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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Kia Orana whanau and welcome to our term 4 blog.

This term has been off to a busy start so far. We have had lots of fun learning experiences here at Yendarra School such as;
     swimming lessons
     Fiafia practices

It is our class goal to come to school everyday and in the correct school uniform so that we can all make the most of these wonderful learning experiences.

We LOVE going to the wharekai and making new and exciting things, most of which are harvested from our amazing garden.

Here is a recipe of what you could make at home. Yummy!

Spinach and Feta Filo Triangles
Makes 18

900g spinach, washed and stems removed
3 small red onions, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, crushed
6 eggs, whisked
2 teaspoons dried dill
6 tablespoons chopped mint
3 teaspoons lemon zest
600g feta, crumbled
1½ cups grated cheddar cheese
18 sheets filo pastry
100g butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 180oC.
  2. Wilt spinach in boiling water, cool, squeeze out excess water and roughly chop.
  3. Saute onion and garlic in a little oil until tender.
  4. Place spinach, onion, garlic, eggs, dill, mint, lemon zest, feta and cheddar cheese in a bowl mix well.
  5. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  6. Place 2 sheets of filo on the bench and brush butter between each layer.
  7. Cut in half lengthwise.
  8. Starting at a narrow end spoon mixture onto the filo towards a corner.
  9. Fold the corner with the filling on it diagonally over to form a triangle.
10. Continue to fold in this way retaining the triangle shape.
11.  Continue with remaining pastry and filling.
  1. Place on cold baking tray, brush with remaining butter and sprinkle with extra dill leaves.
13. Bake 15 minutes until golden and crisp.

Did you know, that in 2016 there was 78 preventable drownings in New Zealand?
We are so lucky to live in a country where we are surrounded by oceans, lakes and rivers. So that we can enjoy our summer and maybe even visit the Otara Pools in the holidays, Room 11 have been learning to swim!

“Freestyle is my favourite because I can go fast”

“It is tricky turning to breath. Your head needs to rest on your arm”

“Swimming is good fitness for us!”