Monday, 19 December 2016

Goodbye from Room Three

School has finished for 2016 in New Zealand so its goodbye from the students in Room Three for another year.  

We will be back from January 31st.  If you need to contact our teacher in the meantime you can do so by emailing him on  

Have a great break, have a fantastic holiday and we look forward to hearing from you in the new year.

Friday, 16 December 2016

2016 Taranaki Survivor: Grand Final Vote

And so it ends... the final installment of Taranaki Survivor.  In the previous episode Bethany won final immunity and choose to eliminate Jamesen, however there was the issue of the super-immunity idol - if it had been found, and if Jamesen had located it first then not only would he revive himself it would be Jamesen who would determine who would make the final...

Jamesen had found the super immunity idol - just before Joe did and after Bethany double crossed him he choose in a difficult decision to take Bethany to the final two with him.

All that remained was the jury vote - this year it was a seven member jury who voted one after another.  Four votes would secure the 2016 Taranaki Survivor Title and the Grand Prize!

Who would win? Bethany was unfortunate to exit the 2015 competition after a immunity idol vote - was this her chance to claim a overdue victory? She'd been involved in some key blindsides and double crosses to make her way to the final, and was the final female competitor surviving in competition since way back in episode ten!, She had friends on the jury, would those that she targeted forgive her? Would she be able to continue the momentum and had Jamesen made a huge mistake in choosing her for the final?

What of Jamesen - the MVP of this years competition, no-one was actively working behind the scenes to locate immunity idols and protection, including one stage where Jamesen had located the Super Immunity idol and had two other idols in his possession! Jamesen had a hand in the destruction of the Room One alliance but also claimed ownership of immunity and other power ups and advantages, some of which were based on fact and some of which were brilliant acting.  Would the jury recognise his unorthodox and strategic play?

There's only one winner in the greatest internet student blogging competition of all time and the only way you can find out this years result is by watching the video!

SurvivorVotes2016 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Taranaki Survivor: 2016 Grand Final!

It all comes down to this - after a year of competition, twenty students competing against each other first in two rival teams and then as one group.   Eliminating each other one by one, with twists and turns aplenty.   Today - the Grand Final with the last three competitors, Beth and Joe from the original Kikorangi tribe and the wildcard - Jamesen... one competitor was about to triumph and advance to the finals, then they would have a crucial decision to make, who would they take with them?

Whose game would continue and who would suffer the agony of coming as close as possible without having a chance of winning...

Due to weather conditions this challenge was an ultimate block stacking challenge - Joe has never been defeated and was going against two competitors who had never won challenges with blocks - surely a great advantage? While there were not any more immunity idols around there was one last piece of the puzzle lurking around - the Super Immunity Idol could come into play following the final vote.  Had it been located? Did someone hold ultimate power going into the final challenge... all sorts of claims and rumours had been made - now was the last chance to put up or exit the game...

This is the final challenge ever for Taranaki Survivor and someone was about to go out with a bang.  In two years of competition there have been some unbelievable finishes, and its not an exaggeration to say that this was the most amazing of all - with a huge final twist that would have a massive bearing on the 2016 competition!  All will be revealed before the huge Friday Grand Final Vote!

Whose made it through to the final? Who will the jury have a choice between? Whose sought redemption and whose come up short, the answers to these pressing questions lie in the video below the 2016 Grand Final for Taranaki Surivivor!

TaranakiSurvivorEp17 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 16

The final is but three days away - however the final four had one more adventure before three would be able to continue on. The greatest classroom blogging competition is about to end, never, ever to be repeated! 

Last episode saw a shock double cross when Joe sided with Bethany and Jamesen to eliminate Astin - who would follow next? Durann had an advantage purchased at the auction - would it help him triumph? Would the new power trio stick together or was another flip on the cards?

This was the last episode that a regular immunity idol could be played before the final, has someone got a trick up their sleeve? The Super-Immunity idol has had numerous clues to its whereabouts was someone about to come back from the depths of despair? Who is going to fail to make it into the grand final? Whose competition is about to come tumbling down?

Nothing is as it seems when it comes to this season - and yet all the answers will soon be obvious! Once this episode has been published the final three will be revealed - who has made it to the last hurdle?

Survivor16 from myles webb on Vimeo.

In this episode the contestants had the hardest challenge yet - four cryptic clues that led to four locations around Auroa School - there was a further question at each of the four locations, this question when answered right gave the students a combination to a padlock - four correct answers would unlock the change and then guarantee that contestant the right of immunity... someone was about to unlock their way to the final three and someone was going home...

Who will make up this years grand final?

Bethany - one of the strongest players last year looking to make it to the final after suffering the disappointment of an immunity idol play and exiting last year with a single vote...
Joe - the last senior school student left, brother to the grand final winner from last year - is he about to step out of the shadows from Harry's 2015 triumph?
Jamesen - the wildcard - perhaps the most underestimated player in the game, mixing brilliant game play with breath taking risk taking, not many would have predicted that he would be waiting in the wings and looking towards making his first grand final...
Durann - the final player left from the original 'Whero' tribe - is his time finally up?

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 15

Ending this coming week, in the last week of School in New Zealand is the episodic blogging competition that we have been running this year since April, our take on the Survivor competition.

This week players had an auction where they were given 500 Taranaki Survivor Dollars and able to purchase a range of drinks, food and confectionary.  However there were some items that were unusual - Durann brought an advantage in the next immunity challenge, Joe purchase a significant clue to the location of the Super-Immunity Idol, and last but certainly not least, Jamesen waited until the end and the final item which he purchased was immunity for this round!

This threw everyone into a panic as Jamesen was the 'next in line' expected to leave the game and now he wasn't going anywhere... or was he? Strange things were afoot because the Room One alliance was showing signs of cracking - would the walls come tumbling down?

In a move then based on either a master plan or misplaced bravery Jamesen said he would give immunity away to another player! Was this the massive play that was about to turn the game on its head? Will another immunity idol come into play? Where was the regular immunity idol that everyone is searching for? Who has located the 'super idol' and what is it?

A shocking episode of dramatic proportions that saw one of the final five players exit in unbelievable circumstances - whose game was about to come crashing to an end? All these shocking questions are about to answered in episode fifteen of the greatest classroom blogging internet competition of all time!


TaranakiSurvivor15 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Taranaki Survivor: 2016 - Seven Days to Go...

The greatest online blogging students competition of all time has only seven days left to run...

In the next week there will be three more episodes culminating in the grand final next week.  

There are currently only five contestants remaining, two each from the original Whero tribe Durann and Astin, two from the original Kikorangi Joe and Bethany and the wildcard - Jamesen.

During the next week four of these players have to fall - three to elimination and one will come as near as possible without being able to win the final vote... many questions still remain unanswered... where are the missing immunity idols? Will the 'alliance' of Room One students remain in place? Has the fabled 'Super' Immunity Idol been located? What blindsides are still to come? Someone is poised for a major move - have they left their run too late? Who is the person who is lurking in the background with a huge amount of power - coiled ready to strike? 

It would appear that the remaining route to the final is straight forward and that means nothing is ever as it seems in Taranaki Survivor! There are twists and turns aplenty just around the corner...

Can Jamesen the wildcard pull off the greatest triumph of all? Can Joe emulate his brother and win the grand final? Beth is the only Girl left in the competition and last year left after receiving only a single vote - can she pull off a major reversal of fortune? Both Astin and Durann were part of the 'Whero' team that lost six episode challenges in a row are they about to pull back a victory of epic proportions? 

In the end only one player from the remaining five can ultimately triumph and join the elite of challenges who have defeated all comers and are the sole survivors... and in seven days all will be revealed...

Note: the entire 2016 series can be located in the tab above on the header for this blog - every episode in detail

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Science: Project Hotspot

Room Three have been very lucky to be involved in Term Four with a program run by the Taranaki District Council, Project Hotspot.  This is an amazing resource that allows the people of South Taranaki including our students, to record sightings of endangered species from our area.   You can click on the link to the project here.

All of our work for this amazing project can be located from the 'Project Hotspot' tab on this blog.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Year 6 and 7 Camp 2016

Waterslide@APS 2016

Waterslide2016 - Kizoa Movie - Video - Slideshow Maker

To celebrate the end of the school year - which finishes in two weeks the student council at Auroa Primary School used the money that they had fundraised during the year to put on a special event for the students - a Tsunami Waterslide! The students were able to spend time during the day riding on this wonderful action pack ride.  Photos by Jackson M and Cory from Room Three.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 14

The greatest internet classroom blogging competition of all time is drawing to a conclusion... it started in April... twenty competitors this week the final five contestants are revealed...
whose game was about to end... who would make it through a step closer towards the grand final...

In a shocking twist this challenge was filmed straight after the vote from the previous episode- this meant the teams had not chance to converse or plan who to vote for, who could be trusted? Would the group of students from Room One stick together again?

What of the immunity idols? Where are they? Has the super immunity idol, the fabled horse of power, been located? Someone is playing their cards close to their chest - will it be revealed this episode? Who is the person who is secretly hiding power waiting until the moment they strike? Someone is biding their time until a move is made - will it be too late? Has the moment passed or is the biggest blindside in the game just about to happen...  Someone is smiling - will it turn to a frown this episode?

Is another blind-side on the cards? Who would YOU trust? All these answers and some more are about to be answered in Episode 14 of the Greatest Classroom Blog Challenge of All time!

All competitors had to do this week was stack ten blocks end on end - in twenty five seconds, of course it sounds easy but everyone was desperate for immunity to advance to the next round.  No-one wanted to go home and someone was about to have to.
TaranakiSurvivor14 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Mangahume Project - Rock Pools Group

Foxy Jack at Aroha's House

We've got a special guest in Room Three this week - all the way from Mrs Monaghan's Class in the UK in England - Foxy Jack, whose a visitor here at Auroa. As part of his adventures Aroha, one of our students took him home for the afternoon and took a series of pictures with Foxy Jack at her house and farm. She then created an imovie

Foxy Jack from myles webb on Vimeo.

Taranaki Survivor: Episode Thirteen

Its nearly the end of the school year and the Classroom Blog Competition of 2016 is drawing towards a close - after nearly a year of competition the final seven competitors this episode competing in their first individual immunity challenge - with three competitors left from Room One, three left from Room Three and a solitary competitor from Room Two (who is the best performer remaining from the 2015 season!) this vote and episode was going to give someone a crucial advantage... would the students from Room One stick together again? Would the students from Room Three take the advantage?

TaranakiSurvivorEp13 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Whose game would end sending them to the jury? Would another immunity idol come into play? Who has located the super-immunity idol?

With both sides making promises to those in between there was about to be an important double cross - who would be its victim?

All these answers can be located by watching the 13th, unlucky for some episode of the greatest online classroom blogging competition of all time - Taranaki Survivor!

Please Note: This episode centers around a 'Kahoot' with the questions relating to all the previous episodes of competition.  You can click on the link to the Kahoot here - search for the NZWaikato (username) Taranaki Survivor 2016 Kahoot (as shown above)

Friday, 18 November 2016

Foxy Jack has arrived!

FoxyJack2016 - Kizoa Movie Maker - Video Editor
We were very excited today when we received a parcel from Mrs Monghan in the UK as we thought that it would be 'Foxy Jack' a toy that was part of a series of exchanges going on with classrooms around the world and it was! Aroha, Tiani, Ashley and Kadian took Foxy Jack for a tour of Auroa Primary School and took these photographs!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Paige's Amazing UK Adventure!

Not all of Room Three are currently in the classroom - and at the moment not all of Room Three are even in New Zealand.

Paige from Room Three is currently having an amazing experience where she is staying with her Grandparents in London in England.
She has just posted on her blog a series of photographs and posts about her adventures! You can click to see her on the London Eye, London Aquarium and the London Underground here!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Jamesen's Bald Eagle Research

As part of our #Global Pals project we've been looking at studying several different countries and animals for our friends from Mrs Monaghan Class in the UK, Miss Crowther and her class in Australia and Mrs Yollis and her class in the United States.  Jamesen (who is 'half' American) has been looking at the Bald Eagle.  Our favourite fact and one we didn't know was that its proper name is the 'Pie Bald Eagle' which means 'white' (in old English) and its name has been shortened to 'Bald Eagle' which is why a Bald Eagle isnt bald!  We are really excited to be part of this project and looking forward to can't wait for the arrival of our first visitor!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Taranaki the Kiwi's last Day in New Zealand

We're very lucky to be involved in some great projects this year - one of which is involved some amazing friends, some we've met before and some we're just in the process of meeting.    If you go to Mrs Yollis's amazing classroom and see this post you can see about one of the subjects heading our way!

However our first guest is leaving shortly all the way from England! Foxy Jack will be with Room Three shortly.  You can read details of the project here.

It was also our projects animals last day here in New Zealand.  Taranaki the Kiwi had his last day at Auroa Primary School before he travels the world.  Ashley and Aroha from Room Three created this slideshow of his farewell day!

Taranaki (1) from myles webb on Vimeo.

Monday, 7 November 2016

French Tour of Auroa Primary School

Auroa Primary School are very fortunate to have made friends around the world, including a very special friendship with Brindas School in France. Our students who are learning French have a audience to test and learn with. These videos are a tour of Auroa Primary School, with our students introducing the areas of our School, in French.

Jacksons French Tour from myles webb on Vimeo.

My Movie 1 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Auroa School French Tour from myles webb on Vimeo.

My Movie 4 (2) from myles webb on Vimeo.

South Taranaki Kaponga Calf Show

On Saturday 5th November Kaponga, near to Auroa School hosted the South Taranaki Calf Show at Victoria Park.  There were well over a hundred cows on show.   Auroa School student did incredibly well with students from Room Three picking up some amazing results.

With Aroha winning - part of team leading (reserve champion), fourth in rearing for Jerseys, fourth in dairy type for Jerseys.   Cory was Friesian Champion for rearing, 3rd in leading, Champion for dairy type and reserve champion for Friesian (against his sister).   Paige was reserve Champion for dairy type.

Aroha took some photographs of the students with some of their awards and we shared it as news this morning.

Kaponga Calf Day from myles webb on Vimeo.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

R3 French Collaboration - A students Day in France

Our friends in Brindas School, France, have produced another fantastic and informative post.   They've spent time explaining in detail what a typical day is like for students in France.  You can read their interesting blog post by clicking on the link here.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 12

The greatest classroom internet blogging challenge of all time is about to have the final seven contestants revealed who will make up the final team! That means for one player the dream is about to end and another member will be added to the jury.   Whero had finally won a challenge in episode 11 after a run of six consecutive eliminations... could they go back to back and regain some of the lost momentum? Who would survive the challenge? Would another immunity idol come into play? What would the final seven look like? All these questions are about to be answered in the broadcasting of Taranaki Survivor: Episode 12: 'Catch me if you can!'

TaranakiSurvivorEpisode12 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Teams had to select a team member who was chosen to throw a block, the rest of the team were given cups with which to catch the bricks on the full. Both teams had competitors in the field at the same time interrupting and clashing with each other in a challenge that was about to go down to the wire... even more was at stake in the vote... no-one wanted the tag of being 'nearly' in the final team and someone was about to go home.... all shortly to be revealed...

R3 Friendship Day - Designs

Room Three has signed up for International Friendship Day 2017.  As part of the process we've been looking at designing a symbol that represents 'Friendship'.    These designs that we completed this week show our ideas of 'Friendship'.  You can click on the link here to look at Worser Primary School in Wellington with their designs and ideas.  If you are a teacher or classroom and want to sign up for the project for 2017 you can click on the link here.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

R3 Book Character Day@Auroa Primary School

On Friday 28th October Auroa Primary School held our 2016 Book Character Day. The students were able to come dressed as their favourite book character with some amazing costumes - we also had some of the teachers dressing up as well. This slideshow was created by Aroha and Ashley from Room Three.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 11

The second part of this weeks special double episode - 'High Fall' saw the teams racing to complete opposing in one minute and score a point for their team. Kikorangi were looking to finish the team competition on a high before the merge into one team.

Stakes couldn't be higher - but in an amazing result that no-one would see coming not one but two immunity idols would be played in the vote that followed... whose game was about to end? Whose time was up? Who broke their teams trust and whose moving forward to the finals? All these questions can be answered in episode 11 of Taranaki Survivor the greatest online student blogging competition of all time!

TaranakiSurvivorEp11 from myles webb on Vimeo.

R3 Mathematical Word Problems: Octagons

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Book Character Day: Flashback

Its a special week at Auroa Primary School, its Book Character Day this Friday - when students from School are able to dress up as their favourite Book Character.   To show you some examples this is the efforts of some of our students from way back in 2014! Including the winners for 2014!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode Ten

Back from a short holiday hiatus the greatest student blogging competition of all time returns with a vengeance - everyone was awaiting the final team, however there was a twist - the two teams were reconfigured for another round of competition and two new players were added to the competition! Both teams realised the stakes couldn't be higher! Who would work together in their new group? Who would struggle to make adjustments? Whose game would fall short? Who would join Ebony as the second member of the 2016 Jury? All these questions are about to be answered in the tenth episode of the greatest online classroom blogging competition of all time... TARANAKI Survivor!

SurvivorEpisodeTen from myles webb on Vimeo.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

R3 Q and A from France

Our friends from CM2 in Brindas, France have been helping again with our learning of French and finding out more about living in another country.  They've just produced an amazing video which features their students answering questions that were asked by the students in Mr Webbs French Class.  They have had students roaming their school searching for the answers...

You can click on the link to their amazing video and their fantastic school and class website by clicking on the link here.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

R3 Lamb and Calf Day - Supreme Champion

My Lucky Day

On the 13th of October I arrived at Auroa School for Lamb and Calf Day.  My next door neighbour wasn’t there so I waited and waited.   After a while I saw Ashleys car and went over to see her, after a while I saw Alison and Rob with the calves.

I helped get the calves out and tied my calf Honey up took the cover of and brushed her for a very long time then I walked over to the rings and waited for the juniors to finished.   Finally it ended then I had to wait for my number to be called.  Finally I was was called I was at the end waiting waiting finally it was my turn I walk the M and did a circle around the middle peg stopped when I was told then finished.  Mum said that I did it beautiful then it was ribbon time the judge called my number first then more people I can’t remember the order but I first I was so proud.

I was still waiting in line then we started walking it was rearing the judge looked at all calves then my calf.  Then stood in the middle then came back and looked at my calf again then I was told to come in the middle then more people were told I got first place and champion.

Waiting, waiting, “finally” I had to go to the ring where the grand supreme champion judging was.  I lead first I walk up then on a angle then more people lead then we walked in a line and stop the judges looked at all the calves then I was told to come up then Freddie I got grand  supreme champion then I helped put the calf's in the trailer then I did a cartwheel and hit Freddies jaw, fell on my head pretty hard and twisted my neck then we went to Hawara.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

R3 Quadblogging Classroom Comments

St Josephs Blog (above) is located here.

Mrs Osika Class in the USA is located here.

Merrydale Junior Blog in the UK is located here.

We are looking to visit the classroom blogs of the students listed above as part of the Quadblogging program - please remember the rules that are required for posting -

Sunday, 16 October 2016

R4 Calf and Lamb Day Art

There's been plenty happening at Auroa Primary School in the last week - our biggest event of the School Year, the annual Lamb and Calf Day, took place on Thursday of Week One, Term Four. You can see the art from Room Four for this event by clicking on the link to their brilliant class page here.

R3 Lamb and Calf Day Slideshow

Monday, 3 October 2016

R3 Lamb and Calf Day is coming for 2016

Its the second week of the New Zealand School holidays - and we've some huge events coming up Term Four - first week back on Thursday we have our biggest day of the School year, our annual Calf and Lamb Day. We have students who have been raising Lambs and Calves for this event and the judging competition. This video below, created by Mr Bloor is the highlights from 2014 and shows our Lamb and Calf Day that year.

We've also had some fantastic students working on their student blogs during the holidays.  If you want to see information about students preparing for Lamb and Calf Day you can click on the link to Jorja's Blog here.  If you didn't see Regans post about preparing for Lamb and Calf Day click on the link here.  Sophie's continued to post amazing things on her student blog about preparing for Lamb and Calf Day - you can click on the link to her blog here.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A Day in France.. from Brindas School

Thank you for your visit to our class page in New Zealand. It is currently week one of the school holidays in New Zealand. The students of Auroa Primary School will be returning to School on Monday 10th October. 

In the meantime our friends around the world are still posting and producing amazing work. Some of our very best friends are on the other side of the world, in Brindas School, France. You can read their amazing blog by clicking on the link here.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Blogging Posts about Cross Country

If you were unable to attend the 2016 Auroa School Cross Country or the next stage, the Mountain To Surf (MT SPA) Cross Country, preparation for the South Taranaki Finals in Hawera, then these posts can fill you in with what it was like to be there. Firstly this recount was written by Jorja about the Auroa Primary School Cross Country.    This event involved everyone at Auroa Primary School.  The next stage of competition was the Cluster Finals which was held at the Manaia Golf Course.  You can read the details of the event written by Jorja here on her fantastic blog - or you can also read the details about the event written by Madaline from Room One here.

3D Printing in Room Three: Cookie Cutters

Thursday, 15 September 2016

R3 Skittles Experiment

In Room Three last week we were looking at the changes made with Skittles when we dissolved them in water. We looked at changing the water temperature and seeing if that had an affect on the speed of the changes we observed. We then put together iMovies of our experiments and time lapsed them.

My Movie (1) from myles webb on Vimeo.

This is another example of what we were up to:

My Movie 4 (2) from myles webb on Vimeo.

R3 Guest Post: Jorja from Room Two

One of our great student blogs is Jorja, a former student of Room Three, who is now in Room Two. She has an amazing student blog with some fantastic posts and information. You can click on the link to it here. This post which she published this week is about farming: 

Jorjas farming video from Jorja Symes on Vimeo.

Sophie from Room Four has just started Blogging - she's already had over 1200 pageviews for her work from all around the world, you can click on the link to her blog here.   She is also writing about farming and the things that happen to her on her farm, in her latest post she wrote about Cow 237 getting stuck and what happened afterwards, you can read about it here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

These are the two students blogs that I would like you to visit and say hello to.

The first blog belongs to Stacie and is located by clicking here.
The second blog belongs to Emma and you can click on the link to it here.

Monday, 12 September 2016

R3 Collaborating with students in France

We're very lucky to have contact with students from around the world - one of favourite collaborations has been with the students from Brindas School in France - Aroha was so excited this morning to see this comment on her work left by Timothe from France - can you work out what he was asking and talking to her about?

Hello Aroha !
As promised, there is a first Student from our class who just texted you back in French about one day, here, in Brindas School. Happy reading !


Bonjour, je m'appelle Timothé.
Le matin, c'est soit papa soit maman qui me réveille. Ensuite, je vais aux toilettes. Puis, je prends mon petit déjeuner, je me lave les dents, je fais mon cartable et je pars à l'école.
On entre en classe à 8h30. On a une récréation de 10h15 à 10h30. À 11h30, c'est l'heure du repas à la cantine.
L'école recommence à 13h30. Le mardi et le vendredi, on finit à 15h00. À partir de 15h00, on fait des activités : sports, travaux manuels, dessin, etc. Le lundi et le jeudi, on finit à 16h30. Le mercredi, il n’y a pas de classe l’après-midi.
Après l’école, je rentre chez moi et je goûte. Le soir, je me lave, je dîne, je regarde un peu la télévision et je me couche.

PS : Vous avez de la chance de pouvoir apporter vos Ipads à l’école !!!

Timothé L. "

Let us know if you understood everything…

Thursday, 8 September 2016

R3 Collaboration with France

We've made some wonderful connections all around the world in our time working online through our class page.  One of our favourite collaborations and friendships has been with the students from Brindas School in France.   They have recently updated their great page of work with a new video for us!

You can see the video and visit their fantastic site by clicking on the link here.

MOA Photos's from Jonte - What do you like?

Next term we have our digital awards for our cluster the MOA Awards. One of our students Jonte has been taking a series of photos and thinking about angles and perspective. These are four photos that he is particularly proud of, but there's a challenge, he's only able to put one forward as a finalist. Jonte is looking for some feedback and interested in hearing what you would suggest and why.

Mathematical Problem Solving

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 9

The greatest online student blogging competition, of all time is reaching a critical moment... the two dueling teams are only a short time away from the crucial merge - but someone's about to fall at nearly the final hurdle and become the first member of the 2016 Taranaki Survivor Jury. 

Kikorangi have been dominating the competition recently, reducing Whero to only three members - can they regain the initiative or are they about to be on the brink of elimination. Ebony has played immunity idols in two consecutive episodes - will she do so again? Will another 'power-up' be played? Its time for big manoeuvres, key power plays and a last gasp attempt at making the final tribe. Who will succeed? Who will fail - all these questions are about to be answered in the greatest blogging competition of all time: TARANAKI SURVIVOR!

Please note: due to wind conditions during this challenge please be careful with the audio play back of this episode!

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 9 from myles webb on Vimeo.

In this challenge the teams took alternate turns to knock down the markers belonging to the other tribe. Its nice and simple the first team to knock down ten markers belonging to the other team would claim immunity and avoid the dreaded 'vote off'.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Worser Bay Primary School

This is the link to Worser Bay Primary School in Wellington.   You can click on the link to their blog here.   Remember if you are a student from Room Three to leave a comment with your first name only, your class and school and check with Mr Webb if you are unsure about anything related to the comment.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

R3 MOA Awards Book Trailer - Minecraft Combat Book

Our students AKO this term is creating work for the digital MOA Awards that take place next term in Opunake at the Sanfords Events Centre. One of the criteria for entries is the 'Book Trailer' to enter this students can use iMovie and use the 'Trailer' option to create it about a book - this is Jackson R. effort about the Minecraft Combat book:

Combat Handbook from myles webb on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

R3 Reihana - Battle of the Mountains Book Trailer

the BATTLE OF THE MOUNTAINS - Small from myles webb on Vimeo.

Auroa Primary School student Blogs

At Auroa Primary School we are very lucky to have some fantastic classroom and student blogs.  You can follow the links to the classrooms and student blogs through some of our widgets.   One blog that is just started is from Sophie who is from Room Four - she has only ever posted twice but has already had an audience from around the world for her writing.  You can click to the link on her blog here.

Another one of our students who is producing consistently excellent work is Lexi from Room One.  She's recently had a comment from a teacher in Canada about her amazing writing.  You can read her amazing post here. 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Taranaki Survivor: Episode 8

The greatest student internet blogging competition of all time... with the most unexpected elimination so far... a shock result that would send one of the red hot favourites for the 2016 season out.

Two teams of students competing against each other in a series of challenge to determine one survivor the ultimate champion. Competition started in March and filming is scheduled to wrap in December when one challenger will stand having defeated all others!
Taranaki Survivor: Episode 8 from myles webb on Vimeo.
In this challenge the premise was simple - both teams had three minutes to stack as many blocks as possible in a "Tower of Doom'.  Both teams had a choice of working co-operatively or letting others in the group take the lead.   Whero were desperate to wrestle control of the game back from Kikorangi having seen their early domination disappear.  Whero's challenge was led by Astin who created and maintained a twelve block tower. While this might have been impressive Kikiroangi had Jordan who was able to significantly better the mark with 15.  

The vote last episode had been affected by an immunity idol being played - would this be repeated? Which of the four remaining Whero players would be next to leave the game? With the merge only a short time away and players looking to make it a dream finish whose game was about to turn into a nightmare?   The amazing competition was about to take another turn that no-one could expect with a shock elimination of a leading contender for the 2016 title... all will be revealed...    

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Monday, 22 August 2016

Robotics at Auroa Primary School

On Friday at Assembly a group of students from Auroa Primary School were able to put on a special performance.  A group of students have been preparing for the regional robotics competition for 2016 and while that didn't go ahead unfortunately we still had a competition at Auroa School.   Each of the groups performed in front of the School Assembly.  We had a couple of students who were present who filmed the event and today Jackson R. spent a few minutes putting together these videos of each of the groups.  Filmed at Auroa Primary School on Friday 20th August.

Star Wars Robotics from myles webb on Vimeo.

The Robbery Robotics from myles webb on Vimeo.

Robotics 'Mining' from myles webb on Vimeo.

Christmas Santa Robotics from myles webb on Vimeo.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Olympics@APS 2016

School Athletics 2016 on PhotoPeach

Taranaki Survivor: Episode Seven

Its been a while since there was an episode due to a variety of circumstances but the greatest internet competition of all time returns with a blockbuster episode of dynamic proportions!

Since last episodes the two competing teams of Whero and Kikorangi were closely poised, however there was a huge swing in progress. Early in the year various 'power ups' or add on's were hidden in secret locations around Auroa Primary School, one of which was the dreaded 'double elimination'. This was played before the vote so the losing team would suffer a shock double elimination.

Furthermore a surprise immunity was discovered by one player in the challenge, further complicating the vote. One team was about to take a stranglehold on the competition and one team was facing the bleak prospect of total elimination. The merge of the two teams is fast approaching and players are desperate to make it to the last stage of competition - two players are about to fall at the nearly last hurdle. Who will pull it together and make it? Whose problem solving and teamwork will lead them to victory? All these questions will be answered in Episode of the greatest internet classroom blogging competition of all time!
Survivor Taranaki Episode 7 from myles webb on Vimeo.
In this challenge students had to race to 'four corners' of Auroa Primary School collecting a series of letters. They had to race back to a central location, bring the letters to their team and then unscramble an eight letter word. Both teams were racing against each other to complete the task, secure victory and avoid an elimination vote.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


The time is drawing near for the Robotics Competition at Auroa Primary School. Later this week the teams will do battle in the performance section of Robotic Dance, and R3 will be represented by Mccallum, Jamesen and Jake. These exclusive photos are of the groups working on their final routines - we can't show you any video just yet! However the teams are looking forward to having an opportunity to go to the nationals.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

R3 Tangrams in Mathmatics

Today in class we were looking at making shapes with our Tangrams for Geometry.  Jamesen then created a Timelapse of the tangram process - we thought this was a great idea because we were looking at creative and innovative ideas for the MOA Awards and so we combined this part of the photography with our designs.  Filmed in R3 on Friday 5th August 2016.

Tangrams in Maths from myles webb on Vimeo.

Friday, 5 August 2016

R3 Guest Post - Georgia from Awahono School

This link is to Georgia from Awahono School, she has produced an excellent post about Letter Writing, which we've been working on in our class this week. If you click on this link here then you can see her amazing summary about a letter and its format.

Click on the link here to see her amazing work.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

2016 Auroa Primary School Promo

This video is a promo video for Auroa Primary School, it is created by our amazing multi talented Mr Bloor - it features a number of famous faces and students from Room Three this year and last year.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

R3 Mega Bounce Holiday Recount

Students in Room Three have been back in class and working hard this week. One of our tasks has been to produce a recount about an activity that they were involved in during the term.

This recount was written by Paige and details her experience at Mega Bounce in New Plymouth

Last Bounce 
On Saturday the first day of the holidays Zach and Lacie had a birthday party but we had to go to league first,they had three games Dad refed all three,at the last game Zach scored a try but Dad was a meany and didn't give it to him but we said that Zach go the try.

After two hours it was finally finished it was time for Me, Zach and Lacie to go to Mega Bounce for Zach and Lacies team mate Taylen and his brother Tyree. The whole team went apart for Bead and Remi they were both sick. Soon someone from the under nines come, Harlem first we went to the foam pit Dad came too. We built a foam fort. We moved to the hoops Dad went on the the small hill then jumped on the tramp and slam dunked it. Soon we had lunch and had a drink Mum said “we were there for about two hours” then we all went home. It was a fun day Dad even said that is was fun,he was the only one that played with us,then we hopped in the car and Dad fell asleep before you know it Lacie then Zach and I fell asleep once we left New Plymouth,I enjoyed it and it was really fun and everyone enjoyed. I felt nervous and excited. Because I was ready to do a flip and I thought the it would fail, and happy because it worked.

The Muddy Tournament
Te Rau and me got up and had breakfast the Te Rau got ready then we went to Opunake we got there. I waited to my Mum got there because she had my stuff for. Rugby then she got there so then I went and got the stuff of my Mum and went to get dressed then we played Kaponga and Blake was playing bit dirty.

We played Kaponga Blake was being a bit dirty the score was 2/1 to Kaponga it was fun  then we played southern it was a dirty game but it was a little fun the score was 1/1 we won because we got the first try. After  we played Opunake and their was be from the under 11 it was Peter Chas and someone else the score was 0/0 so we had to do paper scissors Rock.

After Opunake we played Kaponga 2 because Kaponga has 2 teams and at half time we put all of our players on we had 12 on and Kaponga 2 had 13 on it was fun and we lost 5/0 to Kaponga.

Monday, 25 July 2016

R3 Term Three - 2016

Room Three are back to School and looking forward to an exciting term. This term we've got the MOA Awards (Digital Awards for Excellence in our local groups of schools) entries close at the end of this nine week term. Today in class we looked at the concept and ideas of digital photography. We used our iPads and took a series of digital photographs around Auroa School.

Friday, 15 July 2016

R3 What's A Day Like for a Student in New Zealand?

We're always collaborating with students and classrooms around the world. This explanation piece of writing written last term by Aroha from Room Three, it explains a typical day for her, at School in New Zealand. Hi I am Aroha from Room Three, Auroa Primary School in New Zealand and I will be telling you how my day goes. So my day starts with Mum waking me up I climb out of bed and slowly walk up the stairs and walk into the bathroom to grab my uniform then walk back to my room and get dressed. I walk up stairs and ask for a mashed egg on sourdough. While I wait I comb my hair and grab my iPad of charge and put it in my iPad bag. Mum calls me so I get up at the table and eat my egg then I go back to the bathroom again and brush and wash my face then I walk back to the kitchen and sit down and put my shoes and socks on. When we are ready we go down to the bus. When i get to school I put my bag in the clock bay then i unzip and get my iPad out then i walk into the classroom and put my iPad on my desk and go outside and wait for the bell… DING goes the bell i go to class and sit down and wait for Mr Webb. . . Mr Webb walks in and tells the class to sit down then he talks to the class about the daily planner and sometimes news then we get let go to do maths. At 10.30 the bell goes Mr Webb lets the class go all of the class goes to the clock bay well most of the class to get food then i go outside and play handball . Ding the bell goes me and Ashley run to class Mr Webb tells the class the class what topic we are doing for writing then we set to work. . . After a while some people finish and start drafting and some people are still planning then the bell goes at 11.45am Mr Webb lets us go to second break. DING goes the bell everyone rush’s in and sit down on the mat then Mr Webb walks in and talks to the class about what we are suppose to do but some people muck around and not do their work. . . after an hour the bell goes for lunch we pack up reading and go to lunch. 1 hour later the bell goes DING DING DING I run to class carefully and sit down. Mr Webb comes in and talks to the class about ako after a while Mr Webb tells the class to stop what they are doing and pack up. After a couple of minutes the class is packed up and ready to go home. Mr Webb talks to the class until the bell goes DING Mr Webb lets the class to go home. Riding the bus home it is so noisy i can’t stand it… finally I got home Mum tells us get firewood in… after a while I play on my ipad and eat tea.

R3 Singapore Compared to New Zealand

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Kissick Eraio - Mr Bloors Official Video

Y5/6 A Grade Opunake Basketball Finals

On Tuesday 5th July Auroa School had four seperate finals in the same day. Wins in the Y5/6 Crowley Cup Netball Competition against Rahotu School and a further win against Eltham School in Y5/6 Rugby Crowley Cup were a fantastic start - there were two additional finals that night in the Opunake Basketball Competition.   Auroa's Y7/8 Basketball team won their final match, against Rahotu.

The final game of the day was the Y5/6 A Grade Basketball Finals in the Opunake Basketball Competition.  Auroa's Y5/6 team were undefeated throughout the season at this point - coming up against their arch rivals, St Joseph from Opunake.   The game was another epic featuring some of the players who had played already that day in a final, and against each other in the epic Crowley Cup Semi-Final in Boys Rugby which Auroa win.
Auroa/StJosephs20162 from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

The Basketball ended 30-30 which saw sudden death extra time, in which St Jospehs were able to win the match by two points and claim the season championship.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Crowley Cup Rugby Finals Part 2

Crowley Cup Final 2016 from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

This video is the second in the highlights from the 2016 Crowley Cup Final played at Eltham School on Tuesday 5th July 2016. These highlights were put together by Jordan and Kadian from Room Three. Auroa are in their traditional Blue/Orange Uniforms and Eltham are in the Black and White. The conversions kicked by Peter are kicked in bare feet!

Crowley Cup Netball Final 2016

The Y5/6 Crowley Cup competition culminated in two unbeaten teams playing each other in the final. Rahotu had topped their pool and travelled to Auroa School to face the Auroa Primary School team that had also been through pool play and then a tough semi-final against Matapu School and were also undefeated. The final was an incredibly tense affair of four ten minute quarters - forty minutes in total. The second half saw both teams battling for mid-court dominance and restricting score opportunities, however Auroa had managed to take a lead into half time and Rahotu couldn't quite close the gap. The 17-9 win to Auroa Y5/6 Netball was their first win in the competition. Highlights filmed by Jackson R at Auroa Primary School on Tuesday 5th July.

Crowley Cup Netball Highlights 2016 from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Kissick Eraio 2016 Tournament

Yesterday Auroa Primary School took part in the 2016 Kissick Eraio Competition.  This was a fantastic event held at Kaponga Primary School.  The competition saw the local schools competing against each other in Netball and Touch Rugby.   Auroa was able to win the Y5/6 and Y7/8 Touch Competitions, while our friends at Matapu won the Y5/6 and Y7/8 Netball.  These highlights filmed by Ebony from Room Two are of the Y7/8 Netball competition.  Filmed at Kaponga School on Wednesday 6th July 2016.

KissiackEraio2016 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Crowley Cup 2016 Final - Highlights Part 1

On Tuesday 28th of July there were a series of finals for Auroa Primary School.  Firstly the Girls Y5/6 Netball team competed against Rahotu in the 2016 Crowley Cup Netball Final.   Later that afternoon the Y5/6 Rugby Team travelled to Eltham to play in the 2016 Crowley Cup Rugby Final.

The two teams had already played in the round robin competition, with Eltham winning with a try in the final minute.   Auroa's epic semi-final win against St Josephs Opunake set up a rematch with Eltham, who were undefeated during the season.  

The game was a tense match with a 12-19 half time score to Auroa.  In the second half Auroa were able to pull away with a dominate display winning 12-41 making them the 2016 Champions.  These highlights were filmed by Astin from Room One.  Auroa are in the blue and orange and Eltham in the white and black.

Monday, 4 July 2016

R3 Room 10@Rangikura

This is the link to the Room Ten Blog@Rangikura.   You are asked to visit this blog and view the work of the students from this class.  Find something that is interesting or you really like it.  Leave a comment to them - see Mr Webb if you have not left a comment before so the format can be checked.  Remember what we've discussed about comments - positive, constructive, asks a question.  When you leave a comment you only leave your first name.

Crowley Cup Netball Vs. Matapu School

On Friday 1st of July Auroa School hosted Matapu School in the Semi-Final of the Crowley Cup competition for the Chittenden Brothers Netball Trophy.

At stake was a final for the winning team against either Rahoutu or Opunake Primary School. It was a tough game against two competitive teams, Auroa however were able to convert a seven point half time lead into a 20-10 victory and improve on last years semi-final finish. This means that this Tuesday Auroa host Rahoutu School in the final. These highlights were filmed by Blake and Kadian and edited by Grace and Tiani from Room Three.

Crowley Cup Semi Final vs. Matapu School from myles webb on Vimeo.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Rugby Vs. St Josephs Part Two

This is the second half and sudden death highlights from Auroa Primary Schools Crowley Cup Semi-Final against St Josephs Opunake on Wednesday 29th June 2016.  St Josephs are in the Green and White, Auroa in the Blue and Orange.   This game was tied 5-5 at half time, full time and then went to sudden death golden point.   The first half of extra time saw no extra score and the deadlock was broken in the seventh minute of the second half of extra time by Jordan from Room Three.  Epic.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

R3 Crowley Cup Highlights Part One

Today Auroa Primays Schools Y5/6 Rugby team travelled to St Josephs Opunake for the semi-final of the 2016 Crowley Cup Rugby Competition. This restricted weight Y5/6 competition has had games throughout the term which culminate in the semi-finals today. Auroa had been through the competition and finished as runners up in their pool thanks to a last minute loss to Eltham Primary School. St Josephs were undefeated and looking to progress forward. The two schools have a traditional rival in the area.

This game was an epic.

Despite the conditions both teams played attacking rugby which led to a 5-5 all scoreline after ten minutes.  This score was retained at half time.  The second half saw a furious twenty minutes of competition where neither side could be separated leading to a 5-5 full time score.   Then follow sudden death golden point extra time - ten minutes of this saw no further score.  A second and final ten minutes period occurred and in the seventh minute of this Auroa School score the winning try.  These are some of the first half highlights:

Friday, 24 June 2016

Student Blogging at Auroa Primary School

During Term Four we have the MOA Awards.  There's various digital categories for excellence and we've featured various work from past years.   One of the categories this year is a 'Passion Blog' a specific blog which is related to a passion or special interest that the students have.  At last years awards we had two very special efforts from students at our school - Madaline from Room Two won best student blog, this year she is concentrating on her writing and
has an produced a simply brilliant student blog that features some of her amazing writing work.  It is a student blog of the very highest quality that is featuring some amazing work and may well be featuring later this year.   Not only is Madaline producing some special her sister Jorja, a former member of this classroom.   She won last years award for best student blog and is also producing some fantastic work as well.  These student blogs are simply sensational - genuine work of students (in their own time) who are producing work of a amazing quality.  Please support these wonderful blogs by visiting them and leaving the students a comment.