Room 1, along with Asha and Bryleigh from Room 3, and our wonderful student leaders from Room 6 -Kayla and Grace, had a fantastic day at our annual Boat Day at Omokoroa Beach. We started the day learning to paddle in kayaks, then sailing the optimists. After morning tea we had fun at Beach Olympics and then we went fishing out on the jetty. Our biggest catch was Bryleigh’s starfish! Our final activity of the day was heaps of fun -floating and balancing on the tubes. Thank you to Grace and Kayla and all the parents who came along to help and make the day such a fabulous experience.
On Wednesday the 24th of February Room 5 and 6 from Matahui School supported by some fantastic parents made the trip to Auckland to attend a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Pop-up Globe Theatre.
What a wonderful experience! We were filled with the artistry, drama and wonder of Shakespearian theatre. The performance had us spellbound.
On Wednesday this week Room 5 and 6 went to Windermere Campus to participate in their Deep Water Skills Programme.
In this programme we learnt skills that could help save our lives.
We learnt to;
Scull in deep water
Dive underneath objects
Take off additional clothing that might weigh us down
Float using objects that might be in the water
Rescue people from land or in the water
Stay together as a group
How to move together as a group
Jump safely off a high platform
Entering and exiting a life raft
We had valuable and rewarding trip.
On Tuesday Room 1, 3 and 5 went to Waihi Beach to participate in the Surf Sense programme.
During the day we played games and we learnt how to be safe in the surf.
The five safety rules were
- Swim between the flags
- Listen to the lifeguard
- Make sure a adult is watching you
- Never swim alone
- Be sunsmart
Max the life guard, demonstrated how to rescue someone using the IRB (inflatable rescue boat). Grace and Alexander were excellent life guards.
The best part of the day was when we went into the large surf and took revenge on the parents!!
Parents are genuinely interested in what and how their children learn at school. In the past two weeks at Matahui School parents/caregivers have been invited to visit and observe the students learning during an Open Day. We have also had two camps, one for the students in Room 3 and the other, for all our Room 5 and 6 students. In both instances parents have been actively and directly involved in supporting our curriculum and student learning within very specific outdoor learning environments.
However, learning outside the classroom takes yet another form and one that is incredibly exciting. It occurs when what is being focused upon in the context of the classroom environment spills out into the playground. Two examples follow.
During our bicycle safety programme the students used all the knowledge (both practical and theoretical), and skills they were presented in class to create their own off-road cycle track which they designed, built and managed with remarkable success.
As part of a recent science investigation Room 3 students developed marble runs whereby they needed to think about all factors that would affect the distance a marble could roll – the goal being to see who could get a marble to roll the furthest. Well, this experiment that also involved a high degree of mathematical understanding, morphed into playground play.
Room 5’s perspective
On Saturday Matahui School held its first Mud Run.
After a short run through the school grounds we arrived at the 50m water slide. The bigger the run up the faster you went….
Then we ran through the farm to the MUD!!!!!!!!
There were many obstacles to manoeuvre around, nothing could stand in our way.
A quick hose off to end the event.
What a great day
Thanks to Matt and his team for organising this event. It was marvelously muddy.
Matahui Room 5 students Rose Brunning, Rory Robertson and Bridget McGirr won the prestigious Year Six WBEET Baymaths competition last night against strong opposition from upper North Island schools. The three were first in the team challenge and second in the timed challenge and also highly competitive in the individual round. Another wonderful example of our students having outstanding success on the big stage. Congratulations!!!!!