Sunday, 24 September 2017

PB4L certificates, Week 10, Term 3

Way to go, Aarav! Aarav was awarded this week's PB4L certificate at our Pukeko Team assembly. He tries very hard to always sit up nicely on the mat and listen carefully while other people speak. Signal Sam (and Miss Chalmers!) says "You're awesome, Aarav!"

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Maui and Moana Sleepovers - Week 9, Term 3

A special "ka pai" to Oceana, Jayden W and Payton (we'll get your photo up next week Payton!). These students were acknowledged this week for being fantastic team players in our Room 11 whanau. They are all helpful, caring and very, very respectful of others. They often "do good because good is good to do" by searching for jobs to do around the classroom and by looking for ways to help their peers. I'm sure Maui and Moana enjoyed their sleepovers!

Junior Kapa Haka visit to Clayton Park

Our neighbour's down at Clayton Park School very kindly invited our Junior Kapa Haka students down to their school last Wednesday to watch their school performance, "Seasons of the Pohutakawa". We enjoyed a show about about a Koro teaching his mokopuna about the growth of a Pohutakawa tree. We were blown away by the original, catchy songs, which were written in a mix of English and Te Reo. Thanks CPS, we had a blast!

Pukeko Science Fair and Science in a Van, Term 3, 2017

Wow, what a week! Our Pukeko Scientists have been super busy with both the Science in a Van Roadshow and our very own Pukeko Science Fair this week. 

The team from Science in a Van put on a great show for our Mad Scientists all about how materials behave and react. The show was inspiring, motivating, full of Science learning and very, very funny! Check out some of the photos in the slideshow below (click on the four arrows in the top righthand corner to view them in a larger format)

A now for the grand finale, the amalgamation of all our hard work this term....the Pukeko Team Science Fair! What a blast we had....the children were expert Scientists who could clearly explain their investigations while demonstrating their experiments to their audiences. We've had such positive feedback from parents and classes from across the school. 

To every single Pukeko child - "he whetu koe!" (you are a star!)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

PB4L Certificate, Week 9, Term 3

Congratulations to Ryder on being awarded our PB4L certificate at Pukeko assembly this week. Ryder is an absolute rockstar - he is respectful and always listens carefully to teachers and his peers. Ka pai, Ryder!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week)

This week was Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori,  Maori Language Week, which is celebrated right across the nation and has been since 1975. It acknowledges and celebrates the Maori language as a unique cultural treasure for all NZers. 

We completed lots of activities in Room 11 this week as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, including reading lots of Maori legends, making taonga necklaces, learning new greetings and farewells and making Maori fry bread. We also started making videos about a legend called "The Fisherman's Tale" which we hope to finish next week. Check out the photos of our fun week below:

The Junior Kapa Haka group made clay necklaces and learnt all about the tikanga (customs) involved with owning such a taonga (precious item). 

We have some new friends in Room 11! Meet Maui and Moana the dolls (two guesses as to where the children got those names from!). Maui and Moana go home with one student each night and return again the next day. Amelia and Xavier both received certificates this week along with Maui and Moana for being thoughtful, kind, considerate and very respectful students. Both these two always looking out for ways to help those around them. Ka pai, Xavier and Amelia!


On Friday we made Maori fry bread using Mrs Gregory's recipe. Mrs Gregory helps Miss Chalmers every year with making fry bread but this year she was too busy teaching over in the Kiwi Team! Room 11 were very lucky to get the next best thing...Mrs Gregory's son, Christopher! Christopher taught us all how to make the bread extra crispy and golden brown. We smothered our fry bread in butter and golden syrup...yum, yum!

Here's Mrs Gregory's instructions if you want to try at home:

Fry Bread
Equipment: electric frying pan, tongs, large bowls, wooden spoons, knife, paper towels, chopping board, measuring cups/ spoons

Ingredients: golden syrup, butter, lard x 3 or canola oil, 3 c flour, 4t baking powder, 1 1/2 t salt, water to combine into a soft dough,

Instructions: heat oil (not to smoking point ), sift dry ingredients, add 1/2c water - keep going till you have a soft dough. lightly kneed, roll out (as thick as your thumb nail), Pat off excess flour, place in pan away from you, do not overcrowd the pan. Leave for 2-3 minutes then turn over and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels, let cool for a few minutes - serve sliced open with butter/marg and golden syrup.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Singing with Ms F

Ms Fothergill taught Room 11 for an hour last week. She taught a writing lesson but of course, all the children wanted to do was sing! Did you know Ms F can play the guitar? She taught Room 11 a song about a cowboy called's a video of us singing. Not bad for only two practises!

Question for all Blog Visitors: Do you remember any songs you used to sing at primary school? Miss Chalmers remembers all the kapa haka songs!

Lesieli's "Unbeatable Crystal"

Yes, you are seeing things right! This is Lesieli with a bat and a rock! Well, not just any rock. It's actually an 'unbeatable crystal'! Lesieli loves crystals and gems. Her uncle has a collection and she often brings her precious stones in to share during news time. Lesieli said there was no way we'd be able to crack this rock open to reveal the crystal inside...well, Miss Chalmers sure does love a challenge! Can you believe it though...not even the bat worked?? Hopefully Lesieli brings it back on Monday so we can give it another CRACK (see what I did there??!!)

Question for all Blog Visitors: What did you like to collect as a child? Stamps? Coins? Bottle tops? Marbles?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Junior School Kapa Haka

The junior Kapa Haka Group meet every Thursday afternoon as part of our Kiwi and Pukeko Team Electives Programme. We thought you might enjoy watching a short video of the boys practicing their haka and the girls practising their rakau sticks routine. The children age from just 5-9 years old! A special shout out to Cole who taught the boys the haka. Miss Chalmers and Miss Glen would have been lost without him! We are still practising but everyone can look forward to watching a more polished performance at an assembly later on during the year.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Jayden J's Screencastify - Multiplying Decimals

Here's a video of Jayden J explaining his thought processes in Mathematics today. Recently in Miss Chalmers' Math class, we have been learning how to multiply decimals by a whole number. As Jayden says at the end of his Screencastify...we hope you get smarter by watching this video!