Thursday, 17 August 2017

Reading in the Sun

A picture says a thousand words = who wouldn't want to do this on a beautiful winters day?!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

One legged man - what?

Do you know who this guy is? He's pretty amazing. About 10 years ago, when he was climbing Mt Ruapehu it erupted causing 60 olympic sized swimming pools worth of rock and debris to come crashing down on the mountain and on the hut he was staying in crushing his leg.

Luckily for him and for us he survived (with one less leg), but that hasn't stopped him living life to the fullest and he has created the William Pike Challenge Award. Our senior leaders are involved in this award and they are all working hard to meet the requirements.

On Wednesday William popped in for half an hour. He shared a little of his story for the benefit of those that didn't know (Year 5/6 students). Base and Jacob shared some of what we have been doing and other students shared some of their projects and community service.

Right at the end we took a photo or two with William. It was so great to have him pop in and it has inspired us to keep working hard on our challenge.

Thanks William!

P.S. Prudence has blogged about this so you can go to her blog to get a student's voice on the experience.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Books, books, books! RImu LOVES books!

What excited faces! We were at St Margaret's College to listen to 6 authors/illustrators share their books. These books aren't just any books, they are finalists in the NZ Book Awards for children and young adults. What was going to happen? Would we like any of them? Would we learn anything? Would we want to take books home?

And then we were off. There were 3 authors and each shared for around 12 minutes. Their books were very different and everyone had a different favourite. You can read about each of them on Prudence's blog, Chloe's blog or Ian's blog.

After a break we were back in for the next 3 authors. These stories were a bit different and the presentations were also very different. One involved bugs and creepy crawly stories, one involved the illustration process and one involved blowing up a cat balloon and another balloon. So very different!

Many of our students have shared have written great blog posts about the day, the authors and what they thought about the books. We highly recommend that you read these students blogs to find out more: Isaac's, Lucy's, Abby's, Saxon's, Mia's and Eben's.

(We also got to enjoy the sun and the St Margaret's grass! Thanks St Margaret's!!)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

PHIL!!!! Visit 3

Today some very excited Year 7&8 students arrived at school. Phil was coming and they couldn't wait. Finally he was here - you could hear the noise from the end of the field. Everyone rushed to the Wharenui and the fun began.

We started with a couple of games. The first was that we had to sum out our holiday in 3 words. Some people found that hard! The second game we had to stand along the wall and step forward if the statement was true.

Phil told us a story about how he felt like he never fitted in during intermediate age. He talked about being Māori in Darfield (super white farming community) and then he’d visit his North Island family and he wouldn’t feel right there either. He segued into how our brains give us choices i.e. choices of where to sit, choices to believe negative thinking. He talked about how he started to listen to the negative thoughts he was happening. He told a friend and his friend told him that he “didn’t know why he was listening to the negative because people liked to hang out with him”.

Genes Choices Environment - These things make us who we are

A game was played: boys vs girls. Phil said a word and the groups had to decide whether they are genes, choices or environment. The girls won by A LOT! (And they had the weirdest buzzer noises and team names, make sure you ask them about it).

Phil told a story of when he was in Year 10 and he threw bags filled with water over a roof and hit an elderly teacher. Funny but not OK! And an example of bad choices that sometimes get made.

We then talked about how we can be good friends - because friendly people make friends. 6 friendship tips to help you be a better friend.

Point 1 - Be friendly
Point 2 - Remember names!
Point 3 - Remember special events

We played a game of ‘Culturally Inclusive Whispers’. Each group’s leader got given the same sentence to share with the person in the group. The sentence got passed up the group, but sadly each group failed.

And that was Point 4 - being a good listener.

Point 5 - Be Positive!! Give them a compliments about themselves. Not ‘like your shoes’ but ones that are aimed at who they are and how they make you feel. For example ‘I find it easy to be myself around you’.

The final point was that being yourself around others and Phil felt that we were pretty good at that as a group. All a little bit crazy and weird!

Here are a few photos from the morning, before Mrs Spragg's phone died.


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.