At Matahui School we really value friendliness and caring for others. In Kowhai class we made friendship circles and imagined how friendliness was being shown in our circles.
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!
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!
My favourite art form is drawing. We can draw things that are the best. We make awesome pictures.
I feel creative!
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.
My favourite art form is music.
You can dance to music.
You can play the piano and close your eyes.
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.
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.
THE LOST VILLAGE
On the 24th of August 2017, Allan Alach featured a thought provoking article in “Leading and Leaning,1. ” by Carol Black which she wrote in 2016. She makes the following point….
“In many rural land-based societies, learning is not coerced; children are expected to voluntarily observe, absorb, practice, and master the knowledge and skills they will need as adults –– and they do. In these societies –– which exist on every inhabited continent –– even very young children are free to choose their own actions, to play, to explore, to participate, to take on meaningful responsibility. “Learning” is not conceived as a special activity at all, but as a natural by-product of being alive in the world.” 2. And this got me thinking about the inception of “The Lost Village” at Matahui School.
We have a bush block which I affectionately refer to as Middle Earth. This is the area where students can go to construct huts. It is a space that encourages feats of engineering that result in creative architecture that rival what you find on Grand Designs. It is a space that the students at Matahui have claimed as their own and over the term, have transformed into the “Lost Village.” Venture over on any given day and you will hear and see the village folk collecting materials, designing and creating products and modifying huts.
The village itself is a hive of industry as it is made up of huts that double as “market stalls” trading in natural materials needed to enhance and develop all the dwellings that have cropped up throughout the bush block. The materials range from finely shredded bark strips that equate to rope or string, dead twigs, sticks, leaves and clay – all of which have defined and specific purposes.
The currency for trading is the Mahoe leaf which the village folk refer to as “skeleton leaves.” They are used to purchase the goods needed to create a variety of artifacts that can be sold in a market stall. There is a bank where a barter system operates. A skeleton leaf can be acquired if you have something “good” to trade like a solid, thick stick or a roll of exquisitely bound bark string.
I want to share with you aspects of a discussion I had with some of the villagers…..
“ Anyone can set up a market stall, but to be good at selling you need good stuff to sell.”
“ The clay mines are where you find two types of clay. The best is the white clay because it is special. It mixes with the other clay to make a good putty that you can use to make things to sell. Emma –Poppy is making a fox. Clare is making a white clay dolphin sceptre and Isabel is making a flower.”
The Lost Village is a world created by children. There is nothing fictitious about it – it is real, and a great study in economic development and growth. It is refreshing to know that our students “are free to choose their own actions, to play, to explore, to participate, to take on meaningful responsibility. “Learning” is not conceived as a special activity at all, but as a natural by-product of being alive in the world.”3.
- “Leading and Learning” Allan Alach (http://leading-learning.blogspot.com/)
- & 3.On the Wildness of Children: The Revolution Will Not Take Place in the Classroom Carol Black April 2016 “Leading and Learning” Allan Alach (http://leading-learning.blogspot.com/)
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.
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!!!!!
Room One enjoyed a week with Constable Ros Frost learning about bike safety and road safety. We rode our bikes…..
After exploring the primary colours, Room One experimented with mixing colours to discover the secondary colours of green, orange and purple.
Blue + Yellow = Green
It is green day….
I am wearing a green T-shirt and green leggings and all my friends are wearing green. Everyone looks like mints and everyone looks cool. I’m glad that everyone likes green and that’s a good colour for Keyarn and James. Green makes me think of crickets hiding in the bush. By Matilda.
I am wearing green spiky hair and a sparkly bow tie. I am green all over. I feel proud! By James
I am wearing a green Ninja Turtle costume. I look cool! By Nikora
It is lovely seeing people with green. I have a green bag. By Thomas
Red + Yellow = Orange
It is orange day…
I am wearing an orange skirt and an orange jumper and orange tights and an orange T-shirt. Everyone looks like a mandarin. I like everyone in orange. Keyarn has an orange shirt and Matilda is wearing an orange dress. Millie-Anne is wearing orange gloves. Gianni is wearing an orange T-shirt. Aby is wearing an orange T-shirt. Orange is best! By Asha
Orange is best because oranges are yummy. I am wearing an orange shirt. Orange is the colour of the sun. By Aby
I am wearing orange gloves and an orange hairband. I like orange. By Millie-Anne
Keyarn Asha James ‘Orange’ spelling by Gianni and Millie-Anne
Red + Blue = Purple
Queens and Kings wear purple clothes. Purple is cool like a purple monster. I made a purple monster and a spaceship and it looks cool. James is wearing a purple T-shirt and purple pants. Purple makes me feel happy because it is a dark rich colour. Asha is wearing a light mauve colour and it looks cool. By Gianni
I am wearing a purple jacket, pants, scarf and band in my hair. Matilda is wearing a purple dress. Purple makes me happy. It is a fun colour. By Bryleigh.
Violets are purple, plums are purple. Everyone looks like plums and we all look cool. I’m wearing a purple dress. Bryleigh is wearing a purple jumper and she looks pretty. I’ve made a purple one-eyed people eater. It looks cool. I look like a purple leopard with polka dots! By Matilda
What an asset to have someone with the experience of Kate Bruning come and teach the Year 7/8 students about soft materials technology. The class have enjoyed working in a medium that many of them are not familiar, producing some wonderful cutlery bags. They are now working on cushions with hand stitched Kiwiana symbols.
Before you are considered competent on the sewing machine you have to get your license!
Here we are preparing and sewing our cutlery bags!
In the photos above we are choosing our our Kiwiana silhouettes and preparing our blankets for hand sewing. Watch this space for photos of the finished products.
It is hard with a few pictures and words to describe the wonderful learning that takes place at any of the four major outdoor camps that Matahui School Year 7/8 Students partake in each year. The Tarawera Camp is no exception. At Tarawera we look to strengthen the students leadership, cooperative teamwork skills and self confidence through an array fun experiential challenges. These photos give a glimpse of some of these practical, life changing experiences.
A big thank you to the camp and class parents who through their support made this another successful and exhilarating learning experience for our students.