Sunday, November 4, 2018

Fakaalofa Lahi Atu From Room 4!

This term, we are lucky to have Coach
Rochelle teach us exciting hockey skills.
So far, we have learnt how to hold a hockey
stick correctly. We have also learnt how to
control the ball and know that we have to
move our body to block the ball from
going the wrong way. It was a bit tricky at
the beginning, but we kept on practising.
We really enjoy learning hockey skills,
and we can’t wait until Coach Rochelle
visits us again.

“I felt so excited! I felt an adrenaline rush!
I’ve never played hockey before but I
think it is the best game ever.”
- Tyciust

“Sometimes I forget that I shouldn’t touch
the ball with the curvy side of the stick.
I’m going to keep on practicing so I
can hit the ball properly next time.”

- Opetah

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Visual Art - Eye On Nature

In room 14, we have been working on identifying some leaves around Yendarra school!  We have been looking for different leaves, it didn’t matter if they were big or small.  After Room 14 had collected all their different leaves, we got to work! We went back to our classroom and Miss Harrison gave us a blank piece of paper.  We then started the leaf rubbing process, it wasn’t that hard. Miss Harrison demonstrated this for us first, it was awesome. We didn’t need to press hard with the crayon.

The next day, Miss Harrison told us to swap our papers with a buddy.  Our activity was that we had to identify the leaves that the person had leaf rubbed the previous day.  As we started to walk around our school, our job was to locate and identify which leaves matched with the ones on the paper each of us had. Once that was completed, we collected similar leaves and returned to our class.  Miss Harrison then gave us a paper, and we did the same process again.

We had a class discussion of what we found.  It was interesting to hear all the different thoughts. We also justified our reasons why we thought our leaf matched the image on our paper.  With evidence of rubbing the leaf, we explained our understanding. After all our hard work, leaf rubbing was fun!

By: Malia and Lorielle   

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Wharekai - Room 12

In Room 12 we are all excited about getting into the wharekai to cook. But before that we are all required to know the kitchen safety rules.

Everyone needs to wear closed up shoes in the kitchen to protect our feet in case we drop anything on our toes. Hair needs to be tied back so we can see what we are doing while we are cooking. Wash your hands - this is for hygiene purposes. You are handling food so hands need to be clean. We wear our aprons with our name tags on. The purpose for wearing the aprons is to keep our uniforms clean. The name tags are for our wonderful volunteers Mrs Sarah Powell and Mrs Jackson so that they know our names.

Identifying the danger points in the kitchen is very vital too. We were able to identify the danger points. They were
  • ·       No running in the kitchen
  • ·       Hot surfaces (Stove tops)
  • ·       Cleaning up liquid spills on the floor

·       Knife Skills.

We were shown how to hold the sharp knife correctly when we were taking it to the sink to get washed - holding the knife to the side of our body. We held the handle of the sharp knife pointing towards the ground.
The class was shown how to pass a knife, so we practised passing the sharp knife to our buddy next to us.
Never put a knife in the sink with soapy water. The reason for that is the person washing cannot see the knife through the soapy water.

Using the knife we learnt to chopping skills with the knife.

Tap chop
  • Thumb at the buck of the vegetable with your fingers tucked under.
  • Blade does not come above your knuckles.

Cross Chop

  • ·       Hand is flat on blunt side of the knife.    .
  • ·       Knife tips stays on the chopping board
  • ·       The handle moves up and down.

Now we have all done the kitchen safety rules and knife skills. We are ready for our first cooking lesson which will be on Thursday 8th March 2018.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Waterslide

A fantastic piece of crafted writing from one of our Year 4 tamariki. Keep it up.

The Waterslide

By Trinity

It was such a hot, boiling, blistering day that I felt like my skin was peeling
off! Me and my big family drove to the pools. It was my birthday! There was
every water slide you could ever imagine. Then I saw a humongous, gigantic
water slide. It was very colourful. Me and my cousins raced up the wooden
stairs. There was a dark hole waiting for me to get in. As I slid in the water
slide, it was freezing like cold ice! As I pushed the metal, silver bars, there
were flashing colourful lights on top of me. “Whee!” I heard someone
screaming but it was actually me! The water was splashing in my eyes. But
then I twisted and turned onto my stomach. I was feeling very terrified.
As I saw some light, I knew I was almost to the end. Suddenly I flew out
into the deep pool and water splashed into my mouth. “Yuck!” People were
looking and staring at me. I smiled back at them. I shouted, “Best water
slide ever!!!”

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Room 10 - Wonderful Wai

Room 10 are thoughtful thinkers and we aroha science.
We created an experiment to find out more about the wonderful liquid of wai (water).
You can try this experiment too!

You need:
  • 3 x clear jars
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Dye to colour the water

First we made dye in the clear jars.
Secondly we folded a paper towel into strips and placed each end in the
coloured water.
Next we made predictions about what we thought might happen.
Then we observed to see what did happen.

Zaidore says…
"My prediction is that the colours are going to change colour and I think the colours are going to get darker.

My observation is that I see the colours are changing colours."
We are also asking questions about the experiment.

What if we had ten different colours in ten jars?
What if we used five paper towels instead of just one?
What if we used different kinds of paper?

Next we are going to investigate variables and see what might happen if we change

Monday, November 20, 2017

Room 13

Bucket drumming with Mr Lakatani

Room 13 has been given an opportunity to do bucket drumming with Mr Lakatani every Tuesday each week. We have learnt lots of different things from Mr Lakatani. If you hit the bucket in the middle, the edge and the side it all makes a different sound.

We also talked about different notes. Mr Lakatani said there were long notes, short notes and a rest. If you mix it all together like a milkshake you get a phrase and that phrase is all the beats you put together.

We practised a beat and we had to say left right left right right left and that’s another beat too. It was easy one we kept practising the phrase as we played. Afterwards we put all the beats we learned together and that was a challenge for me. I felt like giving up but I still did it and now I like bucket drumming and look forward to working with Mr Lakatani every Tuesday.

By Lorielle Salefao
Year 4

White Water Park

It was time to head into He Taonga Aroha. We got changed then we came back out with our towel. We got to wear our Yendarra jackets and I was super excited. It was time to go on the bus. On our way to White Water Park I was energized. I thought it was the pools but it was not. It was kind of like a mini beach. I couldn’t stop smiling, we took off our Yendarra jackets and put them against the wall. We waited and we hopped in the pool. It was freezing cold. Our instructor told us to do some jumps and run to make us stay warm. 

We did some free styling and kicking while on our back. We got out and changed into our free t-shirts we got given. When we got out of our changing rooms we had morning tea.   For morning tea we had a banana, an apple and we also had a muesli bar which was to give us energy. After that, we went in the into the Vodafone Events Centre and waited. When it was time get our certificate and medal I was thrilled. I received my certificate and medal and I was overjoyed. We took a lot of photos and we even took a photo with the famous John Walker. 

We went on the bus and headed to Subway in Manukau. That is what we had for lunch. Then we came back to school and got changed into our uniform. We came back to class and told our class about what we did at White Water Park. My favourite part was getting the certificate and medal and also being on One News. I had the best day of the year. I am so pleased that I got chosen because I have tried my best to come to school everyday this year.

By Aaliyah Taulu
Year 5

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Since Term 2 we have been really lucky to have had senior drama classes with Krystel Fernandes from the company Head Held High .

She has used poetry, jumping into scenes, charades and other games to teach us how to:
 ● Speak with confidence
● Use good posture and eye contact when speaking
● Improve the volume and expression of our voices.

We thank you Krystel for giving us an awesome once in a lifetime experience that was challenging but fun.