Thursday, 18 May 2017

Week 3: 'Student led' Ako Hiko Parent Workshop

Kia orana bloggers

Four of our very own students facilitated one of our Ako Hiko parent meetings today. They were Janine, JD, Nathaniel (all year five students) and Brooklyn (year four).

Their fabulous workshop gave parents the opportunity to upskill themselves in google docs, screencastify and develop their digital footprint.

Here are some photos of from today


Feel free to have a browse through the presentation below

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Week 3: Harakeke flowers

Hi bloggers

Today we had an amazing time learning how to make Harakeke flowers (flax flowers). Hinemoa was an expert at weaving so Miss Fortes asked her to teach the whole class how to make their own. Miss Madeleine brought some flax for us to use and helped Hinemoa teach everyone.

It was very challenging for us because we had to make sure the weave was tight and the folds were straight. This learning was a true test of resilience for Pohatu class. Some of us almost gave up but with the support of our peers, we kept trying.

When Miss Fortes asked Hinemoa what she thinks of teaching she said "It's a very hard job!!!".

Thank you Hinemoa for teaching us how to make the Harakeke flowers.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Week 2: Kia toa performance

Today we were lucky enough to have Bernard Mangakahia perform for us. The title of his show was 'Kia Toa'.

He used powerful stories, interactive poetry and dance to take us on a journey of resilience. One thing that really stood out for us was that resilience isn't just something that you do on your own. You can be resilient together with others. For example, it's impossible to do a one handed clap on your own but if you work with someone else you can both be resilient and clap together.

Pohatu class highly recommend Bernard's Kia Toa show. Phenomenal learning!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Week 10: Car boot sale

On Saturday we held our first ever car boot sale fundraiser. It was awesome seeing so many family and community members supporting our school.

Our class created slime and sold it for $2 per bag. Miss Fortes loves science and was so engrossed in the slime making process that she forgot to take photos of us making the slime.

However she did capture some of photos of us measuring the slime. We measured out the slime using electronic scales because we wanted to make sure each customer got the same amount of slime for $2 (50grams)

Here are a few snaps from the exciting event.

Hansen class and their stall aptly named 'H Mart'

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Week 9: Basketball tip

Genete practising her follow through
Sela using her eyes and elbows to shoot 
This week we practiced our BEEF skills. BEEF stands for

B - balance
E - eyes
E - elbows
F - follow through

This helps us remember the essential skills to using the correct technique for a basketball shot at goal. I hope this tip helps you develop your own basketball skills.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Week 7: STEM Challenges

This week our teachers introduced STEM challenges. STEM stands for Science, Technology, English and Maths.

We had two challenges that involved us working in teams. For some of us this was very difficult during the first challenge, but after reflecting on different ways to problem solve we found team work a lot easier during the second challenge.

Here are some questions we have for you.

  1. If you have done a STEM challenge before what challenges did you come across?
  2. How did you overcome those challenges?
Thank you for reading
From the STEM-tastic learners in Pohatu class

Friday, 10 March 2017

Week 6: Sausage sizzle fundraiser

Hi bloggers... guess what?

In term three our year five and six students are going on camp! Wohooo! To fundraise for this event we are selling ice blocks and sausage sizzles every Friday. We were lucky enough to organise the first sausage sizzle alongside some of our amazing mums.

Thank you to Andrew's mum, Eshaan's mum, Paul's mum, Mrs Falefa, Ms Patel and Mr Brodie for making this fundraising opportunity possible. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Some of the amazing support crew!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Week 5: Singing

Do you enjoy singing? Miss Fortes underestimated how much we like singing. She thought we wouldn't like this song because it was about a little girl called Moana... we proved her wrong! The girls sang beautifully and the boys really carried their voices through with so much pride. We are going to introduce this song at our next Hay Park Way assembly so the whole school can sing it.

Do you have any favourite assembly songs you like to sing?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Week 4: Basketball

This term we have been lucky enough to start basketball coaching sessions.  Here is a short video of us practicing a jump stop.

After our lesson we went back to class and brainstormed some of the new vocabulary we learned and put these into a google slides presentation so we can refer back to them before our next lesson.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Week 3: Tuhi mai, Tuhi atu

Hello blogging world

We have been working on a short presentation to introduce ourselves to our new Tuhi Mai tuhi atu family.  We created this video using iMovie and our beautiful faces. 

Grab some pop corn, take a seat and enjoy meeting Pohatu class.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Week 1: First blog post for 2017

Welcome back to a new year of exciting learning in Pohatu class!

Today was our first day back at school where we had loads of fun learning and getting to know each other. We did this by working in groups to scan QR codes Miss Fortes had put up around the room. Each QR code had its own question - Christian and Bob found the QR codes that were hidden under a table and shelf.

The questions helped us find out that the overarching theme for 2017 is Hononga (connections) and our context this term is 'identity'. They also helped us remember a few other general knowledge questions.

One of the questions was about acting out the 'Hay Park Way'. Instead of just acting it out, our groups decided to create short films demonstrating the Hay Park Way. It was really exciting to watch our videos together on the big screen.

Thank you for reading our blog post. We look forward to you joining us on our learning journey this year.