Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Card Exchange

Term 4, saw Room 10 creating a calendar to send to classes overseas and taking part in a Christmas Card exchange. In pairs cards were created that showed a little of what Christmas in NZ is like and these were sent to - The USA x 4, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey, Italy, Sri Lanka, England  and India. 
We finished school for the year on December 17th so unfortunately we hadn't received  cards back from all countries by that date. However they'll be there waiting in 2016. We did get some replies and this video from Poland explaining Christmas traditions in that country...

Our Guest Speaker - Ngahi Bidois

The guest speaker at our school prize giving was the very inspirational Ngahihi o Te Ra Bidois...


Prize giving 2015

Most awards at End of Year Prize giving go to Year 8's, however many Room 10's picked up awards for Excellence in a variety of areas:

Four awards are given out in each class - In Room 10 these went to Riley and Ashlyn who are inseparable - they always work hard in every subject area. Jakira for constant effort especially in Maths and Hoana - Rose for always giving 100% in all class ans school activities ( she also got another for Meritorious Service to the school as a Class Councillor too) :

 Taliyah received awards for Excllence in Year 7 Maths and ICT

Jackson for Excellence in Year 7 Maths

Maddisyn - Excellence in Year 7 Maths and English

Aliana is pretty amazing - this year she was a member of both the Kapa Haka and Polynesian Groups - that's a lot of commitment! She received awards for Kapa Haka and Te Reo, for Year 7 Music and the top Year 7 Food Technology Award.

Chanel was also a dedicated Kapa Haka and Te Reo Class member and received awards for both

Anton received an Excellence in Materials Award,

Faith received the Year 7 Junior Girls Cross Country Trophy, ( sorry Faith I didn't to get a photo  of you with it!) 

Thomas was awarded Excellence in Year 7 Maths, The Deputy Principals Trophy for Excellence in Maths, Runner Up in the Anzac Competition and Excellence in Year 7 Materials.  A pretty clever little guy is Thomas... and he has a great sense of humour too - evident when he frequently photo bombed our pictures! 

Art work

To prepare for End of Year Prize-giving, Mrs Kingsley our school Art teacher displays some of the best work done over the year in the foyer and hall. Milan and Brodan were pretty thrilled to find some of there work was included...


In Week 10, Room 10 got a visit from Mrs Pukes daughter Hilary who is  currently teaching In Shanghai, China - so they got the opportunity to find out a little about life there. Hilary's husband Peter represented New Zealand at Gymnastics when he was a Year 7 - 8. Aliana goes to Gym Club so he showed her ( and the class) that he still has the skills ...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

End of Year

Week 9 is time for the End of Year Social and the Room 10 Christmas Technology Challenge...

The school also practises the Christmas song in preparation for Prize giving... Turn the sound on to hear it.

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Three of the girls; Hoana- Rose, Chanel and Aliana were given the task of creating a video showing how to use the poi we sent our epals:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Marae Stay 2015

At the end of November every year, Room 10 spend two nights at our local Marae - Papa O Te Aroha.

This is always a special time for the class - a good way to learn about the marae; to take part in a powhiri, find out some of the stories the carvings tell  and to explore examples of culture and heritage- the kowhaiwhai and tukutuku panels.

Te Rauparaha

The class spend time together, take part in the educational programme at the Te Awamutu Museum, go to the movies and walk back to the marae late at night and then play spotlight.

They eat together and all sleep in the wharenui - and the stay is finished with a swim at the local pools. Good times ( not a lot of sleep )

Monday, November 23, 2015

Scary Narratives 2015

Room 10 have been writing scary narratives - 'the haunted house' needed to appear in each story;
In Written Language, we wrote  a
Scary narrative

We knew we had achieved this when we:
       Used the narrative features – orientation, complication and resolution to organise our ideas
 Included some scary elements in our writing – fear and suspense.

·Expressed our ideas imaginatively using appropriate ‘scary’ vocabulary.

 Used a variety of different sentence structures –simple, compound, complex.

·Included literary devices - some similes, to make our writing more interesting.

 Used speech marks to show dialogue correctly.

·Edited  our ideas to improve our writing.                                
 Proof read what we write for accuracy.     
Scary Narratives

Our Calendar is finished

Finally our calendar showing life in Tokoroa and New Zealand  is finished - and we're pretty pleased with it. It's now on it's way out of New Zealand and heading to classes in France, Italy, Korea, the USA and to some special friends in Yilan, Taiwan - Mrs Candy Wengs class. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Leadership Course

Last Tuesday 12 of the school leaders attended a Leadership Conference  in Rotorua, among the 12 were several old Room 10's who are now school House Captains.
The Conference was run by Grip:

GRIP Leadership is an independent organisation that commenced in Australia in 2005 and exists to train and develop leaders with a special focus on school students. We are now operating in New Zealand.
The GRIP team are specialists in the area of student leadership and presenting sessions that are highly interactive and directly applicable to the situations that students face at school every day. The ‘GRIP Student Leadership Conference’ is a one-day event held in numerous cities across several  countries and is enjoyed by tens of thousands of students each year. The central focus of the conference is equipping student leaders with practical ideas and skills  which will allow them to make a significant contribution to their schools.
GRIP Leadership is a values driven organisation. The core values below represent the heartbeat of all GRIP Leadership staff and volunteers.
GENEROSITY: Willingness to use what you have been given (time and resources) on behalf of those you seek to influence.
RESPONSIBILITY: We all have a responsibility to develop what we have and help others to live well.
INTEGRITY: A commitment to truth and honesty in dealings.
PEOPLE: Every human being is of great significance, and has a purpose to fulfil.

Scarlett tries her hand at Paper, Scissors ,Rock

Kiana got to take part in some very entertaining role playing ...

Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain is a book written by a well known New Zealand Author - Maurice Gee. It has been made into a TV series ( in 1981) and a movie (2009) It is  New Zealand Classic - Room 10 have had it read aloud to them and have watched the TV Series

Mr Wilberforce - the villain

The book Under the Mountain has many wonderful literary devices in it, room 10 spent some time illustrating some of these to better understand similes: