Saturday, 28 June 2014

Twist in the Tale sharing day in term 2

Secret Seven Sharing Day 

We kicked off our social action day in the morning with a huge tidy-up mission in which students in room 15 worked in groups to tidy up the native garden beside the Te Manawa block within the hour.

Daina and Pritesh were doing their little bit as great citizens and so were the others in the background. We all worked like busy bees to start and finish our clean up chores in the first session of the day.

After morning tea we shared a Rap on how we fix up problems in school life called FIY
(Fix it yourself) just  like DIY. 

The junior classes loved our Rap and one of them said "Cool Rap! I like how you rhyme the words in your rap, Room 15."

Thereafter we did an awesome play called the "Twist in the Tale" in which we mixed up the events from traditional tales with a clear message on  how we fix up problems that arise in our daily lives by ourselves.The talented Ananiel captured the audience with his amusing character- in - role dialogue. What a performance!

 We worked as digital experts by buddying up with 4 junior classes to share our class blogs and to teach them how to access their own class blogs as well.

Kanye and John worked with junior buddies to take them through the math learning sites and play games to revise their knowledge of doubles and halves. 

"Let's play Hit the Button again, Pilimi. It 's fun," cried the little boys.

Our class was a busy learning place where we were the kid-teachers. We felt very confident and were pleased to be helpful citizens to kids in our own school.

We also involved the parents from the community and other staff to join in our digital learning journey.

Cortez's Mum, Juanita's and his Dad also shared in our exciting digital learning experience.

Helle, Daina's Mum helped out by handing out a little snack at the end of each session. 

We needed and appreciated every hand on sharing day. "Thank you parents and teachers" we said at the end.

 We were also glad that out teacher, Mrs Naidoo, could find some time to join in our games.

Immediately after lunch and roll call was over, we dressed as cheerleaders and hurried off to our Post where we were needed the Most. 

While the others were washing teachers' cars we were entertaining the workers with our action-packed car wash dance in the front car park.

When those cars were cleaned and shiny, we proceeded to the junior car park on the far end of the school
 where we mimed the car wash danced the best we could-
Making our own music and song, 
where no electric power is found.  

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Living seed-artwork shared by Helle, a student's Mum

 A perfect parent choice for our character study was Helle, Daina's Mum.

We love meeting and greeting Miss Hele who comes every morning to visit Mrs Naidoo and us. "Good morning Khobi," she would say. "And how are you Caleb?" she would ask. She seem to have so much energy in the morning to chit- chat and find out about what we are learning for the day. She is also a very sharing person. So she was the perfect choice for our character  study.
She taught us how to focus by humming and clearing our nasal and ear passages.
Miss Hele shared her hobbies and her beliefs in life. She said that there are only two things that she hates-that is having nits and lice and bullying.
"I think I hate more than two things in life" said Elenor.
Miss Hele is a Danish lady from Denmark. She must be in her fifties or older maybe. She is a very friendly person who loves talking to kids our age. She is medium in build and has light coloured hair with fine lines around her hazel-green eyes. She has a very loving smile too.
She says "I never like to throw good stuff away. I would often buy second- hand stuff like a stool and re-use it by decorating it with patterns made of seeds, that can sprout again."
"Wow! look at that cool flower pattern" cries Delta.
"Yeh! that is soo lovely," replies Harishna.
"Can you teach us how to make one of your beautiful seed-flowers?" pleads Teavali.
"Of course I'd love to if your teacher would allow me to" smiles Miss Hele. "No worries, Mrs Naidoo likes parents to share their talents with us," adds Tufele.
And to end off 'Guess what treat we got?' That's right, we got to loosen up, make funny faces and roarrrr like a ... well, like ourselves I guess, Yeh!

Planning our Social Action week 6

Our Social Action Plan

We planned and did a brainstorm of what were some needs we see in our community.  We did a survey of what our class thought was the greatest need in our school. Most of us selected the senior Adventure Playground as our focus because we felt that there was a need to improve social skills such as team work and develop better managing self strategies in sharing of playground equipment  such as the flying fox.

Then we did a Tally Chart of the play equipment that we liked playing on the most. "I like the dizzy dancers and flying fox the best " said Tufele.

Finally we completed a Y-Chart of what it looks like, sounds like and feels like NOW in the playground. We presented our results and discussed it with others. "What could do to make it a better meeting place  during play and lunch times" said Chloe. We recorded the things that we liked. "Lets find out  what it might look like, sound like and feel like in the future," said Ananiel.  
"We also made a mural of us playing on the equipment and saying positive and caring things to each other like "You can have a turn now, I can wait 4 my turn, You have a go first and I will wait, Take care when you climb the climbing frame, Are you Okay! That's okay I will take the next frame." Then we wrote messages in speech bubbles that will be both positive and friendly in a poster.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Netball Skill Training sessions

We are learning how to defend and dodge the attackers on the netball field. "That's the way to do it, Maedana" cried his friends from the sideline.

Chloe's team is eagerly waiting for the ball to be passed to them from their team player.

"O no! Not another point to the Blue Team!" cries Daina. Kanye and Kapriyani plays extremely well in this round.

Then "The Purple Team makes a goal again, hurray!" we all cheer. Netball skill training is fun.

Now for the results. We are all waiting anxiously for the coach to announce the winning team. "It's a close score- just a difference of one point either side" Yeah! we all scream. Whatever the score, we still were all  winners because we learnt and practised the skills we need to play netball with our teacher, Mrs Naidoo.