Sunday, 11 November 2018

Room 3 and 4 Become Palaeontologists

This term we are investigating dinosaurs and extinction. Room 3 and 4 children learnt about the difference between fossils and bones, and made some of our own dinosaur bones out of salt dough. Next we got to excavate them after learning about some of the techniques that palaeontologists use to dig up the bones. You can see us carefully uncovering the bones and fossils with our paintbrushes.

Cricket Coaching Sessions

Ngake Hub have been lucky enough this term to be involved in some weekly cricket lessons with 2 coaches from the University Team. We have been learning throwing, catching, and even skills to hold the bat. Here is a photo of Room 3 in action with our warm up game.

Kilbirnie School Athletics Day

What a wonderful day we had at the school athletics day! While the older children from Matairangi Hub and Whataitai Hub were busy doing sprints, high jump and long jump, etc, the Ngake Hub were busy enjoying some fun running, jumping and throwing activities. The children had a great time participating in everything from an obstacle course, to sack racing and even an egg and spoon race.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

What a wonderful start to Term 4.  On Wednesday, Rooms 1, 3 and 4 had a trip to Te Papa to see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  We all got on the bus and were so excited, as before the trip we had learnt about the different instruments in the orchestra and now we were going to see them.

The wonderful Te Papa

Finally arrived

We arrived at Te Papa and had morning tea in the amphitheatre, then we divided into groups and set off on an adventure to explore the different exhibitions.  There was so much to see and we looked at lots of modern art, dinosaur exhibitions and we also got the opportunity to experiment with colour and reflection using mirrors. We visited the discovery centres, where we did lots of "hands on" activities.

Morning Tea

Exploring the dinosaurs

Who's there?
Making our own curious creatures
Music time
Special white gloves to protect the dinosaur

Exploring the caves

Fossil dig

All the groups came together in Te Marae and then the "magic moment" arrived.
Hamish the compere, was so funny and made us all laugh a lot.  He introduced all the different sections of the orchestra and the musicians were very friendly.  They played the "Can Can" music and we were allowed to dance, even the teachers.  Hamish then read us three stories and the orchestra played alongside him.  When the story was happy the orchestra played happy music and when the story was sad the orchestra played sad music.  Having the music playing alongside the story made it so much more interesting. The concert ended with us dancing the Can Can again and then we returned to school on the bus. We were very tired but had a lovely day.  Who knows, someone from Kilbirnie School may play in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra one day.

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra playing in Te Marae

Story time with Hamish

Listening to the amazing Symphony Orchestra
Dancing to the Can Can music

Monday, 24 September 2018

School Production

Well, we have come to the end of term 3 and what an amazing term this has been.
Tonight is Production night and after many weeks of rehearsing and practising the songs for the show, we are all very nervous but very excited to be on stage.
Rm 1 children will be performing two songs from Moana. The first song is called "We Know the Way" where the boys and Maui perform a magnificent warrior dance.
The girls then take to the stage and sing and dance beautifully to "How Far I"ll Go". Near the end of the dance the boys join them on stage as a finale.
 Room 3 and 4  re-enact the story “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and the costumes and the dancing are incredible.  We all know now that the  children in these two rooms are really awesome dancers. 
It is great that we will all get the opportunity to perform on a real live stage tonight and who knows, one day some of us may become famous actors/dancers or singers on the world stage.

We hope you enjoy the show tonight and thought you would like to see some photographs of us in action.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

100's PARTY!!!!!

Room 3 and 4 have counted down 100 days. Each day we put a stick in our 100's jar and wrote equations about the number of the day. We also learnt if the number was odd or even and the number before and after it. Every few days we counted the sticks in the jar. Each day we had to  work out how many more days until we could have our much anticipated 100's party. It was so cool to see all the math inspired creativity with the food for the party

Sunday, 9 September 2018

ASB Centre

Today was the last day of Room 1's sessions at the ASB Centre and we have had so much fun during the last 8 weeks.   Having completed gymnastics for 4 weeks, we then moved onto ball skills. Each week we played different games including Soccer, Basketball, Handball  and today we learned how to play Dodgeball.  Here we are playing Plants and Zombies. The idea of the game was for the Plants to hit the Zombies with the soft balls and prevent them from getting to the other side of the court.  We can't wait to return to the ASB Centre next year.
The Zombies are racing across

                        Yeah we made it!!!!!!

Isla is trying to get across to the other side.
Run Aelwen, we're going to get you.
The Zombies won

School Disco

Earlier this term,  all the children in the Ngake Hub were invited to our School Disco in the Hall. We  were so excited all day and after school raced home to get ready for this fun event.

Lots of yummy food to eat.
Anoke's Mum painted our faces.

When we arrived we could have our face painted and there were glow sticks we could buy. There was also a cafe with lots of yummy food to eat.

   The DJ played our favourite songs and we had lots of fun dancing.  We had practised the Macarena all term, so when that song came on we were so happy that we knew how to do it. 

Do you recognise Sana?
Dancing to the Macarena

Throughout the disco there were lots of prizes to be won. There was a prize for the best costume which was won by Sana in Rm 3 and Anoke won a prize for being the funkiest dancer. Victoria in
Rm 5 won lunch with Mr. Austin