Monday, 27 April 2015

If You Learned Here E Book will be published this week...

We have been connecting with other schools across the globe, finding out about life in other schools.  We have contributed towards an ebook and this will be published on Wednesday.  

Beginning at 12 p.m. Central Standard Time, our If You Learned Here global eBook will be available for the world to download and enjoy!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

A time when I was scared...

This week we have been working on personal stories. We have been writing recounts about a time when we were scared. 

We have used our best words and added detail to our writing.

Locked in! By Eloise

The door slammed shut, I heard the lock click shut behind me. I was locked in!
My eyes slowly adjusted to the darkness. I fumbled around for the light switch, finding it I switched it on. A sudden burst of light illuminated the dark room, filling it with bright yellow light. I could now see the wine bottles lined up on the wooden shelves along the rock walls. The dark liquid inside the bottles seemed to glow through the glass armor around them. They just sat on their shelf, waiting. And I would wait with them. How long was I going to be there? Just waiting for someone to rescue me from this small cold room, I couldn't wait any longer. “Mum” I shouted at the top of my voice hearing it echo around the small room. But no one replied.  

My dog by Alexandra

The time is ticking, it feels like hours, but it has only been minutes. I couldn't get to sleep, I wish my dog was here! Suddenly I heard a noise it is a tick ticking noise. I feel scared so I put my blanket over my head. All of a sudden, something jumps on my bed. I scream. I didn’t move. I shouldn’t leave the door open. I peep over my blanket. It’s Harry!
“Come on Harry, you must be hungry.” I go to give him food. I look at my dog, he’s in the middle of the bed and sleeping.   

BIG JUMP by George

My turn! My teeth were chattering together. I think to myself, I’ve had a good life.
Everyone is demanding "JUMP". I’m off I was in the air for so long I could have had a cup of tea and a sandwich. KAPOW! I hit the water with a humongous splash. I’m under the water for a while, like time stopped, I slowly float up. "Yaaay" I hear everyone cheering for me with a sense of relief. I say I'm never doing that again.

The time I was scared by Hayley

One time I went to a forest with my mum and my dog, Jock. There was a pond filled with algae. Splash! My dog fell in. It was the end of him. So I thought to myself, shall I just take my clothes off and jump in or let him die… but he jumped out! And after all that he never went back to the pond in the forest.
Whenever I get scared I think about this, even though it seems like a dream!

Tarzan Swing by Hunter

I quietly shuffle closer and closer to the Tarzan swing, regretfully.  My hands shake, and reach up to the thick mouldy, brown rope. I look back to Dad, he says “You can do it”. I take a deep breath and step backwards for my run-up, curling my legs around the rope, holding on tight. I’m swooping across the river with freedom. Dad was standing on the ledge behind me, he yells “LET GO” so I plop into the cold river. That was awesome, I’m definitely doing that again!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Thursday, 23 April 2015

WBS ANZAC remembrance ceremony

Today we had a ceremony to remember the people who fought in wars. ANZAC day is when we remember all the people who risked their lives for us.

We said our karakia, we heard the bugle, Jude gave a speech and we did one minute of silence.

We put our poppies into the ground in front of the crosses.

By Molly D


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

ANZAC: Remembering people that fought in war

In our reading sessions this week, we have been finding out about ANZAC day.

Has anyone in your family fought in a war? 
We are going to create a remembrance wall to remember people that fought for their country. Please add to our wall by finding photos/ and or a blurb about them.

Here are some examples...

Suzanne’s Poppa - Joseph James Williams

20150419_204030.jpg Lucy’s Poppa Joe was in the Royal NZ Air Force.  He was a flying officer (Aircrew) In World War II 1939-1945.

This is Suzanne’s Papa -  Grandfather.  

Arthur Julian Brooking
Serial No:        25817           Surname:   Brooking                Forename(s):   Arthur
Next of kin on enlistment:      Mrs K. Brooking (mother), Te Araroa, New Zealand Rank:    Private Te Araroa, New Zealand

Papa had experiences with the Maori Battalion, from training in New Zealand in 1940 to fighting in Greece and Crete in 1941 where he was captured. He talked about his time in Germany in a Prisoner of War camp which only ended in 1945,  in the book NGA TAMA TOA - THE PRICE OF CITIZENSHIP - Monty Soutar

Suzanne’s Father - Moana Nui a Kiwa is named after his uncle -

Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu.

Te Moananui Ngarimu was born at Whareponga on the East Coast in 1919. He attended Whareponga and Hiruharama Native Schools and Te Aute College. He then worked on the family farm.

Early in World War II Sir Apirana Ngata convinced the Government to form the 28th New Zealand (Maori) Battalion, organised on a tribal basis and entirely composed of volunteers. Among the earliest to join, Ngarimu signed up in February 1940.

The Battalion left New Zealand in may 1940. Ngarimu subsequently became a second lieutenant and a platoon leader in the C Company, drawn from the Eastern Bay of Plenty, East Coast and Poverty Bay.  

The Maori Battalion was in heavy fighting in Greece, Crete and Libya. In February 1943 C Company officers, including Ngarimu, wrote to Sir Apirana Ngata, ‘the father of the Battalion’, about the many casualties, that wounded men were having to fight, and suggesting that the men needed a rest.

Shortly after this the Battalion went into action in at Tebag Gap, Tunisia. The objective was a hill called Point 209, which the Ngati Porou soldiers named Hikurangi after their mountain at home. Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bennett, wrote of Ngarimu: "Displaying courage and leadership of the highest order, he was himself on the hill crest, personally annihilating at least two enemy machine gun posts".

Although wounded in the shoulder and leg, Ngarimu stayed with his men. ‘Hikurangi’ was attacked many times during the night and Ngarimu led the defence, driving the attackers back with his machine gun and throwing stones in hand-to-hand combat when weapons were disables or grenades had run out.
On the morning of 27 March 1943 the enemy counter-attacked again and Moananui Ngarimu was killed. Later that day the Germans on Point 209 surrendered.

Moananui Ngarimu was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery, determination and outstanding leadership. It was presented to his parents by the Governor General at a large hui at Ruatoria in October 1943. The only Victorian Cross ever awarded to a Maori, it is displayed in the Tairawhiti Museum’s Prize of Citizenship Gallery.

Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu VC is buried in the Sfax Cemetery in Tunisia.

Monday, 20 April 2015

What did you enjoy last term?

We are interested in finding out what you found interesting, engaging and motivating last term. We will think about what an engaged learner looks like, sounds like and feels like. These ideas will link to our daily goals and reflections.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Mahutonga's Great Walk

Mahutonga: Great Walk Site
As part of our inquiry, "what is in your backyard" we have been learning about what is in New Zealand's backyard. We will focus on one of the great walks - The Routeburn Track

We will be entering a competition. The deadline is the 9th April.
Read more about the competition at:

We have tracked the walks that we have done at school. 
If you have anything to share then please send pictures and a blurb to Nicola: 

All pictures, movies, presentation etc. will be added to: 

Please answer the following questions in the comments section below:

1.       Which Great Walk did you choose and why?

2.       How far did you walk locally and the final distance walked?

3.       Tell/show us three things you discovered about conservation

4.       Tell/show us three things you discovered walking your local tracks

5.       Is there a difference between your chosen Great Walk and your local tracks?

If you learned here- Favourite books

We have been collaborating with schools across the world in a project called, "if you learned here". Find out about what we love to read... 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Celebration of learning

Celebrating our Learning with Parents. What a fantastic day!

It was really packed and noisy when Parents, Friends and Family came in today, It was really fun. Everybody was looking at the work we have done and the artefacts that we found down the bank. All the parents were so excited to explore the classrooms and find out what is down the bank, they also enjoyed seeing what we have to offer. There was also some delicious Kawa-kawa tea that we put out for the parents and students, tasty! There was a table for sketching and drawing with charcoal, so the parents could do some art. The parents  loved all of the amazing bird feeders that we made! We  planted the seed bombs down the bank with the parents and teachers so that they could see what the seed bombs do. Here are the parents looking at the footprints we got through our tracking tunnels, The parents look at the treasure we found down the bank  and planting seed bombs!
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The parents look at the treasure we found down the bank.

Planting seed bombs,(These were the ones we froze first.)

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Tarakena Bay Walk

Tarakena Bay Walk on PhotoPeach

Friday, 20 March 2015

Treasure Hunt

Today we got into our new learning groups. We set goals for our co-operative task. 

Jude made this map to help us with our treasure hunt...


Treasure Hunt
On Friday 20\3\2015 Matariki and Mahutonga went on a Treasure hunt for our inquiry, ‘What is in our backyard’?

We had to find native Flora and Fauna in the school grounds and down at the beach. We were put in nine activity groups and each of the groups got given a grid map of Worser Bay, and a checklist, we had to take pictures for evidence of what we found.

We had heaps of fun finding the native Flora and Fauna.
We found Kohwai, Pohutukawa trees, Toi Toi, Huntsman’s Toilet paper, Puriri, Kawakawa, Karaka and Taupata.
The Fauna that we found was, Crabs, Jelly fish,Butterflies, Spiders, Millipedes, Stick-insects and we found lots and lots of Starfish!!
We got given a point on our map where we had to go and find our treasure, when we got there their was a bag for or group and the treasure was…. Lollies, “Mmmmm Lollies ”!

Everyone had a great time on a great day!

By Asha and Frankie

Treasure Hunt on PhotoPeach by Chanel  
Flora and fauna hunt from Matariki on Vimeo.

We added 1.3 km to our "Great Walk"

For more details see:

If you learned here, Week 3, Our Learning

This week, schools have been sharing exciting stories about their learning...

Jungle Art

By Hunter: In Mahutonga and Matariki we have been drawing different types of leaves and putting our avatars on there. Firstly it was meant to be a New Zealand native plants, but then it turned into a crazy jungle with blue mushrooms, rainbow leaves, pink flowers, pineapples  and bananas. Our inspiration was Henri Rousseau he is a painter and here is one of his paintings:

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Native Plants Workshop

We are identifying different leaves that are in our backyard. Parker

We had to go outside to find leaves. Lucas

 We are finding out which leaves are smooth and which ones are rough. Tai

We are researching to find out what these plants are. Hugo

Artwork inspired by Henri Matisse's Icarus

We are making a art work with scissors. We got inspired by a famous artist called Matisse. By Louise