Saturday, 4 July 2015

Wellington Indian Sport Centre: Who is in our community?

Wellington Indian Sport Centre     

On Wednesday Asha, Eloise, Frankie, and Gretel went to Wellington Indians Sport Centre

We spoke to the president of WISC, her name was Hansa Parbhu. One of the questions we asked her was how old is WISC? And the answer was 23 years old since we have developed it into a Sport and Cultural Centre. We then asked What was here before WISC? And the answer was a Vacuum Cleaner factory! We learnt a lot about going to this place. Me, Eloise and Frankie play for Indians and we learnt a lot more about the turf as well. We learnt that it was a Concrete area before renovation and it took around 3~4 Months to make it a turf! It was really fun and interesting!

By Gretel

Friday, 3 July 2015

Doodle 4 Google

We have started to design our Doodle 4 Google artworks. The theme was "If I could go back in time..." We had to write about what we would do in 50 words or less. You can see some of our designs in the presentation. 

By Hayley

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Interview with Jason about when he went to school at Worser Bay: Who is in our community?

Alex, Lucie and Gemma were interviewing Jason (Lucie’s dad) so that we could find out more about Worser Bay School and about the Miramar Peninsula. Jason went to Worser Bay School so he told us about his school days. He told us what it was like when he was there.  
The Miramar Peninsula wasn't that different then. Worser Bay School was very different than it is now. At the top court there was a pool, but then it got drained out in 2001 so we can’t swim at Worser Bay School now. The keys to get into the pool were only five dollars for the whole summer. You had to return the key when the summer was over. He liked most of his teachers. One of his teachers was Teddy’s grandma, her name was Mrs Stanley. Thanks for your time Jason!

By Lucie, Gemma and Alex P.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Planning our own trip: The Roxy- who is in our community?

 On Monday the 29th, Asha, Frankie, Chanel, Eloise and Gretel went on a trip to the Roxy to find out more about the history of the site.

We found out that there was a cinema at the same place as Roxy in 1928 it, then closed down in 1964 because at that time people started getting television and there wasn't enough money to keep the business going. It was  then just an empty site until the owners of the Roxy now came along and decided to build another cinema on top. They removed each wall brick by brick, but left the wall where you come in.

We got a tour of the projection room. They were screening The Minion movie. Valentina showed us how the machines worked!
It was so dark!
By Asha and Frankie

Trip to the Roxy from Matariki on Vimeo.

Roxy - By Gretel and Eloise

On Monday 29th  we went to Roxy to find out more about the site and building.
Before the Roxy was built, in 1924  there used to be a building called the Capitol Theatre. The Capitol Theatre closed down in 1964 because people started getting television and there wasn’t enough money to keep a Cinema going.

After the cinema closed the space was divided into seven different spaces all for different shops and it became a mini mall area.

In 2009 they took down the Old Cinema/Shopping Malls but they kept the front wall where you walk in! It took one year to plan and one year to build! Roxy then opened in 2011.
The first Movie they showed when Roxy opened was King Kong  premiere and that was sold out! The other times that they were sold out were when the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Tintin were showing. Overall, we all found it very interesting and we got to go into the projecting room! Minions was showing in Cinema one!

By Gretel and Eloise

Newlands Mystery Skype

Some of us Mystery Skyped a class from Newlands Primary School. We recorded our progress on Twitter 
It was fun having to research and find places on a map.  We took turns and asked questions to each other to narrow it down until we got the correct school.

Newlands mystery Skype from Matariki on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Librarian Morning Tea

On Friday we had a morning tea for the librarians to celebrate our hard work. We issue books, return books, rearrange and make sure that everything is in the right place. By Meg

Friday, 26 June 2015

Game of guess who?

In our writing lessons, we have been learning how to write in the "third person." We wrote a description of ourselves without naming them and then we handed them to Nicola. She mixed them up and read them out. We had to guess who the person was. Then we decided to use puppet pals to publish them. By George 

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Whangarei Mystery Skype

Using Twitter to record our progress

Some of us Mystery Skyped a class from Whangarei Primary School. We recorded our progress on Twitter @MatarikiWBS #mysteryskype. It was fun having to research and find places on a map.  We took turns and asked questions to each other to narrow it down until we got the correct school.

Whangarei mystery Skype from Matariki on Vimeo.

Today's Assembly 26.6.15

Thank you to our fabulous presenters and people who shared their learning today at assembly

. We all loved the dancing! Well done to all of those children who received Principal Awards for persevering.
Amazing assembly from Matariki on Vimeo.

Student Run Workshops: Writing a book review

We ran a workshop about how to write a book review. We gave the people in the workshop templates to help them. By Asha

We had to write a book review. We had to call the workshop leaders by their surnames. We wrote about our favorite books and whether we would recommend the books to other people. I learnt that you have to talk about the action and the main characters. By Lucie

I liked this workshop because you learnt how to write a book review and the template helped us with the layout. By Anna

Writing A Book Review from Matariki on Vimeo.

Library Visit: Weds- Who is in our community?

Anna- I learnt that where the Miramar library is now, it used to be a lake. I enjoyed the walk and the talk from Sharon. I am interested in the library (I am doing the Library research). My next steps are to go to the library and interview at least two librarians and ask them questions about their past and their job!

Khailin: I liked learning about Miramar’s past.

Charlie P:  I liked learning about how the library used to be a lake & more!

Zoe.R: I learned a lot about what Wellington used to look like and what Wellington used to look like and what it look likes now. The librarian told us a lot about Miramar. Definitely check out the Miramar Library! 

Blake: I learnt that the Miramar library used to be under a swamp. I also looked at a book with some friends and it was about what Wellington used to look like in the past and what it looks like now!

Alex P: I really like learning about Miramar Peninsula, the library & the lake

Library from Matariki on Vimeo. By Asha


Do you think you will make a great student councillor for Worser Bay School?

We have had a very motivated group of student councillors who over the past year have worked hard, fundraising, organising events and representing the students of our school.
However it is now time to select a new student council who will be able to represent to voice of the students at Worser Bay School over the coming year.

If you would like to apply for the new student council, you need to be:
  • a good communicator who is able to connect with children and adults across the school. 
  • an excellent team player, 
  • organised and able to meet deadlines,
  • passionate about wanting to contribute towards improving our school community
  • currently in Y3-6.

Please apply in writing to Jude and Danny by Friday Term 3 Week 1, telling us why you feel you should be selected for this role.
You can email your letter to Jude, and Danny, or hand in person by Friday 17th July, Term 3 Week 1.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Stepping Out Dance

Chanel: Yesterday we did some dance, Dean and  Ezra came in to show us some hip hop
Then we played a game called copycat, we had to copy everything Dean was doing, it was fun and they were wearing tuxedos.

Perry: The dancing was fun!

Blake: Yesterday the seniors and juniors did some hip hop. There were two people who came in and there name’s were Dean and Ezra to be honest, I thought it was even better than the hip hop lessons that I do. When I first saw them, I thought one of them was the prime minister of another country or something like that, but when we got out there it turned out that they were just  hip hop dancers.

Lucas: I liked how we had to copy Dean and Ezra.

Frankie: Yesterday we did some dancing some people named  Dean and  Ezra came in to show us some hip hop that they made up. We played a game called copycat we had to copy everything that Dean was doing, it was fun and it was funny because they were wearing tuxedos while dancing.

TakehisaI liked the dance and copying what Dean and Ezra. Also, I enjoyed dancing really cool.   All of the dance that we did was tricky and hard to remember and dance.  I had lots of fun dancing to hip hop with Dean and Ezra because sometimes we had to dance really fast. I couldn't see the bit where Dean’s fingers were creepy. (Because I was on road patrol.)

Gretel: I really enjoyed them and I think everyone else did!

Molly A: We all made mistakes, but we just kept trying.

Louis: I had lots of fun doing the dance!

Dance weds arvo from Matariki on Vimeo.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Mystery Skype with St Teresa School in QLD

Today, We had another Mystery Skype. We took turns asking other schools yes or no questions, we gave each other a couple of clues, but the rest was used Chromebooks and google maps as tools.

We asked....

- Are you from New Zealand?
- Are you in Asia?
- Are you a Catholic school?
- Are you intermediate?
... and other questions.

The school was Saint Teresa in Monto, Queensland.
They guessed us before we guessed them. We guessed just after them.

By Asha

Mystery Skype #3 from Matariki on Vimeo.

Today's Visitor: Robert Gordon

Molly A: Today a man called Robert came in and talked to us about his radio career. He tried to get a licence to be on the radio but he failed. You need a license for getting a radio station so you don’t do anything nasty. He talked about when he started trying out for a radio station and when he stopped.

Josie & Millicent: A man called Robert came into school to talk about his radio life. He talked about what he enjoyed about it. He talked about how competitive the radio industry was. When he was at university, he started a pirate radio station. His station was soon closed down by the post office because they did not have a licence so they didn't say nasty thing about other people. They were on television once because of his station and they had to wear stockings over their heads so people didn’t know who they were.

Liv: It was so exciting! He also mentioned the fact that he wanted to play sports but didn’t because his brother was better than him and he didn’t want to show that to others. But then his brother hurt his hip and now Roberts probably better than his brother now.

Danielle: Now he is working behind a desk at a computer helping people at the Commerce Commission.

Charlie: Robert wanted to play sports, but he didn’t because his brother was better than him so he didn’t want to embarrass himself.

Takehisa: I liked the bit where he talked about Tennis and other sport stuff.

Elliot: I like the part when he talked about using American accents and he changed his voice lots.

Jack: I liked the talk about the radio stations and how they have changed over time. He was really interesting because he told good stories.

Hanne-I liked how Robert was very interested in radios and I liked how funny he was!

Khailin: I liked learning about the radio stations. And how they became so popular. Angelina: I liked learning about the radio it was very funny to listen to him talking in funny accents.It was fun hearing about radio.

Message from Robert, "This morning I went to Worser Bay school and talked to lots of children there.  The class was very welcoming and made me comfortable talking about myself and things I have done in radio. The questions the children asked were excellent! Amongst other questions, I was asked about my music preferences when I was at university, whether I played an instrument, and whether I was still kept up the friendship with the radio people I worked with. They were all great questions that help understand what the person talking to them is like and what makes them tick.

After I finished talking to them, the children clapped and sang to me wonderfully. And then, in the afternoon they published a blog article about my talk. My workmates at the Commerce Commission were most impressed!"

A big thank you to Robert for coming in to talk to us. Here is a song to say thanks...

Singing from Matariki on Vimeo.