Sunday, August 2, 2020

First Enviroday of Term 3

On Friday we had a great day working on some of our enviro jobs. In Rob's group we demolished the concrete raised beds on the top field to make more safe playing room. A big thank you to Andy Fleming and Matt Gruebner who helped with the sledge hammering. We are going to make a rock garden with all of the leftover rubble to support our native plants and small creatures.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Last Enviroday of term 2

Today was a clean up day. Rob's group did an audit on rubbish bins. We made a table with classes and bin types and checked to see what was missing. Each group was in charge of a class and managed to re-label and sort out waste and recycling really efficiently.
Mrs Flemming made a pumpkin soup from our school pumpkins. Everybody loved it!
Then we all said Happy Birthday and ka kite and to Mrs Bates who will be away until term 4.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Transforming Matariki stars

Today we used our new angle, length, shape and symmetry knowledge to make transforming matariki stars. We watched a video and followed the instructions step by step, pausing as we went along. We found it useful clarifying with a buddy and supporting each other. We made them for our matariki disco on Thursday.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Enviro Day 19.6.20

Today we had another action packed enviroday. 

Whaea Meg's group built a fourth veggie planter box. Thank you to her husband Max for coming in to help.

Kowhai class made yummy home grown kale chips.

Whaea Jorja's group made some lovely smoothies with our school bananas and radishes, and apparently they made apple crumble too!

Rob's group went fishing with our homemade flax fishing rods and hinake. 

Thanks also to Whaea Petrina and Mrs Bates for helping out and having fun with us down at the wetlands.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Enviro Day 5.6.20

Today we welcomed Puriri class to our enviro group. That means we have four classes working together now on Enviro Fridays and Kowhai class growing vegetables. We have also started to say karakia before we embark on our group projects. We had the following groups today:

▪︎Grass planting with Whaea Jorja
▪︎Manuka seed harvesting and vegetable garden prtoction netting with Mrs Bates
▪︎Hinaki making with Rob
▪︎Orchard tree clearing with Willie and Jim Oxton

Below are some shots of the hinaki being made.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Photoshoot for The Education Gazette

This week Rob and Mrs Bates had an interview for a teaching magazine. Today we took the photos to go with all of the interesting writing.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Enviro day

On Friday we joined forces with Totara and Manuka to do some much need maintenance. Mrs Bates took a group to weed the veggie planters, Whaea Jorja's group set and placed the traps in the wetlands and Rob's group finished the floating duck house, while Willie and some helpers cut down pine and Manuka trees. It was a great day and we got heaps done!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Making our floating duck house

Today we started building our floating duck house prototype. Cooper had the winning design. His attributes for making a floating house to keep predators out swung the judges! We made our floating duck house out of bits of old junk that were sitting in a shed.