Come and meet Kowhai class 2018

Haere Mai! Welcome to Kowhai class.

Here are our self portraits using black paint on a backdrop of primary colours, then mixed together to make a secondary colour.

We have been learning to introduce ourselves and our age in Maori.

Ko Darcy toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

Ko Aroha toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

Ko Callaway toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

Ko Cameron toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

 

Ko Payton toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

 

Ko Kaida toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

 

 

Ko Charlotte toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

Ko Emma toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

KoTyla toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

Ko Anna toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

 

Ko Phoenix toku ingoa.  E rima aku tau.

 

Ko Saxon toku ingoa.  E ono aku tau.

Haere ra!

 

 

THE LOST VILLAGE at MATAHUI SCHOOL

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THE LOST VILLAGE

 

On the 24th of August 2017, Allan Alach featured a thought provoking  article in “Leading and Leaning,1. ” by Carol Black which she wrote in 2016. She makes the following point….

“In many rural land-based societies, learning is not coerced; children are expected to voluntarily observe, absorb, practice, and master the knowledge and skills they will need as adults –– and they do.  In these societies –– which exist on every inhabited continent –– even very young children are free to choose their own actions, to play, to explore, to participate, to take on meaningful responsibility. “Learning” is not conceived as a special activity at all, but as a natural by-product of being alive in the world.” 2. And this got me thinking about the inception of “The Lost Village” at Matahui School.

We have a bush block which I affectionately refer to as Middle Earth. This is the area where students can go to construct huts. It is a space that encourages feats of engineering that result in creative architecture that rival what you find on Grand Designs. It is a space that the students at Matahui have claimed as their own and over the term, have transformed into the “Lost Village.” Venture over on any given day and you will hear and see the village folk collecting materials, designing and creating products and modifying huts.

            

The village itself is a hive of industry as it is made up of huts that double as “market stalls” trading in natural materials needed to enhance and develop all the dwellings that have cropped up throughout the bush block. The materials range from finely shredded bark strips that equate to rope or string, dead twigs, sticks, leaves and clay – all of which have defined and specific purposes.

The currency for trading is the Mahoe leaf which the village folk refer to as “skeleton leaves.” They are used to purchase the goods needed to create a variety of artifacts that can be sold in a market stall. There is a bank where a barter system operates. A skeleton leaf can be acquired if you have something “good” to trade like a solid, thick stick or a roll of exquisitely bound bark string.

I want to share with you aspects of a discussion I had with some of the villagers…..

“ Anyone can set up a market stall, but to be good at selling you need good stuff to sell.”

“ The clay mines are where you find two types of clay. The best is the white clay because it is special. It mixes with the other clay to make a good putty that you can use to make things to sell. Emma –Poppy is making a fox. Clare is making a white clay dolphin sceptre and Isabel is making a flower.”

The Lost Village is a world created by children. There is nothing fictitious about it – it is real, and a great study in economic development and growth. It is refreshing to know that our students “are free to choose their own actions, to play, to explore, to participate, to take on meaningful responsibility. “Learning” is not conceived as a special activity at all, but as a natural by-product of being alive in the world.”3.

References:

  1. “Leading and Learning” Allan Alach  (http://leading-learning.blogspot.com/)
  2. & 3.On the Wildness of Children: The Revolution Will Not Take Place in the Classroom Carol Black April 2016 “Leading and Learning” Allan Alach  (http://leading-learning.blogspot.com/)

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.

Bike Safety with Room One, Matahui School.

Room One enjoyed a week with Constable Ros Frost learning about bike safety and road safety.  We rode our bikes…..

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P1100123P1100126…around the cones.P1100161We stopped at the Stop sign.P1100146P1100149 We rode our bikes on the grass.

P1100168…on the driveway.

P1100103P1100177P1100150We took off our trainer wheels!P1100118P1100176We checked for any traffic that may be coming.

P1100178 And on the last day we all enjoyed riding down Lancaster Road with Constable Ros!  Here we are practising our stop signals.

More colours for Room One to explore!

After exploring the primary colours, Room One  experimented with mixing colours to discover the secondary colours of green, orange and purple.

Green Day

Blue + Yellow = Green

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I am wearing a green T-shirt and green leggings and all my friends are wearing green.  Everyone looks like mints and everyone looks cool.  I’m glad that everyone likes green and that’s a good colour for Keyarn and James.  Green makes me think of crickets hiding in the bush.  By Matilda.

I am wearing green spiky hair and a sparkly bow tie.  I am green all over.  I feel proud!  By James

I am wearing a green Ninja Turtle costume.  I look cool!  By Nikora

It is lovely seeing people with green.  I have a green bag.  By Thomas

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Orange Day

Red Yellow = Orange

It is orange day…

P1090848Everybody is orange.  My orange T-shirt is cool.  Orange is a happy colour.  By Keyarn.

I am wearing an orange skirt and an orange jumper and orange tights and an orange T-shirt.  Everyone looks like a mandarin.  I like everyone in orange.  Keyarn has an orange shirt and Matilda is wearing an orange dress.  Millie-Anne is wearing orange gloves.  Gianni is wearing an orange T-shirt.  Aby is wearing an orange T-shirt.  Orange is best!  By Asha

Orange is best because oranges are yummy.  I am wearing an orange shirt.  Orange is the colour of the sun.  By Aby

I am wearing orange gloves and an orange hairband.  I like orange.  By Millie-Anne

P1090831Keyarn   P1090825Asha P1090833 James   P1090896P1090897Orange’ spelling by Gianni and Millie-Anne

 

Purple Day

Red + Blue = Purple 

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Queens and Kings wear purple clothes.  Purple is cool like a purple monster.  I made a purple monster and a spaceship and it looks cool.  James is wearing a purple T-shirt and purple pants.  Purple makes me feel happy because it is a dark rich colour.  Asha is wearing a light mauve colour and it looks cool.  By Gianni

I am wearing a purple jacket, pants, scarf and band in my hair.  Matilda is wearing a purple dress.  Purple makes me happy.  It is a fun colour.  By Bryleigh.

Violets are purple, plums are purple.  Everyone looks like plums and we all look cool.  I’m wearing a purple dress.  Bryleigh is wearing a purple jumper and she looks pretty.  I’ve made a purple one-eyed people eater.  It looks cool.  I look like a purple leopard with polka dots!  By Matilda

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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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Bonding

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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.

Rugby Success for Year Seven Matahui Student

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Harry Chissell (photographed above) from Room 6 at Matahui School celebrated success with his Te Puna under 11 rugby team over the weekend. They beat Papamoa Blue in the Western Bay of Plenty Championship. Harry said “They scored the first try but then we struck back by kicking deep into their half. From there we scored and we went on to win 36-7.” At a prize-giving last weekend Harry was also awarded ‘Most Improved Player’ for the season.

“Next we play the winners of the Eastern Bay and it should be a hard game.” said Harry as he looks toward his next challenge.

Matahui School Tall Poppies Win Problem Solving Cup

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 Matahui Year Eight Mathematicians Ben Robertson, Jessica Dallas and Libby Silson (pictured above) won the Tall Poppies Problem solving cup this week. The event is always very competitive and this year was no different. The Year Eight team never surrendered an early lead and consequently held off all challengers. The Year Seven team of Olympia Magnussen, Ruby Robertson and Ella Gordon-Scapens also competed extremely well and tied for first place in the Year Seven competition. Congratulations to both teams!!!

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The two teams enjoy their wonderful achievements.