Lately Matakana Pod have been to the museum and doing art about birds like the Tui, Fantail, Dove, Blackbird, Pukeko and lots more. On the art they wrote the name of the bird, a picture of the bird, 5 key facts, the habitat and distinctive features.
Matakana Pod have also been tracing around their hands and doing pretty patterns on them. They all are so different and amazing! Great job Matakana Pod!!!!
By School Reporters Nylah and Ruby.
All the Year 5 & 6 students went on camp at Finlay Park. This is what happened.
During camp, the students all participated in fun activities. One of which was the water slide rotation. In this activity the kids would go down both the hydroslide = (extreme) and the blackslide = ( easy ). After that, they would go to the heated pool and relax.
Another activity was Animal survival this was when all of the kids would be numbered from top to bottom in the food chain. A wild dog being one of the most predatorial. The adults would be labeled as hunter, flood, fire and disease. All of which could take any animals life. Spread across Skull Island would be 8 food stations and the one who gets the most food station would win the game.
One more out of the 6 activities was Go-Karts. Go-Karts was where you had a partner and you hopped in a Go-Kart with a helmet and hand straps. Then one person would drive around a track 2 time then swap over and the other person would have a go. Personally I (Abby) loved the Go-Karts.
All of the students slept in rooms of bunk beds. The girls slept in apartments upstairs above the dining room and the boys slept in cabins around the camp. Some students slept in river cabins.
At camp there were many fun activities. All the students loved camp. Thank you to all the parents that came and thank you to all of the teachers and all the activity leaders.
By School Reporters Abby Osborne & Devon Deas
Malo lei lei! ( Hello/ Greetings )
This week was Tongan Language week so we went around the school and interviewed students about what they were doing in their classes.
Room 19 were learning how to pronounce greetings and numbers in Tongan.
Matakana were doing Tongan lessons. They were learning greetings, goodbyes, numbers. There are Tongan students in their class who we interviewed.
Room 8-9 are doing flag art as well as learning the Tongan language.
Kaimai has been learning the Tongan language and doing quizzes to help remember them.
Room 21 have been colouring flags and collecting information about Tonga whilst also learning the native Tongan language.
By School Reporters Devon & Abby
We have been doing fun and amazing art for the first block, such as string art, blow art and hand doodle art. The string art was a quick thing to do, but a lot of students enjoyed it. They loved playing with the thread, and making unique patterns and different colours.They loved blowing into a straw and spreading the dye. But the art that took the LONGEST was the hand doodle art. It was mixed with two colours for each one, and HAND a lot of different patterns!
We have also been doing drama. The excitement filled the room with a positive attitude! As soon as we started, we were already buzzing with laughter. The kids were laughing at their acts (like muscle man and walking the catwalk). Kyra and many other people were stuck with the giggles. Next we started being crazy superheroes.
By School Reporters Tianna and Halelya.
On Wednesday 31st of July the Year 5 and 6 had a Netball Tournament in Whangamata. All the teams had to be at the school hall by 7:20am so some lovely parents could drive us. The Year 6 team was one of the first teams to play but lost their game. After the Year 6 team played. The Year 5 had to wait one hour, so we played over the pole. When it was the Year 5 turn to play we tied. After two games of Netball for the Year 5 and four games of Netball for the Year 6, we were all tired. At prize giving the Year 5 were surprised to find out we won our division by one point so we received the trophy! The Year 6’s came third place and Annie and Mercedez got to win a spot prize! The tournament was really fun and tiring. =)
By school reporters Tianna & Halelya.
Recently, Kaimai Pod has been learning about Matariki and some of the different legends that describe Matariki.
Kaimai Pod had also been doing entertaining songs about maths, such as their three times tables as well as their four times tables. Many students in Kaimai Pod have been using Maths Whizz to improve their learning. Some students have also been using hit the button to work on their times tables and dividing.
In literacy, Rooms 27 and 26 have been using Read Theory to improve their reading and knowledge. We have asked a couple students from Kaimai pod about how they think reading can improve their writing. Alexis explains, “ By reading you can learn new words and it can feed your brain with grammar in your writing.” Another classmate, Samuel said, “ I think that reading can improve my writing by giving me a more interesting vocabulary for my writing and can give me a bigger imagination to make my ideas for my writing more interesting.“
Kaimai has also been doing alot of fantastic art! There are optical illusions, cell phones that describe their hobbies, wings with individual feathers and more.
Written by School Reporter Devon and with help from Zoe.
This week, year six students will be participated in cycle safety! On Monday 17th June all participants brought in their bikes (or borrowed one!)
In Cycle Safety, you can’t ride on the road until you learn the main routine. Before you signal you have look, lean your bike and hop on. Then you signal, look and start to ride.
Cycle Safety originated from a lady, Iris Thomas. Her son had been badly injured on a bike ending with brain damage. After this she decided to create a system called “ Cycle Safety “ to teach kids how to stay safe on a bike and to ride on the road without any problems.
Room 20 have been doing a lot of art, this year. For example: dot art. For this, they simply draw a outline of their self-portrait and then colour it in using dots of colourful paint!
This class has also been making funny skits while completing activities for Chapter Chat. These fun tasks based off of a class book named “ Fish in a tree.“ One of the activities was that they would have to attempt to draw what characters / items the book was describing as they read it. There was also an option to create a “ Don’t bully “ Poster.
In maths, they use “ Math Whizz “ to help improve their learning!
In literacy they read school journals including activities for literacy.
Room 20 have also have been doing a recipe for pollution. For this, they are turning rubbish into art!
Zentangle, a colourless image, is created of many, many patterns and designs. Now, this was amazing!
Great job on all of what you have completed this term / year!