Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Have a great holiday.


This year our ACTIVE winners, as voted for by the class, are -
Year 3 - Max Ladley
Year 4 - Ella Clark

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

To Room 19
What a special class you have been. You are all amazing children and should be proud of the work you have done this year.
Some of my highlights for the year have been -
- Art Gallery Murals
- Ancient Greece work
- Art Work
- year 4 children's movie on Ancient Greece - and becoming finalists in the MADE Awards
- being runner up in the Interface Best Class Blog awards
- and of course working with 27 amazing children :)

Year 4's - you are all amazing children and I will miss you next year. I love seeing your smiles every day. You must come back to see me next year.

Year 3's - I look forward to all the exciting things we will do next year as a class.

Maddie - we will miss you at Halswell School next year. I know you will do very well at your new school and everyone will be wanting to be your friend.

As you all said at the end of our STOMP
Merry Christmas Everyone

Monday, 17 December 2012

Our Favourite memories of 2012

Gemma - I enjoyed working together as a class on the Ancient Greece posters. We got them done because we worked as a team and there is no "I" in team.
Cooper - I liked it when the South Learning Centre cane to our school and they taught us to use Ipads.
Ella - My favourite activity this year was painting the big murals in the Art Centre.
Molly - I liked it best when Emily , from the Art Gallery, can and we did the bird art work.
Sam - My favourite thing this year was going to Willowbank because I liked all the activities we did about the animals.
Max - My favourite thing this year was sewing the heart decorations.
Kate - My favourite thing for this year was going to the Art Centre and painting the murals.
Connor - My favourite thing this year was painting the murals for the Art Centre.
Louis - Going to Willowbank was my favourite thing this year.
Georgia - I liked the Art Gallery activity when we painted the birds.
Luke - My favourite thing this year was learning about Ancient Greece, especially finding out about schools.
Catlin - I really liked going to our team assemblies .
Charlotte - I liked doing the painting at the Art Centre and painting the mural.
Harvey - I liked the Cross Country the best because we got lots of exercise.
Maia - Sports - our team sports sessions playing basketball.
Nivae - I liked it when the men came and took us for tennis.
Sullivan - Sport - I liked playing soccer the best.
Jack - Making the Ancient Greece movie.
Hamish - My favourite thing this year was going to the zone sports for Athletics.
Siena - My favourite activity was sewing the hearts for the Christmas tree.
Maddie -My favourite activity was going to Willowbank.
Liam - My favourite thing was doing bread making this year.
Ben - Sport was my favourite activity .
Makenzie - My favourite activity was painting the murals at the Art Centre.
Rose - My favourite activity was Ancient Greece and making the posters.
Darren - My favourite activity was making the birds with the Art Gallery  .

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The fame continues...

Makenzie was staring in THE PRESS this morning.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

We are famous on the Art Gallery blog

Links - 
Mural work
Art work with Susie

Room 19 STOMPS

Here is our video of our STOMP performance today.  We were awesome!!!!

Photos from our Art Centre mural painting day

We are also in THE PRESS

We also feature on The PRESS on line. 
click here-

We are on CTV news

Our part of the broadcast starts about 06.22 and goes through for approx 4 minutes 
click on this link -
Room 19 on CTV news

Monday, 10 December 2012


Today Room 19 had the privilege of contributing to the re-start of the Art Centre.
Last week, Susie, from the Art Gallery, came out and helped us plan and draw murals about what we can remember from the Art Centre prior to the earthquakes. We included pictures of the sculptures, buildings, tram, jugglers and lots more.
 Some lovely Art Gallery workers then transferred our art work onto large pieces of wood (220cm by 120cm)
Today we travelled into the Art Centre and painted the murals. It took us from 10 o'clock until 2.30 to get everything finished. Firstly we painted all the bigger areas of colour and then the smaller areas and then finally we used black paint and very small paint brushes to add detail. Then just like true artists we signed our names on the murals.
  Even though we all had painting shirts on there seemed to be quite  a lot of paint on clothes, legs, shoes and some even made it to faces!!!! 
A big thank you to all the wonderful parent helpers and Will Perkins, your painting ability was quite good! :)
The 8 murals will be displayed in the Art Centre Market Square for everyone to see. 

A BIG THANK YOU to Susie, (we love working with you), and the Art Gallery workers for all your hard work drawing our pictures out on to the wood.
Another BIG THANK YOU to Andre, Arts Centre CEO, for letting us come in and for the water bottles and ice blocks.

We are very proud to be part of the re-start of the Art Centre and proud of our art work.

It was such an exciting day and we will be even more excited when we see ourselves on CTV and in The Press. Woo Hoo !

Friday, 7 December 2012

Today we voted for the Year 3 and Year 4 ACTIVE person in Room 19.
 Who is it..... 

Orkut Scrap Toys

Monday, 26 November 2012


Cute baby girl giraffe born at Orana Park today

Punctuation Points

Last week during story writing I introduced a new idea for punctuation ( from David Mitchell)
Every time the children use a full stop, comma, capital letter, exclamation mark, question mark and speech mark correctly in their stories they receive points.
Last weeks TOP 6 PUNCTUATION POINTS  leaders are:


Well done :)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Interface Magazine Awards 2012

The Interface Magazine Awards were announced today - Huge congratulations to all the winners, such great work and ideas in your blogs and tweets. 
Make sure you have a look at their work.
- we are runners up in the Best Class Blog category :) :)  Big thank you to everyone who voted for us.

V8 Cars come to Halswell School

Today when we got back from swimming we had a visit from V8 cars and their drivers . They all introduced themselves and them we got to meet them and get their signatures. We looked at their cars, most of them had safety bars and different types of seatbelts. We thought the cars were  - fantastic, one was on olden days car, we would like to drive one.
Taffy and Cooper.

Weekly round up

By Nivae, Jack and Maddie.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. This week we have been doing-

  • swimming every day
  • we did a story about what we saw when we suddenly turned around
  • we had some V8 cars come to our school. We got posters and a colouring competition. Me Topham is going to be racing in one of the cars!!! How do you think he will go?
  • we hit 30, 000 on our blog
  • South Learning Centre came to work with us
  • our jump jammers are in a competition tomorrow - good luck!!!
  • we found out today we are the runners up in the Interface Magazine Best Class Blog Competition.

Christchurch South Library Visit

Like many places around Christchurch, the Christchurch South Library has been closed due to earthquake damage. While closed, the lovely people there decided to do an outreach programme for schools.
On Tuesday we had a visit from them. Our class and another class had the opportunity to use their ipads and use the app puppet pals.
First we chose either - The Wonkey Donkey or The Red Tree story and then interviewed each other using the app. It was heaps of fun.
Thank you South Learning Centre.

Future Olympian Swimmers

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Monday, 19 November 2012


This is our second week of swimming, had fun taking photos with the ipad and then adding frames around them.

The Christchurch Star ,Moon Landing Souvenir from 1969

Phases of the moon - oreo cookie style !

Last Wednesday we made the phases of the moon out of Oreo cookies.
The moon has 8 phases, - new moon, waxing crescent moon, first quarter moon, waxing gibbous moon, full moon, waning gibbous moon, last quarter, waning crescent moon.

To make Oreo moons we had to twist the cookies so they came apart into 2 pieces , then we looked carefully at the diagrams and used spoons and knives to scrape away the cream / icing.
we put them in order on the paper plates and labeled the moons. 
Then Maia took a photo of our work then............we ate all the moons!!! - yum

Oreo moons on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Today we were extremely lucky to be able to watch some parts of the eclipse. Luckily we had special glasses so our eyes wouldn't get damaged.
It was awesome because it changed to different shades of colours - red, yellow, orange.
Have a look at this link to some amazing photos.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Message from Katherine Applegate, author of "The One and Only Ivan"

Last term when we finished reading "The One and Only Ivan" we emailed the author - Katherine Applegate to tell her how much we loved her book. We also asked her a few questions. Today we got a reply from her. it was very exciting getting a reply as we know she is very busy.

Here is the reply.........

Hello to beautiful New Zealand, and thanks for your note. Your questions were :

> How long did it take you to write the story?        

Two or three months plus the publishing cycle

> Did you go and study how gorillas behaved?    

I read a lot of books, plus a zoo visit

> How did you know about Ivan?                           

 Can't quite remember .. a news story I think

> Did you ever go and see Ivan?                            

Yes .. my daughter Julia and I went to see him

Thanks again for writing to me.

Katherine Applegate

Monday, 12 November 2012

Custom Glitter Text

Made Awards

Congratulations to all the winners in the MADE awards. We watched some of the clips today - they are amazing.

Click HERE to view the winners in all the categories.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Remember swimming starts tomorrow. Make sure you have everything named.
We leave school at 10.45 and return 11.45

Friday, 9 November 2012

Week four

This week we have done...

  • buddies - played hop scotch
  • changed desks
  • went to the library
  • found out some things about the moon
  • we found out about our movie awards
  • did some of our Andy Worhol art work
  • The Art Gallery lady came out to take us for a lesson - we drew some native birds 
  • we had music and sang some Mary Poppins songs.
  • we skyped our buddies in Melbourne, Australia
From Molly and Ella