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 !