Room 5 Assembly

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Room 5 presented at Assembly on Friday.  We learnt how to play the song Seven Years and adapted the lyrics.




We adapted the story “It’s a Book” written by Lane Smith into a short play.

We  also present our ‘Selfie” art of what we did in the holidays.

DSCI0167Playing football for Barcelona.

DSCI0168Kakapo Ranger with winning trophy.

DSCI0169Winning the recent quidditch game at Hogwarts.

DSCI0170Winning gold at Royal Ascot.

DSCI0171Getting caught by a creeper on minecraft

DSCI0172Feeding an angle fish in Fiji

DSCI0173Preparing for battle against the dark force.

DSCI0174Watching an eruption while in Hawaii.

DSCI0219Sinking a hoop when training with the Tall Blacks.

What a talented bunch of children!


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I often write about learning and the focus tends to fall on the qualities or traits our students exhibit so, by way of a change, I thought I’d share some thoughts with you about adults as learners. The following ideas came from an eLearning Industry paper produced in 2013 which centred on how to create and structure the right course content for adult learners. Take a moment to read through these and see whether or not the characteristics we display as adult learners bear any resemblance to those we might demonstrate as children. This would make a great dinner time discussion. Have the children ask you……… “What did you learn today?”

Adult Learners’ Traits

  1. Self-direction
    Adults feel the need to take responsibility for their lives and decisions and this is why it’s important for them to have control over their learning.
  2. Practical and results-oriented
    Adult learners are usually practical, resent theory, need information that can be immediately applicable to their professional needs, and generally prefer practical knowledge that will improve their skills, facilitate their work and boost their confidence.
  3. Less open-minded
    Adults are more resisitant to change. Maturity and profound life experiences usually lead to rigidity, which is the enemy of learning.
  4. Slower learning, yet more integrative knowledge
    Aging does affect learning. Adults tend to learn less rapidly with age. However, the depth of learning tends to increase over time, navigating knowledge and skills to unprecedented personal levels.
  5. Use personal experience as a resource
    Adults have lived longer, seen and done more, have the tendency to link their past experiences to anything new and validate new concepts based on prior learning.
  6. Motivation
    Learning in adulthood is usually voluntary. Thus, it’s a personal choice to attend school, in order to improve job skills and achieve professional growth.
  7. Multi-level responsibilities
    Adult learners have a lot to juggle; family, friends, work, and the need for personal quality time. This is why it’s more difficult for an adult to make room for learning.
  8. High expectations
    Adult learners have high expectations. They want to be taught about things that will be useful to their work, expect to have immediate results, seek for a course that will worth their while and not be a waste of their time or money.


Dutch Music Fun at Matahui School

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In term one we had two students from Holland in our class.  They showed us this dutch song called Paper Hats and we learnt to sing and play it with them.  We really enjoyed learning to sing in dutch with them.  Here are some videos of us singing and playing.   🙂

Matahui students love to learn songs in different languages.  Here we are singing in dutch.  

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Matahui Magic Basketballers

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On Friday the Year 5 and 6 basketball team was looking pretty magical with their new uniforms, thanks to our kind sponsors.


For many of the team this is their first season playing basketball.  Already ours skills have greatly improved from our first game. We are now passing with greater accuracy, have more control in our dribbling and displaying great defensive techniques.


Our game against TWS Lightning Bolts was very close in the first two quarters with each team scoring goal for goal.  In the third quarter the Lighning Bolts charged ahead.  We came back in the last quater with the final score being 24 – 10 to the Lightning Bolts.


We would like to thank our two amazing coaches, Philip and Mike, we love your positive energy and enthusiasm.

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What an amazing, team we have.


EPro8 Challenge

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On Thursday 2nd June we sent 2 Year 5 and 6 teams to the EPro8 Challenge.  This was our first time at the challenge and we loved it.





We had a range of interesting challenges to solve.  We earnt points based on the complexity of the challenge.

Both our teams decided to build cranes.


There were many challenges and a lot of problem solving


We didn’t always get it right the first time.



But with great problem solving and creativity nothing was impossible!


It was very exciting when we completed a challenge.  We felt proud of the way we communicated with each other.

Innovation and Invention Alive at Matahui

Room 6 Matahui Year Seven and Eight students have been developing their Term Two Inquiry which focuses on Innovation and Invention. As a part of this they have been receiving additional support from parents who are highly skilled in Technology and Invention. Darren Bruning and Simon McDonald are two such parents and their skills and experience have raised the bar with the students learning.

Darren has been visiting each week to show the students the first steps in computer programming. The students have been totally absorbed with the complexity and challenge associated with a learning area which will be an important part of their future.




In the photos above Connor, Alex, Blake and Olly follow a wiring diagram to prepare their electronic hardware.


The completed breadboard and Arduino board ready for connection to the computer.


The computer programming study has generated a lot of interest including a visit from the Bay of Plenty Times. To read their article and learn more about the students learning follow the following link:


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“Everything you can imagine is real.”
Pablo Picasso

I recently read an article by John Spencer centred on imagination and how, though it changes over time (as we grow older) it should never shrink, diminish or disappear, rather it should be something that expands and continues to evolve.

So the last couple of days I have been a “Manny” or the Poppa equivalent of one. The sense of wonder, delight in exploring, creating and inventing that I was exposed to in following our grand- daughter gave me the opportunity to be part of the imaginative worlds she created. She gave me a mandate to “tetend” with her – how special.


She also gave me a chance to heighten my imaginative skills in terms of how I engaged with her in “play.” So when it came to dinner time and encouraging her to eat vegetables, it seemed the most natural thing to do was to create a vegetable animal – so successful I might add that she ordered a second though did not really like the “ears.”


At Matahui School we actually have students who ooze imagination and creativity (and actually, so do their parents).After our earthquake evacuation practice drill a week ago, a question was asked – What do we do if there is a Tsunami warning? The answer – We move to higher ground which means we adopt a different structure for this evacuation. The following day our Year 3 and 4 students filled a wheel barrow with water and built from wood, what in essence was a tidal wave maker. They subsequently asked for white dye to help simulate waves and red dye as there would be blood if people got hurt – the power of imagination – brilliant.

Here is the thing – you don’t need to be a grandfather to reconnect with your imagination. Albert

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein


Quotes on imagination

John Spencer article

Art Gallery

Today Room 1 and Room 5 went to explore the Tauranga Art Gallery.  We observed the interesting and detailed Otherworld exhibition, paying particular interest to Peter Madden’s sculpture installation.  Peter uses a range of construction materials to create ‘Otherworlds’.


Then it was our turn to use our imaginations to create our own ‘other worlds’.  We were very focused on each part of the activity and our creations are ‘Otherworldly’.

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We then made our own artistic group sculpture.


Sharing lunch together in the park was energetic.



The first part of our school mission statement says ….”Inspiring creativity…” Well I was recently treated to a wonderful example of that whilst spending time in a mathematics class. The students have been learning about number – addition and subtraction.  One of the students was so excited to show me a new form of mathematics she had created…..”Real Fact Art Maths.”


If you look carefully at the graphic depicted you should notice the beehive from whence the bee came – note how it is hanging from the branch of the tree. The bee subsequently flies to the house where it happens upon a finger (obviously attached to a human though it is just the finger you can see along with the bee’s stinger). So why the broken heart you might ask? Well here is the equation…..Bee + stinger in finger = dead bee (hence the broken heart). A wonderful combination of mathematics and science.

It is such creativity that leads to new understandings. This student clearly understands how mathematics works, especially addition. Moreover, it is such creativity that leads to new ways of looking at the world and sophisticated discoveries. I hope that you will be inspired as much as I was when I Emma Poppy shared her “Real Fact Art Maths” with me.