Monday, May 30, 2011

Sophie Won

Sophie won the Year Three and Four age group for our Nelson Photo Competition.

Sophie tells us how she came to take the photo.

"We were sitting inside reading a book when a bird came and whacked itself on the wall. We heard it crash into the wall. It was kind of knocked out. It was a good job our cat, Zukee, wasn't there. Mum picked it up and put it on our tree. I took photos of it with Dad's camera. This was my best photo."

I won a big canvas with my photo on it. Click on this link to see the other winners.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Zahra's Photos

Zahra was very proud to be able to share her wonderful photos of her holiday in the Abel Tasman National Park with us.
It was nearly night time when I took this photo.
We were running around all of these bays ahead of everybody. I was exhausted at the end of it.
We were going to the swingbridge and I took this photo when we were on our boat. I really liked the reflections on the water.
While we were going to the swingbridge I saw lots of birds on the sand and I thought it would be a good photo. Allanah said they were pied oyster catchers. I wonder if she's right?
We were on a short walk at the start of the long walk. We could see heaps of a great view. It was good.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Digital Microscope

Today Allanah borrowed a digital microscope from another school for us to explore our world with. We had such fun seeing things close up.

Can you guess what our screen grabs are of??

Monday, May 09, 2011

Photo Competition Nominees

Today we took the last of our photos for Allanah's ICTPD cluster photo competition. We are very proud of our entries. They close next Monday. The winner of the whole competition wins an iPod Touch.Tauhou by Sophie A
Weed by Isaac
Pohara Sunset by Holly

Here are all of our photos...

Monday, May 02, 2011


Today we used Guess and Check for problem Solving.

Using a chessboard and 8 counters the counters must be placed on the board so that there is only one counter occupying each vertical, horizontal and diagonal ie there cannot be any other piece on the same line as another. Sounds easy, but it is a little harder than you think.

We worked hard and some of us solved the problem before lunch time.

Holidays with Sonic Pics on the iPad

For a change from writing about what we did in the holidays children were asked to draw a picture of one of their significant holiday event and script a couple of sentences of explanation.

The Billy Goats Gruff

Today for phonics we looked at the double ff and ss at the end of words. I found a game to support that.

Click on the graphic to play the game.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Apple Distinguished Educator

During the Christmas Holidays I applied to be an Apple Distinguished Educator by preparing a video presentation and completing a detailed application form. I was honoured to be accepted into this highly sought after programme along with four other New Zealanders.

During these holidays I attended the Apple Distinguished Educators Institute in Sydney. During the four day Institute we were introduced to innovative media & educational leaders and made some valuable connections with leading educators throughout Australasia.

It was a great learning experience.