Thursday, 21 September 2017

Measurement Scavenger Hunt

This week we have been learning about measurement in maths. We had to select the unit of measurement that would be best to use, like mm, cm or m, to make an estimate and to measure each item.
We started with small items like pens and our chromebooks, before we moved on to some bigger objects like the length of our classroom. We couldn't do this very accurately because of all of our furniture, but we got a rough measurement!
Lilo and Pele wanted to see how long the window was.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Too young to vote!?

Today there was much discussion around room 8 about the 2017 election. The students have heard a lot about this election from the media, advertisements and billboards around Auckland. We all had ideas about who we might vote for and many of the students have met their local MPs, or those who are currently running.

After discussing the elections, some students took to Google to learn a bit more about the parties and candidates. Miss Stone delivered a quick lesson about voting and how the government is selected. We then decided that we should have a class election, using a voting form very similar to that which is currently used.

While our government was vastly made up by the same party (3/4 of the votes went to them and their MP), the remainder of the votes were made up of lots of different parties. It was great to hear our different reasons for voting for different MPs and parties, like their beliefs, level of experience and commitment to visiting/ working for our community.

We then took part in part in a breakout about the New Zealand Elections, by Michael Davidson. This helped us to put our new learning in use and to discover more about New Zealand politics. This was our most successful breakout yet - all teams broke out within the time limit and many of them either used one or no hint cards from Miss Stone - what a fabulous effort!

The first to breakout today was Telesia, Tumanako, Salote and Winnie's team. The girls split up the different locks really well and communicated to ensure that everyone contributed to the win. They were closely followed by Alex, Dekorah, Mathew and Trent, who started with the lead. Both of these teams demonstrated fabulous team work and determination.

However, Miss Stone was very proud of the final groups, who watched their classmates win the challenge, but who persevered and also managed to breakout within the time limit.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Duffy Assembly

This morning a Duffy role model, Niva Retimanu, came and visited Glenbrae School. Niva is an award winning journalist and radio presenter, so reading is a big part of her job! Niva read us a story called Kiss Kiss, Yuck Yuck by Kyle Mewburn. Although it was aimed at younger kids, Niva read with great expression and she was very entertaining!

After the story, Niva presented a couple of Duffy books to each class. We love getting Duffy books and we look forward to reading them in the holidays!

After the assembly, we created a description of our role models and we thought of the traits that we really value in a person. We then discussed the traits that we possess and the ways that we can embody them.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

In honour of te wiki o te reo maori, we took part in a breakout all about te reo maori. We split up into groups of four and practiced team work, problem solving and using te reo maori.

Our groups found the first few clues quite quickly. They involved colours (which we learnt in term 2) and numbers (which we discussed this week when we practiced telling eachother how old we are). After some time, three groups got stuck on the same lock. Miss Stone gave them all the same hints, but even then it was quite tricky to work the whole clue out! 

In the end Alex, Dekorah, Maselino and Trents group won the Breakout, although it was very very close! 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Our Assembly

This week room 8 had the task of hosting assembly. Our presenters were Trent, Alex and Anita and our theme was Kia Ora Te Reo Maori, as it is te wiki o te reo maori. We opened with the Waiata 'Toro Mai' and discussed the theme of this years Maori language week in relation to our learning.

We shared our learning about the Treaty of Waitangi and showed our camp video, because we learnt about the Treaty and Maori culture at camp.

We hope you enjoy our movie!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Shared Healthy Lunch

Today we had a shared healthy lunch with the entire school. Each class made a different healthy dish and then we headed to the hall to try new food and to enjoy the kai together.

Room 8 were given the task of preparing sandwiches. This was no easy job as we had a limited amount of time to prepare enough to feed the entire school and some parents and teachers! We made cream cheese and cucumber, chicken salad and tuna salad flavoured sandwiches.


We really enjoyed trying out all of the different types of healthy food. We especially liked the roti wraps, sandwiches and fruit kebabs - they would be great for our lunchboxes!

After lunch we were visited by Mrs Wallbridge, who is a dentist. She told us that a healthy diet is the most important part of good dental hygiene - lots of sugary food will lead you to tooth decay! This gave us another incentive to eat well!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


This week in Kiwican we were learning about overcoming challenges. We are faced with lots of different types of challenges every day; a tricky maths problem, a sports game, working with new people, an argument or social problem.

We took on the challenge of making different letters with our bodies. Some letters were more difficult to make than others and we had to all work together. Can you guess what these letters are?

Then we played a game of hoop soccer; we had to kick a deflated ball into a hula hoop. This was way harder than we expected as it was hard to judge how much force the ball needed to land in the hoop (often it would roll over it instead). We also found it challenging to do this in front of the class, as they watched us all.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Playing by the rules!

This week we started playing full touch games in our kiwisport lesson. Before we weren't playing by full rules and we were allowed to pass forward when we had both our rips still on. It took a little adjustment to get used to the new rules, but we had an awesome time playing our full games.

We split up into different teams and played five a side, which gave everyone a chance to fully participate and to be involved. What an awesome session!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Police at Glenbrae!

This morning the senior classes assembled in the hall to learn about the Police with Constable Jude. Each class got to participate in a range of activities during the morning and after morning tea the whole school watched as a police helicopter landed on our field.

We first headed to check out the police bikes. We learnt that motorbike police carry out similar roles as those in cars, but that they are sent to certain jobs more as they can get places faster. They usually work in the city as they can weave in and out of the traffic. We all got a turn at sitting on the bike and then we used a speedometer to work out how fast we could run - it was awesome!
Next we went to room 7 where we learnt about crime scene investigation. We learnt that every contact leaves a trace and that police search for these traces - which could be DNA from hair left on the scene, a persons footprint or fingerprints on something that they touched. We all got our fingerprint taken, which was a lot of fun!

Then we headed outside to the police tent and we got to try on a mini uniform and follow some commands as if we were officers! We also looked at the tools that the police use and carry, like their handcuffs and batons.

After that, the officers let us sit in the police car and we turned the sirens on.

After morning tea the whole school ventured to our field, where we waited for the police helicopter to land. Each class had the opportunity to look inside the helicopter and to learn about the tools that they have on board, like a high powered camera and infra-red.
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Friday, 25 August 2017

The Descent

This morning we packed out bags and prepared for the journey home after a magical week in the Bay of Islands. Once we were all packed and ready to go, we gathered as a group one last time to say farewell and thank you to Chris, Sarah and Michael from Adventure for Good.

After every student had thanked our guides we took our final group shot before boarding the bus in preparation for our 4.5 hour journey back to Glen Innes, Auckland.  One our way back we passed Kawakawa where our Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu buddies in Room 5 attend school and we wondered what they might be up to at the time. We were hoping to visit the Hundertwasser toilets but had to continue on with our drive as we were attempting to arrive back for the end of the school day.

We also were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins as we travelled on the car ferry. This was really exciting as it was the first time that a lot of us had seen dolphins before!


An hour or so later we stopped off at Whangerei were we had lunch by the water. It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed our stop here, particularly as we all had an ice cream to cool us down. While we were there Amelia spotted a fudge factory and she and Miss Stone had a quick look inside. Amelia will be writing about this visit when we return to school, so please check out her recount next week!

After this we got back on board the bus and ventured towards Auckland for the remaining two hours of the journey. We could really see how big Auckland was when we realized that we had been driving through it for well over an hour before we reached Glen Innes. We arrived back shortly after school had finished for the day so we were greeted by lots of our siblings, cousins and whanau. Our tamariki left feel exhausted but content, bringing back new experiences and knowledge.

Adventure for Good

One of the main reasons that our camp has been such a success is down to the organisation, charisma and energy of our facilitators from Adventure for Good. Not only did they prepare our main meals, but they taught us lessons in bush survival and kayaking, facilitated a range of games and activities and joined us as we visited a range of historical sites.

During our evenings at camp, the Adventure for Good guides planned and facilitated a range of games and activities for us to take part in. On our first night, we were given maps of the campground and asked to complete an orienteering activity. The catch; it was pitch black (we relied on our torches) and all of our group members were tied together. This was so much fun and we all had a great laugh! As we had not seen the campground in the light before we all got very lost which we found incredibly funny - what a way to inspire teamwork and group bonding.

On the nights that half of our party were sleeping in the bush, the other half got to participate in a range of activities. On our night, Chris set up a quiz for us to participate in which involved questions around New Zealand history and some of the things that we had learnt about from visiting the various historical sites. This was a perfect way for our Tamariki to use their new knowledge and they had a lot of fun. I was very proud of Amelia, Davarni, Dekorah and Telesia's group who won this
The winning team learning to play Trivial Pursuit
On our final night Sarah and Michael facilitated two activities. In the first activity the groups had to create a skit that illustrated something that they had learnt on the camp. Two of the groups shared information about the History of New Zealand, while the other two illustrated elements of bush survival. Check out my group rehearsing their skit below (Telesia is narrating):


The next activity (The Mostest) required the group to put forward different individuals to compete in a range of mini competitions. These included things like the person who could hold the plank for the longest, eat a grapefruit the fastest and sing the best(est). This was so funny and had the whole group erupting in laughter at several points of the evening!

Throughout the week Sarah and Michael had been very supportive of our learners during our excursions. Sarah was very happy to support our mini swimming lesson, to drive my group to each of our activities while I ran mini maths lessons (you can't go anywhere without a bit of maths) and to make extra stops/ to slightly change our schedule when the weather did not allow us to stay outside. The learners really looked up to them and they were greatly encouraging.

The facilities at Orongo Bay Holiday Park were also great for our learners. They especially enjoyed the board games, playground, trampoline, tire and rope swings. Even Miss Stone had a go on these!

Then there was the support and involvement of the other kaiako who we met along the way. Whaea Roy and Whaea Monica greeted us at the Treaty Grounds and shared many stories with us on our two visits. Dan from Bay Beach Hire was really encouraging and supportive during our kayaking session and Luke and Rachael from Barefoot Sailing Adventures were very welcoming and knowledgeable on the SV Kopiko - they all ensured that we were having a great time! We also learned a great deal from our guides at the Stone Store, Kemp House and from Kepa at Rewa's Village.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Barefoot Sailing

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This afternoon we jumped aboard the SV Kopiko run by Barefoot Sailing Adventures. Our Skipper Luke and his partner Rachael greeted us on the shore before explaining how the Catamaran worked and fitting us with our life jackets.
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We then set off from Waitangi and sailed through the beautiful water, enjoying both the calm seas by the shore and the rougher waves further out, which at times had us squealing with delight as we hit particularly large waves! We particularly enjoyed the way that they had made the catamaran extra comfy, by getting us to relax on beanbags - what an awesome way to spend an afternoon!

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After some time, Luke invited some of our tamariki to support him to hoist the sails. They had such a wonderful time participating in this way and felt proud to have played a part in the sailing of the ship.
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As we once again approached calmer waters, Rachael came out with hot chocolate and biscuits, which warmed us all from the sea breeze. With our hot drinks warming our bellies, we broke out into some of the waiata we had been practicing throughout the trip and it was great to see Sarah from Adventure for Good joining in as well. We all felt very content peacefully sailing along at this point.

Finally we pulled up on the shore at Russell and Luke put down the anchor. As we climbed back on the shore we were greeted by Ms Card and Michael from Adventure for Good, who drove us back to our base camp.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

On Thursday morning we returned to the Treaty Grounds with Sarah from Adventure for Good. We met with Whaea Roy and Whaea Monica who we had met during the Powhiri on Monday.

The treaty grounds were a great place for us to consolidate our knowledge about the Treaty of Waitangi. It was great to see one of the copies of the Treaty with some of the signatures on it and to discuss the main events of the time. Here are some of the facts that we found most interesting:

  • There was a fear that the French would invade New Zealand. A French man named Charles Philippe Hippolyte de Thierry tried to create a French Colony in 1837 which he planned to lead, but he was unsuccessful. In fact, there were a few attempts by the French to colonize New Zealand, but the Treaty of New Zealand was signed swiftly after these attempts were made, stopping the French plan from being carried out. We had talked a little about this in class but we did not know that the French were this active in attempting to colonize New Zealand.
  • In 1835 Māori rangatira or chiefs signed He Whakaputanga - Declaration of Independence to stop people from other countries from making laws in New Zealand. This was the first time that different iwi had stood as one people and it established  Te Whakaminenga, the Confederation of United Tribes. The British supported this document and King William IV was dubbed the protector of this. James Busby facillitated the creation of this document and he believed that it would stop other countries from making formal deals with Māori.

We also discussed the differences between the two versions of the Treaty and the way that the Treaty was signed (including the fact that it did not make it around all of New Zealand/ every rangatira).

We then travelled to the Wharenui on the Marae where we looked at the different carvings and patterns. The students got to draw their own Tukutuku panels which was a lot of fun! After creating our artworks we stopped to have a quick game with Ti Rakau and some kai before travelling down to the water to see a waka.

Whaea Roy told us about the waka and how it sails every year for Waitangi day. She also told us the story of when her dad got to row in the waka in the 1970s as part of a display for Queen Elizabeth II.
Sitting on the stump of one of the Kauri trees that was used to build the waka

We then hopped back in the bus and travelled up the road to Paihia Town where we looked around the pier, shops and brought some kai for our lunch.

Finally we enjoyed a picnic at the Waitangi Reserve alongside Michael and Sarah from Adventure for Good and all of our Glenbrae School Whanau.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Our Trip to Kerikeri

This afternoon we headed to Kerikeri to learn more about the history of the area and the relationship between the Maori and the settlers. We got to travel over in the car ferry which was a lot of fun and felt quite strange as the boat was moving but the car stayed still!
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Once we arrived in Kerikeri we drove up towards Kemp House and the Stone Store with Sarah from Adventure for Good.

We first headed to Kemp House (which is New Zealands oldest building) for a tour. In 1814, Nga Puhi chief Hongi Hika sailed to Sydney with traders on a ship called The Active. In Sydney he met Samuel Marsden, who he invited back to the Bay of Islands. With Hongi Hika's protection, Samuel Marsden began to build in the area as he wanted to create a Mission station in the Bay of Islands to spread Christianity around New Zealand. In 1818 Samuel Marsden brought 13,000 acres of land form Hongi Hika and he instructed Reverend John Butler to build the mission house (later known as Kemp House) in 1822.

The house then had several different owners, but it was occupied by the Kemp family and their descendants from 1832 to 1976 (142 years) until it was donated to Heritage New Zealand. The house is styled to appear as it did in 1832 and some of Charlotte Kemps original furnishings are still on display today.

After this tour we visited the nearby Stone Store. This was originally built in 1832 as a shop for the missionaries, where kai from the local farms were sold. Over the years it has been used as a library, military barracks and a boys school, before it was used once again as a general store from 1874, run by the Kemp family. It is now set up as a museum and it has lots of information about life in the 1800s inside.

Finally we visited Rewas village, where our guide Kepa told us a lot more about Hongi Heke and the  Ngāpuhi iwi who occupied the area. Just beyond Kemp House once lay Kororipo Pā and a large Kainga (village). Kepa told us about some of the famous Rangatira (chiefs) who had lived in the area including Hongi Heke and Tāreha of Ngāti Rēhia who stood at over seven feet tall.

 He then showed us around the replica fishing village, which gave us an idea of what Māori life was like before the Europeans arrived. We looked at different types of Rongoa (herbal medicine) and kai that the Māori used at the time and still use to this day. It was fabulous to see how to pick and use this Rongoa, as our local supermarkets sell pricey versions of these natural remedies which are not too difficult to find!
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