We welcomed them with a powhiri. Mr Sorley and Mr B led it. Mr Sorley was really brave and said a pepeha. We all sung our chant and school waiata. The Year 6's did us proud leading it. Some of us had our putangitangi and played these during the song. Koro Mike was there and many whanau. Everyone looked really proud. Some people had tears in their eyes.
Mr B said a mihi and introduced Tania and Sarah from the Ministry. Then Tania also said her pepeha.
Mr B started to sing Te Aroha after she finished, and so we all stood up to awhi them.
Then the adults and Year 6 leaders all greeted each other with hongi. That felt funny and a bit awkward.
Later on some of us came back to talk to the Ministry about our album and the production "Last Song of the Kokako." They asked us what we liked best and we told them-writing the production was cool because we were able to decide what happened and how we would do our own production. We also said we loved learning about our birds their characteristics and their Maori names. We felt proud about turning our library into a recording studio and making a music album.
They also asked us what we loved about our school. We said everything! But especially how much we learn and do. Everyday is exciting. We like being able to ask questions and learn new things. We are proud of our gardens and what's happening right now with our chickens. It was pretty good timing too, because two chicks started hatching while they were here.
Tania also asked us what we wanted to be when we were older. "A rally driver and a miner," said Hamish. "A scientist and vet" said Lily. "A car designer that creates cars that don't run on fossil fuels and a farmer" said Liam. "A climatologist" said Pratik. "A motorbike freestyle rider and engineer" said Noah. We could tell Tania was surprised and impressed with our ideas.
We've spent Thursday-while Mr B was with the Ministry showing them around the school-creating cardboard creations for the MADE challenge we are thinking of entering in September. We made some cool masks and things. We also prepared ourselves to become kaiako for next Tuesday when we host Kiwikidz wha club visit to our school and teach them how to make putangitangi. Mrs Bartram said there are 17 4 year olds coming to the school. We will buddy up to help them learn.
On Friday we spent a little time on Studyladder working through our pod tasks for decimals and fractions. We have quite a few set tasks to get through. We like the tutorials Mr B sets for us to help us learn and prepare for learning independently. Mr B has been working with us on our division strategies using reversibility and our tens timetable knowledge for the bigger questions. But we need to know all our timetables just like that Mr B said. He is going to have a challenge with a big prize at the end of term. We also want to vs Parents at Basic facts one assembly before the end of term as well.
We then spent our discovery time focusing on "mahitahi" working together and participating within groups. We formed a Room 3 orchestra and learnt a song by Jack Johnson called "Upside down" before then using percussion instruments to add our own rhythm and beat. We decided we want to challenge Room 2 and 1 to learn a new song each week for assembly. So we are going to learn one every week, to teach and share. Then Room 2 and 1 will get an email from us sharing the words and music. At the next assembly we can all sing it. If we keep doing this each week we will have at least 14 new songs for assemblies!
Finally we harvested bok choy, silver beat, chard, some chinese cabbage and broad bean heads thinned from the garden to cook along with onions and carrots, meat or mushrooms for the vegetarian group and noodles in a delicious stir fry. We added soy sauce and seasame seed oil too for an Asian flavour. We used compostable cups to eat from which we will use for seed planting. We put all our scraps in the compost and we noticed that we had created little rubbish at all!
We cooked and ate outside in the spring sun. We used our camp cookers and made tables from cardboard. We dreamt of the day when our outdoor classroom is built because doing this kind of thing is fun, and a nice reward for our hard work too!
Assembly was a nice end to the week, we changed things around because when Mr B asked us what we would like to do different we said sing new songs and face the parents. We feel funny with our backs to them. And now with our awesome Room 3 orchestra and choir, well....you know!
Liam and Kate read their writing. We felt proud of Kate being brave. It was a nice way to remember her Granddad on daffodil day. We all sang Te Hei Maori ora to awhi Kate and her family.
Yep it was a good week!
by Room 3