Monday, 30 April 2018

Library Day - Lunchtime on 16 May

Please come to our Library Day on 16 May! Come to the library and read your own books or a senior will read a book to you. We'll suggest some books for you that you might like.

This day is organised by the Library Student Council Group. See you there!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Get NZ Writing: Postcards from Mangere School

School Kit sent us some stationery from Warehouse Stationery. We wrote metaphors on postcards to describe our whanau.

Mangere School also wrote postcards for us! Come and see the postcards on our display created by the guys below...

Thursday, 12 April 2018

What is Problem Solving?

Problem Solving is

  • a word for people to describe learning with each other or thinking hard and persevering - Caspian
  • like a video game. You have to find a strategy and if it doesn't work you need to find a different strategy. If that works you get to the next level - Jessie
  • different ways of solving problems, writing, maths, children fighting - anything really! - Ruby
  • You need independence and collaboration - Emelia
  • when you need to find out how to find out the question - Otto
  • having the ability to take on other peoples ideas as well as their own - Nell
  • receiving feedback to help us with our next steps - Isabel
  • in lots of situations. Maths and designs just to name a few - Henry
  • creating everybody's ideas into one idea - Jude
  • building on ideas and listening to feedback - Evan
  • when you have been given a problem that you need to solve - Molly S
  • being a THINKER! - Zoe
  • the core of Maths - Hunter J and Oscar
  • figuring out answers in different ways using teamwork! - Max
  • taking leadership - Pippa, Charlotte and Katherine
  • working together to solve life's problems - Raffy, Molly, Lily S
  • a time when bring your brain out of it's sockets and put it on the page!! Chris 
  • working together and getting as many ideas down on the paper - Rhosyn 
  • strategising - Naomi
  • not telling each other the answer but rather SHOW - SHOW NOT TELL - Ben B

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Unleash your inner author - what good writers do!

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We have been writing about what good writers do. Here are some of our thoughts. You'll see we have some great ideas about what makes our writing good, and what we appreciate in good writing.

What is Good Writing?
By Liam S and Theo M

We all Enjoy lots of books but what is it that makes the writing so good?
Firstly, Good Writing needs Punctuation. If Writing doesn't have punctuation then nothing will make sense.You even couldn't read without punctuation! That Would not be a good piece of writing.
Secondly, Good Writing needs Description.Description is like that you describe something in many different ways. Description should paint a picture in someones head of what the thing that your describing looks like.
Thirdly, Good writing needs Characters/A Character Description.If you don't have Characters in your piece of writing then itś most likely that the story is going to be boring for the reader. You should also describe your characters so then the reader will be able to paint a picture in there head of what they look like.
Also, Good Writing needs to set the scene.It should have good detail of the scene otherwise the reader will probably just think the background would be a bit dull.
Sometimes Good writing should have interesting words and verbs.If it doesn't it will sound a bit boring. If they do have interesting words it will sound more proper and mature ; it should also hook the reader in.
It also should have Paragraphs.That should make it easier to read
Now next time you write you should use all these things so your writing is Perfecto!!! :)

Good Writing

Good writing is like a magnet, it attracts keen readers like me and you and in this short post we will be telling you the key concepts of good writing. We think that good writing has to has describe about the place and the people around the characters. The book has to make you feel like you're there with the characters In the book. The characters need definite personalities, some can be evil some can be good and others can be both. It needs to have detail so you can get to know the story and characters.

Next good writing needs description to pull the readers in and to keep them reading. Writing is easy, all you need to do is cross out the wrong words- Mark T Wain

We think good writing is in everyone and we hope we unleash your inner author.
By Henry and Ollie

Good Writing

Have you ever wondered how much work an author has to go through to make your favourite book so good that you feel like saying “ but Mum! If you just let me say up till ten, reading this book then I won’t whine!”. Read this and find out! Firstly, you need to set the set the scene. If you don’t set the scene you don’t have a good book. If you are reading a book and they don’t set the scene then you don’t know where you are. Next, you need good description. If you don’t describe the character you can’t get a sense of the characters personality or surroundings. Also, you need good punctuation. If you had no punctuation the story you are reading would not make sense. Imagine the story with jumbled letters and words. Furthermore you need good characters. What if all the characters were the same? Imagine how boring that would be. And maybe add some tragedy or a bit of mystery in your book. It also helps to try and hook the reader into your story, like in some of your favourite books.
Now that you have read this we hope that the next time you write a story you have a bit of a clue what to do.
By Nell, Joni and Emelia

Blog post: Good Writing

We think it is important to have good writing. Everybody has a book they like but what makes those books so good? Well we hope you find out after you read this.

Comedy (optional)
Some people enjoy a little bit of comedy in their books this is an optional aspect of writing. We think that this it is good because it cheers people up and can give them a little motivation.

Paragraphs always make your writing look neat and make it easier to read and understand.

Editing is a key aspect of writing. Editing is when you reread your work and go over and check if you made any mistakes. When you edit you see what you have done wrong and how to fix it.

Most good authors say 90% of writing is editing and the other ten is their original piece.


Description is when you add words that make it sound more exciting. For example similes are a part of description. It is when you say something like I am as fast as a cheetah or something like that.

Description is sort of like a fancy word for describing something.


Characters are people or animals or anything that play a part in the story. Most characters have aspects like happiness or evilness or a kind of mood like that.

Start middle and end
A start a middle and a end are things you should probably put in your story it will help your reader understand where there at and how long left.

A problem and a solution

A problem and a solution is when something goes wrong and one of the characters saves the day.
Those were some tips for writing we hope you enjoyed it and learnt something. 
By Theo and Ben

Blog Post - Good Writing

Have you ever wondered what the secret is to having a good book we hope you find some inspiration?
Well these are the things you need. 

Punctuation is full stops, commas, speech marks, exclamation marks, question marks.

ARRR helps you add, remove, replace and sometimes you need to reread your writing so it makes sense.

You need Good handwriting so it’s easy to read otherwise it’s all messy and can’t read it so that’s very important.

Describing words help improve your work, change words if they're pretty ordinary and not really very interesting.

You need a piece that would paint a picture in their head and they’ll keep on reading but if it does not have one of them then it will be boring and not good and they’ll probably put it down and stop reading.

I hope you liked our piece and that it gives you inspiration for other pieces of writing and it'll be really interesting book or story and hope you have a good day or in your comedy write.
By Eden & Jessie

Good Writing

What is it that makes writing good? If you were writing a story your story would need interest, fun and a hook at the start. You want the person reading your story to have an awesome picture in there mind. You need to describe the people in your story as good as possible.To edit you would us ARR (Add, Remove, Replace).

What is a good poem?

In your poem you could use alliteration or metaphors.

Good poem

Remember that time
When the rainbow stretched
Across the sky and the sun
Smiled so brightly
That was spring

Not so good poem
Remember that time when the Rainbow stretched 
across the
Sky and the sun smiled so Brightly that was spring
We hope you now know what good writing is!!

Good writing what is good writing ? 
Let me explain...
It can be a humour in a story, it makes the reader interested and make them read on.
In the story adventures so the story gets interesting. describing the characters because so the story can make sense and paint a picture in the reader's head. Editing is another very important thing. Editing is 90 percent of writing because you need it so the reader can read the words. Punctuation is important because if you don't have it the readers won't be able  to know when to have a breath. Also speech marks are very big because it tells you when someone is talking to you. Now,  well I hope you have enjoyed and got your answer to what's good writing.
by Hadley

GOOD WRITING What is good writing is it meant to be good?
Good writing is punctuation. It needs to make sense and remember to use spaces. It also needs a little bit of humour too.You always need to have a good laugh!

By Cameron

We are Forest Protectors!

There has been a clear link between our Inquiry Forest Protectors and what the Environmental Student Council do. We thought we would let you what is in our school already which makes us Forest Protectors.

Even thought it is the end of the term our Inquiry into being Forest Protectors will never stop!

Brought to you by Alex G, Henry and of courrrrssse Flynn.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Problem Solving: I am a thinker!

Students have been working on problem solving in Maths. You may have seen some of these on Seesaw. Our big focus is explaining our thinking and justifying our answers. Please continue these conversations at home...

After camp, our students made up their own problem solving activities for each other. We also sent these to Room 3 at Auroa School to solve. Students at Auroa School have made some problems for us. The photos are of us working on the problems that they wrote.

We have been working through a thinking process for problem solving. This is linked to our learner attribute: I am a thinker!

The problems on the slide below are from Auroa School:

Here are some of our camp problems. Can you solve them? 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Character Strengths

We have been talking about what character strengths are and how we can use them. Here are some of our ideas after a quick write.
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Character strengths are parts of your mind that make up your being. Character strengths are like bark
on a tree. You can use them as a defence if someone is bullying you you can use bravery to stand up to
them. If you are feeling hopeless you can use perseverance and keep going. When you are feeling down
you can spark a joke and cheer up.

Ben B


Emoji Disco Frisco - 11th May 2018

Now, you may be all like "WOW THERES NO DISCO ON!! (SAD FACE EMOJI)".
but...  guess what I'm here to tell you about

*drum role*


Now, you may be like how am I going to make that!!!??? well there's so many different emojis in the world! You could be a paint easel, a tree or, best of all A TACO! WOOH!

If you're about to bite, then here's your answer
yes, you can be the sausage emoji!
Also no, you can't come at midnight.

Now heres all the discos details:

Where: Salvation Army Hall, Miramar
When: Friday 11th May, 6.00pm - 7.30pm, Week 2 Term 2

Peace out,  BY Charlotte Bl
These are our Student Councillors in ACTION getting ready for the DISCO!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Cross Country Training 2018

We will be holding our annual Cross Country event early in Term 2. Many of us are keen to improve our fitness and running. Lots of us talked about this at our goal setting meetings.  We have started training for the event in our PE time. Today we did some hill training! Everyone gave it their best shot. 

Keep up the training in the holidays!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Camp Kaitoke, two thousand and greateen

 Camp kaitoke
Have you ever been to camp?
I’m sure you have
The time when you went abseiling? When you had to go leaning back like you were about to fall in jelly?
That was camp

Have you ever been to camp?
Sure you have
The time when you went to the treetops and you kept on slipping because there was lots of mud on your shoes?
That was camp

Have you ever been to camp
Sure you have
The time when you went kayaking
You jumped off your kayak into the dirty lake
and came out shivering?
That was camp

Have you ever been to camp?
Sure you have
The time when you did archery and just missed the score board?
That was camp

Have you ever been to camp?
Sure you have
The time when you were set up to do a challenge course and you had to work as a team to get to the end?
That was camp

Have you ever been to camp
Sure you have
The time when you were hanging out with your cabin mates and laughing non stop

That was camp.

By Talia

Camp poem
standing up on the window sill
feeling like I wasn't attached to anything
wanting to jump off the window sill
& run all the way back to my cabin
lowering myself down the wall
& screaming YIPPIE !!!!!!!!! in my head when I got to the bottom.


paddling around a mini island
jumping off my kayak
feeling like I was in an antarctic lake
& stubbing my toe at the end.

The tree tops activity
laughing over exaggerating  
& screaming my head off
having fun
never wanting it to end
hanging upside down
from harnesses like monkeys
making up secret languages
thinking up names for what we were acting out
Bankey monkeys. ( bat crossed with a monkey )
By Nela

Camp poem
Camp the feeling that you want to do all the cool stuff.
Camp You want to feel the cold wet bushes brush on your skin.
Camp The warm cosy beds in the cabins.
Camp the temptation that you want to run round the grassy fields forever
Camp smelling the delicious food the bacon sandwiches mmm.
Camp you just want to dive straight into the activities.

By Cameron

Bridge of Doom
I yelled as I swung round the bridge of doom like a falcon swooping at its prey.
The water sprung away.
The cheers getting louder and louder.
The icy water jumped away from my feet.
There it was the
4th rope.  I caught it. It swung and I nearly got knocked off.
I leaned and got the 5th rope and jumped.
I had finished.

By Peter