Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Very Cranky Bear

As part of our Drama study Room 8 were given the task of adding on the next chapter in the story...

The stories generated were amazing but there was one stand out in class. For those who know the story I hope you enjoy this next (pretend) chapter for this charming book, where friendship and kindness wins the day... yet again!

The Inconsiderate Lumberjack

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle the rain cleared away. 
Four tenacious animals finally finished their game.
Then there was a crash, a loud deafening shout.
Moose looked out and wondered what that ruckus was about.
Then they all saw it, a rather horrid sight.
A man in, rather large, was felling trees with delight!
Sheep went to him and asked to stop destroying her home.
The man laughed then followed up with trying to grind her to mere bones.
Moose, Lion and Zebra pleaded for him to stop toppling trees.
Again he laughed, but then continued with his scheme.
Lion then got an idea to drive the man away.
He planned to wake the Bear, to send him into the fray.
So he, along with Zebra, Sheep and Moose woke up the Bear. 
Sheep found a leash and took him to the man, in hopes that he’d be scared.
Sure enough, it worked and the man ran away.
Sheep then took the Bear back to bed, 
Then they, all four, played a new cool game.

The End (Hopefully)

Many thanks to Nick Bland for his wonderful contribution to children's literacy and to Kevin in Room 8 for sharing his amazing insight into life!

Thursday, July 4, 2019


What is it? Our wonderful Mrs Gawith presented this mummified creature today. Without letting out any information she described the anatomy and why certain structures would be important for the adaptation of the creature to its environment. Mrs Gawith also described the creatures adaptation to its environment and how/why it was a pest to NZ. She then got out a pelt to show us what it looked like prior to mummification. A POSSUM! It was a Possum! Our lovely Heneliena was brave enough to not only hold the possum but also wear its pelt.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Nude Food Haiku

Room 8 have been working on getting a proposal ready for Nude Food to be a part of our school. Nothing like some time out for poetry!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Everyday Theatre

Imagine being physically part of a computer game where you are able to interact with a fictional family. The only way to win the game is by using your own experience to support and guide each member through their ups and downs of life. Confused? Room 8 aren't! They were able to play the game thanks to Stacey and Caitlin from 'Everyday Theatre.'

"So, can we do this again tomorrow?" ---- A great indicator of success when the whole class is asking this!!

Thanks Stacey (Sparkle) and Caitlin (Florida) for the experience you gave Room 8 today. It was truely memorable and an absolute highlight of the year!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Who knew how relaxing yachting during the school day could be. Today, Room 8 had an amazing day out on the water thanks to Yachting NZ, Zhik, Volvo, Lions Foundation and Rotary. Have a look through all of our personal Blogs for more photos and stories about the day.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Google Drawing

You have to love sharing your knowledge...Tuakana Teina is a special time! Today Room 6 blessed us with their presence for a Smart learner session / reflection on this past term. We all benefitted. Room 6 learnt how to use Google Drawing and Room 8 learnt not only how to teach a new skill but also show compassion and grow their personal skill of 'patience'.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Our Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern has made some very inspirational speeches this year. Room 8 listened to two... the first was her speech from International Womens Day 2019 and the second was her first speech following the Mosque tragedy in Christchurch 15.3.2019. From these speeches we were able to form an opinion about our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Sharing the Love During Lent

Lent it is a time to cleanse our hearts, to release ourselves from greed, almsgiving and in that respect to share. After Room 8's fabulous St Patrick's Day they had a job to do. They wanted to give, not only their time, but also their playdough! An invite was sent to our beautiful Room 2 children to come and join us for some tuakana teina time. When the children arrived they were a little shy but at the end they felt right at home! We farewelled Room 2, sending them home with a large bag of green playdough for next weeks learning adventure. Thanks Room 2 and we are looking forward to more tuakana teina time.

Monday, March 18, 2019

St Patricks Day

Today, at St Patrick's we celebrated our Patron Saint... St Patrick. We began our day with a beautiful Mass where we celebrated St Patrick and also prayed for those friends we lost on Friday in Christchurch.

Our Year 7 & 8's visited our wonderful Marian Centre where bubbles, and lots of them, were on the menu for fun. We're not sure who actually enjoyed themselves more...the big kids or little kids?

Mid day was spent playing games and supporting each other with our wonderful Senior lead Teams and community spirit.

Our final adventure was making green playdough---of course with green glitter.

Great St Patrick's Day St Patricks!
Thank you to the wonderful students and staff of St Patricks School who shared their love, faith and kindness, making our community a real 'Community.'

Thursday, March 14, 2019

This week Xavier represented St Patrick's School at a Manaiakalani admin meeting where he shared a presentation about the Fencibles. He was part of a collaborative group who used Google Slides to create an animation. Check it out and consider how many hours it would have taken the group to create!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

From solid to liquid to gas... just add a bit of energy in the form of heat! Great day at science today. It was especially good to hear the continually reiterated discussion around safety within the lab.

Meanwhile in the cooking room... another science experiment was taking place. The Year 8's were using yeast as a raising agent to make bread scrolls. When I arrived they were taking the trays out of the warming drawer and placing them into the oven for the final bake. 
The smells were amazing but my preference was definitely from the cooking room!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sharing Across Clusters

Tuhi Mai, Tuhi Atu

We are very excited to shortly begin our new class blogging programme and hope to build our confidence and our understanding of Learn Create Share over the year.

We are ready as a class to connect, collaborate, support our cybersmart learning, and utilise our classroom blog as a powerful tool with you and hope that you will find it engaging and inspiring through reading and writing the comments we make and those you leave behind on our class (and in time) individual blogs.  

By using Tuhi Mai, Tuhi Atu we will harness our understanding of Learn, Create, Share and we are confident that with an authentic audience who will regularly comment, the learning we are sharing will develop too.

Welcome to our Tuhi Mai, Tuhi Atu team...we are so excited to get to know you and share our learning. We hope that we can create new ideas to support our connections and collaborations together.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bread and Bubbles

Coconut bread (or banana if you remembered to bring them) and bubble mountains were on the agenda today at Tech. The spherical shape of bubbles or, the surface tension, was discussed in science and the chemical reaction of baking powder, as a raising agent, discussed in cooking.   

Monday, February 18, 2019

Community and Service

Today some of Room 8 were given the opportunity to support and serve the younger members of our community at St Patrick's. Their job was to make sure all of Room 6 were logged into their Chromebooks ready for learning. Great job Room 8... Room 6 are now ready to start their digital journey! Thanks to Mrs Collins for the photos.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Powhiri on Tech day

Just some of the Room 8 clan...

Today at Tech we were welcomed with a Powhiri.
We are now no longer Manuhiri!

Bubbles made in science and jams made in cooking followed by Rippa Rugby played in 29 Degrees C. Great, if not very hot day, had by all!

Taking Charge

Beautiful morning under the canopy. Always great to see our seniors taking charge and begin to shine as role models for our tamariki. Ka pai Room 8.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

From writing to science

Great transition today from writing an Explanation on the importance of washing hands to the Life Cycle of Pin Worms. Just another example of those unplanned, wonderfully rich teaching moments...those moments that transfix the audience causing discussion and those 'Oh No, YUK' announcements!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tech has begun!

Today was the first day of Technocraft at Pakuranga Intermediate. Year 7's enjoyed their first session of science and the Year 8's cooking. I enjoyed visiting each class and seeing Room 8 kids represent
St Patrick's with respect and pride. Well Done!!


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

And so our great year begins!

Time out from games to take a whanau photo. 
Great start to what is going to be a year filled with friendship, laughter and of course learning.