Friday 28 September 2018

Taranaki Tai Visits Room Six at Auroa Primary School

Yesterday we had a very special visitor to Auroa Primary School - Taranaki Tai! Tai is a Whio Dog who work (with Joe from the Department of Conservation!) on the Mountain to look for Whio (Blue Duck).   Tai goes up the Mountain three times a week.   Tai is two years old.   Tai has to wear a mussle when he is up the mountain.   When Tai finds a Whio he stands still and points like an arrow!

Room Six is going to be working on a big project to bring the Whio back to South Taranaki! We have to take care to remove the Whios main predators, the Stoats, Ferrets and Weasels.

We are very lucky to have such famous visitors to our classroom, as Tai has his own Facebook Page (called 'Taranaki Tai). 

It was a fantastic experience to help us with our Whio learning.   Tai very playful when he was in the classroom, he kept rolling on the ground.   He didn't bark and behaved himself extremely well while he was a visitor at Auroa Primary School.   Joe and Ellen from the Department of Conservation gave us lots of important information about Whio.

Thursday 27 September 2018

2018 Auros School Virtual Pinball Finals!

Today it ends! The greatest virtual pinball competition ever, the 2018 Auroa Primary School Competition came to a close with a three way final between Tudr, Herizus and Wilson from Room One, competing against each other in a winner-takes-all compettion... its an epic final with the greatest score of all time... Filmed and Produced by Mr Bloor....

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Room Five's Example of Amazing Laser Cutting

Its Lamb and Calf Day for 2018 at the start of next term, we can't show you our schools amazing work all just yet, but our fellow Auroa Primary School students in Room Five have produced amazing examples of using the School Laser Cutter - to produce Photoframes for some of their art.  These examples are amazing! Thank you for sharing them with us Room Five.

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Auroa School Pinball - Pool C

Its the final round of the semi-finals of the 2018 Auroa Primary School Virtual Pinball Tournament.  There were forty five students in the original competition, twelve made it through to the final, Tudr and Herizus from Room One had already made it through to this weeks finals, todays competition saw Jayden, Ebony, Jonte and Wilson competing for the final spot.

Who would triumph? Who would make it through to the final? Its an epic competition and one player will defeat the others booking themselves a ticket into the final.

Produced by the amazing Mr Bloor and featuring commentary from Mr Bloor and Mr Webb, filmed at Auroa Primary School, Tuesday 25th September 2018.

Thursday 20 September 2018

Auroa School Pinball Pool B

Its a fantastic competition - Mr Bloor's Auroa Primary School Pinball Competition! Today we shot and filmed 'Pool B' which saw Herzius, Ashton, Charlotte and Leighton from Room Six comepting for a spot in the finals. Filmed and produced by Mr Bloor, with some dodgy commentary from Mr Bloor and Mr Webb.

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Auroa School Pinball Competition 2018!

Mr Bloors new project has been a 1980's Pinball Machine - an amazing machine with a huge competition - forty five players competed in a stunning competition and this week it was reduced to the top nine. This video shows the three way battle between Caris from Room Five, Tudr from Room One and number one qualifier for the finals Harriet from Room Six! Only one of these players will make it through to the finals, whose going to achieve greatness? Commentary by Mr Bloor and Mr Webb.

Monday 10 September 2018

Zooniverse Explanation - McKenna


  • iPad, IPhone, Laptop or a desktop
  • Zooniverse Website

  1. Search up on Safari with your device that you have chosen to use.
  2. Click Classify in the top right hand corner.
  3. A few notes will pop up so have a look and see what the site has to say.
  4. Look at the picture on your screen and think about what animal it could be.
  5. Once you have figured out what animal it could be, next to the picture there is a list of animal names click the name of the animal that you think is shown in the picture, if you don’t know what animal it is click can’t tell or no animals here button.
  6. Once you have clicked the animal name there will be a few things about the animal and below that there will be numbers click the number of the amount of animals you have seen.
  7. After that click identify, the you click done and then you click next.
  8. Once you’ve done that it will give you another photo to try to solve and try to solve as many as you can.

Taranaki Mounga is trying to reduce the amount of pests off of the mountain by eliminating them. They are trying to get more Kiwi including other native animals on the mountain. Taranaki Mounga are trying to get all of their photos identified to monitor the amount of pests, so they can get more traps to eliminate them.

By McKenna

Sunday 9 September 2018

Cross Country 2018 - Highlights Video

Project Mounga - Zooniverse

One of the major projects that the students from Room Six at Auroa Primary School are involved in is the Project Mounga Project.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students and local community to be involved in a fantastic local project to eradicate pests from the local environment.  Our students are regularly using this site to help the project management with the identification of pests.   We are eventually be using this as a project of our own develops.  If you want to find out more information about this project you can click on the link here.

If you want to go directly to the identification page that is specific to the Taranaki Mounga project, to identify some of the pests that have been seen on our mountain you can go directly to that page by clicking on this link here.