Hard Materials

Hard Materials

David Vowells


William and Beni congratulate Brian on his basketball hoop.

David Vowells, hard materials       technology teacher

Technology is intervention by design. As our contribution to learning about the living world, in Hard Materials we have decided to help our local bird population and are busy making bird nesting boxes. The term has gone quickly, but we’re nearly finished. We are hoping to put some up around the school and increase the number of birds in our environment.


In our TOPs course this term we are making pottery. Each student is planning on making a breakfast set of a mug, plate, bowl and possibly egg cup and spoon! The work above by Hiruni and Favour, Room 9, is waiting for the first firing, called the bisc firing because the clay goes hard like a biscuit…..

This beautiful mug in front, by Hiruni, , has been fired once and is being decorated before it is fired again. Favouirs mug on the left is waiting tyo be bisc fired.







mugs drying out before they are bisc fired

                                      In term 2 we made fidget spinners




       Crystals coffee table

                             Samim and Erene’s desk tidies



                              Tree house designs by Sharnadel, Kethleen and Ocean




Million words cannot describe the feeling behind this carving. Only this student from Tamatoa could share how he felt, what he thought. The students were able to change the direction of their tool to tell their story. Each symbol has a meaning, each pattern tells a story. Hard materials give your child the chance to make a mistake on a piece of wood and fix it to bring it back into line just like this student.

Well done Group C you are all awesome.

Visual Pepeha – interpreting, analysing and justifying who i am and what i look forward to become in the future.

Spear heads mean facing challenges in life

Turtle means navigator, leader

Pate means musical bet, rhythm and celebration

Shark is Malie in Samoan which is also a village in Samoa

Koru stands for an important figure in your life.

This week we transfer our piece to wood and then carve it to show how skillful we are as the creators of this world.

My visual pepeha as an example for my group c students to enjoy and tell my story in my own way.


Seeing Beauty as it happens.

Creating your story, telling it through symbols and patterns helps to make it visually real. The students are learning how to hold the tools before the do their real carving piece.

You created it!Our future learning wall, has critical thinking skills, that helps the students tell their story.

We are learning about symbols and patterns that relate to our students, so they can understand how people use symbols that come from an original state. So many of the symbols and patterns inspire from real things.

Whanau Day – Friday the 3rd of March  

Team Kotahitanga Programme for Whanau Day

9.00-9.30 Powhiri

9.40 -10.45 Whanau and Students to classes. Activities in class.

1.45-11.00 Parent Feedback to class

11.00-11.25 Interval. Whau have tea in the staff room.

11.30- Team Assembly to hand in Taumata. Start with “sasa” Book hall for Team Assembly. Songs – Minoi and Rona. Team Sports on Turf with whanau if we have time. (Lape, Hoopla)

12.45 – 1.30 Kai in Asema’s Room. Cultural kai.

1.30-1.50 Lunch break

2.00-3.00 Formal Assembly

Understanding who you are and where you come from is very important.

Your child has been using designs from their own culture to tell their story, their pepeha. Many times our students drawing without thinking, they see that it is a great design with no meaning. Here are some samples that will help you understand what some symbols mean.

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Tiki

Tiki Vector

Before talking about “tiki” symbols of Polynesian tattoo, please have a look at the tiki vector above. You must have seen these patterns everywhere, in paintings, designs, games, cards, etc. Yes, they are all tiki things.

Sample showing the Polynesian symbol of tiki and its organs and variations.

Tiki is human-like figure that represents Polynesian semi-gods, which means deified ancestors and heads, who are sublimed after their death. According to its guardian role, they mainly symbolize protection. If you love playing pc games, you’ll find that in many lost temples, Tiki patterns are often carved on pillars or stone gate.

Tiki plays a very important role in Polynesian culture. Tiki’s organs are often separately drawn to represent different meanings. For example, nose symbols mean sniffing danger before its coming. Tiki’s eyes, nose, mouth and side faces are all important design elements and most Polynesian tattoo designs contain one or more tiki symbols.

Below we’ll list some samples that contain tiki symbols.

Photo of Polynesian arm tattoo that contains two tiki side faces.

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Its important to know what you choose so that you can tell your story properly and accurately in your own words.


Greet and meet students, Talk about the rules, expectations, Behaviour Management Strategies

WALT: understand why and where do we come from, what patterns identify me and how can I transfer it to my lino piece, to my wooden key ring to use.

Introduction Rules and Regulations

Safety rules touching of tools, footwear and clothing

Brainstorm of cultural patterns from aborigines

Aztec Mexican patterns to help our students learn skills for carving


Future learning needs: Symbols from aborigines patterns/ aztec and middle eastern patterns and Pacifica patterns

Set goals for each student

Sketching of symbols for own cultural background to support topic

WALT: Outline our designs for carving/ Making a stencils

SC: To make our designs more defined

Recap on safety

No entry without teacher permission

Do not touch tools/ and machines without permission

All long hair tied back

Cover shoes only

All must sweep tables and floors before bell rings.

WALT: Make a stencil for our carving designs

SC: Outline and define the chosen designs

Its been really great for the last 2 weeks, we look forward to seeing the end results for your students

This term we will be looking deeply into Carving.

Step by step we looked at different designs from the Pacific, Polynesia, Melenisia and Micronesia. We also looked into comparing structured designs of the Easter Island sculpture the Moai Figures and the Stonehenge in England. The Students were able to identify

Talofa lava

my name is Rita Tariu, I am the new hard materials teacher

Hard Materials working with coconuts to make jewellery, arm bracelet and pendants or toangas for necklaces. Students will be looking at their own cutlture and using the material to display their culture.

We will also be looking at untreated wood and making animals eg. turtles/ dolphins and basic carving skills.

Look forward to working with your child

This term students will be exploring how knowledge is passed to future generations. As a result we will be constructing time capsules which we will pack with items that reflect the students time, culture and values. Please discuss some possible ideas with your family in the coming weeks.


Well done to the year 6 students from St Leonards who made these creative USB drives as part of the Wednesday afternoon extension programme.

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Week 5 and students are putting their design ideas to the test. Aero and hydrodynamics, electric circuits and balance are all being tested as our boats take shape.


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This week students are research boating related questions that are personally meaningful for them. Once our academic, cultural and social investigations are completed we will unleash our creative side while we draw our own design.

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Welcome back to the first week of term 2. This term we will be exploring aerodynamics and electric circuits as we design and build model boats. Students can get some more ideas by checking out the following sites.

Why boats float

Archimedes Principle

Foam boat example

Swamp Boat

This is our last week of term so students are busy finishing off their projects. They have been developed for their class or team so feel free to come in and check out their creation.

This week students are finishing off various components and are looking to assemble their projects.

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This week students are hard at work building their solutions to classroom play and engaging environments. Giant Jenga, Gutter boards, Achievement Shields are all underway to make our school a fun place to learn.

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This week are we are in the construction side of things. Students are exploring what steps are needed to build their project and with assistance from Mr Boyd are making a great start.



The work students undertake in this technology involves research, technical and design drawings, working with materials including wood, paint, clay, plastics, electronics, and metals.

They also learn to use a wide variety of machinery while focusing on safety first!

Students are encouraged to work independently and cooperatively in an exciting, robust discovery learning environment.



This week in the Chop Shop we are focusing on quality questioning. While looking at our focus “Engaging Environments” we have been using a higher order question matrix, looking at cultural, social and academic connections, and exploring trustworthy information sources.

Hello and welcome to the Chop Shop for 2016. My name is Mr Boyd and I have the privilege of teaching in the Hard Materials/Chop Shop. First I would like to acknowledge the creative students who constructed amazing projects for family, the school and our local community.


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