House choirs 2018

Well two weeks of practising finally came to an end this afternoon with the annual school house choir assembly. The theme this year was New Zealand music and the songs were chosen by the house captains.

Well done to all houses on great performances.

The results were: Rata – 1st, Kowhai – 2nd, Ngaio – 3rd and Konini – 4th.

The teachers also did a pretty good job with their item – thanks to Miss Paterson.

Otago Polyfest 2018

Last week, 4 of our Room 5 students traveled to Dunedin to participate in the Otago Polyfest. Faaki, Lousiale, Ford and Kiseki. Watch from the start of the video above to see Oamaru Intermediate’s performance – they finish at 8.03 minutes but feel free to watch the other Otago Schools.

Whaea Jamaya was so impressed with the whole group – she said they were the best she had taken to the festival. Well done guys.

North Otago Cross Country

Room 5 had three students who competed in the North Otago Cross Country – Sol, Alex and Thomas. They did very well competing against other students from the entire North Otago Region. The final placings were Sol, 4th in year 8 girls, Alex, 10th and Thomas 12th in Year 8 boys. Fantastic stuff.

Japanese student visit

This week we were very lucky to have some students from Japan visiting our school. They were extremely polite and were so grateful for the experience of being in New Zealand. The students ranged in ages, from 9 to 11. They were incredibly brave to come all this way.

Before they left on Wednesday they showed Room 5 and Room 3 how to do some traditional cultural activities such as origami and calligraphy. They also shared some of their traditional games with us. Then we were treated to a song from all the students during the farewell assembly.

Wet days

Wet days at school can be a bit trying – especially when everyone is stuck inside at lunchtime. However, it was great to see some of the Room 5 students making the most of the games that were available – this was a very intense game of Jenga.

Getting out there more…

I have just discovered this blogging challenge – unfortunately I am a bit late for us to participate in the March one – whoops. However there is another challenge coming up in October which we will definitely do.

But, what I did find that might be useful for us to make more connections with our blog was this:

If you click on the link it takes you to a site that has a list of all the students who were involved in March 2018 and their blog links. Scroll down until you find someone of a similar age and with similar interests and start there – explore their blogs, leave some comments, invite them to look at your blogs, get some inspiration for what you could blog about.

Term 2 is done!

Wow, I cannot believe how fast this term has gone. I think everyone deserves a good holiday after being so busy this term.

I would like you to blog about your term – summarise the following:

-What you have enjoyed.

-What you have found challenging

-How your learning has gone this term

-What you want to focus on next term

I also want you to tell us what you plan to do for the holidays – are you going to just rest and relax, or do you have a special trip planned.

To help you with your blog, here is a list of everything that has gone on this term:

  • Student led conferences
  • James Hargest Trials
  • WBHS farm visit
  • New rotation of tech
  • Writing -explanations
  • Science – beef and sheep unit
  • New rotation of modules
  • Maths – Statistics, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Reading – novel studies
  • Puberty
  • Our special art project
  • Cheese roll fundraiser for camp
  • Te Reo
  • Visit from WBHS and WGHS to prepare for next year
  • Girls self defence course
  • PE – bench ball, football, dodgeball

Winter. Brrrr

Well winter is well and truly here. It has been cold and miserable lately. How do you feel about winter? Do you like it or hate it? Do you do anything special in winter?

I would like you to write a blog about this season. Add some pictures – it would be great if you had some pictures of yourself doing something in winter.

Here are a couple of pictures from my place during the heavy snow fall we had in 2013 – I am really hoping that we don’t get another one like this this year.