Friday, September 22, 2017

Bubble Art

This afternoon with our tuakana teina time we did a collaborative piece of art. We created bubbles because we try to keep everybody's bubble afloat rather than burst them.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

String Shapes

Today we made shapes out of string. We got put into groups of three or four,  then we got a piece of paper with some shapes we had to try to make. Some of the shapes were a square, cube and a star. The 3D  shapes were hard and some of the group did not complete them.

Hula Hoop Activity NCLI

Today we had No Child Left Inside but it was raining so we did it inside. We did a really cool activity where you had to make a hula hoop house and crawl through it. Also we made a huge tower with three on top of each other.

Friday, June 30, 2017


And here are a few photos of our Rugby team that hit the ground running at a Year 7/8 tournament this week. Plenty of smiles and enthusiasm for doing it all over again next year. That's a winning effort!

Art with ATET

Year 8s working with Jane Henderson from ATET to make screenprints. These will be used to create some cloth bags as part of the 'Boomerang' Project which aims to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Genius Hour

For a couple of weeks Kotare and Kotuku have been doing Genius Hour.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Writing Complex Sentences

We are making sure we are aware of varying our sentence structure, length and beginnings.

Here is a slideshow as a reminder on how to write Complex Sentences.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Using Screencastify

Kia ora

Here are a few videos to help you get started using Screencastify which videos your computer screen together with any speaking you do. This is a useful tool for teaching new skills, or to show off what you have learned.

Watch these videos in order to see how to add screencastify to your chromebook, use the Math Trainer for times tables practise, and then how to share your screencast to your blog. Good luck.
 Add Screencastify to Chromebook.
Remember to give your screencast a title.

Using the Math Trainer.

Upload Screencast to Blog

Monday, April 3, 2017

Another Zoom In Story...

Photo Credit: mitchell haindfield Flickr via Compfight cc

Please feel free to start a story in the comments...

SBC - Week 3 - Activity 7 - Zoom Out

This activity needs your help. 

You are invited to build on to the story by adding a comment. This means you need to zoom out of the image below with your who is holding the ice cream? What else might be in the picture if you zoomed out a bit? What might happen next?
Be sure to read others' comments first, and continue the story, by zooming out even further. We could build an amazing story. Give it a go!

So, here is the start of the story...

A delicious ice cream with raspberry sauce, sprinkles...AND a flake on top.

Photo Credit: Sean MacEntee Flickr via Compfight cc

Creative Commons Again

So, it seems that even though there are billions of images on the internet, they are not all free for the taking. Who knew?

Here is a post about 'Images, Copyright and Creative Commons' by Sue Waters that will help us to get appropriate images that we have the go-ahead to use. 

 This image of Cape Reinga has the appropriate attribution details.
Photo Credit: Jaafar Alnasser Photography Flickr via Compfight cc

Thursday, March 16, 2017


As part of the Student Blogging Challenge, I came across a neat wee video creation site when I found Anisha's blog. Here is a link to her video that inspired me to have a go at BITEABLE.
My video below took about five minutes to make, and I think it turned out well. It's easy and fun to use, and produces a good quality outcome. Maybe you can have a play with it too?

Presentation 1 on Biteable.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Student Blogging Challenge 2017

This week we are beginning the International Student Blogging Challenge. There are over 3000 students from around the world taking part, so we hope to make connections with bloggers from other countries. Here is a link to the homepage of the challenge so you can find out what your tasks are for this week. The first challenge was to create an avatar to use as our profile picture. Here is one of them.
We are looking forward to meeting up with other bloggers. Watch this space.

Greater Than and Less Than

I came across this explanation for remembering which symbol is greater than and which one is less than. The 'two dots' always faces the larger In the picture below: 18 is LESS THAN 27 and 27 is GREATER THAN 18
Also, notice how the arrows at the end of the numberline are in a similar direction to > greater than, and < less than.
Tyreece shared his new learning of this on his blog recently.