Wednesday, 26 September 2018


Ways in which I have participated in and contributed to my learning this term: This term I participated in
and contributed to my learning this term by participating in a tramp, sport, Westamaths and my learning.
Ways in which I have participated in and contributed to my environment this term: This term I
participated in and contributed to my environment this term by picking up rubbish, eliminating plastic,
taking care of things.
Ways in which I have participated in and contributed to my family this term: I have participated in and
contributed to my family this term with helping with dishes, vacuuming and helping siblings.
Ways in which I have participated  in and contributed to the local community this term:I have
participated  in and contributed to the local community this term by helping special needs to play
basketball, sports, kea patrol, librarian,the gala, peer support, P.E and workshop leaders.
Ways in which I have participated in and contributed to the global world this term: I have participated
in and contributed to the global world this term by posting things onto my blog, Tuhimai tuhiatu,
Kidzlit and Westamaths.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The Special Tree

The Special Tree

Curling over in lashing winds
Protecting humans
Against the never ending harsh weather

Standing tall, Rocking side to side
Holding precious children inside
While listening to tieke chirping in sunshine

Waving around like a octopus in thunder
Sprinkling its angry flowers all over wet covered ground
The wind swishing the seeds around wet grass
Making them cry for their mum

Laughing away in soft breezes
While listening to people tell stories
In their kiwi summer clothes

Children gathering on the roots on christmas night
While grandparents share their traditional stories
During clear or rain

Children star gazing and slowly drifting off to sleep
Thinking about the pohutukawa tree

Children think about how thick roots stick up
Leading their way towards the big brown trunk
Branches guide its path
Towards red spiky flowers sitting in the tree
While stunning green leaves surround the special Pohutukawa tree

By Caitlyn Hamilton

Refugee Response

We Can’t Run From War And Then Die For Cold

The article I choose was set in Syria. This article is about a young
boy name Yayha, who is 15 months old. He has been fighting to
stay alive with his mother named Janda and his family. They have
fled Syria because of the conflict that is going on, but they have
had to deal with the harsh winter that has been happening.

They found a shelter at the Domiz Refugee Camp in Dohuk, which
they have been at. While they have been their they have had to be
living in a tent with no heaters, water or electricity. They had to
melt snow to get water because they didn’t have any. This is such
a horrible issue because this family could die just because they
feel unsafe in their own country. This is also horrible because
kids are having lung and heart problems because it so cold and
the dirt is affecting them.

I personally think this is horrible and we need to try and solve it
by having better camps that are dryer and have a heater or a fire
in them that makes them feel safe. I also think we should help by
having better clothes for them and more water and food for them.

St Johns Response

On the 3rd of August, Catherine from ASB St Johns In schools came
 to our school to teach about first aid and Emergency Situations. We
learnt about DRS ABCD. Which stands for Danger, Response, Send
for help, Airway, Breathing, CPR and Defib. We also learnt how to
use a defib, how to put people into the recovery position and CPR.
When we learnt how to do CPR we had manikins that we did it on.
Also when we did it we did it to the song “Staying Alive”. I really
enjoyed the first aid course because it was a good refresher, so if
we ever have to do it in the future we know how to do it.

Geometry D.L.O

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Te Uru

Walt participate in the learning of others.
Why: Building on our transition to high school.
Success Criteria: Be active :use our listening skills, watch, ask questions and practice.

Yesterday 10CH from Grey High School walked to Karoro school. They came to teach
us a game from a different cultural for a project called Te Uru. First they explained the
rules which were you when you landed you couldn’t walk with the ball and when you
caught the ball you had to catch it with a flat hand. They also explained that there
were 4 dots and the aim of the game was to remove them. To remove them you had to be on a dot and catch the ball without dropping it.

We then did a warm up which was seaweed, it was a bit hard though because there
were so many people. Then we did some drills, my favorite drill was the one where
you passed the ball around and if you dropped it you had to sit down.

After that we got sorted into two teams and we played the game. It was a bit chaotic
though because we had to many people so it meant that it was hard to play. In the
end the high school students came off and it was a bit better.

I think next time they should have the teams organised a bit better and maybe have
to games going at once so that it isn’t as crowded and the high school kids can play.
They should also have two referees because people broke the rules alot and got away
with it. Overall it was very fun and I hope that they can come and play again.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Shantytown Fossil Work

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

We went to Shantytown to learn about fossils and rocks. We really
enjoyed the experience because it was a good opportunity to learn about
something that we had never really studied before. Our favourite activities
were when we got to look at a fossil and draw it. Another of our favourite
activities were when we got to look through a microscope at some really
cool fossils.

We really enjoyed listening to Mary and Ian speak about fossils because it
was really interesting to hear. One of the activities we did in a group was
learning about the different types of coal, some of the names were lignite,
bituminous, and anthracite. We then had to go to a fire and put it on the
flames and estimate how long it would take for the coal to catch on fire.

Another activity we did was we got to go for a walk with Mary, we looked
at the mudstone, limestone and other things that were in Shantytown. It was
really interesting learning about it and were it is in Shantytown.

We learnt that coal can take a very long time to catch on fire. Part of this activity was when we got given a piece of coal and a picture of all the coals a description and we had to try and guess what our piece of coal was.

We also got given a rock at the end of the session, we also got to
use a hammer and and chisel to try and break open a rock and here
is a picture of it:

Over all we thought the experience was good and it was really
interesting to learn about. We would like to thank Shantytown
for hosting it and we would also like to thank Mary and Ian for
teaching us about it all.

By Hannah and Caitlyn 2018