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Cantamath competition

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Over the last couple of weeks, we were working on our projects for the Cantmath competitions. Cantamaths is a maths competition held in Christchurch by the Canterbury(canta) Mathematic(math) Association.

We had the options of doing any of these:
  • A poster to do with some aspect of math to show our understanding.
  • A game to do with some aspect of maths.
  • A booklet about a subject of our choice to do with maths.
  • A model to explain in detail to everyone a certain aspect of maths
There were also teams of four that went to the CBS arena to compete against other schools in a problem solving test of 20 questions. At our school, there was a Year 7 team and a year 8 team. The teams were as follows:

Year 8 - Zac, Jemima, Lucchio, Rosie

Reserves: Will, Jacob O

Year 7- Polina, George, Holly, Jacob M

Reserves: Dominic, Eddie

The year 8 team tied with a few other schools, and came 13th out of 104, with 75 points.
The year 7 team tried hard and scored 30 points, spending 10 minutes on one question, dedermination!

The Year 7 team got 30 points and the Year 8 team got 75 points in the half hour contest.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Here's an extract of Tara and Emily's story.  It's a very captivating story about traveling overseas.

My life was about to change forever.
Hi my name is May. I’m 12 years old and I go to Spring day school in Hanmer Springs. In my family there is
my mum Jennifer, my dad Dan and me.

My parents announced last night that we would be leaving and traveling around the world until we find
somewhere better to live. They never liked living here they didn’t like the community, the holiday makers that come and go and their jobs it was too much for them. I begged for us not to go but they told me that they had been planning this for 5 months and they were trying to find the right time to leave. They had made up their mind.

APRIL 5 2013

The day has finally come. I cried all last night. I never knew it would be so hard to say goodbye to everyone especially my best friend Georgie. As the taxi pulled up outside our house I knew we wouldn’t be back for a long time.We arrived at the airport at 4.00 pm (New Zealand time).            

‘Flight 107 to Hong kong boarding now at gate G 57’ said a man’s voice from the speaker as we got out of the taxi.

APRIL 6 2013

Can’t get to sleep a baby’s crying like mad. Traveling in first class for three more hours is making me sick! At two o’clock I watched a movie, it was a boring movie so I went back to sleep.    

3.30 am (New Zealand time).
We’re finally landing and guess what I get to give out the plane candies!

4.00 am (New Zealand time).
We’re here I got out of the plane and a blast of hot air hit my face and I found it hard to breathe. We went down the ramp and into the airport. the airport was like nothing you had ever seen it was massive there are people everywhere. We almost got lost trying to get our bags but we got our bags and just got the shuttle in time. It’s 12am here. I’m so tired. We finally got to our hotel at 1am. I must of fallen asleep because  don’t remember much of the trip. We got out of the shuttle and the building was all lit up it was beautiful. The shuttle driver got our bags and we went into the hotel. There was an after hour box and our key was in there. We are on level 22 and room 2201 we are on top of the building there are only 2 rooms on our floor and our room is gorgeous there is a room for me with an en-suite and a room for mum and dad with an en-suite  a living room with a tv and another living room with a kitchen table the a bathroom and a play room also there is a deck and there is a spa, a BBQ, and an outside table. I went and put my bags in my room then I fell asleep.

Mt Pleasant Short Film Festival evening!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Year 5-8s at our school made movies between our classrooms. Some classrooms split into groups, and some made one as a class. Each class had 10 minutes to present their movies. Each class had a subject they were basing their movie on.

We had Hammond Peak come over to our school to give us tips about how to make our movies, with his OSCAR award for best sound in Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.

We were allowed into the movie night without having to pay or hand in tickets. However, the two guests we chose to give our tickets to had to bring along a donation to help pay for a new video camera to use in our team in the future. The student council sold lollies to raise funds for the kid we are sponsoring in Africa. 

On Wednesday, we watched all the movies from the six classes in each of our classrooms. 
The movie night lasted up to an hour. There were about 8-9 movies shown, including the one-shot at the beginning which was a movie that Room 12 decided to make in one take where they filmed the whole school dancing throughout every class.
All the movies included-

-Room 13
.Last drop
.Class president
.War of the courts
-Room 12
.One shot
-Room 11
.Deep Water
.Family Violence
.Under Pressure
-Room 10
.Ode To Freedom
-Room 9
.I Was Here
-Room 8-
.The new kids
.The MAGIC Song

Here are some pictures from the evening!
Blog post by Logan and Olivia

Sayings of the day

Monday, 12 August 2013

We have been learning a new saying a day in Room 13. These have been added to a Google Presentation that is available by clicking the 'Sayings' link in the sidebar of the blog. I've added it below for this post. The newest sayings will be added to the beginning of the presentation.

What is your favourite saying? Add it in the comments and we could make it one we study in class.
Thanks - Mrs Vesper

The detention get away by Tai

Thursday, 8 August 2013

In term one, my class and I wrote narratives about a rope hanging from the sky based on the short film below called Dangle.

Here is my story.  I am proud of keeping my story in the right tense, my plot, and where I put my commas.

The Detention Getaway

The boys gasped for breath as they ran along the alley way.
“Run faster William. Mr Milten’s going to catch us!” yelled John as they reached the end of the alley.
“Stop right there,” commanded a loud voice in behind them.
A big hairy face popped out in front of William and John. Mr Milten had found a short cut and they were trapped.
“You boys are supposed to be in detention,” he yelled as he grabbed the back of their shirts. “You have just scored yourself another hour.
“Let us go you horrible menace,” John shouted as he struggled to escape.

Term three learning update

Thursday, 1 August 2013

This is just a quick post to let you know some of the key learning areas that we currently working on in Room 13.

We are currently focusing on the different types of non-fiction texts. Below is a presentation with some of the key information about the different text types we have been focusing on. We will continue to look at these in our reading groups leading up to camp:

We are also finishing off the ballads we were writing about the key characters in our books from last term. We will share some of these on this blog in upcoming blog posts!

We are also looking at the topic of biodiversity for science. Our focus will be on the alpine environment  as an ecosystem. Students will also investigate an endangered animal or ecosystem of their choice to use as the topic for their speeches later in the term. To begin this topic, we have been focusing on classification of living things. The students have been working on this alongside developing their knowledge of Venn diagrams over the last few week. You can see the information we been covering in the next presentation.

That's enough for the moment but there will be more updates soon!
Mrs Vesper