Matahui Room 3 and 6 Buddies Visit the Art Gallery

Room 3 and 6 attended the Otherworld exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery last Thursday afternoon. he program gave the students further insight into a number of different forms of art including Sculpture, Digital Landscapes and Landscape painting.

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Hannah discuses the afternoons program under the the yellow installation in the main foyer.

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‘The Last City’ sculptography by Peter Madden

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Making our own sculptography! It was lovely to see the students engaging with in other in the creative process. Mel who hosted the students was very impressed with the degree of sophistication and imagination the students showed in the creation of their sculptures.

Innovation and Invention Alive at Matahui

Room 6 Matahui Year Seven and Eight students have been developing their Term Two Inquiry which focuses on Innovation and Invention. As a part of this they have been receiving additional support from parents who are highly skilled in Technology and Invention. Darren Bruning and Simon McDonald are two such parents and their skills and experience have raised the bar with the students learning.

Darren has been visiting each week to show the students the first steps in computer programming. The students have been totally absorbed with the complexity and challenge associated with a learning area which will be an important part of their future.

 

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In the photos above Connor, Alex, Blake and Olly follow a wiring diagram to prepare their electronic hardware.

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The completed breadboard and Arduino board ready for connection to the computer.

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The computer programming study has generated a lot of interest including a visit from the Bay of Plenty Times. To read their article and learn more about the students learning follow the following link:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11643968

Room 5 & 6, Romeo and Juliet at the Pop-up Globe Theatre

 

 

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On Wednesday the 24th of February Room 5 and 6 from Matahui School supported by some fantastic parents made the trip to Auckland to attend a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Pop-up Globe Theatre.

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What a wonderful experience! We were filled with the artistry, drama and wonder of Shakespearian theatre. The performance had us spellbound.

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Matahui Room Five Students Win Prestigious WBEET Baymaths Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matahui Room 5 students Rose Brunning, Rory Robertson and Bridget McGirr won the prestigious Year Six WBEET Baymaths competition last night against strong opposition from upper North Island schools. The three were first in the team challenge and second in the timed challenge and also highly competitive in the individual round. Another wonderful example of our students having outstanding success on the big stage. Congratulations!!!!! 

  IMG_2578 (2) Rose, Rory and Bridget show off their medals, cup and calculators following their fine win.

Matahui Senior mathematicians share and learn with their Junior peers

It was a case of the small fractions teaching the big fractions when Room 1 joined the Matahui Senior students.

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The students enjoyed sharing their learning using play dough to create fractions from whole pieces.

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The Senior students were impressed by how clever the Junior students are.

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At Matahui School bringing different year levels together allows us to have an appreciation of where we are going and where we have come from.

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FROM READING TO FRACTIONS….EVERYTHING IS AWESOME….

This week I had the privilege of teaching the Year 7/8 class at Matahui. Spending time with them in an environment that provides them with relevant, challenging engaging learning was both insightful and rewarding.

At the beginning of the day the students focused on reading using an online resource that the school is trialing. It focuses on acquiring a range of reading levels and skills  including – scanning; reading speed; information retrieval; vocabulary extension and comprehension. The motivation, concentration and application and level of skill the students displayed was exemplary. They had a clear understanding of the tasks they undertook and were constantly “testing” themselves to achieve even better results. In one instance, the student I sat alongside scored 45/45 – my score was 3/45. Granted the task was new to me, but clearly I hadn’t reached the same level as the student.

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Subsequently, Christine and I watched as a group of senior mathematicians interacted with the students in Room 1. Using playdough the “munchkins” demonstrated and taught the seniors what they had learned about fractions. The way in which they were able to manipulate the dough to show a range of fractions was impressive, but even more outstanding was the level of understanding the juniors displayed through the carefully phrased questions and discussion the seniors led. I felt the urge to sing the Lego song – “Everything is Awesome.”

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What also impressed both Christine and I was the way in which the seniors listened to the juniors and helped deepen their understanding of fractions by posing additional problems for them to solve using the playdough. This was an educational experience that strongly displayed how “nurturing” builds confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Hats off to Year 7 and 8 and their smaller mathematical buddies.

This is the reason why we have issued an invitation to our parent/caregiver community to attend an Open Day of Learning so that they also have the opportunity to experience such wonderful moments of learning at Matahui. Awesome!

Matahui Year 7/8 Seniors Soft Materials Technology

 

 

What an asset to have someone with the experience of Kate Bruning come and teach the Year 7/8 students about soft materials technology. The class have enjoyed working in a medium that many of them are not familiar, producing some wonderful cutlery bags. They are now working on cushions with hand stitched Kiwiana symbols.

 

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Before you are considered competent on the sewing machine you have to get your license!

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Here we are preparing and sewing our cutlery bags!

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In the photos above we are choosing our our Kiwiana silhouettes and preparing our blankets for hand sewing. Watch this space for photos of the finished products.

 

 

Year 7/8 Tarawera Leadership Camp

 

 

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It is hard with a few pictures and words to describe the wonderful learning that takes place at any of the four major outdoor camps that Matahui School Year 7/8 Students partake in each year. The Tarawera Camp is no exception. At Tarawera we look to strengthen the students leadership, cooperative teamwork skills and self confidence through an array fun experiential challenges. These photos give a glimpse of some of these practical, life changing experiences.

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Camping

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Challenging

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Achieving

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Celebrating success

A big thank you to the camp and class parents who through their support made this another successful and exhilarating learning experience for our students.

Matahui Senior School Leadership and Teambuilding Camp

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The Matahui Senior Leadership Camp took place at Mount Maunganui in week three. The weather was wonderful and the students were very lucky to be involved in some wonderful experiential learning. The photo above shows us waiting for the first of these a sailing trip on the beautiful catamaran Kindred Spirit. On the far right is Waikato University Hillary Scholar Sam Shergold who joined us to speak about what it takes to be one of the worlds best paddle boarders.

Apart from the learning that took place upon the boat the students also had the fun of being hung from an arm off the side of the boat where they could swing and bounce from the hull. Some took a bit of a dunking but this was of course not intentional!

 

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In the photos above we listen to the skippers safety instruction and Ella takes a swing.

A walk up the Mount on dusk meant we all slept very well.

 

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Day two saw us White Water Rafting upon the Rangitaiki River. You can see by the faces that it was a wonderful experience.

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A visit to this part of the country would never be complete without a walk in the beautiful Whirinaki forest. Our guide Tom was extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of our native landscape and he shared some wonderful stories of one of the most untouched corners of Aotearoa. We met our parents for dinner back at the camp. We were meant to cook for them but because we were a little late they fed us. Thanks parents! Another walk at dusk this time out to the tip of Moturiki (Leisure Island) and we were asleep before our heads hit the pillow.

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Day three and time to go surfing! Another bluebird day and after a breakfast of pancakes prepared by one of our fantastic camp parents Carly, it was off for some waves. We walked over Mount Dury on our way back to dismantle our camp and head back to school. A wonderful camp with lots of hands on learning and experiences. That’s what we do at Matahui.

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