Sunday, 17 November 2019

Art Gallery visit

Today we continued with our exploration of releasing the inner artist by visiting the Dunedin Art Gallery. Not only did we get to create but we got to jump all over one of the art installations.
 That was awesome as we know most of the art is a look and not touch experience.

And here is the result of our ocean rubbish art. 

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Observational drawings to amaze.

M2A have been working on the skill of observational drawing, really focusing and taking note of what they are drawing. By really studying our subjects we took note of  shapes, sizes, proportions, colour and detail. We have also been learning how to give and receive feedback from our peers to help improve our drawings.

You can't see it in our work but there have been many changes before our finished drawing. We feel pretty proud of our improvement and our end results. 

Friday, 20 September 2019

Food technology and the fair.

This weekend the school community worked together and pulled off a magnificent fair. But the work had begun way before the Saturday.
Our contribution was to make coconut ice but to give it an edge! We did some market research, experimented with different colours, shapes and "accessories". We had some very interesting interpretations of coconut ice but they all sold so hopefully that meant a good job done! 

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Trips, concerts and visitors

It's been an exciting and fun last few weeks with lots going on.

Firstly we had a magnificent day out by our local harbour having a lovely time being hosted by Ōtākou marae where after being welcomed on with a pōwhiri, we played games like Poi Toa, shared our mihimihi and tried our hand doing some raranga where we weaved an ika/fish.

The week after that we had our Pasifika Performance Group put on a fundraising concert to raise funds for our awesome Pasifika outfits. This was also a chance to showcase our hard work. It was a fun night with a few laughs as we travelled around the islands of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Vanuatu and the Solomons.

This Monday afternoon we had Sofian from the Otago Museum come and talk about early Māori technology. He shared some items we were allowed to hold and look closely at. Afterwards we got to decorate our own purerehua (like a bullroarer) .

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Sharing all around

On Tuesday afternoon M2A and M2B were lucky enough to be taught how to make dumplings. Pretty good was the verdict! A big thanks to Delphine and her team in taking the time to prepare all the mixtures and patiently work with the range of 6 to 11 year olds to create some pretty awesome and at times creative dumplings!
We also got to try our hand at Chinese calligraphy on magic paper. The paper was magic because it was blank and when we dipped our brushes into water and wrote it came up black. We left our great work on our tables over night and imagine our surprise when we came in the morning and they were all blank again! Thank you to Delphine and Stephen for gifting us the brushes and paper.

We also had Natalie's mum come in and do some baking with a group, munching on nacho chips as they went and for Donna who helped the youngest group make mini cupcakes. 

Later in the week Kais shared his home language from the Maldives as one of our languages of the month. 

 Max demonstrated a very cool drawing tool using batteries, a cup, an eraser and some felts. Max shared with us the challenges of making it. The first day he showed us was with just Popsicle sticks and the next day he added the felts so it could draw. 

We love sharing in M2A. 

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Musical music and fast running.

Olina and Christina bought in their instruments and shared them with us. How lovely to hear the sounds of the violin and flute dancing around our room.

Well done also to our place getters in the top ten in their year group and gender group for the school cross country : Neo, Olina, Greer and Esengo. Also a well done to those that trained hard and made improvements with their own personal goals.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Learning commitments back on.

After a wee break we have got back into our learning commitments with enthusiasm and energy.