Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Last night we had our first annual MOA Awards.  These awards recognised excellence in ICT.  The schools involved in our cluster were Auroa, Matapu and Opunake Primary.  Finalists got taken to the awards in classic cars and hot rods.  It was an amazing night with a professional show created by Mr Bloor.

Congratulations to the winners from our class.  You were brilliant!

Jacob for winning Best Blog - Intermediate.
Caleb for winning Best Overall Actor
Joe, Caleb and Durann for winning Best Music Video - Intermediate

Saturday, 1 November 2014

MOA Awards

We are so excited about the upcoming MOA Awards.  Mr Bloor has made this exciting trailer.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Check out this amazing video of our Repurposing Market Day!  Mr Bloor makes such outstanding videos of our school events.

Sunday, 7 September 2014


Our AKO (inquiry) focus for Terms 2 and 3 has been 'Repurposing'.  There has been a huge amount of self-directed learning happening throughout our school.

In the Senior classrooms, students worked in groups to create a company.  Their company had to design, manufacture and advertise a product using repurposed items.  Evidence of the process and budget are in each groups Google Presentation.

In Room 2 we had flax weaving, records turned into bowls and earring holders, plastic bottles turned into plant holders, buttons into jewellery, shell candles, hacky sacks from balloons and piggy banks from plastic bottles.  

The learning concluded with an exciting Market Day where friends and family came to purchase items made.  It was really exciting and all of our groups sold out!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

NZ Maths Challenge

Room 2 have been super-competitive this week and been working hard at Mathletics.  Throughout the week we have had some high placings in the New Zealand and World top classes.

Caitlyn S, Haze, Te Putu, Joe, Caleb and Durann made it onto the top students Hall of Fame.

Our winners for the most points each day this week were:
Monday - Te Putu
Tuesday - Haze
Wednesday - Joe
Thursday - Durann

The overall winner, for getting the most points in the whole week was CALEB!  Well done Caleb!

On Friday afternoon we were still in the top 50 classes in New Zealand.  I'm so proud of the work that students have put into Mathletics this week.  It was great to see so many putting in time at home.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

NZ Maths Challenge ....improving our ranking!

It's 8:16pm and I can see that several members of Room 2 have been putting in some Mathletics time at home!  Well done guys!  Student challenge tomorrow - can't wait!

Monday, 25 August 2014

NZ Maths Challenge

This week we are participating in the NZ Maths Challenge in Mathletics.  There is a Week long class challenge and a Single-day Student Challenge for all of Wednesday.

This morning we have been ranked in the Top 50 classes in New Zealand.  We are hoping to beat this ranking!

We are also having our own in-class competition with prizes for the most points each day and a prize for the most points earned in the week.

Well done to Te Putu who got the most points yesterday.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Buddy Maths - Friday 8 August

On Friday we met up again with the amazing Room 8 for Buddy Maths.  This week we focussed on Mathletics as Room 2 have been doing it for a long time.

It was a really exciting session as Room 8 students were able to master the skill of navigating Mathletics and Room 2 were able to support them to learn.  So many Room 2 students were getting excited about the achievements that their buddies were making.

Great leadership Room 2!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Kidsedchatnz: Tweet of the Week

This weeks kidsedchat topic was Creativity.  There were a range of activities to complete to show our creative side.  Congratulations to Joe who won 'Tweet of the Week'.

Kidsedchatnz: Tweet of the Week: Thank you everyone for a wonderful Kidsedchatnz today! I was so impressed with all your creations and fantastic tweets!  So who won Tweet ...

Monday, 4 August 2014

Kidsedchatnz: Tweet of the Week

Here are the tweets of the week from last week's kidsedchat.  Room 2 has three tweets that were shown.  Well done everyone - I'm really impressed by the thoughtful answers you tweet!

Click on the link below to check them out.

Kidsedchatnz: Tweet of the Week: Here's this week's Tweet of the Week! I wonder who will win? Enjoy!

Once you are here, click on 'Home' and you will see Joe and Ben with the winning tower they created with Caleb.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

kidsedchat Teamwork Challenge

This afternoon we completed a teamwork challenge for kidsedchat.  The task was to work together to build the highest free-standing tower in a team using only 1 newspaper, 2 paper plates, 10 ice-block sticks and cellotape.

Before we started, we watched a video clip about the Spurs basketball team and how they work as a team.  Tomorrow during kidsedchat, we will tweet about what we achieved and the challenges involved with this task.

Congratulations to Ben, Caleb and Joe who created the highest free-standing tower.

Fractions Word Problem

Today we continued with another word problem.  We pulled it apart together, made calculations and then double-checked our answer.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Problem Solving - Fractions

Our Numeracy focus in Term 3 is Proportions and Ratios.  We have been looking at fractions and trying to improve our problem solving skills.  We have been attacking problems by identifying the key words and numbers in a problem.  We are also making sure that we actually provide the final answer.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Buddy Maths

On Friday 25 July, we had Buddy Maths.  The whole school is involved in this for Term 3.  Our class is buddied up with half of Room 8 who are new entrants or Year 1s.

We did an activity called 'The Mathematical Side of My Body'.  We used string and metre rulers to test some ideas.  One of the ideas to test was whether or not we are 'square' - this means that when your arms are spread out the distance from fingertips to fingertips is the same as your height.

We had heaps of fun.  It was fabulous to see 5 year olds working alongside us.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Junior Robocup 2014

A huge congratulations to our seven teams who competed at the regional Robotics competition in Wanganui yesterday.  The teams have worked incredibly hard on their projects and many have spent a lot of their own time on their robots.

A special congratulations to Room 2 students Durann, Jacob, Joe and Caleb who were placed 3rd in their section.  Also to Jackson as his team was highly commended.  I am very proud of you all.  Your commitment and hard work has been extraordinary - and has paid off!

Here are some highlights from yesterday prepared by Mr Webb.

Friday, 27 June 2014


In our Mad Science Elective this week we looked at Coke.  We were testing experiments that we had seen or heard of.  This is what we tried:
1)  Milk in Coke - repeatedly shake and then let out the gas from the bottle - within the hour, the Coke had lost a lot of it's colour and we could see something settled on the bottom.  What was it?  Some thought sugar?
2)  What does Coke do to eggs?  We had three hard-boiled eggs and put one in vinegar, one in Coke and one in water.  Within the hour, the egg in Coke had bubbled on the surface.  What will have happened by Monday?
3)  Mentos in Coke - but not to make it explode, we wanted to turn it to ice.  This was a bit of a fail but we have some ideas to test next week!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A Fantastic Trick for Number Bonds

Today we learnt about a really quick way to calculate Number Bonds of up to 100 000.  Mr Spice showed the teachers on Monday afternoon.  To start with some of us had our doubts about how easy it really was.  But, after a few examples, it all became clear.

An example of a question would be 24 + ___ = 100
What we learnt was that the ones column has to add to 10 e.g. 4 + 6 = 10
The tens column (and anything higher, such as hundreds, has to add to 9 e.g. 2 + 7 = 9

So..24 + 76 = 100

Click on the link below to see our examples.  You do need to download the 'Explain Everything Player' but we're working on an easier way.  Everyone in Room 2 can access all maths lessons in their Google Drive.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Mad Science

On Friday in the Mad Science Elective we made 'fizzing paintings' and experimented with growing our own crystals.

To make fizzing paintings we mixed baking soda into paint and then afterwards, sprayed them with vinegar.

To grow crystals we dissolved as much salt or sugar as we could into hot water.  We have cotton string in the jars for the crystals to (hopefully) form on.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Treats from Hawaii

Room 1 have been collaborating with Ilima Intermediate School in Hawaii.  They had a Skype session and then were sent a package of Hawaiian foods.  Today Mr Chittenden decided that it would be great for the whole school to taste the spreads.  The overall opinion was that they tasted really good.  It's always interesting to step outside our comfort zone and try new foods.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Using Scratch to create a Ping Pong Game

This post is written by Jessica, who worked with Aliyha today.

 Today we have been making games on Scratch. We had to learn to use scripts to program the game.  The aim of the game is to make sure you dont let the ball hit the blue and you have to hit the ball with the paddle.

Using Scratch to animate

Yesterday some members of Room 1 and 2 worked on creating animations using Scratch.  This is a post by Trevor.

Today we joined Scratch. We had to make an animation.  This is what I created with Travis.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

kidsedchatnz - Tweeting this week

Every week Room 2 participates in kidsedchatnz.  This is a twitter community that chats every Thursday from 2-3pm.  Each week there is a new topic with questions that we need to discuss and and answer.  We individually answer questions to express our own thoughts and opinions.

This week the topic was 'A Letter to my Grandchildren'.  The letter and questions can be viewed at the kidsedchatnz blog.

Some of our class wrote 'tweets of the week'.  Watch the slideshow below to see the amazing comments.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Te Reo with Mr Tai

Today is a pretty quiet day in Room 2 as our Year 7s are at technology in Opunake and some of our Year 6s are in Rahotu playing netball or rugby.  In fact, we only have 6 boys left in class!  Today for Te Reo, Room 3 joined us to build up the numbers.  Here is a short video of the beautiful singing that was happening today.

Saturday, 17 May 2014


On Friday the whole school participated in Electives.  There is a huge range of exciting activities that our students got to choose from including Kiddi-carts, cooking, cupcake decorating, dance, ukelele, Mad Science and so much more.  Here is a slideshow, put together by Room 1, showing soem of the many highlights.

Electives 16/5/2014 on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Te Reo

Today, while our Year 7s were at Technology in Opunake, the Year 6s had a Te Reo lesson with Mr Tai.  We were learning to ask and answer one another about how we are feeling.  We used the question 'Kei te pehea koe?' and replied with 'Kei te ___________au'.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Where am I?

I hope you are all having a fabulous holiday and that you've had your share of Easter Eggs! My holiday has been pretty busy so far so I thought it would be good to take my kids somewhere different. I will give 10 Class Dojo points to the first person to say where I went yesterday.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Koru Art

Last week we created Koru Art.  We had to create designs on paper using paint and dye.  We then drew koru, cut them out and glued them onto black paper.

Thanks to Trevor and Tamara for creating the Kizoa slideshow.  This was their first attempt at making one.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Writing Mini-Sagas

WALT: To write a mini saga. This week we wrote a mini saga which is a very interesting short piece of writing. We got the idea off Okawa's Blog (from Pukehamoamoa School).  Our Success Criteria were to create suspense, to use language features and to use adventurous vocabulary.

This post was written by Declan and Nicole.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

kidsedchatnz - ANZAC

Today Room 2 spent the day learning about ANZAC Day.  We had some questions from kidsedchatnz to answer in preparation for tweeting at 2pm today.  We watched some video clips and viewed images to give us some idea of what life was like for those who went to war.  It was also an interesting opportunity for the students to find out about their own relatives who had been to war.  One of the questions was to find out how ANZAC biscuits originated - it would have been crazy not to make them!

This was our third week participating in kidsedchat.  Quite a few of our Year 6s were away winning a league tournament today but everyone else tweeted today.  It was fantastic to see everyone having a go.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Getting Fit

Now that we have finished with swimming, we are going out for fitness most days.  Most of us can't wait to get out there.  We warm up by jogging four lengths of the courts and then stretch.  Today we ran relays and played line tag.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Today Room 2 participated in Kidsedchatnz for the second time.  For more information, go to kidsedchatnz.blogspot.co.nz  It is highly engaging and Room 2 are very enthusiastic tweeters. This week the topic was:  'The Courage to Continue'.  Today Josh, Joe, Jacob, Ben, Danielle, Te Putu, Haze and Caleb answered the following questions:
Question 1:
What sports are offered at your school?
Question 2:
What makes a great sportsman?
Question 3:
Who is your favourite sporting hero? What attributes of theirs standout?
Question 4:
Why is it important to be involved a sport?
Question 5:
What sport do you need the most skill to play?  Persuade the rest of us (try and start a conversation with another class)!
Question 6:
How have you displayed courage while playing a sport?
Question 7:
If you could take 3 sportsmen out for dinner who would they be?

Monday, 24 March 2014

Turning Colouring In into 3D

I saw this exciting app tweeted by @palmyteacher.  The app is coLAR Mix.  The app itself is free and there are 9 pictures you can choose from in the free range.  There are three simple steps:
1)  download the app
2)  select and print the pictures and colour them in
3)  Go to the coLAR Mix app and hover an iPad, iPod or iPhone over the picture

Once your picture is 3D you can move the iPad around and the parts of the picture will move with it. You can also enlarge the 3D objects.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Auroa School Swimming Sports

Today we had out school Swimming Sports at the pools in Stratford.  It was a great set-up as there were three pools available.

All students participated today and gave it their best shot.  Some students competed in a huge number of races so they will sleep well tonight!

Thanks Mr Webb and your team of photographers for the kizoa.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Adapting 'Zoo' by Anthony Browne

This post was written by Joe.

On Tuesday we read Zoo by Anthony Brown.  We reflected on the character, Dad.  In the story he was grouchy and mean.  Then We thought of how he would act in a different situation.  We chose a setting and wrote about it.  Here is the story I wrote about this dad going to the supermarket.
"$52, the sign said it was on sale".  "Sorry sir but...", "No I will not take this, you're robbing me".

He STORMED away from the counter and started putting a few things back.  He raced to the chocolate aisle, to his surprise it was empty.  "No" Dad screeched.  He ran over to a man talking to an old lady.  Dad grabbed him by the shoulders and shook him round like he was a pillow.  The man raced off and came back with a block of chocolate.  "Thanks" said Dad in a sarcastic voice.

He walked up to the counter.  "Sir, you are only allowed 17 items, you've got 18" said the cashier in a calm voice.  "Oh My Gosh, give me a break" shouted Dad.  He grabbed a carton of milk and threw it across the room.  "It's 17 items now" he bellowed.

He left the shopping centre and began walking towards the car.  Dad unpacked the eggs and the milk ........ unfortunately there was no room left in the boot.  He got mad alright.  For the whole ride home I was squashed between garlic bread and sausage rolls.  It was not fun

The day was a disaster...  but I did learn one thing, never go shopping with Dad.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Joining in with @Kidsedchatnz

Kidsedchatnz is a New Zealand school's twitter chat that takes place every Thursday between 2-3pm.  The aim is to motivate kids to be active, engaged and connected learners.  We had to be on Tweetdeck and subscribe to be part of the twitter chat.

Today Jacob, Danielle, Joe and Caleb represented Room 2 for the first time.  It was so exciting to be part of it as so many students around the country take part.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Getting into Blogging

Last Wednesday, Mr Chittenden spent the day in Room 2 helping us set up individual blogs.  It was a pretty intense day but the hard work was worth it.  Some students have been really enthusiastic about blogging and have written some posts from home.  It was great to see what people were doing for their long weekend (it was Taranaki Anniversary yesterday).

It has been pretty exciting to see page views climbing and also to see people commenting on the posts.

I have been very proud of the hard work put into blogging so far.  I can't wait to see future Room 2 posts.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Auroa School Takes out the Athletics Shield

Yesterday Auroa School competed in the Mount Spa Athletics.  This is an annual event where we compete against four other schools.  All students participated in this awesome event.  Room 2 students competed in Sprints, High Jump and Long Jump.

The day ended with a banner parade and then the winner of the shield.  Everyone was so excited to hear "Auroa School" called out as the 2014 winner!

We are the Champions!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Think About Writing

I saw a tweet last night with 'Great iPad Apps to Generate Writing Prompts'.  Today we used 'Things to Think About'.  Room 2 worked in pairs to respond to one of the many topics.  Click on the picture to read what Caleb and Joe had to say.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Andy Warhol Inspired Portraits

Today while the Year 7s were at Technology, the Year 6 students created our own Andy Warhol inspired art.  We used Strip Design on our iPads to achieve these looks.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Friday, 14 February 2014

Augmented Reality Books

At school we have some new Augmented Reality Books.  Some of them have iPad apps that are incredible.  These books have created a lot of interest in Room 2.

What We Love About Auroa School

As part of homework this week, Room 2 shared what they love about our school. It is an amazing place to be!

 I like Auroa School because everyone is friendly, it is a tidy school and the teachers are willing to help. - Caleb

 At Auroa School I like Robotics. I like the fun of building them and the mystery of programming them. I also love watching them in action. - Joe

I love that Auroa School has awesome playgrounds, cool teachers, a cool mascot and wonderful gardens. - Zekiel

 I like our school blog because it shows photos of people swimming. - Haze

 I love Auroa School because we have lots of technology and really cool teachers. - Connor

 I love all the sports like soccer, running, swimming and basketball. We have lots and everyone gets a go. - Declan

 Our awesome school pool, lovely people and the playground to entertain us on breaks. - Te Putu

 What I love about Auroa School is that all the kids and teachers are always nice. - Danielle

 At Auroa we have an amazing dell. That is where I like to spend my lunchtime.  - Aliyha

Swimming at school is fun. Art is so fun and I like playing games on the field with the teachers. - William

 I love going on the swings. I'm really happy that the student council last year dedicated to a fundraiser to get these awesome, fun and cool swings. - Caitlyn S.

 I like playing sport with my friends. - Trevor

I love the people, the teachers and the sports. - Jessica

 I love the fact that we have large, open spaces to play. - Jacob

Monday, 3 February 2014

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Welcome to 2014

Welcome to Room 2 @ Auroa!  It's going to be an exciting year with lots of posts to follow.  School officially starts Monday 3rd February and I can't wait to meet my class of Year 6 and 7 students.

One of many stunning views on my way to school this morning.