Saturday, December 11, 2010
Don't ever change! Keep believing in yourselves and aiming high. Only you can stop yourselves from achieving the goals you set.
I hope you will all come back and visit and let me know what you are up to and the successes you are having - there will be so many I know!
Thank you so much for a very special year - keep smiling! :-)
p.s. - I've forwarded your epals messages on to you. Wasn't it great to be able to Skype the kids in Michigan! I will leave your accounts active until the end of the year. If you want to keep communicating, you will need to get your parents' permission to email them on your accounts at home.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Don't forget to involve your parents in the discussion too. What
changes have they noticed and what do they predict for the future?
What predictions can you make about how we will communicate globally in
Use the hats - blue - to do some thinking about the question and the communication
tools we have now, white - what are the facts about global communication links we have
now, yellow - positives about how we communicate now, black - make a judgement about
current communication - good and bad, red - what are your feelings about current communication
tools and links. Finally, use the green hat to come up with creative ways and new technologies that
may be used in global communication.
How has our ability to communicate with the rest of the world changed over the past
100 years? Add your thinking, and any questions you have, to the discussion as
Friday, November 19, 2010
with a wider community. Who wants to have a play on Monday?
What learning could we show using this tool?
At the moment, it comes with ads but I will sign up and pay for the version that doesn't have them - I just
couldn't wait to explore!
Click on the link yourselves to have a play and let me know what you think.
Another exciting event this week - all your assessment data!!! What an amazing class. You've worked so hard and
really deserve your great results. I can't wait to share these with you on Monday.
Have a great weekend.
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The title was Cameron's idea!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Centrestage Theatre have donated the use of the theatre to screen this movie. Admission is only $5, so if you are able to, this would be a great opportunity to see one of the coolest birds on the planet!.
Part of your entry will go towards the protection and care of this endangered bird.
Come and see me if you would like more information.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
try it out then decide which one is more beneficial for your learning.
I will also put the link on the sidebar under your homework link.
You won't be able to access it until Monday as I have your passwords!
As always, if computers are a bit tricky at home, don't worry. You will get extra time at
This is an Australian site that links directly to our Numeracy learning in NZ. There is lots
more information on the site for you and your parents to have a look at too.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It's going to be an exciting term - Camp in Week 2!! Can you believe how quickly it's rolled around?
I hope you've been reading lots over the break and putting a little bit of practise into your Basic Facts.
Lots of great learning coming up this term. Something for everyone!
We are going to be inquiring into... Oops, nearly gave it away. Now that wouldn't be good would it?
Let's open up the discussion. Add your comments about what you think our inquiry focus might be this term.
Add it as a comment, and don't forget to include your name.
See you soon. Keep an eye on the blog over the next few days for more information, questions, discussion
starters and so much more.
Keep an an eye on the side bar for more cool sites too.
I was very good and did not work on the computer while I was away - always good to monitor how much
time we spend on our tech tools isn't it? I must admit though, that I have missed working on the blog -
don't tell anyone!!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This week we've been flat out with our Science DIscovery Day. We thought you'd like to read our thoughts.
We've added them as comments so that this is more manageable than lots of writing on the main page of the blog.
We'd love to read your comments.
We are also working on using correct surface features - spelling, grammar and punctuation on the blog.
We know that even when our first draft is correct, we sometimes don't go back and check our typing on the
blog. We will keep working on this!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Grab those cameras and get some great shots of the snow! You could either bring them on Monday to add to the blog or you can email them today along with some comments and I'll put them straight up on the blog.
Think of some great adjectives to describe what you are looking at, take some creative camera shots - mouse-eye view, macro, etc, write a poem even!
This is the great thing about blogs - learning anytime, anywhere. Keeping that creativity and critical thinking going.
Friday, September 17, 2010
We were so excited about getting everything organised that we left an important part off our notice, blog and other messages today! Parents are very welcome to come and have a look and try out experiments on Monday - at ANY time! :-)
Whatever suits you will be fine for us. I will need to know how many children are staying later, but it's not that essential as I will be there quite late anyway.
I have been so impressed with how hard everyone has worked. Aspects of this inquiry will continue into Term 4, so that is something exciting to look forward to.
See you on Monday! Don't forget to check out the Science blog and become followers.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
During the day the other classes will be visiting us to try out some of the
experiments and activities.
Later in the day, parents are very welcome to come and see what we've been
up to. We will be open until 5.30pm. (Children might need to bring some
extra afternoon tea!).
A notice regarding this will be heading your way tomorrow. We'd love to see
you there any time during the day.
We have been learning to think like scientists and can't wait to share our
knowledge with you. I have been so impressed by the way the children
are working and the effort they are putting into their learning.
Once again, we need to thank Mrs Wiseman for all her support, time and
encouragement. (Not to mention the resources!)
See you on Monday!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The making of them seemed simple and it was, compared to the uploading part!
I was determined in my goal and... we've done it! This is our first one created by Cameron, Liam and
Fraser. There will be many more to come!!
There will also be many podcasts and the boys from Rm 7, who are in charge of the new news
blog - to be announced shortly - will no doubt be using these as one of the tools of communication.
We have been completing science experiments (lots of them) like making lighting blots, ice cream in a bag, creating volcanoes and lots more. We're not just doing this for fun - it's for Room 8's Discovery Day on Monday 21. It's going to be amazing looking at what the experiments are going to be like. Well, bye for now.
P.S.this is also for fun!!
By Olivia, Ethan and Brock.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Hi everyone. It's been another busy week. We are right in the swing of Thinking Like Scientists at the moment and have been experimenting with Chromatography. Our experimentation will be on the classroom wall, on the blog and in our Learning Journal. We will share all of these - along with so much more - with you in the last week of school when we have our Science Day.
Monday is when all of the information will head your way. We will send a notice home and will also post lots of information on this blog and the Science blog that the boys have created and looked after.
The aim is to have the classroom as a "Discovery World / Science Lab" where people can come and see what we've been up to and try out some of the experiments.
Any resources the children need and don't have at home, I will be able to get for them.
We can't wait to share the learning with all of you!
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Hi everyone, my name is Rory. The trip to Dunedin was so much fun. When we got to Dunedin we went straight to the Young Leaders Conference where leaders talked about our choices and how to be a good leader. My favourite speakers were nick Tuitasi, a policeman for 26 years, and Mark Inglis who has metal legs from frostbite. He was funny.Then the conference ended and Rm 8 went to the Dunedin Art Gallery to meet John Neumegan. He taught us an amazing art style called Ukiyo-e aka Japanese comic art. We did the face and the body and outlined it with ink and then put pastel onto it for colour and cut out pieces of our picture and put coloured paper under it for effect.
When we were all finished we walked to the bus and the bus took us to the Dunedin Museum. We went to meet Andy who told us all the rules for staying the night in the museum.
We went upstairs to Discovery World where we had lots to discover, like airguns, also an electricity machine that followed your fingers. When you were two centimetres away it would go crazy and the lights would be all over the place like they were trying to escape.
After that exhausting play, we ordered pizza in for tea. After tea we continued to explore Discovery World where it was easy to be distracted by what my classmates were doing. It was difficult to stick to one thing for any time because I wanted to do everything at once!
We stopped for a healthy fruit supper before we headed through the red door to do the People of the World with all types of countries like Japan, Australia, Egypt, Congo, and Greece. We got into groups. It took one hour and a half. Then the show finished. Then we went back to where we were staying in the museum to get into our pyjamas. Then we went to sleep – well not all of us did.
When all of us got up we had a choice of breakfast; Rice Bubbles or Cornflakes, fruit and water.
We were buzzing in the legs because Rm 8 was going to the Tropical Rainforest with butterflies, frogs, tarantulas, goldfish and turtles. We had to find all stages of the butterfly; egg, chrysalis, butterfly. Some of us saw a butterfly hatch; it was pretty special in that room. When we went out of the room the excitement dropped so much.
Then we hear that we were going to have an Amazing Race through the museum. We went through the roof because of the excitement! It was so buzzing in the legs all the way through it. Through the People of the World, through the Maori Culture gallery, through Animals of the World. It was so much fun, so much fun.
After that we went from that zinging museum. I took every second in, every one. I would recommend it to everyone.
Now we are getting off track. We were going to the awesome Moana Pool, where we splashed and played flippaball. After that fun was done, it was time to go home. We stopped everywhere! In Gore we stopped at the big Gore fish.
When the excited clan got home, it was not an excited clan the next day.
Monday, June 21, 2010
It was Monday, May the 31st at 6:30am. Room8 went to school to get on the bus to go to Dunedin.
When we got there we went to the Young Leaders Conference to hear some great speakers. Then we went to the Otago Museum to stay for the night in Discovery World.
Before we went to bed, we went to People of the World and I dressed up. I dressed up as an Egyptian person.
After that we had a snack and got dressed for bed.
The Dunedin trip
On Tuesday morning we went to the tropical rainforest in the museum. When we got there it was really
warm and it was hard to breathe. There was one big waterfall – it was my fist time seeing a waterfall.
Then I saw lots of butterflies, tarantulas, goldfish and turtles. My most favourite one was the tarantulas.
We took lots of pictures but then it was time to go back. Then I took the last picture of the waterfall.
Then we went back inside to pack our things because we were going to Moana Pool.
When we got there, we wait for Mrs Hughes to payed. After Mrs Hughes payed we went to the
changing room to change. Then after we jumped to the pool to have some fun. Bailey and I made a
game up, its soccer hand game. In 1 hour later Mrs Hughes called us to change. When we at the main
room Mrs Hughes gave us some lunch. It was a sandwich, mandarine, bottle of juice, banana and a
piece of cake.
Then after we headed back home like always.
By E.J. Ringor
The trip, well where should I start, he conference; the Young Leaders Conference –The speakers were James Blake, Dr Justin Vaughan, Alison Shanks, Mark Inglis, Rob Harley, Matt Gibb and last but not least Nick Tuitasi.
My favourite speaker was Nick Tuitasi because he had some really interesting stories about his life, there’s one line that I will never forget. Be careful of your thoughts because your thoughts become words be careful of your words because your words become actions. Be careful of your actions because your actions be come Habits; be careful of your habits because your habits become character; be careful of you’re your character because your character becomes you destiny. Next stop the public art gallery with John Neumegan. We talked and explored the art gallery and then we discovered the art room. We put on aprons and John showed us how to make the portraits. So I splattered some ink here and there and I chopped some pieces out and covered it up with some paper that looked like a kimono pattern. We used dye to put colour into there faces, after we finished he showed us a little more around the art gallery. We burst through the doors and saw the big purple and green bus with Jane the driver waving to us. We hopped in and drove to the museum, unpacked and went to Discovery World and played. We had tea then went to do a topic on People of the World. My group was doing Conga. Some other people were doing Egypt, Australia, Japan and Greece. We had to make a song, outfit and flag I designed the flag. After we finished that we went back and then went to bed after supper. My favourite part was the play in Discovery World especially the piano and the bubble machine.
By Emma McLeod
Hi my name is Jarrod and I am here to tell you about the
Young Leaders in Dunedin. It was lots of fun the speakers
were Rob Harley, Alison Shanks, Matt Gibbs, Nick Tuitasi
and James Blake. My favourite speaker was Nick Tuitasi
because he said be careful of your thoughts because your thoughts
become words be careful of words because your words become
actions be careful of your actions because your actions become
habits be careful of your habits because your habits become
character be careful of your character because that determines
your destiny. And I think that will help me in my life.
On Monday the 31st of May we went on a long trip to Dunedin.
We only had one stop on the way up but I was grateful. Then we went back on the bus and on our way again when we got to Dunedin we got off the bus and started walking down the street we got to the Young Leaders Conference. My favourite Nick Tuitasi because he had cool stories like he as a teenager be careful of your thoughts because your thoughts become words be careful of your words because your words become actions be careful of your actions because your actions become habits be careful of your habits because your habits become character be careful of your character because your character determines your destiny. And that meant a lot to me because he used to be some rebel guy but he changed his life and made new friends.
The Dunedin Trip
It’s Monday!!!! Time to go to Dunedin. It was a long bus trip up there when we got there we went straight to the Young Leaders Conference and my favourite speaker was Rob Harley. We stayed there for 3 to 5 hours what a long time to sit but we got breaks for morning tea and lunch.
After that we went to the art gallery, which was just down the road and John Neumegan took us for a tour of the art gallery. Then we did some amazing Japanese cartoon characters.
After that we went to the museum and played then we had Pizza Hut for tea and then went back down to play. My favourite games were foosball and the computers; they were fun too. After all that we had to go to bed.
I slept by Harry, Rory and Callum. I slept like a lamb and then we got up and had breakfast and then played some more and we went to the butterflies; it was hot, really hot and I saw a tree frog it’s little and shiny.
After we went back up stairs and packed our bags and went back to the bus and headed for Moana pools we got there and got straight off and into the changing rooms and out to the pool. We weren’t allowed on the waterslide; I didn’t care because there was a log in the water and it was hard to get on. Lots got on for five seconds and then fell off and there were donuts and we made a long line of them and played waterpolo.
After that we went out and got packs of lunch and then we went back to Invercargill, and arrived at 6 pm and then we went home.
On the 31st of May six thirty a.m, Room 8 gathered at the front gate of Myross Bush School to jump on a big, blue bus to go to Dunedin. Once the bus set off all the lights flicked off; was pitch black. After a long noisy three hours we arrived in Dunedin ! Hooray!!!J The big, bus went straight to the Regent Theatre in the Octagon. The Octagon is a street shaped like an Octagon.
At the Regent Theatre we went to a Young Leaders Conference. It was about 6 people who were talking about how to be great leaders. The speakers were Mark Inglis who lost his legs from frost bite in Mount Everest, Alison Shanks a Olympic gold medallist; in cycling, James Blake who wants to record sharks in a cage, Rob Harley is a journalist, Matt Gibbs is on a T.V programme Studio 2 and Nick Tuitasi who was a policeman and said to us be careful of your thoughts because your thoughts can become words be careful of your words because they might become actions, be careful of your actions because your actions can become your character, be careful of your character because your character will become your destiny. This quote has really changed the way I think about being a leader.
I really enjoyed this conference and would love to come again, it was a great experience!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
As we drove off the motorway, I decided turn around and have one more look at Dunedin where I had spent the last night.
When we were coming into Mosgiel 5 minutes later, I was opening my drink as we came over a massive hill and I spilt it all over my lap. When I was shifting around I found a remote on the side of my seat.
At last we came to our first stop the, (wink, wink), great city of Waihola. As everyone else plummeted off the bus I decided to stay in my seat. In less than 5 minutes I was asleep.
When I woke, I had the pleasant surprise of Adam shouting “Wake up Liam, wake up we’re in Balclutha”.
On the rest of the way home Adam, Fraser, Cameron and I decided to play charades… as you can imagine, this turned out to be a rather interesting game. When we had managed to pull ourselves together from laughing, we decided to be quiet and let everyone else on the bus sleep. This only resulted in Cameron and I sharing our most embarrassing moments.
When we got to Gore, we stopped at the big trout (by the way who put all the pins through its neck?). Wait! Hold the bus, big fish? I don’t think so - it was massive! Okay, now that we have had an interruption from the exaggerating, dramatic side of me, we only have the irritating, bias and random side to worry about. We climbed the rocks around the bottom of the statue; some of us accidentally fell into the pool of water below.
In half an hour we were back at home, and I must say no matter how long you’re away for, you’re always ready to go home the day when you are going home.
By Liam Fairbairn
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
As I walk though the sliding doors my heart is pumping; it feels like it’s going to burst. I look around but I can’t see her anywhere, I’m starting to get worried. What if something bad happened? Wait, I see something like her boots, and the same hair as her. Wait a minute, it is her! Mummy, Mummy! She’s finally home were she belongs. I tried to call out to her but my voice is too small. So I tried to pull away for my Dad’s hand; managed to get away from him. Run faster I say to myself as I can hear Dad behind me yelling to come back. I see Mum, she’s not that far away. “Mum, mum,” she turns around. Now she’s running to me. She gives me a great big hug and says she loves me; I say to her I love you more, a lot more!!! It’s good to see you again sweetie.
Young Leaders Trip
It’s 6:30 am. Watch as Year 6 students are Young Leaders Trip. It’s dark and excitement is being shared through out all the Year 6 Students of Myross Bush School, Everyone has been waiting for this moment for a long time.
First Mrs. Hughes did the roll to check that no one was missing, Shortly after that we all hopped on the bus and before you new it we were on the road to Dunedin!
After 3 Long hours of traveling we hit Dunedin, we got off the bus and went into the Dunedin Theatre to watch the Young Leaders Conference, There were 7 Speakers! Including the famous mountain climber Mark Inglis, Alison Shanks the World Track Olympic Cyclist, Matt Gibb the TV Presenter/Studio 2 Producer, Nick Tuitasi the long experienced Policeman, Rob Harley the TV presenter and many more!
Later on in the afternoon, we went to the Dunedin Art Gallery where John Neumegan showed us some artwork and he also gave us a tutorial on Ukiyo-e art. Ukiyo-e art is based on comic art including The Simpsons.
After the big art tour we walked back to the bus and traveled to the Dunedin Museum. When we got to the Museum, we hopped off the bus and walked into the Museum, sat on the floor and a person called Andy talked to us about the rules in the Museum including no running, quiet voices and don’t wander into rooms with no lights on. We went upstairs into a room where we put down our bags. First we went over the rules and then we went down to Discovery World where there was a big bubble blower, A Mind ball machine, A Cloud machine, Electronic Plates and a Stand on piano.
After about 1 hour of playing, we all went upstairs into the kitchen for tea where there were plates and cups laid out on tables. For Tea we had pizza. There was a choice of meat lovers, Hawaiian and Super Supreme.
After Tea we all went into The People of The World Gallery where they had different rooms for different countries, including Japan, Congo, Egypt, Greece and many more. We all had to divide into 5 groups and each group was put into different countries (Rooms). I was in group 5.
In each group you’d get an activity to do. For the activity we had to make a costume, a song and a flag to do with the country your in. After the activity we all went back to the kitchen for supper.
For supper we got to have a piece of baking and a drink. Later after supper we all set up our mattresses and sleeping bags up down in Discovery World. After setting up we all hopped into our sleeping bags and got to talk for about 15 min, Then we all went to sleep. 7.00am the lights came on and we all got up and packed up our mattresses and sleeping bags.
After packing up we all went into the kitchen for breakfast. For breakfast we got a choice of Rice Bubbles or Cornflakes, I chose Rice bubbles.
After breakfast Andy (the person I talked about earlier) taught us about butterflies, including that the mouth is called the proboscis and they taste with their feet! After that we did an activity where you have to put this little scope over your eye so it makes it hard to see, Then you have to suck up nectar (juice) out of little pottles.
After the butterfly activity we all went through the Tropical forest, Then we went into the big butterfly lair where there was butterflies (obviously), Tarantulas, Turtles, Gold Fish and Turtles. The butterfly lair is kind of like a big forest; in the forest there is a big waterfall. After exploring the butterfly lair we packed our packed bags and put them on the bus. Next we jumped on the bus and went to Moana Pool!
When we got to Moana Pool we got changed and leaped into the pool. Shortly after about 1 hour of playing in the pool we got changed and got back into the bus, Once we were on the bus we got given lunch. For lunch we got a banana, a piece of cake, a juice and a sandwich.
After Lunch we headed back to home sweet home Invercargill.