Visit to WBHS Farm

Last week the entire school visited Fraser Farm at Wataiki Boys High School as part of our science unit ‘Bigger and better – the red meat industry in NZ’. We had a fantastic day learning about sheep in New Zealand, why wool is so good for the environment, how working dogs are trained and used and so much more. This week, Room 5 have been blogging about the visit. Check out their blogs for even more details.


A pretty cool Friday.

Last Friday we had a lot going on. Firstly it was pink shirt day to show our support for the anti bullying message. It was great to see so many students from Room 5 who wore something pink.

Then in the afternoon, some Room 5 students began our special project for the school. We are not going to give it away just year as to what is going on, you will have to watch this space, but here is Josh, Lochie, Lennox, Thomas and Hunter who have started it off.

IDEAL students

I was very proud of the Room 5 students today who had earned iDEAL badges which were presented at assembly There were a lot of them. These badges are very hard to get and we had students in each category:

Daring to succeed

Engaging with mana

Acting with respect

Learning with purpose.


Novel studies

This term we have started our guided novel studies. One group is reading ‘Amina’ by J.L Powers

Another group is reading ‘Iqbal’ by Francesco D’Adamo.

I would like you to blog about your novel.

  1. Summarise what the story is about.
  2. Both groups have researched the countries these novels are set in – share your research on your blog, but it has to be in your own words.
  3. Are you enjoying reading the novel? Explain your answer.

Make sure your blog entry makes sense for someone who has never read the novel – you are writing for a worldwide audience, not just me.

Our holidays

It’s always great to hear what people get up to in their holidays, and we decided to share our holiday news using a poem. We looked at the poem written by Marci Ridlon, called ‘That was Summer’ and used this as inspiration to write our own poems titled ‘That was your holiday.’

Once we had written them, we recorded ourselves reading the poems using SeeSaw. Some of us were happy to video ourselves, but others preferred to use a picture and record our voices over top.

Check out Ben’s poem.

Please have a look at the other student blogs too to hear their poems and find out what they got up to these holidays.