Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tread Lightly Caravan

This week the Tread Lightly Caravan came to Waiau Pa School and the students all enjoyed a hands-on, interactive session with the team. From powering the lightbulbs and appliances using the hand-wheel, to taking a closer look at the compost using the microscope, to examining what our trash will look like in 100 years if it's not sorted properly - we all learnt about the many little changes we can make daily to have a big impact on our environment.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Balloon Rockets and Spinning Eggs

This term our topic is Discovery and we will be focusing on movement. Tuesdays experiment had us trying to solve the mystery of the boiled eggs and cooked eggs. We learnt about friction while spinning them to help us find out which egg was which.

We also had a go at making balloon rockets and investigating thrust. Here is a video of one groups successful rocket:

Monday, 1 May 2017

Welcome to Term 2

Welcome back to school! Yesterday we started our term with an ANZAC service and later this week we will continue with our Turbo Touch lessons. Over the holidays a stocktake was conducted on our readers that students bring home and unfortunately there were many that had to be removed or repaired. As we are beginning our reading programme for the term it is really important to remind students about taking care of the resources that they bring home from school.

Today we had a look at the Matific programme which students are now going to be able to use as part of our class Maths programme. Matific is an online programe which has hundreds of interactive activities which are linked to all different areas of maths. I am able to choose and set tasks for the students which are linked to the curriculum and our classroom programme.

Students have individual logins and are able to access the programme at home if they wish to do extra learning however Mathletics will continue to be the primary focus for homework. We are excited to have another fun way to hook students into maths! If you have any questions please check out the programme or let me know.

Have a great week!
Mrs Mainey

Monday, 10 April 2017

Final Week of Term

Easter is almost here which means we are nearing the end of Term 1. This week is a busy one, with Sharing my Learning, RICH celebration, Turbo Touch lessons and the Worker of the Term assembly.

Sharing my learning is being held from 4pm until 7pm on Tuesday. This is a great time to come and spend some time in the classroom with the students so they can show you what they have been doing throughout the term.

Mrs Mainey

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


We have been learning about responsibility this term. Check out what we have learnt!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Week 8

Take a look at our Mathletics window!!!

As you can see, lots of students have been very busy earning their 1000 points each week and are now starting to earn silver certificates for their efforts. Well done!
We have also been very busy completing our first piece of art for the classroom - a self portrait with a twist :) Check them out next time you pop into the classroom.
We had a fantastic afternoon for the house Tug-0-War competition and it was fantastic to see all the students participating and supporting their house mates.

With the weather starting to cool down we will be finishing up our swimming activities and next week we will begin our syndicate sports rotation.

Mrs Mainey

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Spark programme

This week some of the Room 7 students had the opportunity to participate in this weeks Spark Workshop and learnt how to weave a flax flower. We are fortunate to have such a great resource around the school and it was really great to see the students enjoying this workshop session.

There are a variety of workshops taking place throughout the term and the other Room 7 students are looking forward to trying something new that 'sparks' their interest too.