Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Room 13 Christmas Party UPDATE

Hi All,

There will be a celebration after lunch tomorrow, so we will need to reschedule our Room 13 Christmas Party to LUNCHTIME.  This will begin at 1pm.

Parents, feel free to come along at that time if you can make it.

Many thanks

Miss K

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Welcome Back to Term Four

Hi "Room Thirteeners"

I hope you've all had a lovely break from your routine work and school lives and are feeling refreshed and ready to begin a new term.

We sure do have a busy term in front of us and week one will be a particularly busy week.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday and stay safe!  Looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday!

Miss K

Technology Arcade Games Day

Hi All,

Here's a lovely short film for your enjoyment, featuring the Technology Arcade Games day we held in Week 9 of last term.

Video link

It was such a wonderful and sunny, successful afternoon!  Thanks to all the other classes coming along to enjoy our Inquiry creations.  

Miss K  

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

PB4L Focus this week - Wearing our School Uniform with Pride

Technology Helpers?

Hello Wonderful Parents,

We are very nearly ready to start creating our wonderful arcade games in Room 13.

This will be done next week on Tuesday and Wednesday during the afternoon, from 2:00 pm.

We would love some help with cutting, gluing, cellotaping, etc.  If you can spare an hour, and feel like joining in on some creative fun with us, we'd love to have you!

If you can come along, please just drop me an email. 

Many thanks 

Miss K

Monday, 24 August 2015

PB4L - Term 3 Week 6

Well done Room 13.  Another stella effort during our brainstorming and role playing for our PB4L focus this week. Here's what we've collectively put together.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Fun with Technology

We are learning how to problem solve by making connections to what we already know.  

Success Criteria: we can make a cardboard spaceship that flies to the moon.
We can find a way to make the cardboard, string and straw mechanism work  

Were we successful? 

Yes, we were!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Room 13 Homefun - Term 3 Week 5

Hi All, 

There is a problem with the printer so I cannot issue a paper copy of the homefun yet.  Fear not, I've attached an image of it for you to make a start should you wish. 

Have a great week! 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

PB4L this week - Giving Compliments

Mrs Munro Teaches Maths!

It's always a joy to have another experienced teacher in Room 13 to teach us each week.  It's only fair that we show some of our learning with you from Mrs Munro.  For maths strand this term we are working on geometry and shape.  Here is our learning focus this week.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to announce the launch of our new Online Learning - Symbaloo page here on Room 13 Blog.  It contains links to many fun and exciting websites; some the children use already and some new ones.

You can find it by clicking on the menu button at the top of the home page, titled 'Online - Symbaloo', and follow the link on that page till you get to it.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any other suggestions of great child friendly websites you and your whanau use at home that your child would like added?

Happy Wednesday!

Miss Kearins

Tuesday, 14 July 2015


Hi All,

I hope you've had a happy and safe holiday.  We're all looking forward to getting started again in Term 3.
For technology this term we are going to be using cardboard boxes.  It would be great if you can save some of your clean cardboard boxes and send them to school with your child, so that we can make a start in week 1.

Many thanks

Miss K

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Some of your children may have spoken to you about the Karakia we say almost every morning in Room 13.  I am proud to say that they have all moved from being a novice at the beginning of the year, to now become an expert in saying this Karakia.  Here is a copy of it, along with the English translation if you would also like to learn it and practice it with your child.  

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Museum Trip Photos

We had a fabulous day out at the Auckland Museum, on Friday. I know I throughly enjoyed it and will definately be retuning again.   I was proud of Room 13 children who all managed themselves very well on such an exciting day out.  A HUGE and very special thank you to our wonderful parents who were able to come along on the day.  We can't do these trips without your help, so please understand how much I appreciate you taking the day out of your normal day to help us.  Here are some photos I managed to take on the day of some of our fun and learning. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Room 13 Speeches Update

Hi All,

I'd like share a some special congratulations to eight of our Room 13 Students: Jed, Levi, Wendi and Alex who have all shown some wonderful Reremoana Values this week during the Room 13 Speech Semi-Finals.  Although they were very nervous and found it difficult, they persevered and completed their speeches!  Well done to them.

I would also like to congratulate the Room 13 Finalists who will be competing in the Pukeko Syndicate speech finals tomorrow.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Auckland Museum Trip

Dear Parents,

Don't forget about the museum trip tomorrow.  It will be a fun and educational day out.

Just a few reminders and things to note:

The bus will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. on the dot.  Don't be late, we would hate for you to miss the bus.

All children need to be wearing shoes, or unfortunately they cannot come.

Children cannot buy lunch at the museum or order a school lunch; please remember to pack a lunch box for your child.  

The museum will not allow bags to be brought along, so we are only taking lunch boxes and drink bottles with us.  If you would like to leave your school bags at home, that is fine, as we have no need for them tomorrow.

Till tomorrow

Miss K

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Update on Speeches - SEMI-FINALS

Dear Parents,

If you can make it along to see your child perform their speech on Thursday, you are very welcome.  These will now be held in Room 13 at 1:50 p.m. and with Room 14 and Miss Pulman, as audience members.

Hope to see you there!

Miss K

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Room 13 Homefun - Week 9

There will be no homefun sheets going home with you this week.  (While the photo copiers are being relocated.)

However, your homefun this week is to continue with practicing your speeches at home and bring them to school (if you haven't done so already), this week to practice.  

Don't forget the semi-finals are on Thursday for Rooms 13 and 16, to be held in Mr Woodfield's class at 1:50 p.m.  Parents are most welcome to attend.  

And as always, please keep working on your Essential Spelling lists and basic facts sheets.

I'd like to congratulate some of our basic facts winners this week: 

Mia and Travis - the hard work has paid off; have gone up a level this week, 
Ryan has moved, up one level FAST, and 
Abbey has climbed 4 levels in 4 weeks! WOW! 

Go you guys!!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

My latest most favourite web site - WONDEROPOLIS

This is a fantastic site for children.  There are literally 1000s of questions and answers that range from, 'Why do Belly Flops Hurt', 'Why do Cats Purr', 'How to tell the difference between real and fake diamonds', and 'Where do Otters Play'? So many things to find out and learn!

Ask a question, see if you can find the answer.  Click on the link below:


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Mask Making

Delayed post:

Sorry for the delay Room 13 - I had a technical problem with the photos but now have remedied that. 

A few weeks ago, we spent some time reading about masks from around the world.  The kids decided it would be fun to make our own masks.  We planned this all week and they were so excited when agreed that they could bring some items in from home if they wished.  As it linked well to the book and enabled children to bring their own knowledge (and crafty expertise) into the classroom, I was all for it!  Here is some of the results of the fun they had making their own masks.

Here's our Collaborative Class Report Writing we have done on Masks.

Masks Report


Masks are used throughout the world for lots of celebrations like Chinese New Year, parades, cultural celebrations or on stages for performances.  They are all different for different reasons and this is what we have learned.


Some masks are different shapes because animals, humans, witches, dragons and creatures that they show are different shapes. Masks have different patterns or colours and they can be scary, creative and fun. Masks have eye-holes so that people can see through them.

Masks come from Japan, Italy, China, Canada, France, America, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, England, India, Egypt, Ecuador, Columbia, Hungry, Turkey, Africa and Portugal.  Different countries make different kinds of masks because in Papua New Guinea they have Mud Man Masks and in China they celebrate Chinese New Year with dragons and Egypt celebrate 3000 years ago by wearing special clothes and masks.

They are made with materials like sting, mud, paper, streamers, clay, animal skin, sea shells, plastic, plaster, metal, ribbon, paint, tin foil, palm tree branches, feathers, goggly eyes and plastic spoons.  People make them by painting, gluing, baking, carving, Sellotaping and stitching.     


The masks we made in class are colourful and creative, they are all different colours, designed and drawn differently, different looking.  Some people have used paint and some are shinny.  Some children have glued a lot of sparkly things onto them.  Some look creepy, freaky and some are sneaky or cheeky.  There are a few that are cute with fur, bows or ribbons or some are just weird with a big eye and a small eye.  Some look wet because they live underwater. 

Our Masks are awesome!

Ideas to help with reading, writing and maths

Dear Parents,

Some of you have been asking about ways you can help with your child's learning at home.  Below is a link from the website with some handy hints and ways to make and have fun with your child, as they learn at home.

Ideas to help with reading, writing and maths -

Enjoy !

Friday, 29 May 2015

Library Books

Dear Parents,
A full stock of all school library books is scheduled for next week.
Could you please have a look at home for any that you might still have and bring them back on Tuesday?
Many thanks
Miss K

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Senior Statistics Celebration

Here's another video of Room 13 enjoying the senior's statistics investigations.  I just love the boys enthusiasm about their learning!

Senior Statistics Celebration

Room 13 and 14 were invited to go along to see what the seniors have been investigating in their statistical inquiry.  Here are two short videos of our learning.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Important Swimming notice 2

Life Education Trust

Room 13 had our first session on the Life Education truck with Harold the Giraffe on Thursday.  We sure had a lot of fun and spent some time talking about our feelings and what is important to us at school.  It is so very important to have lovely friends. So it was great to hear that some of the things you enjoy the most at school is playing with your friends.   That's because you are a fabulous bunch of Kids!

Here are some photos of us in the Life Education truck.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Home fun reminder

Hi Room 13 !

Please remember to bring your homefun books and spelling notebooks back to school with you on a Friday.  This gives me time to have a look at what you've done over the weekend and get some new homefun ready for Monday :-)

Many thanks

Miss K

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

PB4L Focus Term 2 Week 1

Kandinski Tree Art

This is some art that we have been working on for a few weeks, the children enjoyed the different aspects of glueing, colouring, painting and just being creative! 

WALT: create an art work influenced by another artist using different materials.

SC: we can follow the method explained
we can colour interesting patterns on circles
we can glue items where we want them to go
we can paint in-between the lines

We started by covering a piece of paper with pages from an old book (they thought I had gone crazy when I started tearing pages out of a book).  We talked about that it was a withdrawn library book and very old, so I was allowed to rip it up.  “DO NOT try this at home”. Students overlapped the pages in different directions to add a bit of visual interest.

We then sketched a tree on the paper, and they painted the tree using black acrylic paint. We then painted a hill shape in any colour of our choosing.  We wanted to make sure the printed paper showed through the paint, so didn’t paint too thickly.  

We discussed the artist, Kandinsky, and I showed them pictures of his circle art and a sample of a ‘Kandinsky tree’ .  I gave student cut out circles to colour in interesting patterns all of different sizes.  Students glued the completed circles at the end of each branch on their trees.

I LOVE how these turned out!  They just make me so happy!

Monday, 30 March 2015

All together!

I just thought I'd share this wonderful photo moment with you.  Because we were all at school on Friday 13th,  it was a lucky day for Room 13.  I thought I'd make the most of it and take a photo of the whole class all together.

I 'moustache' you a question

As part of our statistics learning in Maths for week eight and nine, we have been learning how to count, record and display information or data.  We have discovered that the first part of this, is learning how to ask a question so that we can gather our data.

We have been using Countdown animal cards to make pictographs and column graphs.   So that we could find out what our classmate’s favourite animal cards are, we had to ask some important questions.

"I moustache you a question, what is your favourite animal card?" 

Here is what we looked like as we made our 'serious' (fun) study.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

PB4L Week 7 - Consider your Choices

We talked about what using the traffic light thinking was.  This is great language that can easily be transferrable at home also.  We then had a word sorting task to check our knowledge and remind us what good choices look like.  Here is a copy of what we came up with:

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Spelling Lists

The Pukeko team teachers have recently reviewed our spelling procedures for Homefun. We have made a few changes, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our students. We will continue to work from the Essential Spelling List and children will still be placed into groups based on assessment data. Instead of having only 5-8 words sent home each week, we will be sending home the whole list for each group. The number of words your child will bring home depends on what group they are in.  We find that the difficulty of the words in each list varies a lot. This means that your child can focus solely on practising the words they don’t know how to spell. Because there are a large number of words in each list, groups will now be tested on alternate weeks. i.e. Groups 1-3 will be tested this week, Groups 4-6 will be tested next week. If your child passes with more than 90% they will move up the to the next list.  Families can choose how many words they think is suitable to practise each night. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. (P.S - I have labelled this post "Spelling" so that you can always find it on the right-hand side of our blog)

Here is the Essential Spelling List that the Pukeko Team work from:

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Brain food reminder

Hi Room 13

I have been asking children to put their brainfood in their tote trays in the morning when they arrive. This way we are not spending valuable time getting lunch boxes in and out of bags more than necessary.

Here is the school advice on brain food, it would be great if you could all take a quick look below and discuss with your children.   The information comes from our school website, I've copied and pasted this directly from there to here for you.

Brain Food
All schools, as part of the health curriculum, teach students about the importance of healthy eating and nutrition.  At Reremoana School this is a year round focus, and is particularly emphasised in the first term. 
We encourage children to eat healthy snacks (see below) and drink water (not juice) during class time to ensure optimum brain functioning and learning. 
We encourage children to come to school with ‘Healthy Snacks’ and a bottle that can be filled with water.
Ultimately, the decision about whether children bring ‘brain food’ to school to eat during class time and what is included in school lunches is up to each family.

Healthy Snack (Brain Food) Breaks
Many of our classes have opportunities for children to eat healthy snacks at set times during the day. We acknowledge the constant snacking may be linked to tooth decay and for this reason encourage children to have a 'healthy snack' about half way through a block of learning time. Some classes have set times for healthy snacks, others give children the responsibility of identifying appropriate times for this. 
Healthy snacks could include fresh fruit, unsalted nuts, chopped fresh vegetables or unsalted popcorn. Each Pod has a popcorn maker, and teachers provide popcorn from time to time in classes. We are discouraging dried fruit, muesli bars or ‘roll ups’ in class time as these foods tend to stick to teeth for extended periods of time which can lead to tooth decay. 
The following is an extract from “Learning To Learn – Strategies for Accelerating Learning and Boosting Performance”  by Christine Ward and Jan Daley:

Memory and learning involve electrochemical processes; thus there are definite links between effective learning and good nutrition. The tips below use some old truths and some new research about ways to ensure our brains are well-fed for successful study...

Keep energy levels high. Brains need constant energy… It is vital to keep blood sugar levels up during study times to maintain concentration. Helpful blood sugar comes from the digestion of complex carbohydrates and proteins which release energy over several hours. Eating sugary food provides instant but temporary energy.

Top up energy by brain food grazing. Nibbling pieces of fruit, vegetables, whole-grain snacks, nuts and seeds every hour or two, keeps blood sugar levels high to energise brains for thinking and learning. It is also essential to
drink plenty of water…

Eat raw food often. Snacking on raw fruit and vegetables is an easy way to keep the body/brain going well… Raw foods of any sort increase the rate at which the brain cells use oxygen, so that thinking and learning is easier and better. Seeds and nuts eaten raw or sprouted have valuable nutrients in the seed embryo which are good for brain function.

PB4L - Week 6 - Moving Safely around School and Reporting Hazards

This week we have been talking about moving around the school safely and reporting hazards.  Room 13 normally shows me how much they know about our PB4L focus and this week has been no exception.  Here is what we came up with.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Home fun Week 6

Welcome to week 6 home fun.  Apologies there was a slight typo on the one I handed out.  It still had week 5 typed on it.  So I've asked the class to correct this to week 6.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Maths - Basic Facts


Each week you will be given a basic facts sheet to practice for Homefun. If you get more than 90% on Friday's test, you will move up to the next level. You have 4 minutes to complete the sheet during testing.

The more you practise with basic facts, the faster you will get. So get going!

If you want to print out extra copies of your basic facts sheet, you can find them on the school website or you can CLICK HERE! (Basic facts testing sheets)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Good manners and kind words

I just saw this on Pinterest and had to share it with you because it is exactly what we have been talking about this week in class about being responsible, by showing our good manners and using kind words.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Mathletics has arrived!

Hi Room Thirteen

I have now set some tasks for  you to complete as part of your home fun.  Be sure to finish these all so that you are able to play live mathletics against the rest of the world!

Have fun, as you earn points and become fabulous mathematicians.

Miss Kearins

Monday, 2 March 2015

PB4L Week 5 Focus - Using kind words and good manners

This week our PB4L focus still sits under the banner of Being Respectful, with a focus on using kind words and good manners.  Here is a copy of our learning intention along with the evidence of our understanding of these ideas.  As you can see  in Room 13 we are an empathetic, kind and a caring group of children.  I loved the suggestion that using kind word and good manners makes us feel good so that we can help our friends & family have a happy heart :-D

Cyber Safety Permission Slips

Dear Parents,

With the introduction of BYOD this year, the cyber safety documentation has been updated.  All families need to read, re-sign and return the consent for publication of student's work and images and agreement of Cybersafety practices at the school.  If you have not received a copy of this documentation, please let me know, so we can have one sent home with your child.  
This is very important as we are beginning to get the Mathletics programme up and running in the classroom.  

Many thanks
Miss Kearins

Home Fun - Week 5

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Home fun - Week 4

Hi All,

Just in case you've miss placed your Home fun or it didn't quite make it home, here is our Home fun for week four.


Don't forget to feed the hungry fish when you check our page.  Just click on the colourful fish on the right hand side and the fish will come swimming over to have a nibble.

Monday, 23 February 2015

PB4L Focus for Week 4

Hi Team 13

Our PB4L school wide focus this week is 'Being Respectful by following adult instructions'.  We sat in a sharing circle and had some great discussions about this topic and here's what we came up with:

Great work Room 13.  Keep those great discussions flowing!


Hi All,

Just some quick reminders about library books and school hats.

I just wanted to let you know, that our library booking date this term is on Tuesdays.  Could you please remember to bring your books back on a Tuesday?  There are quite a few children, who unfortunately were not able to get library books out today as they have overdue books at home.  Ideally, it is good if they can keep a book at school for reading and take one home to read for enjoyment.  Could you please have a dig around and get these back to school as soon as you can.

Also, it is school policy that children must wear a hat during outside play or activities in the summer months.  If they do not bring a hat, then they need to play under the shade cloth area.

Many thanks

Miss Kearins

Friday, 20 February 2015

PB4L Week 3

Gosh what a busy week we've had!  Hope all of you get some well deserved rest this weekend.  For our PB4L focus last week, we have been working on keeping our hands and feet to ourselves.  Have a look at what Room 13 children came up with in our brainstorm:

Well done Room 13, keep thinking about ways we can all practice being respectful.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Homefun - Week 3

The first two weeks have flown by!  Thanks to those who completed their Getting to know me buntings'.  They are going to look great hung up in the class.  Here is some homefun for week three. it will be pasted in homefun books tomorrow and bought home.  Could you please make sure this is brought back to school on Friday?