Friday, 26 August 2016

Greenhouse Completed!

We have finished building the greenhouse!  Well done Senior Whānau!
Today we will finish the floor with weed mat and pumice.  Thank you to Chris Long for his kind donation of a square metre of pumice :-)  Today we will also begin our planting programme.

Here is the video of Part 2 of our build...

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Senior Whānau build a Greenhouse

Woodhill Senior Whānau students continued the journey towards becoming a self-sustaining Enviro School as they began to build a kit-set Greenhouse last Friday.  Students approached the build as a problem -solving project.  Three groups lead by William Roland, Te Warana Ratima and Matire Ratima and supervised by Mrs C, Mr C and Fiona Roland each put together different parts of the Greenhouse.  As they worked, Senior Whānau students used skills such as interpreting instructions, problem-solving and cooperating as a team.  
Soon, students will begin to raise and sell seedlings in the Greenhouse, practicing authentic budgeting and business management skills. They have already started designing advertising for this project in sustainability.  
A huge thank you to Mr C and Fiona Roland for donating their valuable time to help and to Bayer Primary School Science Award for their funding.  Watch this space for Part 2 of the Greenhouse build.  

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Welcome to Term 3

Senior Whānau enjoy Woodhill Cultural Day


I can’t believe we are already in term 3, whew!  The year is whizzing by. Here is the timetable for Term 3 so far…   

Tuesday 26 July - Tuesday 23 August. ……………Year 7/8 Technology
August 2 & 3…………………..……………………Student Conferences
Friday August 12…………………………..……….Greenhouse Assembly Day
Friday August 19……………………………………Kaipara Cross Country
Thursday August 25…………………………..…….MindLab Whole School Trip
Friday September 2…………………….…………..Woodhill School Speech Comp
September 12 - 16………………………….………Art Exhibition Preparation
September 19 - October 1…….............................…Woodhill Exhibition at Kumeu Art Centre

September 21 ……………………………..….……Woodhill X Factor

Here’s how we show a Growth Mindset in Senior Whanau…



In class last term, students looked at art with a social or political message.  They also investigated myths and legends from a range of different cultures.  Putting these two things together, students chose a social issue to be the ‘problem’ in the middle of their stories, writing their own myths.   Each myth has a positive solution with a message thanks to a range of mythical creatures.  Students painted a scene from their myth and are in the process of presenting the whole story in graphic form.      
This term we are focussing on  superheroes, incorporating drama, music, dance and visual art.  Students will be choosing their best artworks to exhibit at Kumeu Art centre from the 19th of September.  

 Boyboy, William and Te Warana create 'Street Art'


The foci for Maths this term are Measurement and Fractions.  Learning in Measurement will include topics such as estimating and measuring accurately, telling the time, calculating area, perimeter and volume and working with money.   You can help at home by discussing practical application for measurement, adding and subtracting money, telling the time, reading timetables etc.  Students also have Study Ladder activities they can access and complete at home as well as  practising our times tables skill builders each day.  

  Te Karawhiu, Bodie, Paraone and Cynthia create 3 dimensional shapes

Jump Jam and Basketball

The Physical Education focus this term is fitness and large ball skills. Students participated in the Bleep test to assess fitness at the start of this term, and will be aiming to better their own scores by the end of the term.  We will be enjoying Jump Jam to facilitate this.  In week 6 this term, Harbour Basketball  coaches will be coming to Woodhill to take several sessions with children.  


Our main genre foci for writing this term are Persuasive texts and Speeches.   We started the term reading through examples of persuasive text at each Year level and examples of effective advertisements to decide what makes an excellent persuasive text.   Students have planned and published an advertisement to sell our school eggs, worm tea or seedlings we will grow in our greenhouse.  They have drafted a persuasive piece to publish on their blogs and are now beginning to look at persuasive speeches.  
Students have set writing goals for the term, and we have broken these goals down into smaller weekly and daily steps in order to clearly see and celebrate progress.    Ask your child if they have achieved their daily goals.   Our focus for the first 3 weeks of the term are on ideas for writing, organisation into paragraphs and the vocabulary we use.  

                              Worm Tea advertisement by William

Enviro - Schools - 

Continuing our journey towards becoming a self sustaining Enviro School
Students have been enjoying the use of our new microscope camera to investigate the biodiversity of our community garden, worm farm and compost areas.  Micro-organisms are identified using online resources and entered into a spreadsheet. each month.  Our next step is to form an hypothesis about why some areas have more diverse life than others and what actions we could take to change this.   Students are well on the way to becoming kaitiaki (guardians) of our living world and life-long learners in the field of Enviro - Science.  
Planting out individual garden spaces has been challenging, with rain water logging the garden and frost killing off some plants.  We have planned a calendar, and will persevere with our green fingers!  We have a few spare squares in our garden if you would like to join us.    
Last term. we built a dust bath for our chickens and planted some kale, rosemary and marjoram in their coop.  Our next step is to begin selling Pickle and McFly’s eggs to pay for their food.  Students have calculated how many eggs they need to sell to make chicken maintenance sustainable.   This may mean adding to our small flock.  
Our major enviro school project this term will be to erect our kit set greenhouse and to begin using it.  We are planning to do this on Friday August 12.  We will need 2 adults to assist with a group of children for the day.    If you are able to help, let me know  ASAP by email,phone or in person.  

  Leo, Paraone and Ratima build a dust bath for the chickens

Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Chicken Movie

We have been busy the last few weeks writing, practicing and filming a short movie about one of our Enviro School Actions.  In the movie, we detailed the process of planning, building and populating our chicken coop.  We have sent our short movie to Breakfast TV.

Our Enviro School actions have provided such valuable real life learning for our students.  Our next step is to market and sell our chicken's eggs; the learning for Senior Whānau students will be about visual language, marketing, and budgeting.  

We would appreciate any donations of egg boxes for this.

Here is our movie.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Careers Expo

On Thursday 26 May, our Year 6, 7 and 8 students visited the Careers Expo at Greenlane.
Before the trip, students learned about what a career is, what kinds of skills and interests they already had and what sort of careers these could lead to.  The list of jobs that were of interest to students filled our whole whiteboard.

In small groups, we planned what exhibits we wanted to see and off we went...
We had a great time learning!

 Te Warana, Ratima and Boyboy investigate careers in the armed forces

William, Leo and Paraone hear about study at Unitec

Te Warana tries out surveying equipment

Ratima estimates weights with pizza dough

Scarlet models for a make-up artist (the scar is not real!)

Guess who?  

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Senior Whānau Create a Worm Farm

During the last two weeks, we enjoyed learning about worms!  We created a worm farm as part of our Enviroschool actions.  Here we are in action...

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Term 2 in the Senior Whānau

Welcome to Term 2!

I hope everyone had a refreshing school holiday break. 

We had a great start to the term with a trip to the Real Arts Road Show at Kumeu Arts Centre.

Claire, TeWarana, Boyboy, Paraone, Ratima and Bodie with Kumeu Arts Centre Art Tutor Claire

At the Arts Centre, we investigated and interpreted a range of artworks and created our own.  

Here is our calendar for the rest of the term.  Watch this space for any updates.

Tuesday 10 & 17  May.. ……………….…Year 7/8 Technology
Thursday 27 May………….……….…Year 6 - 8 Careers Expo
Monday 6 June…………………….….QUEENS BIRTHDAY
Friday 10 June………………………………………Fun Run
Thursday 23 & Friday 24  June………………….Matariki Trip
Tuesday 5 July……………………………Year 7/8 Technology
Wednesday 6 July………International Food Appreciation Day

Friday 8 July…………………………Reports, Last day of term

Learning in Term 2


In class last term, we investigated a range of artists such as MC Escher, Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.  Students each chose and investigated a New Zealand artist, researching and writing biographies and creating an artwork inspired by their artist.  A number of students were interested in and researched Jeff Thompson.  As a result, we have invited him to share morning tea with us.  He has happily agreed and will visit sometime this term (date TBC).  

This term we are continuing to research various artists, particularly those whose art carries a political or social message.  Students will be creating artworks with a message including 3-dimensional work.

                        Self Portrait by Paraone 


The foci for Maths this term are Geometry, Multiplication and Division.  In order to train our brains to automatically remember times tables facts, we will be using a skill builder to practice for 10 minutes every day.  Our aim is to be able to write the answer for all 169 times table facts correctly within 3 minutes by the end of the term.  Learning in Geometry  will include topics such as creating and describing 2 dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes, directions, map interpretation and creation, symmetry, tessellation, enlargements and describing angles  You can help at home with activities such as reading maps together, Origami, reading a compass, drawing repeating patterns and playing battleships.  Students can also practice our times tables skill builders at home for 10 minutes each day.  

                         Self Portrait by Rangimarie

Fun Run and Physical Education 

The Physical Education focus this term is fitness in preparation for our Fun Run in Week 6.  Please support our Fun Run to enable us to purchase much needed Sports Equipment for our school.  Details have been sent home with each child on Monday 2 May.  A minor focus will be large ball skills to fit with winter sports such as Soccer and Netball.  

                                    Self Portrait by Matire


We are trialling some new Google tools for literacy this term, such as DocentEdu. which allows students to read and comment on online articles, Fluency Tutor which provides reading materials with an online dictionary and fluency analysis and Google Docs speech tools, which allow voice typing.  Using these tools along with regular books and journals allows students to access a wider range of reading materials.  
Our main genre foci for writing this term are Myths and Legends.  Students have started the term reading through the National Standard progressions for their own Year level, so they can see their next steps.  They have set goals from these progressions and will continue to refer back to these throughout the term.  You can see these on students’ Google Drives in their Writing folders.  To increase writing mileage, students will be participating in daily 20 minute guided writing sessions (Daily Dash).  Our focus for the first 2 weeks of the term is on the process of writing (plan - draft - proof read - edit - peer/teacher feedback - revise - publish). 

                              Self Portrait by William