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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Term 2: Special Events!

There have been a number of fun (but educational!) special events this term. Let's review!

Tiritiri Matangi 

What a great trip this was.  It was fun and fascinating to see the native or introduced birds that New Zealand is lucky to have part of the family. Not to mention the physical benefits of a good stiff walk!

Treasure Hunt Show

This entertaining show was put on by Perform! Theatrical Group. The fun part was that it was interactive, with students either being part of the Treelanders side of the map, or the Seaview division (the moral had to do with taking care of our environment).

Vector Presentation: Staying Safe with Electricity

We had a visit from Vector Energy, which was very informative and well presented. The students learned a lot about how to stay safe with electricity inside or outside the home. We particularly enjoyed the animations where a clueless robot made all the wrong decisions and regularly burnt himself to a crisp : )

Music Festival 

Lots of talent on display that night! We successfully pulled off our performance of "Splish Splash" and it was great to see many year 4's represented in the solo performances.


Avengers of various assortments assembled for the Friday night disco! 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Term 2: Weeks 1 - 3

Hi parents,


The students are relieved and proud that they have made it through the Cambridge assessments for Term 2!

The girls point out the finished list of assessments. Settle down please. 


We started the term learning some plays. It was a good chance to practice some peer assessment i.e. level of voice expression, volume, and body position.

Daniel demonstrates the amplification capability of a whiteboard pen. 

Emily tries to coach Alex and Yolanda. Good luck Emily.

Nancy demonstrates her best "you have got to be kidding me" face. 

Aliens attempting to mimic human greetings. 

Drama can sometimes just be P.E. with more facial expressions!


For Science we are continuing to explore sound. Below are some photos where we are testing how to change the pitch of a sound. 

Say it don't spray it, girls. 

Lauren perfects that art of the rubber band and cup. 

Alex looking like he might have swigged the contents of that energy drink before he used it. 

Luca performs Beethoven's Symphony Number 5 on the wine bottle. Well, the first note anyway. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Term 1, 2019: Weeks 5 - 7

Dad's Day

What a great day Dad's Day was last Friday. After the school shared some singing - and we sadistically enjoyed listening to the Dads try and get their mouths around some tongue twisters - we went back to our classes for special activities.

In our class, the Dads joined us for some "Minute-to-Win-It" challenges (cracker face, cup stacker, and chopstick challenge). The Dads helped train up the students in their group and provided encouragement when it was time for the competitive challenge. Following that, the best part: getting the Dads to give the challenges a try! Thanks for coming along Dads (and Dad equivalents!), and for giving us some laughs!

 Speak up Dads! 

Daniel's buzzed. Sophie's dad may have sprained a facial muscle.  

Bella doing her best Walking Dead impression

Olivia and her dad try using the bridge of the nose as...well, a bridge.  

Yolanda employs every facial muscle to full effect. Ashlee faces the obstacle of cracker dust in her eye. 

Michael demonstrates to the class his pyramid scheme and how you can start earning money from home.  

Great chopstick skills, terrible meal. 

Good luck telling your chiropractor why you've made an appointment!

Barely suppressed competitiveness. 

Smell the testosterone! 


We've continued our focus on solids, liquids and gases. 
We've been learning to make predictions, test those predictions, and discuss our results. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Term 1, 2019, Weeks 1 - 4

Hi parents,

Let me help you get a visual on class Kotare, 2019!

Michael, Luca, and Daniel

 Nancy and Bella
Yolanda, Sophie and Anna

Alex and Jack

 Ava-Lee and Bella

Ashlee and Olivia

Ciaran and Raffaello  


Surely there's no better way to learn about measurement than to actually measure things! 


We've been learning about states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). Here we are testing predictions we made about which solids would melt  quickest in the sun. 

Life Education

Always popular, we had our annual visit from the Life Education van. Led by Chris, with the help of Harold the Giraffe, the students had some rich discussions around friendship.