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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 9.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

Dance: We have almost finished our dance lessons for the term with our senior students finalising their choreography to perform to the junior school next Monday afternoon!

Auckland Live: Room 3 had a fantastic day of creative expression at Auckland Live on Tuesday! They learned how to work together to make the shapes of animals with their bodies and grooved away to Bruno Mars by learning a dance from dance troupe Fresh. The whole class returned from Auckland Live invigorated by the range of performance arts that they observed and experienced!


Learning Stream: Our learning journey continues in Room 3, with student-choice and student-agency being an invaluable part of our innovative learning progression. This week we began using our ‘learning stream’ on our big whiteboard. This is a visual board to show which tasks are on google classroom and for students to monitor which tasks they are going to do, are currently doing and have done. Students move their names along the ‘stream’ to show their progress in their chosen learning tasks.





Matariki: For our Te Reo Māori lesson this week we learned about the seven sisters that make the Matariki cluster of stars. We learned a little more about some more Atua (Māori Gods) and why the new year is in June. Students then had started an activity where they listened to the author read her ‘7 stars of matariki’ book and from the clues in the story, draw the village in the book.


Mid-Year Reports: Students are bringing home their mid-year reports today to show their learning progression and how they are tracking towards the National Standards. Their reports include comments on their Inquiry, STEAM, RiCH Values as well as core subjects in Maths, Reading and Writing. If you have any questions regarding your child’s report, please feel free to email or arrange a meeting with Oriana.



Upcoming Events: Week 10

  • Great Kiwi Competition Tests: for students who have registered for the Maths, English and Science competition, the tests will be on Monday and Tuesday of Week 10.

  • Incredible Science Trip: Week 10, Wednesday 5th July (bus cost $22) - children at school by 7:45am (the bus departs school at 8am)


Trip Preparation and Reminders:

Please ensure that your child is at school in time to attend our Incredible Science event on Wednesday 5th July. If you require your child to be picked up on these mornings to ensure they get to school on time, please let Oriana-Sensei know by phone or email: ohansell-pune@hunua.school.nz so that we can make arrangements.


Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 8.

 

 

Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,

 

Highlights of our week include:

Writing: Our new moment in time is centred around our main character, Toki, who lives in the Amazon Forest. The video prompt is called ‘Ride of Passage,’ but before watching the animation, we had a class discussion to decide what ‘Rite of Passage’ means and predict why the title of the video was altered slightly.  Students then had to write start their planning by writing as though they are in main character’s shoes during a defining moment of decision making - what do they see, hear, feel, think, say, do, taste, smell?

Fairytale Geometric Art: On Monday we had some special visitors from Room 2 who had completed a special inquiry-maths-art project! Mrs Acton kindly shared with us the activity and we were motivated to create our own! It started with choosing our own fairytale story and three main scenes from the beginning, middle and end of the fairytale. Students then had the challenge of creating their three scenes with geometric shapes.

 

Dance: This week Mrs Thompson played a piece of music for us to use as a starting point for our self-selected dance moves. The challenge was to use the music to help us tell our story through dance. We have two weeks to decide and perfect our dances then will present at the end of the term! It has been fantastic to see so many of our students step out of their comfort zone and really put in 100% into their choreography!

Coding: We continue our journey into coding with the inspiring quote: "Computer Programmers of today are the wizards of our future” as we work through our courses on code.org - we are determined to be the wiz-kid wizards of our future!

Upcoming Events: Week 9-10

 

Trip Preparation and Reminders:

Please ensure that your child is at school in time to attend Auckland Live on Tuesday 27th June and the following week on Wednesday 5th July for our trip to the Incredible Science event.

If you require your child to be picked up on these mornings to ensure they get to school on time, please let Oriana-Sensei know by phone or email: ohansell-pune@hunua.school.nz so that we can make arrangements.

 

Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 7.

 

 

Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,

 

Highlights of our week include:

 

Upcoming Events: Week 7

 

Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 6.

 

 

Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,

 

Highlights of our week include:

Upcoming Events: Week 7

 

Student Voice: What we are enjoying about our learning

 


Upcoming Events: Week 7:



Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 5.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Fairytale Mural: Our class have been working on our draft mural ideas to paint on  a board for our production. The mural board will be displayed on the stage with other class murals. Students have chosen their favourite fairytale to depict in an original art piece. This week we completed our mural drafts and each voted on which one we thought should be created and displayed on stage. Congratulations to Zaahir for his winning piece! We can’t wait to see it completed!

  • Technology: This week the students with Whaea Petera made bread cups with egg, cheese, ham and bread - it was delicious! Aaniyah, Briar and Lilly even made extra to give to our bus driver! The year 8 students continued with their device-holder designs and are almost ready to create next week!


  • Te Reo Maori: Our lesson focused on ‘he aha te huarere?’ meaning "what’s the weather?” We learned a whole range of weather types in Te Reo, including lightning and stormy! In pairs, students created gestures to help us all remember their weather cards. Then on Friday we tested our weather questions and answers knowledge with a Kahoot quiz!


  • Water Skills for Life: We had our fifth and final lesson at Massey Park and it was a challenge! Students had to swim in their clothes as well as try to inflate their t-shirts to help them stay afloat. It was the final assessment of our lessons, we showed great progression with our skills in water safety!


  • Sneeze Safe: Unfortunately we have been sharing a bit too much in Room 3 - sharing germs and bugs. To help us understand and practise safer sneezing and sniffling, we did an activity where we sprayed blue water to show how far germs spread when we sneeze without covering our mouths. We also used glitter to show how far and wide our germs can travel and be transferred if we do not wash our hands. Our biggest message was: Trap it (in a tissue / in our elbow), Bin in (throw our tissues in the bin), Wash it (wash our hands with soap and warm water).


  • Reading: This week we have been using our tools to practise answering Before / During / After reading questions with our "wheel of questions fortune” and "questions dice” - students self-selected a kiwi kids news article to read and rolled the dice to find questions to answer from the article. It was an interactive and engaging activity that had all of our students reading and rolling for more questions to discover!


  • Flocabulary: Another eLearning tool to add to our belt! We have had fun watching videos to help us with learning about adjectives and testing our understanding with a quiz! We can’t wait for more flocabulary activities next week!



  • Upcoming Events:
    Week 6:
  • Recitations will be in class next week on Tuesday,  judging who will be sent to the finals in Week 7! Students’ order of recitation performance is below for those who would like to attend.

Room 3 Recitation Order - Tuesday 6 June

Session

Approximate Time

Names

Session 1


9:10 – 10:00am

Aaniyah Strang, Alysha Read, Briar Deeming

Charlize Hartshorne, Emily Innes, Emma Reid, Harneet Singh

Holly Beehre, Issy Rogers, John Haira-Payne

Session 2

10:10 – 10:40

Josiah Dixon, Lilly Flavell, Lily Lockwood, Naroli Robitaille

Nathan Cowley, Paige Nimmo, Raffi Gilardi

Session 3


11:30 – 12:20

Samantha Lee , Stella Hakkenbroek, Sylaan Schipplock

Theodora Papali’i, Zaahir Iqbal


Student Voice ~ Our highlights / lowlights of the week:

  • My highlight of the week is doing ixl, cooking, and the last day of swimming -Zaahir

  • Lowlight: I was only at school for 2 days this week -Lily

  • My highlight of the week is being back at school (Dark sickness XD), starting Flocabulary and doing Kahoots :D -Emma

  • my highlight through the week was tech and for learning I enjoyed maths -Theodora

  • My highlight of the week was doing Hockey, completing my Fidget Spinner STEAM Project and finishing my Tech drawings.  -Alysha

  • My highlight of the week was finishing my math task. -Sylaan

  • my highlight of the week has been practicing my poem -Josiah

  • My highlight was playing all the kahoot quiz and the flocabulary songs-John

  • my highlight of the week is doing maths on Monday. -Lilly

  • my highlight of the week is kahoot, swimming, and tech -Emily

  • My highlight of this week was going to the AGG's open day. I got to see awesome classrooms and got to speak to the Principle. My low-light was not coming to Hunua school yesterday. -Holly

  • My highlight was swimming and maths. I have no low light. -Stella

  • My highlight of the week was having almost all of my tasks handed in by Wednesday and getting them all handed in so I had no tasks unfinished this week. I also liked Kahoot a lot. -Raffi

  • My highlight of the week is is doing Ixl maths and pronouns, also going to tech and making really yummy food. -Naroli

  • my highlight is the kahoots that we did and water skills for life and also I loved ixl fractions this week. -Harneet

  • Highlight - Being ready for cutting my wood at tech and finishing my Inquiry Mural Drawing. -Samantha

  • my highlight of the week is going swimming at Massey park pools and my low light was not coming to school on Monday and for the Kahoot! -Paige

  • my highlight of the week is kahoot and swimming and tech -Briar

  • my high light is going to water skills and going to tech and doing kahoot my lowlight is that it was our last water skills -Aaniyah

  • my highlight of the week would be learning the maori colours and weather and understanding my maths work. No low lights available at this time -Charlize

  • Highlight:doing kahoot. Lowlight: losing in kahoot -Issy

Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 4.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Speed Gun Statistics: This week we took the Auckland Transport ‘SDAS’ Gun out on to Hunua Road and collected data on the speeds of vehicles driving along the 70km/hr speed zone. We then returned to class to create graphs of the speeds and calculated the average speed of the vehicles. Speeds ranged from 32km/hr (a bicycle) to over 76km/hr!

  • Water Skills: Our fourth water skills for life lesson was action packed! We had life jackets, a dingy AND the wave pool going! It was fantastic to see the students using all the life saving skills they have learnt over the past three weeks in the deep pool, practising how to save themselves and their friends in the water.

  • Numero: The week started with our numero challenge to get us in the mathematical frame of mind! The students have thoroughly enjoyed throwing down their wild cards and working out their tactical strategies in this maths card game!

  • Pink Shirt Day: Thank you to Alysha, Holly, Samantha and Lily who organised and advertised the anti-bullying campaign. The student and staff support was fantastic! We raised just over $150 to support the mental health foundation! We even linked our RiCH values lesson to Pink Shirt Day - learning about the difference between Empathy and Sympathy. Our quote of the lesson became: "Silence Signifies Consent” - focusing on the importance of standing up for others when we see something happening that isn’t right or justified.

  • Te Reo Maori: This week students presented and taught their colour songs in Maori! By the end of our lesson we had learnt each group’s song AND the names of our colours in Maori, too! Ka pai to mahi to all of our students who put in 100% to developing a memorable song to an existing tune!

  • Kahoot! It’s a hoot! To test our Maori colours from Thursday, we started the day with a Kahoot quiz on Friday morning! It was a competitive yet collaborative quiz game that really engaged everyone - so much so that the students begged to play again and again!


Upcoming Events: Week 5:

  • Our 5th and final water skills for life lesson is on Thursday 1st June.



Student Voice ~ Our highlights of the week:

  • Kapahaka with our visiting group and I also liked doing IXL. Lowlight seeing our visitors go -Aaniyah

  • Performing Kapahaka -Issy

  • I liked practising our production at the hall and watching the performance at assembly -Naroli

  • Drama practice -Emily

  • Starting using the BTC’s book this week -Harneet

  • Kahoot and finding out the results of our tests -Alysha

  • Finding out I went up a math group -Lily

  • Kahoot quiz and getting the results of our tests -Raffi

  • Making the lego fidget spinner, it was fun -John

  • Playing kahoot this morning -Paige

  • Kahoot and finding out what groups we’re in for maths and reading -Samantha

  • Today wearing the pink clothes and IXL and Khan Academy -Charlize

  • Production, kapahaka, pink shirt day and Kahoot -Theodora

  • Finding out what we’re doing for maths and Kahoot -Lilly

  • Kahoot and technology -Stella

  • Finding out that we raised $150.30 for the anti-bullying campaign and my other highlight was going on the boat at water skills -Holly

  • Technology, water skills for life and Kahoot -Briar

  • Kapahaka and my lowlight was saying goodbye to Jesse

  • Water skills for life, kahoot -Sylaan

  • Kahoot, pink shirt day and writing -Zaahir

  • Kahoot quiz and Khan Academy -Josiah



Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 3.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Beyond the Class Tasks: Students now have an allocated "BTC” book. BTC stands for Beyond the Class - a book where they will write what learning tasks they have continued at home either at night or in the morning before school. To keep home-school communication clear, students will ask you to sign their BTC book each day. Every morning, they get their BTC book signed by the teacher and may have tasks to submit or file in their portfolios. The expectation is that students will do at least 20 minutes of a learning task from class, which they plan and prepare before the end of the day.

  • Dramatic Dress-Up Day: On Tuesday we had students who dropped in from the 80’s, Medieval times, 1600’s, early 2000’s and even before BC! It was fantastic to see ALL of our students put in 100% to our dramatic dress-up day and really get into character for our arts inquiry and narrative writing assessment!

  • Technology: Our Year 7’s have been with Whaea Petera and have energetically cooking - this week they made scones! The Year 8’s have been learning how to design a device holder with Mr. Rippey - we can’t wait to see their final products!

  • Mid-Year Assessments: This week we had a range of assessments, including eAsttle writing, maths and reading, IKAN and basic facts tests. Results of these tests will be shared with students next week and they will set goals for their next learning steps. This information will also help inform their mid-year Overall Teacher Judgments for National Standards.

  • Te Reo Māori: This week our lesson had a little interruption with vaccinations but all of our groups were allocated at least five colours and started creating their colour song to teach the class next week - we can’t wait to learn MORE colours from each other!


  • Fidget Spinner STEAM Project: In Room 3 we like to utilise students’ current interests into our learning so this week we started the optional STEM project on fidget spinners! Students measure the length of time the fidget spinner can spin, collect data, calculate the math to find their average time then graph their data. They will also write up their results, design their own fidget spinner and finally explore the physics of how the fidget spinners work. We are VERY excited to see how STEM projects develop over the next few weeks!


Upcoming Events: Week 4:

  • Hockey: sessions are on Wednesday and continue for the next three weeks.

  • SDAS GUN: We have the Auckland Transport "Slow Down Around Schools” speed gun and badge maker to use next week so will be around our school community taking the speeds of passing cars! Look out for statistics around what we find!


Student Voice ~ Highlights of the week:

  • My highlight of the week was the Narrative Writing because we got to dress up as an olden day character or time Era. My low light was all the maths tests but at least I know where I am at.  -Alysha

  • My highlight of the week is doing the btc work. -Zaahir

  • My highlight was getting 35% on the last stage of the basic facts test. Because last time I on got like 10% -Lily

  • My highlight was getting all of the questions right on my IKAN test. - Samantha

  • my highlight through the week was doing water skills for life and doing all the tests. -Theodora

  • My highlights of the week were doing the E-Asttle Writing Test and the Dramatic Dress Up Day! I loved getting the part for Cinderella in the Hunua Production.​ -Holly

Student Voice ~ Highlights of the week:

  • my highlight of the week was getting the fidget spinner project. -Briar

  • My highlight of the week was getting to be able to do a steam project on fidget spinners. My low light of the week was the practice writing test because I didn't finish on time. -Sylaan

  • Highlight: was the writing test. Lowlight: having a headache and injections. -Issy

  • My highlights were: tech, water skills 4 life, te reo maori and bible -Emily

  • My highlight of the week was reading the ugly duckling and completing the task and also starting the fidget spinner project. My other highlight of the week is swimming and tech. Lowlight is nothing. -Charlize

  • my highlight of the week would be getting my ingestion and going to tech and swimming and doing the a ha ka ma na song also doing my test and my low light would be feeling the pain of the injection -Aaniyah

  • My highlight of the week is swimming and my lo light is getting the injection also i liked  doing the writing test and maths test. -Naroli

  • My highlight of the week is getting to work about fidget spinners because they are toys really it is something very new for me because I always thought that toys and school never go together. I had a pretty good week with handing in tasks as well so i am pretty happy. -Raffi

  • My highlight was working with Raffi and harneet with our fidget spinners because it’s meant to be a toy but there is learning to do with it as well. -John


Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 2.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • NZ Road Safety Week: On Tuesday our bright spark students came in their highest high-vis best to fundraise for Brake Road Safety Charity! Throughout the week we also completed a range of Road Safety activities, such as creating a Road Safety Superhero and a sign with a safety related message in a catchy slogan. We will vote on the signs to send to Auckland Transport to hopefully get made into signs to display around our school community!

  • Narrative Writing: This week started with a well known story - "The 3 Little Pigs” BUT it had a twist! We got to see the OTHER side of the story, set in present times. Our class had an exceptional discussion that included sharing of opinions on social media, insurance fraud and mortgage repayments! Ask your children to describe and even SHOW you the other side of the 3 Little Pigs story we thought we all knew so well!

  • ARTS INQUIRY - Magic Mystery Box: In small groups, our students were given a box of mysterious items and the challenge to create a piece of art from their given materials. They were allowed to add on other materials but had to use what they were given in the challenge. Students presented these items on Friday!

  • Te Reo Māori: Our lesson focused on the Māori colours and correct pronunciation. The students were given a colour card and had to choose props and a gesture to show the class to help us remember the colour by the gestures we repeated. It was a fun lesson that came with an extra challenge! They now have a week to create a song with gestures that helps us remember all the colours! We can’t wait to see these songs in action next week!

  • School Signs: You may have noticed that we have some new signs in our school community! We have two outside our main gate, one on the corner fence of the Fire Station and two on Hunua Road! Our Travelwise Outcomes are coming to fruition thanks to our Change Agents in the making!


Upcoming Events:

  • Great Kiwi Competition Tests: The final deadline to sign up and pay for the Maths, English and Science tests is on Monday 15th May. Information of students who have paid and signed up for the tests will be sent to the organisers.

  • Week 3: Next week is assessments week. Students will be tested in maths, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and basic facts. This information will help inform part of their mid-year Overall Teacher Judgement for National Standards, which will be shared with parents in our mid-year reports at the end of the term.

  • Week 3: Tuesday 16th May is "Dramatic Dress Up Day” to link our Arts Inquiry with Narrative writing. Students are to come dressed in their interpretation of dramatic era by rolling back the clock! Following this, we will write a narrative text for our writing assessment.


Student Voice: Our highlights of the week

  • My highlight of the week was, by far, BEING ALLOWED TO SWIM AGAIN! :D And going down the slide at water skills for life! -Emma

  • my highlight of the week is doing our mystery box and tech. -Briar

  • my highlight this week was our wheels day because we only have on wheels day each year so wheels day twice epic. -John

  • my highlight through the week was be bright and be seen mufti day. -Theodora

  • My highlight of the week was Wheels Day and Swimming at Massey Park because we got to go down the hydro slide. My low light is assembly. -Alysha

  • My highlight of the week was having my first lesson at tech and finding out what we were doing and my first lesson of water skills for life and being able to tread water for almost 5 minutes. My low light was nothing. -Sylaan

  • My highlight of the week is wheels day and learning in the classroom. -Zaahir

  • Being able to do water skills for life and auditioning for the school play. -Lily

  • my highlight was water skills for life and also technology and being a princess for a day and winning a prize and wheels day on Wednesday. -Harneet

  • Working on my magic mystery box with my group as it was fun. - Samantha

  • my highlight of the week is going to the water skills and watching the swimmers. My low light of the week is not being able to go swimming at water skills. -Paige

  • Doing the Rap for RiCH value lesson. -Lily

  • My highlights of the week were doing the Spinning Chair Narrative writing. My other highlight was going down the hydro-slide at swimming. -Alysha

  • my highlight was swimming and the maths ,also the mystery box too. I had no low light. -Stella

  • my highlight was swimming skills for life, cooking tech, wheels day and auditions. -Issy

  • my highlights are swimming, tech, making  fudge, and maths. -Emily

  • my highlight of the week would be hanging out with Paige and doing tech also I loved singing the Maori. -Aaniyah

  • my highlight of the week was swimming and tech but the things I liked more was doing harder, more challenging maths instead of doing easy maths because I love doing challenging maths. Also I liked learning about the hamburger in writing, it was fun. -Naroli

  • My highlight of the week was swimming at Massey park cooking in tech (making the ultimate cheese rolls) and getting to write the narrative of the three little pigs 2012. My low light was getting in trouble with my dad for not bringing homework home. -Raffi

  • Working on our mystery box challenge because it’s lots of fun and it’s good to work with people who you haven’t worked with before. -Josiah


This Week’s Tweets: include our introduction to our NZ Road Safety activities, water skills for life, Geometry. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Nga Mihi, Oriana Hansell-Pune





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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 2, Week 1.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Welcome back to another term of interactive activities, engagement and 21st Century learning!


Highlights of our week include:


  • Narrative Writing: We began our first day back at school with a writing task based on students writing about a ‘mystery setting’ - somewhere they went during the holidays but written in a way that gave clues to the reader. Students then shared their writing with the class who had to guess where their writing was set. It was the first task in preparation to narrative writing, linking our Arts inquiry to writing about characters in particular settings.

  • Arts Inquiry: Our Term 2 inquiry question is "Who can be an artist?” with the statement "expression or interpretation - reading between the lines.” This week we started with exploring what we think the words ART and ARTIST mean, examples of them and questions we had about them. These questions formed our Inquiry question wall for the term.

  • Water Skills for Life: We had our first of five lessons on Thursday at Massey Park pools and what an hour of swimming power it was! Students learned a range of survival skills in deeper water and were challenged by our swim instructors Jane and Jasmine!

  • Persuasive Letter Replies: We have multiple examples of change agents in our community and class! A number of students received letter replies from Auckland Transport, Phil Goff, Bill English and Auckland City Council after they wrote persuasive letters last term to ask for action towards our road safety issues.

  • Te Reo Māori: We had our first lesson this week that focused on the Māori alphabet and correct pronunciation. The students learned a song, which they practised in groups then eventually as a whole class. We made fantastic progress in the correct pronunciation of the Māori vowels!


Upcoming Events: Week 2

  • Tuesday 9th May is ‘Be bright, be seen!’ mufti day. Students are to dress up in bright colours and bring a gold coin donation to fundraise for Brake Road Safety charity.

  • Wednesday 10th May is Room 3’s Wheels Week day. Students can bring their wheels and safety gear (especially helmets) to ride around at morning tea and lunchtime on the bottom court.

  • Production Auditions: This term our inquiry is focused on preparing for our school production. For this, auditions will be held on Wednesday next week in the library during lunchtime. Mrs D and Mrs Acton will be leading the production and will work closely with the actors.

  • Recitations: Students have brought home a notice about recitations that details the preparation process for our annual recitations. Students are to choose a poem to recite in dramatic fashion and can use props, costumes and gestures in their performance. At year 7 & 8 level, the poems that students choose need to be of considerable depth and substance.


Student Voice: Our highlights of the week

  • My highlight of the week is going to technology  and making twisters my low light was pretty much nothing. -Aaniyah

  • My highlight of the week was swimming in a deeper and warmer pool. I also liked going to tech and seeing what we were making. My lowlight was assembly. -Alysha

  • My highlights of the first week are: going back to school, seeing Oriana Sensei and my friends, starting inquiry, our new STEAM projects and starting a new hard materials project at tech! :D My only low light is not being able to go in the pool :P -Emma

  • My highlight was the 800 words mystery setting and tech as well as starting school again. -Stella

  • My highlights of the week were doing Swimming at Massey Park Pools because I got to work on my core and hold my breath. My second highlight of the week was doing Inquiry, because we got to ask questions and learn more in art. -Holly

  • My highlight of the week is tech because I had lots of fun. -Briar

  • my highlight of the week was starting back at school and starting water skills for life as well as tech. -Charlize

  • My lowlight was not being able to go to water schools for life. My highlight was the whole day of writing on Monday. Lily

  • My highlight of the week was going to Massey park pools and doing a 360 of the jump. -Raffi

  • My highlight/s of the week is cooking and swimming. -Emily

  • my highlight of the week was starting our inquiry art. -Josiah

  • My highlight this week was going to massey park pools to learn how to swim. -John

  • my highlight was swimming because it challenged me more then swimming in our own pool. -Harneet

  • My highlight of this week was coming back to school. My low-light was missing water skills for life. -Sylaan

  • My highlight of the week is starting a great new school and making lots of new friends. -Paige

  • Highlight:cooking technology, lowlight:cutting my ankle. -Issy

  • my highlight of the week was being back at school getting the certificate and swimming also doing tech cooking was fun and swimming was my favorite today has been a great week. -Naroli

  • Highlight: Was swimming at Massey Park because we were in a deeper pool and we learnt things that were out of our comfort zone. -Samantha


This Week’s Tweets: include our introduction to our Term 2 Inquiry, water skills for life, Te Reo Maori lesson, technology. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Naku Noa, Oriana Hansell-Pune



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 10 - 11.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:


  • Inquiry Outcome: Our students presented our very first school-wide Inquiry Outcome at our Travelwise Community Consultation day! It was fantastic to see so many of our stakeholders come along, vote, have their say by giving feedback and ask our students questions about their 3D models! Our students presented their 3D models proudly and very articulately!
    Thank you to all of our parents, community members, neighbours, past students and guests who came along - it was an incredible turnout for our shared inquiry outcome!

  • Statistics: This week we used the data collected at our community consultation to collate the votes, feedback, analyse and present the data by learning how to create graphs on Google Sheets. It has been a true and authentic link with maths and inquiry with a whole range of deeper learning for our students! We will soon share the results with our school community!

  • Water Skills for Life: A notice has been sent home regarding our opportunity to have 5 x 1hour long water skills lessons at Massey Park Aquatic Pools. Because we require a bus for the day, there is a fee of $27.50 per child for five weeks of lessons. Thank you to those who have started paying.

  • Persuasive Letters: All of our students have posted and emailed their letters of persuasion to their chosen ‘Agent of Change’ and have already had some replies to help us in our quest to make our community roads safer. Our very own Prime Minister, Bill English has replied, too! Here’s hoping for more traction on our action!

  • Softball Fun Day: Unfortunately due to the weather, our softball fun day was postponed last week, then cancelled this week. Hopefully Term 2 will bring us better weather for our ECCS sports events.


Upcoming Events:

  • Week 1: Thursday 4th May - Water Skills for Life - Lesson #1


Student Voice:

  • My highlight of last week was the inquiry consultation day because our  family got to see our 3d models and hard work. My low-light was not having the softball fun day.  My highlight this week was finishing our data collecting thing because i was so happy when it was done that i felt like i could run around for an hour. My low light was not having the softball fun day again because we prepared so hard for it. -Raffi

  • My highlight for last week is that we got to share our 3D models with the parents. My highlight for this week is softball even though we were not allowed to go because it was raining but it was still fun doing practice   -Aaniyah

  • My highlight for last week was the community consultation because I got to meet Andrew Bailey. My highlight for this week was finishing the maths statistics for inquiry. -Lily

  • My highlights of last week were doing to consultation day because I got to meet a lot of people and I also got to have a good time presenting with Charlize and Josiah. My Highlights of this week are doing the Easter eggs and our last day of tech! -Holly

  • My highlight for this week was the Easter eggs and last week was all the great feedback on our inquiry solution. -Stella

  • My highlight from last week was the inquiry consultation day because it was exciting seeing all the parents coming to our project while we explained what we are doing and why we need some things fixed. -John

  • My highlight from last week was that we got so few negative comments! This week my highlight was starting my Easter egg in room 2. -Josiah

  • My highlight of the week was the whole thing on Friday. My highlight for this week is that school finishes but my learning highlight is moment in time. -Briar

  • My highlight is making Easter eggs. Emily

  • My highlight of last week was meeting Bill English and telling him about what we want to achieve. My low light of last week was having to leave early and not staying to greet more people. My highlight of this week was finishing all of the statistics from the Hunua Consultation day. My low light was softball getting cancelled. -Sylaan

  • Highlight: was how the community presentation went really well. Lowlight: being sick on Tuesday and Wednesday. -Issy

  • My highlight last week was the inquiry 3D model. My highlight this week was khan academy. -Theodora

  • My highlight of the community consultation day was that lots of people expressed their feelings and they thought that it was amazing. Then this week my highlight was doing Easter eggs decoration. -Naroli

  • My Highlight of last week was seeing so many people come to the Community Consultation Day. My highlight of the week was going for softball practice just because it was really fun. -Alysha

  • Last Week: Highlight: Community consultation and getting lots of votes. Lowlight: Hurting my ankle- Softball being cancelled. This week: Highlight: Softball and getting lots of tasks done. Lowlight: No Softball and counting the 89 votes. -Samantha



This Week’s Tweets: include our Travelwise Inquiry Community Consultation. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Have a fantastic Easter and school holiday break! We look forward to more learning fun and challenges in Term 2 - see you on Monday 1st May!


Naku Noa, Oriana Hansell-Pune



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 9.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:



  • Inquiry: Our students have been working vigorously on their 3D models to present at our Inquiry Outcome Community Consultation Day. They have created some incredibly safe and well thought out solutions to the road safety issues we have in our community - make sure to come along and have your say!! You will be able to see the following solutions:




* Sylaan, Charlize, Holly and Josiah have worked on a Zebra Crossing solution

* Nathan, John, Raffi, Zaahir have created a pavement solution along Lockwood and Hunua Roads.

* Harneet has worked on School Awareness through Signage

* Samantha and Lily have created a 3D model of Project Safe Haven

* Theodora and Aaniyah have focused on parents crossing children to school

* Lilly and Briar have created a 3D model that plans for better signage in and around the school

* Emma has developed a Scratch animation that explains her plan for a drop-off / pick-up zone

* Stella and Issy have created a 3D model that focuses on lowering the speed limits in our community

* Naroli, Emily and Alysha worked on the speed of cars along Lockwood Road.

  • Technology: Our year 8 students completed cooking their chosen menus! What did our Master Chefs make?

  • Josiah, John and Harneet made Roti pizza

  • Lily, Alysha, Holly made pizza cheese rolls

  • Samantha made pasta topped pie

  • Sylaan made teriyaki chicken dumplings

  • Emma, Stella made butter chicken crepes

  • Charlize made Mexican devilled eggs


Upcoming Events:

  • Week 10: ECCS Softball Fun Day at Clevedon Showgrounds (Wednesday 5th April) - thank you to all of the parents who have been able to volunteer transport to and from the venue!

  • Week 10: Inquiry Outcome Community Consultation, 2 - 4pm - we hope you can all make it!

  • Week 11: Our last day of school is Thursday 13th April as Friday 14th April is Good Friday.

This Week’s Tweets: include our Maths learning, Technology cooking, reading poem activities. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Naku Noa, Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 8.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Maths Learning Tasks: We have been a hive of activity in our maths tasks this week - learning and practising how to use place value, multiplication and rounding and compensating to solve division problems! It sounds difficult but after a bit of practice, we’re getting more confident in using our strategies!  

  • Reading Learning Tasks: Our reading texts and activities have been a lot of fun - challenging our deeper understanding and imagination! Some students have created Newsflash movies that summarise the text. You can see one of these videos on our YouTube channel!

  • Technology: Our students are well on their way with their technology designs. The year 8’s have completed their fusion cuisine menu ready to cook next week. The year 7’s have practised cutting their shapes for their candle designs.

Student Voice:

My highlight of the week is starting my steam project (hoop glider), and my highlight is when I first came to the school and Ashton and John showed me around and when I had my first wheels day. The main things that I am going to miss is all the teachers that have taught m. I will miss all of my friends that have been with through the years and I will miss basically the WHOLE school.  -Noah

Hi my highlight of the week is basically everything but I really liked representing hunua school at the ribbon day it was amazing, Thank you for giving me harder reading things to do because I think with more challenges it will help me learn more and get smarter, I am really just loving school at the moment and no other would be better thanks for an amazing wonderful delightful week. -Naroli

My highlight of the week was hearing that there was a football fun-day. My lowlight is Noah’s last day at school. -Raffi

My highlight of the week is having a secret squirrel -Lilly

My hightlight through the week was maths but I didn't get it all done -Theodora

My high light was Hunua school winning the cup for Auckland Intermediate school ribbon day. -Emily

My highlights of the week were going swimming in the pool because I got to race new people and learnt new ways of warming up with Mrs Cameron and going to tech on Thursday because I finished my plan and am excited  to make our meal next week. Also because we decorated COOKIES. -Holly

My highlight of the week is finishing of my huge card i made for noah and the whole school signing their names and their comments hehehe shhhhh it’s a secret! -Zaahir

My highlight of the week was swimming and my learning highlight is reading and math. -Briar

My highlight was reading task -Stella

My highlight of the week was going to the intermediate schools ribbon day -Josiah

My highlight of the week was reading because have been getting it done fast and easy, it's also very fun as well. -Lily

My highlight was finishing my paperwork in tech because we get to cook our creations next week -John
Upcoming Events:

  • Week 9: Counties Cricket sessions at lunchtime (Monday 27th and Wednesday  29th)

  • Week 10: ECCS Softball Fun Day at Clevedon Showgrounds (Wednesday 5th April)

  • Week 10: Inquiry Outcome Community Consultation, 2 - 4pm

This Week’s Tweets: include our Maths learning, Reading tasks, Softball practice. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Naku Noa, Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 7.



Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Sailing: We started the week with a whole lot of wind in our hair! Our sailing lessons were so much fun - thanks to all of our wonderful parents for donating their time and transport to ensure our kiddos could experience the wind behind their sails!

  • SSR Challenge: We have started a reading challenge in class with a whole range of novels and reading material available to students to choose from - all within their reach in our classroom. Students write the title of their book, the date they started reading, how many pages in the whole book, the date they finished reading and a short reflection about the book. It is a 6-week challenge to encourage our students to read for pleasure, which they can also continue at home as a ‘BTC’!

  • Pirate Dress Up Day: We had a wonderful launch of our Scholastic Book Fair on Wednesday with the pirate parade and dress up day! It was fantastic to see so many students (and teachers) dress up in their finest Buccaneer gear! Our very own Charlize had her dream of being a mascot realised as Clifford the Big Red Dog!

  • Wheels Day: On Friday we had our wheels day! The whole school was able to navigate their way through the two obstacle courses (beginner and advanced) on the courts. A special congratulations and thanks to Raffi, Nathan, Noah and John for designing the courses as their STEAM projects! A very special thank you to Mr and Mrs Cowley for kindly lending us their ramps during the week so that our obstacle course designers could perfect their prototypes!

Student Voice:

My highlight was finishing the wheels day course my lowlight was having only 2 tasks with my reading tasks -Raffi

My highlight of the week was sailing because i got to capsize with Nathan and Lilly, THANK YOU -Alysha

My highlight was: doing my inquiry project. My lowlight was: my sore ankle -Samantha

My highlight was finishing one of my reading tasks -Josiah

My highlight of the week was sailing because we had nearly capsized sooo many times. -Sylaan

My highlight of the week was the pirate dress-up because I won a prize! But also because it brings the school together more and I think we need to do more of that. The other highlight was when we had sailing because all of us year eights were so happy and knew it was out last time sailing together so we enjoyed it a whole lot more. -Holly

My Highlight was sailing because I love getting out in the ocean and swimming and I just love water. I really liked jumping off the pontoon and just sailing in general. -Alysha

My highlight of the week is  trying to finish my steam project -Lilly

My highlight of the day was going swimming and doing four laps total -Charlize

My highlight was making the wheels day track at testing it out the jumps and obstacles -John

My low lights would be that we don't stay at school all day and my highlight is finding out that I can do my project tomorrow -Emily

My highlight of the week is the ssr challenge log -Zaahir


Upcoming Events:

  • Week 9: Counties Cricket sessions at lunchtime (Monday 27th and Wednesday  29th)

  • Week 10: ECCS Softball Fun Day at Clevedon Showgrounds (Wednesday 5th April)

This Week’s Tweets: include our day Sailing, Pirate dress up day, wheels day. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Naku Noa,

Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 6.


Kia Ora to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Civil Defence Emergency: As you know, our school was closed on Wednesday. A notice went home and has been on the school website regarding the response to our school being used as a Civil Defence Emergency Base.

  • Night Zoo Keeper: We have started using Night Zoo Keeper to engage, challenge and excite our students in writing. This eLearning tool also has a range of reading comprehension and worldwide challenges! So far on our trial the students of Room 3 are thoroughly enjoying themselves and are engaged in the learning activities available.

  • Travelwise Rural Schools Workshop: On Thursday, four students (Harneet, Josiah, Lily, Samantha) went with Oriana-Sensei to Patumahoe for a Rural Schools Workshop. We learned a lot about road safety and came away from the workshop highly motivated to inspire our student, parent and wider community in being safe on our roads to and from school.

Student Voice:

My highlight of the day was steam learning time -Briar

My highlight through the week was IXL because I’ve got 4 gold medals. My low light was not going swimming -Theodora

My highlight was the storm on Wednesday and helping out there and also the travelwise workshop. My lowlight was the bad weather - Harneet

My highlight of the week was tech and my STEAM project. My lowlight was not coming to school on Wednesday -Stella

my highlight was finishing my questions about steam - Lilly

My Highlight of the week was making Chop Suey at tech. I liked the new swimming routine -Alysha

My highlight of the day is room 2 coming into our class because they were really nice to us -Aaniyah

My highlight was going to the travelwise workshop because I learnt some much about road safety -Lily

My highlight of my week was trying other people’s STEAM project cooking. It was very exciting being a judge and I would totally do it again. My other highlight was making chop-suey at tech, it was cool having a different bunch of people making food with us -Holly

My highlight of the week was finishing my letter to the council within half an hour -Charlize

My highlight was tech cause we made sapasui and fry bread -John

My highlight of the week was making the wheels day courses and trying them out with our own scooters and bikes -Raffi

My highlight of my week was doing the wheels day course -Noah

My highlight was finally cracking the air powered car -Josiah


Upcoming Events:

  • Wheels Day: will be now be on Friday 17th March. We postponed it last week due to the weather forecast. Students are able to bring their skateboards / roller skates / bikes / scooters - anything with (non-motorised) wheels!


This Week’s Tweets: include our planning for action in STEAM projects, 3D models for Inquiry, Civil Defence Emergency School Closure and our Travelwise Rural Schools Workshop. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Naku Noa,

Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 5.


Namaste to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Class Tag: We have started using Class Tag as a way of communicating events and organising our events, activities, notices and permission slips between school and home. Invitations have been sent to all parents who have email addresses. Please accept the invitation to Class Tag so we can be even more efficient in our communication.

  • IXL: We have started using IXL.com to practise our maths and literacy skills. In Room 3 we have negotiated that each student will utilise this eLearning tool for our ‘beyond the class tasks’ (aka Homework) for a minimum of 20 minutes per night at home. Each student has a specific login and password for IXL.

  • Student Voice:

  • ​I enjoyed starting our Inquiry Tasks for TravelWise with our groups because it made me stronger in a group. ​I also enjoyed doing my STEAM project with Charlize and Lily because we were laughing so much and working together, I think we made the movie funnier than if we were working with others.​ -Holly

  • My highlight of the week was Math because it wasn't hard - I got it and understood it! -Briar

  • My highlight was judging Samantha and Alysha’s three course meal. Their meal was pizza roll scones for the entree, the main was pasta bake and dessert was donuts with cream. -John

  • My highlight was bible in schools. I also liked trying Sam and Alysha's pasta bake and finding another steam project as well as cooking. -Issy

  • My highlight of the week would have to be learning new ways in maths and learning new things on IXL. I also had fun in technology (except for the bell) but the rest of the week was fantastic. The food that Samantha and Alysha made was great.P.S I think IXL is a great way to learn grammar and other math techniques. -Charlize

  • My favorite thing of the week was definitely judging Samantha and Alesha's food, but I also liked doing my science experiment with Noah because it was beautiful and colorful. I like the reading workshop, too because it helped and was fun, it taught me new words. -Raffi

  • My highlight of the day is going passed 30 minutes on ixl -Aaniyah

  • My high light through the week was ixl maths because I had fun and I learned what I did wrong, like where to put the commas in the numbers -Theodora

  • I loved everything about this week especially the swimming -Lily

  • My Highlight of the week is knowing that I can cook a 3 course meal on my own. I really enjoy the maths and reading groups. -Alysha

  • I loved starting IXL it is lots of fun i have practised for 2 hrs 45mins I've mastered 3 subjects and I have received 9 prizes. -Josiah

  • I liked swimming lessons and maths group learning rounding and compensating. -Stella

  • Tech: I Like that we tried a bit of baking and go to have a different teacher, Basic Facts Test: I like them because they are on paper not on a laptop. Swimming: Just being able to swim because I love it so much and I miss it in winter and also I felt like the class kind of bonds with each when we’re in the pool. -Lily

  • I really like tech so far because we get to learn about lots of things like how to make candles and I’m excited to learn new things at tech.  My maths: I am starting to like my maths and reading more because I am getting to understand how it works. Thanks to you, you have helped me to progress my learning skills.   I have loved steam: also getting to be a judge and judging food by Lilly and Emily, they made amazing food in the steam room.  I like to be able to focus more on science, cooking and other cool things in the steam room. -Naroli

  • My highlight was figuring out how to use the 3d printer and printing heaps of stuff and doing tech. -Harneet


Upcoming Events:

  • Vaccinations: The first Year 8 vaccination dose will be on Tuesday 7th March.

  • Wheels Day: will be on Friday 10th March. Students are able to bring their skateboards / roller skates / bikes / scooters - anything with (non-motorised) wheels!


This Week’s Tweets: include our planning for action in Inquiry, technology, maths groups and STEAM projects and swimming sports.  Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following @Hunua3


Naku Noa,

Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 4.


Bonjour to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Community Walk: On Monday we took a walk around our community to identify the current TravelWise and safety issues, including parking, signage, speeds of cars and ways to help the public easily identify Hunua School. From this information that we collected, students then chose two or three ‘departments’ to be members of and are now starting to write persuasive letters to a range of agencies to help make some changes for our school environment!

  • Environmental Day: On Tuesday we had our first Environmental Day for the year. Students collaborated in groups to beautify the school exterior environment. Our students worked tirelessly, despite the sun, ensuring dead leaves were composted, branches were collected, pavements were swept clear and the worm farm was completely cleaned. It was a fantastic day where our senior students got the opportunity to put their leadership into action and help the junior students.

  • Bus Safety Lessons: On Wednesday, Lisa from Auckland Transport came to school to take bus safety lessons and introduced our students to bus ninjas. The lesson ended with a looped drive in our school bus down Lockwood and Hunua Roads.

  • Swimming Sports: On Thursday we went along to Ararimu School for the small school swimming sports. We had an incredible day, filled with races and swimming events that allowed our students to compete against three other schools. Congratulations to all of our students! Our senior students represented Hunua School with pride and showcased their RiCH values from start to finish.

  • Persuasive Letters: We have started to plan and write our letters to a range of agencies to persuade them to help us make changes to our school and wider community environment. Room 3 students decided to write to Auckland City Council, Auckland Transport, our local MP, the NZ Police, the Prime Minister and Franklin Council.


Upcoming Events:

  • Vaccinations: The first vaccination dose will be on Tuesday 7th March. Thank you to those who have sent in their completed vaccination forms.

  • Wheels Day: will be on Friday 10th March. Students are able to bring their skateboards / roller skates / bikes / scooters - anything with wheels!


This Week’s Tweets: include our community walk, completing our Class Treaty, STEAM projects and swimming sports.  Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following us @Hunua3

Naku Noa,

Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 3.


Bonjour to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Statistical Investigations: Through maths this week, students have been completing learning tasks in statistics - analysing data, collating data and deciding how best to present the data by choosing between graphs and tables.

  • Inquiry: Having some inspiration in our maths, some students decided to make some authentic links to our inquiry this week by finding out how far we all travel to school. They collected data by creating a google form and are now using google maps to find the distance between where we live in relation to school. Next week, we will have a map to show the distances and modes of getting to school. Perhaps there could be opportunities to become more Travelwise? Watch this space!

  • Literacy Circles: Students selected novels to read in small literacy circle groups and we have introduced how "the order of business” - students have to negotiate with their group how many pages or chapters they will read by a specific date, they read those pages, they then choose a role to be for the discussion (Discussion Director / Passage Picker / Connector / Illustrator / Summariser / Word Master) and complete their role card. Next they meet with their group to share their role cards and discuss the part of the book they have read. Finally they re-negotiate their next part of the book and deadline.

  • Teeth: Students wrote their first ‘a moment in time’ to a visual prompt - a short film called Teeth! First we listened to the film without any visuals and noted down all of the things we could hear. We discussed what we thought the film might be about. Then we watched the film and discovered that it was about two older men in a boat who had false teeth. No spoilers, you’ll have to read your child’s moment in time to find out what happened!

Upcoming Events:

  • eAsttle Assessments: Students will have two tests on Monday 20th February, one in Reading and one in Maths. This assessment will be completed through eAsttle.

  • Environmental Day: Next Tuesday 21st February we will be putting our 2017 Mantra ("Change agents in the making, our environment for sustaining”) into action by having an Environmental Day. Students need to bring old clothes, gloves, gardening tools, a water bottle and lunch.

  • Vaccination Talks: Our Year 7 & 8 students will have their first talk with our local public nurse, Josephine, who will show the students a short video related to vaccinations and have time for students to ask any questions. This will happen on Tuesday 21st February in the morning.

  • Ukelele Group: Mrs Bird will be taking our Ukelele Group on Tuesday and Wednesday morning tea times starting on Tuesday 21st February.

  • Bus Safety Lessons: We are having Lisa Woodman from the Auckland Transport TravelWise Rural Schools programme come and take bus safety lessons with our students on Wednesday 22nd February (Week 4).

  • Information Launch: We are inviting our school community and whānau to view our information video on our school website to learn more about our curriculum. The focus of our Information Launch is on Inquiry and Maths. This is an opportunity to learn more about the delivery of Inquiry and Maths within our classrooms. Our Information Launch video will be live on Wednesday 22nd February (Week 4).

  • Small Schools Swimming Sports: Year 5-8’s will be heading to Ararimu School for this swimming competition on Thursday 23rd February. Year 7 & 8’s will not be attending Technology on this day.


This Week’s Tweets: include writing ‘a moment in time,’ creating our Class Treaty, STEAM projects and maths groups.  Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following us @Hunua3

Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 2.


Talofa Lava to our Room 3 whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Life Education: We had our three sessions with Pamela and Harold in the Life Education Caravan this week and learnt a lot about our brains and their neurons, being resilient, the differences between showing ‘the leader in me’ vs being a ‘bossy boots’ and so much more!

  • What are our paths for change?: This week our students started identifying the current issues around our school community in our quest to become a TravelWise school. We discussed ideas about signage, speed of cars, parking, drop-off and pick-up zones, crossings, bus stop and safety when walking to and from school.

  • Inquiry: We have launched our first inquiry this term and are very excited to begin the process by following our inquiry cycle. We begin with ‘tuning in’ and work our way around throughout the term, ending on ‘reflecting’ on the changes we have been able to make. More information is on our school website on our new ‘Inquiry’ page.

Upcoming Events:

  • Assessments: We will have a handwriting assessment next week. In Week 4 we have eAsttle Maths and Reading assessments.

  • Bus Safety Lessons: We are having Lisa Woodman from the Auckland Transport TravelWise Rural Schools programme come and take bus safety lessons with our students on Wednesday 22nd February (Week 4).

  • Information Evening: We are inviting our school community and whānau to attend our first Information Evening to hear and learn more about our curriculum. The focus of our first meeting is on Maths and Inquiry. This is an opportunity to learn more about the delivery of Inquiry and Maths within our classrooms and ask any questions you have. Our Information Evening is on Wednesday 22nd February (Week 4).

This Week’s Tweets: include swimming, Life Education and STEAM projects.  Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following us @Hunua3


Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 1, Week 1.


Kia Ora and Happy New Year to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Starting 2017: What a week! It has only been four days but we have managed to pack it full of learning, fun and engagement!

  • Swimming: We started our swimming lessons in the school pool and the students have been incredibly responsible in bringing their togs, towel, goggles for our lessons. The students have been asked to keep these at school until Friday each week so that they can dry during the afternoon (we have a very convenient rail to hang them from) and remain at school for the following day.

  • Technology: Our first technology class of the year was with Mr Rippey (Year 7’s) for hard materials and Whaea Petera (Year 8’s) for food technology. This week Mr Rippey focused on safety, hazards in the classroom and helping students inquire into "what is technology?” Whaea Petera focused on following recipes, measuring and taking risks when deciding whether or not to add extra spice or flavour to nachos and Mexican hot chocolate!

  • 30 Words in our heads: we have completed our 30 words in our heads displays that show who we are as individuals, what makes our character and personality unique but also what threads bind us as a whole class. We have found there are as many different words as there are similarities!

  • Notices: Each of our students has been given a notices folder to ensure the safe transportation and return of notices, permission slips, money, weekly updates and newsletters.

Upcoming Events - 2017:

  • Life Ed: Harold the Giraffe returns to Hunua School next Tuesday and is here for daily sessions until Friday. The three big questions that our Year 7 & 8 students will focus on and explore are: 1) What is an upstander? 2) What makes a good leader? 3) How can we deal with change?

The reasoning behind these 3 questions:

  • focusing on students' transition from Year 6 to Year 7 then from Year 8 to high school.

  • preparing to stand up for their own and other's rights

  • Learning how to be positive digital citizens

  • Making and building relationships, friendships, resilience

  • Open School Event: is on Wednesday 8th February from 3 ~ 7pm. We welcome all visitors! If you are unable to make this event, the classroom is open from 8am and Oriana-Sensei is happy to meet with any parents / family members at a time that is convenient for you.

  • Assessments: we will have our first assessments of the year next week. These will include IKAN for maths and spelling for literacy. These assessments will assist in grouping students and identifying which specific areas need to be taught for individual students.

This Week’s Tweets: include swimming, technology and our 30-words-in-our-heads. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  by following us.

Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.


 



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 10.


Kia Ora and Meri Kirihimete to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Moving Classrooms: On Monday we shifted from our Room 3 classroom to the Room 7 classroom. Our students helped Mrs Davenport and Mrs Harwood move out of their classrooms, organised furniture and then moved everything into our new classrooms, ready for 2017. The Year 7 and 8’s are now well settled into Room 7 (which will be renamed Room 3 next year) and the room is full of light and interior decorating opportunities!

  • Nick’s End of Year Concert: On Tuesday morning students who have been taught guitar by Nick performed to the whole school. It was incredible to see the talent that students were able to share - including electric guitar skills and singing! Congratulations to Ashton, Samantha, Emily, Paris, Meagan who all performed incredibly well and entertained us greatly with their song of choice!

  • Cook Out: On Tuesday we had our traditional cookout on the field. Our students were fantastic leaders for each of their groups and set up their stations with the appropriate safety requirements and preparation tables ready to serve food to their groups of students. All of the students should be proud of their cookout efforts and leadership - students were well entertained and fed...and best of all...kept safe around the fire!

Upcoming Events - 2017:

  • 2017 School Year: School starts back on Tuesday 31st January.

  • Stationery: Students have been sent home with a stationery list for next year. You can purchase these items at stores of your choice.

This Week’s Tweets: include our end of year concert and cookout. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  


Have a wonderful Christmas holiday and enjoy the time with your children and family! To our Year 8 students and families, good luck for your transition to High School - you will go far and beyond! To our Year 6 and 7 students, we cannot wait to welcome you back next year!!



Meri Kirihimete,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 9.


Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Cook Out Meeting: On Monday we had our continued cookout meetings. The group leaders have prepared safety action plans, permission slips and allergy forms to be sent home and signed. Our cookout leaders are responsible for organising and planning their group’s menu, food items to bring, entertainment activities and safety action plans.

  • Maths: We have been focusing on problem solving through strand this week and the students have been challenged with a range of problems to solve, which get progressively more difficult as they move to higher levels. This has generated some fantastically engaging discussions as students work on the problems together.

  • Auckland Live: Students went to the Town Hall and Aotea Centre on Tuesday to experience the behind the scenes action and activities of Auckland Live. The feedback was outstanding and the students absolutely loved their day!

  • Teddy Bear’s Picnic: Some of our Room 3 students who were unable to attend Auckland Live were senior helpers in the junior school Teddy Bear’s Picnic. It was a fantastic ‘Tuakana-Teina’ opportunity and they were amazing helpers.

  • Student Leader Campaigns: Students who campaigned to be student leaders for 2017 visited Rooms 1, 2 and 3 on Wednesday to deliver their speeches. Students in Rooms 1, 2 and 3 then voted on their preferred leader. The votes were counted and will be announced at Prizegiving next week. Congratulations to the Year 7 students who put their hand up to be leaders and prepared some stunning speeches: Alysha, Holly, Lily, Samantha, Sylaan, Harneet and Josiah.

  • Senior Citizen’s Concert: On Wednesday at the Hunua Community Hall the junior school students performed a range of items for our local senior citizens. Our school choir also performed at the concert - congratulations and thank you to Stella, Karlson, Phoenix, Josiah, Holly, Dylan, Emma Reid, Chasity and special thanks to Harneet, who helped with the sound production!

  • Prizegiving Practice: On Thursday we had a whole school practice for Prizegiving at the Hunua Community Hall.

  • Year 8 Graduation Dinner:  This year we had our Graduation Dinner for the year 8 students, their families and our school staff at John Hill Estate. Thank you especially to Kelly Davis who helped us with our booking!

  • Ashton’s Farwell: On Friday we had a "secret squirrel” surprise for Ashton in the library. The students made and brought food and set up the tables and presentations ready for our surprise. Meagan and Josiah had prepared a presentation that we showed on the TV, Samantha presented her folder of photos showing Ashton’s time at Hunua School over the years and Ciaran said a speech. It was a lovely way to start the day and share our highlights and lowlights together.

Upcoming Events - Week 10:

  • Cook Out: is on Monday 12th December on the school field. We have had the first meeting in our groups to start the planning process so that each group knows what their menu will be and which items to bring for cooking.

  • Moving Classrooms: Next year, the Year 7 and 8’s will be in the Room 7 classroom. We will be moving furniture and setting up this classroom on Tuesday 13th December.

  • Last day 2016: Our final day of the year is Wednesday 14th December - please remember that we finish school at 2:00pm.


This Week’s Tweets: include our prize giving practice, our final technology class, the Year 8’s performance practice, our final technology class for 2016, the Year 8’s graduation dinner and Ashton’s farewell. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  


Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 8.


Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Rainbow’s End Trip: On Monday the Year 8 students went with Mrs Lee and Oriana-Sensei to Rainbow’s End and had a fantastic celebration of their time at Hunua School. All of the students enjoyed their special day and represented our school as positive leaders.

  • Cook Out Meeting: On Tuesday we had our first of five cook out meetings. Students are in one of eleven groups, each with a colour name and two leaders: Purple Power (Emma C, Emma R) / Yay Yellow (Meagan, John) / Magic Magenta (Paris, Sylaan) / Blinding Blue (Ricardo, Holly) / Neat Navy (Phoenix, Emily) / Roaring Red (Alysha, Harneet) / Gorgeous Green (Nayden, Samantha) / Amazing Aqua (Ciaran, Ashton) / Outstanding Orange (Stella, Karlson) / Primetime Pink (Chasity, Lily) / Perfect Periwinkle (Josiah, Charlize). Our cookout leaders are responsible for organising and planning their group’s menu, food items to bring, entertainment activities and safety action plans.

  • Science: students who have chosen to make Solar Oven S’mores have been busy making their solar ovens out of pizza boxes, tin foil, black paper and have even ordered in the sun to shine so that their S’mores can bake in their solar ovens. We have had varying degrees of success with the solar ovens and cannot wait to see how students adapt them next week! Bring on the sun!


Upcoming Events - Next Week:

  • TUESDAY - Auckland Live: we are going on our third Auckland Live trip for the year on Tuesday 6th December. For this trip we experiencing the ‘behind the scenes’ action of the Town Hall and Aotea Centre.

  • WEDNESDAY - 2017 Student Leaders: Our year 7 students who are campaigning to be student leaders of 2017 will be presenting their speeches to Rooms 1, 2 and 3 ahead of voting. Student leaders will be announced at Prizegiving.

  • THURSDAY - Graduation Dinner: the year 8 graduation dinner is booked for John Hill Estate on Thursday 8th December from 6:30pm. An invitation and confirmation form has been sent home this week. Please ensure these have been returned so that we can confirm numbers at the restaurant.

  • FRIDAY - Prizegiving: is on Friday 9th December from 1pm at the Hunua Community Hall. Parents, whānau and family friends are welcome to attend!  


Upcoming Events - Week 10:

  • Cook Out: is on Monday 12th December on the school field. We have had the first meeting in our groups to start the planning process so that each group knows what their menu will be and which items to bring for cooking.


This Week’s Tweets: include our preparation meetings for Cook Out, the Rainbow’s End trip and Science experiments! Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  


Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 7.


Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Zealandia Gardens: On Monday the Year 6’s who were unable to go on camp to Rotoroa Island due to weather conditions were unfortunately unfavourable. Briar, Dylan, Emily, Naroli, Raffi and Theodora highly enjoyed their experience and the feedback from Zealandia Gardens staff was that our students deeply understood the concepts that they were discussing and were wonderful Hunua School ambassadors!

  • Pinnacles Camp: We had a stunningly successful (albeit physically challenging) camp with the 18 students who attended the camp to Kauaeranga Valley. Although the hike was arduous, all of the students remained positive, encouraging and supporting each other and our adult helpers along the way - we could not have been prouder of them! Thank you to the parents (Archie Russell, Dave Lockwood, Michelle Hakkenbroek) who made it possible for us to take the students - they were amazingly supportive, helpful and shared their knowledge and skills throughout the camp, ensuring all of our students were delivered home safe and sound.

Upcoming Events - Next Week:

  • Rainbow’s End Trip: The Year 8 students are going to their end of year trip to Rainbow’s End with Oriana-Sensei and Mrs Frost on Monday 28th November. They are allowed to wear mufti to this trip (comfortable shoes and a sun hat are important) and can either bring lunch or money to purchase food.

  • Bible: The final bible lesson for the year will be on Wednesday 30th November from 11:30am.

  • Choir and Carol Service: The school choir is performing in a carol service on Thursday 1st December at 7pm. Mrs Frost will have more information for choir members.

  • Hunua School Disco: is on Friday 2nd December at the Hunua Community Hall from 6 - 8pm.

  • Ukulele Festival: is on Saturday 3rd December at Vector Arena from 11am with our Kiwilele students performing around 2pm.

Upcoming Events - Week 9:

  • Auckland Live: we are going on our third Auckland Live trip for the year on Tuesday 6th December. For this trip we experiencing the ‘behind the scenes’ action of the Town Hall and Aotea Centre.

  • 2017 Student Leaders: Our year 7 students who are campaigning to be student leaders of 2017 will be presenting their speeches to Rooms 1, 2 and 3 ahead of voting. Student leaders will be announced at Prizegiving.

  • Graduation Dinner: the year 8 graduation dinner is booked for John Hill Estate on Thursday 8th December from 6:30pm. More information will be shared with parents of year 8 students regarding cost and menu options soon.

  • Prizegiving: is on Friday 9th December from 1pm at the Hunua Community Hall. Parents, whānau and family friends are welcome to attend!  

This Week’s Tweets: include our camp to the Pinnacles, trip to Zealandia Gardens and the many upcoming events we have on before the end of our school year. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  



 

Ngā Mihi,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.

 

 


 

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 6.


Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Camp Preparation: On Monday we had a parent meeting for our camp to the Pinnacles. We were able to review the itinerary, maps for travel and overall organisation of the camp. Thank you to all the parents who attended, hopefully it answered all of your questions.

  • Camp Packing: Throughout the week students brought in their packs and items of clothing, food and bedding to be checked on their packing list. By Friday, everyone was well and truly "Pinnacles ready” and excited for the challenge ahead!

  • Tennis Tournament: On Tuesday we had planned for our tournament but the weather had rain and wind scheduled instead so we decided to try again on Thursday. It was fantastic to see the tennis talent within our class and those students who didn’t make it through to the finals were still able to play friendly games on the remaining courts. Many thanks to Allan for allowing us to use the courts and to Anita Mexted for opening them in the morning ready for us to use!

  • Hunua’s Got Talent: On Friday we held our Hunua’s Got Talent show outside on the field and bottom court before our weekly assembly. Our judges (Meagan, Ashton, Harneet and Mrs White) were ready with their judges criteria to score the top six acts - all incredible performances! Congratulations to the winners: Naroli, Alysha, Dylan and Ruby Hakkenbroek!

This Week’s Tweets: include our camp preparation, tennis tournament and Hunua’s Got Talent auditions. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  



Ngā Mihi,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.



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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 5.


Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

  • Writing Workshops: We have been learning to edit our sentences to either extend them with more descriptive detail, substitute some words for synonyms or take out unnecessary details so our sentences have more "punch.” Students have been bringing sentences to the workshops to get ideas from the group on how to improve them.  

  • Athletics: On Tuesday we had our senior school athletics at school. In the wind and a bit of rain we managed to get through the Year 4 ~ 8 events: shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, sprints. Eight year 7 and 8 students were chosen from these events to compete at the ECCS athletics tournament on Thursday.

  • Hunua’s Got Talent: Auditions were on Wednesday this week with our judges Ashton, Meagan and Harneet choosing their top six acts to perform at the finals next Friday at assembly.

  • ECCS Athletics: On Thursday, eight of our students attended the ECCS Athletics tournament at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga. It was a full day of events with our athletes giving 100% to all of their events. Congratulations to Alysha, John, Josiah, Karlson, Lily, Meagan and Samantha. A very big thank you to Mrs Read who transported students to the park in the morning and to Mrs Lee who helped our students get to their events for the day!

  • Camp Preparation: On Friday we walked our second, and final, preparation hike before our camp - the Massey-Cossey Loop from Hunua Falls. This was a 3 hour hike and tested our students’ stamina up the steep climb and down the many stairs. We had a fantastic day in our local resource of the Hunua Ranges and are undoubtedly more prepared for our camp to Rotoroa Island or The Pinnacles!


Upcoming Events

  • Camp "Dress Rehearsal”: Year 7&8 Students will need to bring their camp packs, clothing, first aid and food (if it is not fresh food) to school on Monday. We will check over their equipment and note down any needs they have or changes necessary. This will give us a week to prepare anything that they may need.

  • Rotoroa Island Camp: Students attending the Year 6 camp to Rotoroa Island will be sleeping the night at school on Monday night (unless you have organised to drop your child to the train station early on Tuesday morning).

  • Parent Meeting: On Monday from 6:00pm there is a parent meeting for our Year 7 & 8 camp to the Pinnacles in Room 3. This is a chance to check over your child’s pack with us and give an overview of the camp for the following week. It is also a great opportunity to ask any questions.

  • Tennis Tournament: Our senior tennis tournament is next Tuesday 15th November from 9:30am the Hunua Tennis Courts. We encourage family members who are available to come along and support our children in our round robin tournament!

  • Hunua’s Got Talent: Next Friday 18th November our judges  Harneet, Ashton, Meagan and one "mystery teacher” judge and awarding 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes.



Quick Reminders:

  • Running shoes: Students are encouraged to pack and bring running shoes / sneakers to school each day for our camp fitness drills.

  • Fundraising for Camp: Students are expected to be fundraising for the camp fees: $40 for Year 7&8’s and $35 for Year 6’s and students attending Rotoroa Island.

  • Camp Fees: Thank you to those families who have paid for camp. Please ensure your child brings their camp fees to school next week if they haven’t yet paid.

This Week’s Tweets: include our writing workshops, athletics practice, Hunua’s Got Talent auditions, ECCS athletics and our hike in Hunua Ranges. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  

Ngā Mihi,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.




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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 4.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,

 

Highlights of our week include:

  • Fitness Training: We have been running daily as a way to build our fitness in preparation for our camps. We have been recording the time that we have managed to sustain our soldier runs and set a goal to improve on the next day.
  • Camp Preparation: We have been preparing for camp in our groups, finalising which items are essential to pack to take to The Pinnacles / Rotoroa Island. Students who are attending the Rotoroa Island trip have also been doing a project set by Mrs White to gain an understanding of the importance of conservation ahead of the trip.
  • Science: This week we started our new round of science experiments to explore: Egg in a bottle and Solar Oven ‘Smores. Watch this space as our young scientists explore how and why these experiments work!
  • RiCH Values: Each Wednesday we have a RiCH values discussion where we share ideas of what Respect, Caring and Honesty look, sound and feel like. This week our reliever, Mrs Cameron, facilitated a discussion around Respect towards school staff and adult helpers at the school.

  • Maths: In our maths guided group lessons with Oriana-Sensei, students have been focusing on addition and subtraction strategies and discussing how we work out a range of word problems. Students are encouraged to "T.D.S” which is first Think, Discuss with a partner and then Share with the whole group. In our guided group lessons, students are told a story, from which they figure out the equation, choose and use a strategy to then find the answer.

  • Reading: In our reading guided group lessons with Oriana-Sensei, students have been reading a range of short stories and choosing five follow-up activities for each of the short stories focus on Comprehension, Analysing, Evaluating and Recall as well as other reading strategies.

Quick Reminders:

  • Uniforms: Students need to be wearing correct uniform each day. This includes black shoes, black shorts or pants (no printing or writing on them), P.E. top, polo shirt, school hats.

  • Running shoes: Students are encouraged to pack and bring running shoes / sneakers to school each day for our camp fitness drills.

  • Fundraising for Camp: Students are expected to be fundraising for the camp fees: $40 for Year 7&8’s and $35 for Year 6’s and students attending Rotoroa Island.

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    Camp Fees: Students need to have paid for their camp fees by Friday 11th November, please.
     

     

Upcoming Events

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    Athletics: Senior Athletics are next Tuesday 8th November from 9:30am at school. We encourage family members who are available to come along and support our children in their quest to cross that finish line!
  • Hunua’s Got Talent: Next Wednesday, Karlson, Harneet, Naroli, Ashton, Meagan, Holly, Alysha, Samantha are organising the 2016 Talent Quest. Auditions will be held on Wednesday with 6 acts chosen to perform in the finals at assembly the following week (Friday 18th November) with Harneet, Ashton, Meagan and one "mystery teacher” judging and awarding 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes.
  • Hiking Preparation for Camp: Next Friday 11th November, we will be walking the Cossey-Massey Loop Walk, parking at Hunua Falls. Thank you to all of our parent helpers who have volunteered their time and transport to hike with us in our second preparation hike, we really appreciate it!

This Week’s Tweets: include our new science focus, co-constructing creative sentences in writing, technology, fitness and Trick-or-Treating! Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  

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Ngā Mihi,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.

 


 

 



 

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 3.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

Ngā Mihi,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.

 


 

 

 

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 2.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,

Highlights of our week include:


Hiking Preparation for Camp: We had our first preparation hike this week - the Wairoa to Cossey Suspension Bridge walk. On Monday, students were given the task of planning what necessities they need for our three-day camp to the Pinnacles in November. In groups, they planned what food, clothing, bedding, toiletries, and fundraising they need to prepare. Students brought their packs on Thursday morning for a ‘weigh in’ to see how heavy their bags are and we started working on our strength and fitness by carrying these packs while doing fitness drills. Below is an example of the packing and planning list that students are using as a template.

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Assessment Data: Next week you will receive an update of your child’s assessment data in relation to expected achievement levels at this time of the school year. The assessment data includes an update on the maths, reading and writing assessments that students have completed since term three.

Ag Day: Despite the weather, our Agricultural Day was a success and the rain cleared enough for students to have their animals judged and the classrooms opened for our community to view student’s art pieces. Thank you to all of our family and community volunteers, Ag Day Committee, PTA members and visitors who contributed to making our 2016 Ag Day a true celebration of rural learning and living.
This Week’s Tweets: include Ag Day, birthdays and ‘A minute to win it’ game (played during our lunch breaks) generously lent to us by Paris’ mother. Keep updated daily on our twitter account:  www.twitter.com/Hunua3  


UPCOMING EVENTS AND DATES:

Information Evening: Parents, families and students of Year 4 ~ 7 children are invited to an information evening next Wednesday 26th October from 7~8pm in the school library. This will be a chance to get a snapshot of what learning looks like in Years 4 ~ 8 at Hunua School and ask any questions ahead of 2017.

Year 5 & 6 Camp: is on Tuesday 15th November. Students will stay the night at school on Monday 14th November in order to make the early morning ferry to Rotoroa Island on Tuesday morning.

Rainbow’s End Trip: This is an annual trip for our Year 8 students. This year our Year 8 students will be attending Rainbow’s End on Monday 28th November. A notice will be sent home with Year 8 students detailing the trip and cost.

Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.

 

 



 

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 4, Week 1.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

Ag Day: This Saturday (15th October) is our annual Agricultural Day. It is counted as a school day, the roll will be taken so students must attend and can wear mufti. For parents and families, parking will be on the paddocks near the school, there will be a parking marshall to direct traffic. If the paddocks are closed because of the recent weather, you will need to park on the streets around the school. We look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday!
Hiking Preparation for Camp: This term we are working on our fitness and strength in preparation for our camp to The Pinnacles in Week 7.  A letter of application has been sent home this week asking for adult helpers in our two preparation hikes and our camp. Please complete this form and send back to school.
Ag Day Art: All of our art for Ag Day is complete and ready to display for judging on Friday! Our students have worked diligently on their pieces and have shown great creative flair in doing so! We hope you all get a chance to see their art on Saturday during Ag Day. If you are unable to attend Ag Day, we will have the art on display this term so feel free to come and view their art at any time.
Technology: Our Year 7 and 8 students started new technology focus classes this term. Year 7’s are now with Mr Rippey learning about hard materials and Year 8’s are now with Whaea Petera learning about the technology cycle and 3D printing.
Google Classroom / Blended Learning: Students have been getting more confident in using Google Classroom as a "one-stop-shop” for their learning tasks. It’s been an innovative and worthwhile transition!
Twitter: We would love to have more parents view our learning through daily updates that showcase examples of the learning we are doing in class can be viewed on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/Hunua3 (you will need to sign up and follow us as our tweets are protected)

Thank you to those whānau who filled in the form about which format you prefer to receive our weekly updates. From this week forward, printed copies / emails will be sent to those families who indicated this as their preference.


Ngā Mihi,Oriana Hansell-Pune.


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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 3, Week 9.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Highlights of our week include:

STEAM Projects: On Monday we used our time in the Makerspace room to continue our projects. Harneet, Briar and Kaitlyn used the brand new kitchen for the first time and cooked their prototype menu for a possible Year 8 graduation dinner. They had VERY reluctant "taste testers” who gave feedback to use for their final menu. Students designing the "teacher dunk machine” created prototypes to check the validity of their designs.

Auckland Live: On Tuesday fifteen of our students went into Auckland City to the Civic Theatre to get a behind-the-scenes look at the "Sweeny Todd” production including opera singers, lighting / costume / make-up / hair / mechanics departments, stage managing and also the history behind the Civic itself. It was a fantastic day of learning about all the components and people that collaborate together to make a production successful!

Duathlon: On Tuesday, eight of our students competed in the Kids Duathlon on Tuesday at Pukekohe Raceway!  Congratulations to Paris, Samantha, Emma C, Josiah, Lily, Phoenix, Chasity, Meagan who ran, cycled and swam as individual athletes or in a team of two. Thank you especially to all of the parents who organised, transported and cheered along our students!

New Reliever: This week we had our new reliever, Belinda Cameron, start in Room 3. She will be teaching on Wednesdays when Oriana has Leadership Release. Mrs Cameron comes highly recommended and teaches one day a week at Brookby School as well. The students enjoyed having her as their Wednesday teacher this week and look forward to having her next term, too!

Ag Day Art: We have been focused this week on completing our Ag Day Art and are utilising the time before the school holidays to ensure we are ready!

Blended Learning: On Wednesday we had a parent meeting after school to introduce the use of Google Classroom for our Room 3 students. Learning tasks can be completed at home, particularly over the holidays, to ensure students are progressing in their learning.

Technology: Year 7 students completed their 3D printing of Kiwiana Monopoly pieces unit with Whaea Petera. Year 8 students completed their hard materials unit of candle moulding with Mr Rippey.

Google Classroom / Blended Learning: Please see our hard copy (and emailed) description of how we are utilising Google Classroom in Room 3 to support students’ learning at school, at home and beyond!

Twitter: We would love to have more parents view our learning through daily updates that showcase examples of the learning we are doing in class can be viewed on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/Hunua3 (you will need to sign up and follow us as our tweets are protected)


Have a fantastic Term 3 holiday! We are looking forward to the final week of the term and are preparing for an amazing celebration through Ag Day!


Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.


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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 3, Week 8.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,

 

Highlights of our week include:

Upcoming trip: Students will be going to Auckland Live on Tuesday 20th September (if they are not competing in the Duathlon at Pukekohe Raceway) and MUST be at school before 8:30am.  A notice was sent home on Thursday last week explaining what students need to prepare and bring.

Upcoming meeting: On Wednesday 21st September from 3:00pm there is a parent meeting scheduled for parents to get an idea of what blended learning in Room 3 looks like and what students can do at home during the holidays to continue their learning progression. Please complete the attendance notice that your child has brought home.

Twitter: We would love to have more parents view our learning through daily updates that showcase examples of the learning we are doing in class can be viewed on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/Hunua3 (you will need to sign up and follow us as our tweets are protected)

Notices: Students now each have a colourful folder that they have named to bring notices home and, if required, have signed by parents and then file back in their notices folder to return to school. Hopefully this will solve some of the issues around lost notices.

Ag Day Art: Students have five pieces of art to complete before the holidays in preparation for our Agricultural Day: a maro, shell koru photograph, Māui or shark prints, a painted glass jar and tukutuku panels.

Gymnastics: On Thursday this week we had our final session at Bruce Pulman Gym. Our students have enjoyed using the gymnastics equipment and have had a great time, with many pushing past the barriers of their own comfort zone in some of the more physical activities.

Google Classroom: This week we launched the Blended Learning part of our class, a way for students to be able to access their learning tasks online, submit their work for comments and file their learning tasks in an organised manner. This is a new way of learning for all of us, we invite you to our upcoming meeting to learn more about it!

STEAM / Makerspace Time: Students chose their initial STEAM project and have started planning, ready to create prototypes to test and gain feedback on. Some students are designing a ‘Teacher Dunk’ machine for Ag Day, others are inspired by "My Kitchen Rules” / Iron Chef so are designing a possible graduation dinner menu with an entree, main, dessert and drink! Some students are creating 3D printed items such as key rings. It has been an innovative experience!

We are looking forward to the final week of the term and are preparing for an amazing celebration through Ag Day!


Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 3, Week 7.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


We have had another full week of learning experiences this week and are enjoying our classroom since we contributed to the grand design of it all.


Highlights of our week include:

We are looking forward to another week of fantastic learning in Room 3 and will have another update for you at the end of the week!


Naku noa,

Oriana Hansell-Pune.


 

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Room 3 Weekly Update, Term 3, Week 6.

Kia Ora to our Room 3 parents and whānau,


Here we are at the end of my first official week teaching Room 3 and we have managed to fill it to the brim with a range of new, exciting, challenging and innovative learning that has meant the introduction of "independent planning for success.”


Highlights of our week include:


We are looking forward to another week of fantastic learning in Room 3 and will have another update for you at the end of the week!


Naku noa,
Oriana Hansell-Pune.


 


 

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Year 7 / 8 Camp to The Pinnacles: Monday 21st November ~ Wednesday 23rd November.

Located upriver from Thames in the stunning Kaueranga Valley, The Pinnacles track follows original steps constructed in the early 1900s for packhorses transporting natural resources through lush forest. The track remains rich with history from the days of kauri loggers, gum diggers and gold miners who plundered the area for many years.

Walking the Pinnacles Track

Day 1, Kauaeranga Roadend > Pinnacles Hut, 5km

After reaching the Kauaeranga Valley road carpark, walk to the swing bridge, cross the river and continue to Webb Creek before following the historic packhorse and kauri loggers' route to the hydro Camp. From here, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the east coast beaches as you follow along a ridge before following the signs down to the Pinnacles Hut.


Day 2, Pinnacles Hut > Pinnacles, 2km

The Pinnacles Hut is situated on one of the highest peaks in the Coromandel Forest Park, but to catch the ultimate beauty of the valley, climb to the very top of the Pinnacles first thing this morning. This portion of the hike takes around 40 minutes. Once there, enjoy the 360-degree views of both coasts of the Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty and the Hauraki Gulf and Plains - at sunrise, this is a truly magical experience. Take your time with photographs before carefully climbing back down to the hut to pick up your pack.


Day 3, Pinnacles Hut > Kaeaeranga Roadend, 7km

From here you'll follow the same route as yesterday back to Kauaeranga Roadend.


We aim to have this camp in November.  It requires booking in September.

The children will be expected to:

  • Draw up a plan of how they can fundraise for their trip

  • Determine what food will be required from a budget of $10.00 per person

  • Determine what clothing / bedding / footwear etc will be required

  • What fitness programme they will need to participate in

  • Develop a Safety Action plan which includes a first aid kit / ratios of adults to children

  • Research the area and find out more about the kauri felling that occurred in the Coromandels

Parents: a select number of parents with specific skills, application required.


Health and Safety Forms: The school will be sending out EOTC forms soon to fill out. Children to help fill out SAP (Safety Action Plan) forms.


Camp Costs: Children to fundraise money for camp themselves


Clothing: warm gear for nights, lightweight, rain jacket, showers are cold water


Food: work out ratio required, snacks and lunch on the first day - food needs to be smart, high energy, light weight


Day 1:

  • Morning tea, lunch in pack

Day 1 in groups cooked in the hut:

  • Dinner

Day 2 in groups cooked in the hut:

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

Day 3 in groups cooked in the hut:

  • Breakfast

Day 3: packed in packs

  • Lunch


Fitness preparation:

  • 2hrs Cossey Loop up to the Kauri trees with packs on

  • 4hrs Wairoa to Cossey Dam with packs on

Parents who wish to attend camp need to apply:

  • Why they should go

  • What skills (health and safety, bush skills, hiking, cooking etc)

  • Fitness levels

  • Any other relevant information

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