Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Spy mission to Peachgrove

Moving on to intermediate school!
We sent one of our Year 6 students to Peachgrove on a spy mission to check out Peachgrove Intermediate School.  Many of the Year 6 students from our school will be going there next year. I wonder how they are feeling about the next step in their learning journey...?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hiwi the Kiwi

We had a minstrel come to our school to entertain us and teach us some important things about fishing.  Here are some of the things we thought and learned  (including some comments from our Rm 10 guests) .

That was fun and I liked how we could join in - Jayden (Rm 10)

Always remember to wear your lifejacket when you go fishing – Lyrica

Only put fresh water on salt water fish immediately before you eat it – Christopher (Rm 10)

I liked singing the disgusting song about eating bugs and having our ‘style’ guitar faces. Lacey (Rm 10)

I learnt that you are never allowed to fish in a marine reserve – Daniel D

Always take a ruler with you to measure the fish. – Esitia

Pick fish up with a wet towel so it doesn’t hurt the fish.  If you do it with a dry towel the fish’s scales might come off and you could hurt the fish - Chloe 

Take ice to keep your fish cool so it stays fresh - Saalihah.

Keep salt water fish on salted ice – Pengshen (Rm 10)

Take a ruler to measure your fish to check if it is the right size - Ella

Wash salt water fish in salt water – Alexis.

I liked it when we were doing the actions and singing to the Kaimoana song - Niaana

Friday, November 1, 2013


At our school we are having a pumpkin growing competition.  All of the classes have a plant and everybody wants to win.  In room 8 we have been researching how to grow our pumpkin and we found some information but we're not going to tell ANYBODY our secrets.  We haven't had a chance to plant it yet, and we didn't put it outside either.  But we're still going to win!  (We hope....)

Mother Duck

Children from the Kauri classes were leaping over the skipping rope; throwing javelins, balls and frisbees; and running excitedly around Putikitiki field training for athletics day when to our surprise, we saw a brave mother duck with her six ducklings making their way through all the activities.  We think this mother duck has been here before because she clearly trusts that the Hamilton East School children will look out for her and her new little ducklings.

We briefly stopped doing our jumping practice to let them get past safely.

Friday, September 13, 2013


Our weekly poem this week is 'First Day' by John Parker and he used an alliteration to describe learning to ski.

"I fall and flounder and flop and flag"

Here are some alliterations we wrote ourselves:

Ella: Big bubbles blowing in the breeze.

Liam: Big buzzing bumble-bees busy in the blossom

Lucy: Small scruffy snuffling Smittens scampering along

Rebecca:  Small shining stars shimmering in the sky.

Lyrica:  Big bumble-bees buzzing in the bright sky.

Daniel G: One fly flies faster than a Ferrari

Braden:  Sloppy shoes squeak in the hall.

Felicia:  Rabbits roam 'round roses.

Allyana:  Small shoes skipping in the slime.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cross-country winners!

Well done to all the children who participated in the cross-country race on Friday.  Many of us achieved your personal goals which we had set earlier this term.  Here are the top 6 finishers in years 5 and 6.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cross Country Training

Room 8 have been training hard for the upcoming cross-country race.  We do a fitness session with Les Mills instructors on Monday, run laps around the field and up the hills at school and play running games on the other days of the week.  Some of the students in Room 8 are even more committed to training and have been doing laps during their lunch break.  
Here we are playing a game where we had to find the order of the colours on the master sheet.  It was hot work!

Come and support us when we race on the 6th of September.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Our Buddy Class - Room 16

Our buddy class visits us sometimes.  They have been to see Smittens the rat who visited our class in Term 1.  A group of readers from Room 16 come to our class every day to share their reading.  They have a regular reading buddy from our class who helps them read by listening and helping them sound out their words.  We encourage them by giving them positive feedback.  We also ask them questions about their stories and have little conversations too

Here are some photos of when all of the children from Room 16 came to share their reading books with us.