2018 Term 1 – Newsletter 3
Tuwhera kia Ranginui
Tamaua kia Papatuanuku
Tau awhia te tipua e whakaata mai nei
Hokia te maunga tapu
Tihei Mauri Ora
Ko te mea tuatahi ka tuku mihi ki te Runga Rawa, kororia ki tona ingoa tapu,
E rere takiwa ana nga whakaro ki te ao wairua, ki te Putahitanga o Rehua, tau mai
Ki nga mate o te wa ki a whaea Anette haere, haere, haere atu ra, ki te whanau Pirini/Tepania, ki a koe hoki a Whaea Rewa ka tuku aroha ki koutou i runga i tenei wa papouri, kia kaha, kia maia kia manawanui.
Ka huri ki te hunga ora, te whanau o te kura nei tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.
Tata ki te mutunga o tenei wahanga, he nui nga mahi pai o a tatou tamariki i tenei wa.
Ka mihi nui ki te Roopu Kapa o Manganuiowae mo ta ratou tu rangatira ma runga i te papawaewae i Kerikeri,i te Tai Tokerau Festival. Ki nga kaitautoko, nga kaiako Whaea Rewa, Whaea Eileen, Zoe Isaacs-Ihaka, me Hollie Frazer ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa i whakareri pai te Roopu nei. “Ko te hapai o ki muri, ko te hapai o ki mua, ka ora ai te kura”.
Up and Coming Next Term:
- School finishes on Friday the 13th April 1.30 pm
- Term 2 starts on Monday the 30th of April
- BOT Meeting on 30 April 3.30 pm
- Change Team Meeting SAF 3.30 pm the 1st of May
- First deposit for Hawaii Trip due the 6th of May
- WEEK 3: NASA Tournament starts
We would like to bid Matua Phil Baptiste farewell as he heads overseas to visit his whanau. We thank Matua Phil for all his hard work in the Hard Material Technology Department. Whaea Harriet will be picking up Soft Material Technology with the Mid school (Yr 7-10). Matua Tups, who will be back in Term 2, will use his music skills once again to prepare our School Band prepare for the Smokefree Rock Quest. All those who are interested to hone their music skills are encouraged to join in.
Year 1-6 Duffy Books in Schools
We were fortunate to have Duffy book heroes come to our kura on a regular basis. Our most recent Duffy book visitor was Whaea June Pitman-Hayes. She is not only an author, but a poet and a singer-songwriter too. Whaea June who is a Maori wahine from Te Taitokerau, read beautiful stories from her book called “Tawhirimatea” and sang us one of her own waiata. Her visit was really inspirational.
Years 4 to 6
Wow !! Ten weeks flew by already and it is the end of Term 1 – just like that!!! It certainly has been a busy time. We had Summer sports like Swimming and many more. Emmylou, Kawiti, Joel, Monique and Elizabeth, who excelled in swimming, represented our the Hokianga Zone at the Far North Competition held in Kaitaia. In Mathematics, alongside Basic Facts, we have been learning how to tell the time. It is important to be able to tell the time so that we can make sure that we are at the right place, at the right time and always on time. For Reading we recited many poems. We love poems by Kenn Nesbitt (like the one below). We did scavenger hunts in the library and around the school. We participated with the Years 7 and 8 in learning Robotics . For Te Reo Maori we learnt our pepeha and designed and drew our interpretation of Ranginui, Papatuanuku and Tama Nui Te Ra. For the coming holidays, take care, be safe and get plenty of rest in preparation for an exciting and innovative Term 2.
Our teacher likes Minecraft.
She plays it all day.
She tells us to study
so she can go play.
She’ll dig in her mine,
going deeper and deeper,
then fight off a skeleton,
zombie, or creeper.
She’ll engineer buildings
from dirt, wood, and stone,
then go out exploring
the landscape alone.
She’ll build and collect and
she’ll run, jump, and swing.
There’s only one problem…
we don’t learn a thing.
ROBOTICS INTO THE FUTURE
Our Year 5 to 8 tamariki have started with the RoboPa Robotics Programme offered by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. This is a whole year commitment where all participants have to engage for two days per term for all four terms of this year. The Years 5 to 8 had a exciting first two days and the three tutors were amazing. Our students learnt an array of skills including how to build a remote controlled robot from scratch and how to have race challenges and other activities with these robots. We are looking forward to see Matua Thomas Mitai and his team next term for another engaging and exciting learning session.
Year 7 & 8 SCIENCE
The main focus of the Year 7 & 8 Science programme this term was to promote Science as a potentially fun subject. We started with the Material World, because there are so many exciting things to do in Chemistry. We saw sodium fizzing on water, amazing colour changes and hydrogen exploding with a distinctive popping sound. We learnt about safety in the lab and the importance of listening to the instructions of the putaiao kaiako. We burned magnesium ribbon, using the Bunsen burner and we made invisible ink. We learnt how to make videos on iMovies to prove that we really did all these things. Our favourite activity was to make slime. The best slime
maker was Ashley-Jo. However, in the Primary School Emmylou has been making slime of an even higher quality.
THE BIGGEST CHOCOLATE EVER
Easter time was once again a time for chocolate. We all love chocolate, but if you win a chocolate that is almost as tall as you, you have to share it. This is exactly what Whaea Danelle did after she won the biggest chocolate in a raffle. Whaea Danelle is a true kiwi who offers some of her free time to serve as a paramedic for the St. John’s Ambulance Services. Her generosity went a bit further when she bought a St. John’s Raffle ticket with a chocolate as the winning prize. Upon winning the prized chocolate, she saw that the chocolate was almost as big as Taipari. She took her generosity to the ultimate when she sponsored it to the Te Kura Takiwa Manganuiowae class who honours our dress code the best. The Year 7 & 8 class won the chocolate. Needless to say, the chocolate was still too big for them to eat and everybody eventually had a munch of that chocolate before bustime.
WE NEED MORE MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY
This term has gone so fast and it will soon be time to put away the tools and tidy up the school workshop. I am pleased to report that most of my seniors have gained 4 credits for their efforts. Considering that they had very little woodworking experience before, this is a great result. Congratulations also go to the Year 7 and 8 class for being the most productive with three projects under their belt this term. Their enthusiasm for Materials Technology is encouraging and it has been a delight to teach them. The top student for Term 1 is Marlon Frost. Pictured here with his saw horse that is the best I have ever seen in twenty years of teaching! This is an exemplar of precise fitting joints, care and commitment.
TE KURA POUNAMU CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL
Te Kura Pounamu Correspondence School generally charges students about $1200 for one course. For example, if a student wants to study Home Economics Level 3, he/she will have to pay up. The government allows us to have this service for free, because we are such a small kura. Many students have made use of this great offer. Our students, who enroll for a course at Te Kura Pounamu, are called dually enrolled students. This means that they are enrolled at two institutions at the same time. This is actually awesome, because they get help and resources from two sides. Studying via correspondence is not easy, but if you manage to pull through, you end up being a much more matured person academically. Many of our dually enrolled students have not yet realised how fortunate they are to have this free facility of study. Te Kura Pounamu has goals and targets as well and students who do not submit work on a monthly basis are scrapped from their roll.
All students must have an iPad (or an approved BYOD). When students start at BAS, one of the first things they need to acquire is a school email address and this they can get from Matua Carl. For example, if your name is Ben, your gmail address would probably be firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address gives the carrier access to Google Apps like Docs, Sheets, Drive, Hangouts, Sites, Slides, Classrooms, Forms and many more. Google and Apple are two different companies and we encourage our students to learn how to use the applications of both these providers. Computer literacy is learnt in ICT classes, but computer fluency is gained by using these applications across all the subject areas. Much of the classroom mahi, our tamariki have to do, challenges them to be creative. The availability of a multitude of computer applications broadens the horizon of creativity. Tamariki just need to imagine an end product. If they do not know how to bring about that end product, they can simply ask any of our teachers for guidance. Many times teachers are well pleased with creative genius that sprung from tamariki. However, those tamariki who chose to use their devices as instruments of disengagement, are missing out on the crucial cognitive development that will eventually fill their kete with putea.
From the Mathematics Department
Just a polite reminder to all senior NCEA students and their whanau to take full advantage of the coming holidays to revise the topics covered during the Term 1 of this year. Revising the basics of Term 1 will prepare you for the upcoming internal assessments as well as the external examinations in October/November. I wish to encourage all Year 11 Mathematics students to study for and attempt the externally assessed MCAT (Mathematics Common Assessment Task) sat in September each year. The Middle School (Year 7-10) will sit their next e-Asttle test in Week 2 Term 2.
Senior English – Term 1
This term the Level 3 students have been working on the Connections Across Texts essay. This necessitates each student to independently choose 4 visual and/or written texts and then compare and contrast the themes and ideas these texts have in common. This is an extremely difficult essay and I envisage that our Level 3 students will complete this essay in early Term 2. This standard is worth 4 credits.
The goal of Term 1 was for these students to prepare 6 written or oral responses to 2 extended written texts, 2 articles and 2 visual texts. The texts are to be chosen by the students themselves, independently. A template has been provided to make this easier for the students to complete (see below). This standard is worth 4 credits.
This term Level 1 students had to prepare 6 written (or oral) responses of TWO extended written texts, TWO articles and TWO visual texts. The texts are to be chosen by the students themselves, independently. A shared template has been provided to make this task easier for the students to complete (https://docs.google.com/document/d/18_afG4R9bonxYNbpIEBQDG-NbqjRbXvnfLvFELrvP50/edit). This standard is worth 4 credits.
In order to help these students complete these tasks, I encourage Whanau to discuss the texts to which the students have chosen to respond. In this way, they may gain a better perspective and broader point of view about what they have read, and so assist them to relate to what they have read.
NB – It is important to note that to gain University Entrance a student not only has to gain at least 10 Literacy Credits at Level 2, but also 5 of them must be designated as reading credits. Achieving this standard will give the student reading credits.
2018 Year 13 Hawaii Leadership and Cultural Experience
Congratulations to the Year 13’s for putting together a proposal to travel to Hawaii at the end of the year. The proposal went to the Board of Trustees in their recent meeting and was accepted and supported. The students will have to endure months of planning, fundraising and commitment to ensure their trip is a success and to their expectations.
Our Senior students are planning to spend nine days in Hawaii to learn about the culture and traditions of Hawaians. Hawaii is known for many things: its Polynesian culture, fusion-esque food (from before the time that fusion was a thing), once-on-a-planet ecology, beaches, volcanoes, Pearl Harbour, surfing and water sports. Our students also plan to spend time at Hawaian schools and universities to compare their teaching and learning experiences to that of their own.
This will be a huge commitment for the Year 13’s this year. They all aim to gain their NCEA Level 3 credits, attend school on a regular basis, wear correct and appropriate uniform, strive for good results in their External Exams and be positive role models throughout the school and community.
The students in Year 13 are: Cannon Barry, Alexandra Bedggood, Charlotte Chapman-Kete, Sharon Edmonds-Chapman, Harmony Gundry, Aneta-Rea Harris-Campbell, James Hohaia, Alec Korewha, Waimaria McMath, Te Rangimarie Mehana and Divah-Jane Taylor.
Raffles and fundraising events will be organised throughout the year. Whanau and community support will be more than appreciated.
A meeting for Parents and Caregivers will be held on Thursday 12 April 2018 at 3.30 pm at school. This will give students and parents a chance to ask questions and go over the finer details of the trip.
Once again, we applaud the senior students for their initiative and look forward to support them with this initiative.
Senior Girls and Boys Basketball
Over the last term students have been travelling to Waipapa every Tuesday afternoon to compete in the Far North Inter-School Basketball Tournament. Students have been competing against regional schools every week and had some good wins and close losses. This has been a great experience for the teams in preparation of the Northland Areas Sports. The students were all appreciative of this experience and it was a pleasure to take them to Waipapa every Tuesday. A great vote of thanks goes to Whaea Denise Proctor who has helped to transport the students to and fro.
Northland Area Schools Sports 14th May- 18th May Term 2
General School-wide Notices
URGENT Reminder : Stationery Fees and Fees for consumables are due.
Stationery Fees $30.00 Year
School Fees $20.00 Year
Fees for consumables $30.00 Year
NCEA Fees Due
Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
Ko te tumanako kia pai hoki o wa whakataa, o wa hararei