Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Today Room 2 participated in Kidsedchatnz for the second time.  For more information, go to  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.