Thursday, 27 August 2015

Wake your brain up: Netball

We did netball this morning as part of our "wake your brain up activity" this morning. We have been learning how to shoot, pass and defend. 

Netball from Matariki on Vimeo.

Sportsfest: Miniball

Poets Shout Out!

Over the last few weeks we have met all sorts of incredible people, each with their own amazing story to tell.  We have been writing poems from these people’s points of views, using their ‘voice’, trying to understand what it must be like to live through these experiences.  
So what have we been actually learning? We have been:
  • developing empathy
  • showing manaakitanga, uplifting the mana of others  
  • becoming writers with important things to say
  • becoming aware of issues of fairness and justice
  • understanding that there is a course of action if you feel that something is wrong or unfair
  • learning about different community groups which are part of Miramar and considering the needs of these people
It is exciting to see people motivated and inspired in their learning and quite moving to read the poems they have been working on.

not a penny, 
no one to notice me, 
box as my home, 
best friend is a stone, 
my home is not like one of your
zap zap 
no drip drip fancy
no one notices me
I am homeless
by Ben

I am Homeless

I wake same old empty stomach,
Scattered leaves no warmth,
Dense bush,
Over head,
Sunlight streams,
Gentle trickle,
None of last night snack,

Deserted forest,

Sadness takes over again,

No place of my own,
No home,

Birds whistling

Only spirited thing,
My only belongings,




Rags for clothes,

No one cares,

No one,

No one noticed me,
I’m all alone,
All I am is homeless,

By Emma  

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Times Tables

We are practising our times tables. We are drawing them on the ground to make sets of numbers.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Monday, 24 August 2015

Maths Multiplication Methods

Using materials to help us solve x problems. We are practising using repeated addition.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Transition Friday

Today, the seniors and Year 3's did awesome transitions! Year 3 came into Matariki and Mahutonga.

Scott did music, Ruth did drama, Nicola and Hamish shared the poem, "the Jabberwocky" and then children made up their own creatures!

We are in random group mixed up so we can try out working with different people!

By Alex P and Charlie


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Music from Matariki on Vimeo.

A day in the city

The Big trip
We got to the film archives and went into the cinema. We learnt about film (That is what  they used before they got TV ). Then we saw some videos from 90 years ago when the film was still in black and white. At the end of our time there we watched a weird and funny advert for Wellington. Then we left to go to Te papa.
We went to the refugee exhibition at Te Papa and we had to write about someone that left their country and family members.  (That are having bad lives in their home country) The way we wrote about the people was we need to write their name, where they are from and the reason that they left.  We also needed to write a poem that one of the refugees wrote.
We get into the Gallipoli and see all the realistic sculptures. The second room had a story about the guy whose statue was in the first room. After that there was a room with another statue which was an old army soldier kneeling next to a dead soldier whose face and chest were covered with a cloth and the dead soldier had a really really bad wound on his left knee. As we headed to the cave  you could feel the ground shaking as you walked. On the side of the wall you could see videos playing of the war. You could actually see the bombs, bullets and inside the guns were freaky.
The reason we did this trip is because of our school focus. It is “who is in the community?” The film archives and Te Papa is part of our community and both tell us about the past and stories about people.

By Manaia and Hanne  

Finding out people's stories from Matariki on Vimeo.

A day in the city from Matariki on Vimeo.

Gallipoli exhibition from Matariki on Vimeo.

Te Papa & Film Archive Trip, Friday

On Friday the 14th Mahutonga and Matariki went on an Inquiry trip to Te Papa and Film Archive.

First, we went to the Film Archive and the owner of the Film Archive talked to us about old Films and Discs. He showed us the bigger version of a CD and the timeline of how long it has been in between each time that stuff got created.

We also went to Te Papa and saw the Gallipoli Exhibition, and The Immigration/ Refugee area. At the Gallipoli Exhibition were looking at what it would of been like in war and how people have come from a long way away just to help the country and community. At the Immigration, Refugee area we were looking at the life that other people have had lives that we think are terrible. We were also finding their stories and their perspective of their life.

By Gretel and Eloise

Refugee Centre Visit

Harua and Fahima came in from the refugee services. They talked to us about what they do there. They help people that have come from overseas. People that have come from overseas usually have problems in their own countries for example, war. Fahima and her husband, had to leave her country and travel for 25 hours over mountains with 5 children, including a 2 month old baby. She travelled from Kabul to Pakistan.

By Evie

Nicky Hager's Visit

Nicky Hager's Visit By Gretel

On Wednesday we had Nicky Hager come in and talk to us about what he does as a job and a living. He told us two examples of what he did and then one of what we could do to help.

The first one was about how he helped stop Nuclear Weapons coming in to New Zealand from over in Great Britain and America. Nicky and his friends took little boats out from Worser Bay to try to stop massive warships, as high as a three story building coming into the harbour. This attracted attention from the Newspapers and soon everybody had an opinion on the issue.

His second example was to help save New Zealand's Native forests from getting chopped down. This is also related to the guy who climbed up the Kauri and stayed up there for three days to stop it from being cut down. The whole idea was to get attention so more people would know about it and it would be in the News on the Radio or wherever they would get attention.  This is how ordinary people can bring about change.

He also told us about his work as a writer in which he has to be an ‘Information Detective’, searching for clues in documents in the Parliamentary Library, as much looking for what has been written as for what has been left out.

He suggested that if we felt something was unfair we could take some action too.  That might just involve helping people out, like when we did the baking for the church or just asking good questions which make people think about what is fair.  It’s another type of Manaakitanga.

By Gretel

Nicky Hager from Matariki on Vimeo.

Assembly by Liv and Chester

This morning we had a brilliant assembly. Autahi shared some great lighthouse art. Tautoru shared some writing about the community they also shared a song about a doughnut shop. Matariki and Mahutonga shared some poems. We sang a new song called Budapest. Hamish had a huge pile of awards to give out! The focus has been on using Maanakitanga.

by Liv and Chester

Thursday, 20 August 2015


On Wednesday, Abuzadu a dance instructor from Brazil taught us some simple moves. The moves he taught us were cartwheels, a spin while we are sitting and handstand. He is freakishly talented in the skill he has been practicing the art for 13 years. He can also do a cartwheel on his pinkie and backflips and side flips.

By Hunter and Jack
Capoeira from Matariki on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Eastern Zones Swimming

Eastern Zones Swimming Blurb- By Gretel

On Thursday we had Eastern Zones Swimming at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre. I was placed 3rd in 50M Year 6 Girls race and just missed out on going into the final. I also did a relay and the Year 6 Girls relay were the only relay team from Worser Bay. We were placed 5th in this and we were about 1 second behind fourth. We had a lot of fun at the pool on Thursday.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Training for the Regional Sportsfest

We are busy getting ready for the Regional Sportsfest. Students having been running drills and sharing their expertise. We hope to get trials completed on Thursday.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

@kidsedchatnz This week: Reading

Wednesday's @kidsedchatnz is all about reading... We have put the questions on the padlets below. We are looking forward to hearing what you have to say about reading...

Share a favourite quote from a character in a book you loved reading about.