Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Our awesome student submitters

Back in Term 2 our class made a video submission to the Education and Science select committee Inquiry on Digital Learning. Now finally the committee is hearing verbal submissions our class gets a chance to have their say on digital learning.

Because our class only has 5 minutes to speak, we couldn't take everyone who wanted to speak to parliament.

On Friday we decided on what we were looking for in our representatives. We decided our representatives needed to be confident public speakers,  answer questions well, made a good contribution to our video submission, manage their time effectively and cope under pressure were what we were looking for in our representatives.

Interested students then had the weekend to prepare before making a presentation on why they thought they would be an awesome representative for our class. To add to the pressure we invited our principal Mrs Stuart along to see the presentations. The the class, our principal and teacher then graded the students on each of the criteria.

After much deliberation and scoring Lachlan, Stephen, Giorgione, Helen and Jade have been selected to be verbal submitters. Giorgione won't be speaking but she is helping with our work and is going to make a documentary about our experience so that others can share in our learning.

Congratulations to those selected and a huge thank you to the students who tried out.


Monday, 30 July 2012


Untitled Room 15 have had Tom and Denise from Wellington City Council come to teach our class more about the traditional game called Ki-o-Rahi. The game is a mixture of netball, rugby, dodgeball and handball. Here we have a group of defenders who are trying to keep the Tupu safe from attack. Our class has another three weeks of Ki-o-Rahi. Fingers crossed the weather gets better so we can head out onto the field.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Room 15 Rocks Assembly

On Wednesday our class was put in charge of the school assembly.  We put a lot of work into our assembly and I was proud of our contribution.

Pouakai don't just have an assembly, we have the assembly. A huge thanks to everyone, and I do mean everyone, who participated.

I'll post some of our videos up over the coming days but for a start here is the wonderful banner which was painted by a number of students in our class with a hosts and techie Lachlan.


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Knowledge or imagination?

Play hard or play fair?

I saw this picture of facebook. The girl on the right was in last place in a race when she caught up to competitor on the left who was carrying an injury. Instead of running past her to avoid the last-place finish, the girl on the right took her competitor's arm around her shoulders, carried her 30 meters, and then pushed her over the finish line before crossing it. 

When you compete do you think it is better to win or to play fair? Do you think the girl's decision to help might have been different if she was coming first?

Monday, 16 July 2012


Hi Class
Welcome back to the third term. I can't believe we already half way through the school year! Over the holidays I cleaned up the classroom, went to a first aid course, learned how to make croissants. 

Croissants are really time-consuming and tricky to make. It takes about 8 hours to make croissants. You roll butter into dough and make layers before shaping the croissants and cooking them. However croissants are so delicious when they are made properly. 

My croissants are ready to go in the oven! They were delicious.
This holiday I also went up to Auckland for NetHui. That's where I saw Matt Mullholland perform the Katy Perry song we saw in  class. It was good to share some of the cool stuff that Room 15 does with other people. What was even cooler was hearing people talk about our video submission.

Did you feel the earthquake during the first week? That was the first really powerful earthquake I have felt in Wellington. I have a new admiration for the people in Christchurch as the earthquake seemed to go on for such a long time.  Did you feel it?

All in all, my holiday was pretty frantic and I'm glad to be back at school. How about you? What did you get up to in the holidays?