Wednesday, 29 February 2012


We had a fantastic week writing poems about summer and sun. We used visualisation and imagery to help us paint rich pictures of our summer experiences. These are our poems we like to share:
I can smell the air.
I can hear the waves  splashing and crashing.
The birds are singing at the beach.
The sun is shining on the sand.
I can see the fish swimming around the sea.
William Norrington 

Diving into the waves.

Water washing past my face.

The hot water past my head.

The struggle to eat our iceblocks.

Next day.

Driving out in our boat.


Catching fish.

Putting some back into the sea.

Lying on the sand.

Sun roasting us.

Next day.

Driving home.

Getting into bed.

Sailing with my Dad.

Going in.

Packing up.

The smell of green trees.

Wilbur Stanley

Our Creations

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

What do we know about Patterns?

Welcome to week 5 in Matariki!
At Worser Bay School we have begun an exciting new inquiry into patterns. We have been busy identifying patterns, and working out what is a pattern and what isn't. Last week Mahutonga and Matariki drew patterns in the sand at Worser Bay Beach. The beach was fizzing and humming as everyone collaborated, negotiated and discussed the patterns they were making.
Matariki kids!
Wallwisher is an an online notice board that you can add stickies to. Follow the link and double click to make your sticky.  Click on the link here to take you  to a wallwisher to share our ideas about patterns. Patterns Wallwisher
Please remember to add your name. Your sticky won't appear straight away as Danny and Caroline want to read them first. We look forward to reading all your ideas about patterns!
Caroline and Danny

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Our Self Portraits

Matariki's Self Portraits on PhotoPeach
Rounding off the treaty inquiry we have agreed on  some basic principles on how we want to be  treated.  These principles took  shape over the past few weeks which steered the class treaty in a positive direction.  Four flags emerged representing each team/tribe respectfully to a great game of capture the flag.

our flag

First we had to design a flag. We all got to do our own design. All we had to then was chose what flag to would be our flag. We did this by voting

Ivy + Bean

Ivy and Bean are  completely two different  girls who never meant to like each other.
One day Bean met  Ivy.
For Bean Ivy was weird. For Ivy Bean was weird.
Maybe Bean's mother was right.
Could they be friends? Best friends.

Find out more about  Ivy+Bean by reading the series by Annie Barrows +Sophie Blackbell

Recommended by Harriette

Friday, 17 February 2012

Goodbye from Savva and Leo

Thanks for teaching us. And thanks for playing with us kids. And thanks for teaching us this year. Jude- you have been a great principal these years. The thing that  we enjoyed was the flags. Goodbye everyone it is sad to leave but we have to. From Savva and Leo

Thursday, 16 February 2012


the soft silky sand squelching between our toes 
the icy, fresh water licking the shore as if it,s iceblock,
lying on the dunes, letting the sun roast us like a sausage on a barbeque,
diving into waves, pretending to be a plane crash- landing.
That was summer.

the soft, harmless water gliding past our faces,
the crunchy, tasteless sand in  our sandwiches, 
the struggle against mother nature to eat our iceblockS.
Summers fading... autumns birth.

By Hayden Aiken (10 years) 
Kuranui Primary School,

Monday, 13 February 2012


Today Matariki brought homework home for the first time.
SPELLING: Most people have a spelling rocket with 10 words to practise. We'll test these words on Friday. These are just sheets today, they will be in their booklets next week.
MATHS: We also have basic maths facts to be practised every night. There are 100 questions each for 4 days. If you are not yet multiplying or dividing please leave those questions. There will be a basic facts test on Friday so make sure you do practise every night.
READING: There is a reading log in the back of your reading/ language book. please fill this in daily. This book is expected at school each day so it needs to live in your schoolbag so it can be used at school and at home. Some people took home a reader or a journal and others have a copy of 'Oh, the places you'll go!' to read tonight.
Danny & Caroline

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Oh, The Places you'll go! By Dr Suess

Here is a clip of Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr Suess, read by John Lithgow. We've been reading this in class and are getting ready to present our own version of this poem. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Dr. Seuss

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.


You'll be on y our way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't
Because, sometimes they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
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