Sunday, 12 November 2017

PB4L Certificate Recipients

This week Emma received out PB4L certificate for always using kind words and acting kindly towards others. Well done Pukeko certificate winners.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

This week's PB4L Certificate Recipient is.....


Well done Jacob for working hard to focus on your learning. Not only have you been keeping yourself focused, but you've also helped others at your group to do the same. Ka Pai Rawa! Keep it up.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Summer Writing

We are absolutely willing Summer to come in Room 14. We had a great class chat about the things we're looking forward to with the coming of Summer.

We are working on using our planning to help include a variety of ideas in our writing. After our class discussion, we all made a mind map of ideas that we wanted to include in our description. When it was time to write we used our plan by ticking off the ideas we had included.

Have a read of the fantastic job we did. If you can make it to Pukeko assembly next Friday (10th November, 2017) you will be able to see some of us share our writing with the whole school!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

This Week's PB4L Certificate Recipients

Our focus for PB4L last week was Be Respectful: Use kind and thoughtful words. Elliot was our recipient for the certificate for always doing these things. Well done Elliot.

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Emma ran a marathon

Our friend Emma ran a marathon on Sunday. After all the excitement of the gala and athletics day you'd think she would want a sleep-in on Sunday, but not our girl Emma.

Well done Em, so cool.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Junior School Production Notice

Hi everyone. Here is a digital copy of the recent production notice that went home :)

Mrs Clarke

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Chapter Chat - "The Wild Robot" and our Tweets

Room 14 have had a full-on start to Term 4 with Athletics Trials, Electives, Production Practice and all of our normal learning in class.

We've got stuck into the Term 4 Chapter Chat novel, 'The Wild Robot' by Peter Brown. Chapter Chat is a New Zealand wide initiative where many classes around New Zealand read the same novel and work on tasks and questions based on the text throughout the Term. Each Friday they get on Twitter to share their learning with one another.

Take a look at some of our tasks that managed to get up on Twitter yesterday - great start team.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

OMG Tech - Scratch

What a start to the Term! We've been so busy and yesterday was no exception.

Our class was lucky enough to be selected from the Pukeko team to work with a group of people from OMG Tech. Zoe and her team helped us to create a maze game using an online platform called Scratch.

We used a coding language called 'Blockly' to move our characters and give them actions to do. This made rules for the game. We are really keen to get stuck into some more coding and programming during Term 4 on this platform. It was a great introduction and heaps of fun!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

PB4L Certificates

Here are our wonderful Pukeko PB4L certificate recipients this week. We celebrate Matthew in our class this week for not only listening to others opinions but seeking other's feedback. Well done for your positive behaviour Matthew.

Junior Kapa Haka Trip to CPS

Our neighbour's down at Clayton Park School very kindly invited our Junior Kapa Haka students down to their school last Wednesday to watch their school performance, "Seasons of the Pohutakawa". We enjoyed a show about about a Koro teaching his mokopuna about the growth of a Pohutakawa tree. We were blown away by the original, catchy songs, which were written in a mix of English and Te Reo. Thanks CPS, we had a blast!

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

PB4L Certificate Week 8

This week's certificate recipient was Preeya - who always does a good job of giving her full attention to the speaker. Well done Preeya and all our other recipients this week.

Maori Language Week

Last week was Maori language week and we learnt a lot of new reo (language) that we can use every day.

We learnt to ask - Kei te pehea koe? or How are you feeling? and a whole lot of answers for this that we say in a sentence like this - Kei te ______ ahau (I am feeling _____). We could feel matewai (thirsty), matemoe (sleepy), pai (good/fine), makariri (cold) or many other things - we have posters on the wall. Lots of kids have been asking Mrs Clarke to have a drink by telling her - Kei te matewai ahau.

We also learnt about body part names and colours and even learnt a new waiata (song) called 'Tena Kotou'. Here is a link to the youtube clip of a song we learnt so you can keep singing at home if you like.

On Friday we wrote mihi or pepeha (a way to say where you're from and introduce yourself in Maori. We presented these in a cloak. They turned out really cool - don't you think?

Thursday, 14 September 2017


We've been working through some courses on that we've been finding really exciting. Matthew went a step further than just working through the course and made his own small game.

Check it out by following this link:

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Matthew's Multiplying Decimals Video

Ryan shows us how to multiply decimals

Kiwi & Pukeko Team Kapa Haka

The junior Kapa Haka Group meet every Thursday afternoon as part of our Kiwi and Pukeko Team Electives Programme. We thought you might enjoy watching a short video of the boys practicing their haka and the girls practising their rakau sticks routine. The children age from just 5-9 years old! A special shout out to Cole who taught the boys the haka. Miss Chalmers and Miss Glen would have been lost without him! We are still practising but everyone can look forward to watching a more polished performance at an assembly later on during the year.

Kapa Haka Practice from Helen Chalmers on Vimeo.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

PB4L Week 6

These students have been working hard to use their "Traffic Light" thinking.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Cherry Blossom Descriptive Writing

Today we did some environmental writing and we used some beautiful cherry blossoms as our inspiration. He is an example of writing done by Samuel C & Preeya today. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Week 5 PB4L Certificates

These students have been working hard to consider their choices and avoid being distracted in class! Ka Pai!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Elephant Toothpaste

Last week Room 14 had a go at creating Elephant Toothpaste!

This was a super cool experiment that produced a chemical and exothermic reaction when hydrogen peroxide and yeast were combined. 

Our first attempt wasn't so successful, but our second attempt was! Check out the photos below.

Here is Jeremy's write up...

Monday, 7 August 2017

Science Fair Projects

Hi Parents/Caregivers,

Just a reminder about the Room 14 Science Fair Projects...

On Friday, I would like each child to have decided on their experiments and have thought about a question (what they are going to test), a hypothesis (predict what is going to happen) & an equipment list.

Students can begin trialling their experiments at home on the weekend and we will continue with the writing process during class time. 

*Boards can stay at home until we have completed the Writing process, otherwise feel free to bring them in anytime from next week (week 4) and we can store them in the classroom. Note: It is up to you if you would like your board painted or not.

Thank you!
Miss G

Sunday, 6 August 2017

PB4L Certificates

Week 2 - PB4L certificates. 

Well done to these students who have been looking after their belongings all week. Great stuff!

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Here are some more examples from our Science Groups from yesterday... enjoy!

We are still learning how to create these Shadow Puppet videos - but we think we are doing a pretty good job, don't you??

Peter, the Scientist!

WOW! Did you know that what Peter is holding is in fact an EGG?!

It is so swollen and almost transparent looking... how could it be an egg?

Peter has done a pretty cool experiment at home where he has put an egg into vinegar over night. This has caused a chemical reaction that has dismantled the egg shell!

What happened to the shell? Just like our teeth the egg shell is made of calcium and like teeth it can be corroded by acid. Interesting stuff!

Thanks for sharing, Peter. 
What do you think Peter, shall we try this experiment in class next week?

Lets give it a go!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Welcome back!

Welcome back to another action packed term!

It was great to see so many happy faces this morning, ready to start Term 3.

A reminder that Cross Country permission slips need to be returned ASAP. Cross Country is taking place on Friday afternoon so please bring a change of clothes and suitable running gear. 

Miss G :)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Matariki Diamante Poems

Come and join us on Friday at the Pukeko Team Celebration. This is the video we will be sharing! 



Sunday, 18 June 2017


A reminder that Room 14 students will be presenting their speeches on Wednesday 21st. We will be starting at 1.40pm. 

Miss G


Did you know it is Matariki? 

Matariki is the Maori New Year and takes place in late May/early June.

Enjoy this story, read by Jeremy. 

PB4L Week 7 awards

Well done to these super star Pukeko Team Students who have been listening and responding appropriately.

Good on you all!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Shadow Puppet

WALHT Use shadow puppet to share/read a story I can: - Work collaboratively as part of a small group - Take appropriate photos of each page in the story - Carefully and clearly read out the story using fluency & expression

Check out our amazing reading! Room 14 have been learning how to use a new iPad App.  On Friday, we had a go at taking photos of different books from the library and then recording ourselves reading the stories. We then shared them to Seesaw by scanning our class QR code so that we can keep track of our videos. It was SO much fun. Once we get better at taking photos and recording our voices, we will try make some more exciting videos to share. 

Watch this space!

Listen to a couple of the examples below :)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Life Education


At Life Education this week, we learnt about giving positive compliments to our peers. 

After our session, we talked more about what it means to give a compliment. So we practised doing this for each other. We wrote things like - You make me smile, I enjoy having you in my class & Thank you for being a great friend. 
It was a great way to remember ways we can be positive and kind to each other.

It was a lot of fun :)

Can you leave a compliment below?

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sign Language

Sign Language

Thanks to Mrs Notley's students who came in today to share the Sign Language they have learnt in their class. It was awesome! 

We learnt how to sign:

  • The Alphabet
  • Our names
  • Colours
  • Numbers 
  • Hello/Goodbye

PB4L Certificates

These Students Being Respectful - Ka Pai :)

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Zarah's Persuasive Piece of Writing

In Room 14 we have been learning how to write a persuasive argument. Fidget Spinners are super popular at the moment and we thought it would be a great idea to write about them.

"Should Fidget Spinners be allowed at School?"

Zarah worked really hard on her persuasive text. She followed the structure well and wrote four very persuasive arguments against having Fidget Spinners at school. I was definitely convinced that they should be left at home!

Go Zarah!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Pukeko Team Certificates

Morgan doing his very best during mat time to be sensible and an active listener. Well done, Morgan!

Three boys - Samuel, Ryan and Peter putting in a lot of effort with their learning today!

Student of the Month

Blake - Our Student of The Month for May. 

You are such a consistently hard worker in Room 14, Blake. You challenge yourself by giving everything a go and try your very best. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pukeko Team Certificates

Kai Pai girls! Working super hard today. 

Matthew working just as hard to stay on task and avoid distractions during Writing today. Go you!