TRIUMPH & DEFEAT CAN = RESILIENCE

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Watching the America’s Cup Challenger series has been gripping, largely because the conditions have pushed the boats, the crew and support teams to the limits of endurance. The level of resilience required by Emirates Team New Zealand to repair their boat after the disastrous start they had in Race 2 against the British was immense, but they overcame this set back and resumed their challenge once more. They learned from their mistakes.

Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said their spectacular capsize was their own fault but insists the damage is repairable and the syndicate will bounce back.” 1

Now of course, they need to draw on an even greater level of hardiness as they face Oracle in what may be an epic duel, given we start from minus one!

 One of our aims here at Matahui School is to give our students genuine opportunities to meet with triumph and defeat by providing them with educational experiences that guide them in making the most appropriate choices even in difficult circumstances. The point is to get them to understand that from making mistakes we can learn, and through acquiring resilience to cope, this will help shape their character. Yes, our students could well be part of Team New Zealand, possibly not at the tender age they are currently, but at some point in the future      

 

1.http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/93403528/peter-burling-admits-mistake-led-to-team-new-zealand-capsize

 

 

THE POWER OF STILL IMAGES & DRAMA IN STIMULATING IMAGINATION

At the moment our 17 month old grandson is totally enamoured with reading books, so usually we spend considerable time reading whatever he has chosen. What is fascinating to watch is how much his imagination is stimulated; how long he can concentrate and focus his attention on still images; how much information about the world he is absorbing, articulating responses initially through sounds and now a repository of “words.”

His older sister, aged 4, recently re-enacted her book “Tangled” (based on the movie about Rapunzel). Using her dolls and an assortment of carefully selected “props,” she replaced the scenes depicted in the pictures with her own interpretation. Adding her own dialogue she let her imagination transport her into the story, all stimulated by the images she referenced in her book.

So a reminder to everyone who is a parent, grandparent, caregiver. Give the children every opportunity to “read” books using still images. The pictures and illustrations in books don’t rely on an ability to decode language but are “effective in getting children close to people and situations; and able to take children into complex situations in a straightforward but valid way.”1

This week our Year 5 – 8 students and a number of parents were treated to a musical spectacular performed by students at St Peter’s, Cambridge. Starlight Express was brought to life by an ensemble that had obviously spent hours rehearsing. The entire cast and crew transported the audience into an imagined world where personified trains battled for supremacy in an international race. We were captivated.

Dramatic performances breathe life into narratives and provide an audience with the opportunity to suspend disbelief. Theatre is centered on thinking and imagining, two processes that are also evident when we read.

If it is wet this weekend get out the picture books and some props for you and the children, and let the power of still images and drama stimulate your imagination.

1. https://networkonnet.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/marvels-amongst-the-kauri-part-1/

DE-CLUTTERING A TO-DO-LIST

As well as provide students with a restful and often much needed break from school, the holidays can present families with quality time to share experiences. Though sometimes the plans made don’t always come to fruition.

Often times we set ourselves things to do – tasks or undertakings to accomplish, but  circumstances are such that we don’t necessarily get to complete anywhere near what we wanted to achieve. The thing is, we shouldn’t angst over this or feel bad. In fact, I would suggest that at times we need to “abbreviate” our to-do-lists and just focus on the essentials or else, as you endeavour to neatly organise your life by creating lists, the stress can rise.

In an article by Cari Romm titled “Why You Should Try Decluttering Your To- Do-List,” Romm shares a strategy suggested by Stephanie Lee in terms of dealing effectively with to-do- lists and that is, to explicitly focus on each days tasks with the following statement in mind….. “If this was the only thing you did today you’d be satisfied.” 1 Do that thing – everything else can wait.

When my family are around, they sometimes point out to me that my to-do-list is excessive, so spending time with our grandchildren over the holidays the idea of de-cluttering my to-do list took on new meaning.

We played games (pirates is still a favourite); drew; picked flowers; went to the beach; collected “stuff;” built a Tinkerbell house; tidied the garage together; made a range of “Frozen” playdough objects……… Yes, spending time with the grand children was the only thing we did each day. And we were well satisfied.

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1. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/04/why-you-should-trydecluttering-your-to-do-list.html

 

Kowhai class shared their learning at assembly

The value of the week was courage and we shared times in our lives when we have shown courage:

Darcy: I showed courage when I first started school.  I felt a bit shy.

Blair: I showed courage to make good choices with my brother.

Aby: I showed courage when the dentist pulled my tooth out.

Sam: At the beginning I felt really scared to go into the native bush.  It looked like a big black hole.  But the I did it.  I liked it and I felt really proud of myself.

Lily: Dad wanted me to go on the chairlift at Cadrona.  I felt really scared because it looked so high.  But I did it and I had a really great time.

Aroha: I always show courage to tell the truth.

Kaida: I showed courage on my first assembly when I had to talk.

Gabe: I showed courage when Niki and I went on a bush walk with my Dad.  It was really dark in there.

Olive: I went on a moving chairlift in Rotorua.  I was really scared to hop on while it was moving.  Someone helped me and I did it and it was fun at the top.

Saxon: I showed courage when I went to see the ducklings.

Niki: I showed courage to go into the alpaca’s cage at Gabe’s.

Cameron: I showed courage when it was my first time trying a new food – spanakopita –

and I did it and it was really yummy.  I also showed courage when I had my blood test.

 

Our inquiry this term is the question ‘How can we express ourselves through the arts?’

We made a series of self portraits showing our different emotions.  Can you guess how we are feeling?

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We sang and played  “Blue is the Sea’. The sea has many moods which we tried to express in this song.

 

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We had so much fun at Boat Day so we made paintings of the day.  We tried to paint like the impressionist Claude Monet.  He thought about light and dark and reflection.  His paintings often looked better when we stood back from them because he used little brush strokes.  We also wrote cinquain poems.  This is where you count the syllables in each line and the pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.

 

 

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Boat Day

Black shiny tube

Bouncing on the water

I feel excited in my tube

Awesome!  

By Blair

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Boat Day

Small blue kayak

Riding the little wave

Happy and strong and really proud

Best day!

By Sam

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 Fun tubes

Black round circle

Spinning in the water

Fantastic fun in my fun tube

Big splash!

By Saxon

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Big Boat

Yellow fast kayak

Paddling on the calm sea

Taking control of my yellow kayak

Waahooo!

By Aby

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My boat

Small optimist

Sailing, turning in the breeze

I am the captain of my boat

Ahoy!

By Olive

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Kayaks

Big fun kayak

Adventure on the sea

Nervous, excited, happy, proud

Magic!

By Lily

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Boat Day

Fast red kayak

Paddling from side to side

So much fun circling and turning

Fun day!

By Kaida

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Boat day

My boat is red

Floating, slicing through the sea

Having fun in my red kayak

Happy!

By Cameron

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Fishing

Silver scales

Swimming in the water

I caught a fish on my fishing line

The best!

By Darcy

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Boat Day

On the jetty

Fishing with my Daddy

First time fishing, my favourite

Love it!

By Aroha

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Yellow Yacht

Sails flapping

Swishing, turning, blasting

I feel so great in the salty breeze

Fantastic!

By Nikora

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Blue Boat

Fast kayak, bright blue

Floating, paddling, speeding

Happy, smiling in the kayak

Boat day

By Gabe

We had lots of fun experimenting with the rhythms in ‘Cockroach Sandwich in my lunch’.

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What a great term of learning we’ve had!

 

 

Pohutukawa Term 1 Review

We have had a fantastic term of learning in Pohutukawa class.  Here are some of the students highlights.

BREAKING NEWS!

Early this term Pohutakawa went to camp at Aongatete Lodge. We did activities like rock climbing, challenge course, dodge ball and archery. It rained, sometimes heavily, but that didn’t stop us.

We learnt how to be safe in the bush, about the plants in the bush and how to use the bow and arrow correctly.

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By Bradley and Serene

 

Swimming Sports

On Monday and Wednesdays, Matahui School travel to Dave Hume pool in Katikati to practice our swimming strokes, survival skills and improve our dives. The year 5 and 6’s then went to Omokoroa No.1 School for Small School’s Swimming Sports. Our whole class participated and did very well in their chosen events. 

By Isla

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INQUIRY

Our inquiry for   this term is “The interaction between living things and earth depends on a complex web of processes”.

We have learnt how the earth orbits around the sun, giving us day and night, the seasons and a year. We have also learnt about the earths four spheres; geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. All these spheres interact with each to make life possible on earth. Sometimes these interactions are positive and sometimes negative, such as weathering and erosion.  We found out about this in the sandpit.

By Alexander

 

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Literacy, Writing Recounts

Room Pohutukawa learnt about figurative language and how to use different types to add description and depth to our writing some examples are; simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification and onomatopoeia.

Next we used this knowledge to write interesting recounts about camp or boat day.

Here are some of our favourite snippets.

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Maths

This term we have learnt or perfected various strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems  including; place value, family of facts, tidy numbers and column addition and subtraction.  Here is one example of how we can solve a problem.

 

TOP SCHOOL

Breaking news. Today Matahui year 5 and 6 students participated in their first top school competition. There were a range of interesting challenges such as leaky bucket and horizontal bungee. We had to work together to complete the challenges.

By Daniel

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Boat day

Boat day is a very special day for Matahui School.  It was my first boat day and I loved it. There where heaps of different activities including sailing, tubing and fishing but my favourite was kayaking. I learnt how to paddle and steer the boat really well.IMG_6976 IMG_7101 IMG_6927

By Louis

 

Shave for a Cure

Early this term I decided I would  like to raise money for the leukaemia shave for a cure.  I wanted to to include the school in my fundraising so I talked to Mr Muller, our principal.  We organised a food stall, had a wacky hair day and Denley and I shaved our hair at assembly.  I had spray in my hair so it hurt a little when it was being shaved.    I feel really great because I have never done this before and it feels good to be helping others.  So far we raised  $950.

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By Leo

 

 Art gallery and library

When we  went  to the Tauranga  Art Gallery there were beautiful  works of art  made by Richard Orjis that looked exactly  photos of plants.IMG_1471

Then we sketched some plants and used water coloured paints to add colour.  When we went back to school we used our art gallery experience to inspire our own water coloured paintings

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Happy holidays everyone.  I wonder what we will be learning next term?

 

Kowhai class, Matahui School, at the Tauranga Art Gallery and Library

 

We had a wonderful day visiting the Tauranga library and art gallery.

First we visited the library where Penny read us some stories

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Here is Lily’s story:

On Thursday we went to the Tauranga library and Art Gallery.  At the library we read some stories called ‘Sad the Dog’ and ‘Boa’s Bad Birthday’.  In Boa’s book he was excited that it was his birthday but when he got presents that he couldn’t use, he was sad.  Then when he got Dung Beetle’s present he loved it and thought that it wasn’t a bad birthday.  In Sad’s story he was sad because his owners didn’t love him.  The artist used facial expressions and sad colours. When Sad felt happy the artist used bright colours.

Next we went to see Richard Orjis’ garden.  We observed some things.  He expressed his feelings for plants.  Then we went to the art gallery and studied Barry Dabb’s art.  He expressed his love of colour and he loved his paintings to be BIG!

 

And a snippet of Sam’s story: Richard Orjis expresses his love of nature, growing a wild flower garden.

And Cameron’s story:  The wild flower garden was pretty and Richard was expressing his art.

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Great observation going on in Richard Orjis’ wild flower garden!

This great observation continued at the Art Gallery with Fiona when we looked closely at wild flowers and sketched and painted them with water colours.

 

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And together we created our  own wonderful wild flower garden!

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We also enjoyed seeing Barry Dabb’s paintings.

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Here are snippets of our stories:

*On Thursday we went to the library and art gallery.  I love the big paintings. Barry loved the colours and so do I!  By Aroha

*Richard showed that art can be in the form of plants. It doesn’t have to be paintings.  He has his own individual style.  Barry makes his paintings look real.  The illustrator used the colours of the fish in the book to show feelings.  By Aby

*Richard Orjis expresses his love of plants and nature.  Barry Dabb made big paintings of Cook Island flowers.  His art expresses happiness!  By Blair

 

 

 

A SENSE OF WHANAU

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Had you been travelling on the bus with us to Tauranga yesterday for the Ra Whakangahau Festival at St Mary’s Primary, you would have had no doubt where we were headed.

Yes, our attendance there was important because it continues to give the school a positive profile in Tauranga, but more importantly it reflects the fact that we also have a cultural heritage to draw upon.

Te Reo is indigenous to New Zealand. It is a taonga recognised under the Treaty of Waitangi, and as such is a major source of self-knowledge and identity.

Significantly perhaps, for us as a school community, taking part in this festival gives us the opportunity to share with the wider community our own identity as the tangata whenua of Matahui. Our students performed with passion and pride as they represented not only their school, but also themselves and their families. Sharing the stage with them, albeit for a moment in time, I could sense what this meant to them. We were a whanau.

There is a whakatauki that says.. He waka eke noa (A canoe which we are all in, with no exception).

Never a truer word spoken.

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Room One Matahui School Production ‘Windust’ By John Reynolds and Shade Smith

Congratulations Matahui on a fantastic show!

Room One were the school children, along with fabulous actors from Room 6 – Shane (Blake), Charlotte (Zoe) and the wonderful Miss Scow (Rose).

Here are our paintings, recount writing and photos:

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Our Production Windust  By Aby

Our school did a show in the hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We wanted to have fun and show the Mums and Dads and Grandparents.

Our job was to be the school children with our teacher Miss Scow.  One of the things I say is ‘You be quiet Billy!  What do you know?’

We did a dance called ‘Gonna Break out!’  It is cool because it’s a lot of movement.  Miss Scow does not know we are there.

I felt nervous and excited and I also loved it!

 

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Windust By Gabe

Our production is in the Hub and we are the school children. It is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Miss Scow is the school teacher.  I like it being the school children.  I like sneaking in when Miss Scow is dancing but she doesn’t know we are there.

I felt fantastic about everything in the show.

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Windust by Blair

The whole school did the show in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  I sing and dance and all the people did it.  And Room 3 was on the hay and Room 3 was singing with us.

I like singing ‘Gonna Break out’ and dancing.  Miss Scow doesn’t know we are there.  But then she realises we are there.  I like that Miss Scow doesn’t know.  That was fun!

I felt happy singing and dancing.

 

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Windust By Nikora

Our school did a play at Matahui School on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

I am Billy and I’m a school kid.

In the act I say “I don’t believe in bandits”.  But I was wrong.  There are bandits in the hills!

On my second act I lose my money in a magic show.

I like the show a lot!

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Windust By Kaida

All the kids at Matahui School are putting on a show.

We are the school children.  We are the cowgirls and the cowboys.  I like dancing and singing.

Miss Scow is our teacher and she throws stuff on the floor in the dance.

I like saying ‘Dare you to!

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WINDUST   By Sam

Matahui School put on a play in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Our class are the school children.  Miss scow is our teacher.

I like dancing to ‘Gotta Break Out’ because it is fun.

I felt happy the parents were watching me.

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Matahui School Show By Saxon

We did a play called Windust in the Hub.

I am one of the school children and my teacher is Miss Scow.

The show is very, very, very fun!

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YEE HAA!

MATAHUI SCHOOL STUDENT INNOVATORS

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When I was working in Hong Kong I vividly remember how excitable a colleague of mine became when he purchased the first iPhone to be launched. He suggested to me that I get one as the phone I was using resembled a small brick. I jokingly told him that I would wait for the iPhone 2 to be launched, and of course within a year, version 2 was released. Well, a couple of weeks ago model 7 was launched (I still don’t have one as it happens). I am waiting for the iPhone 20 to reach store shelves. It is virtually impossible to keep pace with the refinements, innovations and improvements that are made in every domain within which you find technology.

The impacts of technology cannot be underestimated when it comes to the students we teach. They absorb any change with ease and generally understand, appreciate and utilise technology without seeing it as some form of gadgetry. Interestingly Matahui students can often be seen in the playground developing an inspirational idea into an innovation.

When the Olympics started, I happened upon a group of students who had just released their own mobile phones, prior to the iPhone 7 launch I hasten to add. Their phones, whilst only made of cardboard reflected their personalities and interests in terms of their creative design. Moreover they created apps that were specifically focused on  accessing the Olympic games 24/7. Such was the intensity of imagination it overflowed into the sand pit where one of the students created a sand iPad, complete with a power cable for recharging purposes.

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Our students are truly representative of the technology”boffins” of the future. If Apple, Google or Tesla are looking for recruits  – budding scientists and innovators, come to Matahui School – we have them here in abundance.

Room One visits the Katikati Murals

Our inquiry for this term is based on the question ‘What are our stories of the past and how can these be told?’  We are very fortunate to have the wonderful Katikati murals close by, for us to explore and find out the history of Katikati and stories of the past, told through a visual art form. Here are our photos, paintings and stories.

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My mural is Jimmy Culpan’s Packhorses.  By Nikora

Jimmy Culpan’s job was to take food and supplies and newspapers to the bush men so they could survive.  Today he would go by car.  He had two pack horses called Bess and Carr.  Jimmy was 17.  I think it was a hard job.  It was a long way and sometimes it was muddy.

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Sunday in the Bush Camp

By Sam

The bush camp men must be tired from working all the days except Sunday.  They have different saws.  They need to sharpen them to make them good at cutting down the trees.  Jimmy Culpan is there with his pack horses. He brings supplies and letters.

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The Waitekohe School By Aby

The Waitekohe School had 33 kids.  It was quite small.  Our school is also in katikati.  Now Waitekohe School is a house in katikati.  I even saw the house after the trip to the katikati murals.  It was just one class room.  They only used chalk to write on blackboards.  The children were 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – all those ages. They all learned different stuff.   The Waitekohe School had no jungle gyms.  Our school is much better because we have a playground, with a big orange ball swing, monkey bars and a sooper dooper flying fox! P1110887P1110949

Rev. kattern’s ostriches   By Saxon

Rev. Kattern’s is chasing ostriches down the main road of Katikati.  They escaped from the farm.  The girls used the feathers on their hats.

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Sunday in the Bush Camp 

By Blair

Sunday is a day that the bush men get a bath.  They were probably stinky because they have dirt because they work all week cutting kauri trees.  They cut their hair and they eat.  The miss their family.

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This is Waitekohe School. By Kaida

They had one classroom for all the children. Big children and little children.

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My mural is Sunday in the Bush Camp.  By Gabe

In the camp men had a holiday on the Sunday.   They sharpened their saws.  They had a haircut.  They bath.  I think the bush men would like having a day off from cutting down trees.

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