Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Year 7 Camp

The year sevens went on to vertical horizons last week. The story below was written Danielle  


As I tightened my harness. Strap by strap. I pulled it up as high as I could go. Click! My helmet was ready.
The lady checked my harness.

I stood on my mark. I was all set and ready to go.
My eyes glanced up. The sun was shinny down into my eyes. Clouds were wandering around the sky. Nervously I walked to the first pole

“Danielle are you ready, YES” I replied to the instructor. “ Team are u ready, YES” They all shouted back. “Danielle run, team pull, team stop” Suddenly I was up in the air. It all happened so quickly. I was dangling from high above. Spinning around and around.

I performed heaps of tricks. I was swimming and running in mid air. I stuck my hand out and stretched my legs. I was superman. I was slowly lowered down to the ground and made my way to the next pole. I did the same thing once again.

I loved every bit. It was the best camp ever.


Friday, 30 October 2015

Kapa haka

Every Friday in terms 3 and 4 the senior students go to languages. Mr Tai and some of our parents are running Kapa haka. Today while the boys started to learn their haka, the girls started to make poi. It was great to have Rena and Jesse her to help the girls make their poi.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Room 1 Science Display

Science Day

On the 16th of September our school had a science fair. All of the classes made their own
displays, which we hung up or placed somewhere in the assembly hall. Everyone had different
topics for their displays, that were based on something to do with science. Some of the topics
that the students did were... Static Electricity, Germ Testing, The Periodic Table and many more.
Thanks to Kaiah for the post!

Room 1 In Front of our Displays

Monday, 14 September 2015

School Cross Country

Well done to all runners who participated in the School Cross-Country on Friday. It was great to see our year 7 and 8 students try really hard. A special mention to Declan and Caitlin who won the 12 year old races. Good luck to all students involved in the MT Spa Cluster this Thursday. 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Golf skills

Today Murray Martin and Anne Putt came to our school and helped our students develop their golf skills. Because of the weather we learnt about putting in the community hall. Well done to Luke and Kaiah who won the overall putting challenge for Room 1!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Procedural Writing

This week In Room 1 for writing we have started our Procedural writing. Brylee and Zekiel completed a piece of writing on how to Putt a golf ball.

Title: Fore
Goal: How to putt in golf
Materials/Equipment: putter, golf ball, green

  1. Take the flag out of the hole
  2. Then walk around the green to look at the different angles
  3. Next walk the line of the ball(between the ball and the hole)
  4. Now line the ball up, this is where you visualise where the ball will go after you hit it
  5. Twist the ball on the spot,this allows you to line the writing on the ball up with the hole
  6. Go get your putter
  7. Stand back and have a practise swing
  8. Meanwhile you can approach the ball and put the putter behind the ball
  9. Ensure the ball is between your feet, and the putter is resting on the green behind the ball
  10. Finally your head stays down and use the same practise swing,lift putter back and swing through

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Te Wiki O te Reo Maori 2015

It was great to see all classrooms learn different aspects of Te Ao Maori and share their learning in assembly on Friday. Room 1 learnt how to korero about where people are. We also learnt some kupu hou(new words) to help us.
Here is our short video showing how to say where people are.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Planting Trees

Today the student council planted 5 native trees at school, kindly donated by the Paper 4 Trees programme in conjunction with Shell Todd and Te Kahuri Nurseries.

Paper 4 Trees is a programme that was set up in 2008 to promote recycling in schools. Each class has a grey bin that they collect cardboard and paper in, that is then put in the big blue bins to be recycled. For every 2 cubic metres of paper and cardboard we recycle each year we receive 1 native tree. This is the equivalent to 8 large wheelie bins. 

This year we are aiming to recycle 20 cubic metres and have another 10 natives to plant!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Maths in Room 1

In maths the Pukeko group have been using tidy numbers and rounding and compensating to solve multiplication problems. Here are some videos that show how the strategy is used.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Academic Day

On Thursday of Week 8, Meg, Kaiah, Keifer, and Joe represented Auroa School at the annual Mt Spa cluster Academic day, held at Kaponga Primary School. There were quizzes based on general knowledge, sport, literacy, and maths. Kaiah and Joe took part in the spelling bee also. The students represented our school very well and we finished 4th overall.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

DARE Programme

Room 1 are lucky enough to have Jono from the Stratford Police come and talk to us about making positive choices. He will be with Rooms 1 and 2 for the next few weeks. 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Great Writing

During the past few weeks Room1 have been focussing on recounts for their writing. Over the next few weeks we will share some of the recounts that Room 1 students have completed. This is Meg's recount of her trip to Auckland.

No Sound Without Silence

I sat excitedly awaiting their arrival. Watching the clock decline. 3,2,1. A green glow appeared from the side door and out they came surrounded by people carrying colossal green L.E.D's.

Suddenly an ear piercing noise came from the guitars on stage. "I know you're 
missing home," Bellowed from the speakers throughout vector arena. Every single person in the crowd jumped up from the velvet seats and started chanting the 
chorus. "It's alright cause tonight we gunna paint the town green"

After singing all their number one hits they launched down off the stage and made a mad rush for a small black platform on the border of the mosh pit. They told a story about their first ever song released then sang "Man that can't be moved."

As they belted out the lyrics to "hall of fame" their last song of the night, the whole crowd went ballistic. The night was over, the lights came up and everyone fled.

That was one of the best nights of my life. It was amazing. They are so talented and 
I really hope that when they come back the 'Paint the town green.'

Monday, 11 May 2015

Senior Science Experiments

Today we started our science experiments in the senior school. I had Room 2 and we looked at creating a film cannister rocket using an Alka-Seltzer tablet and water. The students were surprised at the reaction caused inside the film cannister. I will not share what happened as I this experiment will be done with all the other senior classrooms.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Maths Strategies

In maths this week the Pukeko Maths Group have been learning a strategy to assist when solving multiplication problems. We are learning to multiply numbers by 'taking some off or putting some on'. The students in the group have shown how they use this strategy.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Swim Safe

Auroa School was lucky enough to spend sometime with Cecille who taught us about survival skills in the water. Room 1 students learnt how to put a life jacket on correctly, tread water and also how to stay afloat together. In this video students are learning how to roll on their front and back with a life jacket on.

2015-03-10 11.04.42 from Kolynn Tai on Vimeo.

Monday, 2 March 2015


It was great having Brooke from Taranaki Hockey teach us the fundamental skills of hockey. The students enjoyed learning about a sport where we haven't had much experience in. Today we finished off a mini tournament. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

DPE has begun!

Our year 7/8 students began their first DPE session today. Students were involved in 3D Printing, Robotics, Hard Materials, and E-textiles. They will be constructing some magnificent projects. Watch this space!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Welcome back 2015

Welcome back everyone. It is great to see all students back after the holidays. I look forward to teaching year 7/8 students again.