Room 1 and 5 enjoy a Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Room One’s inquiry this term is the question ‘What are our stories of the past and how can we tell them?’  We connected to the past by way of our teddy bears.  We invited our buddies from Room 5 to join us and we each brought along a special old teddy or soft toy. We enjoyed listening to their stories, followed by a delicious food at our teddy bear’s picnic!  Our buddies even made the bread rolls themselves!

P1110759Ellie is a snuggly elephant.  He is my toy.  It used to be my Dads when he was a boy.  The first thing he did was sit on him!  He looks like an elephant but he is yellow.  I like to hug him.  Ellie is cool.  By Sam

P1110758My Santa teddy is cuddly.  My Great Nana made Santa for me before she died.  Santa is snuggly.  I think he really likes me because I look after him.  By Blair

P1110755Miranda is my doll.  Miranda has long orange hair.  I got her on my first birthday from a Katikati shop.  I pushed my trolley around Katikati with her in it.  I was cute pushing her around Katikati.  She loves me!!  Miranda!!  She comes to some tea parties and sleeps in my bed.  She is knitted.  She’s a school girl.  I love Miranda!  By Aby

P1110757Toby is my teddy.  But Georgia had him when she was a baby.  Toby is a kind and cuddly teddy.  I love to hug my teddy.  By Gabe

P1110756Goody Goody Gumdrops is my favourite bear.  I like to cuddle him.  He looks cute in his T shirt.  By Saxon.

 P1110845

My dog is named Troy.  Troy is a teddy.  He is a fast teddy.  I got him from my Mum.  My Mum got him from her friend and his sister.  He has got brown lines going to his eyes.  I like to pat his back.  Troy is cute.  By Nikora.

 

Can you match our water colour paintings with the photos?

P1110768 P1110769 P1110770 P1110771 P1110772 P1110773

 

P1110763P1110765

 

STUDENT VOICE…WHY WE NEED TO LISTEN

STUDENT VOICE…
It is important that within the context of school that students know that they have a voice. To know that they will be heard and people will listen. It is also important that they realise that in having a voice there are protocols which need to be adhered to in order for their voice to resonate.

There are times when a conflict may arise in the playground that requires adult intervention, or a student finds something they feel compromises student safety. I have students come to my office to share their ideas, opinions and perspectives on a range of topics that are important to them and this goes way beyond asking me to help resolve a problem. They are aware that there are effective ways to communicate starting with being polite, respectful, and sensible – basic protocols.

There are instances where they come to share initiatives that require a decision from me and at these times I am reminded of a comment made by Monte Selby, an American educator and musician I heard speak at a conference……”When kids come to your door with a proposal, an idea, or an event that they want to organise don’t just say no. Ask them ……”What do you need to do to make me say yes?” Wise words when giving students a voice that can ultimately translate into positive action.

At the moment I have two groups considering what they need to do to make me say yes. One group is keen to play rugby with slightly more physical contact and the other group are aiming to reinvigorate the Matahui Pet Day. In both instances I believe they know that they have been heard, that I have listened and am prepared to support them in making their ideas a reality.  But, they are also aware that they need to demonstrate considerable responsibility to ensure their voice translates into action, by finding out what they need to do to make me say yes.

So next time your children come to you with a proposal, an idea or event they want to organise or see happen, ask them ….”What do you need to do to make me say yes?”

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.

 

DSC04969

DSC04970

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

IMG_3842

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

DSC04973

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:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11643968

Room One had fun on Boat Day!

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.

 

P1100839 P1100840 P1100842 P1100846 P1100855 P1100856  P1100875 P1100905P1100887 P1100889 P1100902 P1100906 P1100867P1100913 P1100918 P1100923P1100930 P1100932 P1100935 P1100936 P1100939  P1100952 P1100944P1100956

Bike Safety with Room One, Matahui School.

Room One enjoyed a week with Constable Ros Frost learning about bike safety and road safety.  We rode our bikes…..

.P1100155 ….on the court

.P1100121

P1100123P1100126…around the cones.P1100161We stopped at the Stop sign.P1100146P1100149 We rode our bikes on the grass.

P1100168…on the driveway.

P1100103P1100177P1100150We took off our trainer wheels!P1100118P1100176We checked for any traffic that may be coming.

P1100178 And on the last day we all enjoyed riding down Lancaster Road with Constable Ros!  Here we are practising our stop signals.

Room One asks the question: Which colour is the best?

Rainbow Day – together we made a rainbow!                                          P1100008 

So, what is the best colour?  We have been learning to write arguments.  That’s where we write our point of view.  We write what we think and give reasons why.  Here are our paintings and our writing, describing which colour we think is the best colour.  You can decide!

 P1090795P1090854P1090855P1090796P1090859P1090792P1090857P1090791P1090861P1090862P1090789P1090851P1090794P1090860P1090797P1090852P1090798P1090856P1090790P1090853P1090793P1100031

Matahui Senior mathematicians share and learn with their Junior peers

It was a case of the small fractions teaching the big fractions when Room 1 joined the Matahui Senior students.

P1090801  P1090809 P1090802

The students enjoyed sharing their learning using play dough to create fractions from whole pieces.

P1090805 P1090804 P1090815

The Senior students were impressed by how clever the Junior students are.

P1090814 P1090822 P1090806

At Matahui School bringing different year levels together allows us to have an appreciation of where we are going and where we have come from.

P1090812