Sep 30, 2015

Arts @ Edendale - nga rakau

Here we are having a go at some nga rakau (Maori stick game) for arts@Edendale during Term 3...we are aiming to have coordination, control of our rakau, and be working in time with both our partner and the beat of the music.  We used the basic actions to make up our own patterns with our partner...



2015 Year 6 rakau from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

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Sep 24, 2015

The Southern Lights - nature is amazing!

Here's an awesome video that showcases the beautiful Southern Lights (the Aurora Australis) that we are so lucky to have down here in Southland (and would see if we didn't have to be in bed early each night for school the next day!)


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Sep 19, 2015

All Black inspiration - Richie McCaw

This may be an advert but it is also a great video showing how one of our favourite role-models, All Black legend/captain Richie McCaw, sets goals and works towards them - his current dream...to defend the title of Rugby World Cup Champions - GO ALL BLACKS!!!




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Sep 18, 2015

Arts - WEAVING

To end the term we are having a go at some weaving - first we are going to try paper cup weaving as seen on the Yarnspirations website

Weaving is an ancient and important craft for many cultures around the world -

some facts about Maori weaving

here is a video showing some women from The Philippines who weave mats to support their families...


And these men are weaving baskets in The Philippines...



Weaving is very important to the Maori people of New Zealand too.

Here is NZ weaver, Veranoa Hete, demonstrating the weaving of a rourou (basket) with harakeke (flax)...


Kohai Grace created her Cape of Stars, using traditional Maori weaving techniques...


Leonie Sharp is another modern Maori weaver/artist...

See how women in Uganda use banana leaf fibres to make baskets...


At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Sep 15, 2015

Inquiry - Science - Physical Phenomena

Today with Miss McKenzie we are working with forces, in particular air pressure. We are working in our g3 groups, using what we have learnt about air pressure and air resistance, to create a parachute that will stay floating for as long as possible.... Which group will be the most successful??









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Sep 14, 2015

TAKE TWO NEWS - LMV Music Festival





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Sep 9, 2015

TAKE TWO NEWS - Senior Ski Trip

Well done Harm, Kim and Paige - our first Take Two News episode filmed and edited on an ipad!


TAKE TWO NEWS 2015 Senior Ski Trip from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.
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Senior MVP: Olivia

Congratulations to Olivia, for being selected as last week's Senior Most Valuable Pupil from Team Kahu! Here is the newsletter text:

Olivia is another wonderful example of a Year Six pupil who has risen to the challenge of being a role-model and leader in our school by showing the full range of values that we expect to see from her.

Olivia is a young lady who consistently shows matatika - honesty - as she goes about her daily learning  tasks and other school activities.

She is truthful and will do the right thing even when no-one is looking.  She is aware that her actions will have consequences so she makes the right choices.

Olivia supports her team-mates with their choices too and she encourages them to be the best they can be at all times.

Olivia is carrying out her Southland Spirit of a Nation team duties with honesty, integrity and enthusiasm - eager to get the job done and to do it well!

Ka pai, Olivia! We are proud to have you in Team Kahu!

NZ Aluminium Smelters Southland Science and Technology Fair

Phew! We made it! Tuesday morning was a flurry of typing, printing, cutting, blu-tacking but we got our science fair project displays completed - it has been a tough couple of weeks with all the interruptions due to Mrs C being away, the LMV Music Festival being held and up to a third of the class being off sick any day this week, but we were able to get our term's hard work entered in the fair down in Invercargill...









We answered the judges' questions with as much scientific knowledge as possible and we look forward to finding out if any of us have won awards.

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Sep 7, 2015

More science underway

It is a bit strange today as we have eight people away with illness and we seem to have so much space! Get well soon friends!!

Today we have been working on completing our science fair projects and this afternoon Miss McKenzie has taken us to our next inquiry session, exploring air pressure and gravity...

Checking up on the rust experiment...

Final measurements for the greenhouse effect experiment...

Using A4 sheets of paper, aiming to make one fall as slowly as possible and the other fall as quickly as possible...









Sep 6, 2015

This week's THINK ABOUT IT...

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Sep 2, 2015

Arts@Edendale - nga rakau

This week we had the first of our two sessions of nga rakau, working on improving the movement and timing skills that we built up last year and aiming to be able to do passes to each other...








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Senior MVP Caleb


Caleb was our Senior Most Valuable Pupil for innovation a couple of weeks ago! Congratulations!

Here is what Mrs C wrote in the newsletter:
Innovation (auahatanga) is important when our Year Sixes are carrying out their various roles around our school.  We expect our senior pupils to be able to get on with their jobs and do their own problem-solving with any little issues that may arise.

Caleb is the leader of our Vege Team and he takes it seriously, performing his role very efficiently and enthusiastically.  He is able to see what needs to be done without being told and will often marshal his team to assist with the duties.

Caleb is able to apply problem-solving strategies to the way he and his team look after the garden, taking on new ideas or suggestions and putting them into action, often with his own spin on the idea.

We all appreciate the wonderful way you look after our garden and that you are mindful of passing on your knowledge to other pupils so they can continue it next year.

Keep up the good work Caleb!

Some fun facts about elephants!



Read 12 quick facts at teh TED-ed blog

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Sep 1, 2015

Scientists in action - Science Fair preparations underway

All sorts of investigations have been happening for Team Kahu scientists in the pasty three weeks and we are finding that results are not always what we hypothesised!