Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Student Led Conferences

A huge thank you to all the families that joined us this afternoon for the student led conferences. 
We enjoyed sharing our learning with you, talking about what we were most proud of and also the challenges we had to overcome on our learning journeys.
Please leave us a comment and let us know what you thought.

Here are just a few pictures we snapped throughout the afternoon.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Matariki Dawn Ceremony and Celebration Day

A day of celebrations. Starting early in the morning before the sun rose to say hello to a new day. Kids, Parents, Family members and Teachers gathered in the hall to welcome the Māori New Year. Following the ceremony a breakfast was served. The kai was enjoyed by all!
After a big (and early) start to the day, the celebrations continued throughout the classrooms, we learnt about Matariki and the Seven Stars, traditional Māori games such as Titi Torea (Stick Games), Māori action songs, and we created some fantastic art based on Māori designs.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Beautiful Soldier

Earlier this term in Room 10, we were exploring ANZAC DAY and the significance of this for ourselves, our families and our communities.

We also spent some time learning Sign Language as part of New Zealand sign language week. Did you know that sign language is one of the three official languages of New Zealand?

We combined our learning of New Zealand sign language and ANZAC day, to create a short video of the song Beautiful Soldier.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Mr Collins shared the story with us, 'The Seven stars of Matariki'.  After hearing one version of the story of the matariki stars, we looked at how we could create some pastel art to represent the Māori new year.
We talked about how pastels can be blended easily and colours can layer overtop of other colours. It was good to choose colours that complimented each other but we didn't have to.
When we had finished creating our art. Miss Waghorn sliced it into three pieces to be glued onto black paper (this made us a bit worried at first). Pictures cut into three pieces like this are called triptych's.
Learning about the Māori new year let us compare it to other new years celebrations that we already knew about. It was fun and a lot of learning.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A visit from the WARRIORS thanks to Harvey Norman

What an exciting assembly!!
Two of the Warriors players joined us at CPDS today to share some really important messages. Patrick and Toafofoa Sipley got us all so excited with heaps of games and prizes given out to so many students.
The main messages that we took from the visit were:
- You should make sure you get plenty of sleep every night.
- Water should be drunk before during and after exercise.
- Keeping Fit is important for keeping your body healthy.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Day the Crayons Quit!!

WALT: persuade the crayons to come back to the crayon box.

Success Criteria: to be successful we need to

  • respond to what the crayons have complained about
  • give evidence to support our arguments
  • create a powerful closure to make a strong argument

After reading the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit', we each chose one coloured crayon that we were going to try and persuade to come back to the crayon box.

Have a read of some of our work.

How could the crayons possibly say no to these persuasive arguments.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Characteristics of the ANZAC soldiers

In our class we have been talking about the soldiers that went to fight in the war. We looked at some of the characteristics we thought these soldiers would have.
It was interesting that we could see so many of our school dispositions being important to these people too. 

Have a look at our brainstorm and see what other characteristics you think would be needed.