A Journey through Kowhai Class Term 1 2019

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Self portraits by Charlotte
Can you see which one is happy, sad and excited?
Self portraits by Sammy, showing sad, angry and happy expressions.
We went to the Tauranga Art Gallery to see Emma Prill’s flower art. By Callaway
We made our own 3D flowers. Here is my crab flower. By Charlotte
The Chinese New Year celebrates the Nian dragon.
By Emma
Here are our stories about the Chinese dragon. By Anna
The Chinese dragon by Tyla
Here are our Chinese scrolls. We wrote our name in Chinese and our Chinese new year animal. By Emma
Chinese scroll by Luna
We had a great day on Boat Day at Omokoroa Beach.
By Isabella
We learnt about Impressionism in art and in our paintings we used little brush strokes to show light, dark and movement in the water. By Phoenix
We read the Maori legend ‘How Maui Caught the Sun’.
By Anna
We used the Koru design. By Luna
Can you see how the sun is feeling? By Isabella
How Maui Caught the Sun By Phoenix
We compared 2 legends – The legend of the Taniwha….
By Callaway
And…The legend of the Chinese Water Dragon. By Callaway
The legend of the Taniwha dragon. By Sammy
The legend of the Chinese Water Dragon. By Sammy
We wrote a bubble poem. By Tyla

Kowhai class would like to share some of their learning with you over Term 1 2019.

We have been learning to write persuasive texts.  They are trying to convince you which art form was the best way to express yourself.  Read their arguments and then you can decide!


My favourite art form is drawing. Drawing is the best because you can draw things that aren’t real.  You can use any colour. It looks like it’s real but it’s not.  You can use different types of pens. 
It is so fun. By Tyla

My favourite art form is painting. You can use little brush strokes to show light and dark and movement in the water.
You can paint whatever you want. I like painting. By Phoenix

My favourite art form is dancing.
You get to twirl and dance and jump.
Dancing is the best!
By Isabella


My favourite art form is painting. I like it because you can blend colours.  You can make different colours. You can make whatever you want.  You can take your art home and keep it forever. I love painting! By Anna

My favourite art form is drama. I love drama because you can act characters and I love making people laugh.  I love dressing up and I love being brave and calm in front of lots of people.
When I act, I can tell a story.
I love drama.  It is the best!
By Emma

My favourite art form is drawing.  We can draw things that are the best.  We make awesome pictures.
I feel creative!
By Luna

My favourite art form is music.
Music is the best because you get to listen to all different music.
Music is the best because you can play different kinds of music.
You can play ‘The Wind and the Sun’.  The wind is really loud.  The sun is really calm.  Butterfly Fly Away is very calm too.   What Does the Fox Say is very loud.
Music makes me feel happy.
By Callaway

My favourite art form is music.
You can dance to music.
You can play the piano and close your eyes.
By Sammy

My favourite art form is music.
The music is very nice because it is very beautiful to listen to music. 
I love to sing.
Music makes me feel safe and sound.
By Charlotte

New principal brings strong skills to Matahui

Katikati Advertiser
24 Jan 2019

 

New principal Mary Woods with husband Jim, daughters Patricia and Catherine and three grandchildren.

Matahui School welcomes Mary Woods as its new principal in 2019 after a community farewell to principal Max Muller in December.

Mary brings a strong skillset and vast experience to the school in science, Future Problem Solving, IT and mindfulness. Her substantial knowledge of student diversity, curriculum experience and inquiry is expected to add value to a successful learning environment for children ranging from Years 1 to 8.

Mary is married to Jim and they have two daughters — Patricia and Catherine, and three grandchildren — Phoebe, Arley and Zoe. Mary and Jim have recently moved from Tauranga to Pahoia and are looking forward to settling into the community.

Students at Matahui have a diverse range of backgrounds, strengths and learning styles. The school’s philosophy of providing a solid learning environment that allows all children to foster creativity, critical thinking and leadership, is what initially drew Mary to the school.

Children at Matahui are encouraged and supported to collaborate with each other during a range of activities during class time, while enjoying ‘education outside of the classroom’.

Education outside of the classroom is one of the driving characters of the school where students work collaboratively while being challenged to reach their personal potential. Learning through play classes enjoy frequent camps and field trips, and involvement in various community activities and the school has a native bush area, fondly known as ‘The Huts’.

School starts at Matahui on Tuesday, January 29.

THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT VOICE

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At Matahui School we regard our relationship with parents and caregivers as a partnership. Communicating with them is important, hence the conversations we have with them and the report we write about the progress their children are making as learners are significant, but the most powerful form of reporting we undertake at the school is our end of year Student-Led Conferences.

The Student-Led Conference is a formal method of reporting where the students have the opportunity to discuss, present and demonstrate their understanding of what they have learned throughout the year, sharing the progress they have made with their family.

“Enabling” students so that we give them ownership and a genuine sense of responsibility for their learning so that they can discuss their work, reflect on and review their goals, and share their progress with their parents/caregivers is highly effective in giving the students a “voice.”

The student’s role becomes one of a leader/facilitator and throughout all stages of a Student-Led Conference, preparation, implementation and evaluation, the student is the key person.

Through involving and engaging parents/caregivers directly in how the students at Matahui School approach learning for understanding, the Student-Led Conference becomes an ideal opportunity to celebrate a child’s achievements as they present their learning portfolios.

The portfolios (which look different at each Year level), produced by the students, provide them with an opportunity to; identify strengths and learning challenges; demonstrate skills; discuss key and significant ideas and concepts; develop tasks for adults to undertake during the conference; collect evidence over time to illustrate progress during their learning journey; demonstrate self-reflection/self-assessment; verbalise why they have chosen to showcase specific pieces in their collection; and where appropriate, demonstrate what they have learned.

Our parents and caregivers truly become partners in learning when the students lead a conference. When students have a meaningful audience in addition to the classroom teacher, their learning takes on increased importance and relevance.

Listening to the child’s voice as they retrace their educational journey becomes much more meaningful and memorable than the words drafted in a written report. For us at Matahui School these conferences are the highlight of the academic year.

Kowhai Class in the Matahui School Production ‘The Point’

Congratulations Matahui School on a fantastic school production!

Kowhai class was in the forest scene for the production ‘The Point’.  We were autumn trees.  Here are  paintings of ourselves in costume,  photos and stories:

 

Matahui School is putting on a show called ‘The Point’.   I am an Autumn tree. I look sparkly with my leaves -orange and yellow. I say “We have a point!” I love to sing. The show is brilliant! By Charlotte
Our school did a play called ‘The Point”.  I am an Autumn tree.  I’ve got red and gold leaves on my headband.  They glisten.  It’s treetastic!  I’ve got leaves on my body.  They are gold.  I say “No, you didn’t think!’   I feel that the play was treetastic!  By Cameron
Matahui School is doing a show called ‘The Point’.  We are Autumn trees.  We have yellow and orange leaves, with sparkles.  I say “It’s a time of magic and excitement!”  I love the singing and the dancing.  By Emma
           I am an Autumn tree.  I liked how the parents were watching me.  I look sparkly with my Autumn leaves.  I say “Pointless!  Pointless!”  I felt happy because it was my first school show.  By Anna
     The show is fabulous.  I love the dance.  I say “Pointless! Pointless!”  I am an Autumn tree.  I have orange, brown, and red leaves all around me.  The show is cool.  By Phoenix.                                                                                         I am an Autumn tree.  I look like an Autumn tree, with orange leaves, yellow leaves, red leaves.  I say “Oh my boy!  You have a lot to learn.  Tell me, where are you three from?”  The show was cool.  By Callaway       I love how the people were clapping.  I am an Autumn tree.  I have yellow leaves on my head.  My favourite line is “Yep! It’s timing! Ha ha ha!”  I felt nervous and happy. By Aroha
Matahui School is putting on a show and we are Autumn trees.  I look sparkly like a tree.  I have a headband with sparkles on my headband.  We also have yellow leaves.  I like singing the song.  I say “No roots!  No roots?”  I feel happy and shy.  By Kaida
  I am an Autumn tree in the play.  I have Autumn leaves, yellow, red, orange.  I say “You and your dog will work like dogs.”  I was happy because my Mum was watching me.  By Saxon
  We are Autumn trees.  I have yellow leaves sparkling around me.  I have leaves sparkling in my hair.  I say “For the love of a horse, what are you trying to do?”  I felt scared and happy and brave.  By Payton
  I am a beautiful Autumn tree that sparkles.  I love being an Autumn tree that sparkles.  I say ‘You know, leaves like that do not just grow on trees.”  I like how we did the singing.  I wear yellow leaves around my body.  I looked great and fantastic.  I wear red leaves on my head band, sparkling up on my head.  I felt excited.    By Tyla.
  I am an Autumn tree.  I liked how the parents were watching us as Autumn trees.  I looked fabulous because I have golden leaves – they sparkle and shine.  That makes me feel proud of myself.  I say “For crying out loud, would you get out of there!”  The show was great!  By Darcy

Come and meet Kowhai class 2018

Haere Mai! Welcome to Kowhai class.

Here are our self portraits using black paint on a backdrop of primary colours, then mixed together to make a secondary colour.

We have been learning to introduce ourselves and our age in Maori.

Ko Darcy toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

Ko Aroha toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

Ko Callaway toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

Ko Cameron toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

 

Ko Payton toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

 

Ko Kaida toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

 

Ko Charlotte toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

Ko Emma toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

KoTyla toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

Ko Anna toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

Ko Phoenix toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

Ko Saxon toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

Haere ra!

 

 

Kowhai class explores character writing and portraits

Mum By Sam Danielle is my Mum. She has short hair and green eyes. She has a happy smile. I love going on bike rides to the marina with her. It is a special time for me and Mum. I love my Mum. She’s the best!

My sister is the best! By Kaida Haven is the best sister in the whole world. She is little. She is cuddly as a lamb. I am happy when my sister is happy.

Baby Bear By Cameron Baby Bear is happy in the morning. He is the littlest bear in the family. He plays with his kite. I feel sad because Goldilocks ate his porridge.

Mumma by Darcy Mumma is as cuddly as a bunny. She is so beautiful. She is as beautiful as a butterfly. I love my Mumma.

Dad By Saxon Dad is busy as a bee. Dad goes to different countries. I feel sad when Dad is gone and happy when Dad is back.

My Dad by Aroha
My dad is the strongest in the world.

My Dad is tall like a giraffe.

I love him and he loves me.

Aunty D by Blair

Aunty D is my Mum’s sister.

She has blue eyes. She has beautiful clothes.  She has long, blonde hair.  She is beautiful.

She spoils me by giving me treats. I help her in the farm.  

I love Aunty D. She buys chocolate.  I eat it with her.  I snap a piece off for her and me and we eat it all.

I feel happy when she is by me.  Aunty D is very kind.

Kowhai class shared their learning at assembly

The value of the week was courage and we shared times in our lives when we have shown courage:

Darcy: I showed courage when I first started school.  I felt a bit shy.

Blair: I showed courage to make good choices with my brother.

Aby: I showed courage when the dentist pulled my tooth out.

Sam: At the beginning I felt really scared to go into the native bush.  It looked like a big black hole.  But the I did it.  I liked it and I felt really proud of myself.

Lily: Dad wanted me to go on the chairlift at Cadrona.  I felt really scared because it looked so high.  But I did it and I had a really great time.

Aroha: I always show courage to tell the truth.

Kaida: I showed courage on my first assembly when I had to talk.

Gabe: I showed courage when Niki and I went on a bush walk with my Dad.  It was really dark in there.

Olive: I went on a moving chairlift in Rotorua.  I was really scared to hop on while it was moving.  Someone helped me and I did it and it was fun at the top.

Saxon: I showed courage when I went to see the ducklings.

Niki: I showed courage to go into the alpaca’s cage at Gabe’s.

Cameron: I showed courage when it was my first time trying a new food – spanakopita –

and I did it and it was really yummy.  I also showed courage when I had my blood test.

 

Our inquiry this term is the question ‘How can we express ourselves through the arts?’

We made a series of self portraits showing our different emotions.  Can you guess how we are feeling?

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We sang and played  “Blue is the Sea’. The sea has many moods which we tried to express in this song.

 

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We had so much fun at Boat Day so we made paintings of the day.  We tried to paint like the impressionist Claude Monet.  He thought about light and dark and reflection.  His paintings often looked better when we stood back from them because he used little brush strokes.  We also wrote cinquain poems.  This is where you count the syllables in each line and the pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.

 

 

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Boat Day

Black shiny tube

Bouncing on the water

I feel excited in my tube

Awesome!  

By Blair

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Boat Day

Small blue kayak

Riding the little wave

Happy and strong and really proud

Best day!

By Sam

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 Fun tubes

Black round circle

Spinning in the water

Fantastic fun in my fun tube

Big splash!

By Saxon

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Big Boat

Yellow fast kayak

Paddling on the calm sea

Taking control of my yellow kayak

Waahooo!

By Aby

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My boat

Small optimist

Sailing, turning in the breeze

I am the captain of my boat

Ahoy!

By Olive

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Kayaks

Big fun kayak

Adventure on the sea

Nervous, excited, happy, proud

Magic!

By Lily

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Boat Day

Fast red kayak

Paddling from side to side

So much fun circling and turning

Fun day!

By Kaida

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Boat day

My boat is red

Floating, slicing through the sea

Having fun in my red kayak

Happy!

By Cameron

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Fishing

Silver scales

Swimming in the water

I caught a fish on my fishing line

The best!

By Darcy

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Boat Day

On the jetty

Fishing with my Daddy

First time fishing, my favourite

Love it!

By Aroha

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Yellow Yacht

Sails flapping

Swishing, turning, blasting

I feel so great in the salty breeze

Fantastic!

By Nikora

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Blue Boat

Fast kayak, bright blue

Floating, paddling, speeding

Happy, smiling in the kayak

Boat day

By Gabe

We had lots of fun experimenting with the rhythms in ‘Cockroach Sandwich in my lunch’.

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What a great term of learning we’ve had!

 

 

Kowhai class, Matahui School, at the Tauranga Art Gallery and Library

 

We had a wonderful day visiting the Tauranga library and art gallery.

First we visited the library where Penny read us some stories

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Here is Lily’s story:

On Thursday we went to the Tauranga library and Art Gallery.  At the library we read some stories called ‘Sad the Dog’ and ‘Boa’s Bad Birthday’.  In Boa’s book he was excited that it was his birthday but when he got presents that he couldn’t use, he was sad.  Then when he got Dung Beetle’s present he loved it and thought that it wasn’t a bad birthday.  In Sad’s story he was sad because his owners didn’t love him.  The artist used facial expressions and sad colours. When Sad felt happy the artist used bright colours.

Next we went to see Richard Orjis’ garden.  We observed some things.  He expressed his feelings for plants.  Then we went to the art gallery and studied Barry Dabb’s art.  He expressed his love of colour and he loved his paintings to be BIG!

 

And a snippet of Sam’s story: Richard Orjis expresses his love of nature, growing a wild flower garden.

And Cameron’s story:  The wild flower garden was pretty and Richard was expressing his art.

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Great observation going on in Richard Orjis’ wild flower garden!

This great observation continued at the Art Gallery with Fiona when we looked closely at wild flowers and sketched and painted them with water colours.

 

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And together we created our  own wonderful wild flower garden!

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We also enjoyed seeing Barry Dabb’s paintings.

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Here are snippets of our stories:

*On Thursday we went to the library and art gallery.  I love the big paintings. Barry loved the colours and so do I!  By Aroha

*Richard showed that art can be in the form of plants. It doesn’t have to be paintings.  He has his own individual style.  Barry makes his paintings look real.  The illustrator used the colours of the fish in the book to show feelings.  By Aby

*Richard Orjis expresses his love of plants and nature.  Barry Dabb made big paintings of Cook Island flowers.  His art expresses happiness!  By Blair