Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Thousand Visitors

Today is a special day for Room 14 and all their lovely visitors.
Our clustrmap tells us that since June this year we have had 1,015 different visitors look at our blog. 
We know that some of them come back to look at our blog again and again.
To celebrate we had hundreds and thousands biscuits.
Look how happy and proud of ourselves we are.
We really love blogging. 
We think it is fantastic because we get to share our learning with lots of people around the world.
Thank you for looking at our blog.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

St Hilda's College, Argentina

We are connecting with two Year 4 classes in Argentina. They are from St Hilda's College in Buenos Aires. We sent them a small video introducing ourselves and a list of questions of things we would like to know about them. They emailed us some photos of their school and answered our questions. They also sent us a couple of cute videos. Here are some of the things we have found out about our friends at St Hilda's.
Here are our new friends. They have to wear a uniform. 
4E is outside and 4D is in their computer suite. 
We could see from the photo that 4D has been  looking at our blog.
 Their school day starts at 8am and goes until 4pm. The buildings at St Hilda's College look very different compared to our school. Their school is 99 years old. Hamilton East School is 139 years old.
Their school has big trees just like Hamilton East School. They speak both English and Spanish at their school but they speak Spanish at home.
They don't have a blog but their school does have a website.
This weekend Argentina is playing Georgia in the Rugby World Cup. Some of us will cheer for Argentina and some of us will cheer for Georgia. We hope it is a great game of Rugby.
Did you know that the Pumas player Mario Ledesma went to St Hilda's when he was younger?

You can learn more about "Los Pumas" (that is the name of their Rugby team) by clicking on this photo.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Meeting a Rugby Team

Can you guess who these people are?
They are a rugby team.
They are wearing traditional clothes from their country.
They are playing in the Rugby World Cup.
While they are in New Zealand they are based in the Wairarapa.
They are the Georgian Rugby Team.

Do you know where in the world Georgia is?
A lot of the Georgian players play their rugby in France. 
We took this photo and emailed it to our teacher's Mum who lives in Masterton.
She took it to the Georgian Rugby Team and took this photo of Irakli Machkaneli with us. He is a winger in the Georgian Rugby Team. We think it is clever we got to have our photo taken with him even though we weren't there. Irakli signed the photo for us. Anna's Mum is going to post it back to us.

You can find out more about Irakli Machkaneli by clicking on this photo.
Georgia is playing Romania on Wednesday in Palmerston North. We will be cheering for Georgia. We hope Irakli gets a try.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Our School

Mrs Booth's Grade 4 class at Sherman Central School made some great comments on our blog. They asked us questions about what our school was like so we went and took some photos so we could explain it to them. We hope our photos take you on our a little tour of Hamilton East School.
This is the view from the steps to our classroom. 
This is an area of our school called Middle Flat.
This is us outside our classroom.
Our classroom is in a block of three other classrooms. We are all in a team called Totara Team.  The other teams in our school are called Kowhai and Kauri. All of our teams are named after native trees.
Middle flat is a fun place to play. It has lots of obstacles to play on. We like to play tag and lots of other games here. There are lots of trees and birds surrounding middle flat.
By Tahniah, Georgia, Afifah, Fabian and Yusuf.
This slide is by the redwood tree. It's a great slide because you can go really fast. We have a four square grid outside of our classroom. We play on it during morning tea and at lunch time.
By Lacey, Eva, Xakiryion and Tremaine 
The Rainbow Playground is where the children in Kowhai team can play. Children in Kowhai team are 5 and 6 years old. The Kowhai sandpit is used by the Kowhai kids to make sandcastles and tunnels. 
By Lacey
The courts are Up Top. Everybody is allowed to play here. We play games like netball, basketball, hockey and tennis. 
By Lita, Leighton, Phillip and Jackson
This is our Kitchen Garden where we grow food for us to eat. We grow lots of vegetables, like potatoes and carrots. We always where shoes when we go into the Kitchen Garden so we don't hurt our feet on our tiles. Sometimes Dugan (our caretaker) comes and helps us plant big things. Each class has their own patch to grow plants. Classes come in one or two at a time to do their gardening. We can also go during lunchtime once a week. We have to chase away white butterflies so their caterpillars don't eat our veges. 
By Lucy, Aisha, and Jiuta
Some people go on our school bus so that they can get picked up and dropped off near their home.  The bus bell goes at 2:55pm so kids can get to the bus waiting area. We like going our school bus because we can talk to our friends and meet other people from our school.
By Tarn, James, Amber and Ryan.
This is our school swimming pool. It has a cover on it at the moment because we don't swim until summer time. We swim in our first term which is in February and March. When the pool is open we have class lessons. At lunchtime sometimes we go for a swim in the nice cold pool to be refreshed. We love swimming in the pool because it is so much fun. 
By Lacey, Tremaine, Eva, Xakiryion, Jiuta, Lucy and Aisha

This area of our school is called Putikitiki. People like to play soccer and rugby on this field. There is also a big playground to play on. The playground has two slides, a fireman's pole, two tyre swings, a bridge and a ramp. It is a lot of fun to play on. Kids are allowed down with a teacher at lunchtimes if they are in Kauri and Totara teams. 
By Tarn, James, Shakshi, Xiomy, Esitia, Amber, Ryan and Emily 
The Nature Trail has a lot of native trees and a path that goes through them. There are a lot of birds, like fantails, sparrows and tuis, that like to visit the area. We have all helped plant trees in this area. We are not allowed on the Nature Trail without an adult. At the moment Anna (our teacher) and some children are working on making the area safer for us. Our Nature Trail is a beautiful place.
By Fabian, Tahniah, Georgia, Afifah, Yusuf, Caitlin, Leighton, Lita, Phillip, Jackson, Rebecca, Robert, Makki, and Fontana.

We also created a wordle about the different places around our school.

We don't wear a uniform at our school. We only wear a uniform if we are playing a sport for our school. Our school day starts at 9am and goes until 3pm. We are allowed to be at school from 8:30am. We also have before and after school care in our hall.
We hope you enjoyed the "tour" of our school.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tips for Comments

We have been discussing not only how to comment but what are the things that make a good comment.
Here are the Quality Commenting Tips we came up with.
This is also a page at the top of our blog now so you can check 
Room 14's commenting tips easily.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Welcome to Quad Blogging

This week is the beginning of our Quad Blogging. 

This is a great way to connect with other classes around the world.
It is when you have other classes around the world that are your friends. You connect with them by looking at and commenting on their blogs. We will find out what they are learning about. We hope to also learn about their countries.
Our Quad Blogging buddies are - 

Hi! Quad Bloggers,
This is us - Room 14 - underneath the gateway at the front of our school.
We are excited about reading your comments on our blog.
We have thought of some questions to find out more about you - 
Where do you like to play at your school?
What is your favourite subject? 
What do you like to learn about?
Do you have a school uniform?
What time does your school start and finish?
Where is your school?
How many students are at your school? 
How old is your school?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, September 16, 2011

We love NZ

This week was Conservation Week in New Zealand. 
The theme was We Love New Zealand.
Today we went and hugged our Redwood tree. It is the tallest tree in our school and its trunk is massive. The Redwood tree provides shade and a home for birds.

Take a look at our vimeo of our Kidpix drawings of what we love about New Zealand.

Our school had an art competition to celebrate Conservation Week. The artwork had to show what we love about our school. Ryan and Tahniah's artwork were in the top 11. They won a marigold plant and Ryan also won a trowel to help him with his gardening.
 Artwork created by Ryan. 
This is our playground on Putikitiki.
Artwork created by Tahniah. 
This is the trees by the Kowhai sandpit.

Skype Australia

Miss Cashen's Year 5 and 6 class read us a story through Skype. We were so lucky because they actually read us two books. The first one was "Possum Magic" and the second story was "Where does Thursday go?".
After they had read us Possum Magic they asked if we had any questions. 
We were too shy to speak to them.
 When they read us "Where does Thursday go? they used props, like, a birthday cake hat and balloons. The rest of the class helped with sound effects.
 Miss Cashen is lucky to have so many fantastic readers in her classroom. When they were reading the story they had clear voices.
We talked to them about the Rugby World Cup. We said we would cheer for the Wallabies when they play Ireland on Saturday.