August 16

EPRO8 Technology Challenge Otago Finals

After finishing 3rd in the regional semi-final Ella, Lena, Jonty and Will (aka Papakaio 1) qualified for the Dunedin Finals, along with 11 other teams from Dunedin and the surrounding area. They were held at Kaikorai Valley College. With the travel time and the length of the event, it proved to be a very long night. However, the kids made the step up incredibly well. After leading at the halfway mark they finished a very creditable 4th place, just 20 points off 3rd. The team faced a range of exciting and interesting challenges including; creating wind turbines, automated cranes, pinball machines and fishing robots. What an amazing experience it was. We can’t wait to go again next year. Well done kids. Your teacher is VERY proud of you!

August 16

MOONHACK 2017- we are world record holders!!!

“Moonhack” sounds like the title of the latest Bond movie but actually, it was a world record attempt organised by Codeclub to have the most school kids ever coding at the same time. And we were part of it. We worked on a Scratch project individually (you could say we scratched ourselves), but we uploaded our projects to be part of the event.

Here are some pics to prove it:

July 2

100 word challenge- this week we are writing 100 word stories in response to some cool visual images. Here is the first.

It dragged its giant claws along the floor. Ugly gnarled fingers searched for purchase on the polished timber. The beast roared again, blood curdling sound echoing from the cavernous depths below.. The girl sat still as a stone, It wouldn’t be long now- hold on.  She hoped the portal would close in time. Once more the beast surged. Its voice was joined by the screams of the other broken souls in the abyss. She hugged the bear tighter. It didn’t struggle. It knew that all was lost. The girl stared blankly into its tear filled eyes. “I’m your mummy now”.

June 16

That’s easy for you to say!!

We had our senior speech competition today and as usual Mr. Brown was blown away by the quality and caliber of the content and delivery. Congratulations to everybody for getting up and giving it a go. For some people just standing and delivering was a huge challenge- but you did it. And you did it well. Your teacher is SO proud. This year we were challenged to be provocative and try to come at speeches from a different point of view. In this way it challenged our skills in thinking about our topics and writing arguments that we didn’t necessarily believe in. BUT IT WORKED!! This year’s winner was Georgie McCarthy with a speech on why healthy living is a waste of time. Lena Dupu came a close second with a compelling (if worrying) argument on how kids would make better parents than actual parents and Will Plunket rounded out the top three speaking on the importance of taking care of the planet. Highly commended certificates also went to Jonty Nelson, Sam McCarthy and Ella Hamilton. Well done everyone. If you are interested you can read the speeches on the students own blogs. Go on. Have a look. They will change your life.

Perhaps not but they ARE pretty good. 🙂

Above: Speech winners Will Plunket (left) Lena Dupu (right) and Georgie McCarthy (center) with guest judge Whaea Jamaya Fisilau

March 29

Minecraft isn’t learning…………. is it?

Oh yes it is!!!!

This term we are using Minecraft in class to create 3D digital models of what our school has changed over the last 150 years. It is our 150th celebration this Easter Weekend.

To showcase our work we are going to use AppleTV to cast from the ipads to the class digital whiteboard. Our teacher Mr Brown says we have never been so engaged in our learning. Some of us are even continuing our work AT HOME IN OUR OWN TIME!!!! WHAT THE?????

Any our teacher is dancing around the classroom singing “21ST CENTURY LEARNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!”

He is a bit odd, but hey at least he is excited. And so are we. Co-operation, problem solving, digital learning. Room 6 is buzzing with it all. Here are some pics.

September 16


Spring has sprung and Room 6 has sprung back too. We have been going beserk in the class garden working our green fingers to the bone to get our grow on. We have been turning the soil, adding compost (our own home made) turning again and finally this afternoon, some planting. At last. We’ve got our tomato plants in as well as broccoli, lettuces, beans, beetroot, cauliflower, radishes, parsley, tatsoi (whatever that is) and mustard greens. We are also involved in the Spud in a Bag Challenge. We have six spuds growing. We are working caring and growing the spuds in teams and have even given them (the spuds) names. Which one do you like best?

in this bag is Channing Potatum

In this bag is Channing Potatum.


These fine young men are looking after “Spudmuffin”

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These green thumbed students are caring for “Chip”


These girls are taking care of “Wedgie” the spud.

Here we have "Benny"

Here we have “Benny”


This one is called. Ma Baker - Geddit???

This one is called. Ma Baker – Geddit???