Friday, 14 November 2014

Indian Dance Group - Review

Hi Team,

Here is a video of your (very cramped) practice in the library.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect and ask yourself what your found tricky.  At our next practice we can discuss these tricky parts and work on perfecting them.

Miss Fortes

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Bollywood Dance Group

Hi Team,

Here is a link to the music video we have been practicing with.  Remember we have dance practice on Tuesday's and Thursday's in the hall @ lunch.

Happy practicing!

Thursday, 6 November 2014


This term we met SNAG DOG!  He was our super awesome SNAG golf coach.

We had so much fun learning new skills like 'tick tock', drawing a line to our feet and then striking the ball to get a SNAG.   We also learned how to hold a golf club correctly.  Check out some of the pictures below.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Celebrating Maths

We are all very proud of Spencer and his maths work!  He has worked so hard this year and now he can partition numbers to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Ka rawe Spencer!

Maths Expert: Spencer

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Observation Skills in Science

We have been learning to observe different phenomena (happenings or things).  To be successful we had to use our senses (hear, see, touch and smell).  We all decided that 'taste' isn't a safe sense to use in some parts of science so we only use that sense if Miss Fortes tells us too.

We looked at a paper glider made with a straw and paper.  We had to observe this glider.

Miss Fortes said great observers get out of their seats and move around and observe from all possible angles.

When we looked closely we saw that the straw was smooth, 23 cm long and the paper had sellotape holding it on.

Osaia looking through the loops.

Mark and Jayzel feeling the texture of the straw.

Jayzel looking through the loop and noticing the different sizes of the loops.

A group of us recording our observations.

Observing from different angles.

3 O'Neill class scientists.

Monday, 8 September 2014


In O'Neill class we have an 'I wonder' table that has lots of different things on it.  We can explore and observe the different things like the phenomenal magnets and iron sand shapes and the glitter and wave bottles.  Here's some pictures of some of us and Mr Aisher with the magnets and wave bottles.

Friday, 22 August 2014

International Language Week

As part of International Language week our class thought it would be a great idea to do a mufti day where everyone can come dressed up in their own cultural clothes.

Before we did this, we wanted to know what culture means.  So we researched what culture means and we found out it is like the same as identity.  So a culture is a way of living that you identify with.

Then we made a notice to go home that said everyone can come to school in mufti that shows their culture.

Miss Fortes described our mufti day was like this.. "It was a spectacular day, full of colour, warmth and aroha.  Showing whanaungatanga and how we can be kaitiaki of our cultures".

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hockey with Barry

Waikowhai Intermediate have been very nice and let us use their hockey turf to practice on.  Firstly Miss Fortes showed us how to hold a hockey stick safely.  Then we all walked next door.

When we got there our coach showed us how to hold a hockey stick properly.  You grab the top of the stick with your left hand.  Then hold it a bit down the bottom with your right hand.  You can use your left hand to turn the stick and your right hand to guide it.

Here are some photos of the fun we had.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Term 3 Sports

This term our focus for P.E (physical education) is invasive games.  O'Neill class are very excited about starting netball next week and we are very lucky to have our own coach for the next 4 weeks. Thanks #SportAuckland.   Our lessons will run on a Monday:  9.30am - 10.10am.

Every Tuesday morning we will walk next door (Waikowhai Intermediate) to learn new hockey skills with coach Barry.  These lessons will run Tuesday: 9.00am- 9-40am.  So we need to make sure we arrive at school on time.

Parents and families are more than welcome to come along and watch us learn some fundamental skills that we can use in these sports.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

O'Neill Class Site

Click on the link below to see our class site.  Here you will find some fun and exciting activities we use to support our learning in class.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Huia Beach

Today we went to Huia beach.  We were able to be kaitiakitanga and look after this beach by cleaning it up. I think there are already some kaitiaki in the community because the beach was very clean.  Here are some pictures of our day at the beach.  Check out the waves!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Today was our last lesson with our Soccer coach Courtney.  We have had so much fun learning different skills that we can use to play soccer.  We learned how to juggle the ball on our feet and knees, how to strike the ball with our 'instep' and how to tackle someone to try and take possession of the ball.

Soccer is an invasive sport, so we realised that it helps to communicate with your team mates and pass the ball to each other

Here are a few pics of us using all our skills during soccer games.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Welcoming Parents

We have been practising the waiata 'Haere Mai' in preparation for welcoming parents/families and friend to Hay Park School.  We performed this waiata to our parents during the opening of our Sculpture walk.  The girls sang beautifully with the boys supporting them with a brief haka which was led by Cassius and Spencer.  Ka rawe O'Neill class.