Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rakau Magic

Flax weaving and rakau stick making

We created some more flax masterpieces today and carved and decorated rakau stick. We even practiced our rakau skills.

31 March 2011

Teaching in Room 7 is Magic and today was an extra special magic day. We started the day reflecting on our photo skills from last week. We discussed the rule of thirds and the four views. Then it was time for photo fun!!!! Off we went around the school really thinking about what we were capturing. What do you think of these awesome shots??? We would love some feedback please.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Four photo views

Thanks to the wonderful Rachel we spent time today taking photos from a variety of views! We took loads of photos and looked at them all to reflect on which view it was, what we liked about the shots and what we could improve on. We put the photos around Rachel's posters to make sure we have a very clear understanding of the views. FUN FUN FUN

Photo skills

Today we really worked on our digital photo skills. We looked at the rule of thirds and took some sensational photos. Thanks to Allanah King, Nelson for the resources
We had fun with Eka and Louise while we were taking the photos.

Photo art fun...

Today after we made our flax art we started off with a close up photo of ourselves. We held it up to the window and we outlined with vivid on the back of the photo. After that we used pastel to highlight them then dyed them with a colour. We let them dry for a while then brought them inside, cut them out, stuck them on black paper. They look fabulous! Come on in to Room 7 to check them out. By Karen

Flax weaving

Today we made things with flax (harakeke in Maori). We made things like flowers, wristbands and fish. It was very fun to do but it took a lot of concentration. The first one we made we are giving away to someone else and the second one we made we get to keep for ourselves. How Fun!! By Tayla A

Alysha, Rhys and Brooke's rafting photo peach

Jackson and Quintin's photopeach of our rafting trip

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My trip highlights

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Mike's newsletter note about the rafting trip!

and a couple more photos...

Rafting photos finally

Maddy's rafting update

Yesterday we went rafting it was so much fun. We had to walk a really long track for an hour and a half and there was stinging nettle on the track and Nadia and Sinead got stung by it. After we had finished the walk we got to jet boat down to a place called rock gardens. We had our lunch there then we went on the rafts with a guide. We went down some really fun awesome rapids. At the end we got to jump out of the rafts and have a little swim. When we were all packed up we got to have a bigger swim. It was so much fun and I would do it again some day. Maddy

Cameron's rafting update

Yesterday we went rafting at the Outram Glen. When we got their Callum and Ange were their waiting for us. They checked our gear and then we started our long 1 and a half our trek along the glen track. It was hard in spots because it went up and down. We finally got to the end and the jet boat driver was there. We got our life jackets and we got on and went up the river through rapids, round big rocks while on our way to the rock garden. I was one off the first one up there so we got off and saw the 4 awesome rafts that we were going down in. I got my helmet and then we had a look round and the rest off our class came up. We had lunch and then in no time we were getting ready to go on the rafts and go down. I was in group one and their were 9 people on my raft. Our first stop was at Bum Rock, it was a rapid and we went down on a back and it was really fun we got back on and it went really quick and soon we were back at the carpark where we started our walk from. We got out and we had a play in the water for bout 10 minutes, then we got out and got changed and went home from our very, very awesome day.
From Cameron

Tom's rafting update

Yesterday room 7 went to rafting out at the Outram Glen. It was so much fun. My favourite part was going over the rapids in the raft and jetboat. Tom

Tayla B's update

Yesterday room 7 went. to Outram Glen river to go rafting and it was sooooo much fun. First we had to catch a ride to Outram and then we went on this one hour walk. The features were fascinating. I was stunned at how all the trees and paths were formed after the walk we went down to the jet boat and the jet boat took us down to a waterfall thing and that’s were we had a barbeque and then we got into a raft and floated down the river. When we reached Bu rock we slid down it on our bums and it was sooo much fun. I didn’t want it to end my fave part was the walk. by Tayla

Jackson's raft trip

Yesterday I had so much fun in my raft. People were being chucked out of the raft at certain points. One point we tipped.

Brianna's rafting update

Yesterday we went rafting we had to walk for 1and a half hours it was really muddy and slippery as it had rained the day before. After we finished the walk we got a jet boat to Rock Garden where we had a bbq lunch then the guides demonstrated how to raft. We all piled into the rafts and went down the rapids it was so fun we also got to have a swim the water was so cold. When we had finished rafting we got to swim in the Outram Glen and went to get changed. It was kind of weird because there were no changing rooms. It was awesome I wish that we could go again.

Tayla's rafting update

Hey Mrs K. Yesterday we went rafting. It was really, really, really FUN!!!! My favourite part was going over the rapids in the raft. The worst bit was for me was the walk because it was slippery and long. It was a really great experience though and I hope to do it again. I wish you could have come with us.
From Tayla A

James' rafting adventure

Yesterday me and my class went rafting. It was totally epic. But before we could go on the raft we had to walk there the walk was about 80 min long. We also went on a jet boat. It was so awesome. James :)

Sinead's rafting adventure

On Wednesday we went rafting. We started with a long walk which took us around 1 hour an 15 minutes. Then when we arrived at rock beach we got our lifejackets on and then Steve took us in the jet boat to where we were having lunch (Rock Gardens).We had sausages and a piece of fruit and some drink for lunch. After lunch we got ready to start rafting!!! 1 of our guides (Callum) showed us the white water position then we were off. We rafted for a bit and then we come to a big rock called Bum rock. We got out of our rafts and lined up we went down in the white water position we nearly hit the rock but then curved around and most of us lined up for a second go because it was so much fun!! We got back in our rafts and then some of us jumped out after a while the water was so cold. After a while we made it back to the starting point. We asked Mrs B if we could have a swim in the Outram Glen so we had a 10 minute swim and then our awesome day was over :( The day was so much fun :) Sinead

Emma's rafting adventure

Our Rafting Adventures!

On the 16th of March our class went rafting. We started off with Callum checking that our shoes, jackets etc were ok for rafting. Then we started the walk. It took an hour. We also had to look out for oonga oonga which was a plant that could kill a pig dog. When we reached the end of the walk we had to put on life jackets then go on the jet boat to the rock garden. Once we got there we had to get a helmet that fitted then we had to wait around till the sausages were cooked. After we had eaten Callum showed us how to use the paddle and the white water position. Once we were in our rafts we carried on down the river to bum rock when our raft tried to go through the middle our raft tipped two of the people fell out we collected them and put them back in the raft then we stopped for a break. Some of us went in the white water position and floated down the river it was so much fun then we got back in our rafts and went further down the river and Callum said we could go swimming as Tayla and I were about to jump out Ross pushed us out into the water we got back in the raft and paddled back to the starting point then we got out of the raft and thanked the guides for taking us.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sinead's rafting update

The rafting today was soooooooo much fun. I liked it when we went around the rock. It was so cool. Sinead

Quintin's rafting update

Rafting was great fun today. We went down the white water rapids. My favourite part was when we splashed the other boats and the jet boat.

Rafting update from Rhys

Today we had rafting. It was amazing. I liked it when we got to go through a rock. It was awesome. RHYS

Rafting update from Brooke

Hey Mrs K, rafting was awesome. You so should have been there.
First we started off with a walk up the track and then we got on a jet boat to get to the place where we were getting ready and having lunch. For lunch we had a sausage sizzle and a drink. After that the guide demonstrated how to do the white water float just in case we fell out or the boat flipped. Then we left and we got to bum rock to get out and go down this rapid thing alone with no boat. After that we got back in the boat and went down the river a bit further and then we got out for a swim. The water was freezing, well kind of. Then we went down near the bridge and got out to get changed. Before that some people got to play in the water if they didn’t hire anything. I floated down the stream for fun and after that we got changed into clothes then we went back to school.

from Brooke
P.S. wish you were there with us :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Anybody wanting a writing prompt today might like to check this out:

New tricks

Yesterday I went to Tasman Bay Christian School. I learnt how to use new tools called chatbox and photo razor. You will see the comment box on the right side of the page. Photo razor is an awesome tool because it is free and it compresses all of your photos and saves them seperate from you originals. You may want to give this a try. Eka had fun camouflaguing at Tasman. I went on my first ever geocache session!

My travels...

I travelled to Christchurch on Saturday and onto Nelson on Sunday. I thought you might like to see some of our travels.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My travelling companions

Eka and Louise met online for the first time tonight. Tomorrow they meet in person and our learning journey begins!

Japanese Earthquake

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan as they cope with this earthquake tragedy.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone in Room 7! Your assembly was SENSATIONAL!