- Yummy nachos on Wednesday thanks to our wonderful mums and their fundraising initiative.
- Movie night on Wednesday, what a great evening it was; thanks to Dave and Michelle for their generosity.
- Principal's lunch on Thursday - well done to the winners and thank you to the Kauaeranga Store for their delicious wedges.
Here are some highlights from the classes I teach and photos of Mr Jennings and his team of students working hard in our gardens. Well done everyone!
Science with Rms 10 and 11
The Rm 10 and Rm 11 students and I are still learning about forces (potential and kinetic). Sometimes I think we are 'losing our marbles' but we are carrying out some great investigations....
Check out these websites if you want to 'get your head' around these scientific concepts.
Potential and kinetic Energy
The Physics Classroom
Rm 10 boys used the slide on the adventure playground and three ramps to see which group could make their marble jump the furthest. Rm 10 girls and Rm 11 tested to see whether a longer ramp (adding a metre long blue pipe to their spouting) would make the marble jump further. Would double the length of ramp = double the jump length? If so why? Photos of Rm 11 Teams and Rm 10 boys are below.
Apologies to Rm 10 girls, we'll get you on camera next time.
Our vision at Parawai School is 'To create an environment that nurtures every individual to find and pursue their passions, extend their learning and achieve their dreams.'
So on Wednesday I gave the students the opportunity to follow their own passions or interests and design their own art or craft activity. They had to plan what they were going to do in advance, bring in what they needed (if we didn't have it at school) and work either independently or with a buddy.
What an interesting afternoon it was - there were drawings of sharks and toadstools , 3D sculptures with pipe cleaners and paper, collages, Easter cards and paintings. A group of boys nearly got in the Guinness Book of Records for creating the world's largest paper plane, but unfortunately it didn't quite take off...
Finally following on from the Te Reo Professional Development I attended with Libby Hodgson, here are some phrases to try at home. Teachers will be using these (if they aren't already) in the coming weeks. Look out for more in future blogs and in our newsletter.
Reri? - Ready?
Turi turi - Shhh!
Ka tika - Correct.
Kua mārama - Have you understood?
Kua mutu - Finished?
Tino pai rawa atu - Very good/really good!