Thursday, 28 November 2019

Poetry and Song Night

To wrap up our year of Creativity in Writing, we put on an Evening of Poetry Performance and Music. We have written some amazing poems; some thought provoking, some emotional and some downright silly. Thank you to everyone who came to listen.

Here are some of the poems that we pre-recorded:


Some music to begin. Thank you to The Bandits:

Here are some more of our poems: 

Monday, 25 November 2019

Year 3 and 4 Beach Day

As part of our Positive Education programme, Year 3 and 4 spent a great day on the beach reconnecting with each other and employing some Positive Purpose. We did a clean up, a walk, play in the park and a sand castle competition. Our Learner Attribute focus this term is "Being Connected." What a great way to be connected. 

From the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School: "Positive Purpose: The Positive Purpose domain explores understanding, believing in, and serving something greater than the self and deliberately engaging in activities for the benefit of others. It encourages students and staff to draw on their character strengths in ways that contribute to the welfare of others and the wider community. It also recognises that belonging to a supportive school community is a strong pathway to purpose and to wellbeing." 

Sunday, 24 November 2019

How can we Celebrate Whetūkairangi Pā as a Important Place in Wellington?

We have been thinking about how we can show that Whetūkairangi Pā is an important place in Wellington.  Many of the other Pā sites are marked in some way and we would like to do something also.  Our students have been thinking about what this might look like.

Here are some of our ideas:
What do these ideas make you think about?

Friday, 22 November 2019

'Dolphin' Thoughts

We have been exploring oceans in our minds and searching for 'Dolphin' thoughts. Through a guided meditation the students have thought about what gives them joy or a sense of belonging. We have been discussing 'shark' thoughts too. Those wee thoughts at the back of our minds that make us feel angry, sad or anxious. In the meditation, we are encouraged to let these shark thoughts 'swim by' and focus on our dolphin thoughts.

Today after our meditation we explored these thoughts through art work.

If you'd like to try this at home see below:

Computational Thinking: Binary Numbers

Computational thinking means thinking or solving problems like computer scientists. Computational thinking refers to thought processes required in understanding problems and formulating solutions. Computational thinking involves logic, assessment, patterns, automation, and generalisation.

We are learning about binary numbers. A binary number is expressed in base 2. Binary numbers are made up of 0s and 1s.

Example of a Binary Number

There is no 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 in Binary!

A "bit" is a single binary digit. The number above has 6 bits.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Poetry Night Coming Soon. Too Much Fun!

This Poem is written from a story about two silly people arriving at a friend's house laughing.  Evan has used rhyme, assonance and alliteration to make the poem sound good.  It actually feels good in you mouth when you say it.  Have a go! 

These kids are poets!  
We are really excited (which means, nervous, worried, scared, etc.) about our upcoming Poetry Evening.  It is called 'Too Much Fun', because that is what everybody who comes will be having.  Or else!

We have begun to write some songs too so many of our musical talents will be on display as well.  Please put it in the dairy if it will fit.  Wednesday the 27th of November.

IMPORTANT!  This event is NOT COMPULSORY but we would love to see you there.

Who is That Band? Some cool guys!

The guy on the saxophone looked mean.  You should have heard him play.  Meeean!

Our friends The Bandits played at the fair and they sounded amazing.  Jesse May John was singing, belting it out, Liam rocking the rhythm, Solly on the keys and Ridley, playing the fine licks on the guitar.  They were joined by a fine young man on the bass (welcome to the Worser Bay Musical Whānau).  The crowd loved it; you were amazing! 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Eastern Zone Athletics - Inter-zone Team.

Well done to our Eastern Zone Athletics team!  We have some of our Athletes going on to the Inter-Zone event on the 26th of November.  Our Year 6 boys relay team came first!  Great running guys!

Pippa was first in the short sprint.
Coco second in the Long Jump.
Hunter, second in quoits.
Konrad was third in quoits.

Good luck everybody for the next round of competition! The whole Whānau are behind you!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Pātaka Art + Museum Trip - Kupe to Cook

"CREEEEEEEEAK... puff!" 
That was the sound of brakes. The bus had stopped. "Boom boom!" 
Jenny's voice echoed over the walls of the bus. "Say thank you to the bus driver as you SLOWLY head out!" 
Kids pushed their way through the small bus, and quiet 'thankyous' got murmured through the crowd. I pushed through the crowd of kids, quickly saying thank you to the driver I rushed out... and fell into a puddle. I was soaked. 
Me and the others ran to the museum, excited. I glared at the pictures of warriors and ships, statues and much much more...
Mae S

The first thing we did was go to the education room where we made waka hourua. Me and Emelia made one that suffered a horrible storm. - Greta L

 In the education room we made our own waka houruas with driftwood. We learned the evolution of navigation and how (and why) navigators got to new places. - William J

At the Pātaka museum we saw a big rock and it turned out that it was Kupe's anchor stone. We thought the boat must must have been big if it could hold that enormous stone! - Evie R

The only thing we were allowed to touch was Kupe's anchor stone from his waka hourua! - William J

I am bewildered at how cool this experience was! We were amazed at how much Māori treasure tapa cloth - Solly Y

We stopped at a big tapa cloth. The tapa cloth was very sacred to the Polynesians. We don't have that much in NZ because the weather was too cold to grow it. - Cleo S 

We went to the Pātaka museum, in Porirua on Monday. We attended the exhibition 'Kupe to Cook' and saw some really cool things, from Kupe's anchor stone, to signatures from the Treaty of Waitangi. One of the first things we did was study a painting made on Tapa. Tapa is a type of fabric that is made from plants, and is sacred to Polynesians. When Māori came to NZ they brought Tapa seed with them, but it was too cold for it to grow. So when Cook came, with Tapa, he experienced quite a bit of excitement about it. After that, we did a remake of a Polynesian navigation swell chart, which was quite fun. We then went through the story of Tupaia, although we already knew it! The whole exhibition locked in nicely with our own inquiry, which is all about Māori Navigators - Emelia K 

We also learned that Te Maro was the first Māori to be killed by a gun and Tupaia and him never got to meet. - Stella Z

On this trip, Māhutonga Matariki learnt more about our Polynesian ancestors who were very intelligent navigators. They used the stars to sail around the biggest ocean… the Pacific! They used big waka hourua - double hulled waka - which we got to make. That was really interesting. We also learnt about a very special type of fabric or paper that Māori and other Polynesians appreciate. It's amazing to know that the knowledge at Pātaka connected with ours at Whetūkairangi. - Gina L