Saturday, 10 June 2017

40 Hour Famine Sleepover

On Friday the 9th of June, 7pm, the Rimu classroom was invaded with 4 girls. These girls had a mission, the mission was to have as much fun as possible whilst raising money for World Vision. 

The annual 40 Hour Famine had kicked off. 

Hut building, spotlight, popcorn, truth or dare, dress ups, movie watching and waiting for the school alarm to go off and attempting to get some sleep are just a few of that activities that the night involved.

Each student had to choose a challenge to participate in. Surprisingly Prudence was incredible quiet but it seemed that her challenge was no speaking, which she completed. Lucy, Hannah and Bella were doing the 'Bag Challenge'. This is when you live out of a bag. All succeeded in doing this, though I'm not convinced refugees have that many bags of popcorn with them. 

The reason these wonderful students were completing these challenges is to raise money for Syrian refugees. This is the second year World Vision is using the 40 Hour Famine to raise money for this cause and that is because the crisis isn't over. 

We do have a few students who are completing this challenge at home over the weekend. We are hoping to raise $1500 but anything that we raise does count, so even if we don't hit the target that's ok. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

National Young Leaders Day

Last week 7 senior students attended the National Young Leaders Day. This event is for students who show potential as leaders. There are a number of great speakers and they follow a theme.

This year the theme was 
E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea. Tomokia e te toki.
I will never be lost, for I am a seed born of greatness. Pick up your toki.

It was a great theme, with each speaker working through the theme. 
The students had their favourites and different things stood out to them. It was a pretty cool event and you can read more about it by heading to the blogs of Shukoor, Cayde, Base, Zac, Prudence, Bella and Hannah. 
Here are some photos of the day:

 The stage and all the students. It was pretty exciting and noisy!

We each got a notebook and most of us used it. 

Nomad! They were awesome - such incredible voices. Mrs Spragg was quite impressed. 

Base really wanted to go down and join the crowd.

These guys didn't.

The girls thought the day was pretty cool.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Who is our Audience?

We are learning to create a positive digital footprint.

We often share personal information when we are online. The people we share with could be our friends and family or people we don't know.  We have looked at who visits our class. We were really surprised by who does. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Easter Fun Day - A little late ...

A little delayed but here is a photo story of our Easter Fun Day. 

The teachers were a little crazy and had a bubble party before school started. The Easter Bunny had been to visit too - stolen the teachers keys and filled the cubbies with balloons. Who knew the Easter Bunny was so cheeky.

We had a great day making and creating our Easter Hats. The class was a bit of a mess, but we cleaned up well.

There was an Easter Hunt (what a busy day the Easter Bunny had). We do love chocolate. 

After break there was the Easter Parade, egg drop and the chicken dance. It was a bit cold and slightly damp but we made it. 

Thanks everyone for making it such a great day.
Enjoy the photos (sorry some are sideways, not sure why).

Easter Fun Day 2017 on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Our Generation United to make a change!

Today we had a special visitor to our class. 
Alex from World Vision came to tell us all about the 40 Hour Famine for 2017.

This year the 40 Hour Famine is supporting Syrian Refugees. This is the same as last year. Usually they try and support a different cause each year but because it is still a major problem in the world they want to continue to make a change.

Some facts about Syria:

  •  It has been going on for 7 years (that's longer than our junior classes have been alive!)
  • Many people who are just like us have had to move away from their homes to live in refugee camps.
  • The money raised will help support children in these refugee camps.
Last year the Year 6-8 Rimu class raised over $1000 dollars. With more students this year we are hoping to raise even more. We are pretty excited about this. And with our books we received a world vision bracelet. We are wearing them with pride!

So we have 5 weeks to get ready. We hope you support us by sponsoring our awesome cause. 
(And it also counts towards the William Pike Challenge Award - fantastic!)

Monday, 10 April 2017

WPCA - ABL/Low Ropes/High Ropes Course

The sun was shining and there was excitement in the air as the Year 7 & 8's arrived at school, (except for Zac & Grace, who'd forgotten all about it), we were heading to The Groynes for a day of challenging ourselves in a range of activities with the Horizons Adventure Team. And we couldn't wait!

There was so much to take in when we got there - grass, roads, missing cars (opps - some got a little lost) and some very high poles with lots of ropes. 

We meet the team and then got into the day. To keep it brief it was games, games, challenges, games, food & drink, challenges, low ropes, games, high ropes, reflection and then back to school.

And our young people were just fantastic. No one cried, everyone gave everything their best and all showed their Hero Values at each moment of the day. We saw team work, determination, problem solving, encouragement and fun. It really was the perfect day. Here are a few photos. More will be found on individual blogs in the next few days.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Collaboration in Rimu

This is what collaboration looks like in Rimu. This is two girls, different year groups, working together on their reading activities.