Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Careers Homework

Last week you had the chance to complete a Careers Quiz to identify some potential career paths. 

Today in class you selected one career to investigate further, and started to write down ten questions you could ask a person in that career to find out more about the career.

By next Wednesday you need to:

1. Finish writing up your 10 interview questions in your inquiry book. (Make sure they are open questions not just a yes or no answer)

2. Share the questions with Mrs Cooper or Miss Johnson via a google doc for approval.

3. Interview ( phone, email or face to face) your chosen person and record the answers in your inquiry book or on the google doc. 

If you are struggling to make contact with a person to interview you MUST talk to Mrs Cooper, Miss Johnson or Mrs Kingston by Monday. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


What career path do you think you could possibly take?

Complete this Careers Quiz to help you see some potential options.

When you have completed it note down on your sheet the top ten careers that were highlighted in your quiz.

Pick ONE of these jobs and find two advertisements for this type of job in SEEK. Then complete the activity sheet. Make sure you note down the advertisement heading and the reference number on your activity sheet.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Science Fair

You and your group need to come up with an experiment to conduct for your Science Fair project.

Your group needs to develop your own question about the Physical or Material world, and htink about what are you are going to change to make it a fair test?

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Well being of Te Reo Maori Survey

Information about the survey

Our school is taking part in a trial of a student survey. Some researchers from the

New Zealand Council for Educational Research have developed a draft survey. They

are now trialling it with some schools to check it works well.

 The survey is about the wellbeing of te reo Māori at school, the survey asks for your

thoughts and feelings about te reo Māori at school.

 Your survey will be kept confidential. No students that take part in the survey will be

able to be identified. It is an anonymous survey.

 Your teachers, parents, families and whanau won’t see your responses at any time

 You don’t have to do the survey but NZCER would really like to hear your views.

The information you give will assist your school to understand what you think about

te reo Māori at school. It will also help NZCER make the survey better. You can opt

out of the whole survey or stop answering part-way through with no negative

consequences if you choose not to do the survey. If you start the survey and don’t

want to answer a question, you will be able to skip it.


 The survey should take about 20 minutes.

Most questions ask you to select one box. Please think carefully about each


 Please try to answer every question.

 There are no right or wrong answers. Please pick the answer that is closest to how

you feel.

 If you don’t feel comfortable answering a question, it is okay to leave it unanswered.

You can move on to the next question.

 If you want to change an answer, just select a new answer.

 You will not be asked to put your name on the survey. It is confidential (private); only

the researchers will know how you answered the questions.

 When you have finished, make sure you click on the submit button.
To access the survey use the following website and token.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Mad Scientists!

Experiment 1

Coke and Mentos

Music- STOMP

We are continuing to use "Stomp!" as motivation for our music creations and performances this term.

Introduction to STOMP

Stomp- Just clap your hands

We have watched some videos of the actual performances, and are having a go and using our bodies and household items to create our own piece of music.

This week was body percussion and every group worked hard to create a piece to perform.

Check out what we have been up to!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Athletics with Riccarton High School

Today was our final session taking part in an athletics rotation which was run by students from Riccarton High Students as part of their Sports Coaching Programme.

It was fantastic to see the Room 10 and 11 students so engaged and respectful during the sessions!

Check out the rest of photos here!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Ski trip Postponed!

Unfortunately the Year 7/8 ski trip is postponed today as Mount Hutt is closed due to high winds and very limited visibility on the access road. We will be organising a postponement date asap. Keep warm and see you all at school at 8:55am!

Report from My Hutt
Unfortunately Mt Hutt is closed today due to strong winds and very limited visibility on the access road. We have received around 10cm of wind-affected snow overnight and drifts of well over 1m have been reported by our grooming team. We're looking forward to opening again tomorrow as the winds ease back and the sun comes out.

Saturday, 27 August 2016


Please make sure you use your log on information to visit our new online reporting system!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Whanaungatanga: 3 Way Parent-Teacher-Child Interviews

Kia ora whanau

Whanaungatanga:  3 Way Parent-Teacher-Child Interviews

Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th August 2.15 - 7.00pm

School will close at 2pm on both of these days!

Please take this opportunity to come and talk with your child and their teacher. It is very important to get involved in your child’s education.

These interviews will take place starting at 2.15pm with the last interview being at 6.45pm.  To book a time slot, please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and use the code sdnkz.  If you have no Internet capability please book at the office.

Please note that school will finish at 2pm on both of these days. There will be playground supervision for any students who cannot be picked up until 3pm but it is appreciated that any students who can, be picked up at 2pm.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Readers in action!

Last week the Rimu reading group read a School Journal narrative called "My Dad's raw fish".  After reading the group had to write a recipe using the information in the text.

Today Casey worked with the group to create the dish using the recipe in the text. It was very delicious although Apolosi and Tevita both agreed it needed more salt and spring onions...and that their Mums do a better job!
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Check out the photos here!

Thanks so much Casey!!!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Year 4-8 Student Survey

Hi everyone

Please click on the link below to complete the Year 4-8 Student Survey for Mr Irving. Please read each question carefully and answer honestly.


Year 4-8 Student Survey

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Hi everyone

Please click on the link to complete the collaboration survey for Mr Irving.
Mrs Cooper and Miss Johnson

Collaboration student survey

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Art Gallery, Museum and Botanic Garden Trip

Another miserable day for our trip this week into town!

Despite the weather Miss Johnson and myself were so impressed with the focus and engagement of all of the students. Excellent questions were asked and it was great to see everything thinking deeply about the art works we were shown. Everyone was also very respectful as we moved around the spaces in the museum and art gallery and in between the two.

It was a great opportunity to be exposed to a variety of Canterbury Landscapes artworks created in very different styles depending on the artist. We then had the chance to create our own landscape using a stencil and water colours. We are looking forward to finishing these and getting them up on display over the next few weeks.

Check out the gallery of photos here!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

ChildFund’s annual Small Voices Big Dreams global survey

You have the chance to have your views heard worldwide in ChildFund’s annual Small Voices Big Dreams global survey.

We are looking for Kiwi kids aged 10 to 12 years old to take part by answering six questions (see below).

In accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ChildFund is working across borders to ensure that the right to receive a quality education is engaged in a meaningful way. This year's survey focuses on education and schools, especially safe schools.

Last year more than 600 Kiwi kids responded amongst almost 6,000 children in 44 countries and we’re hoping your children will join those voices. The results will be released on 20 November 2016, Universal Children’s Day.

The results of this survey help provide a vital platform for children’s views on important issues.

Click on the link here to complete the survey.

You will be asked the following questions

Q1. If you were president or leader of your country, what would you do to improve education or schools in your country?
Q2. What do you love most about your school? (multi-choice)
Q3a. Is school and education important to you?
Q3b. If you answered Yes, above, why is school and education important to you?
Q4. What does it mean to be safe at school?
Q5. Based on your answer to Q4 above, please rate how safe you feel at school (multi-choice)
Q6. Have you ever had to miss school to help your family with work?

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Groynes Rope Course

Despite much worry about the weather we had an amazing day today at the Groynes Rope Course run by Horizons.

We took part in a range of team building activities, supported and encouraged each other and had the opportunity to step out of our comfort zones on the ropes course.

Miss Johnson and Mrs Cooper organised a lunchtime treat of hot pizza to warm everyone up before tackling the afternoons activities.

Check out the rest of the photos here!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Whanaungatanga- 3 way Parent-Teacher-Child Interviews

Hi families

Whanaungatanga:  3 Way Parent-Teacher-Child Interviews

Please note these interviews will now take place a week later on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th February.

This year we have made a change to our normal goal setting interviews. We want these interviews to be based around the concept of whanaungatanga which is about relationships, kinship, and a sense of family connection. We know that we are better able to understand and teach your children when we have strong and positive relationships with them and you, their parents / caregivers. We want this to be a time where we all share information - It will be a chance to talk to your child’s teacher and your child about the year ahead and how we can work together to help your child be successful. These interviews will take place on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th February.

Please take this opportunity to come and talk with your child and their teacher. It is very important to get involved in your child’s education.

These interviews will take place starting at 2.15pm with the last interview being at 6.45pm.  To book a time slot, please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and use the code B7LYY.  If you have no internet capability please book at the office. 

Please note that school will finish at 2pm on both of these days.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Technology at Kirkwood

Today we had our first Technology session at Kirkwood Intermediate.  Everyone had a great time, and Miss Johnson and I agree the cheese rolls made in Food Tech were delicious!!!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Collage Self Portraits- Lesson One

Today we started on our collage self portraits.  More photos to come as these creations evolve!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Welcome back!

It was fantastic to see everyone back today after a long holiday looking happy and healthy!

Welcome to our new students Christine, Apolosi and Gery. Great to have you as part of the Riccarton family!

A class notice and a technology notice came home today so make sure you have a read of those.

We are very excited about the year ahead, and especially about Room 10 and 11 working together collaboratively.

Check out these great pics from our Tower Team Building Challenge!