter-school event:

Placings:

YR 7 GIRLS

Ella Fookes - 2nd

Libby Carr - 11/42

Eve Battersby - 18/42

YEAR 7 BOYS

John Richardson - 2nd

Hayze Perham - 15/39

Hayden Everiss - 26/39

YEAR 8 GIRLS

Tasha Goodwin - 15/41

Annaliese Heuvel - 24/41

Priyal Jeram - 17/41

YEAR 8 BOYS

Jack Sargison - 2nd

Josh Sargison - 19/39

Jeremy Whiting - 21/39



Article posted July 13, 2011 at 05:05 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 65



Article posted June 22, 2011 at 03:21 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 53

We held our talent quest finals today - and the judges have a hard decision to make! Watch this space...



Article posted June 22, 2011 at 03:21 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 53



Article posted June 19, 2011 at 09:41 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 45

Every year the Reading Association holds the Daily Post Newsteam competition at the Sportsdrome.



We entered two teams - Mokoia 1 members were Paula, Arjhan and Emma with Madison as reserve. Mokoia 2 was Paddy, Matthew and Kirsten, with Isobel as reserve.



Our Year 7 team came up trumps with a second place - not bad!



Thanks to Gaye Comber, Sharon Joyce and Clare Baylis for their coaching.



Article posted June 19, 2011 at 09:41 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 45



Article posted June 19, 2011 at 08:57 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 42

The rain held off...so off they went! After weeks of training, including several whole school road runs, the annual cross country took place. It included a circuit of neighbouring farmland. Thanks to teachers and parents who manned the course, supervising road crossings, making sure the course was well marked, holding first aid kits and cycling alongside to encourage our runners.



Jack Sargison and Tasha Goodwin were first Year 8 male and female students; John Richardson and Ella Fookes were first Year 7 students. John had the quickest time overall and Ella was fifth fastest.



Thanks to Jane Hull and Del Porter for their magnificent organisation.



Well done to all our runners...many of you managed to complete a personal goal.





Article posted June 19, 2011 at 08:57 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 42



Article posted May 14, 2011 at 07:40 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 105

Mrs Hyde went to some of our winter sports to see our students in action. In spite of a day which gave us dense fog in the morning and some very heavy showers, the weather held off for these events...phew!



Article posted May 14, 2011 at 07:40 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 105



Article posted May 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 46

P3 and P4 students put this presentation together for the Anzac Commemoration assembly.



Article posted May 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 46



Article posted April 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 55





(If you can't see this it's because YouTube is blocked at your school.)

Article posted April 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 55



Article posted April 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 46

Article posted April 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 46



Article posted April 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 43

What a huge surprise!



We knew we had a special assembly with a presentation from the SPCA - but we didn't know that Norm Hewitt was coming! Ex All Black, captain of the Hurricanes and winner of "Dancing with the Stars", Norm and his companion Shelley kept us enthralled with their message about the importance of pets - "one of the family".



You will see by the faces that the students were thoroughly entertained by the stories of Norm's childhood. He used humour to give us some important messages about having goals and looking after family.



At the end, Mrs Hyde and Mr law had to dance, followed by Norm with Chetique from K3.



Our students farewelled Norm and Shelley with a heartfelt haka. He completed the morning by being photographed with the House Captains to whom he had presented badges.



What an amazing way to finish the term!







Article posted April 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 43



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