Thursday, July 4, 2019

Curious Minds

Year 7/8 students from Pompallier Catholic School were invited to take part in the Curious Minds Programme, a Leadership Programme to encourage students to open their minds, and be positive and curious to new learning.  We looked at Purpose, Perception, Pause and Positivity.  We were joined by some Year 7 students from Abundant Life School and Kaitaia Intermediate.  It was great to make connections with other students.  There was lots of engaged listeners and active participation.  Students had booklets to complete for the week, and the best books were acknowledged and these students got a Scooter!  Well done Andrew and Izzy from PCS!  Amazing!  😇








Friday, June 21, 2019

Student as the Expert

Maths workshop today - long division with NO remainders, progressing to WITH remainders.. Scott as the expert ⭐️ facilitating the group, explaining and assisting.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Tuakana - Teina

Love this 😀  This is Kaden.  He is working with Dan, who is Autistic. Kaden is helping Dan with his maths. I love hearing the learning conversations they are having, and the explaining Kaden is doing for Dan, and then Dan's excitement when he successfully completes a problem.
Keep up the nice work, Kaden and Dan!  🙏

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mahi Tahi - Human Paper Track Trail

This morning for Mahi Tahi students were challenged to make a human paper track.  They had to think critically about size, structure and strength, and make it big enough to fit their whole team (4 students) in it.
They then had to test their tracks, by walking in them along the length of the classroom, and those whose tracks stayed in tact, then were challenged to race the length of the court outside!
Great task - so many laughs!  😁




Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Maths Art - Impossible Objects

Today’s Maths Task - This lesson was for consolidating compass and ruler constructions.
It reinforces accurate measuring and constructing skills as well as the need for ‘attention to detail’. For many it was the first time using a compass - a quick 'look, listen and learn' run through first. Lot's of engaged students, ensuring instructions were accurately followed, and their illustrations specific and clear.




Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Mahi Tahi - Harakeke Matariki Stars

With Matariki nearly here, and lots of discussion about this in class, this weeks Mahi Tahi task was to create Matariki Stars from Harakeke.
The process was to first, watch a YouTube clip through with your group, then collect their Harakeke and follow the instructions - keeping in mind the 4 Cs (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking).  Some very successful creations.

What were the highs of the task?
* Everyone worked well together - everyone helped out and did their part, and communicated.
* Watched the video together and knew what to do.
* Stayed as a group, until the task was done.

* Getting the very first part done.
* Having trouble splitting the flax in only one part.
* Folding the harakeke to make the point.
* Some people didn't help and talked to other groups.




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Celebrating Catholic Schools Day

What a wonderful Catholic Schools Day celebration!!! Hosting Te Kura o Hato Hohepa te Kamura our neighbouring Catholic School in Waitaruke was the highlight of the day. We prayed, we sang, we celebrated, we created, we did weaving and we made friends. Our student leaders were outstanding leading the acitivities and preparing our sausage sizzle lunch, and our staff team came together to make this day a wonderful success. Thank you everyone 😇