Monday, August 23, 2010


Hi everyone
Today Callum H, Cameron and Adam set up the Myross Science blog.
They were adding this information here when the system 'crashed' this afternoon.
I was just about to teach them how to add a hyperlink. That new learning will
have to wait until Wednesday.
Check out their NEW BLOG which they are in charge of. Add in what you'd like
to see on it and don't forget to become a follower!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mathletics Surprise

We are very excited in Rm 8 about... MATHLETICS! Everyone has shown enormous improvement in just 2 short weeks. I am really proud of all of you.
Because you have all worked so hard, we are allowed to stay on Mathletics and participate in the NZ Maths Week Challenge / Competition next week.
This is a fantastic opportunity and I will put a link to more information under maths on the sidebar.
We have some fantastic Mathletes in Rm 8 and I can't wait to see how they do when they compete against other students from around NZ.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mathletics Reminder

You only have three days left on this! It's been fantastic to see the improvement in your number knowledge over such a short time! You need to make sure that you are adding the comments about your learning so that we can think about whether it is worth continuing with or not.
I have been so impressed that you have focussed on your learning and have not become too distracted by the avatars.

Mona Lisa

Hi everyone - click on the link to the Louvre in Paris and have a closer look at the Mona Lisa.
This is part of a virtual tour where you can roam around this amazing museum and have a look at all the different art works.
The link I've included has hyperlinks where you can have a look at the other art works. Simply click on one of them and you're off! Comment on interesting things you learn as you travel around.
I will also add the link under links on the sidebar of our blog. I will teach you how to do this next week so that you can add your own interesting sites for others to look at.

Creative Southland Speech Competition

Today we had the Cluster Round of this competition. Samantha and Ellie were the representatives from Myross Bush.
I felt so proud of the way they spoke and presented their speeches. Well done girls!!
I was also very proud of Shinikka, who came along to support them. You are a wonderful friend to so many, Shinikka. Thanks for your support and encouragement.
Thanks too, to Hollie and McKeely who helped organise the classroom after school - and they even did some windows - using their own initiative. We are very lucky in Rm 8 to have a class of very awesome - in the true sense of the word - and caring students!

Production Stars of the Show!

I thought you might like to see the first publicity photo from our rehearsal today.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Production 2010

Hi everyone - we are having a great time rehearsing for the Production. Can't wait to share it with you.
Watch this space for the official "Movie Trailer" for "How to Train a Brain"!!
Keep working hard to learn your lines.
Costume lists are heading your way tomorrow - just finalising a few of the 'finer' details!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Comments on Posts - Dunedin

Hi everyone
I've just been updating a few things on the blog and have found many comments that have not gone onto your writing - the only problem ones seem to be for the Dunedin writing.
Not sure what happened here as most of them, I've either not seen or they were ones that were approved.
Emma, you may be interested to see that nick Tuitasi has commented on your writing! Well done.
I know where to look now to double check that everything is working as it should.


I've started another link list for you - all about art. Have a look at Artpad - an online art site where you can create more masterpieces. Have fun and let me know what you think.
Share your fantastic art on the blog.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Myross Literature Circles Blog

Hi everyone.
I've started up a Myross Literature Circles blog where all things "Literature" can be discussed.
The link is under "Blogs We're Following". Please have a look and add your suggestions about what could go on this blog.
This will be for the whole school so you need to think about ways we can incorporate everyone's ideas from New Entrants up.
I'd also like to put information for teachers on there too.
What do you think?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mathletics Reminder

Hi everyone. It's great to see all the points on the board. I know the avatars are very cool but please make sure that you don't focus on them at the expense of your maths learning.
Your progress reports show how you are doing and there are some great scores but remember to stay focussed on the learning.
Keep up the awesome effort.
See you tomorrow. :-)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mathletics Update #3

Couldn't resist!!! Have you seen our points??? I am so proud of all of you. Everyone is showing such a huge commitment to their learning. I see this every day and that is why your learning is leaping ahead. Have a look at the points and add your comments.
Keep up the awesome effort - it will really pay off; as it is already.

Mathletics Update #2

Congratulations! 27 of you have your first certificate this week.
The first one is bronze. I wonder if anyone will reach a silver - or even
a gold certificate?? There are a wee few of you who are close to silver.
I have changed the levels on some of the live challenges to give you
more of a challenge. Remember, don't go for the easiest ones - give yourselves
a challenge. You are very capable students!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mathletics Update

Go Niamh, Adam, Jarrod and Callum B! You are true mathletes. Congratulations on being in the top 100 in NZ for today! Great to see the motivation in this programme. I really love being able to track your progress and see what you are achieving and what your next learning steps are. Keep up the awesome effort everyone!

Monday, August 9, 2010


WOW!!!!! We have 5 of you in the top 100 students! We are the top school in NZ and....... the top school in the world - how's that for determination and achievement, not to mention a very healthy dollop of competition.
A very big congratulations to Callum B who is 4th!! Callum H is 7th - do we sense a very strong competition here O Wise Ones??
Seriously though, this is just another example of your determination to succeed in your learning.
I have really enjoyed sharing your learning with you and your families so far. You should all feel very proud of your hard work.

I've added the Mathletics address to the Maths Sites links and I've also added the Mathletics blog under "Blogs We're Following".

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Hi everyone
This post is where you will be able to add your comments and thoughts about Mathletics.
Remember to be critical thinkers. What are the advantages / disadvantages / benefits, etc of the programme as you explore it.
Focus on the impact on your learning. I will add my comments too - about whether it is useful for me as a teacher to monitor the teaching and learning process.

More Geodome Photos

Geodomes get going


I will add some of the photos you took of the learning process you went through to construct your geodome.
Add your comments about the process and also about the learning.
What was your maths thinking and learning during the process?
Remember to add your name to your comments so we know who you
are and can respond to your thoughts! :-)
Some of the photos are going on a little bit scrambled sorry team.
They may need more in-depth explanations!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Yesterday we talked about what we could do for the Science Fair.
Because we've had to work on our speeches for the competition and also
complete the Production - and learn lines, we have run out of time a little if we
wanted to get our entries in to this year's Science Fair. We know that we could do it, but
we'd only have time to do one-off short experiments. This would not allow
depth of learning in science and would not increase our knowledge of
the Scientific Method so...
What We're Up To Now
We are going to spend the next 6 weeks learning about science and
exploring a wider range of experiments to find out what we want to investigate
in depth. We will hold a Science Fair and it will be the Room 8 Science Fair.
Our tentative date will be in Week 9 and we will open up the room for the afternoon
and part of the evening for parents and family members to come along and see what
we've been learning - and also for them to participate in some experiments that the
children will set up.
By working and learning this way, we will develop our science knowledge to a greater depth
which will also help us prepare well for science in Year 7. We will also be incorporating
our reading, writing and maths by reading great examples of well-written reports,
writing our own and also using our knowledge of measurement and statistics to complete
the write-up and presentation of our reports.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Write about what you were doing in these photos. What did you learn today?

Exploring Science


Hi everyone
Please add your comments here about today's science.
We were so luck to have Mrs Wiseman come in to take
all of you through the scientific process. I was absolutely
thrilled to see how excited you were by science.
Look out for more challenges and fantastic experiments
as we get involved in "Thinking Like a Scientist".
Think about new learning, interesting facts, relationships
to previous learning etc.
I will be putting lots of photos on the blog tonight so check them
out and talk about them with your parents.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Moffett Cup

On Tuesday the 2nd of August I went to Moffett Cup.
I played netball.
My team lost the finals.
I was so tired after Moffet Cup.
By Shinikka

Moffet Cup

3rd of August and it's time for Moffet Cup. My team and I are fired up ready to go. It's our first game and we have to win. We won our first game and I scored a try. ( Go me.) My team and I made it in to the semi final; we lost that game, but the A team/Stags won the Moffet Cup. Yes.

Moffet Cup

On the 3rd of August the year 3,4,5 and 6 went to Tokonui for the Moffet Cup. Our team the Myross Bush Green didn't win any games but we had a great time. I had a sore foot and back after all the 8 games we had. The Myross Bush Stags went to the finals and won the cup. They were facing Tokonui in the finals. I had a great time in Moffet Cup and go Myross Bush.


Jarrod,s Moffet Cup

The Myross bush Stags came back with a big win and the great moffet cup trophy. It was a great experince and I relly liked it.

Moffett Cup

3rd of August, Myross Bush School at the Tokanui Rugby Club Grounds where all the Year 4, 5s and 6s went to Moffett Cup.
When we arrived we all went to our coaches and got ready for our games. My team faced Rimu, Tokanui, Tisbury and The Myross Bush Stags (by the way my team are The Myross Bush Highlanders). We won every game except the one against The Myross Bush Stags (5 - nil) and We drew Tokanui 2 all. After all the games it was prize giving time, The Myross Bush Rippa Rugby Team won all their games and won a Trophy and The Myross Bush Stags won the Moffet Cup!!
After prize giving we all got on the bus and went back to Invercargill.
By Taimana

Moffett Cup

On August the third we were wining against Tokonui six nil to us then I heared the bell ring. Then I saw Callum H going out and just like that, the game were over everyone started running on the field and jumping up and down.

Ethan's Moffett Cup

Moffett Cup was on the 3rd of August. I had a very fun time but, my team lost all of the four games. It was my 2nd Moffett Cup.

By Ethan Burnett

Moffett Cup

I'm in the middle of a maul holding onto the ball. It's the Moffett Cup final against Tokonui it's six to nil to us, the end bell has rung. I wait for a few seconds collecting up my energy then I start pumping my legs and pushing towards the out line then it happens I fall and put the ball out. All the reserves come running onto the field. Then I realize we just won the Moffett Cup.
Callum H.

Moffett Cup

On the 3rd of August the Year 3,4,5 and 6 went to Tokanui
and played tackle rugby for the whole day but it was worth it because
we brought back the gold.
by Brock

Moffett Cup

Now I have a really sore back.
I tackled a really big kid and he fended me in the face and stood on me.
when we won the finals I was so happy all the subs ran onto the feild shouting like the rest of us were.
By Liam.

Moffet Cup

Moffet Cup was an awesome time on the 3rd of August.
Thank you to all the coaches and umpires for your hard effort.
We had an awesome time playing in the finals - sadly we lost.
We were all happy we got through.

Moffet Cup

I ran down the field with the ball in my arm. I am running through all the players in the other Myross Bush team and start pushing them out of the way then touch down I put the ball on the try line. The whistle blows. Try.
By Callum Botting

Hollie's Moffett Cup Experience!!

On Tuesday the 4th of August, the Years 3-6 of Myross Bush School went and competed against the rest of the Southern Zone,
playing netball or rugby, this is called Moffett Cup.
My team was called Myross Bush Gold, we won every game against 4 other teams in our pool.
We made it to the finals and then, the other team Rimu Blue, managed to get 9 goals in and we got NONE!!
My team was absolutely gutted!! Oh well we all had a GREAT day and had heaps of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Moffett Cup

On the 3rd of August, the Year 3, 4, 5 and 6s went to Moffett Cup.
Moffett Cup is an event where kids from the Southern Zone go and play netball or rugby. At the end of the day there is prize giving where the different age groups get a trophy if they win the finals.
For Moffett Cup my team and I won all our games and got to the finals but lost, but we all still had a fantastic day!!!
By Samantha

Monday, August 2, 2010


This is where you will be able to share your thoughts about the Habits of Mind
which we will begin on Wednesday. You will be able to show your parents what you
are learning about and how the Habits help you become confident learners in charge of
your own learning.
You will also be able to add this learning to your e-portfolios which we will have a
look at on Wednesday and Thursday.