25 September 2018

Fun Times

We did some cool activities with our reliever, Mrs Skelton yesterday!

Firstly, we made 'Love Letters' to send to the children at Starship Hospital.  The letters are used to spell out a patient's name.  We hope the kids like our work!

In maths, we had a geometry/construction challenge, where we had to make the tallest tower using spaghetti and marshmallows.  Congratulations to Ruby, Abbie and Lucy, who won the challenge with a tower measuring 55cm tall!

23 September 2018

Turbo Time

Our class turned into a full-on Green Machine today, at the Manawatu vs Wellington rugby match!  After winning a 'Game Day Experience' thanks to Norwood Farm Machinery, we were treated to a BBQ, (cooked by Turbos players), a tour of the training facilities the Turbos use, and tickets to the game.  Unfortunately the Turbos were well beaten.  We all had loads of fun though!

22 September 2018

Drama Show - Cinderella

Well done to Regan, Shaun, Dylan, Ryan, Finlay, Shania and Ashlee, who were awesome in their performance of 'Cinderella' last week.  They spent loads of time practicing, and we're all proud of you for what you have achieved.  The show was very entertaining!  Great work kids!  Well done to Elisabeth and Bethany who helped out behind the scenes too.

Sports Fun Day & Sausage Sizzle

The Sports Fun Day was awesome!  We had heaps of fun planning, testing and actually teaching our crazy games to the other students at our school.  There were loads of laughs, some big wipe outs and great competitiveness shown on the day.  Well done Room 6.  You did good.  Check out the highlights:

Congratulations to the Y8 students from Rimu, who did a fantastic job of cooking a sausage sizzle for lunch.  Yummo!

20 September 2018

Ball Rush

Some of the students in Room 6 have invented a new game - BALL RUSH!  This game is a combination of ball tag and bull rush.  Players must run from one end of the field to the other, while the taggers in the middle try to smash them with a swiss ball.  The result?  Complete carnage.

Tech Group B - Movies

19 September 2018

Tower Building Championships

We launched into our latest team challenge today!  We were divided up into teams and had to build the tallest tower we could in eight minutes. Then our towers were measured and the results recorded.  We'll do this eight times with:

  • buckets
  • cards
  • plastic cups
  • atlases & dictionaries
  • rods
  • multilink cubes
  • wooden 3D shapes
  • plastic sticks and balls

We know that activities like this help us to develop HEAPS of great skills, such as decision making, compromise, communication, perseverance, problem solving and making a positive contribution to our team.  A steady hand helps too!

Check out the video from the action today!

14 September 2018

Movie Making Fun

There were lots of giggles as Tech Group B launched into some movie making today...

12 September 2018

Tech Challenge

Today we completed our first Tech Challenge in ages!  The problem?

'Forest fires are sweeping the land.  Build a tower that would allow Marge (our wee plastic doll) to keep watch and spot any new fires'.


  • must be freestanding
  • Marge must stand up
  • the higher the better

We worked in teams and had about 45 minutes to construct our towers.  At the end of this time, 5/10 groups managed to make a tower that could actually stand up.  It was great to see some originality with some of the designs.  Congratulations to Rebecca, Shania and Holly, who were clear winners in the end.

Was your tower a success?  Why?

Made with Padlet

11 September 2018

Message From Australia!

Remember this video?  Well, we've received an email about it...

Good Morning  Room 6,

My name is Mrs Kerrigan and I am the Music Teacher at Allendale Primary School in Geraldton, Western Australia.

I recently saw your amazing Synchronised Basketball assembly item (on youtube) and was blown away by it! I was just wondering if you would be able to let me know the name of the track that you used for it? Was it one easily accessible, or did you remix a few different songs into one?

I'd love to use the same track for a dance that we are doing next term.

Thank you so much for your help!
Mrs Kerrigan

How cool is that?  In case you're wondering, Geraldton is located on the west coast of Australia (see below).  Mrs Kerrigan will send us a copy of the video they make - awesome!

07 September 2018

Tech - Final Rotation

Today we started our final rotation for Tech - we'll be all done in four weeks!  We are excited to start our new activity, and we're looking forward to learning new skills and making some cool stuff!

Check out what Group B made today:

30 August 2018

Colyton Sports Exchange

We had the fourth and final of our winter sports' exchanges with Colyton School today.  There were some fantastic battles, and we won some and lost some!  The sun was shining, the kids were smiling and the afternoon tea was awesome!  Thank you so much to our coaches, referees and supporters.

Thanks to Mr Blanchard for the brilliant photos too!


Special Visitors

Today we had some special visitors to our class - all the way from Japan!  They told us a little bit about life in Japan, and then dressed Hollie up in a kimino.  A kimino is worn by Japanese women on very special occasions.

29 August 2018

PJ & HC Day & Staff vs Students Netball

We were all super comfortable in our PJs today!

Well done to the Totara Year 8 students who did a wonderful job of organising hot chocolates for everyone.  The popcorn was 100% yummy too!

The students played some very sharp netball in the Staff vs Students netball match this afternoon, and came very close to beating the staff.

What a day!

23 August 2018

Algorithm Tutorials

This week, some students have been using Explain Everything to create short videos explaining how to use algorithms to solve problems.  These will be very useful for people who need to practice, or who aren't sure quite what to do!

22 August 2018

Bulls Sports Exchange

Today we hosted Bulls School in another epic sports exchange!  The rain (mostly) stayed away, but the ground was VERY wet and muddy.  The slippery conditions gave us a good challenge though!  All our teams performed very well, and the afternoon tea was yummo.  Well done kids!

Thank you so much to our coaches and referees, and to Mr Blanchard for taking awesome photos!

Mr Blanchard's Photos - Click Here

20 August 2018

Sarah - Horizons Visitor - Round 2

Sarah from the Horizons Regional Council visited us again today.  We analysed the results from our tracking tunnels, and nearly all the groups had some pest action!  Some locations were more popular than others, and we discussed the reasons for this.  We've learnt a lot during our first attempt at tracking pests, and most groups agreed they'd do things a little differently next time.  It seems we have plenty of rats and mice around our school.

We are doing another round of tracking, this time using the 'proper' ink pads, rather than the home made job.  Some groups decided to move their tunnels to a different location.  We discussed using different bait, but decided to stick with peanut butter.

Sarah showed us a variety of different traps that can be used to kill pests, and we talked about the positives and negatives of each.  As a class, we decided we would like to try to trap and kill some pests around our school, so organising that is our next step.

15 August 2018

South Mak Exchange

Yesterday we faced South Makirikiri School in our annual sports exchange.  We piled on the bus, very excited about the matches ahead.  We were very pleased that the weather was WAY better than last year, when we had thunder, lightning and hail during our games!

We received a warm welcome at South Mak and got straight into our warm ups and games.  Of the five games we played, Halcombe won the senior rugby, B netball and football, and South Mak won junior rugby and A netball.  We all had loads of fun, and it was awesome to see some fantastic individual and team performances.  The afternoon tea was pretty good too!

Click here to see some fantastic photos that Mr Blanchard took:

Mr Blanchard's Photos

14 August 2018

Special Visitor - Sarah - Horizons Regional Council

Yesterday we had a visit from another expert to help us with our science learning about biosecurity.  Sarah is the environmental educator for the Horizons Regional Council.  

She talked to us about pests in New Zealand, and what is being done to try to eradicate them.  We learnt about what the footprints of different animals look like too.

Sarah also helped us to construct tracking tunnels, because we are going to monitor the pests that are around our school.  We are hoping that some peanut butter will tempt the creatures to walk through the tunnels, and leave their footprints behind.  Once we know what pests we have around our school, we might be able to set up some traps to do our part to protect our patch of land from these creatures.