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.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Awesome Assembly!

M2A took the school on an adventure star trekking across the universe
on the Starship M2A
to explore strange new words
to seek out new life
and new civilisations
to boldly go where no assembly has gone before.

What we did find was sugar loaded cereals attacking the wellbeing of earthlings.  After being attacked by the cereals over vigorous advertising, the crew of Starship M2A quickly transported back to their ship, fired torpedoes and went into warp drive to escape into to a dance.

We had lots of fun putting this together - using dance and drama to share our learning about wellbeing, advertising and technology in space. We hope the school had lots of fun watching it too.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Makers Space is operational!

M2A tried out the new Maker Space when working with their clay creations. Mr Newman has been working with the class to inspire the inner artist to create a clay alien. The space is designed so that we can make a mess and clean it up. It is also a lovely bright room. We will definitely be using this space again. 
It has been well used at lunch times for construction club, science club and as a space for children to draw.