23 February 2018

Circle Art

We have just finished our next piece of art - Circle Art.  We had to come up with creative and original ideas for the design, and then use bright and vibrant colours to fill in the gaps!  We had to blend some of the colours together too.  Our work looks AWESOME on the wall, so call in sometime and have a look.

Girls Only Football

Thanks to Jess from Central Football, who came along to run some 'girls only' football drills with us today.  It was lots of fun!

Interhouse Flippaball

Today we kicked off our Interhouse Competition for 2018!  It was all go in the swimming pool at lunchtime as each house battled to win their first matches.  As usual, the competition was fierce!  The first round was Rimu vs Totara, followed by Matai vs Kauri.  Well done to Rimu and Kauri for winning your first games.

21 February 2018

Firewise Programme

Today we participated in the Firewise programme.  We learnt all about fire safety, and what to do in an emergency situation.  While we knew a lot already, it was definitely good to freshen up our knowledge.  We watched two videos that had a significant impact on us and we now have a better understanding of how to prevent fires, and what to do if there is a fire.  Thanks to Mr Darling, who taught us a lot about how to be 'firewise'.

20 February 2018

Student Leaders 2018

This year, all our Year 8 students will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.  They are all excited about taking turns to organise events and be a part of the team.  We also have two house captains for each house.  Well done to those people who have been selected for this important role.

16 February 2018

Diving Practice

Watch the video.  Study your diving technique.  Pause the video to take a closer look at what you're doing and when.  Try to improve next time!

Hand Art

We have completed our second piece of art for the year.  We used the art of Romero Britto for inspiration.  Romero is a Brazilian neo-pop artist, known for using vibrant colours and bold patterns as an expression of hope and happiness.  Here is some of our finished work:

15 February 2018

People Are Awesome!

After being inspired by some INCREDIBLE You Tube videos, we decided to make our own 'People Are Awesome' video.  Many of the students in our class performed some cool tricks that we have recorded and put together in a video.  Please enjoy!

Kawhatau Camp

What a fantastic three days we had at the Kawhatau Outdoor Education Centre.  We had all sorts of fun and exciting adventures, and learnt even more about our classmates.  We did a lot of talking and reflections about our personal goals, putting us in a great position to be even more awesomer!  

Thanks to all the parents who helped out with baking, making mac and cheese, providing transport or staying overnight.  We couldn't do trips like this without you!

09 February 2018

Kai Iwi Beach Trip

Wow, what an awesome day we've had at Kai Iwi Beach!  We're pretty lucky to be able to get out and about and enjoy days like this, and we definitely made the most of it today.  We learnt about the environment, built sand castles, explored the beach, had fun with our 'Bounce Machines', spent time with our Buddy Class, and had a swim.  We just wish we could have stayed longer!

07 February 2018

Ball Squishing Challenge

We've been doing a fun challenge each day to help create our class culture, and to develop our team work skills.  Today's challenge involved working with a partner to hold the ball in place by squishing it against our sides.  We tried a few different variations, that made the challenge a little bit harder.  Some people were awesome, others need more practice...

02 February 2018

Fun Day Friday

We've been working really hard in our daily swimming sessions this week, swimming around 40-50 lengths each day.  After all this hard work, we were all looking forward to Fun Day Friday, a special tradition in Room 6.

First we practiced our diving... and we'll need a lot more practice!

Next we made Human Towers!  Well done to the two groups who were successful.

We also tried to stand up with a partner on the floaty mat thingee!

Buddy Class

It was wonderful to meet up with our Buddy Class, Room 2, for a swim this afternoon.  We had piggy back races, made a massive whirlpool, and helped our little buddies practice their swimming.  We are looking forward to having lots more fun with our Buddy Class as the year goes on.

01 February 2018

Week 1 - DONE!

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Team Challenge - Cup Pyramids

The challenge?  Work with a team to construct a pyramid out of plastic cups.  We had to use a special rubber band/string device to move the cups, and weren't allowed to touch them with our hands.  Most groups developed a great strategy quickly and were able to ace this activity.  Great work Room 6!

Self Portraits

Our work is finished and framed and ready to go on the wall!  This art was inspired by an artist called James Rizzi.  He was an American pop artist, known for using vibrant colours, and playful, zany imagery.  We're pretty proud of our first piece of art for 2018!

31 January 2018

Art: Self Portraits

We've been working hard on creating our first piece of art for 2018!  We look forward to showing you the finished product...

30 January 2018

Surviving The Heat

To finish off our day, we played a game called 'Pass The Water'.  The person at the front of the line has a container full of water, and they have to pass the water over their head to the next person.  The winning team is the team with the most water after it has passed along the line.  One or two people got a wee bit wet, but they weren't too worried about this at all!

29 January 2018

Day 1

We've had a great first day back at school after our summer holidays!  Here are some of the things we did today:

  • organised all our books and stationery
  • reviewed our emergency procedures
  • swimming
  • assembly
  • started reading our shared novel - 'Mr Tucket' by Gary Paulsen
  • visited the library
  • lunchtime swim
  • organised a lot of notices and paperwork
  • art

We are very grateful to have air-con (now that we've figured out how to work it).  It was a very hot day!  And of course, we HAD to take a few photos - Room 6 styles!

Watch this video to learn how to do sidestroke:

22 January 2018

Welcome Back!

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Kia ora and welcome to the 2018 school year!  She's gonna be a goodie!  Here are a couple of important reminders to help you ace the first couple of weeks of the school year:
  • bring your togs and towel every day - make sure they are named
  • make sure you've got your hat organised
  • make sure you have some roll-on deodorant in your bag
  • have a good breakfast each day
  • come to school with a great attitude and get ready to work hard, and have fun!

14 December 2017

2017 - All Done!

All the very best to our Year 8 leavers.... Year 7s - see you next year!


Last night we celebrated the end of the 2017 school year with our prizegiving.  As well as recognising the achievements of lots of students, we performed two items.  Great work Room 6!

12 December 2017

Y8 Leaver's Lunch

The Year 8 students had a blast at their Leaver's Lunch today.  They had delicious meals, refreshing drinks and super yum ice cream sundaes.  Yum!  Thank you to the PTA for paying for their meals - the kids definitely appreciated this.

Buddy Class

We have really enjoyed spending time with Room 2 - our buddy class - this year.  Today we had a game of long ball, and we were very impressed with the skills of the Room 2 kids!  Thanks for being a cool BC Room 2!

The Great Potato Project

We had great fun digging up our potatoes with our little buddies today!  Congratulations to Chloe and Rebecca who won the 'heaviest potatoes' competition.  We hope they taste as good as they look - we'll find out tomorrow!

09 December 2017

Slip n Slide 2017


Thanks to the Student Council for organising another awesome disco!

06 December 2017

Rafting Trip

After waiting nearly a year, we FINALLY got to enjoy our rafting trip today!  Earlier in the year, we won a fantastic prize which meant we were able to go rafting for free.  Today was worth the wait - we had the most awesomely cool day with the Mangaweka Adventure Company.  The rafting was peaceful, scenic and fun... with a MASSIVE, bumpy rapid in the middle.  The water was beautiful and warm, so everyone enjoyed a swim too.  Thank you to MAC and Horizons Regional Council for allowing us to enjoy such a great day.  Thank you to the parents who came along today too - you were awesome!

05 December 2017

Sports Fun Day

What a cool day we've had at Halcombe School!  We began the day with a seriously fun rotation around lots of different weird and wonderful games.  Then we watched (or competed in) the 400m - well done to Logan and Lucy who won their races.  After that we officially opened our new cricket pitch.  Next up there was a Students vs Adults cricket match - the students won easy peasy!  After lunch it was time for a mega slip n slide!  Phew... a very hot but very fun day!

Check out the vids!  (thanks William for your awesome droning skills!)

04 December 2017

Interhouse Cricket

A massive congratulations to Kauri - Interhouse Cricket Champs for 2017.  Well done to Totara too, who put up a great fight in the final today.


We had a special visit from Mr Atkins today. Mr Atkins is a National Fingerprint Training Officer working for the New Zealand Police. He taught us all about the 'science' of crime scene investigations, how to swab for DNA and how to take fingerprints. There were lots of opportunities for us to practice their new skills in mock crime scenes that were set up around the school. Very interesting stuff! Thanks Mr Atkins!

29 November 2017

Radio Check

Every week, Hamish and Fergus have been part of a district-wide 'radio check'.  In an emergency, Halcombe School would become a Civil Defence Centre, and we would need a way to communicate with other people in the district if the power was out.  This special radio would allow us to do this.  Today Hamish trained up Cameron and Kane in how to use the radio, and they will be in charge of doing the weekly checks next year.

28 November 2017

Student Leadership Day - More Pictures!

Thanks to Mr Blanchard for these extra photos of the Student Leadership Day that our Year 7 students attended yesterday.

27 November 2017

Student Leadership Day

Our Year 7 students were superbly entertained by the New Zealand Army at Linton Army Camp today. The purpose of the day was to develop leadership skills, and they had lots of opportunities to do exactly that. They also had the chance to have a good look at some of the cool equipment the army uses - everything from ration packs to weapons to vehicles to bandages to special radios. The Physical Training Officers also put the students through their paces in a series of challenging physical activities. A great day!

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26 November 2017

Turangi Camp

We had an awesome week away in Turangi last week.  We did caving and mountain biking and white water rafting and tramping and swimming and visited Tangiwai and the hot pools and had the best skit night ever!  We all had so much fun, and we'll remember all our adventures for years to come.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this camp 100% awesome!

13 November 2017

Touch Photos

Thanks to Mr Blanchard for these cool photos of the Pink and Purple team in action at touch last week!