Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sir Edmund Hillary

For Milind's last home learning challenge he gave a presentation of Sir Edmund Hillary's life.

He included these facts and more!

Sir Edmund Hillary
·      Sir Edmund Hillary was an explorer and mountain climber
·      He was the first to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay
·      Sir Ed was born in Auckland on 20th July 1919
·      He started climbing when he was 16 years old
·      He climbed his first large mountain when he was 20 and continued exploring and climbing mountains
The Everest Expedition
·      400 people were in the group to climb Mt Everest
Climbing Everest
·      To climb the mountain, they did it in stages 
·      It helped them to get use to the height and air
·      But at each stage, not every one carried on
Hillary’s Step
·      On 29 May 1953 Sir Ed and Tenzing got their chance to climb to the top of the mountain
·      But the biggest problem they had was a huge rock wall
·      They needed to climb the rock wall to get to the top
·      The rock wall is now named Hillary’s Step
The Top of the Mountain
·      Sir Ed and Tenzing made it to the top of the mountain
·      But they could only stay for a few minutes because the air is thin
·      The thin air makes it hard to breathe
After Everest
·      After climbing Mt Everest Sir Ed went to the South Pole in 1958
·      They were the third group to go to the South Pole
·      But they were the first one’s to use motor vehicles to do it
New Zealand Air Force
·      Sir Ed was also a navigator with the New Zealand Royal Air Force during World War 2
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth
·      The Queen made him a knight
·      That is why we call him Sir
Sir Edmund’s Books
·      Sir Ed wrote books about his adventures
High Adventure
No Latitude for Error
The Crossing of Antarctica
New Zealand $5 note
·      Sir Ed Hillary is on New Zealand’s five dollar note

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Home Learning

Today Olivia and Stephanie shared some great home learning.  Olivia made a fabulous poster about fantails and Stephanie made a mask and wrote a report about Kaka.

Here is Stephanie's report –
Kaka have a black beak and a black or brown forehead.  Kaka have red cheeks.  Kaka have lots of feathers that can help him fly.  The beak is the shape of a diamond.  It has two legs that help him walk.  It is a bird and it is native to New Zealand.  It has a brown nostril.  This Kaka has lots of colours like brown, yellow, red and black.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Harvest Festival

Rebekah shared her knowledge of The Chinese Moon Festival on our Cultural Day. She dressed in a Chinese costume and brought Moon cakes for everyone to try.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Milind's Flying Machine

For Milind's latest Home Learning challenge he created a flying machine with tissue paper, string, balloons and helium.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Landscape Painting

We painted these landscapes with Mrs Shepherd.  The surprising thing is we didn't use paint brushes.  We had to use fingers, sponges, twigs, sticks and leaves.
The photos that make up this video can be found on our school website, where they can be downloaded individually – click here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Minecraft Rocks - or Not?

A Message for Parents
Many of the children are playing Minecraft and love it, others not so much.  If you are wondering about the benefits or are worried about this craze, check out this article.  It has some ways that you can suggest your child plays Minecraft to make it safe and explains what the game is about.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bucket Filling

This term we are learning to be bucket fillers.  Click here for a link to our wiki page where you can read more about bucket filling.
Parents and teachers can find more information about bucket filling at the following link.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chan Yu's Giving Home Learning

Chan Yu has completed another home learning challenge.  He gave to his family by cooking a meal, mowing lawns and washing cars.  Well done Chan Yu!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Milind in Rotorua

Milind went to Rotorua for the weekend.  He had heaps of fun and learnt some interesting facts.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Back to School

We are back to school for Term 3.  There is an exciting topic ahead - "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?"  We continue our count to 200 days at school - will we make it and have another celebration day?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

100 Days of Learning

Today was our 100th Day of learning at school for 2013.  We had some challenges to complete by ourselves and as a class.  We blew up over 100 balloons but when we came to count them there were only 93!  Some had gone pop!  Here we are in our 100 day smarter prince and princess crowns.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ambury Farm

On Wednesday the 26th of June we visited Ambury Farm to learn about farming in New Zealand. Ambury Farm Park is a regional park that is open to the public.  It's a great place to visit.  You can find more information about the park if you click here.
The photos that make up this video can be found on our school website, where they can be downloaded individually – click here.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rosie's World

This afternoon we checked out Rosie's World. We found out –
  1. Rosie is a dairy cow - she gives us milk
  2. Cows eat lots of grass each day
  3. There are 1,000 different types of cow in the world
  4. Jersey cows are brown, are smaller than other cows and produce the best milk
  5. Cows have four stomachs
  6. Milking machines get the milk from the cow's udder so we can drink it
  7. The milk from the cows are collected by milk tankers and is taken to the dairy factory
  8. At the dairy factory milk is made into lots of different things - flavoured milk, cheese and butter
  9. There is a very clever robotic system on some farms that helps the farmer with the work on the farm
  10. Grass comes up from the cow's stomach into it's mouth and it chews it again for a minute because grass is very hard to digest
  11. Cows get scared of big things, like trucks
  12. Cows eat 70 kilograms of grass a day
  13. Milk gets pasteurized to remove bacteria - heated to 72 degrees Celsius and cooled to 3 degrees Celsius

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cycle West

We had lots of fun and learnt heaps about riding our bikes.  Many of us got our trainer wheels off and now we are experts!

Cycle West from SPS Superstars on Vimeo.
You can view and print individual photos from our webpage here.
For more information about Cycle West click here - I would recommend them for your children and school.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mystery Reader

Today we welcomed our third mystery reader into Room 9.  We had some clues to help us discover who it was going to be.
~ My favourite colour is red.
~ I come from a family with seven children.
~ I am tall and I like to exercise.
~ I enjoy dancing.
~ I like to read.
There were a number of children who thought they could guess, but no one did!
Who could it be?
Thanks Tekweni for reading See You Later Alligator by Rina A. Foti.  We enjoyed reading, snap, snap, snappity-snap when it came up in the book.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bike West – 27th to 31st May

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Each day next week (27th – 31st May) Room 9 will be working with Bike West.  Children will be learning and practising bike skills.  Please allow your child to bring their bike and helmet as often as possible.  We will be using the courts or the hall if wet.  Our sessions are usually in the afternoon (1:30 – 2:30) except for Tuesday (9:30-10:30).
On Tuesday afternoon Karekare is hosting the School Assembly from approx. 2:15–2:45.
Glenys Holt 

Spare bikes and helmets will be available if your child can not bring one.
Happy to store bikes at school if they can't go home each night.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Rebekah's Mother's Day Card

  1. First I drew me and my mummy and then I drew my imagination.
  2. I coloured them in.  It took me about two or three days.
  3. I got my ruler and my pencil and three colours.  I used my ruler with my blue colouring vivid.  I used my pencil to write my words.  Then I traced my words with my red and green vivids.
    Then I rubbed the pencil work out.
  4. I drew a picture of a girl.
  5. I folded it in half and my mummy loved it.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cooking Up a Storm

As part of his home learning Milind has been cooking meals for his family.  He has made burgers, pizza and a yummy breakfast.
Fish finger burger with tartare sauce and a side of chips.

Piza with the works!

Cooking breakfast means getting up early!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Neighbourhood Clean Up

I decided to go pick up rubbish up Drower Road.  I went with my Mum, brother and my dog, Mack.  We filled a whole Waitakere City rubbish bag.  We left it on the road to collect in the car.
What a mess!
The rubbish bag is filling quickly.
Thanks for the help Rhys.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Milind's Gift

Milind decided that when his family had some plants they no longer wanted he could donate them to the school.  With Mr Iain's help they are now planted and help make our school look wonderful.  What a great idea Milind!  Thank you.
This is what the area looked like before the planting.
What a difference the new plants make!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Butterfly Art

We created these art works with a variety of media.  First we looked at lots of photos of butterfies and sketched some to gather our ideas.  Next we created our own butterfly shapes and added patterns in a symmetrical design.  Then we dyed the butterflies and used vivid to outline our shapes and patterns.  Our backgrounds were made with paint using brushes, rollers and sponges.
You can find the individual art works for viewing and printing on the school website - click here.

Xavier's Grass Man

Xavier made this grass man at PINs with Miss Vidal.  He has watered it at home and brought it back to show us just how well it is growing. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013


For more information about ANZAC Day please refer to the wiki page – click here.

ANZAC Day services in 2011 and 2012 - photos sourced from NZHerald.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chan Yu's Walk

Chan Yu and his family went for a walk to Nihotupu Dam In the Waitakere Ranges as one of his home learning challenges.  He enjoyed the challenge and was scared and excited when he saw the dam.  What do you know about the Nihotupu Dam?  Click here if you want to know more about this walk.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Term One PINs

Each term we have a chance to choose an activity we would like to 'have a go' at.  Here are photos of some of the activities we were involved in.