Oct 30, 2014

Share the Road/Cycle Tour of Southland

Today we had a Share the Road presentation as part of a build-up to next week's  major sporting event, The 2014 Cycle Tour of Southland.
Maureen Deuchrass (Share the Road), Senior Constable Linda Graham (Gore Police), Brehan Cairns (cyclist for the Radio Sport - Ultimo team) and Reece McDonald (sponsor, Ricoh), shared with us important cycle and scooter safety messages and introduced us to the new Share the Road mascot 'Glo-Bro' (see if you can spot his picture in the photos below).

We also got to see Brehan (pronounced Brennan) wearing each of the special jersey's that cyclists compete for to get the chance to wear during each stage of the 1000km, 6-day race around Southland, and his really special, carbon-fibre (looks big but is very light-weight) racing bike:
Sprint Ace - most points for sprints
King of the Mountain - most points for hill climbs
Under-23 (years old)  race leader
The ultimate jersey - the overall Tour Leader
Aaron, a Year 3 pupil, could lift the bike with one hand!
And be safe when out on your bikes or scooters everyone!!

Oct 28, 2014

NZ author: Susan Brocker

Our excitement was high today as we received a parcel in the mail, a response from NZ author Susan Brocker in regards to the letters we wrote to her after Mrs Coyle read to us her novel 'The Wolf in the Wardrobe'.

Susan had also personally signed Mrs C's copies of 'The Wolf' and her newest book, '1914: Riding into War' (which we want to read as soon as we finish 'Felix and the Red Rats'). 

Thanks, Susan, for taking the time to answer all of our questions about your inspirations for the wolf novel and about being a writer - we are planning to hunt out more of the sixty titles you have already written and we look forward to your next great book!!

Oct 27, 2014

Week 3 reading task: INQUIRY RESEARCH: Our Pacific Neighbours


Now that we have had a look at what makes us Kiwi/New Zealanders and how we live our lives here, we are going to jump on our 'magic carpet' (otherwise known as Google Earth) and take an adventure around the southern Pacific Ocean to explore some of our Pacific neighbours...

some of these nations will be familiar to us as many have strong links with New Zealand, while others we may have not heard of before...

Nauru          Tonga        Niue        Fiji      
The Cook Islands     Samoa        American Samoa     Tokelau
          Solomon Islands      Vanuatu      Tahiti (French Polynesia)                                New Caledonia

During Week 3, your flying carpet explorer mission is to take an ipad tour to gather information about THREE of our Pacific neighbours: use GOOGLE EARTH on the ipads to search for your chosen locations as you 'cruise' around the Pacific - prove you have been where you intended to go, by filling in your travel log!

Also keep an eye out for the definitions of these key words for our inquiry word wall:
atoll      island       lagoon       reef       islet     territory     archipelago

Have a great trip - see you when you get back! (Make sure you land before Thursday lunchtime!)

Oct 25, 2014

This week's SUPER SENTENCE prompt...

Keeping with our life in New Zealand inquiry theme, a gorgeous picture of one of the gorges near Queenstown...what wonderful descriptive super sentence can you come up with?

(Write your sentence into the comments below; all Team Kahu writers will go in the draw for the prize pen pot...)

Update for the Technology Challenge Team

It was a tough day at the office for the four members of our team, who competed last week at the annual Southland Primary Schools' eis Technology Challenge:

...while the egg carrier made it to the finals, it did not quite stand up to the two extra drops (from a 4m height) and the team were placed second equal for that round - great design work team!

The lighthouse tower challenge proved to be even more of a challenge as the teams were only given 20 minutes to build it (we'd been told to practice with 40 minutes for the build, so we are a bit 'miffed' about that!):

The mystery challenge, also given just twenty minutes to complete, was to build a 6 metre retrieval device that could pick up a cellphone...Brayden had had previous experience with this activity on a REAP course, but the team were just a little bit short on their device:

All four members of the team worked well and they have each made us very proud at Edendale Primary School!

Big thanks to Mr Gauldie for taking the team to the event for us!

Oct 23, 2014

More of our Kiwiana iMovies...

The production teams (pairs of two, one group of three) have completed their movie clips based on the Kiwiana theme of the introduction to our Term Four inquiry "How is my life in Aotearoa NZ different to life in another country?"

Here are the final submissions...many of the videos have Kiwiana references (outfits, slang etc)...what can you spot as classic Kiwiana? Enjoy watching and feel free to make comments!

2014 Kiwiana Red Bands. from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2014 Kiwiana Pavlova from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2014 Kiwiana - Pounamu from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2014 Kiwiana Bush Walk from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2014Kiwiana Cooking on Kiwi TiVi from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

Oct 22, 2014

Kiwana iMovies

The first three Kiwiana movies from our production teams are ready for your viewing!

2014 number 8 wire from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2014 Kiwi Fruit from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

2014 Can You Handle The Jandal? from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

eis Technology Challenge 2014

Tomorrow is the big day for our team of four Year Sixes, off to Waianiwa in Central Southland, to compete in three challenge activities against teams from other Southland schools.
Today the team made their egg-carrier, which they hope will keep the egg safe when dropped from a height of 4m, as well as practised the building of a lighthouse. Tomorrow there will also be a mystery challenge that they won't know about until the instructions are given out. 
Good luck team!!

Oct 20, 2014

Fishing for answers this week...

Keith Haring artwork

Working on our Keith Haring inspired art works...empty, white silhouettes in black vivid, with blocks of pastel colour in the background...

this is the image that has inspired us: it is from Keith's Dance Series:

INQUIRY - Life in New Zealand

Moving along in our Term Four inquiry, having looked at icons of Kiwiana and what it might mean to 'be a Kiwi', this week we are discussing typical daily life in New Zealand so we can understand more about our lives here before we compare our life to life in another country.


100% Pure New Zealand      wikipedia     Tourism NZ     Christchurch City Library

NZ History Online    househunting blog   wikipedia

Immigration Dept       Maori culture tips


Four Corners

Niwa website    Wikipedia 

NZ History Online 

(Pictures from Google Images search)

Oct 17, 2014

Another Happy Hundred reader

This time we have Kim who has reached 75 chapters of reading...her prize, a hand-made pillowcase.  Congratulations Kim! Happy reading!!

Oct 16, 2014

Congrats to Richard, our MVP from the last week of Term Three

Each week at Celebration Time, two pupils are awarded as Most Valuable (Junior and Senior) Pupils of the Week...in the final week of last term, our team-mate Richard became a winner! Congratulations!

Here is what was printed in the newsletter...

Team Kahu pupils pride themselves on being leaders of our school and this young man is a wonderful example of the way in which having strong character and learning values is an asset for good leadership.

Richard is always enthusiastic and involved in our learning tasks, showing that he is a problem-solver and innovative thinker who is able to look at a problem from different angles and seek the best solution.

We all enjoy Richard’s honesty and sense of humour as he brings a lightness to the most serious task, yet he is able to show self-control and cooperation as appropriate to the situation. We know that Richard will contribute relevant ideas and he can be relied to take the lead when a job needs done.

You are doing a super job as our Southland Spirit of a Nation rep, as well as a Year Six role-model, Richard – thanks for being an integral part of Team Kahu!

Art focus: famous artist: Keith Haring (USA)

Keith Haring was a 1980's modern artist who used his cartoonish style as a kind of graffiti art, becoming famous for his subway graffiti and large wall murals and sculptures.

He used his art to share his message of the importance of people caring for each other and enjoying life. 

We are going to try to create our own art based on his work.  Today we started by trying to recreate the shapes in his art with our own bodies. What do you think?

(the top row)



Photo credits: general Google images search