Another successful session of House Sport today. Thanks again to our Sports leaders and deputies for running these activities. Today Room 8 spent about 40 minutes playing Dodgeball in the hall run by Room 7 leaders and then moved up to the top field to be split into two games of Kio Rahi, lead by Room 6 leaders. Alex and Logan ran Quick Rip efficiently again, with great accolades from Mr. Green and Miss. Barr.
Students have been taking part in writing activities for our Get NZ Writing from SchoolKit. Today we finished off writing our metaphors: about the class and about ourselves. Here are some about our class:
If our class was a vehicle, what vehicle would we be?
Room 8 is a tow truck, helping everyone along.
Room 8 is a rocket ship, blasting every challenge.
Room 8 is a bus speeding out of control, kids screaming in the back!
Room 8 is a drift car, drifting around every obstacle it sees.
Room 8 is a convertible - you have to take the roof off to see what is inside.
Room 8 is a plane soaring through the sky, doing barrel rolls and loop 'd loops.
Room 8 is a row boat, all helping paddle to our destination.
Room 8 is a fast car, running to their lunch boxes.
Room 8 is a plane waiting to hit the ground.
If our class was a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would we be?
Room 8 is a sandwich crumbling and overflowing with all sorts of goodies.
Room 8 is sandwich with many different layers, small and big.
Room 8 is a chicken sandwich, slowly getting things added and becoming more delicious.
Room 8 is a sandwich with lots of different fillings; some are sour, some are bitter, some are cheesy and some are sweet!
The students chose metaphors to put on their SchoolKit card and decorated them.
Next was our "Found Poem". We got some old books from the Student Centre and rescued them from being thrown out. After gluing pages together in clumps of 5-6, students read through a page and circled words and phrases that interested them. This was to make a "Found Poem". The words were then circles in black and background pictures to go with the theme were added. Some of the poems were pretty amazing!!
Here are some poems written today:
the track had been mended
travelling carriage roofs, so crowded
room to stretch
truck, stove, fire, warm
underneath the weathered old cottage
the fields that were alive
the bright sun came up out of the sea
have a good drink of water
The first light of the morning sun
through leafy treetops
She wasn't far enough
sat helplessly warriors the Indians obliterate hard-packed earth Monongahela River Fort Duquesne, Marsh Creek the forts were built for military defense Fort Duquensne impossible Indian captivity fort sharp knife cut off all the hair sharp flint stone Shawnee painful ordeal Logan
flames, spraying in fragments,
in thousands of pieces
in a storm of fire,
the sky aflame,
smother him in clouds of fire,
sixty miles an hour; swirling fire and smoke
heat, fearful heat
air he breathed.
Instantly he lost the line,
I look forward to seeing more of these free-verse poems written!
Today Fifeshire had our first official house assembly. Huge thanks to Jade and Stella who ran the assembly, and to our IT man Harry who ran the slideshow and sound.
We had our first taste of house sport with our Fifeshire sports leaders and deputies running Dodgeball, Kio Rahi and Quick Rip. Alex and Logan ran Quick Rip for Room 8 today and students had a great time playing in four teams. Next week classes will play the other two options with these being run by our house leaders.
This afternoon we headed out for a game of Ki o Rahi. Luckily at least half the class knew how to play so Jamie and Akiana took turns refereeing. Some of us are still learning but what a great game, filled with skill and team work!
Room 8, I was really proud of the way you put in big effort this afternoon! I'm really excited at how we will learn this game together.
Room 8 students have chosen their own topic for inquiry this term that fits under broad theme of "Turangawaewae - a place where we stand". Students are learning about something they are passionate about, a person that inspires them, an animal or thing that is important to them or maybe finding out something about themselves and their family.
I'm really excited to see the presentations of these at the end of the term!
What a shame the weather meant that the swimming sports couldn't take place! However, our "A" grade swimmers got to do their thing to see if they would qualify for the interschool swimming sports next week.
So..... CONGRATULATIONS TO:
Mackenzie - qualified for three A grade races
Boston - who qualified for Year 8 boys breaststroke
Jess - 4th in the Year 8 girls butterfly
3rd in the Year 8 girls freestyle
Logan - 7th in the Year 8 boys freestyle final
8th in the Year 8 boys backstroke final
Becky - who qualified for the Year 7 girls backstroke
Alex - 1st in the Year 7 girls butterfly with a new school record!
1st in the Year 7 girls freestyle with a new school record!!
1st in the Year 7 girls breaststroke
2nd in the Year 7 girls backstroke
Ka rawe tamariki!!! Fanatastic! Very proud of you all!
Well done Room 8 for dressing up in yellow also - we looked awesome!!
Now to the final part of our day - free time playing in the dive well at Nayland Pool!
Thanks so much for a fabulous day, Room 8. It was great seeing you all get to know each other, helping and supporting each other and stepping up (and sometimes out of your comfort zone) to lead the group. I know we are going to have a fabulous year together!
A HUGE thank you to Lee and Barry for taking us today!