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Mount Pleasant School

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Mount Pleasant school has 13 classrooms and base-camp for the new entrants. We are split up into four teams: Team Take Off(years 0-2), Team Magma(Years 3-4), Team Rock Solid(Years 5-6) and Team at the top(Years 7-8). Room 13 in Team At The Top.

About 3 years ago we got new buildings in Team Magma, T@TT and Base-camp, but Rooms, 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 still are with their old buildings.
In the earthquake, our hall was pushed off its pillars and now can't be used. Room 9 had the same problem but was lifted up by a crane and was fixed.

Our school also has a values and philosophies known as the MAGIC, there is a photo of the magic below,
our school uses the MAGIC to have good behavior and keep our school tidy.

Here are some of the  photos of our school and a map of our schools layout.

This is our classroom with Tai and Jemima

This is our astro turf and the hall in the corner and the PE shed behind 

This is Thomas and Jackson reading in one
 of our shared spaces, connecting the classroom.

This is school field and the senior playground in the back 
This is our schools MAGIC             This is the teachers staff room


First aid course

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

On Wednesday the 5th of June we had a first aid course. We learned how to stop a person from choking by using a certain technique that involves standing behind the patient and thrusting your hand into their solar plexus 5 times with increasing force attempting to dislodge whatever they are choking on. We also learned how to put people in the recovery position if the maneuver failed so they don't choke on their tongue. Another thing we practised was how to call the police if there was an emergency by talking on a toy phone. In an emergency, we learnt to follow the Doctors ABC (DRSABC below) to help recover somebody.

Danger - Check for dangers before attempting to help them.

Response- Check if they are responding by tapping their collarbone.

Send for help - Call 111 or find an adult to help. Talk calmly and answer the emergency centers questions.

Airways - Tilt their chin up so they don’t choke on their tongue.

Breathing - Make sure the patient is bleeding by putting your head down to feel their breath and/or see their chest moving, or by getting a mirror or some glass then put it up to their mouth to see the condensation.

Circulation - Make sure blood is circulating around their body - apply pressure to bleeding wounds.

This video was made by students in Australia to show the DRSABC steps. Note that their emergency number is 000 and ours is 111. Also, we weren't taught how to do CPR because of our age.

We learned skills that could save lives one day.

By Fergus and Jacob.

Movie making - the process!

Thursday, 20 June 2013


Lately we’ve been making movies.There are three different groups with three different movies.

Make sure to watch the finished movies at the end of July (final dates to be confirmed). They will be playing on a big screen for our families and we will put them on our blog afterwards.

Movie making steps

Step one

We got into groups and discussed our ideas and thought up our storyline related to peace and conflict in a school context.

Step two

We tried out different shots in a practice movie making session. Some of the shots we used were establishing shots to show the setting and close up shots to show the expression of the actors and how they’re feeling. This was very difficult because there is so many different ideas and everyone wants to use their own.

Step three

Then we made a storyboard to plan our shots for our finished movie. Then we wrote a script with the dialogue. Finally we had a filming day to get all the shots done.

We are currently still editing our movies, here are some photos of one group recording.

Make sure to leave a comment, Hope you enjoy.

National Young Leaders Day

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

On the 28th of May, all the students from Mt Pleasant School attended National Young Leaders Day at the Christchurch Airforce Museum. Lots of different inspirational speakers talked and the whole day taught us all a lot about being a leader. The Student Council at our school put together this presentation below.

Maths and Science Extension at Linwood College

Thursday, 13 June 2013

On a Tuesday morning a few students go to the local high school, Linwood College, for extension in mathematics and science. We spend two hours on each subject with a ten minute break in between. So far in science we have covered a broad range of topics. These include: Quantum Mechanics (the basics), Photosynthesis, The Human Body, and much more. In maths we have been looking for patterns series of shapes and numbers, figuring out the rule, writing out the algebraic equation, then expanding and simplifying our algebraic equation to provide a finished answer. Hers's a video we watched in class about Quantum Mechanics presented to you by Mr. Quantum.

Dealing with conflict

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Blog post written by Sam D, Jackson and William

In the last few weeks we have been learning about dealing with conflict and problems.
Below we have different ways people respond to conflicts that we used to role play  situations that we have happened to us.


  • Forget about it and forget about the other person
  • Walk away
  • Don’t get involved
  • Become resentful

  • Nether person gets want they want but they each get a bit of something
  • A bit of give and take
  • Give some and gain some

  • Don’t let the other person get what they want
  • Get what you want
  • Someone wins and someone loses

  • Together both people think of a solution where both sides can be satisfied
  • A win/win situation
  • Negotiate

  • let the other person have what they want
  • Surrender
  • Sacrfice

One of the examples we discussed and role played was if two kids want the same book at the same time. What should they do? Which technique should they use to solve it?
Possible solutions that we talked about were that you could share the book or read the same book at the same time or one person could read a different book and when they’re finished, they can swap.

“I” Statement
We also learned about "I" statements and how to use them in a conflict with another person.

An “I” statement is when you say what you feel to the other person when you’re in a conflict. We practiced using these in conflict situations.
An  example is: “I feel hurt when you laughed at me when I fell over. I don’t like what you said to me and I think you should say sorry”.

Here is a video talking more about I-statements: