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How to be kaitiaki for the Animal Kingdom in term 2 - Designing a 3 - D model of the Short-tailed Bat's sanctuary or enclosure

How  to be kaitiaki for the Animal Kingdom?In term 2 of 2017 we were wondering How  to be kaitiaki for the Animal Kingdom.Students in our class were interested in studying native mammals of NZ that live on the land.So we went online to find information and look at youtube clips on native terrestrial mammals.And guess what we found? That's right! We found out that there is only...

Kaitiaki Sharing Outcome Day

 Kaitiaki Sharing  Outcome day in term1On Thursday 6 April 2017 we celebrated our Kaitiaki outcomes with our whanau. Priscila's Mum Linda, Amber's Mum Lenny and Sione's Mum Lotu loved our presentation. Yeh! you guys...

Planting citrus Fruit Trees at SPS

Fruit Tree Planting on Friday in Term1 2017  First we had to find a suitable site to plant 2 citrus trees....

Act of Kindness to our school environment from Room 15 in week 1 Term1

                 Act of Kindness from our Kaitiaki in tidying up the Planter box gardens On Thursday after lunch our class split up into 2 groups, one group went off to uproot the mature and old silverbeet plants in the planter box garden and the other group went off to tidy up the pumpkin patch garden by removing the dried leaves....

Get up, Stand up, The time is now! in week 1 2017

 Leisure Reading and Hub site time in week 1 in Term 1 2017 Our class reading couch is a special place to chill out and enjoy our reading....

First week back in 2017 Get up, Stand up The time is Now - with Room 15

                                  Get up, Stand up: The time is Now -  with Room 15 in week 1Our Act of Kindness in getting to know each other...

Rehearsal of Pirate , Inquiry and Student Agency Songs for video shooting in Term 4

Here is how we rehearsed how to make our Song SING! First we sang the Buccaneer Pirate Song as rowdy pirates accompanied with  musical instruments which we made at home from recycled material like boxes and bottles...

Poetry and maths in class Wk 3

                         We learnt about Singing in our class with our new student teacher Our student teacher is Nicola Jarvie. She did some interesting soundscape activity with...

Using our senses to make poetry - week 3

                                          Using our senses to make poetry                               ...

Sing out for Change Week 2T4

                                                    Celebrating your Family's favourite MusicDoes your family have songs/music that is special to them? Why? Could you please help your child to collect recycled packaging over the week to make musical...

SPS Games Day Celebrations

         Today we celebrated our Olympic Games day with fun sports activities and chants...

Chant afternoon with Te Manawa students

                Chant sharing afternoon with others from Te Manawa on the Senior courtWe made a chant to share during the Olympic Games this year...

Term 3 Week 5 Maths Learning

We have been learning our multiplication and division in term 3. Many of us have been getting really good at multiplying by 2,3, 5 an 10. Here are some pictures of us practising our timestables...Vanessa showing her timestables...

Using the outdoor classroom in Week 4 Term 3

   This is how we use our Outdoor classroom to play and care for nature's plants and creatures.We enter out Outdoor Classroom through a secret wooden cupboard door during the school breaks to be close to nature and to learn from...

Week 3 Term 3 Inquiry "Talent can get you so far BUT character will make you a champion!"

Throughout the week we have been asking questions about our inquiry question which is "how can I become a champion within?" we looked and discussed about what we know. We have been thinking about key words like Talent, Champion and Character. We talked about what those key words mean. Next we asked questions about what we wanted to know. We asked questions about the Olympics, talent within...

Bunny Chow - My Pepeha - South African favourite fast foods of my teacher in Week 2 2016

                         My teacher shared her Pepeha with us, followed by Meliame's, our buddy.We were hooked with what her favourite take-away food back in South Africa,was. It was BUNNY CHOW."What is Bunny Chow, Mrs Naidoo?" Meliame Launoa wanted to know."Would you like to see and taste bunny chow?" asked Mrs Naidoo. "Yeess...

Friday Assembly Week 2 Term 3 2016

On Friday we finally won Levi! Room 8 was so happy because we have been waiting for this moment all year! We get to sit on stage next week in Assembly. We are looking forward to it! =)Room 8 ...

Target Maths Group in Rm 22 in Term 3 2016

                                                  Target Group for MathsHow to support and scaffold students in Maths (Multiplication and Division & Fractions) to make accelerated progress or gains so that they can work effectively AT THE LEVEL?     ...

School Should Start at 10 am

Why S.P.S should start at 10.amIn my opinion I think S.P.S should start at 10.am. Here are my reasons why.My first reason is that you can get more sleep. If you get more sleep you can get more energy for school. If we start at 9.am we lose more energy and you get tired and sleepy which means kids will fall asleep. Experts say work and school should start at 10.am to improve health and results....

Playing Computer Games

Computer gamesIntroductionIn my opinion I believe that computer games are good and if you don’t know why here are my reasons why.Reason 1Computer games are good because they can be educational for kids and that is what all the kids know now like times table, maths, reading or writing. Would you like your kid already educated? Of course you would so find a educational website and games for your...

Reasons to buy SPS grown herbs.

Why people should buy our product.Link to presentation

Week 1 Term 3 2016 Badminton

Welcome back to Term 3. This week we have been getting back into reading, writing and maths! Our new inquiry statement is 'Talent can get you so far BUT character will make you a champion!" Many students have been learning a lot already this week about others talents. At the end of the week Room 8 got to play badminton. Here are some pictures of students practicing hitting the balloons in the air...

Reasons why you should buy a pyramid planter.

Problem and solutionOur leader: Yasmine,Members : Fineula, Shaniqa, Meliame,Sela ,Georgia Link to presentation

The Successful Businessmen

   The Successful Businessmen By Josh,Francois,Lorenzo,Ashton,Taine,James and Matheus.Link to presentation

A Moment in Time: Botanical Gardens

The Wonderful Botanic GardensI was at Botanic Gardens. We were building a birdhouse.Cassie and I were building the roof while Yasmine,Marie and Harishna built the base of the house. I accidently hit Cassie’s finger with the heavy hammer. OUCH! “That must have hurt!” When we finally finished with the nailing, I soaked the thirsty sponge with water and Cassie nailed the sponge in. After all that...

How Plants Help our Environment

How plants help our environment.Small change for me big change for all.Growing a good idea.Link to presentation

Report Writing: Judy

The Endangered WetaIntroductionWeta’s are endangered! Did you know that there are 70 species of weta? But the bad thing is that 16 species are endangered. Weta’s are the heaviest insects in the world. They are also related to grasshoppers and crickets.AppearanceWeta’s have huge bodies.They have curved tusks and spiny legs.Weta’s also have sharp spikes on their legs,also powerful mandibles to give...

Report Writing: yasmine

SeahorsesIntroductionSeahorses are fish which live in water. There are 54 species worldwide although there are still many more to be discovered. The Latin name for a seahorse is Hippocampus which means horse caterpillar.AppearanceSeahorses have a swim bladder and caudal fins. They also have a long curly tail. Seahorses don’t really have a specific color, they change color quickly and matches with...

Report Writing: Cassie

 Speedy CheetahsIntroductionCheetahs can speed up to 113 kilometers an hour and weight 45-60 kilograms. Also cheetahs are also called the hunting leopard.AppearanceCheetahs have spots and tan fur to camouflage with the dry grass.Also have claws and canine teeth but all big cats have them.DietThey eat gazelles and antelopes.They will also eat any meat which means they are carnivorous....

Assembly

Room 21 Assembly PresentationThanks to all presenters and script writers for  a great assembly.National AnthemMother Earth...

The Pyramid Planting BoxThe pyramid planting box allows us to make maximum use of the space we have available. We can plant more trees in a small space. The different layers increases the space available as we go upwards just like a...

The Pyramid PlanterAfter all the planning and talking construction of the planter finally got underway. A big thank you to Bob the carpenter....

Putting our Learning in Action by setting up a Market Stall in Rm22 in Week 10 of term 2 2016

 Setting up a Market Stall in Rm 22  in Week 10 of term 2The students in Rm 22 decided to set up a market stall in class in week 10 of term 2, to put all their LEARNING on 'Making our Idea Pay' into ACTION...

No-care Garden Terrariums to "Make your Idea pay"

An entrepreneur is someone who has great ideas and understands how to put those ideas to work in a business to provide a product like a terrarium that people will want to buy for their home and pay for it.Our inquiry group made a terrarium for the...

Re-usable bottled Terrarium for 'Making your idea pay'

                       Re-usable bottled Terrariums for Term 2 inquiry on 'Making your idea pay' This is how we went about making our Re-usable bottled Terrariums in our mix-...

Assembly Presentation "Make your idea pay!"

Here is our class assembly presentation in May We all sat on the stage to host our school assembly on 27 May 2016...

Term 2 Week 4 Monday Art with Whaea Dagmar!

In week 4 we have been doing life like paintings of people who have professions or jobs in our society. Room 8 drew pictures of people in our community, also, many of us could become some of these amazing people in the near future!Eti drawing...

Term 2 Week 4 New Students!

It has been a very exciting term so far! There have been new students joining us and they have come from Room 6. These new students have made a great start to the term by transitioning really well. Here are the new students in Room 8!...

Teachers' Market Day to model how to "Make your idea pay"

  My teacher, Mrs Selvom Naidoo modelled how to set up a market stall to sell  a product...

Preparing for the grand opening of the Outdoor Classroom

Look who is the helping hand at getting the job done!                                                  Helping out to...

Installing the Bug Condo in the Native Garden

             Installing the Bug Condo in the Outdoor Classroom in our native gardenLook at the Bug Condo or insect hotel/motel that our inquiry insect group from room 22 planned and designed for our Outdoor Classroom...

Khobi's insect habitat Rap

Khobi's Insect Habitat Rap                                                           ...

Bug Condo and Weta Woodshack plans in Week 9

Here is Amy's choice for an insect hotel for the Te Manawa Bug group                          This is the Bug Condo that we plan to make for our insect garden...

Week 7-Voting for the referendum! New flag or Original flag?

On Tuesday Room 8 went into the hall to vote for either the original flag or the new flag. They got to vote before the election. We will find out which flag will be the winner at the end of the week! It was a great experience shared by all! Here are some pictures!...

Week 6 Inquiry- Small change for me, big change for all!

Week 6This week in Inquiry we have been gathering information about earthworms, composting, compost bins, worm farms and many more facts about our trip to the Botanical Gardens. Room 8 this week have been writing down the answers to our questions! Here are some pictures!...

Mathematics and Writing in Room 8

Week 5Some of us have been learning to add and subtract in tens using materials. Look at some of our pictures =) Also, Rachel and Shylay have finished their writing, check it out! They have publsihed following the writing flower! =)Sincear and Hunter making tens using...

How can we ensure we don't need Mars as our Plan B planet?

Week 5In week 5 we have been planting and creating our own radish and lettuce plants! We have planted them on Monday and we are slowly watching them become lettuce and radishes. We are hoping for more progress this week! =)Here are some pictures of our lettuce and radishes!...

We are now on twitter @t_m_4_2.

Room 8 Students

Week 4Welcome to Room 8's Blog. In week 4 we had a chance to go to the Botanical garden Trip It was incredible! Here are the students in Room 8! Rajinda...

Botanical Gardens Trip

Last week we went to the Botannical gardens. Here are some pictures of us creating compost and looking at worm farms! We had a great time and we would like to thank Paul for showing us around! I hope you enjoy these incredible pictures of our Botanical Gardens trip....

Kicking off sport for 2016

Wk 4 Term 1Where do we begin?  It would seem that sport here at Sylvia Park School has started with a BANG!  At any given lunchtime you can expect to find a group of students training with their coach.  First sport out of the blocks being delivered by Active Sport Auckland is softball....

The Water Cycle - Inquiry

FOCUS STATEMENT:Growing a good ideaFOCUS QUESTION: How can I think GLOBAL and act local to slow climate change? This term for Inquiry we are focussing on saving water to slow climate change.  This week we have been looking at the water cycle to learn where water comes from.  We have found out that...

Welcome to Room 4 2016

Hi Everybody!Welcome to Room 4 2016.  We are a bubbly bunch of Year 2 students from Auckland, NZ.This year we are trialling using Twitter.  We will be uploading photos, videos and sharing our learning via our Twitter account.  You can find us by clicking on this link or looking up our handle @Room4_sps.  Our account is...

️Room 5 2016

TALOFA & Welcome to ️Room 5s blog. We are lucky to have two amazing teachers this year Mrs Key and Whaea Maxx. These are all the Amazing students in room5.We look forward to an Amazing year....

Zaafira explains her class rule

Wiki Mutunga!! Woo hoo!!

Teenaa koutou e hoa maa!!Ko teenei te wiki mutunga o te tau!! Woo hoo!!This is the last week of school for the year!! Woo hoo!!Ko te raa tuku tohu inanahi.Yesterday we had our prizegiving. ...

Building our Inquiry Outcome!

Term 4, Week 10Room 8's taking action by making the fitness trail design that won from the Pohutukawa voting day and worked with Bob to complete the outcome. Great job everyone!...

Fitness Trail

Week 5 Term4We are happy to announce that Room 5's fitness trail idea of the SPIDER ROPE has been voted as the top fitness workout in the Kowhai Team. We are all happy and can't wait to make it for our Sylvia Park Fitness Trail.Our final Class...

Voting for our future Head Leaders!!!

This week was a special week because we all had the chance to vote for next years head students. Exciting times ahead.Special Easy vote Cards...

Kowhai Christmas Party

Week 9 ...Term4...We celebrated our Kowhai Christmas party this week. Children loved it. Day was filled with Fun, Laughter,Love & Food!! Special Thanks to all parents, Ms Liz & Ana MANU for all your help & Support.Year 8'a also had...

Wiki Tuaiwa -Te Poti & Hana Koko!!

Kia ora whaanau!!I te Raapare i haere maatou ki te poti mo te tuakana a taitama me te tuakana a taikootiro.On Thursday we went to vote for head boy and head girl for 2016....

Wiki Tuawaru -Te Mahi Toi

Teenaa koutou e hoa maa!!I te wiki nei i mahi toi maatou i te taha o Whaea Dagmar.This week we did some artwork with Whaea Dagmar.Tuatahi i paanui mai ia i teetahi koorero. I whakaatu mai hoki ngaa pikitia rerekee o ngaa ika i te moana.First she read us a book. We were also shown some different pictures of fish in the ocean....

Winter Wonderland at Sylvia Park Mall

Hi EVERYBODY!On Monday afternoon, we were treated to a super special trip over to Sylvia Park Mall.  They are opening up a Winter Wonderland for Christmas and we got an early sneak peek.  We walked over to the mall after an early lunch.  First we got to meet Santa, we got a cool photo with him and even got to ask him some questions.  He told us Mrs Noble used to be his teacher...

Fitness Course

Hi EVERYBODY!This term we have been learning all about our muscles, keeping fit, pull & push force and much more!  We have used this learning to design a piece of fitness equipment.  In small groups we designed a piece of fitness equipment using iceblock sticks, straws, pipe cleaners, string, beads and milk bottle lids.  We shared our model with our class and gave them a sales...

Wiki Tuawhitu-Utauta Taha Kaha, Te Omaoma

Tēnā koutou e hoa mā!I te wiki nei i whakaritea e maatou ngā tauira mo ngā utauta taha kaha.This week we made some fitness equipment models.Tiitiro mai i ngaa whakaahua.Check out our photos....

Voting and Cross Country!

Week 7, Term 4, 2015This week we finished making our models. We gathered materials and resources and worked together as a team to finish our models. Here are some of the finished designs... Sharrita and her team are complete! Now time to vote....

Making Marvellous Models

Week 6, Term 4, 2015This week we started making our models! First we created an action plan with all the problems that students have with our chosen body part - the arms. Then we came up with an action that related to our inquiry question - How can we use the force to create a successful fitness course? Once we had all agreed on the best action, we designed our own pieces of...

Wiki Tuaono- Takaporepore

Kia ora e hoa maa!!I te Raapa i haere maatou ki te Takaporepore.On Wednesday we had Gymnastics.Tiro mai i ngaa whakaahua.Check out our photos....

Week 6 Inquiry and Art With Whaea Dagmar

Last week we had google expedition where we focused on the 'coral reef'. On Tuesday Whaea Dagmar came in to help Room 7 with their 'clown fish' art. She showed us  how to draw straight lines making sure we use our whole page! Everyone enjoyed it, here are some pictures!...

A Google Expedition

Week 5, Term 4, 2015This week we travelled around the globe (via Google Expeditions). We swam under water with sharks, turtles and humpback whales and we explored Rainforests and the Palace of Versailles. We were so excited we thought it was so real! Thank you Whaea Casey for setting this up for us!...

Wiki Tuarima-Google Expedition

Teenaa koutou e hoa maa!!I te wiki nei i titiro maatou i te 'Google Expedition.'This week we got to look at the 'Google Expedition.'Aanei ngaa whakaahua.Here are some photos....

Wiki Tuawhaa-Kaukau!! (Swimming!!)

Kia ora anoo whaanau!!I tiimata maatou i ngaa akoranga kaukau ki te whare kaukau o Hilton Brown kei Penrose.This week we started swimming lessons at the Hilton Brown swim  school in Penrose....

Sensational Swimming!

Week 4, Term 4, 2015Room 8 have been going to Hilton Brown Swim School everyday for half an hour lessons. We enjoy learning new skills in the water from floating and kicking to freestyle and backstroke. Some of us are beginners and some of us are confident enough to swim lengths of the pool. We love learning how to swim from our instructors.Today I went with Room 8 and Room 6 to go to the pool....

Library & Super Car Visit

Week #4Term#4This week we visited the Library. Esther read us a story and showed us around the library. We were able to read books and issue books out as well.  ...

Gymnastics is Fun!

Week 2 Term 4This week we started Gymnastics. We really enjoyed it. Check out the photos of our first session. ...

Term 4 Week 4 Swimming

In week 4 Room 7 and the rest of Pohutukawa have been enjoying their swimming through out the week! We have been very lucky to have instructors that have helped us become better swimmers! Please remember to bring your togs every day for the rest of the week this week and next week! It has been a blast so far!...

Wiki Tuatoru

Teenaa anoo koutou e te whaanau!!Mo too maatou kaupapa matua i teenei wiki i tirohia maatou mee peehea te kaha o maatou ringa. Aanei te kauwhata kia kite i taa maatou mahi.This week for Inquiry we looked at how strong our arms are. The graph in the photo below shows how many books we could hold in our arms at one time....

Sports Photos and Tamaki Cluster

Term 4, Week 4Last Friday we spent the morning in the hall ensuring that all our sport teams were given the opportunity to have their official photo taken.  It was wonderful to see how many students have been involved in such a wide variety of sporting codes....

Another great week in the studio with our SPS superstar Artists!

Term 4, Week 3Students this week have continued in with their research and development stage in the creative process.  Plans have been laid down and further information, ideas and concepts tried and sought.Rooms 12 and 18 have spent more time working on their cubist fish and birds and trying very hard to make sure their creatures fill up their whole page....

Instructional Writing-How to make a catapult Week 3

Today Room 7 Created and made ice-block popsicle stick catapults. The equipment we used were:

  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 2 jumbo popsicle sticks
  • 3 rubber bands 
  • and cubes or teddy bears to fling around using thrust
Step 1: Place 8 popsicle sticks together stacked up high. Use 2 rubber bands on each side to tie the popsicle sticks together.Step 2: Put the 2...

Niuean Language Week

Term 4Week 1We are all energised and ready to embark on a new Term and last one for the year. This week we celebrated NIUEAN Language Week and hosted assembly alongside Room8 and Miss Leona....

Wiki Tuarua

Teenaa anoo koutou maa!!I te Raatuu i haere maatou ki MindLab. Aanei eetahi whakaahua mai i too maatou haerenga.On Tuesday we went to MindLab. Here are some photos from our trip....

Heading into our final term of Creativity

Term 4, Week 2Term 4 is upon us and yet there is still much more creativity to be had in our studio.  So this is what the next 8 or so weeks is going to look like when my different classes come for their art lessons....Te Ropu O Nga Manukura - Self Portrait: Icons of the EverydayModel Artist: Nigel BrownThe students will create a portrait of a famous person who they are inspired by OR create...

Mindlab and Exciting Experiments!

Week 2, Term 4, 2015This week Room 8 were lucky enough to visit Mindlab in Newmarket to explore our physics learning that links to our inquiry: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. How can we use the force to create a successful fitness course?First we watched the Mindlab teachers make a circuit and then we got to make a circuit with our buddy.How to make a...

BUBBLES!!!

On Wednesday we wrote an explanation on how to blow bubbles.What did we needBubble mixtureWhat did we doWe dipped the stick into the bubble mixture and we blew into the ring of the stick. Heaps of bubbles floated into the air. We were excited. We had fun.Take a look at our pictures....

Term 4, Week 2

Levi has been in Room 2!On Friday we went to assembly. We were sitting up so nicely and listening that we got Levi! We were so excited because we have been trying to win him all year! We have had him in Room 2 for the whole week. We have also had the blue bear with us, who we have called Bluey. We get to hold Levi and Blue Bear when we read a story. It has been fun having him in our room. We love...

Mind Lab Tuesday 20th October 2015

On Tuesday Pohutukawa travelled to Grafton and we visited the Mindlab. The 'Mindlab" is a place where there is lots of incredible fascinating technology for students and adults. We talked about electrons and using electricity to move our lego cars! We learnt how to put batteries in battery holders and we used motors, batteries, lego and tape to make our own motorised lego car. It was fantastic!...

Inquiry Term 4 2015

Hi EVERYBODY!For Inquiry this term we are focusing on "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  How can we use force to make a successful fitness course?" We have been learning about the muscles in our body and how we move them.  This week we learnt about our bicep, quadrilateral and our abdominal muscles.  We learnt that our abdominal muscles are made up from the...

Bailey-Rae read The King's Birthday

Listen to Bailey-Rae read the first half of her guided reading book "The King's Birthday"

Wiki Tuatahi o te Wehenga Tuawhaa

Nau Mai Hoki Mai Whaanau!!Welcome back whaanau!!He aakonga hou anoo taa maatou.We have another new student in our class this week.Ko Tyson teenei. Nau mai, haere mai Tyson!This is Tyson. Welcome to Room 13 Tyson!I whakanuia e maatou te wiki o te reo Niue i teenei...

Term 4 sports has started with a bang!

Term 4 Week 2Term 4 sport has kicked off to a great start with our League Boys representing us with pride at the Interzone competition held on Thursday the 15th October at One Tree Hill Domain.  The tournament had numerous cancellations last term due to wet weather so despite our boys being a bit 'rusty' they rose to the challenge and played their hearts out.  Many thanks to Coach...

GymnasticsOn Wednesday we did gymnastics in the hall. We did skipping, rolling, donkey jumps, jumping over the cones, trying to hold onto two chairs for 5 seconds without touching the ground, kick the ball on the wall 5 times and we crawled under the chairs. We had fun....

Inquiry-For every action there's an equal and opposite reaction

Welcome back Room 7 to the first week of Term 4. We have hit the ground running. During the week we have been focusing on Proportions and ratios (Fractions) when doing mathematics. It has been incredible to watch the improvement during the week! We start the new term with an amazing inquiry topic! The inquiry topic statement is "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" As a class...

Term 4, Week 1

Kia ora whanau!Welcome back to Room 2's blog!It's Term 4 and we are very excited about all the things we get to learn about this term!This term in inquiry, our question is:For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction!How can we use the force to create a successful fitness course?This week in inquiry we have been learning about what parts of our body we use when we play on the...

Gymnastics

This term we have started gymnastics!We got to do lots of fun things like; skipping, jumping, rolling and balancing!...

Week 1, Term 4 2015

2015 - NGA AKORANGA O MUA, HEI AARAHI AA MUA...LEARNING FROM OUR PAST TO LEAD THE FUTURE. Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Namaste, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Bonjour and greetings to you all!Term four inquiryWelcome back to the final term of term four. I hope you have all had a wonderful break with your fabulous children. Our staff has been busy getting ready for this...

Teena koutou te whaanau!!I te tino pukumahi maatou i teenei wiki! Aanei eetahi o a maatou mahi i teenei wiki.We have been busy this week! Here are a couple of things we got up to this week.I mahi maatou te whaanau Pohutukawa i ngaa mahi haakinakina me te korikori tiinana. Tiitiro mai ki eenei whakaahua.In our Pohutukawa whaanau we played some sports & did some fitness work. Check out these...

Our Cross Country Speedsters!

On Wednesday week 10 Mrs Key took 24 students to compete in the Tamaki Cluster Cross Country event. The weather was not very good in the morning but it turned out to be a beautiful day. Our runners did a great job as they had a very tough course to run. It was a long wait for our year 8 students who were in the last 2 races of the day.Everyone who competed did a great job with every runner coming...

Rugby World Cup Week 10

It is the start of the Rugby World Cup. How exciting. Of course the Allblacks are the defending champions. The Rugby World Cup is held in Europe in a variety of places. For example; some games are played in Wales, England, Ireland and Scotland. Room 7 have gotten Japan as their country for the rest of the term so we are really happy about that! Japan beat South Africa 34-32 which is an amazing...

Term 3, Week 10

For the last week of Term 3 we have been learning about the Rugby World Cup. First we looked at a map of where England is and it is very far away. Next we drew a country out of a hat- we got Fiji. Then we looked at a map of where Fiji is. It is about a two hour flight north of New Zealand. We looked at the Fiji uniform. It is white with a palm tree symbol on it. We have looked at which teams have...

The Rugby World Cup

Yesterday we looked at the Irish Rugby team.We coloured rugby jerseys in green and put clovers on the jerseys.We dyed the jerseys green.Our jerseys look great!

Week 9, Term 3 2015

2015 - NGA AKORANGA O MUA, HEI AARAHI AA MUA...LEARNING FROM OUR PAST TO LEAD THE FUTURE. Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Namaste, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Bonjour and greetings to you all!Term 3 Inquiry:  It’s worth the fights for equal rights!  How can we act to make a dramatic impact? Our students really shone as...

Te Whakaaturanga!!

Teenaa koutou katoa!!I te pukumahi maatou i teenei wiki mo ngaa mahi o te whakaaturanga.We have been really busy this week practising for our school production....

How can we act to make a dramatic impact?

Week 9, Term 3, 2015This week the Pohutukawa students performed their production along with the rest of the SPS whanau at City Impact Church. The stage was huge and the kids were ready to share all of their learning through acting to their parents, friends and families. Each student chose what team they wanted to be apart of towards helping to create our production. They could choose from script...

Fight for equal rights

Thank you to all the amazing parents and whanau that came out to watch the truly amazing works of our students. I don't know about you but they taught me a thing or two about learning from the past to lead the future!! ...

Kowhai Art in Term 3

Term 3, Week 8Joan Miro - Proud to be MeLevel 1 - Painting UnitKowhai WhanauOVERVIEWJoan Miro was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893.  He started drawing at the age of 8 and continued on to be one of the world’s most famous abstract artists.   He loved using primary colours plus green and black.  ...

ODD SHOE DAY!!

WEEK 8     TERM #3Friday, September 11, 2015ODD SHOE DAY @ SPS!!Today we celebrated Odd shoe day at Sylvia Park school. Odd shoe day is a day where everyone wears a different pairs of shoes in support for children living with cancer. Everyone is encouraged to take part in this Awesome day and make any kind of donation to an awesome place called Camp Quality who  to bring...

Tamaki Cluster Rugby Tournament

Term 3, Week 8This week the year 5 and 6's participated in the Tamaki Cluster Rugby Tournament.  We entered a yr 5 & 6 girls Rippa team, an under 55's boys team and an open weight (55kg+) boys team.  Our coaches were Coach Mary, Mrs McGarry and Mr Edwards respectively....

Wiki 8

Kia ora mai koutou!!I te pukumahi maatou i teenei wiki kaaore i whai waa ki te aro mai ki teenei mahi o te blog.This week we've been so busy we didn't have time to think about what to blog about.Kei te whakaharatau maatou mo taa maatou whakaaturanga nui aa teeraa wiki.We have been practising for our big production that will be happening next week.Aanei he pikitia o maatou te whaanau Pohutukawa e...

Master Printmaker Alexis Neal visits SPS

Term 3 Week 8We have been so thrilled to have master printmaker Alexis Neal in our art room for the last three days.  She was invited to come in and assist me with editioning the class sets of prints.  We did one on beautiful hahnemuehle paper and also one onto calico. It meant there was a solid 3 day's work but the results are absolutely beautiful....

Room 7 Reading, Writing and Maths

This week we have been focusing on reading our stories and finishing our follow up activities. In our maths we have been focusing on multiplication and division.Here are some students who have finished their maths, reading and writing.       ...

Rugby Tournament

On Wednesday the Year 5 and 6's went to a Rugby tournament where they played ripper rugby and tackle rugby throughout the day!The girls ripper team came 2nd in the tournament.The boys unders rugby team came 5th in the tournament.The boys over rugby team came 2nd in the tournament.All in all the tournament was a success and the children really enjoyed their time....

Multiplication in Maths

 Week 8, Term 3, 2015This term in maths we have been learning new strategies of how to solve multiplication and division problems.We have been learning to use repeated addition to solve multiplication problems and learn our times tables.We have been learning how to solve...

Celebrating TONGAN Language Week

Week#7 Term #3This week we celebrated Tongan Language WeekSo much Colour,food and music shared by our TONGAN community. Students from Kowhai came dressed on FRIDAY in their TONGAN Attire. Great way to end the week with assembly being hosted by the Tongan Whanau.Check out the pictures ...

Te Wiki o Te Reo Tonga

Malo e lelei e hoa maa!!I whakanuia e maatou te wiki o te reo Tonga i teenei wiki.This week we celebrated Tongan Language Week.Noo Tonga a E (too maatou kaiaawhina)E (our teacher aide) is from Tonga.Kei te kakahu a Van raaua ko E i ngaa kaakahu noo Tonga.Van and E are dressed...

Ready Set Go! Week 7

This week we went to Ready, Set, Go! It was fanatastic because we learnt how to throw a ball by using our opposite hand to aim!After that we played a game where we had to throw a toy and get it into the hoop!Check out some pictures!...

Room 7 and there Achievements!

Week 7This week the Hexagons have been focusing on skip counting in 5's and learning our 5 times tables. Look at Noahs progress!Noah working on his five times tables. He knows his  5 times tables to 12. He's got proof!...

Get Set Go!

This term we have had Get Set Go every Wednesday.We have been learning how to catch and throw.This Wednesday, we were throwing and catching the bean bags (Abi). We threw the bean bags into the hoops.We were in 2 groups and we threw the bean bags to each other (Deijah and Corjzae)We also threw the ball to the other kids around the circle (Siah). We all held hands and made a big circle (Deijah and...

Getting ready for the production and onto portfolio work

Week 7: Term 3This week we have been busy getting for our production in our production the groups.Zaafira: I have been reading my lines in the acting group.Yunas: I have been using expression in the acting group.Harlem: I have been learning about where Kate Shepard came from.Vanessa: I have been designing costumes for Kate Sheppard.Bailey-Rae: I have been learning to design some costumes.We have...

Intermediate Challenge Netball Tournament

T3 Wk 6On Sunday 30th August the Yr 8 mixed netball team participated in the AMI Auckland Intermediate Challenge Netball tournament.   The weather was dodgy but thankfully we managed to miss most of the big downpours.  The team played some solid netball and were definitely put to the test as they came up against some pretty tough competition from schools such as Te Atatu Intermediate,...

Aakonga hou, Koorero Taki me te Raa Daffodil

Teena koutou e hoa maa!!Aakonga HouHe aakonga hou anoo kua haere mai i too maatou whaanau o Te Puna Waiora. We have another new student who joined our whaanau in Te Puna Waiora this week.Ko Miliana teenei.This is Miliana.Nau mai, haere mai Miliana!!Welcome Miliana!!Ngaa...

Top 4 Speeches in Room 7

On Wednesday Pohutukawa had a speech competition between Room 13, Room 7, Room 6 and Room 8. There was some amazing Speeches. All of the speeches were persuasive. Here are some photo's of Room 7's speech competitors.Welldone to Amelia, Blake, Hohepa and San Jose for competing and doing a great speech!...

Daffodil Day

Today it was Daffodil Day.Daffodil Day is all about people who are sick and have Cancer (Isla).We wore yellow clothes to school and we also got a yellow daffodil to wear on our t-shirts. We looked great in our yellow!...

Learning to edition our Prints

 T3 Wk 6This week in the art room we have been learning the importance of editioning our prints. Pairing all the students this week has proved very successful in producing lovely clean prints - no more dirty finger marks on the edges of our prints! For our Yr 7 and 8...

Art with Whaea Dagmar and Nadia's Birthday

Week 6: Term 3On Monday Whaea Dagmar came to room 4 to do art with us. - Joe KenWe had lots of fun doing art with Whaea Dagmar because we like art. - JamesWe learned how to make shapes that we already know how to draw. - ZaafiraWe did some shapes and looked at how Joan Miro painted. - HikairoWe drew ourselves but it wasn't like us. - JamesWe drew funny faces. - Miracle...

Term 3 so far!

Term 3We have had a busy term so far doing lots of learning! Here are just a few of the things we have been up to!InquiryIn inquiry we have been learning about things being unfair and fair (Emmanuel).We read a story about the Sneetches. The Sneetches were sad because they didn't have stars on their bellies, and the sneetches with stars left the others out. We learnt that it doesn't matter if...

Yummy for our Tummy!!

Week#5 Term#3This week we were lucky enough to have some awesome talented Chefs come in and share with is some easy to make healthy meals.Check out our pics ... The food was delicious✌️👌Chefs preparing ...

Special Visitors

Week 5, Term 3, 2015This week we had a special visit from some chefs that brought in healthy snacks we could make at home for lunch. We had wraps with lettuce, carrot, capsicum, pork and cabbage all wrapped up in a soft tortilla. We also had muesli with fruit and yoghurt. The food was delicious! ...

Hohepa's Speech

Hot off the Press!

T 3 Wk 5The press has been put to great use this week as both Te Manawa and Te Ropu o Nga Manakura students have been learning how to ink their plates and put them through the press.  The energy levels have been high as students see their plates printed for the first time.  The students faces and responses have been just delightful as they peel back their plates - lots of gasps and...

Paraihe & Kai Pai, Kai Hauora!!

Teenaa koutou e hoa maa!!I te wiki nei i whiwhi maatou i ngaa paraihe mai i te Fun Run. Tino harikoa maatou kua whiwhi paraihe!!This week we finally got our prizes from the Fun Run event we had last term. We were very happy we finally got our prizes.I haere mai...

On Tuesday we did art with Whaea Dagmar. We looked at the the work of Joan Miro. We drew a funny  person. We drew a variety of designs. We enjoyed painting our funny pictures....

Jordayne reviews Let's Dance

Jordayne reviews Big Cats

Persuasive Texts and The Netball World Cup

Week 5: Term 3This term we have been learning how to write persuasive texts. Today we annotated our exemplar that we can use to help us when we are writing. We each had one key part to a persuasive text...

ROOM XV: More Persuasive Language!

ROOM XV: More Persuasive Language!Did you know nearly everyday lots of people are speaking Te Reo incorrectly?FACT:Te Reo Maori is losing its tradition and language.I think people should start learning Te Reo Maori. Because some Maori  and others cannot speak full Maori. For example Maori names are being pronounced incorrectly on purpose. That's why I think people should learn more...

ROOM XV TERM 3: PERSUASIVE SPEECHES!

ROOM XVTERM 3:PERSUASIVE SPEECHES!Room XV have been writing speeches this term to convince others of their point of view. Harishna’s speech tells certainly has a point of view.Enjoy.Why Owners’ Must Take Control of Their Cats?Would you like it if all birds were extinct? Well I’m sure you wouldn’t like it. Cats are almost everywhere in the world, hunting lovely,delicate birds. How will they...

What a Super Week!

Week 4, Term 3, 2015 Today we were invited to watch Room 17s mini inquiry as they answered their 'I wonder' questions through performing by acting or singing. They all had important messages about equality and the importance of being equal....

ROOM XV: Run, Jump, Throw!

ROOM XV:Run, Jump, Throw!Ready, Set, Go!The relay is on!Room XV, along with their awesome instructor Eric, have been on a...

Kayzin/Get Set, Go/Aahuatanga

Teenaa koutou e hoa maa!!I teenei wiki i tiimata a Kayzin i te kura. Ko Kayzin te teina o Cyrus.This week Kayzin started school with us. Kayzin is Cyrus' brother.Nau mai, haere mai Kayzin!Welcome Kayzin!Get Set, Go!Aanei ngaa whakaahua mai i too maatou mahi i te...

Prepping and Printing

Term 3 Week 4This week has seen a flurry of activity as the students across Te Manawa and TRONM have spent their art times prepping their 'plates' and for some students getting to finally print.Te Manawa have spent their time this week doing the final preparations on their...

EZ Boys League

Week 4 Term 3What a great week of sport!  Mrs Key and I are blown away by the commitment, drive and passion that our students show when they represent our school in sports. ...

Learning about Equality through drama...

Week 4 - Term 3This terms inquiry is all about equality and "How can we act to make a dramatic impact?"In room 4 we have been looking at equal rights for women, in particular Kate Sheppard's role in New Zealand being the first country to allow women to vote in the general elections. We have also looked at gender equality in sport and why male sport players are often paid more than women. We...

SPS NETBALL SUPERSTARS!

Week 4 - Term 3On Wednesday Mrs Key took 3 netball teams to the Tamaki Cluster Netball Tournament. We had one yr 5 team, one yr 6 team and one yr 8 team.All the teams played with outstanding skill and gave 100% effort in all of their games.All our teams came away with great results.The year 8 team came WON their grade.The year 6 team came THIRD in their grade.The year 5 team came SECOND in their...

Term 3, Week 2 2015

2015 - NGA AKORANGA O MUA, HEI AARAHI AA MUA...LEARNING FROM OUR PAST TO LEAD THE FUTURE. Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Namaste, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Bonjour and greetings to you all!Term 3 Inquiry:  It’s worth the fights for equal rights!  How can we act to make a dramatic impact? In the Kowhai team we have...

Term3 WEEK#3

Term 3 Week#3This week we have introduced IPad licences .. In order to use an iPad you need to earn it. Check out our licences ...

ROOM XV: PERSUASIVE WRITING, INQUIRY STYLE!

ROOM XV:PERSUASIVE WRITING, INQUIRY STYLE!This term in inquiry Room XV has been learning about human rights and how we should all be treated equally.Tufele has written an impassioned speech about his thoughts and feeling on equality. I trust you will find it very persuasive. Should the world be equal?I think that all people in the world should be treated as equals. How would you feel if you...

Folau's birthday party

On Friday we had a special party for Folau....

Term 3

This term we have so many new students in Room 1 that have started at Sylvia Park School.Here's what we have been learning about in Room 1.In Maths we have started to use the iPads to help us recognise our numbers....

Ngaa Mahi o te Wiki Tuatoru

TEENA KOUTOU KATOA!!He maha ngaa mahi i mahia e maatou i teenei wiki. Aanei eetahi whakaahua hei whakaatu i a maatou mahi.We did a lot of different things this week in our class. Here are some photos to show you a couple of the things we got up to.KAUPAPA MATUAMo te Kaupapa Matua i tirohia maatou i ngaa Tikanga  me ngaa Hoonore. I mahi maatou i teetahi ngohe hei whakaaro maa maatou.For...

Introducing our fabulous new press!

T3 Wk 3It has been so wonderful to have our new press installed in the art room.  A huge thanks to Mr Cairns and some of his Service Academy students for travelling to Whangerei to pick it up.  We also need to thank Bob for re-assembling it all and building the secure base and step.  I couldn't have done it without you all! ...

Eastern Zone Netball

Week 3 - Term 3This week 26 Year 7 and 8s went out to the Eastern Zone Netball Tournament.The Yr 8 girls had some tough competition with their first round game against Baradene. They were coached and managed by Chook who made some great changes throughout the day and the girls finished on a win.The Yr 7 girls were coached by Mary and they also did a great job throughout the day. Sharon was a...

Book Club in Pohutukawa!

Week 3, Term 3, 2015 This week in Room 8, Miss Leona started 'The Book Club' for students in Pohutukawa to bring along the books they are reading in class and read to a buddy. The students came from Rooms 6, 7, 8 and 13. Once they had read their book to a buddy or even by themselves, they played reading games where the students from Room 8 taught them how to play. The Book Club is open...

ROOM XV TERM 3: PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE IN ACTION!

ROOM XVTERM 3:PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE IN ACTION!This term Room XV is focusing on persuasive writing and putting it into speech form.Harishna, wanting her reading group the Takehe to perform a play on ‘Fun Friday,’ wrote a persuasive piece of writing...

Get, set, go and Inquiry!

Week 2, Term 3, 2015On Monday we did Get, Set, Go! at 2 o'clock with our nice coach, Georgia. First we were doing a warm up game, Room 8 had to find a space and we had to copy when we did star jumps, jumping, sit ups, running and also we stretched. Then we played a game called 'Frog catch the flies'. I was a frog an we were not allowed to jump off the lily pads. By Revelation...

Te Wiki o te Reo Maaori!!

Teena koutou e hoa maa!!I teenei wiki i whakanuia e maatou te wiki o te Reo Maaori, ahakoa ka whakanuia ia raa, ia raa.This week we celebrated Maaori Language Week. In Te Puna Waiora we celebrate it every day.Naa Te Puna Waiora anoo i whakahaere te hui-aa-kura i teenei wiki. Aanei teetahi whakaaturanga i whakaatu maatou.Te Puna Waiora hosted assembly this week. Here's an item we performed.Ko...

Designing our quilt squares

T3 Wk2This week the students have all become more confident in manipulating and creating their quilt designs.  For some students they have been learning how to hold and cut with scissors correctly.  One of the success criteria was that the shapes had to be cut perfectly in order for them to fit within the square template.  Students were encouraged not to rush this crucial step....

Trials and a Sunday Netball Tournament

T3 Wk2Term 3 sports has started with a bang with the boys league team trialling and training for the Eastern Zone competition.   We also had the Eastern Zone netball teams hitting the court in anticipation of their tournament in week 3 at AMI Netball courts in St Johns....

Social Experiment in Room 8

Week 1, Term 3, 2015On Tuesday Room 8 did a social experiment. We did it because it links to our inquiry. The boys got to play games, sit on the chairs, the benches and the bean bags. We also got to do everything first. It was awesome and cool but the...

Ngaa mahi o te wiki tuatahi (Week 1 of Term 3)

Teenaa koutou!!Nau mai, hoki mai ki te waahanga tuatoru!!Welcome to Term 3!!Aakonga HouTokorua ngaa aakonga kua tae mai i too maatou whaanau.We have two new students who joined our class this week.Ko Keana teenei....

Freedom Quilts

T3 Wk 1Introducing Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.With term 3's inquiry focus centered around equal rights the students in art are going to be inspired by the incredible story of Harriet Tubman.Harriet Tubman became famous as a “conductor” on the Underground...

Room XV: Fun Run INQUIRY IN ACTION!

Room XV:Fun RunINQUIRY IN ACTION!Chloe and Vai smiling all the way!Room XV powered through an amazing fun run, showing that they had learnt that they must put into practice what they learn in the classroom. After learning about the need to exercise, eat right and be...

Room 2s Assembly!

Room 2s AssemblyAt the end of last term, we led our own assembly!It was really really cool! We loved being up on stage!We did a dance about food groups and we showed our food group artwork. We had lots of fun!We were brave and we spoke in the microphone....

Term 3, Week 1 2015

2015 - NGA AKORANGA O MUA, HEI AARAHI AA MUA...LEARNING FROM OUR PAST TO LEAD THE FUTURE. Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Namaste, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Bonjour and greetings to you all!Term 3 Inquiry:  It’s worth the fights for equal rights!  How can we act to make a dramatic impact? ...

On Tuesday we had our fun run. We ran around the top field and then we  ran up to Savage park. Then we ran all the way to top field. We ran to the finish line. We felt tired. We enjoyed the fun run....

Te Omaoma me te Kaupapa Matua (Fun Run & Inquiry Displays)

Kia ora whaanau!!I teenei wiki i omaoma maatou mo te Adidas School Fun Run.This week we took part in the Adidas School Fun Run.Aanei ngaa pikitia mai i taua raa.Here are some pictures from that day....

Finishing off inquiry with an AMAZING FUN RUN!

Week 11 - Term 2To finish off inquiry this term we had an exciting fun run. The Kowhai team were the 'Kowhai Minions' and everyone tried their very best, even the teachers were out of breath at the end. We fundraised and made a lot of money to go towards our very own school fitness trail. ...

Interesting Inquiry

Week 10, Term 2, 2015This week during inquiry we finished creating our outcome of sharing information with the community about how to be healthy and facts that they may not know. We asked questions we wanted to find out about, categorised them, chose what group we wanted to be in, researched the information and then we decided how we wanted to share the information with our community and whanau....

Aakonga Hou Anoo me te Netipooro (Another New Student & Netball)

Teena koutou e te whaanau!!I te wiki nei i tiimata teetahi tama anoo i te kura. Ko ia te iramutu o teetahi o ngaa tuakana o Te Puna Waiora.This week we had another new student join our class. He is the nephew of one of our tuakana from Te Puna Waiora.Ko Jerome...

Planting with Miss Naidoo

We have been learning about fruit and vegetables. Miss Naidoo helped us to decide what is a fruit and what is a vegetable?When we cut them in half we could see if they had seeds!...

Goodbye Miss Mclachlan, we will miss you!

Week 10: Term 2This week we say goodbye to our student teacher Miss Mclachlan. We have loved having her in room 4 and we wish her all the best for her teaching career.DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK AND VISIT US!Love Room 4

Try it Out Thursday

TRY-IT-OUT THURSDAY REFLECTION.

  1. What went well?
Alot of things went extremely well, for instance everyone in the small room had a great time dancing. It was an honor to see that many of the students that were dancing in the end went at their full potential. It was great to see, that everyone had a great time. We all danced to favorite songs, and doing hard to learn...

Writing: A Moment In Time

This term we have been focusing on some descriptive writing.  We had many exceptional pieces of writing from our students. Here is one example.CAMP Day 2015“Yes” I said to myself, (in an exciting way) "I’m going to camp now."My group was the Assassin’s. It was Stefan, Analeigh, Shazana, Caleb,Zachary, Maka, Anahere, Rima, my best friend Prashneel and Myself. When I got there,the place looked...

Enviro Kids Week 10 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!This week the Enviro Kids created their mini hanging gardens.We got our half bottles from Mrs Hart and drew faces on them.Then we pushed the string through the little holes at the sides and tied it to make the handle....

Enviro Kids Week 9 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!This week the Enviro Kids have been doing some planning for next week's activities.Mrs Hart had a good idea! We could make small gardens to take home and eat the sprouts that we grow.We will be planting some cut off milk bottles to create a hanging garden. We will be putting potting mix into the bottles and some seeds. We have been given the challenge of finding something that...

Aakonga Hou!! (New Student)

Teenaa koutou!!I teenei wiki i tae mai teetahi tama hei noho i too maatou taha mo te kura.This week we had a new student start school. He's joined us in Room 13.Ko Muzik toona ingoa.His name is Muzik.Nau mai, haere mai Muzik!!Pai ki te tuutaki i a koe!!

Life Sized Art!

Week 9, Term 2, 2015This week we were very busy finishing our art work. We used different colours to fill in our patterns, shapes and drawings of our favourite fruit and vegetables.We had to pose as if we were doing our favourite sport or game for Whaea Dagmar to trace around. Here are some finished pieces!...

Constructing our 'sporting scene'

T2 Wk 9Today marked the last day of 'constructing our sporting scene'.  This meant that all the drawing with wire needed to be completed in order for the students to install their 'sporting scenes' in their classrooms next week. ...

Shapes and Patterns

T2 Wk 9We have had a blast this week with our extended time in the art room.  With the added extra hour the students have been able to complete the painting of their 12 - 14 shapes.  The first layer of colour was applied thinly to ensure quick drying.  The students were then encouraged to add either hot or cold colour patterns over the top....

Life Education... Shave for a Cure!

Week 8 Term 2This week we were lucky enough to have the life education Van come and visit us here at Sylvia Park School.It was so good to see Harold The Giraffe and learn about all the different way we can look after our bodies. ...

On the go in Room 5

Week 7 Term2 This week we had football with Dan. We had a indoor game which was really fun...

Haro!! -Harold & Life Education

Kia ora mai koutou!!I te Raamere i tuutaki maatou i a Haro te tiirawha. I whakaako mai e ia me tana hoa o Nicola i ngaa mea hei whakahauora ai taatou te tangata.On Thursday we got to meet Harold the Giraffe and his friend Nicola in the Life Education caravan. They taught us some things about being healthy and keeping our bodies clean.Aanei eetahi whakaahua mai i te hui.Here are some photos of our...

Art & A Caravan!

Week 8, Term 2, 2015On Tuesday we did Art with Whaea Dagmar. We drew pictures of our favourite fruit and vegetables. Tale  ...

Comparing the lengths of our teddy bears.

We are learning how to measure and compare lengths using cubes. We worked with a partner. First we drew our teddy bears. Next we measured our teddy bear with cubes. We looked to see whose teddy bear was longer or shorter. ...

Angel shares her writing

Fast and Furious with Paint

T2 Week 8Te Manawa have hit the paint and brushes this week and seeing our lessons are only one hour in duration it was definitely a case of 'fast and furious'!  Not to be out done we are going to all look forward to the luxury of a two hour lesson next week.  This will mean that we will get all our painting done in anticipation for assembling in week 10....

Constructing our sculpture installation

T2 Week 8It's crunch time as the students head into the last 2 to 3 weeks of term 2.  They have only one more week to construct all their different sporting elements and then by week 10 it will be time to install and photograph. ...

Eastern Zone Rugby

T2 Week 8This week was a busy one for SPS sports teams.  On Tuesday the Eastern Zone Rugby tournament was held at Dunkirk Reserve.  We were able to enter an open girls' team, an open boys' team and an unders' team.  We were the school with the most represented teams entered - a great achievement!...

Enviro Kids Week 8 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!The Enviro Kids have been very busy in the gardens this week.They planted some more spinach in the gardens with the spring onions. And did a little weeding at the same time....

Enviro Kids Week 7 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!Due to the stormy weather the Enviro Kids have not been able to get out much this week.They did get to harvest some more spinach, however, and give it to Room 6 to take home and share with their whanau.Nice sharing Enviro Kids!

ROOM XV: ‘TRY-IT-THURSDAY’ EXTREME!

ROOM XV:‘TRY-IT-THURSDAY’ EXTREME!Some students chose 'extreme fitness!'On a fun Thursday SPS did an extreme ‘Try it Thursday’ to socialise with people in my group, even the teacher, and also to learn new skills.First, Mr Cowlrick did the role, then Room XV lined up...

Room 4 Inquiry - Richie McCaw

Try-it-out Thursday!

For Try it out Thursday a group of awesome Sylvia Park Students decided that they wanted to choose the 'family time is prime time' class for their activity.The students worked as a team to make fruit kebabs. The older students acting as parents to help the younger students learn how to chop all sorts of fruit and put them safely onto skewers. They all made fruit kebabs and talked about how fun it...

Welcome Miss Naidoo to Room 1

Miss Naidoo is going to be in our class till the end of the term!We are very happy to have her helping out in Room 1.We look forward to her helping us with assembly next week.Parents remember to come along and watch us up on the stage. When? Friday...

Riipoata Kuri -(Information Report on Dogs)

Teenaa koutou!!I teenei wiki i tuhi riipoata maatou. Ko te kaupapa ko ngaa kurii.This week we wrote Information Reports about Dogs.Aanei aa maatou tuhinga kua taa.Here is our writing that we have published....

Room XV: Report Gurus

BIG CATS: A REPORTTufele, like all of Room XV has been working on his report writing skills. Here is Tufele's report on 'Big Cats,' a subject close to his heart.Big cats are mostly found in Africa, nearly every single zoo has some pumas, cheetahs, lions, tigers or leopards.Cheetahs are the fastest big cats in the whole world. They are faster than Usain Bolt. Cheetahs are found in Africa and they...

Try it out Thursday

On Thursday afternoon we did a variety of fitness and physical activities. We were put into groups. . We worked with children from different classes. Bailey, Rico ,Savanah and Dehztanee played passes. It was fun.  Walton, Taimai, Cathedral and Presley climbed up the spider web, went through the tunnel and on the flying fox. They had fun and felt really fit. Hineira, Rosaline, KC,...

Preparation is key!

T2 Wk 7Time is of the essence as we start to hit the business end of Term 2.  Including this week the students only have 4 lessons left to create their wire sculpture installation.  Therefore it was critical this week that they used their time wisely to get all their main ideas down - with pencil in hand - to begin next week with drawing in wire.         ...

Our new uniforms

T2 Wk 7Just a short and sweet post to say 'how cool do our Yr 6 Sylvia Ferns look in their new netball uniforms!'    They look more than cool....they look sensational!...

Rewalking the Allied escape route 1941

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Different shapes and sizes

T2 Wk 7This week the students are really focusing on arranging their shapes in not only an interesting way but always the most efficient use of space on the page.  This is not as simple as one might think!  But it's been lovely to hear the students exclamations of surprise when, once they have started to cut out the shapes with their scissors, they find shapes within a shape. There have...

What are these children doing?

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Delos

An absolutely fascinating day was spent wandering among the ruins on this now barren island. There were...

Inquiry Groups

Week 6, Term 2, 2015Last week we came up with our own questions we wanted to ask and find out about. This week we organised our inquiry questions into five different categories. 

  • Sugar
  • Nutrients
  • Exercise
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Being Healthy
Our Inquiry leaders for the inquiry groups this term are:
  • Ali
  • Fine
  • Wils
  • Amy...

A Q & A session from Samos

1 What are these trees with the little orange flowers, and the yellow fruit?  Clue they are actively farmed on this fertile island ...

On Wednesday we played soccer in the hall with coach Daniel. We could not play outside because it was raining. We got into four teams. We had a blue team, a red team, a yellow team and a green team.. The green team kicked the most number of goals.  It was fun playing soccer in the hall....

Term 2, Week 6 2015

Term 2, Week 6 2015NGA AKORANGA O MUA, HEI AARAHI AA MUA...LEARNING FROM OUR PAST TO LEAD THE FUTURE. Well, we've had another amazing week at Sylvia Park.  Last Friday we joined the food revolution day that has been inspired by Jamie Oliver.  The aim was for students around the world to learn about food...

Rugby trials are all go!

T2 Wk 6The Eastern Zone Rugby trials were held this week up on the top fields.  Both girls and boys were out in force which was great to see.  Mr Timo put the girls through their paces and he commented on how open and responsive the girls are to playing a new game.  Great stuff girls!...

Arranging shapes on my page

T2 Wk 6WALHT arrange our shapes together on our page. ...

Drawing with wire

T2 Wk 6Making the 3D wire sculpture  WALHT record and arrange movement as a SHAPE.  ...

Enviro Kids Week 6 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!This week the Enviro Kids have been investigating pests that can attack mint.We looked at the Tui Gardening website to try to identify the pest that is eating our mint.We think it might be mites and we are now trying to find the best way of dealing with them....

Visit to Tamaki College

On Friday the 22nd of May we visited Tamaki College to to participate in some physical challenges.We did not know what to expect. It was going to be a surprise. We started the morning by doing some warm ups and stretches in the gym. Next we were divided into groups of 3. We then entered the fitness gym where we saw a variety of gym equipment: weights, cycles, rowing machines and some that we did...

ROOM XV: The Sugar Report

ROOM XV:The Sugar ReportRoom XV is currently learning to write reports in our writing time; we are also learning to understand how sugar, in particular how too much sugar effects the body. Room XV is looking to become apart of the healthy food revolution and make our learning count!...

Naxos 2

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Enviro Kids Week 4 and 5 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau! We hope you have had a chance to spend some time in your gardens over the last two weeks. We have found that the rain is really helping our spinach and silverbeet.This week we did a lot of maintenance on our gardens and worm farm. We fed the worms some juicy rotten left over fruit and made sure they  had some paper too. We checked on our beetroot and pulled out any weeds...

Measurement

In Room 1 we have been learning about measurement.We talked about who had the longest worm and who had the shortest worm.We came up with some other words to describe our worms: fat, skinny, long, short, wide, tall....

Naxos

Big walk mostly in fertile valley. Stella our guide was full of good advice "Smile -it's the music of the soul" "worry is like a rocking chair it fills in the time but gets you nowhere"...

Room 8 Girls at Netball

Week 5, Term 2, 2015This term we have Lucia and Jaeda from Room 8 who have joined the Year 3 and 4 netball team. They practise every week and play games at AMI Netball courts on Thursday after school.This week was their first game of the season and they played Remuera Primary. This was also their very FIRST real netball game....

Football first a second time

Coach Dan is back!!!! And he didn't let the rought weather stop him from taking room 6 for another fantastic lesson in football.Our class was split into 3 teams and were given a chance to use their skills from last session in a game,All the kids had a 'ball' with plenty of goals scored and no hollywoods :) ...

Food revolution day!!!

Sylvia Park school is very lucky and proud to take part in a fantastic event! Food Revolution day is an event here schools can take part and get food educated!!! Jostle by none other than Jamie Oliver!!!...

Art with Whaea Dagmar

Kia Ora WhanauWe are very lucky to have art this term! Whaea Dagmar has come to work with Pohutukawa and is starting in room 6. We are using art to show what we know about healthy eating. Our kids were able to show through art their favourite...

Term 2

Welcome back Whanau! It has been awhile since we last posted as we have jumped head on into this term! Here is what we have been upto since returning from our school holidays.First thing is football first!!! We have started the term with...

A fabulous walk

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Food Revolution Day!

FOOD REVOLUTION DAY!!!In Inquiry, We've been learning about healthy food and unhealthy food. Last Friday we had Food Revolution Day!! We watched a video of Jamie Oliver and he showed us how to make a sandwich. Then we made one ourselves!First we smashed and squashed some...

Guest Speakers: Nettie Norman

Term 2, Week 5This week at assembly our student leaders (Annaleigh, Milania, Isaiah, Samuel) interviewed another special guest - another fantastic example of someone who has fun and keeps fit! Nettie Norman came to speak to SPS about what she is enjoys about her career in...

Sugar Experiment!

Term 2, Week 5This week in inquiry, we started looking at what is REALLY in the drinks we choose to drink. We had a range of drinks to choose from and made predictions of how many teaspoons of sugar were in the drinks we chose.Then we learned how to read the food label...

The human body is AMAZING!

T2 Wk 5This week we began our lesson by looking more carefully at some of the more interesting facts to do with human proportion.  The students particularly liked the fact that your foot fits into the length of your forearm.  We discussed further ideas - how long the arms and legs are, how wide is the torso, how many heads are in the body, etc.  Also the joints...

Exploring movement and recording it as a shape

 T2 Wk 5This week the Yr 5 and 6 students have spent time researching the many of the basic elements that make up their chosen sport. The groups brainstormed all the different things involved with their sport- equipment, number of players, field or place, how the game is played etc- everything they could think of. ...

Eastern Zone Soccer Tournaments

T2 Wk 5This week our Yr 7 & 8’s soccer teams represented SPS at the Eastern Zone Soccer Tournaments.  The girls had a great day out on Tuesday with Mr C.  They had wins to both Bailey Road and Tamaki Schools and narrow losses to Churchill Park and Glendowie Schools.   In the quarterfinals they were tied at full time, which then resulted in a penalty shoot out.  They...

Playing soccer with Coach

On Wednesday we played stuck in the mud as a warm up game. Then we played soccer with coach Daniel. We got into two teams. Each team wore a different colour bib so we would know which team we were in. It was fun to run  and kick the ball. We are getting better at playing soccer. Bailey was our star player....

Healthy eating

So glad to hear that the Jamie Oliver food day was such a success. There are heaps of olive trees here. Notice that Trunks are whitewashed to keep the insects off the tree.

Santorini

Santorini is an old cauldera. The sea has penetrated one side of the cauldera and we were on the remaining bit.

Room XV: FITNESS IN ACTION!

Room XV:FITNESS IN ACTION!Armel in action on the monkey barsOn Thursday of Week 3 T Manawa did a strength and fitness test, as part of our inquiry. Firstly, Room XV lined up doing the amazing burpees. Half the class went first, and the second half followed....

Paros

Next day travelled by big ferry to Paros -a lovely island. Can you see me walking on the beach? And look what we found on the side of the road - yes poppies!...

In Greece 2015

Good day Sylvia Park. This is my very first blog from Greece. It's a very old country. Athens is the capital city and the most famous building is the Acropolis -a very, very old temple over 2000years old.and in this picture you can see the remains of...

Room XV: JUNIOR BLACK STICKS!

Room XV:JUNIOR BLACK STICKS! Room XV in hockey-action!This week Room XV has been learning how to play hockey. Our coach’s name is Lydia. She has been teaching Room XV how to play hockey for four incredible weeks....

FOOD REVOLUTION DAY

Our inquiry focus for this term is " How can we make this place a healthy space?" During weeks 3 and 4 we spent time looking at what we do to keep physically fit. During this time students had to work individually or in teams to complete a number of physical and mental challenges. We also looked at what we need to put into our bodies to keep healthy and fit. On Friday the 15th of May...

Food Revolution!!

Term2Week4This week we took part in the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day.First we watched a Video that explained what we were going to do....

Introducing: SYLVIA'S SUPER FOURS...

On Thursday night, a mixed year 3 and 4 team started playing in the AMI Future Ferns competition. They play a modified game of netball after a short skill session.Their coaches, Whaea Reta and Whaea Kylie were so impressed with their first game.They had some tough competition against St Michaels but all the students played their best and were great sportspeople on the day.We can't wait for...

CAMP 2015: LAKEWOOD LODGE

Week 2 of this term saw the Year eight students go to  Lakewood lodge for our annual camp.Besides having fun it was a time for bonding and overcoming mental and physical challenges.Our student lived up to our high expectations and did us proud. The survival day which started at 9am and finished at 8pm provided a true test of character for our students.Here are some photograph showing our...

Food Revolution Day at SPS!

Week 4, Term 2, 2015 Squash It SandwichBy Jaeda On Friday we had a very cool 'Food Revolution day'. We made a 'Squash It Sandwich', it was very tasty. I think I liked it the most. The ingredients we used were radishes, cauliflower, apples,...

Food Revolution Day!

Term 2, Week 4Today we participated in the global "FOOD REVOLUTION" movement started by none other than Chef Extraordinaire: Jamie Oliver!We signed up as...

It was Food Revolution day on Friday 15th May 2015 at Sylvia Park School. We made squashed sandwiches. We used carrots, apples, cauliflower, cucumbers, radish, capsicum herbs, seeds, parsley,and brown bread. We put the veggies and salad stuff in a dish cloth and we smashed it with a block. Then we put it on the bread. We put a slice of cheese on  top of the veggies. Then we ...

Art and Sports with Frank Stella

 T2 Wk 4  This week rooms 14, 15, 16 and 17 have launched into learning all about sculpture and the American Painter/Sculptor Frank Stella.  We began all the lessons with a brainstorm around the question ‘what does sculpture mean to me?’ Here are all of their responses…....

Winter codes are in full swing!

T2 Wk 4This week we had Coaches James and Ryan from Auckland Rugby League come in to take the Yr 5 and 6 boys for a training session.  The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned some good attacking and defensive skills.  The Tamaki Cluster League tournament will be in Week 6 at Mt Wellington Reserve....

Football

We have been learning to play football with Daniel.Daniel let us warm up with a running game.Green means...

ROOM XV - Blogging in action!

ROOM XV:BLOGGING IN ACTION!Tupou shows how blogs are written and created, with her marvellous, un-edited blog about ‘Art with Whaea Dagmar.’Tupou's fantastic blog, part 1....

2000 & Fit-teen!

Week 3, Term 2, 2015This week we started 'Football First' with coach Dan. We played warm up games and learned new 'football' skills or as we like to call it 'soccer'. We also got split into four teams and played games of football on Savage Park....

Football

Term2Week 3This week we started Football.We started with quick drills then a class game. We enjoyed the traffic light Game....

Maths Warm-Up

Term 2, Week 3We have been using a range of maths warm-up activities in Hub 2021 and they have been F-U-N!One of our games is called the "Grid Race" where we play in teams, racing to complete our addition or multiplication grids.The other game we have played is a problem...

Football!

FOOTBALL!!!On Wednesday we played football and Daniel taught us how to play.Daniel talked to us about different animals and we moved like them.We were...

Evaluating our Finished Product

T2 Wk 3Learning objective:

  • To evaluate your own product identifying any strengths and any areas for development against the original specifications
  • To identify any changes you would make if you repeated the task.
We have now come complete circle in our Technology cycle.  The students have been very conscientious and have now completed their...

The purpose of an artist statement

T2 Wk 3This week we have wrapped up our Georgia O'Keeffe unit by spending time reflecting on our body of work and also composing our artist statements. Students were encouraged to choose the piece of art that they were most proud of and then craft a title to highlight their...

Room XV TERM 2: CAMERA, LIGHTS, ACTION!

Room XV TERM 2:CAMERA, LIGHTS, ACTION!Whaea Barb and the camera observe awesomness.The spotlight was on Te Manawa!On Tuesday Room XV...

Soccer Stars

T2 Wk 3On Wednesday the Yr 5 and 6 Soccer teams represented SPS at the Tamaki Cluster Soccer tournament held at Point England Reserve.  The weather was great and the students all rose to the challenge and played their hearts out.Final placings wereYr 5's second out of six teamsYr 6's ninth out of eleven teams.Well done to all those that participated and a huge thanks to our coaches - Mr C...

Enviro Kids Week 3 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!This week the Enviro Kids have been harvesting again! We are really enjoying having lots and lots of leaves growing on our silverbeet and spinach plants.We had so many this week we decided to give them to Room 1 and Mrs Savidan to take home and share with their whanau. We hope you like those juicy leaves!...

Term 2, Week 3 2015

Nga akoranga o mua, hei aarahi aa mua...Learning from our past to lead the future. Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Namaste, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Bonjour and greetings to you all!Keep calm and carry on. How do we deal with conflict?Year 8 Camp - Lakewood LodgeOur Year 8's have kayaked, cooked, survived, danced, played, climbed, flown and sung their way through camp...

Room XV: WE REMEMBER!

Room XV:WE REMEMBER!DAWN SERVICE, Part 2The Anzac spirit lives on in the youth of today!On a lovely day Room XV made a fabulous wreath for own school Dawn Parade. Room XV had to design a wreath using poppy circles, and one that looked like a telephone box, as that was...

Room 8's Assembly

Week 2, Term 2, 2015This week it was our turn to run the whole school assembly. We were all very excited and with a few days of preparation we managed to create a wonderful assembly.Room 8 takes the stage!Our main presenters were Jaeda and Lorenzo....

Fun Friday-Making Anzac Biscuits- Principal Award

Term2Week2This week for Fun Friday Maths we Looked at Measurement.The first activity we did was getting ourselves into order from the shortest to the smallest person.Check out our picturesMatheus,Matu'u, Sione A, Darnell...

Hockey Skills are out in force!

T2 Wk 2Te Manawa and Te Ropu O Nga Manakura are really enjoying the new Hockey skills being taught by the Auckland Hockey coaches.  Despite some inclement weather the hockey has proceeded and the hall has been a good wet weather alternative. Check out R18 and 19 Year 7's in action! Hockey In Term 2 from Dagmar...

ROOM XV TERM 2: Dawn Ceremony

ROOM XV TERM 2: Dawn CeremonyANZAC spirit alive in Room XV"Shhh... can you hear that?" That is the silence of a dawn ceremony.In the morning at nine o’clock at Sylvia Park School  we started our dawn ceremony because of what our men did in...

CAMP 2015

Term 2, Week 2This week the year 8's went to camp at Lakewood Lodge in Huntly and had the most FANTASTIC time together!We did activities such as SURVIVOR day, climbing wall, kayaking, horse riding, flying fox, archery. It was definitely a highlight of our '2000...

Making Anzac Biscuits

On Wednesday Room 1 made Anzac Biscuits.Mohammad-Sadiq is putting the flour in the bowl.Tevita is putting...

Enviro Kids Week 2 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!And now a word or two from our Enviro Kids:Danina: "I like to see plant grow."Amelia: "I like planting the plants."Caleb: "I had spinach from the SPS garden for 3 nights."Livi: "I like feeding the worms."Mose: "I like watering the plants."Korey: "I like weeding the gardens."Tarani: "I like eating our spinach for my supper."Acacia: "I like harvesting the spinach to take home."Amy: "...

SPS ANZAC Ceremony

 Week 1, Term 2, 2015 This week was a special week at SPS, because all our learning from last Term led up to our ANZAC Day Ceremony on Friday the 25th of April. It was particularly special, because it was 100 years since the ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli. ...

Lest We Forget

Term#2Week#1Holidays are over and we are back into routine for another Epic Term.This week we celebrated the Anzacs.We worked as a class to make a wreath in preparation for our Special Aanzac Memorial service on Friday.It was a great experience for us all and the wreaths presented were awesome....

Camp Gallipoli!

Term 2, Week 1What a way to finish off the first week for two of our students, George and Tavake, stayed the night at school with 13 other students, Whaea Emma and Mrs McGarry for Camp Gallipoli!...

SPS Anzac Ceremony

Term 2, Week 1Today we had our very own SPS Anzac Ceremony in the hall, complete with Cenotaph, Last Post and Class Wreaths!It was such a beautiful commemoration of the fallen soldiers, especially marking 100 years since WW1. Each class was to design, create and present...

Anzac Day Dawn Service

What is Anzac Day and why do we celebrate it?This week we have been thinking about the Anzac soldiers that died in World War 1. Thousands of people fought for New Zealand. They were fighting against other countries. (Deijah)We learnt about how the Anzac soldiers went in boats and the other soldiers were hiding on the cliff. (Pauline)Lots of the Anzac soldiers died because they got shot (Geneva)....

Playing with Hula Hoops!

We went outside and we played with the hula hoops. Then we came back inside and we wrote about it.We were spinning the hula hoops (Isla)I am rolling the...

Enviro Kids Week 1 Term 2 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!Welcome to the first week of Term 2 Two Thousand and Fit-teen!The Enviro Kids have been able to see the fabulous fruits of their labours this week!Thanks to their great caring skills in Term 1 and the lovely rain in the holidays, they have been able to harvest a good crop of silverbeet and spinach. Everyone got to take a big bag full home to share with their whanau!...

Anzac Day

We made poppies for Anzac Day.We are colouring in our poppies.We coloured our poppies in using red and...

ANZAC Ceremony

On Friday  at 9 ' 0 clock in the morning the whole school went to the hall for the early morning service to remember the soldiers who died  in the First World War at Gallopli, Anzac Cove. Each class made a wreath to remember the soldiers. We sang the Pepeha and the national  anthem....

Hockey sticks are out for Term 2

T2 Wk 1Welcome back to Term 2 where we will continue to see lots of sporting action.   Te Manawa and Te Ropu O Nga Manakura students have started with Hockey.  There has already been lots of positive feedback and by all accounts everyone is not only learning new skills but having lots of fun along the way.The TM and TRONM teachers also had some fun this week when they attended a PLD...

Museum Trip!

Term 2, Week 1This week we went on a whanau trip to the Auckland War Memorial Museum!We were lucky enough to see the exhibition "scars on the heart" and in our groups with our allocated adult, we moved around the exhibition to find as much information as possible to fill in...

Museum Trip!

Term 2, Week 1This week Te Rōpū O Ngā Manukura went on a trip the Auckland War Memorial Museum to explore the "Scars of the Heart" exhibition as we have been learning about conflict in WW1.We had a fantastic time seeing authentic materials from the war, listening to soldier's...

Flowers a la O'Keeffe

T2 Week 1 We are ready to go again for term 2.  We are staying with Georgia O'Keeffe and her beautiful flowers as we head into the home straight.  Students this week we will be finishing off their portfolio of work. They will be making critical decisions as to...

Finishing our product!

T2 Week 1A big welcome back to Term 2!    After a restful holiday we were all ready to get stuck in and finish our products.  This week it's been great having the students for most of the day - this has helped greatly in getting a 'flow on' and being able to really concentrate on the task at hand....

Attitude Start to Term 2!

Term 2, Week 1Today we started back at school for our second term with ATTITUDE presenting their "WHO AM I?" presentation. Our presenters today were the incredibly entertaining DAN and NATE.We started the day off all in the hall listening to Dan and Nate's presentation about...

Term 2, Week 1 2015

Term 2, Week 1 2015Nga akoranga o mua, hei aarahi aa mua...Learning from our past to lead the future. Welcome back to SPS! It's looking like a really busy term all over again. Year 8 students are off to Lakewood Lodge camp next week. They'll be kayaking, rock wall climbing, horse riding and generally having lots of challenges and fun. It's a tough...

The Unveiling of the Pohutukawa Problem Solvers

Week 9, Term 1, 2015On Wednesday we had the unveiling of the Pohutukawa Problem Solvers. We shared how we created the PPS and we also shared the pledge we made.WilsIt was really interesting because everyone did not know who was going to be a PPS. I was...

Visit to the Museum and the Winter gardens

On Tuesday we went to the museum on the bus. We went to look at  the dinosaurs, elephants, and things about world war  1.   We saw the spitfire aeroplane. We saw three giant Easter eggs and they were beautifully decorated. We also went to have a look at the Winter Gardens. We went back to school on the bus. We enjoyed our trip....

Who Are We??

Term 1, Week 9We think it's about time we introduced ourselves now that we have well and truly settled into Hub 2021 life!In our Hub we have colour groups. Each colour represents which year and gender we are.

  • The red group is our Year 7 boys. 
  • The yellow group is our Year 7 girls. 
  • The blue group is our Year 8 girls. 
  • The green group is our Year 8...

Life in China

It has now been about a week since I have arrived in China. We are living in Sihui City in the province of Guangdong. The people are friendly and eager to help out. There are very few foreigners around.The public transport is fantastic and easy to use once you have directions written in Manderin. Communication with the locals is difficult as they can only read, write and speak Manderin. Our...

ROOM XV: INQUIRY HUMAN TIMELINE!

ROOM XV: INQUIRY HUMAN TIMELINE!Group 3 ready for actionOn Monday the whole of Te Manawa did a fantastic practice of a human timeline. We performed in front of the Te Manawa teachers and some students from Room 17, and they were wearing special dark blue...

ROOM XV: Writing in Action!

ROOM XV: Writing in Action!Josh’s WW1 Moment In TimeI see bombs exploding. It’s getting nearer and nearer to me.I hear gun shooting, going bang, bang near me.I see dead soldiers on the battlefield. They have guns with bullets.I see no other food. All I can eat is hard tack. When there is no hardtack I will starve like a hungry bear.I can't drink water.I feel no energy left for running.I see...

Room XV’s Assembly Blog

Room XV’s Assembly Blog By NivarahFriday 27th March2015( MMXV)Room XV presenting to everyone!We had the idea to have our assembly by having everyone in Room XV sit in a U-shaped letter. Then Mr Cowlrick chose our part in the assembly then we had to practice all parts of...

The Pohutukawa Problem Solvers!

Week 8, Term 1, 2015How can we deal with conflict? Keep calm and carry on!is what we say in Room 8. Over the past couple of weeks we have been working towards creating a student group that solves conflict in the playground. ...

Weaving magic with Watercolours

T1 Wk 8This week the students have all completely embraced working with their new medium of watercolours.  They were modelled in how best to use and apply the watercolours and really encouraged to just explore and experiment with their first attempts. Emphasis was placed...

Snag golf - big hits!

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Cutting our pocket treasures

T1 Wk 8This week the students upped their cutting skills and have all managed to cut out their 'pocket treasure' patterns.  They all had to decide on two colours of the felt material and after pinning carefully they have managed to cut out their bears.  A 'flower' shaped eye was also pinned and cut and next week they will all sew on this special feature.  The next important skill...

Getting our swim swag on!

T1 Wk 8Today 13 students formed SPS's Tamaki Cluster Swim Team.  They ranged from Yr 4's all the way to Yr 8's and despite their various skill levels each swimmer showed great courage, commitment and perseverance.Several of our swimmers reached their finals and we...

Jump Jam Session

On Monday afternoon we did jump jam with the rest of the juniors in the hall. We copied the movements of the people we saw on thescreen. We enjoyed dancing to the  music. We  were tired....

Our Inquiry outcome

Our question was:How do people in the community deal with conflict (problems)?We have the North Island of New Zealand to write our question on. Other classes have different parts of NZ....

Term 1, Week 8 2015

Term 1, Week 8 2015Nga akoranga o mua, hei aarahi aa mua...Learning from our past to lead the future. Term 1 Inquiry:Keep calm and carry on.  How do we deal with conflict?Field of RemembranceEvery school in Aotearoa New Zealand has received a set of crosses to create a Field of Remembrance.  Each cross has a soldier's name on it who died fighting in WW1.  That means that every...

ROOM XV: Future Black Caps!

ROOM XV: Future Black Caps!Auckland Cricket have sent their top man, Simon, to upskill SPS students in the art of cricket.Room XV’ers have taken to the bat and ball game like ducks to water.Simon and Room XV...

Enviro Kids Week 8 Term 1 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!We hope you have been enjoying the sunshine and the rain this week. We have found that a bit of both has made our gardens grow!On Wednesday we planted beetroot in the garden by Room 2021. They are baby seedlings at the moment but we will take care of them with water and weeding and we will see how big they can grow!...

Maths in Room 1

We have been learning about our numbers to ten.I have 9 teddy bears (Aldrich)I am pointing to number 7 (...

The significance of poppies

Term 1, Week 8This week we started inquiring into the significance of poppies and their connection to WW1 and ANZAC day.We started the week by designing...

ROOM XV: CRICKET STARS!

ROOM XV:CRICKET STARS!The Champion Auckland Aces celebrate with the Champion SPS Year 5 (and 6) Team!Room XV had 7 superstar members in the Year 5 cricket team!“It was cool and I liked running and bowling. It was great trying our best to win...

Snag Golf!!

Week 7 Term1This week we had snag Golf.We had so much fun and our instructor is  Awesome. Check out our pictures ...

Term 1, Week 7 2015

Term 1, Week 7 2015Nga akoranga o mua, hei aarahi aa mua...Learning from our past to lead the future. Keep calm and carry on.  How do we deal with conflictOur students have been working on their mini inquiries with questions that they have chosen to investigate different aspects of WW1.  They have included questions like the following:  

  • What would our world be like today if...

WW1

Week 7, Term 1, 2015This term our Inquiry question and statement is:'How can we deal with conflict? Keep calm and carry on'. Over the past couple of weeks we have been researching and finding out information about World War 1 to answer questions that we asked and wanted to know about. First we got into inquiry groups and an Inquiry leader was selected. As a class we came up with lots of...

Knotting that thread!

T 1 Wk 7This week has provided it's own sets of challenges for our technologists as they tackle their learning intention where WALHT create our product to implementation.  Easier said than done when you are faced with threading a needle, knotting your thread and then practicing some running stitch!...

Colour Wheels

T 1 Wk 7This week the students have enjoyed having a go with the watercolour paints.  We looked at both how best to apply the paint and also a little deeper at aspects of the colour wheel and what happens when we mix our primary colours. ...

Brushing our teeth

We are learning how to keep our teeth clean,white, bright and shiny. We received a pack containing a Colgate tooth brush and tooth paste. We need to brush our teeth every day in the morning and before we go to bed at night.

Cracking Cluster Cricket with Mr Cowlrick!

T1 Wk 7It's been another busy week for sport here at SPS.  Not only did we attend the Auckland Interzones for Softball but we also attended the Tamaki Cluster Cricket Tournament on the Wednesday.Over the last few weeks the teams have been...

We are learning how to take care of our teeth. We received a  colgate tooth paste and tooth brush. We need to brush our teeth everyday in the morning and before we go to bed at night. This will make our teeth white and give us beautiful smiles.

Interzone Auckland Softball Champs

Week 7: Term 1On Tuesday the year 7 and 8 boys softball team competed in the Interzone Softball Champs at Rosedale Park on the North Shore. They had some tough competition but came close to a win against Bucklands Beach Intermediate but ran out of time. Everyone tried their best with the outfielders taking some great catches towards the end of the day. We look forward to competing again next year...

ROOM XV: CRICKET WORLD CUP HITS SPS

ROOM XV:CRICKET WORLD CUP HITS SPSOn Saturday my sister and I went to Eden Park for the International Cricket World Cup match. South Africa was playing Pakistan. I was going for Pakistan.Me and my sister walked up to the bus stop. We caught 502 to the Ellerslie train station. We went to the Ellerslie train station. We then caught the train from Ellerslie to Kingsland. Then we trotted up to...

Enviro Kids Week 7 Term 1 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!We were very pleased to have some rain this week! It really helped our seedlings to get a good start in their garden beds.On Wednesday we gave all our plants a good watering to make sure that they continue to thrive....

Leadership in Hub 2021

Term 1, Week 7We are so fortunate in Te Roopuu O Ngaa Manukura to have so many incredible leaders who are also stunning citizens! Leading our mornings with the best breakfast club in the land: Elizabeth, Emma, Ayla, Jordan, Mitchy and Ana!...

SNAG Golf

Kiaora!On Thursday we had our first SNAG golf lesson with Shannon! We had a great time learning how to play golf!Here Shannon is telling us what to do and showing us how to play the games....

Snag Golf!

Kia Ora Whanau!This week room 6 had their first session of Snag golf! A fun way to learn golf skills and helping Pohutukawa students work together. With the help of our coach Shannon a.k.a "Snag Girl" our class learnt a whole lot of new skills. Check out our great first lesson below: ...

Snag Golf with Shannon

We got to play Snag Golf with Shannon this week.It was so much fun!We are rolling the ballTamatea got the...

Pigeon Messages ....Statistical Investigation...Winning Levi

Week 6Term1For Inquiry we have been looking at how the soldiers sent messages to one another in ww1.We discovered that the Pigeons played. Big role in helping Soldiers in WW1 by being their measagers.This week we sent our first pigeon message to room 13... We were so excited to send the messages and so happy we received messages back from them.We we will be sending messages to one another each...

This is how we do ASSEMBLY!

Term 1, Week 6This week was our second time presenting assembly and so we decided to change things up a little! We have quite a few new faces in Hub 2021 from other schools and we wanted to give them time to shine! Our main presenters were the hilarious pair: Bianca...

Enviro Kids Week 6 Term 1 2015

Kia Ora Everyone!What a great week it has been for planting!We decided to plant some silverbeet and spinach in the gardens by Room 8.We made sure to water them first to get the soil ready for the seedlings.And we also made sure to plant them firmly in the soil and give them another drink after that....

Descriptive Writing: A Moment in Time

Over the last 2 weeks we have been focussing on descriptive writing.There has been some good examples of writing and here an excellent example written by Tufui.World War #I saw lights flicker as I sneaked past. I heard sirens going on & off. The smell of fear ran through...

Meet the Assembly Team

All of room 18 were put into teams to plan for the week 5 school assembly. It was great to see everyone take ownership for the event and contribute towards making it a success. Each group of presenters had a team of helpers to assist with collecting and putting together  their reports. Great teamwork made putting together the assembly fun and easy.WELL DONE ROOM18!Meet the teamMain...

Pinning, cutting and sewing!

T1 Week 6This week the Tech students made good use of their pinning, cutting and sewing skills.  For many it was their very first time to work with pins, threads and needles.  All good fun and great learning!  We have used this part of the technological process to test and model our designs on a mock up pattern.  Instead of using actual fabric we have utilised newsprint....

Looking at the new senior classroom

On Wednesday we went to the seniors to look at the big crane moving the huge concrete walls to make the new senior classrooms. We saw one of the workmen hanging on the rope. Lots of other classes also came along to have a look at the crane moving the huge concrete walls for the new senior classrooms. We enjoyed watching the crane working. We went back to our class. ...

Share and shine time!

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All about TAG!

On Tuesday 35 students walked to Thompson Park for the Eastern Zone Tag tournament. There were only a few schools participating but it was still a tough competition. Each team played about 6 games and all the students were pretty tired by the end of the day. We had some great results with the girls and boys silver team coming third and boys maroon coming 4th. Also thanks to all the...

Meet your Teacher

Meet Your  TeacherKia Ora, Talofa lavaMy name is Prahl Naidoo and I am so excited to be one of your teachers for this year. It is going to be an exciting year filled with lots of  challenging learning experiences. I am really looking forward to the the new teaching and learning approaches we are going to use this year and of course moving to the new classrooms that will be ready in term...

Ambulance

Last week Room 1 was learning about Ambulance Officers. We wanted to know how they help our community deal with conflict or emergencies.Ambulance officers help you when you are sick (Tamatea)They take you to hospital in their Ambulance (Tevita)They look after people that fall down (Nikita)...

Plays in Room XV: READING IN ACTION!

Plays in Room XV:READING IN ACTION! Excellence in performance!On Friday Room XV was very excited as we performed two amazing plays. The plays helped us understand our stories ...

Making an ambulance!

Kiaora!This week we have been learning about how an ambulance and ambulance officers can help us with our problems. If you're hurt or sick you can call the ambulance and the ambulance officers will come and help you. They might even take you to the hospital.We learnt that an ambulance is yellow, green, and white. It has a siren and flashing lights.We also learnt to dial 111 to call an ambulance....

Visiting the Construction Site

Term#1 Week#5This week we visited the construction site to see where the new senior building was going to be built. First we lined up...

Art with Whaea Dagmar

We  did art with Whaea Dagmar on Monday. We looked at the works of Geogia O ' Keeffe. We worked with pastels. We  practised drawing shapes and flowers. Then we drew flowers on our piece of paper and we painted them. We liked painting our flowers....

A successful week at Softball

T1 Wk 5On Tuesday the boys and girls softball teams attended the Eastern Zone tournament held at Auckland Domain.  It was an awesome day where both teams played up to 6 games of softball.  The girls placed fourth overall and our boys came out as OVERALL WINNERS!!!They played Point England School in the final and even though it was very even they managed to come out on top.  A huge...

Testing our ideas

T1 Wk 5The students have come up with some very interesting design ideas.  It's great to see so much creativity and imagination at this stage of the technology cycle.The students are learning to understand that functional modelling helps them to evaluate their design...

Enviro Kids Week 5 Term 1 2015

Kia Ora Whanau!Hooray! Hooray! We did some planting today!Yes, this week we were able to plant some herbs in the gardens that are beside the front doors next to the office. We decided that, since this was a shaded area, we could put in some hardy herbs and we will make sure that they get enough water to thrive....

The Bombing of London

Moments in Time...We have been learning how to write "Moments in Time" to help us with our descriptive writing. To help us with this we watched a animated video from the Literacy Shed "War and Peace Shed" about an apartment in London being bombed at night. We imagined we were there and used our senses to come...

Lights, Camera, Action

Assembly Time!On Friday 27th February Room 19 presented their assembly to the rest of SPS. The students of Room 19 worked together as a team to take full control in creating scripts, props, scenery and more! For our inquiry item we recreated the story of the famous "Christmas Truce" story. Check out our photos and script (co-written by Maranatha, Lusia and Otolose).The Christmas TruceIn inquiry...

LOCKDOWN!

Term 1, Week 5This week we learned about the Green / Red emergency plan and what our role is when we have one of those emergencies. When we hear the long non-stop ringing of the bell we are to go outside (Green) and evacuate our classrooms. This could be in the event of...

Term 1, Week 5 2015

Nga akoranga o mua, hei aarahi aa mua...Learning from our past to lead the future. Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Namaste, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Bonjour and greetings to you all. Keep calm and carry on. How do we deal with conflict? Term One Inquiry battles on!Our students have formed inquiry groups and are working on ways in which we solve conflicts. They are...

Staff visit to Manukau Institute Of Technology

Modern Learning Environment (MLE) Trip - Manukau Institute of TechnologyThe way we teach is forever evolving and Sylvia Park School teachers love to be at the forefront of this evolution.  At Sylvia Park School we are always trying to keep modern and 'fresh' and learn about new things. We find that sometimes the best way to do this is look beyond our own gates and see what other people and...

Enviro Kids Week 4 Term 1 2015

Welcome to week 4 Everyone!This week we decided to test how dry our gardens are, just in case they have enough moisture to be planted.We got some water in a watering can and tipped it on the soil. Then we dug down to see how far the water had soaked through....

Enviro Kids Week 3 Term 1 2015

Hi Everyone, welcome to week 3!This week we looked at the raised gardens outside Room 8 and we decided that they needed weeding before we can plant them.We noticed that some of the plants coming up were not weeds but mint!That was good because we got to take some seedlings home to plant in our own gardens! Can you see the roots of the seedlings? This means that they will grown when they are...

Enviro Kids Week 2 Term 1 2015

Welcome back to another amazing year of Enviro Kids at SPS!As you will all have noticed, it has been very hot and sunny and so our gardens are very dry.We have talked about how we need to conserve water, as well as how we need to look after our gardens, and we have decided to wait until it is cooler before we plant our gardens.This week we checked on our Worm Farm and made sure that the worms...

Safety first!!!

This year at SPS we are learning a fewnew safety drills to help us in an emergency situation. All Whanau groups were lucky enough to have the help of Mr Harrison to talk us through the lock down procedure. Mr Harrison talks to Pohutukawa Whanau...

Our first week in Room 2!

Week 8, Term 1Welcome to Room 2! This week we moved into Room 2 and we have been having lots of fun learning together!On Wednesday we had some special visitors from the Tamaki Campus - Lyle and his navy cadets! We practiced our running, our marching, and standing to attention. Some of us who did it really well won prizes - navy hats and drink bottles!We also learnt about the three...

Handwriting & Milk- Inquiry-Navy Visit & Principal Award Winner

WEEK#4        TERM#1Welcome to another Awesome Week In ROOM FIVE!!!This week we have started Handwriting with Milk after lunch..... We all get to relax practice our handwriting and enjoy our nice chilled Milk ....

Room 1 has a solider in their class

We made a collage of a solider using green and brown.We are putting coloured paper on the solider We...

Watching the New Zealand Navy in action

Mr Lyle Cairns and his friends from the navy came to talk to us about what they do at the navy....

Research and Design Ideas

T1 Wk 4This week we have spent time researching various animals.  The research stage is simply the part in the process where student's record down information and facts.  They used their laptops and supplied material to draw six different animals that appeal to them....

Softball, new uniforms and Cricket trials!

T1 Wk4On Wednesday the Year 5's and Year 6's softball teams headed off to Dunkirk Reserve for the Tamaki Cluster softball tournament.  The weather was absolutely stunning and provided the backdrop for what was a spectacular day of sportsmanship and camaraderie.But not only that the teams looked AMAZING because they were all modelling SPS's brand new sports strip.  And don't they look so...

Room XV: Gallipoli

Room XV:GallipoliRoom XV's 'Trenches'Yesterday everyone in Room XV had to go into the trenches of Gallipoli, as part of our Inquiry investigation.We were all pretending that we were World War 1. It was so fun. Also it felt real with all the sounds from World War 1...

NZQA Photoshoot!

Term 1, Week 4This week our Hub had a very special visitor: a photographer from NZQA! He was in our hub to take photos of our amazing students while doing their inquiry learning on their laptops and collaborating together!These photos are STUNNING!! They can now...

It's time for...A MOMENT IN TIME!

Term 1, Week 3This week we started learning how to write a moment in time! We used a video as our prompt, first just listening to the video and thinking about what we would be able to see / hear / feel / think / touch / taste in that particular moment in time. The video...

Room XV’s Art with Whaea Dagma

Room XV’s ArtKapriyani, Elisa and JoArnia study their subjectwith Whaea DagmaOn Thursday Room XV went to Room 22 to do art with Whaea Dagma.When we got there we had to sit down on the high and low chairs. We each got a white piece of paper. With the paper we had to...

Publishing ; Principals Award Winner- Our Awesome Teacher Aide

WEEK#3       TERM#1This week we have been busy publishing our very first pieces of writing for our Publishing folders.Check out some of our work ...

Share and shine!!!!!!

Welcome!Pohutukawa Whanau is proud of the learning they do in class and have found a great way to share their work with the rest of the Whanau.Our Shine and Share time is a chance for Pohutukawa students to share something special they have made, learnt or know in Pohutukawa style. ...

Ugly Treasures

T1 Wk3The Yr 7 & 8's are starting out this term with a Tech unit that we have called 'Ugly Treasures'.  ...

Art with Whaea Dagmar

We made the outline of our flowers first When we finished the outline of our flowers we put our...

ROOM 15 - MMXV!

ROOM XVThe Legend Begins!Welcome to Sylvia Park School’s Room 15 2015 blog.To celebrate this first entry, here is a letter from one of our new students, Bosco. All of Room 15’s awesome students have written letters, and have shown that they have really taken to...

Learning about a soldier

This week we are learning about a soldier, what he does and what he is wearing. We chose a student from our class to draw around him and make a picture of a soldier....

Getting started!!!

Hi everyone! Room 6 is happy to get back into their learning by showing Mr Timo our hard work over the week. ...

A day in the life of Room 1

Happy New Year!

Kia Ora Whanau!I hope you all had an amazing break over Christmas and everyone is back on board for another choice year at Sylvia Park School. It is really exciting to see all the new students that have started this year, not just in the juniors but right across the school, which also means a whole lot of cool parents at our school too!To kick us off I thought I'd just show you something you...

Enjoying MILK!!

WEEK#2       TERM#1 This week we received Free Milk!!We love having our Milk after lunch especially when Maxx is reading a story to us,it's so relaxing. ...

WELCOME TO ROOM 19 FOR 2015

Kia Ora and welcome to Room 19's learning journey for 2015!We have had an amazing first two weeks getting to know each other and collaborating Room 18 with our learning.We've been unpacking our inquiry statement for the year "Keep Calm and Carry On" and exploring the inquiry question "How can we deal with conflict?"  Check out Adriana's AMAZING poem about conflict....

"The United Leaders"

Term 1, Week 2This week, two very talented student leaders in our Te Roopuu O Ngaa Manukura whanau worked independently and tirelessly to complete our symbol of "United Leaders" which was designed and started by Stacey at the end of 2014. Isaiah had helped Stacey do half of...

Our first day having milk

This week was our first week of having anchor milk and fruit. We enjoyed drinking the milk and eating the fruit after lunch. Milk and fruit give us lots of energy. This helps us to be alert and focused....

Welcome to room 6

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Introducing Room 5!!!

WEEK#1       TERM#1Hi everyone we are Room 5. This year we look forward to making new friends & doing a lot of learningWe love our new classroom and our new Teacher Maxx.This week we got straight into our learning. We did Maths , Reading , Writing, Art and Inquiry.We also went over the School Rules and created our own class Treaty.It's been a full on Week...

Discussing our class treaty

Today, we discussed our classroom treaty to help us improve our learning. Some of the things we discussed with our partners include

  • sit still on the mat so we can listen and think
  • work quietly and stop quickly when asked
  • wait for your turn to speak
  • be kind to each other
  • share ideas with others and focus on the learning
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Room 1 Week 1

Kia Ora,We are Room 1.Geneva, Kaiya, Hannah, Isla, Abi, Corjzae, Deijah, Theo, Emmanuel, Pauline. In this picture we are learning our numbers to 10. We got ourselves in order from smallest to biggest. We are really looking forward...

HUB 2021!

Term 1, Week 1Welcome to 2015 or as we like to call it... "Two-Thousand and FIT-teen!" This year is all about keeping FIT with our learning online, in the classroom, beyond school, with friends or family and independently! We are keeping our minds...

Term 1, Week 1 2015!

Nga akoranga o mua, hei aarahi aa mua...Learning from our past to lead the future. E nga matua me nga whanau, tena koutou me nga mihi o te tau hou nei.  Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Namaste, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola and greetings to you all. We are really looking forward to lots of wonderful things in 2015 here at SPS. One of the big jobs that we will all need...

Prizegiving 2014 - Head boy and Head Girl for 2015 goes to...

Congratulations to all the students who put themselves out there to be nominated for head girl and head girl this year. You should all be very proud of yourselves. Also, remember, at Sylvia Park School there are plenty of opportunities for each and every one of you to 'shine' next year so I look forward to seeing every Year 8 'step up and step out!' in 2015.The votes were collated and the head...

Term 4, Week 9 2014

Don’t underestimate.  Always investigate. How can I be a Sunsmart scientist?  2014...Well, 2014 has just about come and gone. It has been a big year that has seen four ambitious inquiries come and go. Term 1: I make my promise - I keep my promise. What...

Enviro Kids Week 8 Term 4 2014

Kia Ora Whanau! This week was the last week for the Enviro Kids to meet for the year. We met on Thursday instead of Wednesday and worked on our gardens and recipes for most of the day.First we harvested our potatoes. What a great crop we had! Some of the purple passion potatoes had grown quite big. There were also lots of little ones that taste sweet when you cook them. Everyone worked really...

Golf lessons with coach Larissa

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Farewell Elijah

Guess who's this Bunny Rabbit Belongs to. Hey welcome back today we got some good news and Bad news, well the bad news is... That today is the last day of a gentlemen Elijah Dyck and the good news is...we're having a shared lunch with room 8 and the...

Enviro Kids Week 7 Term 4 2014

Kia Ora Whanau!The Enviro Kids have been very busy taking care of our strawberry patches!This week we watered them to make sure we get juicy strawberries and we weeded the patch to make sure that they get lots of nutrients.  ...

Science Fair Trial Product!

Term Four, Week SevenThis week each of our inquiry groups have been working hard to create their trial SunSmart product for our Science Fair! They have been working diligently to design, draw and measure an plan a trial example of their product in paper.We have a sunsmart vest that holds things you need in the sun (sunglasses, sunblock, waterbottle), sunsmart picnic tables for Year 7/8's to sit...

Burning a tea bag cool experiment

Kia Ora Whanau,Last Week Tuesday Mr Timo showed us a cool experiment at writing time which was the burning teabag. First we lined up at the door and walked queitly through the corridor to the to the jornal room and sat on the carpet here's a photo of Mr Timo  telling us to be quiet. (😡)...

Elections!!!

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Kowhai and Pohutukawa's Cross country 2014

On Thursday 20th Of November 2014, Kowhai team and Pohutukawa team had Cross Country. The parents came to watch our race but it was a HOT HOT HOT DAY!!! Lots of the  kids tried really hard, some came 1st 2nd and 3rd! They never gave up! :oWe all had to line up in our age lines and the 8 year old boys and girls had to wear Ribbons because they were running with the seven year olds and...

MOCKINGJAY MOVIE!

Term Four, Week SixFriday 21st November. Room 20 is CATCHING FIRE and a hub of excited energy! The odd ARE ever in our favour because today is the day we have been looking forward to all year! We have read the novels, had literacy discussions, watched the trailers,...

Enviro Kids Week 6 Term 4 2014

Kia Ora Whanau!What a great week for our Enviro Kids!This week we checked on all the plants we are growing. We noticed that our silverbeet is growing and sprouting lots of leaves that we will be able to harvest in the next couple of weeks. We love growing silverbeet because it gives us so much to share!...

Mockingjay Model!

Term Four, Week SixThis week the Lani Wendt Young reading group presented their model to Room 20. They have been working fast and furiously on completing their vision of Panem in the middle of a revolution against President Snow and the...

In week 3 we did instructional writing. We made toast in class . The children wrote the instructions on how to make toast. Here are some examples of their writing.  

Term 4, Week 6 2014

Don't underestimate, always investigate! How can I be a Sunsmart scientist?Term 4, week 6 2014The 'Great Science Quiz' continues this term with the latest contestants, room 20 and 21 squaring off against each other at last weeks assembly!  Room 20 beat room 21 in a hard...

Sharing is caring

Kia Ora Whanau!!!This term we have been focusing on fractions where our students have been learning more about numerators and denominators. With our Stars group we were using multiplication to solve our fraction problems.What were you learning to do?Angele: "I am learning how to... use multiplication to find fraction answers.''Nancy: "I am learning how to... use multiplication to find a set of...

Persuading Whaea Barb!

Term Four, Week FiveThis week the Lani Wendt Young reading group who have been reading Mockingjay split into groups to focus their energies on getting us to MOCKINGJAY the movie when it opens on November 20th!Stacey, Isaiah and Sulu put their persuasive powers together to write a letter that would entice Whaea Barb to allow us to go as a class to see the movie. Their letter is not only...

Enviro Kids Week 5 Term 4 2014

Kia Ora Whanau!This week has been a busy one, once again for our Enviro Kids.We checked out our strawberry patch and are harvesting the ripe red ones daily. These we are putting in the staff room freezer until we have enough to make a smoothie for the whole group....

Carrying Out an Experiment  We have been learning how to carry out an experiment. We were given 3 plants. We put one on the table in the sun. We put one on a table at the other side of the room from the windows. We put the third plant in the cupboard.In Week 1 the plants looked like this...  ...

Enviro Kids Week 4 Term 4 2014

Kia Ora Whanau!We have used our time this week to check up on how our potatoes and mint are growing.As you can see, the potatoes are doing extremely well! The mint is coming on too! ...

A quick-write!

Term 4, Week 4Today we took a break from Procedural texts and watched a video from 'stories from other cultures' in the Literacy Shed. The video tells the story (without dialogue) of Toki, a young boy who has to pass a rite of...

Light-Ween Party!!

TERM #4 .......... WEEK #3This week for Instructional Writing we planned and created Halloween/Light Party Costume.We have been doing alot of Theory then Practical Activities to do with Procedural Writing...On Friday we had our very own Light'Ween...

Enviro Kids Term 4 Week 3 2014

Kia Ora Whanau!This week we have been harvesting our cauliflowers. We grew them in the gardens by the front door of our office and we have learned that these gardens are not very good for these plants.We have thought a lot about this and our conclusions are:- these gardens do not get enough sun- these gardens do not get enough rain- these gardens do not have enough room for large plants.Luckily...

Solar System

Term Four, Week ThreeToday the students in Room 20 were intrigued about our solar system. They wanted to know where we on Earth fit in the Universe and how far away from the sun we are.So - it was time to do some research! We discovered what the planets look like, their...

How to make Jam on toast

what you need (equipment/materials):BreadButterJamButter knifeA toasterHow to make it:Step 1:Get bread...

Term 4, Week 2014 Don't underestimate, always investigate! How can I be a Sunsmart scientist?

Term 4, Week 2 2014Don't underestimate, always investigate!How can I be a Sunsmart scientist?Over the last two weeks we have been tuning in to what we already knew about being sunsmart, here are some of the ideas students have been working on: 

  • Wear a sunhat
  • Put sunscreen on
  • Take an umbrella to the beach or the park for shade
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Wear a rash...

Enviro Kids Term 4 week 2 2014

Kia Ora Whanau! What a great week for gardening!We have really appreciated the sunshine and the rain this week. It has been great watching all our plants grow and flourish.We spent quite a lot of our time with the strawberry patch this week. It needed a lot of weeding and fertilizing with worm tea and watering....

Story Writing Every Monday we are doing gymnastics. Now we are writing a recount about doing gymnastics. Watch this space for our stories and gymnastics photos. 

Term 4  Inquiry  Don't underestimate, always investigate. How do we become sunsmart scientists?   This Term we are learning how to keep ourselves safe in the sun. At the moment we are all busy buying school hats to keep our heads and faces shaded. This Term we are learning to ask questions and find the answers.  First we are looking at What the Sun is. We are...

Enviro Kids Term 4 Week 1 2014

Kia Ora Everyone! Welcome back to Term 4 of 2014!This week we have been watering our silerbeet and strawberry plants. We have watched how our cauliflowers and herbs have grown over the holidays.Some people were even lucky enough to get 'caught wearing a school hat' and were given an ice block!...

Olafur Eliasson - The cubic structural project 2004 at the Auckland Art Gallery

Term 4, Week 1Today a group of 10 Yr 7 & 8 students spent the day at the Auckland Art Gallery transforming hundreds of white Lego bricks into an abode of their own imagination.   These fortunate students were Aramoana, Anton, Sulu, Milania, Viliami, Stacey, David, Daniel, Preston and William.  They made their mark and earned this reward through the talent and effort they...

Term 4, Week 1 2014Don't underestimate, always investigate! How can I be a Sunsmart scientist?As you can probably tell our inquiry for term four has a Science focus.  We are trialling this resource for the Cancer Society and we think it's really great timing with Summer well and truly on the way.  It also coincides with our compulsory hat wearing!  We are currently looking our what...

Welcome back to Term 4!

Don't underestimate, Always investigateHow can I be a sun smart scientist ?This term in Inquiry we are learning about the sun. The sun is very hot and that is why we must wear our Sylvia Park School sun hats everyday.We are doing so...

Enviro Kids week 10 Term 3 2014

Kia Ora Whanau!Wow the term has gone very fast! This week we asked Bob to add some compost to the two gardens outside Room 8 and dig them over for us. THANK YOU BOB!This meant we were able to plant our seed potatoes. We have two varieties. One is called Rocket, which we think will grow very quickly. The other is called Purple Passion, which we think might have purple skin. We will wait and see if...

Stakeholders' Presentation

Term 3, Week 10Today the four technology classes had the opportunity to present their finished models to the stakeholders.  A timetable was set up to ensure that all the classrooms could attend.  It was also well attended by support staff and even a few members of the BoT.  A special thanks to Paul Tetley and Chair of the BoT Lyle Cairns for taking time out of their busy schedules...

Check out the completed models!

Term 3, Week 9What a sense of accomplishment for these terrific groups of technologists.  They are rightly proud of how their models have all turned out.  Enjoy the slideshow that features all of the groups.Completed Models on PhotoPeach

Videos of Pohutukawa in action!

Pohutukawa were really impressive in their performances and have had some really awesome feedback from parents about these performance afternoons. But for those that were unable to make it, or for those that just want to see it all again, I have all the videos below...Wonderful Room 7 with the Sasa!Lovely Room 8 with their love story! :)Neat Room 9 with their dance about bullies :)Last but not...

Team Pohutukawa - Parent Performances

Pohutukawa - Shine bright like a diamond!This week is all about sharing the students dances with our awesome whanau. So Pohutukawa came alive to show our parents just how much they had learnt over this term and their new dance moves!It was so awesome to see students take ownership of their dances, pulling out all the moves and giving it a go. The best part was seeing the students huge smiles as...

Term 3, Week 9 2014Step up, step out.  Why dance?Whole school SasaWe have enjoyed another  couple of epic weeks at SPS.  We found out about the power and joy of dancing together when we all performed our school sasa!   We have loved the opportunity to collaborate with Pacific Dance NZ throughout.  It really doesn't get any better!...

Te Manawa show us what they got!

THE HEART OF THE SCHOOLIf you didn't already know, Te Manawa means 'the heart' and that's exactly what we all saw yesterday afternoon when we got to see all of Te Manawa and their amazing dance routines. All the of groups had some awesome questions and answered these...

OUR FAMOUS MAFI FAMILY!

WORLD FAMOUS IN SYLVIA PARK SCHOOLSylvia Park School was supported by ASB Community Trust to be able to develop Mutukaroa - our Home School Learning Partnership. Each Year the ASB Community Trust put out a report that gets sent out all over the country to fill people in on how the Trust is doing each year. They came to Sylvia Park School to highlight the work of Mutukaroa but also to get...

Tongan Language Week!

Talitali fiefia (Welcome)Ko hoku hingoa ko Ariana ( My name is Ariana)During Tongan Language week it was a good opportunity to brush up on some Tongan, to learn a few more words and phrases and who better to learn these words from then our awesome students and our parent community. It was such an amazing week which we wrapped up nicely with a huge morning tea feast put on by our special Tongan...

Kowhai Dances

The Cha Cha, Rock n Roll, Tango, Gangnam Style were just some of the awesome dance styles being pulled out this week by the amazing Kowhai classrooms as they showed what they had on the dance floor in front of all the school.It was an awesome opportunity to see all the work put in not just by the students, but also the teachers and some of our amazing parents. The final dances were epic and most...

Room 5 Getting Ready to show that Giraffes really can DANCE!

Can Giraffes Dance?Thats a very good question and a question that Room 2 were about to answer in their dance. Here are some photos of Room 2 getting ready for their performance in their amazing animal costumes designed and made by Whaea Fiona and her very talented daughter Emily (pictured in the back of this photo!). Thank you to the lovely parents that also came along to support! If you are a...

STEP UP, STEP OUT, WHY DANCE?I was lucky enough to escort some of our students who were selected to visit the Auckland Art Gallery to participate in, and observe Auckland University dance students interpreting various Art pieces through Dance. It was an amazing opportunity to see so many different variations of dance and explore dance in a whole new way....

Fabulous work Nessie Peneuta!

Nessie Peneuta and her mum and dadEvery day, every week, every month, every year we have amazing stories of students making wonderful progress in their learning with support from their families, so I thought its about time I start highlighting some of these families....

The technologists team together

Term 3, Week 7This week the technologists have continued to team together in their allocated groups in order to get all their ideas on the same page.  This is often much harder than one may think, particularly when others in the group may have quite differing opinions on how the model or product should be portrayed....

Term 3, Week 6, 2014

Term 3, Week 6, 2014Step up, step out!  Why dance?Malo e lelei and welcome to Tongan Language week.Mina has been doing excellent work researching all about the beautiful nation of Tonga. She is an amazing Tongan dancer and she really hopes that one day she gets to see Tonga...

Creating our models

Term 3, Week 6This week the students have really enjoyed jumping in and getting started on their models.  First things first was the 'safety talk' regarding the use of glue guns and the 'cleaning up talk' regarding paints.  But nothing could deter the students enthusiasm and with compulsory art shirts donned they were into it!...

Term 3, Week 5, 2014Step up, step out. Why dance?Pacific Dance New ZealandWe are so proud and privileged to be working alongside Sefa Enari and his wonderful dancers from Pacific Dance New Zealand.  They are helping all of us to shape up our dance pieces that are the answers to the questions we are asking about dance.  At the same time they are teaching us the Sasa and we are hoping we...

Creating our brief

Term 3 Week 5The students have been looking carefully at the 'purpose' of their product and how that relates to the Technology cycle.  They turned their attention to answering the 'who is it for?' question and 'what is it for?' question. ...

Term 3, Week 4, 2014Step up, step out. Why dance?Auckland University and Auckland Art Gallery Art/Dance interpretationsLots of our students really enjoyed working with the dance students from Auckland university.  They are looking forward to the trip to the Art Gallery next Wednesday 27th August to perform the interpretation of the art works through dance.  Challenging but we are...

Making Maths Fun!!!!

Making Maths Fun!!!This term Room 8 has been recycling old egg cartons for a new maths activity!!! Students shake the container and whichever two numbers the pom poms land on are the groups they make using materials!"REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE" - Jack Johnson :D Jorja...

Room 4's Assembly

In week one Room 4 was in charge of assembly for S.P.S.Lots of us had different scripts that we had to read in front of the whole school, it was really scary!!!!We shared lots of things that we have been learning about in Room 4. We got to show S.PS. our Inquiry video about 'Staying safe on the internet'.Because we are learning about dance this term 'Step up, Step out,'...'Why dance?' We decided...

What does 'impact' mean?

Term 3, Week 4Throughout this week the students have continued to work on their functional modelling designs.   They have worked with either paper or card, or both, to create different designs for their chosen products....

 Step up, step out. Why dance?...

 Step up, step out. Why dance?...

Functional Modelling

Term 3 Week 3This week the Tech students were busy learning how the importance of how functional modelling helps in the evaluation of their designs.  The groups have all been allocated a certain 'product' to design.Some great examples of students 2D designsToilets group...

Surveying User Preferences

Term 3 Week 2This week the Technology students conducted a survey with their stakeholders.  Each of the seven classes have been allocated into 5 target areas.  They are the hall interior, the toilets, the entrance way, the gardens and pathways and the area directly outside the office area.Each of the groups interviewed the whole school, including teachers, teacher aides, office staff...

 Step up, step out. Why dance?What an epic start to Term 3!  In just one week we have had a school...

Term 3 Hall Makeover

Term 3 Week 1WALHT identify the features of good interior/exterior design and what makes these types of designers successful.This week the Year 7 & 8's undertook their first Technology lesson. They will be taken through a series of 16 one hour lessons in order to fulfill their brief on giving our school hall a 'makeover'. After the intro and classroom expectations were given we proceeded...

Statistics and Inquiry

Giant MinonsDuring our inquiry about digital citizenship we found out that children in our classroom did not know about our school website. We decided to conduct a survey in some of the junior classes to find out what they know about our school website.We sent out teams of...

Art Day in Room 16On Thursday morning our whole class did art with Whaea Dagmar. We had a special guest to inspire us. He was Chuck Close. He was involved in an accident and became paralysed. He sits in a wheel chair and has difficulty using his hands. He was inspired by...

Constable Tainas visit to SPS

On Monday Constable Taina came to visit the Kowhai cluster.Taina talked to us about being good citizens. Ben says 'Constable Taina told...

Term 2, Week 3 2014

Better citizens for a digital today.  How can we use digital tools to become better citizens?Room 6 students are working hard on finding out ways in which we can become better citizens.  They have been discussing what digital citizenship means to them and what they think good citizens do.  They watched the movie 'Despicable Me' so they could learn about the different...

World Famous!

Mutukaroa has been a really important way of life at Sylvia Park School. Engaging with Parents and working together to understand our students / children better and how and what they learn is really important to us. It is always nice to have some recognition, not just for...

Numeracy - Maths

Mathematics is an important part of our lives. Maths is everywhere. Mutukaroa is a place where you can find out about what your child is learning in the classroom in terms of Maths, but if you are not at a meeting and you are wondering what you can do at home to support your child in Maths. This video taken off nzmaths Website will explain a bit further on the ways you can support your child at...

Get Set, GO!!!!

Bonjour!This week we have had some fun learning about balance!Katie from the Get Set, Go programme taught us all about balance and what we have to do to balance our bodies.  Here are some pictures of Room 4 children balancing....

Term 2 Inquiry

What makes a good citizen???This term Room 8 is looking how we can be good citizens and what are the characteristics of a good citizen. Our inquiry led us to learning more and more about what our rights and responsibilities are as citizens of SPS and a common theme we discovered was that a good citizen helps others.As we look into how WE can be better citizens Room 8 is viewing work done by...

Term 2 Week 1

Kia Ora everybody!Wow it has been an exciting time getting back into school routines and being back in the classroom.This term in Inquiry we are learning about Citizenship!Room 4 traced around our classmate Ben and then created a new classroom member Sully!Here is a picture of us creating our new class citizen Sully....

Term 2, Week 1 2014

Welcome to Term Two 2014.  It's good to be back!  It's great to be back at the greatest little school in the country, the world and possibly the universe!  Thanks to all of you who have been so welcoming and made me feel like I have returned home.  I would also like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff who have kept SPS doing amazing feats like a flash mob haka at the...

Mutukaroa Parent Centres look for the New Year!

The Mutukaroa Parent Centre at Sylvia Park. The smell of fresh paint has been gone for a couple of weeks now. I have met with many parents.I thought If i tidied the place up, people may just enjoy coming into the Parent Centre! What do you think? :)  I couldn't let you on line folk miss out so I thought I'd give you a tour around the Parent Centre. Enjoy!...

Happy New Year!

Kia Ora Whanau!Welcome back to another awesome year at Sylvia Park School. Today saw the return of all our students from previous years, also many new students across the levels and many new entrant students. My daughter has just started in the new entrant classroom too, so I can definitely feel how all these anxious and proud parents are feeling right now!...

Alleyway

Time to reconstruct the alleyway. We made models to see what are the problems in the alleyway and how we can fix it. Here are some photos of the people constructing the alleyway...

Pak'n'save

term 4, week 7Food for thought was so inspiring but why do we have to eat 5+ a day of our greens and eat 2 servings of our meat. Well on Monday we went to pak'n'save to see what foods are healthy and what foods are not healthy.

Week 7 Term 4

Week 7 Term 4 2013The review of Te Puna Waiora will be on 9th of December. Everyone is welcome to come to the hui.Have a safe and happy week.Joan Maitland

Week 6 Term 4

Week 6 Term 4 2013Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Kai Hauora Picnic next Friday.Joan Maitland

Here is your update!

Week 5 Term 4 2013I am happy to announce that I am stepping in for Whaea Barb for a little while and this blog will be where you can get all the updates you need!  ...

AFL Part 3: The Last AFL Visit :(

AFL practice #6, 2 more till the real game!!!!Week 4 Term 4Through rain or shine the AFL crew have been turning up to share with us their passion for the sport. We here in room 21 thank them for their huge amount of effort they put into teaching us and for our participation we...

Camp 2013!!!!!!

WEEK 4 TERM 4In term 1 some of the year 7 & 8's went with Ambrose Timo, Oriana Sensei, and some other teachers to Lakewood lodge for camp did all kinds of sports like...  Rock climbing and......

Term 4, Week 3 2013

Whiria Te Kaha Tuamanomano, Whiria Te Kaha TuatinitiniBe the change you wish to see in the worldOnly at SPS...J Geeks storm the SPS stage!!!Today we got to see and experience what could only be described as 'incredible'! The J Geeks made a flying visit to perform for our school. They have travelled around the world taking dance and Maori to audiences everywhere. They were inspirational showing...

Swimming

Last week Room 9 got to start their first lot of swimming lessons.A lot of us have been learning about water confidence and are really starting to get used to splashing around in the water.First we had to enter the pool safelyJudah entering the pool with the help of Miss...

The AFL crew return

AFL visit part two!!!!The AFL crew return to continue teaching Room 21 more about this great game!Daley Mauava lines up a kick!Chris showing off...

AFL Kiwi kick style!!!!

Room 21 were once again lucky enough to work with the Kiwi Kick crew who came to visit Sylvia Park School to work with our sporty bunch.After a great warm up our listening skills were put to the test as we listened hard to learn a new skill of how to pass the ball.   This...

Planning for our New Technology Room

Term 1 Week 11The Leonardo Da Vinci maths group visited me this morning armed with a number of pertinent questions.....Leonardo Da Vinci ready to get their answers...

Production time!

Term 1 Week 10Early next week is the community stakeholder day.  This will be held in the school hall.  As a result students across the school have been extremely busy getting their two solutions prepared.  To assist the tech students and their classes I have been in and out of the different classes helping where needed to complete models etc.It's been really amazing to see the...

One to One conferencing

Term 1 Week 9Rm 14 and 19 have now completed all their one on one conferencing with me.  This stage is continuing to be very useful and informative for both teacher and student.  The students are learning that it’s critical to add the supporting information to the persuasive points they are making.  This adds the necessary weight to their arguments.  ...

Taking Action

Term 1 Week 9Taking Action - Final Decision.This week the students have had to decide on the final product design that they will develop.  They have had to look at their designs and think carefully about which one fulfils their design brief best, is suitable for their audience and is creative.  ...

Book Bags!

What is in my book bag? Wow - it's my homework!What is in Kehaulani's book bag?When children turn five and start at Sylvia Park School they have a book bag. These book bags go home every night. It has all the home work you need to do with your child inside. The book bags...

Working with Rm 14 and 19

Term 1 Week 8This week I have the pleasure of working with Rm 14 and 19. Like my previous groups we have done a lot of unpacking and discussions around ‘persuasive language’ and the surface and deeper features that are used. Having a clear exemplar where we can tangibly see the expectation is a very helpful teaching tool....

Concept designs and Functional Modelling

Term 1 Week 8 WALHT develop and evaluate my product.This week we have stepped it up another notch in the Technology cycle. The students are learning that as they are designing their concepts they are having to continue to develop and evaluate at each stage. They are using their peers to assist in the critical questioning and evaluation that needs to be posed at this time. Some of the...

Publishing their work

Term 1 Week 7 This is the second and final week that the visual language students will work with me. Next week I begin with Rm 19 and 14. For many of the students they are studiously publishing their persuasive letters. The time is being taken to conference one on one. As a result I have been able to quickly assess that the students need to have more teaching around the physical layout of...

WALHT explore ideas for themes (Brief Development)

Term 1 Week 7This week the students have been looking more deeply at their inquiry issue and presenting a variety of different solutions.Mene, Nicole and Marissa exploring their alternatives...

Our Families!

Nothing without our parents!In Mutukaroa we have been very lucky over the years to meet the majority of our parents to discuss their childrens assessments and to talk about what they are learning at school. We have shared not only learning stories but life stories about their children and themselves. I  have had the privilege to really get to know our parent community and am honored to call...

How to find Mutukaroa Parent Centre.

Where in the world is Mutukaroa Parent Centre?Ok, so sometimes I ring up parents and they really want to meet, but they don't know where I am. Of course you can go to the office to ask, but I thought this blog would be a good place to share with you all how to get to our Parent Centre once you are at school.  Geez, I think i'm pretty helpful, dont you? :)First up, is how to get to the parent...

The Early Days!

Some familiar faces!It has been three and a half years since Mutukaroa Parent Centre began. During this time we have learnt  a lot about what a quality learning partnership between school and home looks like!I thought this would be a good opportunity to have a...

WALHT persuade others

Term 1 Week 6Today the students were able to craft their draft letters.  Yesterday’s lesson involving the front loading and unpacking of the persuasive Level 4 exemplar.  We spent some time identifying the parts and purposes of each part....

Technology in 2013!

Term 1 Week 6Welcome back to 2013!  It’s been a while but it’s great to be back in front of the students delivering the Technology curriculum.  ...

Welcome New Parents - 2013!

Welcome to Mutukaroa Parent Centre 2013!This is Mutukaroa Parent Centre at Sylvia Park School. From the left to right - Rueben Isaako, Tyson Isaako and Jordyn Isaako. They are brothers. Jordyn was one of the first kids to go through Mutukaroa when it first...

Welcome to Mutukaroa!

Welcome to the Mutukaroa School and Community Learning Partnership Blog!Ariana Williams This is my very first Blog for Mutukaroa School and Community Learning Partnership at Sylvia Park School. My name is Ariana, or Ms Williams to the students who knew me when I...