Thursday, 25 August 2016

On her way to 'Legend' status

Well done to Jess Gallant, our top Year 4 writer.  Well on her way to being a Legend!
You can read her writing by clicking on this link to our Night Zookeeper Blog and looking for jessicag123.

...and after a concerted effort...

The day after our last post about Night Zookeeper Aus VS NZ, we slipped to 21st place, but we weren't having any of that so after a concerted effort by all involved we've made it up to 11th position on the New Zealand rankings with 16,794 words published.  The competition finishes Friday but we have our inaugural Spelling Bee on Friday so for us today is D-Day! (More about the Spelling Bee in coming days readers)

A big well done to the consistent table leaders Team Awesomeness from Opaheke School, who are on 146,969 words.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Moving up the table on NZ Writes

This term we've taken part in the writing initiative from Night Zookeeper, called Aussie Authors VS NZ Writes.

It took a while to really get into the swing of things and how it would work for us. However we've pretty quickly gone from like, 98th place to 19th. Look, here we are...

There are a range of topics we can use to get us started or we can write using our own ideas.  We need to write a minimum of 60 words, which isn't really much when you think about it and look at 60 words of writing.  
Maybe you could go and do that now - find a piece of writing and count up how many words it actually is - and let us know how many words you usually write.
Our focus is really quality over quantity though.  We want to craft writing that isn't 'Yawn worthy'!  We've discovered that some people are at different stages with this.

And how do we do that?  Well we have specific vocabulary that we have choose from to include in our writing and we have to use our writing wall to get ideas to improve the readability of our work. To check we're doing this we have to remember to be able to tick off our Objectives/Success Criteria once we've completed the writing.  If we can't tick it off, we know we still have work to do.

With a week to go, NZ is going strong at 528, 294 words, while Aussie Authors are at 96, 940.  We think this means we're in GOLD position...what do you think?

We post this writing on our Night Zookeeper Blog which you should be able to go and see.
Give us some feedback on here as we don't know if you can on the other blog - Thanks!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Fruit Burst Combinations

Jack and Steven worked together thinking about combinations suing fruit bursts. - We tried certain amounts of colours and then predicted what would happen to the number of combinations and tried coming up with a way to express how we could work out the number of combinations for any number of colours. Let us know what you think.

... and Abseiling?

After our epic ski day we got up early again and headed off with the polytech to go abseiling at Charleston on the Coast Road.  The Year 6's came with us this time as they didn't come skiing.  While we were skiing they were busy at West-a-Maths competition in Westport (so they'd been up that way twice in 2 days!  And then Wil and Jack had to go back up there on Saturday for Rugby rep games.)
Once again it was an AMAZING day up the coast and we got such amazing views abseiling next to the ocean.
These are some of what the kids thought about abseiling:
  • Alex Muir:- I felt scared and I had butterflies and at the start I thought I was going to fall but at the end it was fun.
  • Jack Fayen:- I had a lot of fun and got a good view. I got bored from having to wait in line for 1 turn.
  • Sophia Keown-Well at first I was a little bit scared thinking of the bad things that could happen on the bus. As we got there we had to put on gear and helmets then walked off onto a path. It was fun to walk through a forest then be taught the history of Charleston. As we learnt how to tie or our knots etc, I was first to walk of a cliff trusting the rope and the person holding the safety rope. I was terrified, shaking thinking if I would fall. Finally I started walking down it wasn’t so bad after it all in fact after that it was really fun.
We all had a lot of fun and hope we can do it again.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Did we tell you that we went skiing?

Last Wednesday we headed off early to Porter Heights ski field.  Even though it was early everyone was really excited and chatty (some a lot more than others).
We went in the 2 vans (with Miss D and Miss J) and a car (thanks heaps Mrs Lane).
It was an absolutely stunning day on the field!
Once we got ourselves sorted with boots and skis we headed off for a lesson then some of us hit the 'intermediate'/platter and tried to get a bit more finesse with turns and overall control.  This sort of happened in varying degrees for some people.
There were some really fantastic crashes and some skiers were actually pretty graceful about how they lost control and Miss J got quite a few chuckles on the 'sidelines'.  Mr Weavers actually skied almost right across the field to 'join' another ski group and their instructor.  It appeared to be the orange fence that stopped him heading off to the car park : )
Towards the end of the day some skiers were ready to try the real intermediate slope called Easy Street (it's not easy if you're a learner!!!).  Thanks to Miss D and Ray who patiently helped us down the big slope.  A few people were so close to being able to go down Easy Street but just needed a bit of extra time.  Good job to Eilish for giving it a go and to Ray for being such a good skier he could piggy back Eilish down while skiing!
We had such a huge day and finally handed in our gear at 4pm and got ready to head home.
We had Britney in the van with us coming back and she entertained us all with a made-up-on-the-spot story (about Steven).  She started at the Inchbonnie intersection near Rotomanu and Miss J asked her to "make it a to-be-continued story thanks Britney" at Aratika.  And if you look on google maps, that's quite a long way to be making up an entertaining story, so ka wani kē Britney!
Thanks to Rob, Leonie, Ray, Paul, Miss D and Miss J. More photos to come.

Super view from the Beginners field
Taking a quick break from ski practice

How we start the day

In Ruma Waru we usually try and start the day with some thoughtful time.  Sometimes we kōrero e pā ana whakaaro, sometimes we practice mindfulness. Grab a buddy or have a go yourself and see what you think about these problems