Our Middle Syndicate students made these flowery creations to say "Thank you" to their Mums. We shared them in assembly and also celebrated our certificate and values card winners
This week was 'catch up' time in our Middle Syndicate Assembly, as we acknowledged our Values Card winners for the past few weeks who had not yet received certificates. The photos below also show our week 8 class award winners. Room 6 shared their amazing artwork - sculptures in the style of Kimmi Cantrell and Rm 15 went 'spotty' to make others aware of "Melanoma Day".
Week 8 also saw the visit of the Education Review Office - they spent a lot of time talking to our wonderful students and were full of praise for their enthusiasm, maturity and responsible polite behaviour. Well done everyone!!
2016 - It's a brand new year and "Everything Changes". This is the 'Big Idea' our students will be exploring this term.
There are big changes for me too, as this year I am team teaching in Room 14 with Peter Poeschl. In previous years I have taught Science and Maths to many different classes, so I am really looking forward to having a base, one class instead of many and a smaller number of students that I can really get to know and have fun with. Hopefully I will lose less things too! I am also looking forward to working with Mr Poeschl I am sure we will be great team.
You can find out more about what's happening in Room 14 by looking at our class blog.
I will also continue my DP's blog with fortnightly or monthly posts.
Below are photos from our Middle Syndicate Assembly. Welcome to our new students in Rms 6, 14, and 15, who all received certificates, to mark their wonderful start at Parawai School. Well done, it's great to have you with us joining the Parawai team.
Term 4 week 8: Testing liquids with litmus paper and ‘universal indicator liquid’ and spreading the message “Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!”
Acids or Bases?
Students in Rms 10, 11 and 12 are finding out about acids and bases and thinking about what happens when different liquids go down our storm-water drains.
Dishwashing liquid, dishwasher powder, spray and wipe, DampRid; which are acids and which are bases (alkali)? How will they affect the water quality?
They are also been researching what other pollutants get spilled into our streams, rivers, lakes and of course into the Firth of Thames.
The next step is to create posters or storm-drain pictures to spread the word and stop the pollution. Here are the students testing the liquids and some of their preliminary sketches for posters and storm-drain pictures.
Term 4 week 7 - and the young scientists are trying to create the biggest chemical reaction they can, to blow up a balloon. Inflate not explode - I hope!!
It's probably a good idea to do these experiments outside!!
We realised that after starting off in Room 10... The biggest balloon had a circumference of 67cm. Well done Tiana and Jordy!
The students in Rms 10, 11 and 12 have been learning about the pH scale (acids and bases) and finding out what chemical reactions occur when substances from different end of the scale mix together. What will create the most gas and inflate the balloon. Will there be a temperature change?
Next week we will be thinking about the ways in which our science learning is related the environment and the learning the students did last week with Beccy Dove from Sustainable Schools.
What happens when damaging run off goes into our streams and pollutes our waterways, does the pH level change? Does this affect the fish and wildlife in the streams and rivers?
Term 4 Week 4 - The two new murals are up and they look amazing. Aren't our students and parents wonderful artists. Thank you Alby Tukia and my Mural Art Group.
Our Fantastic Fishy mural is finished and on display. Well done to all the students who had a part in creating this awesome mural. The fish were drawn by the Juniors and then painted by students in yrs 3 - 6, with help from a few of our Seniors. Check out the patterns in the (multicoloured and multicultural) fish showing the different nationalities we have at school.
Thank you also to Alby for his amazing Pasifika Mural - it's stunning and the students and staff love it.
Term 4 Week 3 - A short week but a busy one, with Senior Camp and a sleepover for our Yr 5's in the hall. And..... good news, we have 2 new murals finished and ready to go up.
Here are some photos of our "Overnighter". Luckily the rain held off for our Sports - perfect for tiring out the 'Happy Campers".
Great fun, great students and great helpers, thanks everyone - job well done!
Don't the hills behind Parawai look beautiful in the morning mist. Every child did have bedding and a mattress ..... we wouldn't be that cruel - honestly. (Staged photo Ann) LOL
Mural photos coming up ... Watch this space!!
Thank you Alby Tukia for your awesome Pacifika Mural. Well done students for your fishy masterpiece.
Term 4 Week 2 - Chemical Reactions in Rms 10, 11 and 12, and (to end the week with a bark) our awesome Pet Day (thank you Mrs Wilson and her "Pet Day" team in Rm 14)
This Term in our Senior Science sessions, while we carefully carry out our experiments, we are focussing on making and recording our detailed observations of what happens. What can we see. hear, feel, and measure?
This week we mixed water with Baking soda, water with DampRid and then water with Baking soda and DampRid altogether. We observed and recorded what what happened. There were definitely some surprises - here are some photos from Rm 10 and 12 - Rm 11 photos to follow
Wow! Pet Day, what fun with so many cute and cuddly animals. Awesome art too, in our Pet Day Art Display and Competition, which I had the pleasure of judging - such a difficult task!!
Real animals, imaginary creatures, pencil work, paintings, computer graphics, collage, 3D shell animals - what a varied and high quality selection from our learners aged 5 to 13. Here are some pictures of the display with results below.
Pet Day Art Competition Results
Individual Art work completed at home
1st Hugo Bruce
2nd = Jypsie Clarke, Lania Taylor
1st = James Harvey, Torin Young
1st Cora Yulan Xiong
Artwork completed at school
1st = Alex Sorensen, Lillian Balfour, Makaela Veal
2nd = Kael Metekingi, Stella Smith, Aimee Turley,
Highly Commended Max Powell
1st = Joella Johnson, Caleb Howard, Abigail Moa, James Harvey
2nd = Jessica Brown, Lachlan Pudney, Amber Martin, Abby Greenwood, Starlight Williams
Highly Commended Lorenzo Hira, Asha Cullen, Hayden Sutherland, Jamie Julies, Matthew Wilson, Jayden Weck
1st = Shelby Park, Maddy Scott, Tyrah Lee Feilo-Eketone, Nova deGroen-Sawyer
2nd = Laurel Taylor, Taalliyah Royal-Wilson, Tom Harty, Jayme Jamieson-Shaw, Liam Marshall, Cooper Greenwood, Makayla Ladbrook,
Highly Commended Alyssia Cochran, Lincoln Rodgers
Julie Crimmins-Crocker. Deputy Principal of Pārāwai School.
I have been teaching since 1986 (in England and New Zealand) and I have been a Deputy Principal for over 15 years.