Thursday, April 12, 2018

Duffy Role Model Assembly

Catherine Cheatley visited us today for our Duffy Role Model Assembly. She was born in Wanganui and has lived in other parts of New Zealand but is back living here now. When she was young she tried many sports but at 12 years old had a go at cycling and loved it! She has visited a variety of countries and done some amazing achievements over her cycling carer. Like representing New Zealand in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, World Track Cycling Champs where she got a bronze medal and was the top ranked cyclist in the USA in 2010. Sebastian was lucking enough talk to her afterwards and have a ride on her bike. He shared his story and photos with the class. We really enjoyed listening to Catherine's story and some of us hope that we can represent our city or country in the future in our chosen sports.

Monday, April 9, 2018


We had so much fun at the disco last week. Everyone got all dressed up and put their dancing shoes on. Thanks to the CIA for organising this for us.

Duffy Books

We love our Duffy books that Catherine Cheatley presented to us at the Duffy role model assembly. We enjoyed sharing them with our friends and classmates and reading them to ourselves.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Making Butter

We are scientists! What will happen if we put liquid cream in a glass jar and shake it? After some shaking we noticed that the cream was turning into a solid, a bit like whipped cream. After a lot more shaking about 15 minutes we observed that the solid was turning yellow and there was white liquid. We now know that the yellow solid was butter and the white liquid is butter milk. We had made butter by just shaking the cream and separating the butter and butter milk. Most of us tried our butter  on bread or crackers and thought it was yum! I wonder what we will investigate next as scientists?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Open Morning

Today Pou Herenga Toru held an open morning. It was great to see so many parents come and see what we get up to in the senior school. The boys loved showing their families the slideshow we created, their work around the classroom and work on their computers. We sang a few songs for them too. What a great morning. Thank you to all the parents who came

Our Slide Show

Friday, March 23, 2018

Survival Skills In The Pool

Over the last few weeks we have been learning survival skills in the school pool. We can scull on our backs head and feet first. When going down a river we know that feet first is safer so we can see where we are going and we don't bump our heads.  While keeping our chin on the top of the water we can keep our feet up and move our arms to keep us a float.  We really enjoy making lots of waves and trying to 'survive' while swimming a length without touching the bottom.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Green Pastures Camp

On Monday and Tuesday we went out to Green Pastures for our beginning of the year camp. We had so much fun. We got to experience archery, raft making, kayaking, bivouac building, air riffles, horizontal bungy and of course the famous mud run. It was such a fantastic 2 days. Thank you so much to all of the parents who helped out and made this possible.

Swimming Sports

Last week we went to WIS to use their pool to have our own school swimming sports. There were lots of races, flutter board kick, freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. All of us tried really hard and a few of the boys won there races. Some students even had a race against Whaea Jordy. Well done everyone and good luck for interschool.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nga Tuakana

We are so lucky to have 5 Nga Tuakana in our class. They will be busy throughout the year with their new responsibilities pastoral care, community, sport and head of school. Congratulations everyone!

Friday, March 2, 2018

What are we making?

We have been mixing different ingredients together to see what happens. Predicting on how they will react and wondering why this happens? Here we are combining cornflour and water together. Some of our wonderings are ... I wonder what cornflour is made of? I wonder why it is hard to pick up? I wonder why it changes from a solid to a liquid? I wonder why it bounced on carpet when it dripped off my hands?