Sep 20, 2013

Week 8 of Term 3

What a great time we had this week in Gore on Wednesday for the Sport Southland Football Tournament!

 We had four teams of 6-7 players who each faced off against teams from Wyndham, Glenham, West Gore, Te Tipua, Mataura and East Gore schools.

Most of the teams had wins or draws in their four games, a great result after six weeks of skills sessions with Paul Russell from Football Southland.

A huge thanks to Mrs Knapp and Mr McEwan and Mr Pirie for taking cars and  managing the teams and refereeing the games, and thanks to Mrs Musalov, Ms Vincent, Mrs McKenzie, Mrs Bucknell, and Mr Pinckney for helping us with transport.  Thanks also to the Pioneer Tavern for the use of their van to help us out of our transport worries!

Sadly this week we farewell Mr Graham Pirie from our classroom- Mr P has been an absolute asset to us and has contributed so much to our learning this year as he completed his final year of teacher training at Otago University.

We loved attending Polyfest and are looking forward to tending to the school vege garden in its new spot by the TBLC (getting moved today by Mr P and some Team Kahu helpers!).

We have loved working with Mr Pirie for all our classroom activities, especially in the last four weeks when he was running the whole programme.  We know that the school that employs Mr Pirie will have a fantastic teacher and his new class will be very lucky to have him! He has proven himself to be an awesome teacher and we will miss him! All the best for the future Mr Pirie!

Earlier this week we met up with El Gregoe for his magic show - we learnt about the value of being a HERO for our school (Helpful, Encouraging, Respectful and take Opportunities). We will all be trying to be HEROs at Edendale Primary School and beyond!

On Tuesday we all took part in the Clean Up NZ activity - we were joined by Fonterra volunteers to walk around Edendale township and give the streets a tidy-up.  We enjoyed the barbecue and iceblock afterwards (thanks Barbecue Bill and Fonterra!)

Sep 16, 2013

How to use Comic Life on the ipad

A handy video - two classmates are currently learning to use this app on our ipads to make information posters about the worm farm.

Sep 15, 2013

MVP, MasterChef, Cupcakes and Doodles for Google!

Term 3 - Week 7 - another week down and two to go until the holidays! Great to have Maximus as the MVP for this week at Celebration Time - congratulations! Your innovative thinking is a great learning value to share and explore!

This week was full-on for the Team Kahu kids as our action-packed days kept us busy - congratulations to Thea, who was one of the two finalists in the Student Council MasterChef competition, baking muffins up against Jonas from Team Kereru. Mrs Coyle can vouch for the tastiness of Thea's chocolate surprise muffins and Jonas' lemon muffins - both were DELICIOUS!

Student Council judges
BOT Chairperson Mrs Lumsden and Principal Mr McKenzie - taste testers!
Runner up
MasterChef 2013 finalists
Congratulations to Jonas, who came out the winner with most points for knowledge, technique and taste, with Thea being runner-up! All the best for your future cooking experiences to both of you!

Alongside MasterChef, the Student Council invited all the other pupils to enter decorated cupcakes - here are the Team Kahu entrants...didn't they each do a great job?!

Chosen as the winner for Team Kahu!

Mrs Coyle has taken our Doodle for Google entries and chosen seven to be entered in the national competition - the theme was "If I could be an explorer I would..." - wish us luck! Our fingers are crossed that at least one of us will be chosen for the public vote!

We will add our doodles to our own learning journal blogs during Week 8 and you can read our statements that we wrote to go with our doodle pictures.
Renee - The Amazon
Ahliyah - Taking pictures of wild animals
Keegan - Temple Raiders
Bethany - Space
Jennifer - The jungle
Thea - As I explore Te Papa I see...
Lanney - The jungle

For the scientists and nature lovers!

This is an amazing video that shows just how well animals such as the octopus make use of camouflage!

Sep 4, 2013

Worm Farm revitalised!

Two of our awesome Year Fives have taken on the spirit of this term's inquiry into meeting the needs of our community and have been busy setting up the school can-o-worms for us.

Ben and Anthony have researched the "lifestyle" of worms and have cleaned out the worm farm and prepared it for today's delivery of tiger worms!  The boys will oversee the running of the worm farm (they are already planning to sell the worm tea!) and will take the worm farm into next year when they will train others to be able to run it.

Great work guys! We look forward to seeing our waste food getting turned into useful garden fertiliser!