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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! 


Science 

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  

Maths

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






Science 

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. 








Sunday, December 2, 2018

Term 4 Highlights


Hi Parents,

Well, just like that, the year is nearly at an end. It's been a privilege teaching the students of class Korora, and I'm glad I'll be seeing most of them around next year.

Here's a couple of highlights from the last few weeks...

Art

The students have produced some really nice pieces of work this term. There was landscapes in the first few weeks, and lately we've been drawing and painting still-lifes.


 the colour of Sienna's roof is, well, sienna of course! 

 Ethan's philosophy of art is to curve the spine in harmony with the curves of his lines.
Tiger's controversial technique is to drink the paint-water, so as to be at one with the art.


Class Plays



When you're a woman of mature years, you need to use the jaw for extra grip. 
Oscar is part of an expedition, along with his robot Thomas, to explore a planet inhabited by aliens (Claire and Jack)
Aston wishing he'd brought a gun to this fight. 
Chelsea unfortunately underestimates the distance needed for a stage dive.


Golf 

We had a great lesson, led by Jenna Gainford. 

Thomas wonders why he's heard adults swearing when playing golf...it's not that hard?
Golf is a lot more motivating when aiming for human targets.

Science 

This term we've covered the physics of sound.


Daniel conducts his teams rendition of "it sort of sounds like a song"
Experimenting with glass and water out on the grass means that the crickets provide a backing choir
Luke uses a string telephone to share a piece of juicy gossip with Konstantin 
While Claire is testing a paper banger, Chelsea perfects her runway pose.

Athletics

In Week 5, we had our annual Athletics Day. 

Ethan's shadow has already cleared the jump, so you know he's going to be fine. 
Not casting spells, but practicing shotput. 

Oral Language 

There's been lots of opportunities for strengthening oral language skills this term: persuasive speeches, news sharing, and sharing presentations for topic.  

Harper shares a speech on Lego, ensuring that you'll be pestered for expensive kits for Christmas. 
Ollie sharing on the topic of skateboarding
Poppy using eye-contact to make sure that her audience are as riveted as she expects them to be. 
Sienna shares some medals. Chelsea wants one.

Sailing

In Week 7 we had our sailing day with Volvo, Learn to Sail. We're grateful to have gotten such good conditions in a week that wasn't always pleasant! 

Daniel and Tiger looking as smooth as the water.

Luke and Oscar find that sailing is pretty cruisy when you remove the ocean.


Jack looks for unchartered land
Daniel and Tiger see if they can get any fish nibbling on their scalp.
Claire shows no-hands. Poppy resists shaking the boat.
Ollie overboard!