Jun 30, 2017

Our salmon fish eggs have arrived!

Today Erin from Southland Fish and Game brought us our salmon eggs for the tank that she set up for us yesterday in our classroom.

This is part of the Schools to Streams project that is being run by Fish and Game; we look forward to watching the eggs grow into salmon fry that we can then release into the Mataura River.

It will be a fascinating, relevant project!

When we come in on Monday we should start seeing 'alevin' appear from the eggs - they will be small, and won't do much - just lay around in the basket/tank feeding off their egg-sacs. By the time Term Three starts they will be bigger and ready for us to start feeding them.

We will all take turns to learn how to measure the pH levels of the water and to feed the fish.

This is a video of where our eggs came from, a hatchery up in Canterbury.

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Southland Social Sciences Fair


This week we completed and presented our Southland Social Sciences Fair entries. What a satisfying feeling to finally see all our hard work on display - we enjoyed being able to share our work with the rest of the school as each team called into Room Six to have a look at our 'mini-museum'.



Everything is on display at the Invercargill Working Men's Club until 2pm on Saturday 1st July.  We haven't had any official results but Asha has been along for a look and has spotted that Shaelin's project about her whakapapa has earned an award, and that Gabby and Amethyst have also gained a Merit for their project comparing life in Edendale with life in Dubai.



Have a look at our blogs to see what we each worked on!






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Football kicking skills with Bodean

Our Eastern Southland Sports Coordinator, Bodean Cowley, is at school again today helping us with our kicking skills and header skills.























Jun 29, 2017

Learning maps

Writing/drawing our thoughts onto our maps.
Last week we spent time creating our Infinity Learning Maps to share our own thoughts about our learning - in our map we share: who helps us learn, places where we learn, and tools that help us learn. Then we make connections between those things to explain how they help us.

Making the connections between the items on our maps.

After we talked about our learning maps with our classmates we then thought about a change we would like to make with our learning (anything that we might be finding tricky or having an issue with to do with people, places or tools) - we also had to think about what we would do to make that change happen, how our teacher might help us with it, and then how our whanau (family) might help us. Now we are all having a go at making that change happen.

Looking at our maps and comparing our ideas.
Some examples of the changes we hope to make:

  • "keeping my pencil safely in my pencil case so I always have it ready for doing my tasks"
  • "learning about how to use decimals in multiplication or division"
  • "sitting with responsible people in class time so I can learn better"
  • "to count to ten and take deep breaths if I start to feel angry"
  • "make sure I do my homework every night"
  • "read for 15 minutes every night"

Videoing our explanations of our maps.
This was our first effort at sharing our thinking with this method and we look forward to trying it again next term. Mrs Coyle is learning about this process with the help of Mary Wootton from Infinity Learning Ltd and Mrs C will be getting some ideas from Mary about what to do next early in Term Three.


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Jun 20, 2017

Make A Deal reward cards!

PROOF FOR OUR PARENTS THAT WE ARE NOT JOKING ABOUT THIS: 

Mrs C is catching up on handing out her infamous Make A Deal cards for this term...if she catches us being great learners we earn a card that we can take home as proof that we deserve a reward from our parents (but we have to negotiate what that is as our parents have the final say!)




Who in the team hasn't had theirs yet? You've still got two weeks to earn it....



Jun 13, 2017

Jun 12, 2017

Real life problem solving

Unusually for this time of year we have got a few pesky visitors hanging around the school and we are having trouble locating their nest...

so, to try and trap or get them away from the classrooms at least, we are going to try out some traps from recycled bottles.

http://kiwimana.co.nz/getting-rid-of-wasps-in-your-garden-the-natural-way/

Could be a good Science Fair project!



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Jun 11, 2017

MVP and a sad farewell

Maggy was the most recent Team Kahu recipient of the Senior MVP) Most Valuable Pupil) - well-deserved for consistently showing Haepapa-Responsibility.


That turned out to be well-timed as just after that we found out that Maggy's visit to NZ was ending and she and her family are returning to the Phillippines this week.

We will miss you very much Maggy - you have been a fantastic friend and class-mate!! We wish you and your family all the very best for the future.

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Jun 5, 2017

Haepapa - Responsibility

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