Thursday, December 1, 2016

Road Safety Rap in Room 12


Stop look and listen are the three key words.

Stop look and listen is what you need to know.

Before you cross the road you need to 
1: STOP! 
2: listen for their engine 
3: look left and right then when the coast is clear you safely cross the road.

Stop look and listen are the three key words.

Stop look and listen is what you need to know.

When you come up to a car park you need to be careful because there’s traffic going ccrraazzyy 
1: STOP! 
2: listen for their engine 
3: look left and right and at the back for their brake lights then safely cross the road.

Stop look and listen are the three key words.

Stop look and listen is what you need to know.

When you come up to a sneaky driveway you need to 
1: STOP! and be rreeaallllyy careful 
2: listen for their engine and 
3:look left and right and at the back for their brake lights when the road is clear you need to safely cross the driveway.

Stop look and listen are the three key words.

Stop look and listen is what you need to know.

John-Paul Shelley

Monday, November 21, 2016

Welcome to Room 16!

Welcome to Room 16!

Term 4 has been our busiest term! We have had a lot of enjoyable events happen throughout the term.

Ms. Cornhill and Beach Haven Primary students came to visit us for a day. It was good to see Ms. Cornhill again, who was a past teacher of our school.

We also had Constable Matt. Greene who came in to talk to us about road safety. He comes in to visit us every Wednesday. We enjoyed learning about how to cross the road safely.
Bettel Rm 16

Our class has also enjoyed learning Taekwondo skills this term. We learnt about self-defence and had plenty of fun!
Senetuli Rm 16

Monday, September 19, 2016

Otara Schools Rugby Tournament

We are the Champions!

Friday 2nd September was a historical moment for Yendarra being crowned winners of the Otara Schools Rugby tournament for the third consecutive year in the Open boys’ grade. Our girls were also very impressive on the day coming first equal with Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and after not being able to play a semi-final point differential was taken into consideration with our school losing by 1 point difference. 

To celebrate the success and allow our children to hold this success with them into other areas of the curriculum our children wrote recounts to remember that great moment of feeling like champions.

Running as fast as I could chasing my opponent from the other school I tackled the player out of the field. I saved a try that allowed us the win because I wanted to defend our title of being crowned Winner of the Otara schools rugby competition for 2016.
John-Paul Room 12

I ran as quickly as I could to support my team’s hooker and did my best to bridge and protect the ball so that others in my team could pass the ball on to our fastest runners. Unfortunately our team knocked the ball on and we had to form a scrum and then defend. I was feeling exhausted but knew I had that this win would mean we would be champions.
Narosah Room 12

We are so thrilled with our success and know that we have future All Blacks and Black Ferns growing for future years because of whanau support from home and the dedicated coaching by Mrs Natasha Toki-Mautairi and Mrs Jazmin Greig as well as the management on the tournament day of Mrs Ta’a Pritchard.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ted - x Visits Yendarra

Night time, Show time!

Thursday 5th May Yendarra School had the privilege of being both host and sponsor for the Ted-x Manukau launch. Our school was dressed in white sparkling with the colourful costumes, sound and smiles of our children who performed traditional song and dance for 30 visitors. It was an exciting opportunity to share our value of ‘manaakitanga and aroha’ with visitors to Yendarra.

Some of our performers have shared their special memories of the night by describing costume, sound and emotions.

For the Ted-x performance I wore a bright orange Samoan Puletasi with a repeated white flower pattern across the entire top. My hair was wrapped high on top of my head in a bun and to hold this in place I wore a head piece that glittered with flowers. I was excited to perform and at every moment smiled as best I could.
- Fesui Room 12

I felt so lucky to have the privilege to perform at a night time event with all my friends. I was in the choir and wore a beautiful black and magenta Samoan Puletasi with magnificent blue and yellow flowers in my hair. Shiny oil lathered on my skin which sparkled but made me feel really nervous at the same time. I heard our guest clapping as we sang beautifully and as the groups performed gracefully this made me excited.
- Grace Room 10

Dr Fizz and Che-fu at Yendarra

Water is BEST no FIZZ!
How lucky are we that there are others who share in our story of ‘water is best for our brains and bodies’. Thank you Dr Fizz and Che-fu for presenting the message of ‘strong health and living longer’ by making the right ‘drink choices’ like water over fizzy.

In preparation for the visit Room 12 morphed into news reporters creating questions that would get the ‘scoop’ on our visitors.

Do you think that your program and message will be enough to spread the news out to everyone who needs to hear it?

Che-fu who and what inspired you to be a musician?  Music can be a motivating vehicle have you started composing songs about your health message to share?

Che-fu is it challenging to talk about health in the media especially about your own health situation?
Why the name Dr Fizz?

Dr Fizz what inspired you to begin researching the impact of sugar in our diets? Is your investigating exhausting?

Water is BEST for our brains and bodies, Water is BEST!

We hope that Dr Fizz and Che-fu continue to share in harmony the happy health story to many more of our New Zealand whanau and know Yendarra is supporting you!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Aboriginal Art in Room 13

Hi we are Dylan and Olivia from Room 13. For art we are doing Aboriginal dot painting.

You might have some questions about Aboriginal dot painting, well, we are here to answer those for you!

Question: What is Aboriginal dot painting?
Answer: Aboriginal dot painting is the traditional way of painting that the Aboriginals in Australia used. They used bark and clay to make dots to tell stories.

Question: Where does Aboriginal dot painting come from?
Answer: Aboriginal dot painting is from

Question: What did we use to create our Aboriginal dot paintings?
Answer: You need some cotton buds and paint.

Question: Why is Room 13 doing Aboriginal dot painting?
Answer: We are doing Aboriginal Dot painting because we watched this video that explained how the koala lost its tail.

Question: What was the story about how the koala lost its tail?
Answer: Koala and Tree Kangaroo were best friends until one day when there was a drought in Australia. Tree Kangaroo worked hard to find water by digging a big hole, however Koala did not help at all. When Tree Kangaroo found water in the hole, Koala jumped in and tried to drink it all! Tree Kangaroo was angry at Koala’s selfishness, so he pulled Koala out of the hole by his tail… and his tail came off! Now Koala has a short and stumpy tail. You can watch the video here:

We looked at a lot of Australian animals drawn in the traditional Aboriginal way. We saw Koalas, lizards and kangaroos. This art inspired us to use our hands in our dot painting.

Room 13 loves doing Aboriginal dot painting because we dip the cotton buds into the paint and it is relaxing and a lot of fun.

Did you know Yendarra is an Aboriginal name??

Thank you for reading our Term 2 Week 9 blog post.

By Dylan and Olivia.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Learning in Room 15

Welcome to Room 15’s Blog Post.

We had a fun, action packed Term 1 in Room 15.

At Yendarra School we look after ourselves and others so that we can ‘be the best we can be.’ One way that we do this in Room 15 is with our Healthy Kai.
Look at our fantastic food pyramid and healthy lunches

Yum! Fruit, Yoghurt, grain bread sandwiches and water!

WALT- use pencil, pastel and dye to sketch, colour and dye our favourite animal with a Pasifika themed border. 
Our Inquiry topic for the end of term 1 and the beginning of term 2 is ‘The Zoo’. How good does our art look? We used two and three colours for our borders to create a greater effect.

In Room 15, we always do our best. That is why at the beginning of term two we set ‘Scroll Goals’This involved thinking about our progress, the levels that we were on and what we wanted to achieve in Literacy, Numeracy and how we want to show the school values this term. 
We are all working hard so that we can achieve our goals!

Being active is important to us. We loved having the opportunity to participate in soccer coaching.
We learnt ball skills, how to trap, how to pass and how to dribble the ball while looking up.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Money Matters in Room 15

Money Matters in Room 15

We started off learning about money by talking about what money is and why we need it. Here are some of our ideas:
  • Money is what we use to buy things.
  • Money is a  currency
  • Everyone needs money
  • Money is different in other countries

We talked about what New Zealand money looks like.

Money in New Zealand has changed. Mr Harris talked to us about when he was a child, New Zealand had a 5 cent piece...

Now, our money has changed again. Our lowest value is 10 cents. We have used resources off NZ maths to see the changes of money. Our notes have now changed. This is because of new security features to protect our money from criminals who try and print their own money.

Money also helps us with Numeracy.
Money helped us to partition numbers and understand place value.

We have done lots of interactive activities to help us learn:
The value of money

    How to add and subtract amounts of money
    How to make amounts of money
    Giving change

    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Telling Time in Room 13!

    Kia ora koutou katoa and thank you for reading Room 13’s first blog for Term 2!

    Once a week we learn about 
    Measurement and Time. 

    In Week One we worked in our teams and made sand timers to measure one minute. 

    Here are Diadre, Jayden, Saedeze and Melania to tell you more!

    "We were learning about time. We put sugar in a cup with a hole in it. There was a blue cup that had sugar in. Also there was a little cup so we could scoop the sugar and pour the sugar into the white cup. We had a time and it was 1 minute and we nearly made it. We had to draw a line so we knew where to stop and pour."

    By Diadre and Jayden.

    Saedeze and I were counting how long it takes to pour sugar in 1 minute. We both got a marker and measured the sugar. What we used to put the sugar in the cups was a scooper and we put the sugar in a white cup. It had a hole in the bottom so when it was 1 minute we marked it.
    By Saedeze and Melania

    In week two we worked in our teams again, this time to work out what activities we could get done in one minute. 
    Our goal was to get a solid understanding of how long a minute is. 
    Here’s a recount of our learning from Apitanga, Marqez and Heavenly. 

    On Friday my team and I were writing about how many times can we do sports in one minute. In the sports there was lunges, star jumps, burpees, shuttles and star drawing. I was working with Auga and Ja’vaan. Our prediction for lunges was 20. When we tested lunges in one minute the real result was 23. Our prediction for star jumps was 15 but when we tested the star jumps the real result 21. In addition when my team and I got to burpees our prediction was 19 but when we tried it the real result was 30 because Auga and Ja’vaan did the burpees really fast. Our prediction for shuttles was 18 but the real result was 27 again because Ja’vaan did it fast. Last of all was star drawing our prediction was 22 but our result was 25 because Auga did it fast. The star jumps, shuttles, burpees and lunges are what we Room 13 do for fitness. My favourite part of this session was working as a team and supporting each other. My team is Team 4. What really impressed my team and I is seeing Miss Swainston happy with us and Room 13. What my team liked about this session is getting to do a job. I like seeing my team and I have a smile and I’m proud of our work. What my team and I also liked about maths time was learning about time. I really enjoyed working as a team and my team feels the same way.
    My team and I really liked learning about time.

    By Apitanga

    On Friday we had to see how many things we could do in one minute.
    The things we had to do was star jumps, burpees, star drawings and two other things. We had to do the burpees outside because we didn’t want to make a loud stomping noise.
    My team is team 2. Sitani was the timer. The timer is the person who counts the minutes.
    If you don't now what is star drawing you're just drawing stars for one minute.
    My favorite thing was burpees and star jumps.

    By Marqez

    What we were doing for maths was learning to do minutes and read the clock. We counted how many fitness things we could do in one minute. We did star jumps, star drawing, shuffles and we figured out how many times we could do them in one minute. We guessed 20, 50, 16, 40 and we each had a turn and we worked as a whānau. We worked as a team and it was fun and we were all trying our best. We were doing shuffles outside and we got tired! We all had a job and we all worked together.

    By Heavenly.

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Room 13's Amazing Learning!


    We have been learning a lot of interesting things this term!

    We were fortunate enough to have tennis and hockey coaches come through to teach us how to play both sports and learn new skills. Our lessons were every Wednesday for five weeks. 

    Part of our inquiry learning this term focused around Animals and Easter. Room 13 read a book about Alley Cats. We enjoyed learning about the use of verbs in this book.
    Our art focus this term was to use crayon and dye in our artwork. Here are examples of our artwork!

    Below we have examples of our artwork based on Easter. We learnt about the importance of Easter before our Easter holiday. Each student designed their own Easter egg and cross patterns using crayon and dye. All designs were inspired by cultural patterns.