Year Seven and Eight students celebrate a great term at Matahui

What a wonderful term Team Kauri, the Year Seven and Eight students have had at Matahui School.

The students have been learning to build and learn within a team and advance their ability as leaders. This has been achieved through an amazing array of outdoor activities including two camps, and skill building activities such as swimming, a deep-water confidence day and kayak skill development at Waimarino.

We have studied of the life of William Shakespeare and written a short biography. Following this we traveled with the Year Five and Six students to Auckland to see ‘A Comedy of Errors’ at the Pop-up Globe Theatre.

Other E.O.T.C. experiences have included our infamous boat day and a whole school beach education day.

In the classroom we have focused our mathematics on number and algebra. There are several budding mathematicians! We have buddy read a book called ‘A race to the pole’, a chance for our accomplished readers to share with and support their peers. This book was also part of our inquiry this term which has focused on the motivation to discover and explore. The high standard of presentations that concluded the inquiry are well worth visiting the classroom to see.

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

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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