Sunday, February 18, 2018

Check Out US!!

At Waikowhai, our Friday Whole School Assemblies are run by the kids. Each week a different class is rostered on to organise and present the assembly. Yes, Hauraki got Week One!! It's always a challenge at the very beginning of the year to get work finished to present but this class were keen and on to it!! 6 students organised the slideshow we needed of the programme and everyone worked hard to complete their work and practise their parts.
One of the items we presented was a slideshow that included a slide from each student talking about themselves and their 'favourites'. We wanted to get this ready so we could also share it on our class blog and start the Tui mai Tuhi atu journey.
Check out some info about the 25 students of Hauraki Class.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day Two Fun

To see the document click Wero.  

The following day we held a Technology Challenge across the whole Syndicate. Students were randomly grouped into 4 and given a task to build a structure from newspaper,  some other equipment and a strict timeframe.

This was a real challenge and the students had to dig deep to persevere. All 18 groups worked extremely well together considering some of them are new to the Syndicate and the School. they really are building their skills to work collaboratively and constructively. When the time was up they had about 10 minutes to take it outside and attach it to the ground ready for testing. The testing with a leaf blower caused great excitement!!. 

It was a lot of fun testing all 18 structures to see if they could with stand 'a storm'.  What we did notice was the need for students to investigate ways to develop strength in a structure, which are some skills we will look at in the coming year. It was a fun start.

2018 Two Thousand and Eighteen

Room 9 morphed into the Hauraki Class in 2017 when we shifted into the new Senior Syndicate ILE space with two other classes, part way through the year. Now, we start 2018 altogether and will experience this new style of learning and operating together for the full yearly cycle. Day One started with a session of really getting to know each other and start to bond together in our Hauraki class.

We followed this up with a scavenger hunt session altogether, to start to learn some stuff about each other.

For the new Year 5 students to Te Waka Ako the excitement of finally getting to unbox their new chromebooks was realised after morning tea. True excitement! And for many of our previous students this was the first time they had used their chromebooks since the end of school in 2017.

We had a quick brainstorm altogether of what we remembered or what made sense, when using digital technology safely. Their enthusiasm to recall and discuss all the 'rules' was heartening for the staff. They have a very responsible attitude to being Cybersmart.

The Year 6 students were willing, eager and excited to share their knowledge with the Year 5 students of how to use the google drawing tool in a simple exercise.

Their task was to create a name tag with a photograph for their goal kete and their equipment box.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Using de Bono Thinking Hats for our Celebration Day Reflection

Our Inquiry this year has been preparing products and signs and sustainability ideas for our school Celebration Day.  The students worked extremely hard to create Tote Bags to sell in Hauraki and they were very successful, selling nearly all of the 85 available to sell. After the event we used deBono thinking hats to reflect on all that we did.  The Year 4 students also got to create a bag as well as grow plants from seeds and reflect on these. Their slideshows and explanations are below.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Summer Blogging Programme

Well we have been remiss again at putting our work on our class blog. AND we have done sooooo much this term too! The Hauraki student blogs have lots of work posted onto them so be sure to check them out. there are photos of Inquiry work and our Celebration Day Gala.
Over the summer break all of Te Waka Ako are registered to take part in the Summer Blogging programme. This programme allows students to enter work onto their blogs from a programme set up by Auckland University.  They gain points for blogs of work they post and for comments they make on other peoples' work. After 4 weeks the tally is made and the 3 top students get a prize pack of lots of goodies.
Today we experimented with old activities from past seasons. Keep an eye out for their summer learning!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nexus Science Show


WOW! What fun was the Science Man and his Science Show. An hour of illusions and experiments in the name of science was experienced by the whole school. 
These videos include Abby using a leaf blower to keep a large model Earth in the air and a mini rocket going off! 
When we got back to the classroom, everyone was so excited we decided to share our experiences and any questions we had, especially about the magical experiments. 


Toby was super excited!

Ayva's thoughts on the Science Show

JD has a say. 

        Hauraki's Year 4 students had a lot to say after such a great session, as well, so we have included their thoughts to our class 

Have a look at the personal blogs of Hauraki's Year 5 and Year 6 students for their reactions. 

Making giant Bubbles! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ski Camp Slideshows

All the students who attended the 2017 Ski Camp to Mt Ruapehu spent time before and after the trip creating a booklet or slideshow with work related to the event. They have all spent lots of time personalising them and reflecting on their time away and posted them onto their own blogs. A cross section of some fabulous examples follows.




Friday, September 8, 2017

Stunning Mt Ruapehu Ski Camp!

Room 9 or now better known as Hauraki, are part of the senior school Te Waka Ako Innovative Learning Environment. In Week 5, sixty five of our Year 5 and 6 students went to National Park to ski and snowboard at Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu. The students had two days on the mountain learning these new skills.  After months of preparation and weeks of anxiety over the weather, the week arrived and was absolutely fabulous!  
The students worked with new adults and student groups, they negotiated new environments, they listened, questioned and learnt. They were challenged and extended and needed to persevere to succeed. The feedback from many different quarters outside our community was our students were respectful, polite, well behaved and just pleasant people to be around.  
Their success was being able to race each other after only two days. Their success was in the feedback they got from the public again and again. To see students with two days experience negotiating Rock Garden or Happy Valley slopes is memorable and shows how capable they are.
In the learning of the skill they learnt to rely on themselves to get better, their time practising by themselves was when they made the most gains. They also learnt to help and encourage each other, and then celebrate each other's success. But aside from the learning of a new physical skill like skiing or snowboarding they learnt to be open to a new experience in general. Being a long way from home, trusting and respecting a wide range of adults, focussing in on themselves to look after themselves and their property, developing new friendships, making the most of all the opportunities they were given, opening their eyes to an environment so many had never experienced and building awareness of the world around them.
They were amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better bunch.  All the adults who participated in the trip were very proud of them. As teachers, we hope the experience will inspire our students and their families that attended to apply their learnings and perseverance in many different areas of their lives. As well as go back and try again!
Following will be some slideshows that include the students reflections. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Year 4 on a Roll

JD's Language work with subject verbs agreements
Abigail's Name Tag 
As mentioned before Te Waka Ako had some Year 4 students join our 'family'. They have had to learn to use chromebooks in a hurry so they can participate in work the Year 5 and 6 students are doing. We have been completing Cybersmart and chromebook use workshops with them so they learn the many skills they need. Today we looked at sharing our work through blogging and the process of creating a blog to share. Here are some examples of what they have been doing. Please leave a comment and feedback for them.

Faith's de Bono hat thinking about the move to our new space....Te Waka Ako
Ayva's comic strip about being Cybersmart. 

Toby's writing about Taekwondo skills we are learning in PE


Book Week in Week 2 was a huge success for the whole school. We had a visiting poet who was very funny to listen to. She was a drama teacher when she was younger and so she was very 'dramatic' when she presented her poems. She also got students to help her present. During the week a book fair was on site and our community supported this extremely well, so we had lots of books we could purchase for the school library and resource room. On the final day the school had a character dress up day. Hauraki did particularly well at getting into the fun of it. We had some very creative ideas like half Romeo, half Juliet.
Hauraki Class looking awesome in book character dress ups on the steps of our new building - Te Waka Ako. 

With their teacher Mrs Potato Head.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Students in Term 3

Wow! We are in Week 3 and 'snowed under' with activities and work already.  At Waikowhai we had a teacher leave, and with the Auckland shortage of teachers it meant we were unable to replace that teacher. So Te Waka Ako, our senior syndicate, had to take on 15 new Year 4 students. Hauraki has 5 new students. I will introduce you to them now and show you some of the things we have been doing in the first two weeks of term.
 Toby is one of our new students. This is his tent creation he was challenged to make in Geometry, using only toothpicks and modelling clay. It was a very sturdy, strong structure.  
Two other students are Faith and JD. They both enjoyed this thinking activity and came up with

some excellent shapes.
Abigail and Ayva and our final two new students. They have created 'All about Me' poster to include in their learning steps slideshows, which include all their goals and practise work around their goals. For students brand new to chromebooks, our Year 4's are picking up the necessary skills very quickly. 


They have all settled in really well and have been very patient with all the changes. Lucky for Te Waka Ako we have extremely helpful Year 5 and 6 students who love to help teach them how to use their chromebooks, and the way we work in our new space.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hauraki Assembly

This Week our class was on the school assembly. This means we have to host the assembly, create a slideshow, organise songs, show our work, give out certificates,  do plays and so on. We LOVE to organise assembly (that's the students!!) Their teacher doesn't mind too much, but it can be stressful.
Anyway this week we had two plays to do as we are doing Drama this term so we had less time to show off our work. To make up for this we created a slideshow to show case the work we thought was our best pieces, or that we were most happy with. If you want to see more of them they are on our personal blogs. Happy reading

I (Hauraki's teacher) realised how many new skills this work represents in my students, and how much work they had completed over this term. Some more than others of course, but generally most of them have worked diligently to 'get stuff done!' Awesome work Hauraki. Be Proud.
Check out their personal blogs and leave a comment for them.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

And BACK to Skateboarding!

 On the third week of Skateboarding our intrepid adventurers were definitely into mastering the skills to ride the boards. They are having a heap of fun and have been inspired to bring in boards from home to ride in the mornings before school.

Of course their teacher had to get in on the act as well. 'In my day' we didn't really have skateboards, rather we made trolleys ourselves and careered down hills with no brakes or helmets! These skateboards are smooth and quick and the inevitable happened; I fell off! Landed on the side of my left thigh very hard and still sport a large bruise 10 days later. I did however get back on last week and start to master cornering in both directions!

I have a much healthier appreciation for skateboarders and the effort and skill it takes to use a board. It is a heap of fun!  These video clips are the kids really just starting to learn, we will take more next week, because some students have moved on to tricks.

Lucky for us the weather has been good for most of our sessions and we can be outside on the courts rolling around. On our second lesson it was raining so we spent time breaking down a skateboard and putting it back together. This was really interesting as we learnt how important the different parts of the wheel bases were and what they did.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Te Waka Ako

Out new learning space is called Te Waka Ako or The Canoe of Learning. The opening ceremony was on Monday the 22nd May. We have now had two weeks in the building and there are many changes that we are getting use to. All the students have posted their thoughts about the move in an activity using de Bono's Thinking Hats. Check out their blogs. You can find these on the right hand side column of this blog.
Mr Riceman and the Manukau Class have a great blogpost about the event, with a great movie and explanation. Check out their blog site.           

Artwork Inspiration

Last Term our focus in The Arts was Visual Art. We looked at the work of a well known New Zealand artist, and created a piece that had elements of the artists work in it. Our room looked at the work of Fatu Feu'u. We used paint on heavy cartridge paper and black or silver pastel. Learning to paint with detail and lots of straight edges was a challenge, but we are very happy with the results.

Check out some of Fatu's work.