Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy holidays!

Congratulations to our top group for term three!



Well done Room 8 for giving it your best for the inter-class 'tug of war' on the last day of term.  While some helped our other rooms, we had a pretty hard time going up against the teachers!!!  I reckon we would've won....


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Hope you all have a great break for the next two weeks.  Please remember to get your application for the 'favourite Room 8 student' or 'most annoying Room 8 student' position completed by the end of week one, term four...!!

Take care

Ms. M


Monday, August 21, 2017

THE DAY MY TEACHER TRIED TO KILL ME!!!!

Yes, a very eye-catching title.... and probably not very appropriate but we had so much fun!

As a teacher, I'm always learning.  For writing it's about quality not quantity, high impact, and a "hook" to get attention.  Today I got just that!  When I wrote that title on the whiteboard, all students were definitely switched on!  This is the topic of their current piece of writing.  And what was their stimulus?  Trying eight different types of Asian food.   I wasn't really trying to poison them :)  Students recorded their 'look', 'touch', 'smell' ideas on a worksheet, and then finally..... 'taste'!  We got some wonderful reactions!

Below you will see some photos of our experience and some introductions the students have written to start their creative narrative that has the purpose to entertain.

Enjoy!


Ms. M

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Here are the introductions of some of the narratives...

I entered my room just like a normal day.  But I could feel something was wrong.  My teacher smelled sour.  By then I knew something was up.  My teacher had an evil look in her eyes.  I was wondering where my class was.  It was usually full but not this day.   My teacher had me sit down.

Kahurangi

As I read, I heard the sound of my teacher laughing.  She was doing something.  But what was she planning?  A sunshine and rainbow lesson?  Or would our life end?  It was the most weird feeling I had ever had.  She walked out with plates covered…

Mareva

I strolled into the classroom to find that my teacher had laid out plates on our tables.  As I approached the stench was horrendous.  I bolted out of the classroom.  As I stood desperately gasping, each gasp of fresh air was brilliant.  Walking into the classroom was the scariest thing I’d ever done in my life…

Nick

When I went into the classroom, something smelt fishy.  I knew something was wrong from the moment I saw lights flickering on and off.  What was happening?  A mischievious and evil laugh from out the back made me jump right out of my skin.

Alexandra
  
It looked like a normal day.  The teacher was sitting at her desk.  But that moment I smelt a horrible smell.  Of fish.  That was a fishy situation.

William
  
What’s that sound?  I thought that my teacher was alone in the back room.  Ghosts?  Imaginary friends?  Or just mentally crazy?  Don’t ask, I’ve always wondered about her.

Emily
  
As I walked into my class, I was hit by a gross smell like mouldy cheese, and the sound of my teacher laughing like a witch in the back room, and definitely cooking something like a witch would cook.  It stank.  I looked down at the ground…

Blake
  
At twenty to eleven the school bell rang to come back into class.  I walked into class to find there was no teacher in sight.  As I walked to the heater to keep warm, I heard a noise come from the back room.  I listened more carefully and I hear clashing and banging.  I knew my teacher was up to something.

Alexis
  
It was just another boring session of writing.  My teacher was hiding in the back room talking to herself.  Then she came out with plates and paper towels.


David

Science Fair

A huge congratulations to all students who completed their Science Fair projects.  Awesome effort.  Congratulations to Lush Laundry, Up and Away and Put the Colour to the Groove who have had their projects go through to the BIS Science Fair competition.

Ms. M




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rippa Rugby

Today we finished our rippa rugby sessions with the Tasman Rugby Union.  We finished with the whole afternoon afternoon block playing rippa and rippa seaweed.  Lots of fun!

Ms. M

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Netball Lunchtime games

Well done Room 8 for your 13-2 win over Room 11!  Fantastic effort!!!

Ms. M

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Poetry

Room 8 used Gail Loane's "That Was Summer" poem as inspiration to create our own.  Here are some for you to enjoy.

Ms. M

Have you ever smelled summer?
Sure you have. 
Remember that time when your BBQ was sizzling
On a hot afternoon 
And it smelled like sausages and steak?
Remember the meat 
Slipping off the bone?
That was summer.


Kahu


Have you ever felt summer?
Sure you have.
Remember that time when you were walking up and down the beach
Collecting driftwood
And you stacked it all up in a pile
And lit it into a big blazing fire?
Remember the feel of the heat radiating 
And the sun setting over the bay?
That was summer.
Cruz


Have you ever seen winter?
Sure you have
Remember that time
When you saw the snow falling from the clouds
And then making snowmen
Or skiing down the hill with your friends?
Remember all the ice skating that we did
And falling on our bums?
That was winter.

David

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Term Three!

Here's what's going on this term!

Maths 
Our new topic will be fractions, proportions and ratios, and then measurement.  We will continue to revise basic facts for those students who need it and also run Mathix sessions every couple of weeks.  Students are encouraged to practice their basic facts at home and it is hoped those with practice books are continuing to use those regularly in their own time.

Literacy/Inquiry
Our big focus for the first three weeks is the Science Fair.  Students will be reading texts around their topics to undertake research, writing procedures and experiments, representing their results and data, and giving oral presentations.  After this we will continue focusing on the strategy of questioning for reading.  Students will be finishing their novel study work, (they have loved their texts!), with some starting new novels, and some looking at scientific texts.  For writing, students will complete their explanations after their science projects and then we will have some fun with various types of writing using different prompts.  This term we also have the BIS speech competitions for students who wish to participate.  Information will be given out and students will work independently on this, practicing infront of the class to get some feedback and next steps for their presentation for their house assembly.  Two students will be chosen to represent the house at the school speech competitions.

Health
Students all received a notice in regards to this programme last term.  If you have any concerns about any of the lessons, please return the form to me.  The Life Education bus will be at Broadgreen from weeks 2 through to week 6 to support this unit.  Our three sessions in the bus take place from weeks 2-4.
Maori
Students will learn about place names and their pronunciation, traditional Maori life and roles, and the structure of the powhiri to prepare for the Christchurch South exchange.

PE
Fitness will continue to be a focus with students completing various fitness tests.  In week three many students will participate in Winter Tournament.  House sport activities will continue with a focus on winter games with athletics preparation starting later in the term.

Our virtue for the term is excellence and the STAR goal is achieving.  With excellent work and effort, I hope more students will be achieving their green, blue and maybe even their red stars this term!

New modules also start this term.

A reminder that this term we have our CSIS exchange.  If you are interested in hosting a billet, please collect a form from the front office.  This is such an amazing experience for our students.


Dates to be aware of this term:

Monday 31 July - Nelson College Boys and Girls visit for year 8 students

Tuesday 1 August - ICAS English exam

Friday 4 August - Reports and Achievement folders go home.  Nayland College visit for year 8 students.

Thursday 10 August - Ms. Mannix at conference in Christchurch

Tuesday 15 August - ICAS Maths exam

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August - Winter Tournament.  Buller billets arrive.

Monday 21 August - 3-Way Conferences

Wednesday 23 August - Year 6 Parent Evening

Friday 25 August - Nelson Science Fair.  Broadgreen Speech competition at Fifeshire assembly.  College enrolments returned.


Monday 28 August - 1 September - Ms. Mannix away on camp with Room 13 (smuggling packets of Raro to the students!)

Wednesday 6 September - Broadgreen Speech finals, 7pm

Wednesday 13 September - Interschool Speech finals 7pm

Monday 18 September - Principal’s Morning Tea

Sunday 24 September - Christchurch South Intermediate School students arrive.

Wednesday 27 September - Disco

Thursday 28 September - CSIS exchange ends


Friday 29 September - Last day of term

Top Group Term Two 2017

Congratulations group 'vondolsio' for earning the most points in term three!  They celebrated with a delicious morning tea of chocolate milk, pikelets with jam and whipped cream, ginger kisses and squiggle tops!

Ms. M

Hydration/Osmosis School Kit activities


School Kit have given us some cool opportunities this year to do some awesome activities and also get some great free stuff!

Students learned about hydration and osmosis through two experiments - soaking gummy bears in different solutions and soaking an egg in vinegar.  For completing these, students then got their own plastic drink bottles to help them stay hydrated in the classroom!

Ms. M

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy holidays!!

Well, it has definitely been an interesting term!  We're all a bit knackered so let's have a few weeks break to refresh.

Take care everyone!  Travel safe and enjoy some quality family time together when you can.


Ms. M

Sailing thank you letters

Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road
Stoke

7 July 2017

Dear Laurence and Grace

Thank you for giving Room 8 the opportunity to have a 4 to 5 hour ride on your boat. It was one of the best rides that we have had this term.

My favourite things about going on the boat was having the opportunity to steer the boat which I haven't done in a long time. Fishing for the plankton was also one of my favourites, because we got to study them up close and learn about them. Thank you also for giving up your time to let other classes, especially our class to have the best day out on sea.

On behalf the class we would like to thank you for giving up 4 to 5 hours of your time to take us down to Tasman Bay.

Your sincerely


Nyssa


Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road
Stoke

7 July 2017

Dear Laurence and Grace

Thank you so much for taking time off your busy lives to take our class on your amazing sail boat.

I really liked being able to steer the boat and people in the class still call me zig zag haha but I think that heaps of other people enjoyed that too.  I also liked being able to study the plankton on the boat and look at them close up.

I also enjoyed being able to navigate and estimate where the boat would be in the next 10 minutes.  When we first arrived at the boat I really liked it when you played the Pirates of the Caribbean music just as we were getting on.

On behalf of the class I would like to thank you for taking us on the boat trip for the day.We all enjoyed ourselves.

Yours sincerely
Alexis


Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road
Stoke

7th July 2017

Dear Richard,

Thank you very much for letting Room 8 spend a day on your sailing boat

We all really enjoyed learning about the boat and participating in all of the amazing activities that you set for us and other classes, they were all very interesting. I especially enjoyed fishing for plankton as my group got to find lots of little lightbulb creatures, but steering the boat was extremely fun!

On behalf of room eight, thank you so much for taking time out of your lives to provide us with a super amazing day on your boat.  Everyone had so much fun and learned a lot about life on the sea.

Yours sincerely,

Keziah.


Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road
Stoke

7.7.17

Dear Laurence,

Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing experience with us.  I thought the steadfast was such an amazing boat.  I thought it was so cool that you built that boat by yourself.

We learnt so much in that one day.  I thought everything was so interesting and fun.  My personal favourite was steering the ship and I loved catching and looking at lots of plankton.

Thanks so much again for sharing an amazing experience.

Yours sincerely,
James


Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road
Stoke

Fri 7 July 2017

Dear Richard,


Thank you for an exciting day on the boat as I really enjoyed it.

 

We all saw and learned lots of interesting things about the ocean, sea life, and the boat itself.

 

I think my favourite thing on the boat would have been finding out how deep the water was (didn’t go to well because it kept flying too far away from us 😂🙄)

It was an amazing experience that I would definitely love to do again if I had the chance.

  
Yours sincerely
Logan


Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road
Room 8
Stoke, Nelson

7/7/17

Dear Laurence

First, thank you for taking us on your boat, Steadfast. It was the best day at school ever! I think Steadfast is one of the best learning environments to learn about our sea and sailing. Being able to learn out at sea rather than in class or on a docked boat really makes the experience real and memorable. I hope you continue using Steadfast to teach students. It truly is amazing.

The activities are main part, being able to steer a big sailing ship, looking at microscopic plankton, finding out where we are and more really makes it a good time, you're not just listening to someone talking about and showing you, you discover these things on your own around the boat.   Watching everyone helping each other doing tasks was amazing! The navigators talk to the lookouts, plankton finders, knot finders, depth finders and captain to find out where we are and the details of the location.

Thank you for taking us on this fantastic trip, it made the last week of school a blast! I enjoyed every moment of it and would love to do it again.

Thanks again,
Beni Rae


Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road
Stoke

7/7/17

Dear Richard,

Thank you for an amazing time sailing on the Steadfast, it was an awesome boat. I loved the way the boat had old twenty and fifty coins drilled into the boat.

I loved steering the boat even if I was a bit off course at some times.
Another of my favorite things was catching lots and lots of plankton.  It took a while to catch lots of stuff but it was so awesome looking at it though the microscope thing I don't know the name of it.

Thanks for one of the best times of this year so far :)

Yours sincerely,
Alexandra


Broadgreen Intermediate School
193 Nayland Road,
Stoke,
Nelson

7/7/17

Dear Richard

Thank you for providing our class with a fun day on the boat and life jackets. It was truly the best day at ‘school’ ever, just saying that the plankton fishing was so out of this world.

When we looked at them under the microscope they were so unreal it almost I shrunk myself smaller than a plankton. The hardest part about the plankton fishing was pulling in the net, trust me working on a boat ain't easy.

Thank you for teaching us how to navigate and steer the boat so I can say that I  won't get lost.

So overall thank you.

Yours sincerely

Gilligan