Hands on activities were great. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about Maori art, weaving and construction.
Mr White, Science Teacher at KBHS, explains our tamariki how to use a bunsen burner to heat water. Students learnt names of apparatus used in this experiment. Eight groups set their own experiments and collected data on temperature changes every minute when water is heated . It was fascinating to see how engaged our students were.
Awesome discussion and activities took place on Integrity. The topic discussed was Reliability. Most of the activities tied up with trust. Positive and negative effects of reliability was discussed and role modeled.
Students in my class are enjoying Jade Speaks Up Programme. They are beginning to realize that violence is NOT okay. We have analysed Stone Soup worksheet and talked about why it is necessary to assist one another. Moana’s story is worth reading. Students have brainstormed vocabulary dealing with Emotions and Feelings. They have learnt to understand why it is necessary to disclose issues rather than bottling up until it is too late.
Inquiry learning is huge at KIS. Inquiry is aligned with reading, writing and Maths. Our current topic for discussion is “Our precious resource, WATER, is at risk. What are we doing about it? Students are working on their assignment which is due on the 30th of June. Some of the questions they are finding the answers for are:
How does water get into your homes?
What is storm water and how is it treated?
How will water supply be affected if Auckland’s population doubles in a couple of years?
How does immigration affect water consumption?
Is Auckland ready to survive a drought?
As more houses are being built to cater for more homes, are we doing enough to cater for more water for the future?
How can we save water at home and at school?
Explain the water cycle and investigate its purpose.
Girls Soccer Team came 5th overall. This is the first time we have done so well. Julia was the player of the day.
Jade Speaks Up Workshop was great. We are looking forward to teaching our students “Why Violence is NOT okay?” Scenerios will extend our students thinking. Some videos that our students will share will bring awareness of Safety around us.
Te Urunga has made a great start into term 2. Our Inquiry Topic is “Our precious resource,WATER, is at risk. What are we doing about it?” Students have started developing high order questions around this topic. Lots of resources have been obtained from a number of sources. We will be studying the science and social science aspects of this topic. A major assignment will focus on an indepth study of cause and effect. We are going to have a great term.
Term One was full on with teaching, learning an with their academicd assessments. Multi-levelling and differentiation has worked well in class. Paired/Buddy teaching has been operational. Students have created their learning journeys and achieveable goals. All students have been explained where they are now with their academic, social, cultural and Taumata goals and where to next. Swimming was great. Students enjoyed a lot. We are looking forward to another busy term after the holidays.
A group of Travelwise Leaders will be attending a Professional development workshop at MOTAT tomorrow from 9.00am to 2.30pm.
After assessments in Week 6 we are working on Overall Teacher Judgements. Students will work on their goals for the rest of the term. One to one conferencing will be conducted with target students. We are preparing Personal Learning Plans which will be shared with whanau.
We had the most awesome time in class with our team and with our teachers. Thank you teachers for a great day.
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More than 150 whanau attended Whanau Day on Friday the 3rd of March. They were impressed with the powhiri and what our students had achieved in the first five weeks at school. Students shared their learning and parents were delighted with the progress.
Please come tomorrow we love to share with you how great our school is. Its a day full of fun. Please come!
|Whanau Day – Friday the 3rd of March||
Team Kotahitanga Programme for Whanau Day
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
We had a brilliant session setting our Term One Goals. Students also looked at their Students Graduate Profile and created their Taumata goals. Tomorrow we will share the goals and look at Cultural and Social goals.
Swimming lessons have started today. Kotahitanga will have turn on Thursday.
We are gearing well for whanau day.
Te Urunga students were given homework to talk to parents and grand parents about their cultural protocols. It is amazing to learn how different ethnic groups observe protocols. We looked at tapu and students came up with brilliant ideas. We will compile different protocols on a large chart and students will be able to understand sensitive issues relating to each culture.
Y7s have been able to log onto 365 and email me protocols they have identified with the assistance of their whanau.
It is great to see students scafolding effectively on this recount. Taught students possible sentence starters, suitable vocabulay and similes. My year 8s are genuinely working towards 4A and 5B. My Year 7s are working hard to sequence their ideas in paragraphs and write a suitable conclusion. The morale of my class is high and I believe they will be very succeful in the studies.
Te Urunga had a brilliant Kiwi Can session yesterday with Whaea Amiria and Matua Sefa. One of the rules we all agreed to was “Treat others you would like to be treated”. Students enjoyed the energisers and games.
Kelston Intermediate had an awesome powhiri to welcome the new teachers, students and whanau. Great to recognise the presence of many whanau members. The Year 8 students mentored the Y7s and routines have been set. High expectations have been set and for the next 4 weeks students will be working on “We Are Kelston Unit”. The roll has increased and so has our class numbers but that’s okay. We are looking forward to a fantastic year. Remember, “The Sky is the Limit”. Strive for excellence.
We had a fruitful Teacher Only Day yesterday 26/1/17. Tone is set for 2017 . We have been reflecting on what went well in 2016 and what needs to be improved. There is another Teacher Only Day today 27/1/17. Preparation for the term is great. Waiting to see my class on Tuesday. 2017 will be brilliant. We will take the school to new heights. Fully energised to take up 2017 with a bang.
Teachers are busy completing End of Year requirements. Tomorrow is formal Prize Giving and we are expecting heaps of parents/caregivers to turn up. Year 8 Graduation is on Thursday and the Y8s will be awarded their graduation certificates. We have had awesome y8s this year and they will be missed.
A teacher’s life is so busy but extremely rewarding.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Today 29th November, 52 students had an awesome time at Rainbows End. The trip was incident free. Kids had the best time ever. The trip was an appreciation of the services students have provided to our Kura.