Thursday, February 26, 2009


Butterflies are attracted to bright colours - the brighter and more interesting the clothing the better chance you have of making friends with butterflies. Butterflies do not grow, rather they are fully formed by the caterpillar which pupates. The "pupa" is formed inside of the caterpillar - unlike the moth which produces a cocoon when it matures.Fly, fly in the sky. The Butterflies were awesome. They like me the best because they like the clothes I wear. Their favourite movie characters are Dora the Explorer, Hana Montana, Spiderman and Ben 10. It was stinky hot in there. It made me sweaty. I felt happy because they landed on my shirt and hat. Hugo
We went to the butterfly house. It was stinking hot in the shed because butterflies like it hot. Three came on me. My favourite butterfly was a bright orange one. Maxwell

Learning At School Conference

Here I here at the Learning at School Conference in Rotorua. I presented one workshop yesterday and it went quite well. At the moment I am listening to a keynote speaker. I am in the back row and took this photo using Photobooth. You can see there is lots and lots of people here! I am presenting another workshop this afternoon as well.

I would love to hear about the tryathalon at school- let me know what happened by leaving a comment.

Allanah K

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hugo and Maxwell in Dorrigo National Park

Maxwell In the Rainforest: We went to the rainforest and it was wet. We took a photo of me standing in a Yellow Carabeen tree. Be Careful! There are leeches that suck your blood.
Squish, Squash and Leeches. They suck your blood. If you are quick enough you can pick them off your toe. There is a skywalk in the top of the trees. When you look down you will say, “Straight down to certain death!"

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spiders on the IWB

Here we have an IWB. We are enjoying playing with the spider. You can click on the photo of me and it will take you to the cool spider page.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Big Banana

The Big Banana visit couldn’t come quick enough on Saturday morning. The Big Banana is an amusement park centred on a real banana plantation.

“Wheeeeeeeeee,” as I went down the toboggan. It was fun.

I learnt about bananas and we got to try some – they were delicious and sweet.

Did you dream about a double banana?

We bought 10kg of bananas and had banana splits.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Crusaders Reading Crusade

We have joined the Reading Crusade. The idea is that we read at least six books a week of our choice and fill out a form with the details on it and we can go in the draw for weekly prizes. All participants get a certificate signed by our team. Fifteen overall winners get an invitation to a Crusaders training session in May.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Drawing on the IWB

I have been exploring some things that will be great to use on the Interactive Whiteboard and found this one from Crayola to be great. You could use it at home as well.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Seal and a Dolphin Kiss!!!

Hugo is really getting out and about making the most of his time in Australia.

Splash! Splosh! In a pool.

We went to the Pet Porpoise Pool, which is place with sea animals. It was very cool.

The Seal and the Dolphin kissed me on the ear. The kiss from the Dolphin was hard and the seal kiss was very soft.

The seal talked to us it said, “Oo-oo-oo,” and we laughed at it.

My job was to brush the Dolphin’s teeth which was fun.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Our First Official 2009 Podcast

This week at school, as you know, we have been learning about water safety in, on or around water. Because rivers are the most dangerous places for drownings in New Zealand we have been learning a whole heap of water safety rules for around rivers and lakes.

Listen carefully because one of these rules may save your life one day.

The View from Hugo's apartment in Brisbane

The ocean dominates their view from their apartment whilst the noise from the sea is ever present. Here is Hugo’s story about the view.

“Rumble- crashing waves and people surfing down the waves. They look like octopuses waving arms from the thirteenth floor in our building. Behind them there is a mountain called Muttonbird Island. We are going on Friday night to see the world from the top. By Hugo

Safe Practices at the Swimming Pool

I see that I didn't post this quite in time for Georgia because she has already left a comment. Well done Georgia. Gloria is here at school helping me write this blog post and wrecking the classroom!

We are learning safe practices at swimming pools and thought you would enjoy this digital learning object about swimming pools. It needs a password to see it but I have given that to you on a piece of paper.

Click here or click on the photo to go to the digital learning object.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Today's video shows how good we are getting with our swimming. Children are practising really hard to get better and we can see great fantastic improvements every day.

We are concentrating on using nice long arms and legs and turning or heads when we breathe doing freestyle and we started learning how to do the breastroke leg action today. It was great fun and quite easy once you get the hang of it. Tracy is getting in the pool with us to show us what to do in the water.

Hugo's First Post From Treasure Island

Hugo is having a fabulous time on holiday at the Treasure Island Holiday Park at Biggera Waters just south of Brisbane in Australia. He sent in this post today. Mini-Dylan hadn't been to Brisbane before and he is loving being with his new family....

“Whizz! Bang! Pop! Splash! I felt the warm water all around me. The water slide was long and very slippery. It twisted and turned, left and right, down to the pool. I swam across the pool. When you want to go down on the water slide you have to go up one step and the ramp to get to the top. Then you can go Whizz! Bang! Pop! again. I love Brisbane!”

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Day Two- Drownings In New Zealand

Today we presented what we had learnt about drownings in New Zealand.

Each group had to decide what was the most important information to share on the graph and then come up with an interesting way to share that information.

We hope you learnt more about they ways people drown in New Zealand. Now we are going to learn about safe practices for us in, on or near the water.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Swim Week Day One

What a great start we had to our swimming week! As well as two swims a day we were talking about all the fun things we can do in, on or near the water. Here are just some of the things.

Grace told us of a great time she had had near the water.

What else can you think of????

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Here we all are

Here we all are. We have made a great start to the year and are looking forward to Swim Week. Lots of fun- lots of life saving learning!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tyler shows us his swimming skills

Swimming is so fun. Allanah took our class video of us swimming so we could tell how good we are and how we might improve.

We are learning freestyle and breastroke. It is very, very hot and we like to swim.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Mini-Dylan Slideshow

We made a great start to the school year. I am trying out this new web tool and as I haven't got any of this year's photos to try out so I will use some of Mini-Dylan's holiday snaps.