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Monday, June 29, 2015

Junior Geologists

Before we started being geologists we wanted to know…
How do rocks get layers inside them?
Where do the colours in rocks come from?
How are rocks made?
Do different places have the same rocks or are they different?
Are some rocks harder or stronger than others? Which ones?

The things we found out were….
Rocks are different colours
Rocks are usually hard.
Rocks can be used to build houses.
Some rocks are easy to break –like mudstone
Sedimentary rocks are easy to break.
Sedimentary rocks are made of layers.
Rocks are different types-sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.
Granite is very hard-so hard it is hard for a power drill to drill into it.
Granite can be used for statues and flash buildings
Granite is an igneous rock.
Metamorphic rocks are really hard.
Diamonds are the hardest-we think!
In Africa sandstone is used to make houses.
Bricks can be made of stone –all different types of stones.(sometimes bricks are made of clay)
I wonder how you make bricks…
Rocks take millions of years to make.
However if a volcano erupts and the lava cools quickly that is a new rock in record time.
Pumice is an igneous rock because it comes from a volcano.
Pumice is a special rock because it is so light it can float.
Diamonds come from carbon which has been changed by pressure and heat.
Pumice is made when the lava from a volcano erupts and the lava hits the water and cools down very fast.
If a rock has been in the water for a long time it can get really smooth.
Marble is made from limestone when a lot of heat and pressure has been put on it for millions of years.
Some rocks are rocky.
Some rocks are made pout of bits of other rocks.
Some rocks have crystals in them and sparkle.
The world is made of rocks!!!
The earth’s crust is made out of rocks!
You cannot count all the rocks in the world.
Some famous carvings are made from rocks –marble is good for carving.
Some rocks are used to make jewellery –diamonds, ruby, emerald, sapphire, opals and lots of others.
In New Zealand pounamu (greenstone) is carved into lots of things.

Our rock reports:

Pumice is white and you only find it at the beach or near a lake. If you find pumice bring it home with you and do not lose it. When you go to the North Island you should find some pumice. And if you do you will be lucky.

My rock might be conglomerate. It has rocks in it. It was in the river. My rock is big and rough.  It is heavy. 

My rock is pink and grey, it is metamorphic. A metamorphic rock is an igneous or sedimentary rock that has been changed into a metamorphic rock from heat and pressure.
Rocks come in all shapes and sizes. My rock is from the Millennium Track at Clutha River by the Beaumont Bridge. My rock is very hard. It might be piemontite schist.
The Waitahuna Junior class is writing about rocks.


Senior Room Technology Project - Hot Bread lunch

Technological Practice - Hot Bread Lunch - Part One
1. At Waitahuna School we are very lucky as we can have heated lunch everyday. We wanted more ideas of what we could make.
2. We surveyed what people had at school and the most popular were toasties and hot dogs followed by others.
3. We researched on the computer the different options we could make and made a hot bread lunch poster.
4. We made a Planning sheet on what we were going to make. Ty and Paige made pizza buns, Hannah and Bryn made savoury swirls, Madaline made bread case savouries, Melee made mouse-traps, Nate made French-toast and Baylee made pancakes and Kaitlin made corn fritters.
5. We had to decide on our recipe, the ingredients and the utensils we need.
6. Then came 'Test Kitchen Day'. It was challenging cooking by ourselves. We also had to have all the dishes ready by lunch time.
7. We sampled and judged all the dishes.
8. We had to judge on smell, taste, portion size and whether it was easy to eat for a five year old. It was fun sampling all the dishes.
9. It was hard to decide the winner as they were all so good. Bryn’s savoury swirls, Kaitlin’s fritters and Baylee’s pancake were judged very high, but a wee bit difficult to make a lot of. We therefore decided to make Melee’s mouse traps for the whole school lunch day.

Technological Practice - Hot Bread Lunch - Part Two
1.After we had decided to make mouse traps we had a competition to design an order form on the computer. Bryn won the competition but every-ones was good. Bryn’s got to go home with the children.
2. Then we collected the order forms to see how many mouse-traps we needed to make, we needed to make 40 toasties.
3. Next we put the mouse-traps order forms into categories the options were ‘the works’ which were bacon, tomato, onion and all had bread and cheese. An other option was onion, onion and tomato, bacon and onion or bacon and tomato.
4. Then we found out how many works we needed there were 23,
1 onion, 2 bacon and onion, 4 bacon and tomato and 9 bacon.
5. We all had jobs during this project Mads and Paige were grating the cheese and Paige cut the tomato as well, Baylee and Nate cut the onion and fried it. Hannah and Kaitlin were buttering bread and Bryn and Ty were cutting the bacon and frying it.
6. It was challenging to cook it in time for lunch. We only had 90 minutes and four people were watching the mouse-traps to check they didn’t over-cook.
7. Hannah and Kaitlin were setting up the serviettes and they wrote the kind or mouse trap on the serviette, so we didn’t mix the orders up.
8. We laid the mouse-traps out on the correct serviettes and Hannah made a sign saying ‘Welcome’
9. The Senior Room gave out the mouse-trap orders to the Juniors and the staff and then the Senior room had theirs.
10. Our Hot Bread lunch Technology Project was interesting but very challenging. We had to make lots of decisions and follow a process to make our project successful.

Report written by the Senior Room pupils.
If you can't view the slideshow on your tablet or device, click the link below: Technology - Hot Bread lunch

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bad Hair Day Art

Recently during Art we have been focusing on 'Line'. We have been using our visual diaries to experiment with line and texture through doodles and zentangle drawings. The children brought all this learning together with their 'Bad Hair Day' art inspired by the song they have been singing this term. If you want to see the original art-work it will be on display in the senior room.
If you can't view the slide show on your tablet or ipad, use the following link:Bad Hair Day Art

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ruby and Leeann part of the Literacy team

Today we would like to introduce one of the more exciting members of the Waitahuna School team.
Ruby the labrador comes to school most days to listen to the children read. She loves to sit at their feet and simply listen. She doesn't complain and always enjoys a pat and a friendly chat. She also brings Leeann and luckily she also likes to listen. They are a great team and we know we are very lucky to have them visit.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Flooding of the Waitahuna River 2015

Senior Room Report on the 2015 Waitahuna River Flood
Yesterday at Waitahuna School there was some wild weather. It bucketed down all day so we couldn’t go outside.  But worse was to come. 

When we all left school we noticed that the Waitahuna River, below the bridge was creeping up. Then when we got home we saw some fences under water.

Some families kept updated by looking at the Otago Regional Council website.  This site shows the river flows and tells farmers and locals about the flooding risk.  The Waitahuna River’s flow is measured at Tweed’s bridge near the Collie club.

Today at school we learnt that water was measured in cumecs.  First we constructed a 1 metre cube which we imagined was full of water. (It would hold a lot of water).  Then we discovered that cumecs were 1 cubic metre travelling down a river each second. 

The normal flow of the Waitahuna River is 1.5 cubic metres per second. (1.5 cumecs). The Waitahuna River steadily rose through the night until it peaked at approximately 2 am this morning.  At the highest point the Waitahuna River flowed at 197 cumecs (197 cubic metres per second) That is regarded as flooding for our river.

Today the Juniors wrote about the flooding and the Seniors graphed the flow of our river from normal flow to 'flood level'.

It has been interesting to find out more about the Waitahuna River and Mother Nature's power.

Junior Room recounts:

Today it was flooding in the night. Mum had to bring us to school. The bus did not go up the road it was too wet.
Beth Homer Age 5

Last night in Waitahuna it rained and rained. In the morning I woke up and I looked out my window and I saw a big flood outside.
I got out of bed and went into the living room and had breakfast and then Mum and Dad woke up and the others woke up.  After breakfast we had to get ready for school and Henry had to get ready for Educare.  When we were ready Mum drove us to school because the bus could not come up to our house because it was too wet. 
When we got to school we had to play inside because it was too wet. After we played inside, the bell rang so we had to go to class because it was school time.
Elsie Homer Age 7

On Wednesday me and Dad and Mum and my dog went outside.  I said to Mum and Dad “It’s raining cats and dogs”.  Mum and Dad laughed. We were at the creek. I said “When did the creek get this big?” The creek went a wee bit over the drive-way.
Lachie Wark Age 7

In the morning Dad, me and Scott went down to the river. When we got there I was shocked the water was so high.  It was flooding at the Collie Club. It said on the ipad that it was 74 cumecs. 
Today we made a 1 metre cube out of rolled up newspaper.  It was hard and cool. It was fun. A cubic metre of water is huge.
Cameron Brown Age 8