Well the final term is well under way! Last Friday we had an awesome Calf and Lamb day. Super!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Together with the rest of the Middle and Senior School, the children in Room 19 have been working on writing speeches on heroes. They have all done really well. As a class we learnt how to write and deliver an effective speech. Our teacher, Mr L modelled a speech for us, as he wrote one as well. Mr L’s hero is John Key. Last Thursday and Friday each of us had to present our speeches and Mr L judged. Five of us now go through to the Speech finals this coming Wednesday in the School Hall. We wish then the very best of luck. You can read Clara, Nicole, Kaci, Jaden, and Victoria’s speech below...
A Speech written by Clara
I am about to tell you about my hero. She has short, blond hair and is 60 years old. Her favourite meal is roast beef and vegetables. She loves helping people and giving a hand to the elderly. She is my hero- Nana is my hero. She prefers to be known as Shirley around her friends and mates. As you’ve probably guessed by now, nana is MY hero, my idol and my number one. Over the next couple of minutes, I aim to inform you about nana and why she is so popular, a role model and my hero. Along the way, I hope to share some of the lighter or funny moments you won’t know about my amazing and helpful nana.
Nana was born in 1944. Her parents’ names were Len and Audrey Bray. Her favourite pet is a dog. Her favourite television programme is Shortland Street. She lived on Awanui Road when she was a little girl. Nana has a sister whose name is Aunty Maureen. When she was little she had both a cat and a dog. She was born in Kaitaia Maternity Hospital. Some of her friends’ names are Jan, Julie, Jean, Tess and Dot. When she went to school, there was a pot belly stove in the corner to keep the class warm. One of her teacher’s was called Mr Holmes.
Nana really, really, really loves us and shows this by giving us lots of kisses and cuddles. Nana is my hero, she is not just nana, she is my hero, and I love her…GO NANA!
A Speech written by Nicole
I am about to tell you about a hero, a family man, a funny yet very helpful guy. He is a plumber too. Ian Douglas Watson or dad around me is an average New Zealander and I LOVE HIM. He is cool. As you’ve probably guessed by now, my dad or Ian Watson is my hero, my role model and number one idol. Over the next couple of minutes I aim to tell you about the real Ian Watson, why he’s so funny and cool. Along the way, I hope to share some of the sad and lots of funny moments in my dad’s life.
My Grandad, a Hero
A Speech written by Kaci
I am about to tell you about a person who is quite old, nice and quite quiet too. He’s a hero…my grandad or poppa as he likes us kids to call him. As you’ve probably guessed by now, my grandad is my hero, my number one. Throughout my speech, I aim to tell you about the memories through my grandad’s life and just why I think he is my hero.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls I hope I’ve given you more of an understanding about why my grandad is my hero. Thank you for listening.
A Speech written by Jaden
He’s what some call a popular man in Hollywood. He’s rich, powerful and an awesome skater. He’s a hero – John Rodney Mullen or Rodney Mullen as he prefers to be called. Everyday he skates at skate parks, towns and cities. As you have probably guess already, Rodney Mullen is my hero, my number one sports star and over the next couple of minutes I aim to inform you about the real Rodney Mullen- what makes him so popular, famous, so awesome and of course MY HERO. Along the way I hope to inform you about Rodney Mullen’s past.
A Speech written by Victoria
Bola everyone! Did you know that most friends have a hero and that normally it’s a famous person? Well, I have something different in mind. Oops, I forgot to introduce myself…my name is Victoria. Anyway, back to my speech, a loyal and caring friend…hero…of mine is Zoe Stokes. She is my number one, my idol and my trustworthy friend. Through this speech, I hope to tell you just why Zoe Stokes is MY hero.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Some responses were:
How would life be different if people could only get from place to place by walking?
You would have very sore legs from walking everywhere...Aleesha
You would take a lot longer to walk to school. If you went to say Wellington, you'd have to take sleeping bags, food, pillows and plenty of water because it would take a week or so to get there. If you had to walk you would not be able to go to another country...Tamara
Disease would not travel so far. People would tend to live in villages and grow all their own food.
People would be fitter. New Zealanders would not be able to travel to other countries or the north or south islands...Olivia
How would life be different if the sun never set?
You would never go to sleep and school would go on forever.... Nicole
There would be no light to see...Dahlia
Nocturnal animals would not be able to feed. Trees would not be able to convert CO2 into O2, that means the air would not be cleaned. The tides wouldn't turn and the seasons would not change. Olivia
How would life be different if you were a bug?
It would be hard to live inside a house... Nicole
Being really tiny you may get eaten by another bug...Chae
You would have less chances to get food...Connor
I would have to live outside. I would have to worry about people standing on me and would have to find my own food. Also BIRDS EAT BUGS! By Tamara
You would be worried about being squashed by something big. You would not be as clean as you are as a human. You would have to get used to living in a colony, and working very hard to collect food, build a house and care for thousands of babies! Olivia
How would life be different if there were no gravity?
You would be floating everywhere... Nicole
You would float away and die...William
You would be floating around in air, you might float into space, and you would die there because there is no oxygen. You wouldn't weigh anything without gravity...Clara
How would life be different if the sky were green?
It would not be very different... Nicole
The sky would match the grass and trees and blend in...Aleesha
The water would be green and it would feel different. It would be cool because lime green is my favourite colour...Clara
It would be hard to see the green grass...Andre
I think nothing would grow...Grace
The sea would be a different colour. Sunsets would be a different colour. Oliva
The world would be changed and green. There would be no colour and things would look gloomy...Miriama
If you were on the ground and playing rugby, you'd be hard to see on the grass...Caleb
Sunday, May 30, 2010
My last weekend was an interesting one for several reasons.
It all started on Friday afternoon, when I stayed back at school to do some work for next week. Whilst working, I heard the lovely Miss Crawford practising her singing for the fashion show that evening – she sounded awesome! I finished around 5pm and went home to feed Jessie. She was excited to see me and nearly broke her chain when I approached her. I relaxed with a cool orange juice at the end of a long day. At 5.45pm, I went to the School Fashion show, which was at the Golf club. I was early so I sat in the car for 5 minutes dancing away happily to the music of Mamma Mia. I had no idea what do expect. I knew nothing. I spent the next 40 minutes talking to the deputy Principal, while sitting in a throne like chair. We felt like the king and queen of England!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Some of the children's comments follow...
Eating the muffin mixture (Chae)
Everything went well (Nicole)
Mashing up the banana (Andre)
That I helped (Grace)
That most of the people joined in (Kaitlin)
That the muffins didn’t explode! (Kaci)
What did not go so well:
Sharing the bowl around (Chae)
That some people made a mess (Aleesha)
Spilling the mixture (Nicole)
Pouring the mixture in the muffin cups (Victoria)
The pouring (Kirsten)
Not knowing how to read the ingredients (Seven)
That some boys got very chocolaty (Miriama)
What could be improved:
People having manners when they could have the rest of the mixture (Eru)
A few people got a bit bossy (Olivia)
That it wasn’t so messy (Olivia)
Don’t put in too much mixture (Connor)
Describe the taste:
It tasted like chocolate, bananas and chocolate chips (Chae)
The muffins were delicious because the chocolate chips were dissolving in my mouth like sweet candy floss (Aleesha)
The chocolate dribbled down my throat (Nicole)
The muffins tasted like real chocolate and rich banana- it was like the chocolate and banana were melting in my mouth (Sonja)
It tasted like chocolate fudge (Mathew)
They were so nice I felt like singing (Seven). Seven, why didn’t you sing then?
It was delicious when the chocolate melted in my mouth (Grace)
It tasted like a creamy chocolate, swirled up like caramel tasty chocolates – mmm, yummy (Corrina)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
SAMPLE LAYOUT WRITING JOURNAL
· (Miss a LINE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS; write on each line as if publishing something). Feelings- put these in!
· Proof read and check your spelling carefully as you write and also at the end.
· Add a colour picture at the end of your writing!!!
Monday 10th May
Last Weekend was an interesting time for my family and I because we did several things.
Firstly, on Friday afternoon…
I also got to…
I had a great time, and I can’t wait until next weekend.
We have been learning how to write an Informal Letter. We wrote these letters for the purpose of thanking the parents who assisted us on our recent trip to M.O.T.A.T. Some of us have written to the educator at M.O.T.A.T.
We have learnt how to…
1.Correctly address an Informal Letter
2.Set our letter out with a three paragraph structure
3.Sign off our letter with the words, ‘Yours sincerely’
Practise and write a signature.
In the weekend I attended a course with some other teachers on Literacy. One workshop looked at websites to communicate between home and school. What a wonderful idea I thought! So here we go, the start of a wonderful class blog site. Keep checking back regularly for loads of new content.