Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Best Wishes

We wish the 58 Year 6 children all the very best for the future. You've been a great group of kids - hard-working, creative, friendly and lots of fun.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Room 1 Inquiry

We studied many different questions for our Inquiry.  Here is a short presentation of some of the things we discovered.

Term 4 Robotics Group

In Term 4 eight more Year 6 students were given the opportunity to attend Robotic workshops.  This film shows you what they made.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

SPCA Visit Rooms 4 and 5.

Room 4 made chew toys for dogs and play toys for cats, and we sent these to lots of local animal charities. The SPCA even came to visit us to say thank you. They brought with them 2 puppies (called Aria and Arnie) and 1 guinea pig named Frankie.

The children had lots of fun meeting the animals and we hope the animals liked the toys we made for them.

Making Lunch Wraps with Bees Wax

In Room 13 we have been learning all about bees.  One of the things we learnt about was beeswax and how we can use it for all sorts of things.  We had a go at using a piece of fabric and the beeswax to make a sandwich wrap.

Here's what we did :

Friday, 8 December 2017

At Avalon Park with Room 15

 The students in Room 15 had lots of fun on their trip to Avalon Park. They had a fabulous time exploring and testing themselves on a variety of equipment. They also demonstrated respect for themselves and others by sharing, taking turns, including others and respecting the boundaries to keep safe.

Friday, 1 December 2017

STEM in Room 5

In Room 5 we have been working on STEM challenges.  STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  We have made towers from newspaper, underwater buildings and Lego towers that will hold a tennis ball.  

Room 5 students creating their underwater buildings.

Today we used marshmallows and spaghetti to build the tallest structure that we could.  Before we started we had to draw a plan.  We had 20 mini marshmallows and 20 pieces of dried spaghetti.  How would we use them?   Once we had our plan we got to work.  It was much harder than we thought it would be.  We tried to make them like our plan but most of us had to change the plan as we worked.

Creating our marshmallow and spaghetti structures

In the end we all managed to build a structure of some sort.  We really enjoyed the STEM challenges because even though they didn't turn out quite the way we planned we enjoyed being creative and problem solving.  (Eating the marshmallows wasn't bad either!)

Our finished marshmallow and spaghetti structures.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Kids Helping Kids

The Whanau-House Leaders are pleased to announce that the inaugural Johnsonville School initiated Kids Helping Kids appeal has raised a total of $436.40.

The Kids Helping Kids 'Hearts on our Sleeves' Day brought in $192.00 and the Kids Helping Kids Market raised $244.40.

Thank you to everybody who supported us as we raised funds for Koru Care NZ. Koru Care works to make dreams come true for seriously ill and disabled Kiwi children. 

Kids Helping Kids Market Day - Sales Team

Ready for the customers

Open for business

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Our Year at School. By Room 8

We have had an awesome time in room 8 this year
We’ve written a cool poem which we are going to share.

We’re going to tell you all about some things that we’ve done
And I’m sure you’ll see that we’ve had heaps of fun.

We like to learn maths and to subtract and to add
When we know all our times tables we will be really glad.

Room 7 and Room 8 really like working together
We really don't mind about the weather.

Kahoot is a maths quiz that we all like to do
The questions were quite hard but some of the answers we knew

This year our school was one hundred and fifty years old
People came to the reunion and had a great time we are told
We show our families our work when we post it on seesaw
We share our writing and our maths and the pictures that we draw

JSPA is really amazing and some great things we have done
We learned to dance and sing and play and it was really fun

We write awesome stories and we have done some amazing art
We think that we are now really really smart

Cupcake day was at the start of the year
We all made cupcakes to bring and to share.

There were so many yummy cupcakes in the school hall
We had to choose two but we wanted to eat them all.

Softball started this year in term four
We liked it so much we wanted to play more and more

They taught us how to throw and how to hit the ball
The weather wasn’t great so sometimes we were in the hall.

In term 1 and term 4 the school discos were held
We laughed and we danced and we sang and we yelled.

We had a fun evening in our classroom in term three
We ate dessert and we helped to paint the tree.

Waikanae pool trip in February was heaps of fun
It was warm and we enjoyed our day in the sun

Revealing our seat in the garden was so cool
The enviro team opened it for our school.

We’ve been learning how to throw and catch the ball
We sometimes play basketball with room 7 in the hall

Mihi Whakatau welcomes families who are new
We have them every term and it’s something we like to do

We love meeting new people but they come and go
At our school we have learned to just go with the flow

The school triathlon was really fun but hard
We had to run and bike around the schoolyard.

One of our favourite things at our school
Is Thursdays when we go swimming in our very own pool

Te Reo is fun and lots of new words we like to learn
Whaea Adrienne teaches games and we like it when it’s our turn

In choir we sing with an amazing band
Who help our choirs sound really grand

We hope you’ve enjoyed your school year as well
We can’t wait to hear the final bell.

Our year is almost finished and the holidays are near.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and we will see you next year.

BY Room 8

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Buzz about Bees

This term Room 14 has been learning all about bees. 

We started off thinking about what we would like to know about bees and then wrote all of our questions on hexagons and made them into a hive. 

We then worked together looking on the iPads and in books to answer our questions. 

With all the new information we had, we decided to make a book to share all our exciting facts. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

'Cats' - Special Education Unit

Magazine Cats

Check out our wonderful art for this week based 
on the picture below... 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Kids Helping Kids Market

The Kids Helping Kids market stall did a roaring trade at the fruit and veggie market on Sunday. Thank you to everyone who bought something from the stall.

We are very proud of the Senior Syndicate kids who volunteered their time to man the stall and worked really hard as a team to fundraise for Koru Care. Oliver worked the full four hours, and was well-supported by Theo S, Aliyah and Jesse. Thanks to Jayden C for helping pack up.

More used household goods well be available for sale on Wednesday afternoon - 2.30pm to 5.30pm, outside Room 7.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Kiwi Bounce

Special Education Unit

Kiwi Bounce

In term three the students in Room 11/12 went on a trip to Kiwi Bounce. 
Everyone was exhausted by the end of our trip.  

Train trip to Wellington

Special Education Unit

Our Train Trip to Wellington

On Monday 13th November Room 11/12 caught the train at Johnsonville Station into Wellington.  
It was freezing cold.  Everyone loved the train trip.  So much so you could have heard a pin drop. Once we arrived we stopped off at McDonald's on Bunny Street for a bite to eat before heading back to Johnsonville.