Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Grow your mind day - Gabrielle and Susie's base groups


 We had a wonderful Grow Your Mind Day yesterday with many of our parents and students running workshops to teach others some different skills. Gabrielle and Susie's base groups worked together with some students from Autahi as part of our continuing emphasis on all children in the school having the opportunity to work together from time to time.

We were very fortunate to have parents come in to run workshops on:
 - poi making
 - playing ukeleles
 - sewing monsters and hearts
 - African dance (with a drumming ensemble)
 - crocheting
 - learning about pingao grass. Gabrielle also ran a workshop on sketching in a grow your mind way, including sketching with the hand you don't normally write with, and with your eyes closed.

Many students ran workshops, including workshops on Dutch language, coding, using google drawings, playing football, gymnastics and playing the violin.

Everyone really appreciated the opportunity to try new things. Thanks so much to those parents who came in and helped and to the senior students who showed leadership by running workshops. Senior students will all be running workshops for each other on Thursday as this was such a success.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Zealandia Card Design


Darren from Zealandia came in this week to introduce us to a new game that the team at Zealandia is developing together with students from lots of schools. He left us each with a card that shows a bird found in New Zealand and tells us some key information about it, like how rare it is and how it flies. He has challenged us to make our own cards about:

 - a bird found in New Zealand,
 - a special place in New Zealand or
 - an event (good or bad) affecting New Zealand's birds.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Growth Mindset Splat!

In Nicola's Maths group, we have been thinking about growth mindset. We know that people are not born with a Maths brain and that when we challenge ourselves, our brains grow. In Jo Boaler's Ted Talk, "Believe in you Maths Potential" she says that it is important to see Maths visually. People visualise Maths in different ways. 

We have been looking at Splats and discussing the different ways that we see Maths. Here are some examples:


 

We watched Class Dojo and Maths and did a "Quick Write" about what we learnt. 


By Alex P

By Parker

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Memoirs from camp

All of the seniors have been writing memoirs, describing a specific moment in time at camp. Have a read!

I see the superfox high above the trees.
I’ve got my harness on and ready to go up to the superfox with the rest of my group.
As we go up there, the big tall dark and light green trees surround me.
I fall to the back of my group.
Then I run to the middle of my group.
I cross a stream stepping on rocks.
Then we come to a bridge made out of logs, I stop in surprise, then I slowly put one foot on then another and slowly I walk across expecting to fall into the muddy yucky water below.
Few! I say as I come off the other side of the bridge.
We climb up a hill to the beginning of the superfox.
Our instructor shows us the thing we will go down on.
Caitlynn H goes first then Bethen then Zach then finally me.
I step onto the platform holding a trollEy, our instructor clips the trolley to the line.
Then she clips me onto the trolley and I’m ready to go, “54321!” shouts the rest of my group.
I get a boost and I’m off.
I fly through the treetops, as I come to the end, Anna runs up and takes a photo with her mouth wide open.
Then she drags me to the end and I climb down.
I take the trolley around my neck and I run/walk back up.
The rest of my group go down and then it is time for second times I go down again and I don’t go fast enough and I get stuck, Anna uses the rescue rope and rescues me I grab the rope and Anna pulls me back and I walk back up “phew!” I say again!
By Stephanie Hayes


When I was hut building we had heaps of materials flax,sticks,logs,rocks. It was fun till STOP!!! Called the instructor my heart was beating like lightning. I thought we weren't done but we were done. What a relief. Our hut looked like a teepee.   
By Hunter. R

My three fingers, clenched on the bows string.
I stare at the bullseye, aiming the sharp arrow.
I hear cicadas screaming in the grassy fields.
I feel determined.
“I am ready,” I think to myself.
I breathe in, and pull the string even further back.
Then I breathe out, and release the string.
By Alex. B

Zealandia's new game

Darren from Zealandia came in today to introduce us to a new game that the team at Zealandia is developing together with students from lots of schools. He left us each with a card that shows a bird found in New Zealand and tells us some key information about it, like how rare it is and how it flies. He has challenged us to make our own cards about:
 - a bird found in New Zealand,
 - a special place in New Zealand or
 - an event (good or bad) affecting New Zealand's birds.

He also left us with some tracking pads so we can see what kind of animals are in our backyard - are they animals we want, like native birds and lizards, ora animals we don't want like rats and possums?

We looked at some old style traps and talked about how the new traps we have are much more humane as they kill the animals swiftly and don't leave them hurt and suffering.

Thanks Darren. We're looking forward to your visiting again next week and telling us more about how the new game works.



Binary Numbers


What are Binary Numbers?

Binary numbers are the way computers think. Computers only think by using 1’s and 0’s. imagine that! Only using 1’s and 0’s to think!


Well Binary numbers are simple, binary numbers only use 1’s and 0’s, this is similar to barcodes right? Yes, but the calculations are different.


So if you want to make a 1 then you’ll have to have a code, so here our code will be 00001 and that will = 1.


If you look at the example. The 0 is turned off and the 1 is turned on. We are going to show you some of the possible codes.
There are a lot of codes. (too many it made our brains hurt but that is ok as we know that challenges grow our brains.) Here are 10 of them:
          
00000 =0.
00001 = 1.    00010 = 2.
00011 = 3.    00100 = 4.
00101 = 5.    00110 = 6.
00111 = 7.    01000 = 8.
01001 = 9.    01010 = 10.
If you haven’t already guessed the pattern we’ll tell you. So if you have already seen that the 1 keeps on moving. If you got that you’re right.

By Leola and Alex P





Monday, 3 April 2017

April Road Patrol Duties

April 2017

Rahina
Ratu
Raapa
Rapare
Ramere
AM Top
Suz
Max
Hugo W

Suz
Milla
Greer T

Wanwan
Yasmin
Theo

Shona
Henry
Oscar

Gabrielle
Lucas
Cody

Anna
AM Awa Rd
Lucie
Hayley

John
Luca
Ollie

Nicola
Hugo M
Parker

John
Kaia
Bella

Scott
Orla
Greer W

Susie
PM Top
Daisy
Maddie

Jude
Bethen
Caitlin

Jude
Rylan
Alex G

Jude
Alex B
Ben

Jude
Elliot
Hana

Jude
PM Awa Rd
Evie
Molly

John
Janne
Theo

Shona
Thomas J
Haare

Gabrielle
Sam
Nick

John
Stephanie
Rico

Scott