Thursday, 7 September 2017

science citizen day



Just to add some interest to our science curriculum the upper middle and senior school bought in some citizen scientist to share a workshop with us.  We had a workshops around astronomy, indigenous plants, veterinary services, food testing, native birds (kiwi and whio), and some chemistry secondary teachers sharing some learning.  Lots of fun and interest held by us all.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

New Plymouth Girls' High Visit

Today the intermediate team were lucky enough to visit with Girls' High and experience their science Laboratory and their Computer Suite.  We had lots of fun and great experience with hands on science using the equipment and learning about a free programme, Sculptress.  We made amazing creations and learnt a new tool to use.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Marae Visit Thursday and Friday

The seniors were lucky enough to experience the Marae on Thursday and to be officially welcomed on.  This enabled us to be the tangatawhenua to then welcome the rest of the school on Friday. On the Thursday we did some learning around the marae, harakeke weaving, cats cradle strings and raku.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Author Visit

Today we were so lucky to be entertained by a visiting author of  New Zealand books, Des Hunt.
He entertained us using his science background to create metaphors of good writing.
How very engaging and inspirational he was and many of our young students are excited to be attending his writing workshop this afternoon.




Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Science

Here we are working within teams to complete challenges around forces.  We will begin to show an understanding around drag, gravity, resistence, friction, thrust and more.






Monday, 10 April 2017

Leadership and team building

On Fridays  year 8's have leadership time, learning skills and team work.  To finish off this term we got into different  groups to plan and construct a kite that could fly.  We all worked really well as a team and most groups got their kites airborne. We learn new skills and find out something new about ourselves everytime we work in different groups.




Topec

As the term comes to an end we have completed our last activity with Topec. What amazing life saving skills we learn around river safety and low ropes.  Some of us pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones and were rewarded with achieving a new skill while having fun.