Friday, 31 October 2014

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Going to the Court Theatre

Today we went to the Court Theatre. Our tour guides were Emma (who took Room 4) and Lizzie (who took Room 3). First we went and sat down in our seats in the actual theatre and met Luke the music organiser and watched the band tune. Then we went over to see the dressing rooms and some basic props for 'Stag Weekend'. The props for 'Stag Weekend' were a possum, deer antlers, a Weet-bix box, phone, rifle, lighter, matches, crate of beer, Tui beer boxes, newspaper and duct tape. After we got to go on stage to see what it was like through the back of the trees and the shed.

After we went to the workshop to see all the bits of timber and wood and other props. Then we went and looked at the costume room. Emma said that the costume ladies were the busiest because they spent all day cutting and sewing and measuring fabrics. The ladies have to make the costume on dolls first to make sure it looked right before they made the real thing. 

Next we were very lucky to have a sneak peek of the people rehearsing.  It looked cool with some of the props.

Next we got to look around all the offices. By then we were very hungry so we sat down and had our morning tea. Then yay it was time for our drama acting. First we did some warm ups for our body, voice and brain. We had to use lots of imagination to do the acting.

By Kaylee

The Court Theatre

On Wednesday the 29th of October room 4 went to Court Theatre in Addington.The actors had came from the Art Theatre. The Art Theatre was knocked down in our earhquake. They had also lost all their props & costumes.

We went into the theatre and the band was rehearsing. Then we went backstage. They had their props set up so they could find them easily ready for the show Stag Weekend. There was a TV backstage so the actors knew when to go on. They made models of their set & of their costumes. Then they made them so they wouldn't waste materials. When they had a costume change sometimes they didn't need to change their hair. They made their change in how they moved and spoke. 

We had a workshop. We did a warm for arms and legs then one for our voice. Then we did lots of acting. We were the first group they had taught that got a 10 out of 10! They travel a lot. 

I enjoy acting & I liked everything! I found out that they went to NASDA and knew Kirsty-my dancing teacher.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Court Theatre - Tuala

In the morning at 9.00am we went to the Court Theatre in Addington, Christchurch.

We had a tour around the theatre by Emma. She showed us the stage. They told us that their old theatre got broken in the earthquake.

The Court Theatre

On Wednesday the 29/10/14 Room 3 and 4 went to the Addington Court Theatre. We went on a tour through the building.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Shakespeare and the Globe

Find out what life was like and what role the 'theatre' played all those years ago back when Shakespeare was writing his plays.

Visit the Globe Theatre then listen to the story of Hamlet as shown through The Lion King.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Probability - what'[s the chance of opening the right suitcase?

Check out this game that uses probability.
Can you use what you know about chance to help you make the right choice?

Link to the game.

Finish off these statements with the right ending...
even chance or 50:50, unlikely, certainty or 100%

One chance out of 26 =
One chance out of 1 =
One chance out of 2 =

Athletics on Tuesday - yippee!

Here is the notice that went home on Friday - just in case it got lost in the bottom of the bag or worse

School Athletics Sports
Senior and Middle Teams
Tuesday 21 October pp Wednesday 22 October

Next Tuesday is athletics day for the senior and middle team. This year we are going to be traveling to Brookside Park (between Brookside and Lowes Roads, Rolleston) and using the Selwyn Athletic Club facilities and equipment.

The cost of the bus will be $7 and needs to be paid to the school office in a named envelope.
Students will need to be at school at 8:45 a.m. to catch the bus and we will be returning before 3 p.m.

Children need to wear shorts and t-shirt (house colours would be great) plus suitable footwear for sports activities. They will also need their sunhat, sun block and a jacket if weather is cooler. They will need food for the day and also a drink bottle.

Parents are most welcome to join us for the day. The events will start at Brookside at approx. 9:15 a.m. and continue throughout the day. We would love some help so if there are any parents who would like to help with measuring or scoring at an event please let Wendy know.

Many thanks

Term 4 Newsletter

Here is all the news for Term 4.  Check out the calendar with all the important dates, including sports training.  A copy of this newsletter will come home this week.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

My principal's a racing car driver!

Mmm - Monday was a very exciting day!  Not only did we have a powhiri and cake to welcome Mrs P, she roared into school driving her racing car!

For those of you who don't already know, Mrs P is not just a principal.  She was once the New Zealand  drag racing champion but now she is older and a bit more sedate, she races cars around a circuit!

Her racing car was very noise and belched black smoke from the exhaust.  We loved it and lots of our class are here posed in front of the car with Mrs P.

I can only imagine that with a principal who drives racing cars, you never know what might happen around school next.  

It makes me think we could write a book:
On the way home, my Principal…...

Powhiri for our new principal

On Monday we were gifted a tonga - a precious treasure from Lauriston School.  They gave us our new principal - Mrs P.  Take a look at the videos Carol took of the amazing ceremony.

This is the calling on the visitors or manuhiri and is done by a woman or wāhine.

There is always a speaker from each side and they are men or tāne.  They are supported in song after their kaikōrero.  Our speaker is talking about our place and the welcome we have as a school, the Taumutu Rūnunga and as Ngai Tahu.

Songs to support the speaker:
After every speaker there is a song of support.  
The Lauriston School sang to support Mrs P's speech.  The have a school song that they wrote which is very catchy and stuck in my head for ages!

Hongi then kai:
Notice that Mrs P was collected by two very important women or wāhine.  She was then placed in the middle of the group, where she was protected.  This is because she is recognised as a treasure.

After a powhiri there is always a hongi or the sharing of breath.  You shake hands or hug and press noses.  The hongi shows that we all now belong.  
We then eat kai together to lift the 'tapu'. This makes sure that we all belong.

This is the first time a Selwyn School has had a powhiri like this to hand over a new principal.  It was done by our Rūnunga of Taumutu - our local mārae right by Lake Ellesmere or Waihora.

He mihi tēnei ki Te Taumutu Rūnunga mo tōu awhi ki te kura.
A greeting to the Taumutu Rununga for your support of the school.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Behaviour Management - Tower Challenge

We had the challenge of building the tallest tower with 10 pieces of spaghetti and 7 marshmallows.  We looked to see what emotions we experienced during the challenge.

These were the photos and results of the towers:

We discovered that lots of different emotions can result in people showing violence.  It is important to recognise this in yourself and understand that someone might behave this way because they are scared, hungry or frustrated!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Anger Management - We can make a difference!

Wednesday was our first Anger Management session.  We wrote down what has been the worst of the anger and violence that we have been seeing in the playground and our class.

These were some of the things we didn't like about:
1.  Wasting our learning time.
2.  Making bad choices when you are angry.
3.  People not giving you space when you are angry.
4.  Getting hurt by others.
5.  How to calm down after you get angry.

We all stood up to show we wanted to either learn how to manage our won anger or lern how to recognise the warning signs in others and help them manage their anger.
I was very proud of the attitude of the people in our waka.  It reminds me that although we are small, we can do mighty things.

When you are getting angry put your hand up and say "STOP". The person will say OK then walk away.

This poerson decided to make a difference too.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Is this entertaining?

What are the key features of these drama types?
Are they entertaining?
What makes them entertaining or not?

Stand Up Comic:
Jack on Britain's Got Talent 

Zac - 7 years old

Theatre Sports:

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Positive Mindset Challenge

There is one banned word in our class.  Check out the poster to see what it needs to be replaced with.

This is a poster to hwlp you when you get stuck.  We might need to add different things to each step.  You will have better ideas than me!

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Home Learning Term 4

Check this out team.  Alice has given me some great ideas for our home learning.  There are six projects to choose from and your project is due on Friday 21st November.

Check out the choices below.  If you have a better project, then just come and negotiate with me.

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Your copies will come home on Monday - the first day of term!