Thursday, 7 July 2016

Making a difference - Planting the Dunes

On Tuesday, we headed down to Worser Bay Beach to do some work to protect the sand dunes. A big thanks to Joachim from Te Motu Kairangi (Miramar Ecological Restoration) and Brian Thomas from Wellington City Council for providing us with both plants and their time.

First we noticed there was a need to weed the dunes. While we were doing that, we discovered there was an abundance of snails in the dunes. Joachim also works at Wellington Zoo and said that the tuatara at the zoo love to eat snails. He invited us to capture snails to be taken for the tuatara - this offer was taken up with enthusiasm.

We had a few different types of plants to put into the dunes and in small groups we started to do this. First separating the soil, then taking the plants out of the bags and putting them in the soil and compacting it down. Later in the day small groups helped to plant the area below bottom grass with some small trees.

While all this was going on, there was also a group doing stage one of the ground clearing for the Lizard Garden (this will be the area below the bottom court as you walk up from the Awa Rd clearing). Look out for the working bee next term to finish this off.

Making a difference - Planting the Dunes

On Tuesday, we headed down to Worser Bay Beach to do some work to protect the sand dunes. A big thanks to Joachim from Te Motu Kairangi (Miramar Ecological Restoration) and Brian Thomas from Wellington City Council for providing us with both plants and their time.

First we noticed there was a need to weed the dunes. While we were doing that, we discovered there was an abundance of snails in the dunes. Joachim also works at Wellington Zoo and said that the tuatara at the zoo love to eat snails. He invited us to capture snails to be taken for the tuatara - this offer was taken up with enthusiasm.

We had a few different types of plants to put into the dunes and in small groups we started to do this. First separating the soil, then taking the plants out of the bags and putting them in the soil and compacting it down. Later in the day small groups helped to plant the area below bottom grass with some small trees.

While all this was going on, there was also a group doing stage one of the ground clearing for the Lizard Garden (this will be the area below the bottom court as you walk up from the Awa Rd clearing). Look out for the working bee next term to finish this off.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Plastic Free Peninsula Pizza and Movie night


A message from Miranda Struthers...

July is Plastic Free Month and the Worser Bay School community has launched a ‘Plastic Free Peninsula’ campaign. Students, staff and parents are raising awareness about the plastic problem in the Miramar Peninsula coastal environment and are taking action to address the problem and reduce consumption, both at school and at home.

To kick off the campaign a movie and pizza night was held for the school community, showing short films about plastic consumption, its impact on the natural environment and personal stories about how individuals can make a difference. Students and parents were inspired by the event, and motivated to get involved in the campaign. 

On Sunday 3rd July, International Plastic Bag Free day, the school community held a beach clean-up around the Miramar Peninsula. Over 20 large sacks of rubbish were collected and some interesting items were uncovered including a welding mask, complete fishing rod, sailor’s washing machine and parts of an old washed up suitcase. The students then took the rubbish back to school to complete a waste audit of their findings. Hugo M  said "I'm surprised how much rubbish we found. I'm surprised we didn't see it at first till we looked closely, it was tangled in the bushes and wedged between the rocks". 

The Plastic Free Peninsula campaign will continue beyond July and the students are wishing to share the campaign with other schools, businesses and communities on the Peninsula. More activities are being planned in the months to come.
Raffle Prizes- thank you to Jacky for donating the water tank to the school
It's Plastic Free July Are you ready to take the challenge?


The PFP logo was revealed. Thank you to Hunter T who designed the crab and Catherine Hanham for putting this together. 

These are the movies that we showed at the movie night:

Here is a message for us from Melati and Isabel:



Sunday, 3 July 2016

It's Plastic Free July! PFP do a beach clean up!

It's Plastic Free July! To kickstart this event the Plastic Free Peninsula Group did a beach clean up at Worser Bay Beach... 
    


Message from Sophie Williams...

83 of us collected heaps of rubbish today, about 10 sacks full! 

The weirdest things we found were:
A travel washing machine
A welding helmet
half an old wooden suitcase
A bra
A fishing rod covered in tube worms.

Melissa won the prize for most collected
Edward won for unusual small washing machine
Amanda won for unusual Welding mask
Kaia found the suitcase!

Edward and Vicky tidied around a penguin nest. Edward said: "From the sound of it, you could hear babies - squeaks. There was heaps of rubbish around the nesting box: polystyrene, snack packets and heaps of cups".

Great work! So satisfying.

Thank you to all of the families that participated- a real team effort. Such a great turn-out (and so much rubbish collected!), Plastic Free Peninsula is thinking of holding them quarterly. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Learner Attributes continued

Learner Attributes.

We are continuing to explore the Learner Attributes on a daily basis and talking to each other about them and how we can develop them.  They are displayed in so many amazing ways in the classroom and around the school.

I am a Goal Setter:
This piece by Oto shows the intensity of the Taniwha, focusing on achieving its goals.


I am connected:
Charlie, Arabella, Pippa, Janne and Gemma were yelling, “Look how we are connected!”  A lovely expression of the idea of connection spilling over into the playground.


I am Powerful:
Parker’s poster which is his response to the ideas we have been exploring in Inquiry shows that our students want to express their beliefs about what is right and wrong.  We have been thinking about sustainability from many different points of view.  The theme of protecting our environment, and in particular the marine environment was echoed at this week’s Plastic free Peninsular launch.  It’s great to see we are all involved and willing to take some action to express our views.

I am a Thinker:
Thinkers work with ideas: they create and they reflect and they work in with others to make sure their ideas work. Perry is thinking about his role at Capital E.  

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Making a Sports Desk Video

We all had an amazing opportunity to work with the team and equipment at Capital E this week. With a pre-written script, everyone applied for a position that they wanted within the production team, pulling on character strengths to show that they would be able to perform the role well.

There were a huge variety of roles, including director, location director, sound effects, costume, actors, presenters, visual effects, graphic designers, camera operators, actors and, of course, reporters. Most children had a clear preference for either an onscreen or offscreen role.  Everyone had to work together as a team to have a successful show.

On the morning before we headed off there were a lot of butterflies in stomachs! When we returned, the number one question was, can we do that next year? A big thank you to all the parents who came and helped out.

Have a look at our productions...








Saturday, 25 June 2016

Te Papa Trip




We had a wonderful time visiting Te Papa yesterday to learn more about Matariki. Thank you to all of our parent support! 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Wig Wednesday

On Wednesday, we raised our awareness of those suffering from cancer, and money to support the Child Cancer Foundation. In Matariki Mahutonga we practiced empathy by doing a quick write on Tuesday about what it would be like to lose your hair. Then, on Wednesday, Stephanie spoke to everyone about being in the maintenance phase of her treatment and what that meant for her. She displayed some of the bravery that she's had to call on in her treatment by sharing her story with us. Thanks everyone for your great and enthusiastic support of the day!

Stephanie's leukaemia journey from Matariki on Vimeo.


"Thank you Stephanie for coming to talk to us about your journey"

Matariki - kite flying

Kite Flying 1 from Matariki on Vimeo.
Last Friday the day looked great - no rain and windy. There was an enormous whanau turnout to come down to the beach and share kai with each other. The big remaining question was ... would the kites fly?

The results were variable! There was lift off and one flew successfully in a traditional kite manner (high in the sky), others spun in decreasing circles or never made it far off the ground. Next time ... maybe: more attention to tails and the balance they bring to a kite; lighter materials; or some different designs?

The kites were beautifully decorated to remember our ancestors. But what great enthusiasm and persistence was shown by all to endeavour to get their kite to fly. It was a great coming together as a community in our special place to celebrate a special time, and that is what Matariki is all about.

Statistical Investigation: How Much Do We Use?

How Much do We Use?

This investigation is looking at how we use resources at Worser Bay School.  We are interested in whether or not we are wasting resources, whether we are becoming more conscious of looking after our environment and whether or not we can do anything to improve the way we use resources.   Everybody is finding information, asking questions, surveying people about their opinions and attitudes so that we can get a full picture of what is happening.  
Investigating the Recyling.  How much paper have we put in the recycling this week?  How was it used?

Some Amazing facts:
  • We use about 950,000 litres of water each year
  • It takes about 10 litres of water to make one sheet of white A4 paper
  • We use about 500,000 sheets of paper each year

We will be sharing some of our results with you next week.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Kite Making for Matariki

Kite Building for Matariki

As our Matariki project this year we have been making kites.  Maori sometimes flew kites during Matariki as a way of connecting with the heavens, thinking about and remembering the Tipuna who have gone before us.
We spent the last two days making the kites.  First of all we learnt about the principles of flight: Lift vs Gravity, Thrust vs Drag and we have tried to keep these ideas in mind as we designed and built. Great energy has gone into the project.

Making a Manu Tukutuku.

Today we will find out if they fly!  Fingers crossed!

Great team work!

Cross Country

Amazing Running!

We competed in the Eastern Zone Cross Country last week giving our very best in the muddy conditions.  Congratulations to all who completed the course displaying that learner attribute  I am Powerful. Special mention for Stirling who made it though to the Interzone event which will be held next week.


Focus……..

Power…….
Energy and grace!

Dart Flying Poetry

Dart Flying Poetry:

We did a quick write after flying the paper planes.  These poems came out of that experience.

It flew, it blew, it took a gust of wind
Went high, went low, it took a gust of wind
Turned round, turned a loop it took a gust of wind
Took up, to fly,
With a gust of wind.          By Lucas

Tumbling downwards
Falling like a large lead brick
Along with my hopes

As the plane crashes
I fume quietly in my head
Stupid paper dart                 By Ben

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Flying paper planes






As we'll be making small and large kites to fly to celebrate Matariki this week, today we looked at how flight works. We brainstormed to see what understanding we already had, then watched this video about how planes fly.

Then we made our own paper planes. We went outside and had a flying competition. The planes went in all different directions: one flew from by Tautoru to the doors of Mahutonga, some went backwards in large spirals, some hit the ground fast, and others caught the wind for a while and then sank. It was loads of fun.


We'll be talking further about the language of flight as we make our kites this week.



Thursday, 9 June 2016

Clay Words: Learning about Word Families

Clay Words: Making Word Families

We have been making word families out of clay to reinforce some of the spelling rules.  It is a creative way to embed some of the things that we find difficult.  Danny and Perry have been helping us learn how to do it.

Learning about the past tense……..