Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Grit- Strength Spotting


Strength Spotting- Celebrity, Powerful, Sporting Stars and Ordinary Grit 

What you pay attention to is what expands! We have been thinking about inspirational people that have shown perseverance, passion and a pursuit to meet long term goals. We are learning how to spot and appreciate the qualities that make this authentic Grit. 

We also thought of a time when we were at our best. People who identify top strengths in positive ways throughout the day are happier and more successful in pursuit of goals.

Ethan B: I'm at my best when I was doing Cross Country because it was really hard and I got so tired and my legs were really hurting. I had to show Bravery and Perseverance because I had to keep going and I couldn't stop, but I finished and I did my best. I was at my best when I was doing Maths because it gets me really confused and I start to struggle. I showed Zest and Perseverance because it can get me really confused.

Paris: I did my best when I was writing my essay. The strength I used was confidence because sometimes I get overwhelmed when things are challenging.

Yoichi: I am at my best while writing my book because I can write whatever I want. And lots of ideas go through my head. But sometimes it is hard to write everything down and describe things. I am also very nervous when it comes to someone else reading my book. But it is very fun because I can write down my imagination. I always dream that someday I will publish my book and it will go in bookstores. I also love making up new characters and describing them and their personality. I am also at my best when I am playing video games because it is very entertaining. I especially love games where you can go wherever you want and adventure on the big map. Like a game called Sea of Thieves that I play where you have freedom. Also a game called Minecraft.

Sabine: I am at my best when I'm at drama class because I get to use my expression and my imagination. It's nice to interact with people you don't normally hang out with. It may be organised so it's a specific play but you can still have a play around with your characters emotions. (I especially feel at my best while doing Shakespeare plays). I use Character strengths like Zest, Perseverance, Bravery (For when I'm on stage) and also Creativity (When you have I chance to use your emotions and expressions, and play around with the characters).

Anastasiya: A time I was at my best would definitely be last term (Term 2) my artwork. I think I did pretty good, and I focused on detail and making it stand out but in a good way. I stuck to the theme of a beach or sea. I did get a little bit of help on ideas but I did the painting all by myself. I would love to take it home! I first made white figures but after that I sadly wasn’t able to finish it. I would have gradually started adding colour to my animal but to be honest I really like the way it is. The white figures actually give a unique feel about it. It’s mysterious as it has no details or special features, it's just the shape of a human. I used Perseverance when I made an ‘Ariel’ look alike, I kept going and didn’t give up!

Darragh: A time I was at my best was when I got up to the top of Makara mountain bike park and when I finished the welcome flat 2 day tramp in the West Coast. (At the end we got bitten by sand flies.) For both of these events I had to use Perseverance and Bravery.

Ella: I think one of the times I was at my best was when I was doing the Swim Sports. I got second and did all my races. That made me really happy. It was challenging to keep up with Lucy. I had to use strengths perseverance, zest... Another time I was at my best was at Eastern Zones XC in Year 4. I got to regionals but it was cancelled. Another time I was at my best was diving. I felt really good. I went up to the 7 metre. I learnt how to dive at Freyberg pool. I swim with a coach and other kids. I have been doing this for 2 terms. Another time I was at my best was learning how to do a front hand spring on the trampoline.

Liora: A time I am at my best is in my writing because it is when I can really be myself and do my best. The strengths that I used are Perseverance and belief because it makes me believe in myself. It is challenging for me because I might think I can't write a story or I can't think of something to write.

Soma: When I was at camp I felt scared. I was making a little fort. I never did it before. At the end I did it and I felt proud. This was a time that I was at my best. 

Oli: I'm at my best when I'm playing football. The character strengths that I use when playing football are Zest and Perseverance because I need to run and get the ball and to pass. I need to persevere to keep the ball so I can pass. I'm also at my best when I'm with my friends because I have a positive mindset.

Parent Workshop - Wholeperson Wellbeing / Positive Education - 
Thursday 5 August, 7pm to 8.30pm 

(Please be there around 6.50pm for a 7.00pm sharp start - lots to chat about!) 

This is our first 'in person' Parent Workshop since 2019, which is incredible to think about. All things going well (Levels-wise)..... it will happen. 

Come along and learn more about the foundations of the curriculum your children are experiencing. You will hear more about our WBS 'journey' to this place, the fundamentals of the programme and get to have a taste of the types of learning the teachers have done in order to teach the children. 

Added bonus - a good chance to meet other whānau too.

Friday, 9 July 2021

Celebrating Ngā Kōrero ō Mua - NZ History Inquiry

 This week we celebrated the end of the first part of our NZ History Inquiry, Ngā Kōrero ō Mua. Students have been investigating different topics within our rich national and local histories. Thinking hard about the cause and effect of certain events, they have produced detailed essays, beautiful works of art and entertaining films. We are really proud of the engagement and thinking that has taken place and are looking forward to connecting these national stories to those of our own families in Term 3. 

We celebrated this Inquiry with our friends from Tautoru. Our work will be on display next term and we also look forward to sharing it again during Student-led Conferences! 

Here are a few snippets of our mahi:

Will's Cause & Effect diagram about the Wairau Affray

There were misunderstandings in The Treaty between Pakeha and Maori which led to conflict, such as war and land confiscation. Although things are improving, we still see conflict today for example, Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island which is being developed into a shopping area/loading dock which is frustrating local iwi. I think that in the future the Treaty will be respected more. - Isabella W

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Cause and Effect: Our History Inquiry

We have been exploring how events of the past, Ngā rā o mua, influence the present day. In order to do this we have been exploring cause and effect, observing and discussing events and noting the consequences. We have mapped our thinking using cause and effect charts and rippple effect diagrams and we are now, after sustained research, beginning to put this together as a report or essay. Many of the issues are complex. What are the effects, both positive and negative of the Treaty of Waitangi? How do Māori and Pākekā views of conversation differ? Are they becoming more alike? What were the causes and effects of the Smallpox epidemic? How did the events of the government raid on Parihaka affect the people living there? How have these events influenced people today? These are some of the pieces of writing, the introductions underway. Check out more on seesaw next week.

New Zealand Garden Bird Survey

We joined together with Autahi this week to take part in the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey. We love being leaders and learning alongside each other. It's great to hear the wonderful ideas of our friends across the school

The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey takes place between 26 June and 4 July 2021. It’s a fantastic reason to spend time outdoors, and you’ll be doing your bit for science.

Healthy bird populations can indicate that the environment is healthy. We know lots about endangered native birds in the bush, but we don’t always know what’s happening in the populations of all the birds around us, particularly in urban and garden environments.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Play at Worser Bay

We are incredibly lucky that despite our small size we have an amazingly rich environment for play. The courts for football and scootering, the trees for forts , reading and dreaming and all the nooks for hiding, and imagining. Creativity is on display where ever we look, invention and problem solving working in real time. This is of course, learning. Our juniours are capturing this as part of their programme on Mondays and this acknowledges the benefits of play. Play is thinking and discovery. On top of this is all of the amazing social learning which takes place in the playground. If you have the opportunity when you are next in the playground see if you can notice what is happening about you, in the spaces squeezed between corners, amongst the gardens and most astonishingly, in the trees.

Saturday, 26 June 2021

What's happening in Māhutonga Matariki?

By Mae, Anastasiya and Emily

We are focusing on quite a lot of things, one of many would be art. For art we are focusing on Marc Chagall's work. We are getting inspired by his work and turning it into our own art. Another thing that we are hugely focusing on is Inquiry. We are doing our own inquiries about New Zealand's history and digging deeper into our history. We are trying to think like historians and see different perspectives.

Everything we are learning at the moment is hard but while we are struggling our brain is growing and developing. Don't ever forget your brain grows no matter what age! We are learning to not give up if we make a mistake. By trying again or fixing it, we all agree that this is a crucial part of learning, and we respect our learning a lot. We also think it’s important to remember to express our feelings and ideas through art!


We have been making at inspired by Marc Chagall here are some examples of his work:


We made backgrounds,  added objects and people. We are learning to use only a limited amount of paint. We use white paint to build up a shadow with white paint before adding colour which helps develop the shadow to make the colour more visible. We blend different colours depending on our background. For example if we had blue and green backgrounds then our figures would be red and yellow so they would pop and you would be able to see the objects better.

Art in progress!


For our Inquiry we usually get to choose our subject, the teachers do give us some borders for our questions. We enjoy making interesting inquiries around lots of different subjects. At the moment we are doing Inquiry around NZ history, we talked to some people and asked them what they are doing for inquiry. Most people are doing things about Māori and when  Captain Cook came to NZ, We are learning to use keywords when we are finding information. 

Once we finish our research we will be writing an essay about what we have been learning about. The essays are conclusions on our research showing our knowledge about this subject. We develop our knowledge around this subject because we think that Māoridom is a big part of our history and we are always keen to learn more about it. Learning how to do essays will help us in later life during college and university. We enjoy doing essays because they challenge us. We enjoy doing this topic because it is interesting and we enjoy learning about our past.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Listening and Conversations for Learning

We have been focusing on "raising the bar." We are currently setting goals around our learning conversations. This links to our current Learner Attribute focus, "I am a Thinker!"

'Talk Moves' is a powerful tool for learning. Rich talk supports students to make sense of ideas and build a classroom community. This is something that we have been developing in all of our learning conversations. 

Talk Moves prompt:
  • wait time
  • turn and talk
  • revoicing
  • reasoning
  • adding on
  • repeating
  • revise thinking.
During our circle time, we have been discussing what an active listener is. We are working hard to face the speaker, think about what the other person is saying and engaging in conversation. 

Why listening is so important? 
Our students said...

Listening is important because you need to get all of the information 
You might learn something new if you keep listening 
You might have forgotten something, listening might refresh your mind 
You might learn how to do something in a different way 

What stops us listening?
Our students said... 

The person talking next to you, even if you don't want to talk to them 
Toys on the mat 
Noise in the classroom 
Something that is happening outside the window 
Thinking about stuff e.g. what is for lunch? 
Playing games 
Things on the walls 

What would you be doing if you were actively listening? 
Our students said...

You need to show that you are listening through body language
Focus on what they are saying 
Look at the person talking 
Face the person speaking 
Your brain is thinking 
Add on to the stuff they are saying 
Piggy backing 
Make connections 
Ask questions 
Active listening by sharing ideas 
Not letting someone else distract you 
Repeat what the person says 
Agree or disagree respectfully

What difference does this make for the other person/ people as opposed to someone half present?
Our students said... 

Multitasking is not good because you don't do anything well 
Do one thing at a time 
The person who is talking might feel sad, annoyed, disappointed or misheard
We need to uplift mana and show manaakitanga

These are our conversation guidelines