Monday, September 26, 2011

All Blacks v France

What an amazing RWC game on Saturday night.  
All Blacks v France
Did you watch the All Blacks Haka?
They looked very focused and fierce!
Mrs McKenzie was watching and it made me shiver!

Mrs McKenzie also went to see Samoa vs Fiji.
They both challenged each other at the same time.
 The Siva Tua vs The Cipi!

You can follow the games and scores on this site.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Conservation Week

It is Conservation Week.  
This year the challenge is to show how much you love New Zealand.
People all across the country celebrate our native wildlife, natural areas
and the places that are part of our history,
by joining in conservation events and activities.
They share their photos on
Take a look at our wonderful country.

We had an art competition in our school.  
We could create any picture or photo showing our school environment
We wanted to draw Mother Duck.
First we sketched her, 
looking carefully at her feathers, the shape and colours.
Then we drew and coloured her.
We used 3 different browns to show her feathers.
Mother Duck on PhotoPeach
Hamilton artist Catherine Houston came to school to judge all the pictures and photos entered.
Guess who won prizes?
Yay! Go girls!

What a great prize to take home and watch grow!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

World Cup Flags

Anna has found a very clever app on her phone.  
She has been very kind 
and helped Room 16 make these faces.  
Can you spot who we are?
What country do we support?

Thank you Anna,
also, Mrs Laburn and Room 3, Point View School.
From Room 16

World Cup - Week One

Rugby World Cup 2011 has begun!
Did you know...
20 Teams are competing from all over the World.
There will be 48 matches, over 45 days.
The Final is on October 23rd, at Eden Park.
How many flags do you know?
We are learning about each country and their emblem too.
The games are being played in 12 cities, all over New Zealand.
Can you find Hamilton?
We created a Wordle with all the rugby words we know!
Go the All Blacks!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

World Cup Opening

Wow! What an amazing Opening Ceremony.  
Mrs McKenzie was very lucky to be there.  
It made me very proud to be a Kiwi!
Can you see me?
We all used our cell phones to make twinkling lights.
Then we flashed our phones on and off to count down
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ...

Congratulations New Zealand and the RWC organisers!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Quad Blogging

Blogging connects us with the World
Room 16 is excited to be part of the Quad Blogging Project.
This project involves 4 schools each with a class blog.
The schools take it in turns in a 4 week cycle to be the focus of the other 3 schools. These schools visit the blog of the focus school to respond to posts, leave comments and generally learn about school life and students in different places.
Visit the Quad Blog website for more details:
The 3 schools involved with Room 16 in our quad are:
Room 3 and Mrs Nelson from Craigburn Primary School in Australia
Room 2 Rockets and Miss Revell from Maraekakaho School in New Zealand
Year 3 and Miss Donacien from Wix Primary in England
Follow the links on our sidebar to visit our quad’s blogs.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

First day of the World Cup

We have learnt the Haka to wish the All Blacks good luck.
Untitled from Ham East on Vimeo.
We think we are almost as good as the All Blacks.
What do you think?
The whole school dressed up in black!
This is Totara team cheering for the All Blacks!

Totara cheering for the All Blacks from Ham East on Vimeo.

"Go the Mighty All Blacks!" Room 16 cheered.
and three cheers for Tonga too! 
(But Mrs McKenzie hopes they do not beat the All Blacks!)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Quality Comments

We have been really lucky and are now part of a
Quad blog with three other schools.
We will be sharing each others blogs for the next three months.
This week we have been researching
how to write a quality comment on blogs.  
We found this video from Mrs Yollis and her class.


We have made a 'Quality Comment' rubric.

How to Write
a Quality Comment 
1. Start with a compliment
- be positive, be specific.
2. Add new information
- add new facts if you know them.
3. Make a connection
- share something you have in common. 
4. End with a question
- get a conversation going. 
5. Proofread your comment
- check capital letters and punctuation.

Our Blogging buddies in Room 3, Craigburn School, Australia have this presentation on their blog.  It shows how to use the comment box on our blog.  Now we can show our families and ask them to...

make a comment! 

Breaking News!

For the last three years Mother Duck has come to school to make her nest and lay her eggs.
We have learnt not to feed her because Father Duck visits every night to bring her food.
We know to be very quiet and not get too close so we don't frighten her.
YESTERDAY something exciting happened!
Look closely....
and closer...
and closer...
 Can you see the tiny ducklings?
What a surprise!
We counted 7 ducklings.

Mother Duck & ducklings from Ham East on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Calendar Art

We used our gorgeous rhododendron flower sketches 
to create our Calendar Art.
Our artwork is on display in the school foyer.
Order now for great Christmas presents
Calendars - $11.00    Pkt of Cards - $12.00
Our Rhododendron Calendar Art on PhotoPeach
Cross Country Day
We were very excited!
We came prepared.  
We had our shoes and socks, t-shirts, drink bottles 
and most importantly 
On your marks...
Get set...
Year 2 Girls from Ham East on Vimeo.
Year 2 Boys from Ham East on Vimeo.
Year 3 Girls from Ham East on Vimeo.
Year 3 Boys from Ham East on Vimeo.
We all tried our best...
What a finish! on PhotoPeach