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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fabrics and Fibres Art

We have been very busy with our 'Fabrics and Fibres' Art unit this term.  Today the children put the finishing touches on their master pieces and were able to take them home to show their families.  We hope they are all sitting pride of place in your living rooms tonight.

News from the ERO team

To our friends of the school who don't live in the district, we thought you might like to see our news from this week... just click on the image above.  Our ERO Report can be read in full at the link below...
Waitahuna School's 2015 ERO Report

Friday, September 18, 2015

Science Topic - Keeping Warm at Waitahuna School

We have had a busy week of Science Investigations at Waitahuna School.
The Junior Room discussed how animals keep warm with a special focus on Antarctic animals. Their scientific investigation was based on one question… ‘Does a penguin stay warm in a huddle?’ The children had some penguins (mugs filled with hot water) which they had in a huddle and one lonely penguin who had no company. Temperatures were monitored and it was discovered that penguins are very wise when they huddle together to keep warm. We also discussed how many of our ewes are doing the same at the moment during lambing.

The Senior Room has been testing the thermal qualities of materials.
What we did:
We had 13 cups the same size. One cup was our control which had no thermal covering.
We tried to put exactly the same temperature water in the cups, unfortunately we had to re-boil the jug and 4 cups couldn’t be counted as their water was hotter than the rest.
One other cups was not included in the investigation because it was found to have a crack in it!
Some of the materials we used in our experiment were: lambskin, leather, bubble-wrap, gladwrap, newspaper, towelling, a sock, sheep wool, eski fabric and a wheat bag.
What we found:
Of what we tested the worse thermal qualities were from leather followed by the wheat bag and bubble-wrap. The best thermal qualities were from the wool, sock and the eski.
There were 4 ½ degrees difference between the best insulator (wool) and the worst insulator (leather)
Therefore we think:
We think that wool is the best insulator at keeping things warm. (Please remember this when buying your socks and support the sheep-farmers) We discussed the poor qualities of the leather and decided that it was used as a material to protect our feet not to insulate it, (that is why we wear socks in our shoes). We also discovered that scientific investigations can be quite difficult as you have to make a fair test and treat every sample the same but with changing one thing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Onion Soup

Today Lachie, Elsie and Tyler made onion soup for the class.  They had been reading a story about Mrs Brown who grew enormous onions and used them as a secret weapon to scare away the burglars.
Elsie brought the onions and chopped them up.  Tyler and Lachie melted the butter and stirred.They added butter and Vegemite and lemon pepper!  It is good to have a fireplace in the class for cooking!
All the class had a taste and almost everyone really liked the soup. Some people even had three helpings.
Thanks Lachie, Elsie and Tyler.  Good job.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Waitahuna Gully Goldmining 2015

Waitahuna students have been learning about how people lived in Waitahuna in the past.
The Juniors have found out about the early miners so we were excited when we were visited by  Alan to tell the children about his current plans for goldmining in Waitahuna Gully.

Alan had many interesting facts about gold and gold mining to share.
Did you know?
Magnets pick up rust and leave gold
Gold is heavier than everything else in the gold pan
An ounce of gold can be flattened so that it will cover 17 square meters.
Gold is an element metal
Gold is used in cellphones, medicine and jewellery

Alan showed us a tube with pieces of gold in it. This gold was from the West Coast and was nuggets.
The gold in Waitahuna is alluvial and usually much smaller pieces.

Alan shared some pictures of Waitahuna Gully from the olden days. He told us that the gold is found in an old river bed - which was formed around 40 million years ago. The rock is conglomerate and they are even finding pieces of jasper. Cameron was lucky to keep a small piece of jasper. Beth's conglomerate rock that she found in the river might have gold in it!

Nowadays the mining will be easier as instead of picks and shovels the miners will use diggers. The miners have dug  test holes  and found gold so are hoping to find enough gold to mine for a few years. The miners need to be careful that the diggers do not get stuck in the mud.

First they have had to chop the trees down and then dig ponds to collect water. When they have finished mining they will replant the trees. Today the miners are much more careful than the early miners and they will not mess up the river or destroy old stuff.

In the summer when it is drier Alan has invited the school up to have a closer look. We are looking forward to that. Waitahuna Gully is in for a change!