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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Did I forget to mention... Swimming Sports!

It all seems so long ago, where jumping in a pool seems like an every minute need with the sweltering sun sending sweat trickling down our backs.

Believe it or not Swimming Sports was a mere few weeks ago, and as hosts of the North Group Swimming, we also got to enjoy ourselves a bit at the end. Afterall swimming is an exhausting sport.








Holy Week

Working hard on our collaborative Holy Week Timeline.

A perfect example of technology and 'old school' techniques working together.

  


Week 8 Life Education

Weeks 8 and 9 saw us enter a classroom inside a bus.

Was pretty cool, with all the pretty lights and interactives.

It was the content that was the most interesting though.

Choices, decisions, rights, responsibilities, leadership... and then some.




Week 7 - Voting for a change...or Not!

This term our Intermediates were involved with their own kids voting referendum called: Kids Vote,

They were tasked with studying the history of NZ's flag as well as other commonwealth flags, what a flag means to a country and essentially how they would like their flag to represent them.

They were also tasked with looking at both sides of the debate, come up with three strong reasons as to why they would be for and against it and then side with what they believed. Next stage was of course, debating and voting.

I had all three classes for this flag referendum, and it was by far the most passion I have seen from a group of students in a long time.

And the result...

Not like the real voting referendum... our Year 7 and 8 students voted in favour of change by 43 to 24.





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Monday, 28 March 2016

So much we have done, so little time to post about it!

Where to start!

Week 6:

In week 6 we were in charge of presenting an assembly to the school.

Room 15 made the decision of sharing The Beatitudes with the school.

I believe one students reasoning for this was "not a lot of people know The Beatitudes like we do, it's our job to share them".

Two amazing things happened that day.

1. Our assembly which was very effective, every class got a poster about The Beatitudes;
2. We won the coveted Class Excellence Award (we were the first class in History to do so).




Thursday, 25 February 2016

Swimming with Room 15

I can't stop smiling... and here's why!

Today marked the dreaded swimming assessment. 200m, or in the case of our tiny 10m pool, 20 laps. When our class first started, only half could swim 100m. It has since been 4 weeks since the beginning of the sessions taught by the wonderful Fulton Swim School. I am so proud of my whole class. Every single one of my room 15 angels improved drastically. The biggest improvement being from only being able to swim 5m to swimming the full 200m without stopping.

I truly believe it's the opportunity to be exposed to the water that develops confidence in the water and thus the improvement follows. Of course being taught the necessities is fundamental, but getting the kids in the water as often as possible has built up their confidence, and that in itself is an achievement.

From a super proud teacher!

Miss Jones

Monday, 22 February 2016

Amie's Story Starter #1

Dear Diary

Today was the worst, it was school photo day.
And it did not go well, it all started when I woke up.

I looked in the mirror and to my disgust there was the biggest, reddest zit on the end of my nose, and so there I was looking like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I decided to stick a skin coloured plaster on my nose, I was sure that wouldn’t show in the photos and it went well with my school uniform.

I arrived at school and everyone, I mean everyone stared at me. I felt like the biggest dork in the world. After a serious meeting with my friends we decided that it was best to keep the plaster on.

Photos were scheduled for after lunch, but the biggest embarrassment of my day happened right before it. I was walking over to the table where my friends and I always sat. As I was talking,  I saw out of the corner of my eye a rugby ball come flying towards me. I knew it wasn’t going to end well.

The ball hit the tray and up went my chocolate yogurt like a volcanic eruption. It was all over me, I was covered head to toe in chocolate yogurt. I burst into tears and ran from the cafeteria as everyone else burst out laughing. My friends and I tried to clean it off as much as we could but I looked like my little brother just after he finished eating spaghetti bolognese. The worst part was that... my blouse was white.

And that's how I looked for my school photos, this day will be documented forever.

I think it’s time I talk to mum about moving schools or maybe countries.

By Amie