Friday, 21 October 2016


Each week, we will be working in different groups to get ready for next year. Year 3 students came to Matariki and Mahutonga and spent some time reconnecting and getting to know the people, the teachers and the space. Today in our transition time we did an experiment:


Leola: It is going to make a rainbow.

Alastair: The colours will mix together in different shapes.

Nela: the milk will change colour.

Lily Ji: I think it will explode.

Rim: I thought it would turn brown.

Elliot: It will swirl around the bowl because of the chemical.

This is what we think about transition:

Georgina: It was fun and I like connecting with the people in Mahutonga.

Eva: It is fun. We meet new people and we get to do experiments.

Eden: I liked working with new people in a new space.

Liam: I thought that it was fun. It’s good to make new friends and get to know the space more. Next year I will know what to do when I am in the seniors.

Talia: It is helpful because next year we will know other people. We know who we can play with and we might make new friends.

Lily Ji: I really like "wake up your brain". It really does wake up my brain.

Ridley: It is good because we did experiments and milk spread into different colours.

Katherine: We got to know the space more.

Kirsty: It was fun. It is helpful for next year because we get to work with new people.

Matilda: I like transition time. I like to choose what to do for exercise. Drama was really fun.

Ruby: I really like it. Yoga was really fun.

Eastern Zones Floorball

Here are some more photos from the Eastern Zones Floorball tournament. Thanks again to all our parent helpers who provided support and transport.

Here is some feedback from the students...

"It was really fun trying floorball for the first time, I had to use my perseverance!"
"I had to use my courage and bravery as goalie because you would worry about letting in goals and your team being upset with you. It's also kind of scary when the ball comes flying at you."
"Every one was really supportive and most of the other teams were good sports."
" You're running around frantically with a stick and it is a lot of fun. It feels very rewarding when you manage to shoot a shot past your opponents goalie."

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Very Silly Poems!

Very Silly Poems from Matariki on Vimeo.

More From the Kitchen! Bread!

Molly, Raiha, Mia, Milla Bread Inquiry from Matariki on Vimeo.

Silly Poems

Some Very Silly Poems

In Smago town
We go round and round
All in Sombreros

And when the pit go pop
We all do the flop
Before the Sagosack
Catches us!

Listen to the whole of the poem and more on the clip.

Wonderings about developing business ideas (goods and services)

We have started a new Inquiry looking at a provocation that… Money makes the world go round!

The two main areas of study will be:
 - Exploring how money works
 - Designing a product or service, developing business ideas.

We have started gathering initial wonderings and questions. Please add your own.

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Wonderings about money

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Making a Contribution - Student Council

 This week we got into our new Student Council groups, with the new leaders. The leaders all did a quick presentation about what they thought was important about the role and what they thought they could bring to it. Then we got to work, sorting out priorities for the term and rosters as to who would do what jobs, or brainstorming what the priorities for the group should be.

The groups are:
 - Library
 - ICT
 - PALs
 - Gardens
 - Compost
 - Trapping
 - Outdoor classroom
 - Choir
 - Social

If you have any skills or tools that you would like to share with the students to help with any of these groups, please let John, Gabrielle or Hamish know.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Getting ready for next year

Today we got together with the Year 3, 4 and 5 students to start getting to know each other and work together. Today we started by looking at what character strengths animals have.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Kitchen Chemistry: Eggs Eggs Eggs- Making Mayonnaise (eggs as an emulsifier)

Egg egg egg from Matariki on Vimeo.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Year 3/ 4 Sleepover

Happening now: The Year 3/4 sleepover! Sleep well!

Character Day: Nic, Kaths and John's Base Group

Today was Character Day!

Nicola, Kath and John's base group worked together to create some art and music. We made kindness and gratitude cards. We also made some trees for someone that we love.

We made music to go together with a story that we read about bravery and courage:

We learnt this song:

Character Day: Shona and Hamish's Base Groups

Today was Character Day!

In Shona and Hamish's base groups we did all sorts of things to learn about character strengths. We made buscuits for a friend in the group to show kindness. We wrote stories based on character strengths. Ask us what else we did...

Character Day: Scott and Gabrielle’s base groups

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Today was Character Day

Scott and Gabrielle’s base groups worked together today. We started the day with a bridge challenge. Groups were given materials to build a bridge suspended between two chairs.

It was great to see students forming new friendships, taking the lead, showing bravery, and there was loads of creativity in the air!

I really liked working together to build our bridge. - Greta
I enjoyed working with the seniors - Gina
I liked how we could work with people we don’t really know - Tommy
I really liked doing something with new people - Charlotte
The quiz about character strengths was good fun - Tommy
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Flynn's Poem- When you are sleeping

Today in Tautoru, for their reading, they read Flynn's poem, "When you are Sleeping". "We liked it because he chose the best words for the purpose. It also paints a picture in our mind. During Independent writing, some of us decided to write our own scary poems. Thank you for the inspiration Flynn!"

When you are sleeping...

When you are sleeping, sneaking through streets,
Snatching, eating, gobbling, slithering, he whispers,
In Parseltongue “kill, kill, kill, KILL!”
Cats meow, dogs bark, wind flows, rain flies,
Trees drip, no one sees the monsters,
Roaming feet thudding, houses crushing,
Water rising, trees falling, ground ripping.

People growing, ideas flowing, time spinning,
Coming, going in and out, blackness falling over,
Mountains growing, trucks towing,
Rivers Flowing,
Things Roaming.
By Flynn, WBS,  (Year 4)