Sunday, 29 June 2014

Pyjama Day at Auroa Primary School 27/6/2014

On Friday 27th of June 2014 the School Council at Auroa Primary School held a Pyjama Day to raise funds for Student Council Projects. Nearly the entire school took part in the fundraiser wearing their best Pyjamas and these photographs to document the event were taken by the students from Room One. The students paraded around the school first thing on Friday morning for all the school to see - it was cold and wet but that didn't let our students stop celebrating.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Wanganui Robocup 2014 Results

Today, on Saturday 27th June seven teams from Auroa Primary School travelled to Wanganui Intermediate School to take part in the regionals for the 2014 Junior Robocup.  The teams were competing in the 'Dance Theatre' section of the competition.

Winning the competition were Tom, Lucas and Michael, the Robos, who also had a member unable to attend (James).  The runners up, and winners of the peoples choice award were Emily, Alice and Izzy, the Poi Princesses.  Third place went to the Udder Bludders and a highly commended went to the Country Boyz.   While not everyone was lucky to attend the event we made sure that we recorded images and film from today, which we will be posting online in the coming days.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Opunake Basketball Schools 2014 Finals

The Finals Draw for Basketball for 2014 on Tuesday 1st of July is:

  • 3:30pm Y5/6 B Final Auroa Heat Vs. Rahotu Rebels
  • 4:30pm Y5/6 A Final Auroa Magic Vs. St Joseph Thunder
  • 5:30pm Y7/8 B Final Auroa Stormers Vs. OPS Westside Tigers
  • 6:30pm Y7/8 A Final Auroa Thunder Vs. St Joseph Falcons
Congratulations on the players from Auroa School who are in the A grade or B grade final.  All games are taking place at the Opunake Events Centre.  Following the Y5/6 and Y7/8 'A' finals there will be a presentation in the restaurant.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Wills Amazing Adventures in Fiji

Recently some of our Auora Primary School students have had some fantastic opportunities in other countries.  One of the great things about the potential for blogging is that the students can contribute or post, even if they are in a different country and continue to share their learning.  Three students from Room One have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to do so recently.

James is currently in Europe, having posted about some amazing adventures along the way.  Dayna recently was able to blog about her time in Fiji.  Will also has published an amazing series of posts about what he's been able to do.  You can see some of his images and his media by clicking on the link here.  He was also able to visit a School and be involved in a Kava Ceremony, you can watch his slideshow here.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Electives 2014: Cake Decorating

One of our popular electives that students of Auroa Primary School are able to take part in on Friday is cake decorating. This Friday students were able to produce flowerpots, with a twist, which can be best explained by looking at the slideshow. In Science in Room Two the students created art with a twist - in the paint was placed some baking soda (mixed in with the paint). The paint when the painting was completed was then sprayed with a hand sprayer that had vinegar in it. This caused an reaction to the art which caused a 'splatter' affect. Both these events took place at Auroa Primary School on Friday 20th June 2014.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Jade from Room Six Awahono School

We've received some great feedback from different schools so far this year - and two of our greatest supporters have been two of our Quadblogging Buddies.

We've got our dear friends at Selwyn House School who have been a source of huge compliments and inspiration.  Have a look at this amazing Claymation that explains Tidy Numbers.

We've also had plenty of comments from Awahono School from the South Island. Jade in particular has been a great commentator on our site. She's posted an example of her learning with her Educreations sharing her Maths Strategies. You can click on the link to see her great post here.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Where in the world is James now?

Earlier this week we published work from one of our students who is currently overseas. We showed footage from James amazing experiences in Singapore that he created as a post and then put on his blog. Well James has moved on since then to another location and this slideshow/movie is just as amazing! Where is he now?
James Amazing Adventure Part Two from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Classroom 3d Printer Project

Now that we have our 3d Printer up and running in class, we've had some students working on projects in their own time. The first project, which started last term, consists of a group of boys who have been looking to replace a broken hinge in the sink cupboard of the Room One classroom. This has been completely student driven and has meant that the boys involved have spent considerable amounts of their own time working on the project, but they have a done a fantastic job. Next week we are going to begin the final testing and evaluation of the project and we will be posting the results and details on the students blogs and on our class page.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Auroa Primary School Disco Sneak Peek

This coming Friday the Auroa Primary School Council are holding a social occassion for the school. One of the exiciting aspects of this is going o be lazer light show. Kaiah from Room One, posted this informative and fun video sbout what the lights will look like:

Auroa Primary School: Electives 20th June 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Kissik Eraio 2014 Results from 19/6/14

Today Auroa Primary School took part in the 2014 Kissik Eario Tournament which was held at Kaponga School, Taranaki.  Auroa Primary School competed in Netball and Touch.  Our Touch teams scored an impressive doubles, with both teams winning their respective competition and both remaining undefeated.

Auroa Y7/8 Boys were able to defeat St Patricks, Kaponga 12-0, Kaponga School 11-1, Manaia School 10-0 and Matapu School 12-0.  This was an outstanding performance from our team who played extremely well and we are very happy to retain the trophy.   Not only did we win the Y7/8 competition but the junior students won the Y5/6.

Not to be outdone the Y7/8 Girls from Auroa Primary School defeated Matapu and Kaponga to claim the Girls Netball title.  You can read Emilys recount about this event here.  

Well done to all the teams who represented Auroa Primary School today.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Auroa Primary School Robotics - One Week to Go!

This is the second to last week of the school robotics program, with the competition approaching fast.  Next week on Thursday 26th of June the Hall will be open for a display for parents who are interested in seeing what the students have been up to.  Only two days later on Saturday 28th June is the date for the Robocup Regionals for the Whanganui region, hosted by Wanganui Intermediate.  These images were taken by Alex from Room One.

Crowley Cup Y5/6 Semi Final Result

Today Auroa Primary School hosted the Semi-Final of the Y5/6 Crowley Cup Rugby Competition.   The game was held in rough conditions and finished ourselves and Matapu Primary School.   Auroa (who are undefeated this season and have won most games by a considerable margin) were in dominate form again taking a 40-0 lead into half time.  In the second half Auroa were able to keep Matapu scoreless.  They now advance to the final, being held at Auroa Primary School next week against St Joseph Opunake.  Footage of that game will be posted online.

[Picture credit: Jacob, Room Two]

Monday, 16 June 2014

James posts: from Singapore

At the moment we have some Room One students who are currently involved in some amazing activities. James is currently overseas, however that hasn't stopped him contributing to our class blog, this slideshow was created by James and shows some of the sights of Singapore where he is currently visiting.
1st days of Singapore from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Friday Electives: Kiddie Karts

One of the Auroa Primary School Electives that students are available to take on Fridays is Kiddie Karts.  Students have an amazing opportunity to work with horses in a track situation.  Perhaps the best explanation of this is an example of work from Mackennas Blog from Room Four.  She created this amazing video with footage from Fridays Elective.   However it has relevance to Room One as not only is Mackenna featured, but so is Harley from Room One, who is on the right.   Movie created by MacKenna on Friday 13th June 2014.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Auroa Primary School in the News...

In the recently published issue of the South Taranaki Star, Auroa Primary School and Michael from Room One was featured when the newspaper had an article about our school and our Mindkits 3d Diamond Age Printer. You can click on the link to see the article here. 

 Our second mention has been in the press release for the NZAIMS Games. There are over 200 Primary and Intermediate Schools sending teams to Tauranga in September. Auroa Primary School are competing in this competition for the first time, in Golf and Girls Basketball.  We are looking forward to finding out which of the other 24 teams we will be competing against from around New Zealand.  You can read the article by clicking on the link to SunLive here.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Auroa Primary School Collaborate with Hawaii

Today there was huge excitement in our classroom as a very special package arrived for us.  Earlier this term we'd had the opportunity to collaborate with Ilima Intermediate School in Hawaii.  We Skyped the students in their school and spoke to them comparing New Zealand to Hawaii.   They're currently on their end of year break at the moment and due back in school in August when were intending to collaborate with them again.  The package in question was a selection of food and items from Hawaii.  We were extremely lucky to have this awesome opportunity and today in class we tried a couple of the items that our students have never heard of before, with mixed results, as we found the candy and coca beans something of an acquired taste.  Tomorrow we are looking at trying the remaining items and sharing them with the students from some of the other classrooms of Auroa Primary School.

Tirau Primary Room Two: A Great NZ Blog

We're always looking for fantastic sites that inspire us or are great examples of classrooms and blogging that takes place worldwide and in New Zealand.  One site that's just started is Room Two, Tirau Primary School.  Tirau is located in Waikato, New Zealand.   To visit their awesome site click on the link here.  

Monday, 9 June 2014

Auroa Primary School - Moa Awards Information

Auroa Primary School is very lucky and excited to be part of a cluster of schools working together with our IT work.   As part of this our cluster of schools, the MOA Cluster, are having an awards ceremony during Term Three, at the Opunake Theatre on Thursday 25th September.   There are a large number of categories that the students can be nominated for their digital work.  The full list can be found here on the cluster blog.   We are asking this week that students choose an additional area that they would like to focus on to work towards making a submission for the awards.

We are also fortunate that there are two other Y7/8 classrooms where the students have individual blogs, that can be a source of inspiration and ideas for our students.   This weeks task is to highlight or feature a blog from Opunake Primary School Y7/8 and Matapu Primary School Y7/8.  Students from Auroa Primary School need to:

  • select one blog from each location take a screen shot of the blog and post it with hyperlink.
  • explain why you have selected that blog and what work you could highlight.
  • comment on at least one piece of work from the blog, following the expected guidelines.
  • as an extension those of you with blog lists on your own blog are to add the two blogs onto your own list.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Auroa Primary School Electives: Ukelele

One of the electives that students of Auroa Primary School have the opportunity to participate in is the Ukelele Elective.  As part of this Mr Webb took the class last week as the student aimed for a performance from their time.  This was filmed in class by Mr Webb.

Electives: Ukelele from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Friday, 6 June 2014

New Zealand compared to Hawaii

One of our collaborations that has recently taken place is a collboration betweeon our students in Auroa, Taranaki, New Zealand with students from Illima Intermediate School in Hawaii.  Our students have look at comparing and contrasting ourselves and our students with theirs.  There's considerably more material to come this slideshow was created by Dayna and Emily from Room One.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Kapa Haka Group @ Auroa Primary School

On Friday 23rd of May the Auroa Primary School Kapa Haka Group gave a performance to the School Assembly.  They sang the hym 'He Honore'.  Filmed in the Auroa Primary School Hall.

Kapa Haka 23/5/14 from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Robocup Wanganui: Judgement Day

Tomorrow we have a crucial day for those students who are looking to represent Auroa Primary School at the Robocup for Robotics. The students have an internal evaluation day where they need to demonstrate their progress towards the regional competition taking place at Wanganui Intermediate later in the term. They will need to impress during an assesment showing what our students have been working so hard towards. We can't show you everything from our students work - some of the concepts and material is highly sensitive at the moment, as we are entering the performance dance portion of the competition. However we are recording tomorrow and these are some of the stills from our latest day of preparation.

Monday, 2 June 2014

3d Printer Classroom Project @ Auroa Primary School

On Friday we managed to successfully make a print run of the boys hinge for our three dimensional printer.   We were able to print off our first drafts of the composition.  It needs some refining at present from our students and they will be working on the project during a week that also features two days dedicated to our school robotics program, with the Wanganui Regionals for the Robocup fast approaching.  

This is the process at present:

The boys have been through the entire process by themselves. They have identified the problem, they've drawn plans up about what they want to create, this is Michaels original diagram. The next step for the students was to use Tinkercad to create prototypes
for the hinge.

You can see from the diagrams that there are three distinct versions, thats because Michael, James and Logan have all had differing ideas about whats going to work best. James has three entirely separate designs, so there are five in total. This week were going to 3D print all five and see which of the designs works best and which need to be refined. If none of the designs work, its back to the drawing board until we can get a solution. You can click on all of the links to the individual blogs of the students involved in the process.