Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas to you all

What an amazing Christmas Mass this evening.  It was so great to see so many of you there.  I hope you all have a wonderful time tomorrow.  I am very excited!  There are sooooo many beautiful presents waiting to be unwrapped....  I am away to Cromwell on Sunday.  Happy New Year to you all. 
Mrs K

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Masterchef St Mary's style

When we harvested our vegetables we decided to have a Masterchef.  We prepped our food, plated up and our plates were judged by visiting Chefs Lindsay and Bridget!!!  The categories were presentation, quantity, colour, and taste.  What a lot of fun we had!  One group got an extra prize for eating all their plate!!!

Our walls came alive when we shared our inquiries

Mrs K is soooo proud of her class.  Everyone presented new learning to celebrate the Edible Plants topic.  We learnt soooo much from each other. 

Snapshots of the last days together...

On Wednesday we harvested our vegetables!!!  We got some big and some little surprises...


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Zara's blog note to go with the pop art photopeach which I will link again so they are together...

The Art Gallery

After we drove to the art gallery we met John. He took us around the museum and showed us the difference between old paintings and a pop art painting. He told us to play spot the difference. The old paintings were all dressed up and dark dull colours. But the Pop art posters were all colourful and bright. Laid back you could say. Then we learnt about the colour wheel. For example Hot Colours go better when they are with cold colours. Red and green, orange and blue, or even yellow and purple. Then it was straight into business. First we drew the fruit on a white piece of paper and coloured it in thoroughly. Then the parents put ink around the fruit once we had coloured them in. John and the parents cut out and dried our fruit. While they did that for us the children were doing the place mats or table cloths for our fruit bowl. They all look awesome!


By Zara

The start of Zara's sleepover adventure.... more to come

Museum Sleep Over!

It’s the day! I lugged my bags to the hall before school. I waited for the bell to ring. Ding-a-ling-a-ling, went the bell. Prayers were up first. Then we had to wait until 9.30 so we could leave it and hit the road. First stop the dinosaur park. Totally enjoyable! Running around in the fresh air, with your friends! After the dinosaur park we went to our secret destination. CADBURYS! We went into Santa’s grotto and got our photos taken with Santa. We wrapped up chocolates for family, friends or yourselves! Then we went to the gardens. We ate our lunch and played. After a while playing it was SHOW TIME! Lorie Bridget Ciara Georgia Janaya and I Zara were on first! We did Lorie’s Hip hop dance it was way cool. Then it was boys fighting. We also did another show. Starring

Ciara's Museum reflection

Museum sleep over

On Wednesday morning at 9:30 we got in our cars and went to the dinosaur park. Then we went to the secret destination. It was Cadburys. We went to the gardens and we got in groups and did a dance or anything that you wanted to do. Then we got to pack up and go to the museum to see the butterflies. It was so hot. I was wearing jeans. They wear nearly sticking to my legs. It was so hot

I nearly fainted. Then we got our beds ready and got our

PJs. After that we went to bed. We got up at 7:00 in the morning. I was so tired. We got dressed, had breakfast and we went swimming. It was awesome. I forgot to tell you the scary part. When we went on the night walk I was so sacred.

By Ciara.

Janaya's highlights

I was excited to sleep at museum sleep over. We went to the dinosaur park for a play. I took my camera to the park. We went to the art gallery and my favourite part was the chocolate factor. It was fun. I slept well. The end of my adventure. By Janaya.

Chelsea's highlights from the sleepover


On Thursday we went to the art gallery and made fruit bowls. Then we went to the pool and had lunch and went in the pool. We went on the hydro slide and went on diving board and I did a flip off the diving board 6 times. It was amazing. It was like doing a roly-poly off a diving board.

Callum's Museum sleepover reflection

Our two day adventure

My favorite in the adventure was the pool because it was my first time ever going off the diving board. It was fantastic. The most challenging part was the night walk. It was scary and freaky at night. We set our beds on a pad in discover pad. We slept in sleeping bags. The lights were on at seven o’clock. I got my pad and brought it upstairs. We got breakfast, I had cornflakes and milk. We packed and got in our car groups. We left to the Art gallery and John Neumegen took us for a tour around the gallery. Then we went to his work shop and made fruit bowls.

Museum Sleepover - Bridget

Room 4 Museum Sleepover!!!
On Thursday Room 4 went swimming at the pool. First I went to the whirl pool. Then I went on the Hydroslide and for the first time ever I jumped off the diving board. I jumped off at least four or five times. My Mum came swimming with me. I had a great time. On Thursday Room 4 also went to the art Gallery and made pop art pictures. The pop art pictures are of Fruit bowls with fruit in them. My fruit bowl had pictures of Bananas, Cherries, Oranges, Kiwi fruit and an Apple. That was the fun on Thursday
By Bridget

New updates....

Today I copied the blog notes folder over so I can add some updates tonight.  I hope you enjoy the following posts.  Comments very welcome. 

Can't wait to get to school tomorrow...

I am very excited to get to school tomorrow and see my smiling little faces arrive.  I have a very special surprise for you all!!!  Let's have a magical last 3 days together!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thank you from the bottom of my heart...

Andrew, Brendan, Catherine, Corey, Dave, Frank, Karen, Karen, Kevin, Marie, Paul, Ray, Ritchie, Stephen, Virginia, Kiri, Natalie, Claire, and John, Thank you all for your tremendous support for our two day adventure.  We really appreciate you all and have had a fabulous time.  Thanks again.
Room 4 and Mrs K

Day Two highlights

Bright eyed and bushy tailed after a great night's sleep

Watching advertisements at the Art Gallery

Creating Healthy Platters - eating our colours everyday

Our masterpieces

Hydroslide fun

Diving Board Fun

Santa's Grotto at Cadbury world...

The journey so far...

Night of TERROR

The doors were closed, all the people had gone home and the Room 4 sleepover team were tired and weary.  They insisted on just one more adventure and so the night walk began.  The line was organised with parents carefully scattered amongst the line all locked together hand to shoulder.  It was dark, incredibly dark, and quiet as we exited the comfort of our base and timidly paced through unknown lands.  Aghghghghghg the first blood curling screaming ripped along the line and echoed interminably...  Hearts could be heard like beating drums and sweat encrusted the little brows.  Aghghghghgh wave upon wave of scream burst as the shapes in the dark moved and grabbed and terrified us.  Nervous laughter rapidly turned to weeping and panting..... “I want to go back” was echoed along the line.  The brave and hearty crumbled and children clung to each other and clambered on the adults.  The sounds and the sights and the vivid imaginations of the Room 4 children was turning our adventure into TERROR at the museum........

Oh the terror...

Just back from the night walk...... aghghghghghg how scary was that.  Just after we set off in the dark we were nearly frightened out of our skins.... the noises were terrifying.  We were almost as petrified as the mummy!!!!!!! Well anyway - it was just sooooooo scary.  We will try to tell you about it tomorrow - if we ever get to sleep that is. 
Night everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yet another update...

We have just been on a tour - we met the mummy..... 
then we did a tour of people of the world gallery and made costumes, flags and wrote and sang national anthems.  This is AMAZING!!!!
We have just set up our sleeping bags in discovery world and soon we are getting ready for bed.  After that we are having a tropical deluxe butterfly supper then we are going on a night walk................... I hope the mummy doesn't hear us....

Blog update live from discovery world

Today we went to discovery world we are doing so many exciting things.  We are staying the night in discovery world.  Kaelen
I liked it when to the gardens and performed on stage and we looked at the bird aviaries.  Jake
When we went to Cadbury world we got to wrap up presents.  There are chocolates in them.  Some people wrote the gift card to themself, from themself.  Bridget
I liked when we were looking at the Maori food gathering in the past.  Aaliyah
We've had lots of fun at all the places we've been.  My favourite was Cadburys because I've never been there before.  It wa a good surprise.  Alex
It has been fun so far.  The dinosaur park was really really really fun especially when I went down the dinosaur slide.  Thomas
I have really enjoyed the day so far.  I have loved walking around the museum and finding out where things are.  Jemma-Rose
I love the bubble thing because I was really good at it.  Georgia
On the golf ball contraption, I really like it because the ball goes around and around and gets hit by a hammer and comes back to the same place.  Sam
Mrs Kenneally tricked us telling us we were going to the Otago Daily Times but we weren't actually going there, we went to Cadburys.  Ryan
I am having such a great time.  It is amazing to see how well everyone gets on together.  I am soooooo proud of my lovely class.  The highlight of the day for me so far is Cadbury World.  Mrs K
The highlight of the day for me was the gardens and all the funny show.  My favourite show was Granny slam.  Jack
My highlight of the day is being here in Discovery World.  Callum
My highlight of the day was the gardens.  I liked playing and having the shows and chasing the seagulls.  Caitlin
My favourite place was the gardens because they looked good and I had a great play there.  Mason
We have taken hundreds of photos.  Mrs K
I really liked when we had a drink and some cookies for afternoon tea.  Paige
It is fun playing in discovery world and Tom helped us learn new things.  Zack
I was very excited when we first got here.  I enjoyed the dinosaur park because it was my first time going and I liked the tyre.  Janaya
I have been soundly beaten by Catherine in a mindgame and I am having a great time already and I only just got here.  Marie
The expressions on the children's faces is worth a million dollars.  Catherine
It has been exceptional how well all the children have been behaved today.  The look of surprise on their faces when we weren't going to the ODT office was amazing.  Corey
Im having lots of fun in survival factor. Billy
Its really fun being here and survival factor is my favourite part. I'm still having lots of fun!
I really like when we went to the dinosaur park because I liked swinging on the tyres. Kurt.
I cant wait until we go to sleep.  My favourite part was balancing on the surfboard. I cant wait till we have pizza Gracin.
The dinosaur park was my favourite place today, it was really fun running around in the fresh air. Zara
My favourite part was the dinosaur park because I've never been there and I loved the big dinosaur slide.Ciara
It was fun coming here because I was so excited to have a look around.  My favourite part was going on the surfboard and going on the sneeze thing.  Lorie.
It was fun, I cant wait until my night walk. It was really fun in Cadburys and we thought we were going to the newspaper place, they tricked us.  Jessica.
I'm looking forward to a good nights sleep. Karen   Haha said Marie


At the Museum...

Yay, we are at the museum now.... We have had a magical day.  It all started at the Dinosaur Park, then we went to the secret destination - Santa's grotto at Cadbury world!  It was SOOOOOOOO cool.  We all got to wrap up Chocolates in boxes for Xmas presents and get our photo with Santa and see all the cool Christmas displays.  Then we went to the bird aviaries and played at the gardens.  We all got to sing and dance on stage in the bandstand.  Now we are at the Museum.  We are learning about Pre European Food Gathering....   We can't wait to set up for the night in discovery world..... more later..........

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Friday tomorrow - YAY

I can't wait to be back in class with you all tomorrow.   I am sooooo excited about Funky Friday.  I hope you are in the mood to start Christmas creation!  I think our potato people might be ready for a hair cut and if you remember to bring in fruits and vegetables we can create again!!!!  YAY YAY

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What a magic cricket morning!

Thank you to all the wonderful parents and helpers who made this morning possible.  We had a wonderful morning and I am sure the photos show the magical time we had.  This afternoon Mrs Gilliland had the great idea for creating PMIs about the day on wickets.  Great thinking!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ryan's new musical instrument...

A little sneak peak at my garden...

Come and meet our sensational new buddies...

Today Room 1 and Room 4 met in the foyer.  Now that both of our classes have grown we have more room in the foyer.  Today we welcomed three new buddies.

Janaya and Holly

Aaliyah and Jorja

Sophie and Ciara

Sharing our homework

Much more room to spread out in the foyer!

More plants in the School garden!

Today Room 1 and Room 3 transplanted their vegetables into our tyre garden!

Cricket Skills with Steve today...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

On to the next step of the learning journey...

Today was SOOOOO exciting.  We have all decided on the next part of our learning journey.  We are going to spend the next three weeks researching and answering our questions.  We can present our learning in any form as long as it is in our own words.  We can use photos, movies, powerpoints, pictures, words, posters...
We would really like your help with our research.  Here are our challenges...

Billy   Are there vegetables we haven’t discovered yet? What are they and how do they come about?
Georgia   What is on seeds to make them look pink or blue? Why is it used?
Jack   What is fungus? Is it a vegetable?
Zack   The life cycle of pumpkin
Chelsea   Who makes seeds and how?
Ciara    What are the boy and girl parts of vegetable plants?
Zara    Who invented seeds? The creation story.
Bridget     The life cycle of a pea.
Paige     The life cycle of corn.
Josh    What vegetable has the most vitamins? How can we tell?
Jessica     The life cycle of lettuce.
Caitlin    The life cycle of carrots.
Kaelen    The life cycle of radish
Jake    The life cycle of eggplant – aubergine.
Sam    How do bees pollinate the plant and how does the plant create a seed then grow into another plant?
Brya   The life cycle of a cucumber.
Callum    How do root vegetables get vitamins?
Alex    What are the vegetable families?
Thomas    The life cycle of leeks, onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, chives. (Alliums)
Mason    Can you eat all vegetables raw? Can you cook all vegetables?
Lorie    How do seeds know when to grow?
Jemma    The life cycle of beans.
Kurt    Why do some plants creep and crawl to grow?
Ryan    The life cycle of a potato.
Janaya    The life cycle of broccoli, cauliflower and brocoflower.
Aaliyah     Why are vegetables healthy and good for us?
Gracin   What do seeds need to grow into vegetables?

Monday, November 8, 2010

More green fingered magic...

What an AMAZING day again.  This has to be the BEST topic in the world.  Thanks again to Judith the UTE driver!   Fun, fun, fun...

What a simply magic "green fingers" day...

Today was AMAZING.  We moved the tyres, weeded, planted, watered, ate alfalfa, and much, much more.  I am sure you can tell how much fun we had...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Kidz@conterence 2010


I thought you might like to see what we have been up to for the last two days.

My very clever class...

I am very excited to see that you have been blogging.  You are wonderful.  The runner beans look fantastic transplanted - well done.  The alfafa sprouts have grown sooooo much.  I guess we are eating alfalfa on Monday?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Great to see Lorie in the paper today!

Hope you all had a fantastic day at the sports!  I am having an awesome time at kidsz@conference!  See you all on monday!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010