Saturday, 14 September 2019

Orange Day Parade 2019: He Rā Karaka pai!

What a fantastic Rā Karaka / Orange Day we had this year. Fulfilling our Road Patrol duties gives us a great sense of Positive Purpose every day. That's why we marched so loudly and proudly from Parliament to the Michael Fowler Centre. This was the New Zealand Police and Wellington City Council's way of saying thanks to all of Wellington's student road patrollers. We enjoyed a strong sense of Positive Accomplishment. 

"I am grateful that I had such a fun time at Orange Day Parade" - Olivia C

"I had fun when we went out for Orange Day Parade because we walked about 2km, which is a long way!" - Cameron J

"I’m grateful for being able to go to the orange day parade and have lots of fun" - Sammy C

Our banner read "Rā Karaka (Orange Day)" and "Tūtei whakawhiti huarahi (crossing the road safely)" in honour of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. 

We showed that size doesn't matter - we were among the loudest groups and we chanted the entire time. Tau kē!

"I had fun when I kept on yelling '2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? Not the king, not the Queen but the Worser Bay Patrol Team!" - Avery D

We made sure to give thanks and high-fives to every Police Officer we saw. A great chance to show some gratitude to them for doing a great job keeping us safe. 

"I am inspired by the police and how much time they put in to Road Patrol. I had fun at the parade and enjoyed listening to the people singing" - Eva S

 "I am inspired by everyone that does Road Patrol" - Pippa S

"🧡ORANGE DAY PARADE🧡 was awesome, and I almost lost my voice doing chanting. I’m a bit sad that we did not get to show a talent or win a prize, I felt that Worser Bay was forgotten, I hope it goes better next year. " - Gina L

Bonus - we got to meet our Mayor, Justin Lester. He explained that his Mayoral chains are the same ones you can see former Wellington Mayor Michael Fowler wearing in the big portrait outside the auditorium. Ngā mihi nui ki a Justin!

"I am grateful that we have Road Patrol so we don't get run over by cars" - Caleb W

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Celebrating: Whāia ngā Whetū

Everybody was in 'Flow' when we celebrated the conclusion of our Inquiry Whāia Ngā Whetū with amazing and creative presentations. Flow became Flight as we launched off and the conversations around the learning became more animated.
Artworks, animations, explanations, board games and dioramas were some of the many ways in which kids chose to share their learning.  The creativity and breadth of knowledge was astounding!
 We have been exploring the Universe: the multiverse, aliens and alien lifeforms, black holes, The big bang, star formation, Apollo missions, constellations and their connections to myth, the list goes on.

Kids became teachers and shared their deep knowledge about the 'mind blowing' concepts involved as soon as you begin to look outwards into the heavens.  We have been left with even deeper curiosity about the many questions connected with outer space and astronomy.
Thomas in Flight.

We evaluated each others presentations.

The Goldilocks Zone.  Earth is is one of 3 planets which are considered to be not too hot, not too cold to sustain life (as we know it)

The audience was fascinated!

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Persuasive Writing

This week we have begun to focus more on our persuasive writing as part of our term focus on transactional writing.
We were hooked in by receiving an 'email' from Jude explaining that morning tea and lunch would only be for eating and playtimes would be removed from our timetable.... Unless... Jude received a letter to convince her to change her mind..

Although there was initial panic at the prospect of losing play time, our kids were quick to action. A focussed silence spread through the classroom as the kids formed their arguments. Protests were even beginning to plan. The students in our whanau really are flexing their 'I am Powerful' muscles.

They explored the use of rhetorical questions, emotive language and making clear points.

One student even remarked 'Jude isn't going to even read it if it's not our neatest handwriting'  we explored presentation and the importance of using proper spelling and punctuation if our opinions are to be taken seriously.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Mingalabar to Yangon International School! Our Mystery Skype...

Our Digital Technologies Student Council group did a Mystery Skype with students at Yangon International School. The first question they asked us was if we went to school in Myanmar. It sounded a bit like Miramar so we were confused!

This Mystery Skype was with a school in Myanmar. Our old teacher, Chrissy, was there. We found out that they where in Asia and we tried to guess their school before they quessed ours. We had to use yes or no questions. Next time we are going to ask each other questions about where we live...

By Dylan and Nikora

Mystery Skype teaches students 21st century skills such as:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Digital Literacy
  • Geography
  • Teamwork ​

Mingalabar Chrissy! Lovely to see you. 

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Visualisation and Painting a Picture in the Reader's Mind

We have been thinking about the reading strategy of Visualisation. We have been linking this to writing and how we can paint a picture in the reader’s mind. We drew a picture plan of an alien then wrote descriptions. We sent the descriptions (not the picture plans) to students at Auroa School to see if we were able to paint a picture in the reader’s mind…

Monday, 2 September 2019

Graci Kim at Samuel Marsden School

On Monday, some of our students were given the opportunity to see Graci Kim speak. She is an author and innovator. Graci spoke about creativity and play. We would like to thank Graci and Samuel Marsden School for inviting us! Our students were buzzing after the experience. 

Octavia: I really liked going and watching her she was inspiring she talked a lot about how you need to stay positive in life no matter what.

Eva: I really enjoyed Graci Kim, she was very inspiring and it helped me look at the bright side of things. she has made me want to try all these other things that I haven't tried before.

Kate: I really enjoyed Graci Kim because it was really fun and really inspiring. She told us to try everything and that’s what I want to do!

Ollie: Today was really fun because I went to Samuel Marsden. Graci Kim gave us a talk and said nothing is impossible. She didn’t really like the word impossible but she realised that impossible is actually I’m possible... mind blowing! 
But one time her vision was blurry then she went to optometrist and they said "Oh No, You need to get the surgery." This was a scary moment for her but she did not give up. The surgery worked out and she was happy that it worked out Because when they took off the bandages everything she looked at seemed like it had a smile. Graci Kim is an author and what I learnt is to never give up.

Nikora: The visit to the college in Karori was really inspiring. The speech that Graci Kim gave, I think it inspired lots of other people there too. Graci Kim inspired lots of minds with her ideas of nothing is impossible she does not like the word impossible she thinks it is untrue. Nothing is impossible and you can achieve anything if you work harder you can be the best you can be.

Izar: The talk with Graci Kim went really good. Graci talked about what she did in her job and other stuff and I really liked it. She talked about nothing is impossible and she hates the word impossible.

Student Led Conferences

We have been sharing our learning at our Student Led Conferences. This shows Positive Accomplishment. We have been talking about how we have been working towards our goals, how we are motivated to persist despite challenges and setbacks.

The Positive Accomplishment Literature Review from the Institute of Positive Education says that, "an essential aim of positive education is to help students develop their potential through striving for and achieving meaningful outcomes. Within the model of positive education, a focus on wellbeing and flourishing is interconnected with efforts to help students learn, achieve academically, and develop skills and competencies. Positive accomplishment involves helping students embrace opportunities, learn from disappointments, and maintain effort in the face of adversity. In the increasingly challenging, global, and competitive environment schools provide invaluable opportunities for helping students to deal proactively with both opportunities and setbacks. In addition to benefits for themselves, it is hoped that students will pursue goals and objectives that have beneficial consequences for the greater community. Integral to positive accomplishment is the pursuit of goals. Goals are believed to provide mental sign posts that direct and sustain cognitive and behavioural efforts (Covington, 2000). Helping student to develop self concordant goals is believed to be especially powerfully in increasing motivation and perseverance (Sheldon & Elliot, 1999). Similarly, helping students to cultivate mastery goals and growth mindsets ensure they will seek out feedback and view setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow (Grant & Dweck, 2003). By nurturing hope, it is believed that students will become increasingly excited about future possibilities, understand that challenges and set backs are an inevitable part of life, and develop the grit and resilience to persist when times are tough (Snyder et al., 1997). Similarly, Duckworth et al.’s (2007) work on grit emphasises that no great accomplishment is achieved without persistence and effort. Overall, it is proposed that helping students strive towards meaningful outcomes and embrace new opportunities with grit, hope, and a growth mindset equips them for success in the present and the future. "

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Digital Art 2019

Our Semiconductor-inspired digital installations were a hit at our recent Visual Arts Celebration.

Visitors stopped by the Kiva Theatre, gazed up towards the stars and beyond and were engulfed by surreal audiovisuals.


Some even dallied with the business of merchandise....

Click here for our Google Site, which features background information on our pieces of art, our inspiration and our process. 

Check out more about our learning journey - ever more relevant before the arrival of the Digital Technologies update to the New Zealand Curriculum in 2020 - on the slides below. 

He mihi nui ki a hoa/a big thank you to everyone who helped us out, appreciated our work on the night or inspired us in any way, big or small. Kia ora!

Whole Literacy & Reading Comprehension

Our rich and varied literacy programme is humming along. We want to be a community of readers, authors and critical thinkers. We are.

We are having some great conversations about reading comprehension. We know there are a range of strategies we can call upon before, during and after reading.

We have been working in small groups to unpack and practice using these strategies.

In their independent time, one group have been completing role cards that encourage deeper thinking around their personal reading.

Another group have been expanding their minds with wonderings about the strange and mysterious story The Watertower by Gary Crew. Our library has some fantastic, thought-provoking picture books. But, you know that already because John regularly shouts it from the rooftops!

Once a Panther by Victor Rodger, from the School Journal Story Library has been the subject of analysis by another group. The story of the Polynesian Panthers has students growing more curious about New Zealand's history and the lessons we might learn from it.

Our explanation writing muscle has been getting a work out explaining, among other things, the wonders of our Arts Celebration. Now we're aggressively sharpening up our pencils in preparation for persuasive writing - get ready to hear an argument or two!