Over the first two weeks of this year, we have done a lot of talking about strengths. We have identified what strengths are important in our classroom, and which strengths we have personally. Last week you were asked to identify a strength that you wanted to work on and I would like you to blog about that.

What is the strength you want to work on?

Why did you choose that strength?

How are you going to work on it?

Why do you think it is important?

When you are writing your blog, please make sure that you write in full sentences so that anyone reading your post will understand what you are writing about.

Don’t forget to add some media to make it even more captivating for your audience.


WOW – Time sure does fly when you are having fun. Here we are at the beginning of a new school year and with a brand new bunch of AMAZING students. With 28 superstars, Room 5 continues to be theΒ BEST class πŸ™‚

Let’s introduce ourselves to the world


We are going to share 5 really interesting, but possibly very random, facts about ourselves. Here are mine:


  1. I hate pumpkin so much that it makes me vomit.
  2. I sucked my thumb until I was 13
  3. I can’t stand it when people say something is “for free” – it’s not, it is “for nothing” or it is free!
  4. When I was a teenager I was in love with the actor, Johnny Depp and my room was covered in posters of him.
  5. I love to knit


Student blogging challenge – week 8

Now we are back at school after our camping experiences, we can join back in with the blogging challenge. This week the challenge is all about celebrations. Because there are so many different cultures involved in the student blogging challenge it will be really interesting to see what other people celebrate.

Click on this link to take you to the information page about the challenge.

Boyle River camp

Last week – 55 year 8 students, 9 parents and two teachers (myself and Miss Brien) headed to Boyle River Education Centre in the Lewis Pass. We had the most amazing week with fantastic weather. Miss Brien has made this movie that shares all our experiences.

Science in a box

Today we were really lucky to have a surprise visit from ‘Science in a box’ – a touring science show. The focus was on chemistry and Room 5 had a lot of fun experimenting with hydrogen, liquid nitrogen and helium. If you persevere with the slow motion video it is definitely worth it. πŸ™‚

Student blogging challenge week 4

This week the blogging challenge is all about EMOJIS – this looks like a lot of fun.

Click on the link to take you to the page for instructions:

Don’t forget to put your work on the google form so others can see it.

Also, remember to check out other blogs and leave comments so more people will visit your blog.

Showcase Room 5

I am always so surprised at the amazing talents that students have. Here are the ones from this year’s showcase performance in Room 5. Enjoy the variety – from bike tricks, hair braiding, singing, rip sticking, football skills and an incredible chocolate cake.


People savers

We were so lucky to have Sakhr from the Red Cross in Dunedin come and teach us all about first aid. This is great preparation for our year 8 camps in a couple of weeks time. Not only that, being skilled in first aid is also a wonderful skill to have for life.