Thursday, March 27, 2014

The One and Only Ivan - Official Book Trailer

Just about finished our book, Old Bones. Have a sneak preview of this book trailor and let me know what you think. I have heard wonderful things about this book, has turned into a lot of teachers 'favorite.' Lets hope we can make a start this term people!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Year 8 Leaders and their Leadership Projects & Pledges

All of the leaders have been busy finishing their pledge for the year. There has been some deep thought going into how our leaders want to fulfil their role and the expectations they are putting on themselves. Please congratulate them on a super effort.  They have also started planning some projects they would like to lead. Kingi and Tegan want to take the entire school to Morere in term 2 for a relaxing afternoon one day. They will be getting quotes from bus companies, writing a panui, buying groceries, making bookings. They have also started two raffles – one with $100 prize and the other with a cell phone as the prize. Don’t feel obligated to buy a raffle but if you would like to support their kaupapa, then please do. Ocea and Ngaire are oragnising a Movie Night here at Te Mahia School Friday 9th May. Proceeds from this evening are______.  Ngaire has mentioned the idea of running after school sports sessions – she is still figuring out how this would look and what is involved. Ka mau te wehi leaders!

I promise to be truthful and kind. To respect others and help others. Perform my duties and represent my school in the best way I can – to be the best I can be. Tegan

My pledge is to never give up on my team. Do everything right and to make sure my team doesn’t slack around at fitness and other house team times. I’ll wear my uniform with pride, I’ll treat it like I treat my game.  Joedy

My pledge is to be truthful, never give up, always try my best, have pride, use my manners, treat my uniform like a taonga, be helpful to everyone, follow instructions and be brave with everything I do. Ocea

My pledge is to be a responsible leader. Someone who is kind and truthful, fit and never gives up. Also someone who can get organized and stuff done on time or before time. I will finish with saying I will wear my uniform proudly and loudly and also be cheerful, fun, helpful and the best I can be. Kingi

My pledge is to have respect for other teams in the school and to be a better year 8 Leader in the school grounds. Jahson

My pledge is to promise to be truthful and kind to wear my uniform with pride. To help people when they need help. To keep my group fit. To be organized and never give up on my team.  To respect people just the way you want to be treated. Shedarn

I promise to be helpful and kind. To respect others. To always wear my unform with pride and always try my hardest to be the best I can be. Ngaire

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Variety Bash visit Te Mahia School

Wow, wow, and wow. What an awesome afternoon we had at Te Mahia School yesterday. There were flash cars, celebrities (Grant Fox), beautiful hangi smells, lots of giveaways and a whole heap of fun!  How lucky were we to have visitors come to our school and entertain us all afternoon!  Check out the video of some very happy children with the 'Variety Extravaganza' that was.

Variety Bash


Today we are learning more about what respect looks like. We are going to be working in small groups with big, medium and little people.  Read through the list below to see what you think you might like to start with.

1.  Every day this week give a sincere compliment to someone. Create a weekly planner that will help
 you track your behavior. Each day you must write who you gave the compliment to and describe
their reaction.

2.  Look up the definition of respect. Write it down. Now describe ways you have acted respectfully
 or disrespectfully this week.

3.  Make a list of people you think are respectful and why you added them to your list.

4.  Think of someone who is respectful and talk about why they would be a good friend.

5.  Discuss why acting respectful is important.

6.  Work alone or with a partner to create a song, a rap, or a chant about respect. Your words should
 tell why respect is important and how it could make the world a better place. Write the rap on a piece of paper and be ready to respect it to the group if called upon.

7.  What are three ways you can show your teacher respect?

8.  What are three ways you can show your parents respect?

9.  Make a list of things people say who are respectful. Here are a few: “please.” “Thank you.”
“I appreciate that.” “May I hold the door?” “Pardon me.” “I’m sorry I offended you.”

10.              Make a list of things people do who are respectful. Here are a few: hold the door open for
someone who needs help, listen without interrupting, don’t talk back, whine, or sass, throw away trash.

11.              Watch a half hour TV show. Who was respectful or disrespectful, and why?

12.              Interview someone and ask what’s one way to show respect to another person. Write it.

13.              List five ways we could show greater respect for our environment.

14.              What would you do if an adult was disrespectful to you? Suppose the grown-up yelled at
 you for something you didn’t do. What do you say? What do you do? Describe your answer in 50

15.              Design a bumper sticker about respect. Include on the bumper sticker: the word Respect, a
motor or slogan for why you should use it and at least three words that describe it.

16.              Describe a respectful way to answer the phone.

17.              Suppose you’re invited to your friend’s home for a family dinner. What are some ways you  
could show respect and courtesy when your first arrive? At their table? When you leave? Write at
least 50 words.

18.              Cut a long strip of butcher paper 3 x 36” (or use adding machine tape). Roll each of the ends
around a pencil and tape the ends to the pencil. Use crayons, colored pencils or ink pens to draw a
 scene of what respect looks and sounds like in action. Roll up your movie and be ready to share your story.

19.              Make a campaign poster about respect. Make sure you include the word “Respect” and two
reasons why someone would want to vote for having respect at your school. You could use
construction paper, felt pens, crayons, magazine cut-outs and templates.

20.              Look up the word “respect” in a dictionary. Find at least 10 different words that mean almost
the same thing as “respectful.” These words are called synonyms. Write each synonym on a paper
 strip. Link your paper strips together to make a chain and staple the ends of each link.

21.              Use glue to write on bright-colored paper a few statements that respectful people would say
 to put a smile on someone else’s face. Now carefully sprinkle the letters with glitter. You’ve made
Sparkle Statements!

22.              Design a mobile using paper, string, and a clothes hanger. The mobile must show at least
 four different ways you can show respect to yourself, other people, and property.

23.              Read about John Muir. How did he show respect to the environment?

24.              List at least five synonyms for the word respect.

25.              Draw a picture of your head and cut it out. Or make your silhouette by standing in front of an
overhead projector. Have a friend trace the silhouette that appears on a piece of paper taped on the
wall. Cut out your silhouette. What kinds of things would a respectful character do? Write or draw
 at least 8 characteristics of respectful people inside the silhouette. Circle ones that you do.

26.              Make a banner about respect. You could make it from cardboard, burlap, material, wallpaper  
or construction paper. Decorate your banner with pictures and word cutouts that show respect.
Include at least 10 ways to show respect to other people.

27.              Cut out a newspaper or magazine article about a person who showed respect. What did  
they do to demonstrate respect?

28.              Write a commercial about respect. Try to sell respect so others will want to start using it.
For instance, say something positive that might happen in the world if more people showed respect
 to one another.

29.              Write a word for each letter in the word respect that means almost the same thing.

30.              List five antonyms for the word respect.

31.              Make a collage for respect on a piece of poster board. Draw pictures or paste magazine  
pictures that show different ways you can show respect to tohers.

32.              Find at least five pictures of people showing respect to others. Make a collage.

33.              Write a paragraph describing how the world would be different if more people showed respect toward one another.

34.              Create a recipe for respect. What ingredients do you need?

35.          Design a campaign button that would help someone understand what respect means


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Weetbix Tryathlon

What a good looking bunch of people!  It must have been an awesome feeling at the end of the tryathlon with your medals, and a sense of accomplishment. I congratulate all of you for taking up this opportunity, training hard, working as a team and most importantly, enjoying your day. Do check out the Weetbix Facebook page to view yourselves crossing the finish line. So whose taking part next year?