House Choirs 2017

Last Friday we had our annual school House Choirs. Each house had to sing the same waiata and then a song from the theme that was selected by the House Captains. This year the theme was ‘Disney films’ and the following videos are the final performances. It is always a very entertaining afternoon and it was clear to see the work that had gone in over the last two weeks. A big congratulations to Rata house who were the overall winners. The other results were Ngaio second, Kowhai third and Konini fourth.

Explanation writing.

This term we have been focusing on how to write explanations that are detailed and provide the reader with lots of information. This has been linked to our topics about the water cycle and puberty. I have been so impressed with the standard of writing and would like you to choose your favourite piece of explanation writing to publish on your blog.  Feel free to add pictures and videos that are related to your topic.

Student led conferences.

Last week, the majority of you participated in student led conferences where you explained your learning and next steps to your parents. I was very impressed with how well you conducted yourselves and how clearly you could explain your learning. This week I would like you to reflect on those conferences. I want you to write a new post that does the following:

  • explains what student led conferences are for visitors who visit our blog.
  • explain how you felt doing the student led conferences.
  • reflect on your mid term report – how did you feel about your progress?
  • give your opinion about student led conferences – are they worthwhile?

I expect your reflection to be at least two paragraphs long.

100 word challenge – new prompt

Latest prompt

As you can see the prompt this week is a yummy picture! It is actually part of a sculpture called ‘The Fast Supper’ which was part of an exhibition in Gloucester Cathedral called ‘Crucible’.

fast supper Gloucester cathedral

Things to consider:

  • What is it made of?
  • What was the sculpture trying to say?
  • What did it make you feel? Hungry? Full?
  • What person could be eating it?

The form will close on 27th May at 23.45 GMT

Terrarium school challenge.

We are getting organised and hoping to win the school terrarium challenge. Thank you to Patrick  (who also supplied the cars for decoration), Ryan, James, Jennifer and Courtney who helped set the terrarium up. Another big thank you to Dylan, Jake and Seannah who also bought some decorations to make our terrarium look really special. The dinosaurs were a really nice touch Dylan. 🙂

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Then today I overheard Jake showing our terrarium to a couple of year 7s at lunchtime and explaining how it works. How cool.

Our first real 100 word challenge

Latest prompt

This time we have a very gooey prompt!

…the slime dripped through …

Things to think about:

  • Where are you?
  • Is there supposed to be slime?
  • Where has it come from?
  • What colour is it?
  • Does it smell?
  • What are the consequences of this happening?

You need to create a new post on your blog that includes this phrase. I will then submit them to the 100 word challenge page. PLEASE remember to re-read carefully as the world is going to see your entries.

100 word challenge

I have found a site called the 100 word challenge which is all about encouraging students to write. Some of you may have noticed I have added it to the ‘Great sites’ list on the sidebar of my blog.

The following activity comes from this site but we were too late to do it. However, to get you prepared for upcoming 100 word challenges, we are going to practise using this prompt. Look at the picture and the questions below, and on your blog create a new post that responds to these. Remember – only 100 words. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Things to ask yourself:

  • Who are they?
  • Where are they going?
  • What is the setting?
  • What would it feel like to walk through a wall?

Check out what Amelia and Jorgia came up with: