Sunday, 16 November 2014

Cardboard needed - raid your recycling bins!

We need lots more thin cardboard for our next phase of inquiry prototyping. Any thin card from cereal boxes, tissue boxes etc (not corrugated box cardboard) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to everyone who brought some in on Friday. That lot has been used up already!

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Jasmine Interview

Check out Gabe, James and Ollie's interview with Jasmine AKA Emma D on the Aladdin production and how it is coming along! Some VERY interesting questions asked...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Inquiry: Affinity Groups and Hexagonal Thinking

Our Term 4 inquiry is off with a roar and a bang!
We are exploring design thinking in our inquiry around Living Curiously. Last week we spent time observing in the hub, interviewing people and examining different perspectives of life at Amesbury School. We then wrote reports on our findings. This week we are finding areas of school life we might explore further, such as school grounds, our learning, social relationships and our learning environment. We are also forming affinity groups, which are groups of people who are exploring the same areas.
Today we also completed some hexagonal thinking. In our affinity groups we thought of all the different areas we might explore further in our inquiry. We then ranked them in order of importance, and explored different links between the various focus areas we identified.
Our next step will be to consider areas we would like to improve around school, and then create designs and prototypes for items/systems/ideas that will help us with these improvements. On Wednesday we will create some "How might we...?" questions to look at problems we would like to solve around school, such as "How might we create more quiet spaces around our hub where people can get into flow?"
Watch this space for more super ideas to come!
Here are some photos of our hexagonal thinking activity.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Electives T4

The electives this term will be all around the production. Here are the options and what types of things you will be doing in each:

1. Prop making
- paper mache
- painting
- creating and constructing

2. Back drop
- design + layout
- painting 

3. Advertising and ticket design
- making posters for display
- designing tickets

4. Behind the scenes/media
- mini movie making
- social media
- lighting and effects


At different times in the term, your group may be asked to help another group when they need it. 

Fill in the form to let us know which electives you are interested in. You must choose at least 2. 



Thursday, 25 September 2014

Fundraiser Friday

More on Fundraiser Friday!

Friday 26th September

Disco in the hall.  11:00 - 11:30

We are doing a disco because we are fundraising for Gaza and we want you to come. Yes you!
There will be challenges and there will be  good songs. :) :p
The challenges will be best dress, limbo and best dancers by camden, josh.

This is Arnah and Holly and we are doing a creativest clothes day and the materials that you can use is news paper or you could use old materials that you can find in your house and its  fundraising for cancer. 

- Josh & Camden


Creative Clothes
We are doing a creativest clothes day and the materials that you can use is news paper or you could use old materials that you can find in your house.
We are giving away prizes for the most creativest clothes.
If you dress up that will mean you have to bring some money . We are raising money for the Cancer Foundation.
There will be some games will be run.
The game are run between harakeke and koru and we will play tag duck duck goose etc. If you don’t want to play the games that are on you can make your own game and get heaps of children in that game.

- Arnah & Holly



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Year 4/5 and the U20 FIFA World Cup

At our football tournament today, we saw the Under 20 FIFA World Cup! We were also lucky enough to have our photo taken with it (look closely at the back!)  The U20 FIFA World Cup is being hosted by New Zealand next year, with 9 games being held in Wellington. 
We demonstrated some super soccer skills at Memorial Park, Petone today, so who knows, maybe one day we'll compete in the World Cup too!

Year 4/5 Football

It's a gorgeous day and the Year 4s and 5s are ready to go with their football skills sessions. We are looking forward to playing in the tournament later on!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

FUNdraising Friday Coming Up!


Hi there! We are six students from Harakeke Hub who have been working on helping out to increase joy in our local community or in the wider world. FUNdraising Friday is happening this Friday to help us raise some money in a FUN way!

In the fundraising week (week 10) Aimee and Phoebe are raising money for Women’s Refuge. Women’s Refuge is a Wellington-based refuge that helps women who have run away from an abusive husband/boyfriend. Women’s Refuge work very closely with the police so if someone is being abusive to their partner/anyone they could go to jail. We are doing this because we think it is wrong to be abusive to your partners, especially when there is death involved.

Nirvanah and Emily are raising money for a charity in Africa called Aurelia’s Orphanage. This orphanage has a blog which has a page of goals that they want achieved. They are wanting money to make their orphanage a better place for the kids there. They want to help the orphanage and let the children live a better life.

Jane and Kimberley are raising money for Maui dolphins/WWF. We’re doing this disquiry so they can make people/Maui dolphins more joyful. We are also doing this disquiry because then the WWF people will smile to see that others care about maui dolphins as well.

These three groups are going to do a combined fundraiser on Friday week 10. We are going to do a Pyjama / Odd Shoe / Bake Sale day. Bring a gold coin donation (or more!) and come along dressed up or willing to eat treats to help out. It may even make you and others smile, which will increase our joy!


Also, don't forget our learning celebration at 1:45pm in Amesbury Hall. See you there!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Disquiry Expo!

Today we shared our Disquiry (Inquiry + Discovery) projects with each other. We listened respectfully and actively, learned a lot, then gave each other some kind, helpful and specific feedback. What a huge range of topics! Everything from badminton, to dangerous animals, science experiments, makeup tutorials and Minecraft. Ka pai!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Amesbury All-Stars.

The All-Stars netball team attended the Northern Suburbs prizegiving last night to receive their trophy for winning their grade.  Congratulation girls.  We are very proud of you!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Art Splash 2014

It was a late night, but we had loads of fun!  A big well done to Phoebe and Aimee for their fabulous dance moves.  Ka pai koutou!







Sunday, 7 September 2014

Netball Prizegiving.

The Amesbury All-Stars and Amesbury Ferns have had a successful season.  The All-Stars won their grade and their success will be acknowledged on Wednesday night at the Northern Suburbs netball prizegiving. Well done girls!
Debbie Dunbar and Jennifer Jones have worked tirelessly throughout this season.  Many thanks for coaching the girls this season.

Special congratulations to the following children:
Caitlyn - Team Player.
Emily - Most Valuable Player.
Lucy - Most Improved Player.

Sharvi - Team Player.
Emma - Most Valuable Player.
Tais - Most Improved Player.

Emma and Emily - Amesbury School Trophy.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Day Three at Ski Camp

We have had another awesome day in the snow.

All children have improved their skiing skills and some of the more confident children went to the top of the slope with some spectacular 'wipe-outs'on their way down!  If you want to know more see Tais and Emma L.

There were other members of the public on the slope and one unfortunate young man had an accident and had to be airlifted to hospital.  The staff at Tukino were fast to react.  This was a timely reminder to slow down and take care.

Liza, Sarah and Dave were amazing ski instructors and showed our children how to control their descent and consolidate their parallel turns.  Being graceful is key, not speed!

We are looking forward to coming home and seeing our families.







Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Day Two at Ski Camp

What a cracker of a day!

The children slept peacefully and woke with an appetite.  We started our day with a range of breakfast options such as porridge, weetbix, spaghetti, baked beans and scrambled eggs.

Many of our children had their first lesson yesterday, so were eager to hit the slopes this morning.  There were lots of squeals, laughter and fun throughout the day.

We ended our day with a movie called Snow Dogs.  As soon as their heads hit their pillow, they were out to it!

Good night all.