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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Welcome to 2018


We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our blog followers and readers for 2018.  We have been back together at school for three days and have already achieved so much.  This post will have a few of the highlights for you. Please read on.

Manukau, one of the three classes who make up Te Waka Ako (the canoe of learning) are a digital class. This meant that for many of our Year 5s, new to the senior school, got to unbox their new learning device.  Once we discussed how to best look after these valuable resources we were underway.  All students did an amazing job bookmarking and accessing their learning on our new Te Waka Ako syndicate site.

Getting to know each other has been a big focus for us over the three days. We have participated in a design challenge. We had to create a shelter for one teammate using newspaper, string and tape that could withstand high winds (Dave's leaf blower). This really got us thinking, talking and doing. Check out the photos below.


Mr Rattenbury, our new Waitemata teacher led us through a definition of learning. This helps set us up for a successful year as we know what we need to do to help ourselves learn. We have also touched on our new Inquiry theme of Curiosity.  We have already found out that we are curious about lots of things and we look forward to exploring this more over the coming weeks and year.
Oscar's DLO describing our definition of learning for this year.

We look forward to sharing our learning with you throughout 2018, please check back regularly.

Blog you later.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Book Review extravaganzas

Kia Ora Blogging World,

Term Four is upon us.  There is so much for us to fit into this last term of learning for the year.  For the first few weeks of this term, we have been working on book reviews.  Our teachers have helped us to choose a range of interesting novels which we have read and then reviewed.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have reviews parts of these on our individual blogs and uploaded the finished products. There is a link to the template on our reading page here.

Once we had our reviews finished we had the chance to create mixed groups to find out about how our classmates went and what they thought of their novels. We shared our successes, our work areas to work on and whether we would recommend this to our buddies. We shared the presentations digitally so our buddies could then give us positive, thoughtful and helpful feedback through comments. The tasks were challenging and helped us build a deeper understanding of our novel.



 Please check out the individual blogs linked on the side of the page to find out more of what our learners thought too.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Vector ePro8 challengers

Kia Ora blogging world,

It has been a really STEM focused week at Waikowhai for some of our senior students. As you would have seen from the previous post we had our science show in at school on Monday.  Then, on Friday, four senior students formed the "Waikowhai LIMOs" team (ask us where our name came from in the comments) and took part in the Vector ePro8 challenge at Mount Roskill on Friday for the first time.  The challenge involves engineering (the e), problem solving (the pro) and innovating to create a solution (the 8).
Our team in front of the impressive work station.

Eleven different teams participated in the challenge which ran for two and a half hours. It was heaps of fun and we managed to come third in our heat. This means we will be heading off to the semifinals later in the year where we will try to qualify for the grand finals.

One of our creations through the day
It was an awesome experience as we got to use lots of materials that we wouldn't normally have at school. If you would like to find out more you can check out the Vector ePro8 website.

Third place, bring on the semifinals!a

We would love some feedback. Please share positive, thoughtful and helpful comments in the box below.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The crazy, magical world of science.

When was the last time you found yourself entertained, enthralled, amazed and awestruck all in the space of an hour? For Waikowhai Primary School, that last time was just this morning.

The crazy, magical world of science show stopped into our school hall this morning for a show. What a fantastic way to start our week. During the show we were treated to magic tricks (which are often illusions involving more than just a bit of science), handmade fireworks, a mini-blowtorch, water powered rockets, levitating ping pong balls and more.


We were challenged to make predictions, to think about our observations and share and build on our knowledge in a fun way, while being entertained by the mad scientist. The highlight for me was seeing Abby blast a model earth into orbit using a super leaf blower.

When back in class, still buzzing and wondering more about the world we all decided to share our wonderings and learning in individual blog posts. Please click on the links at the side of the page to read more about what the students from Manukau took away from this show personally.


If you have been treated to this show before, please connect with us in the comments.  If you haven't and you are wondering more please ask us questions in the comment box.  Either way, we would love to hear from you.  We hope you enjoy the videos that show some of the things we enjoyed.

Blog you later.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fledgling Bloggers - We love to share

This term we have a group of students new to Te Waka Ako (our classroom) and new to blogging.   We have been learning heaps of different cybersmart skills over a very short time.  Part of this has been our focus on sharing our learning. We have been working on putting together some of the things we have created.  Here are some of our first attempts at sharing.  We would love any feedback you can give us on the activities that are here.