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Monday, 19 October 2015

Ms Fothergill's 30th year of teaching!!!

Ms Fothergill 10th anniversary of teaching and 30 years in total! :>)

Last week it was Ms Fothergill 10th anniversary of teaching and 30 years in total. Luckily enough I got picked to go on stage and present a speech to Ms Fothergill for her 10th anniversary. I got to give her some cards that Room 18 had made especially for her. I gave her a hug to say thank you for being there for all of us and looking after us, helping us when we struggle. Each day Ms Fothergill gives up plenty of time to help students in need by teaching and supporting all of us in Reremoana school. She helps all of us no matter what age we are. I am really happy I have such a amazing principal Ms Fothergill thank you Ms Fothergill for being there for me

From Caitlin Purves

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Athletics Day :)

Athletics Reminder
13 November2015
Thank you, to all the parents who have completed the permission slips for their child/children to take part in our 
Annual School Athletics Day.

Important to know…
Your child will be competing in the age group, according to their birth year. Please remind your child of their birth year. This will make it easier for your child to know where to be on the day.

Age Groups for 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Technology project 'Toiletry bag'

Technology writing

At the beginning of week 4 we started our Inquiry topic.
We discussed what problems we may have in regards to packing our bags at camp. We realised that if we put our toiletries into our normal clothes bag we could have a problem as our toothpaste may get smooched on our clothes and some people's toothbrushes touched their shoes and undies and sometimes got lost!
So this is why we decided to make a toiletry bag.

First we got our own technology booklet to write in, then we needed to pick our own fabrics. They had to be waterproof and durable. We started researching
about what was the best waterproof fabrics and what was the right one we could use. We had to pick material that would be durable and waterproof.

Next we started to make a prototype of our designs. We used paper to create our draft. We chose our materials and if they would work with the blanket stitch. Some people chose colours, some people choose animal print, and some choose patterned material. Theses  were all water proof.

Now we have made a prototype and practiced our blanket stitch using paper we are ready to begin the final product.

We will post up photos of the finished products next term.

By Ella and  Caitlin

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Our final takes of the hip hop dances :)

In Room 18 we started our hip hop dance unit off by picking groups of 3-6 people to create our own choreography dance moves.

Next we had to choose an appropriate song to perform our dance to. We had to learn to listen to other people's ideas and also offer some of our own ideas to our group. Once we had created a series of moves, we started practicing them altogether in our groups.

We did two practice performances in front of Mrs Notley and then we had the rest of Tui team come over and watch our dances and give us feedback/feedforward.

Hope you enjoy watching us!


Sunday, 16 August 2015

PB4L -Focus for Week 'Being Complimentary to Others'

I asked the students in my class to create a role play of what being considerate looks like. Below are a couple of my favourite ones. Hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Hip hop dancing!

Group # 2 having a go at creating their own unique piece of choreography!


Hip-Hop Dancing!!!

This term we are learning all about the genre of hip-hop! It has been so cool, so far we have created our first take of our own hip-hop dance sequence. We are working in groups to create these pieces of choreography. Stay tuned! Hope you enjoy them. Here is a sampler of one...

Monday, 3 August 2015

Explanation Writing #2

We have been very busy learning about writing to explain in Room 18. We read through a story called "Animals and Migration" and looked at the way they structured their explanation and also the language features used to construct the text. This text helped us to get an idea of how an explanation piece should be written. Below are our explanation pieces. We incorporated our inquiry questions into our writing activity, so we have answered our inquiry questions and then written them into an explanation. Hope you enjoy them!

Why is the sky blue?

Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue?

What makes the sky blue is trillions of tiny tiny dust particles that roam in the earth’s atmosphere, day and night.But at sunset these particles scatter everywhere and that is why we began to see orange and yellow.It is the same for the morning when the sun rises you see yellow and orange.

That is why the sky is blue.
By Rittivong

Why are cats scared of water?

Some people may think why are cats scared of water well actually not all cats feel the same way about taking a dip. There is one type of cat called the strikingly beautiful turkish van cat, this type of breed actually delights getting wet.
     types of cats that love water
there are a lot of breeds of cats that absolutely love taking baths or even going for a swim  here are a few of them…….
1. maine coon
2. norwegian forest cat
3. japanese bobtail
4. turkish van
5. savannah
and bengal
so keep in mind if your cat is one of these breeds than you can wash it they won’t run away.

Despite not enjoying a full immersion, many house cats are fascinated by water, dipping an exploring paw into the water bowl to scatter a few drops or running into the bathroom at the sound of a shower. As soon as they hear the bath or shower running they'll know to pounce in.

On the other hand, some big cats in the wild, especially those in hot, arid areas, regularly swim and bathe to stay cool or catch dinner. The Asian fishing cat is a skilled swimmer, with  webbed paws, that dives to catch its prey.

in conclusion not all cats are scared of water some breeds absolutely love water and enjoy having a dip. Remember if your cat was one of those breeds that were listed then they’ll enjoy having a wash.
By Alysha


The sun is a huge, glowing sphere of hot gas. Most of this gas is hydrogen (about 70%) and humint (about 28%) carbon nitrogen and oxygen up to 1.5% and the other 0.5% is made up of small amounts of any other elements such as neon, iron,silicon,magnesium and sulfur

Most of the gas — about 72 percent — is hydrogen. Nuclear fusion converts hydrogen into other elements. The sun is also composed of about 26 percent helium and trace amounts of other elements — oxygen, carbon, neon, nitrogen, magnesium, iron and silicon.
These elements are created in the sun's core, which makes up 25 percent of the sun. Gravitational forces create tremendous pressure and temperatures in the core. The temperature of the sun in this layer is about 27 million degrees F (15 million degrees C). Hydrogen atoms are compressed and fuse together, creating helium and a lot of energy. This process is called nuclear fusion.
The convection zone is the outermost layer of the sun's interior. It extends from about 125,000 miles (200,000 km) deep up to the visible surface or the sun's atmosphere. Temperatures cool in this zone, enough for heavier ions — such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, calcium and iron — to hold onto their electrons. This makes the material more opaque and traps heat, causing the plasma to boil or "convect."
By Sumandri

What is frost?      

Frost is a deposit of small white crystals formed on the ground or other surfaces when the temperature falls below freezing.  

What causes frost?

Frost forms in much the same way as dew forms. Frost usually forms when a surface cools through loss of infrared radiation to a temperature which is colder than the dewpoint of air next to the surface and the temperature of that surface below freezing (32 deg f or o'deg.c). The source of this moisture is water vapor contained in the air.
By Ashley W

Why Milk Is White In Colour:
Milk is made up of a protein called casein which is rich in calcium, which makes your bones strong. Casein along with the white - coloured fat present in the milk gives milk its colour.Milk is made up of about 87% water and 13% solids, such as fat and various protein.                

What milk REALLY has in it:
Everything you know about cow's milk and dairy is probably part of a Dairy industry MYTH. Cow's milk is an unhealthy fluid from diseased animals that contains a wide range of dangerous and disease-causing substances that have a cumulative negative effect on all who consume it.people who have just milked a cow should just put the milk into a bottle ready for someone to buy it, but instead they add things into it then take things out of the milk and add this and that and all sorts of things and then after all of that they take a few more things OUT of the cow's milk and THEN put it into the bottle, ready to be brought.

the pros and cons of milk:

pro: Milk is one-stop shopping for nutrition. It contains nearly all the basic nutrients that a growing child needs.con: some people can be allergic to milk and have something really bad done to them if they drink milk, for example: they could get a really bad headache, feel sick, and can even end up in hospital if its that serious.

How Milk Can Be Used:
milk can be made into milk powder which can be exported overseas. milk can be used in cooking, fonterra milk for school, and milk can be turned into butter and different types to chese.
By Emma

         How Humans grow:

Humans start off as a seed inside our mother's stomach. Babies need the right nutrition to grow through the umbilical cord. A humans growth is regulated by a growth hormone which is found in the pituitary gland.


A balanced diet is necessary to help us grow from a baby to an adult. Like fruit, veggies, and lots of protein.
By Jade

Do you know that many people think rugby was born in 1823 and the man who invented it is called
William webb ellis with fine disregard for the rules
of rugby (note that rugby was yet to split into the
various codes) as played in his time at rugby school, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it. 
By Rudi  

Explanation writing!

We have been very busy learning about writing to explain in Room 18. We read through a story called "Animals and Migration" and looked at the way they structured their explanation and also the language features used to construct the text. This text helped us to get an idea of how an explanation piece should be written. Below are our explanation pieces. We incorporated our inquiry questions into our writing activity, so we have answered our inquiry questions and then written them into an explanation. Hope you enjoy them!


Trees are a special to our environment because they provide us food aka fruit, and  it is healthy for us  and it makes us happy.

How do Trees give us oxygen?

Like other plants tree’s have tiny little bright green chemical factories. These are able to use the energy of the sunlight to transform carbon dioxide and water into chemical compounds such as sugars. Oxygen is a by-product of the chemical reactions. Which makes the oxygen without it we wouldn’t survive.

How do trees eat and what do they eat?

All tree’s eat compost and sometimes even horse manure!
The drink rain water mostly but sometimes from us if we water them. Trees eat it by sucking it up from their roots deep deep down in the soil.

Trees trunks  

a trees trunk which is the bark and the inside layer of a tree has 5 layers in its trunk Theses layers are bark,cambium,sapwood,heartwood and pith.

Why do we need trees?

We all need trees to survive if we didn’t have any plants or trees we probably wouldn't last very long, because we wouldn’t be able to breath and breathing is very important!
also tree’s look amazing when they have flowers on them, they are fun to climb too!
So as you can see trees are very important.

What are deciduous and evergreen trees?

Deciduous trees

Deciduous trees leaves fall and have many different colored leaves and also different shapes they look beautiful when they fall although it is hard work raking them up.

Ever green trees

Ever green trees leaves never fall off they always stay on the branch. Evergreen trees don’t turn different colours and their leaves are sharp and pointy.
The good thing about them is you don’t have to rake the leaves.

In the end we all know that trees are very important and that they provide us fruit and oxygen that runs through the leafs and pushes out the oxygen.And that it sucks in the bad stuff carbon dioxide in.
And we all know what deciduous and evergreen trees are.
By Ella

Why do we need sleep
we all need to sleep if we/you don’t sleep
we could die or get sick all animals and people
sleep to get healthy, strong and for our brains to
work. What do you think will happen if we don’t?
sleep gives your body a rest and allows it to
prepare for the next day ahead. Sleep also gives your brain to sort out things. Scientists aren’t exactly sure what kinds of organizing your brain well you sleep?. but they think sleep might give you
the time when the brain sorts and stores information,replaces chemicals, and solve problems


  • skipping 1 nights sleep
      makes a person cranky
       and clumsy.

  • After 2 nights of sleep, a person will have
    problems thinking and doing things his or
    her brain and body can’t do their tasks nearly
    as well.
  • after 5 night without sleep a person will
    hallucinate it means seeing things
   that aren’t actually there

  • eventually it becomes impossible for the brain to give its directions to the rest  of the body
     without sleep the brain needs to spend time
     in bed and catch its ZZZ’s

most  kids of the age of 5 and 12 are somewhere in
between 10 or 11 hours of sleep.Some kids might need more and some need less it depends on the kid.

Snoring is a common problem that can happen anyone young or old snoring happens when a person can’t move air freely through his or her nose
and mouth during sleep.
By Caitlin

  • who invented time?          
  • how come when we go
to different countries they have a
different  time zone?
  • why is the day 24 hours long

Most students don’t like school, but when it comes to learning time… well that's a different  matter because when you learn to tell time you can keep an eye on the time whether its knowing when their  soccer game starts or something like that.

Who invented time

Time wasn’t really invented. After all, it’s always been around since… well… the beginning of time! Some people think of it as a dimension that helps to order our lives.

How come when we go to countries they have different time zones?

The Earth spins on an imaginary pole called its “axis.” Every 24 hours, the Earth makes a complete rotation — or one full turn — on its axis. We call each full turn a day. Imagine shining a flashlight at a globe. Only part of the globe would receive light, while the opposite side of the globe would be dark. As the Earth rotates, different parts of the Earth receive sunlight or darkness, giving us day and night.

why is the day 24 hours long?

Our 24-hour day comes from the ancient Egyptians who divided day-time into 10 hours they measured with devices such as shadow clocks, and added a twilight hour at the beginning and another one at the end of the daytime, says Lomb. "Night-time was divided in 12 hours, based on the observations of stars.
By Brooklyn


A generator turns the force of moving water and a hydro plant takes the force and creates electricity. a bolt of lightning can power 100 powerful lamps for a whole day or make a couple of hundred thousand slices of toast!


Electricity is a type of energy. If electricity gathers in one place, it as known static energy. The word static means something that does not move. Energy that's move to one place to another is called current energy.


Static electricity is when you rub something together like when you rub a balloon against your jumper 20 or 30 times, then the balloon will stick to you. this happens because rubbing the balloon against your jumper gives it a electric charge which is a small amount of electricity. The charge sticks to your jumper like a magnet because, the jumper has an opposite electric charge.

For electricity to work you would need to have a circuit. A circuit is a closed loop where electricity flow over and over.

By Branden

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Persuasive Writing through Adverts in Term 2 :)

In Term 2 we learnt about how to convince an audience to buy our product. We had to create a product, make a poster advertising it and then create an advert to sell our product to the market. We learnt about the following persuasive language features so we were able to make our product exciting and interesting for our buyers.
Persuasive Argument Language Features: 
Imperatives: must, should, need, definitely, absolutely, have to
Emotive words and phrases: The most important issue facing the world today is...,  I can’t stand people who are cruel to animals,  
Calls to action / Instructions: Go home today and tell your family to recycle, The next time you think about dropping your rubbish, you’d better think again.
Emphatic Devices: exclamation marks!, CAPITALISATION
Powerful vocabulary: intense, extremely, definitely, unbelievable, unacceptable, ridiculous, absolutely, incredible
Imagery: similes and metaphors, paint a picture for your reader / audience
Rhetorical Questions:  questions designed to make your reader think a particular way.  e.g. “How would you feel if someone called you a mean name?”

Lucas' advert:

Rittivong's advert:
Britney's advert:
Sumandri's advert:
Kenjiah's advert:
Ashley P's advert:
Isaiah's advert:
Mason's advert:
Jasmine's advert: