Friday, 12 December 2014

Term 4 Inquiry Expo

This morning Harakeke held their Term 4 Inquiry Expo.
We have been working on problems we identified around Amesbury School, from how we can quieten loud drumming in our music areas to ways to deal with chatty students in the hub.
We thought of many solutions for our problems,  and then chose the solution we thought was best.
We then went through a number of prototypes, creating solutions to our problems. After each prototype we sought feedback and used this advice to improve our designs.
Today we showed each other our prototypes and our final designs. We discovered that we are extremely creative thinkers and that feedback is very useful in helping us move forward and improve our ideas.
Great design thinking, Harakeke!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Road Patrol Training

Today we were visited by Constable Duncan Ashton....not for behaviour reasons but for road patrol training!
Our year 4 students will be completing a range of leadership roles as year 5s next year, and one of those roles is road patroller. It's an important job and you need careful training to be able to do it properly.
Constable Duncan spent the morning with us, first teaching us the theory around road patrol, and then helping us to put it into practice out on the road.
There is a lot to consider when you are helping people to cross the road safely, such as your level of focus,  noticing the behaviour of people and cars, the volume of your voice and the speed and accuracy of your decisions. Some of us passed our training first time, and some will take a refresher session with Constable Duncan in February.
If you are in Amesbury Drive just before or after school, come along and cross safely with us!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Bye Alisha!

We said goodbye to our wonderfully awesome student teacher today! Alisha did SO well and we wish her all the best. She's going to make a great teacher. Bye Alisha!

Homeward Bound

Our final day of camp.  It started out with a final pack and clean up of military precision. Who knew some of us could mop so well?
Then to the forest for our high and low ropes course. We are all so proud of pushing our own boundaries; every single person went up to the first platform in the trees, which was 8 metres high!
The courses were fantastic and the high course ended with a great flying fox.
Another highlight was having Andrea visit us with Oliver, it was great to see them.
We are now on the train about to head home. See you all soon!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Fun in the hills

Fourth day at camp and another big day.
We went caving, finding out about stalagmites and stalactites.  Glow worms helped to light our path, which was twisty and turny at times.
The flying fox was a highlight, with an exciting route across a small river. Many Superman poses were struck!
Dinner back at the Marae was hamburgers we cooked ourselves over home-made fires; thanks for the helpful fire-building tips, Rob Pavan.
Our stealth game has proved a camp highlight,  with tricks, tactics and much swapping of clothes to trick the adults. Bring on round two tonight!
Tomorrow is our ropes course day, with high and low rope options. Then we make our way home on the train. See you all tomorrow!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Second day at camp

A fantastic second day at our Masterton camp.
We had four students head off and represent Amesbury at Regional Athletics,  doing very well and feeling good about their efforts. Big thanks to Simon and Bradley for providing transport.
Back at camp we headed off to Mount Holdsworth for our tramp. 12km,  many steps and an epic swing bridge later we all looked like the first photo below.
We looked out for native plants and animals along the way, and enjoyed the peaceful walk (with the odd mud slip thrown in for fun).
Back to camp for hot showers and nachos, then off to Masterton pool for a relaxing swim.
We finished off the day around the camp fire with toasted marshmallows, milo,  songs and jokes.
We figure we'll all sleep well tonight, ready for kayaking tomorrow.

The St Kilda Saints at Amesbury!

The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The club plays in the Australian Football League, the sport's premier league.

They came to visit Amesbury today to teach us a few things such as hand balls and drop punts. It's all very confusing, but we had HEAPS of fun!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Day One - Loadsa Fun!

We have had a thrilling first day on camp.
A lovely train ride over to Masterton, followed by a visit to the climbing wall.
We spent half of our time on the challenging climbing wall, going up, down, sideways and sometimes under! We learned to belay for each other, meaning we put a lot of trust in our buddies.
Then came the swing....not just any swing but a HUGE swing taking us right around the whole room. It was high and a great challenge for lots of us. 
Back to camp for dinner - delicious beef stew with rice and yummy brownies.
We have been driven inside by the rain, so we are snuggled up in sleeping bags with a movie. What a day!
Here's hoping for a peaceful night!