Monday, July 1, 2019

Plastic-free July

Today is the first day of July. It is also the first day of plastic-free July.


Room 5 started the plastic-free month by going around our school boundaries and picking up all the plastic rubbish we could find. We found plastic rubbish in the gutters and along the roadside amongst the plants. By collecting it we stopped all that rubbish ending up going down the drains and into the river then the sea.

look how much we found just around our school boundaries.


We found chip packets, muesli packets, straws, gladwrap, hair ties, packaging, plastic bags and lots and lots of tiny pieces of rubbish.

We talked about how we can make a difference:


  • Bring nude food to school.
  • Don't buy fruit and vegetables in plastic trays with plastic covers - buy it loose.
  • Take bags to the supermarket.
  • Buy meat from the butcher - they put it into paper, not plastic.
  • We don't need plastic straws.
  • Don't buy water in plastic bottles. Re-use a bottle and fill it from the tap.
All these things are  good start for becoming plastic-free.
We are an Enviroschool. This means we think about the best ways to care for our environment.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Museum trip


Yesterday, Kowhai Team walked across the bridge to the museum.
We went to learn about Maori art and design, and how early Maori understood the heavens.



Outside the museum is an artwork called The Tongue of the Dog.

We coloured designs, and drew geckos

We made a paper waka.

Here is the majestic Te Winika, We learned that it was a war canoe.

Te Winika is decorated with albatross feathers along its side.

It has a beautiful stern.

There are many carved ancestors guarding the waka.

This one has paua shell eyes.

At the bow of the waka there are two big eyes, decorated with albatross feather, to help the waka steer the right course.


Decorating a waka


We learned about the constellation of Matariki

Inside Te Whaanau Maarama

These shapes represent the sun and the moon.

Elaine told us the story of Rangi and Papa.

Inside the museum theatre.

It was a great trip to the museum. We will go back again!

After all, it is just across the river!
Other things we have been doing .......

Look at our beautiful pumpkin art!


We harvested our kumara. Every class planted a kumara plant last spring. Now we are harvesting them.
There will be a competition to see which class got the heaviest crop.

This is Room 5s crop.




Waikato Show

It's been awhile since we have had a blog post.  Here are some photos of things we have been doing.

At the end of last term we went to the Waikato Show at Claudelands.

First we tested our brains with a really tricky puzzle.






Then we went and saw our pumpkins, which we entered into the school's competition for the biggest and tastiest pumpkins.
We won first and second prize!!
Our prize was a box of apples and a big bag of compost.

 Next we went to the farmyard section and saw a whole lot of amazing animals.






Then we had a go at the chair leading workshop.





And finally, we went bird watching. We spotted lots of birds hidden in the bird identifying zone.



Back at school we had a special reward afternoon. We made popcorn and built huts.





Monday, February 25, 2019

Survival in the water

For our lesson this week we learned about how to survive in water wearing a life jacket.
We found that we float when we lie on our back in our life jacket.