Saturday, September 24, 2011

Springboks Training

We went to Owen Delaney Park to see
the South African Rugby Team, the Springboks training.
Brendan Weatherley from Classic Hits radio was there, he gave us posters and threw balls and drink bottles into the crowd.
We all made small South African flags to wave and we took along our rugby balls in the hope of getting autographs.
Mrs Allen had bought a large South African flag for our class, we waved that too.
We even made a 'Broadlands School' banner to help us get noticed.

We saw lots of the team members up close and got heaps of photos and some autographs too.
It was a great outing.
We hope you enjoy watching our photostories.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A visit from two 'Baby Blacks'.

On Friday Sam Cane and Carl Axtens came to visit us.
They both played for the New Zealand Under 20 rugby team (the Baby Blacks) that won
 the Junior World Championships in Italy earlier this year.
They also happen to be ex-pupils of Broadlands School and cousins of Robbie, Joshua and Charlotte.

We had time out on the field together playing rugby and then they came into class to talk to us.
They showed us their team tops and their medals.
They answered our questions and then signed autographs for us.
It was a fantastic visit!!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Button Box

This term we are working on a whole school
 production of 'The Button Box'.
We have been very busy rehearsing our songs.
This is one of our favourites.

Reporoa Cluster Schools' Cultural Festival

Today we performed our Kapa Haka items at
 the Reporoa Cluster Schools' Cultural Festival.
It was our very first time performing in front of an audience and also
the very first time we had been onto the stage at the College.
We were all very nervous beforehand but once we were on the stage we
forgot about the audience and did our very best.
We all had a great time.
Thank you Whaea Donna for teaching us!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


To complete our unit on '3-D shapes' we have been constructing 3-D shapes out of spaghetti and marshmallows.

The marshmallows are the vertices (corners).
The spaghetti makes the edges (sides).

Before we were able to make a shape we had to say it's name
 and how many marshmallows and pieces of spaghetti we needed to make it.
It was fiddly but fun to do.
Watch our photostory.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pass It

Term 3 has started with another Bay of Plenty sports activity.
We are now doing 'Pass it', which has a netball focus.
Our first teacher was Anna, she taught us how to do chest passes.

Then we had Julianna Naoupu, she has just been named as a Silver Fern!!!
Lots of us took the opportunity to get her autograph or a photo.
We are so lucky to be able to work with one of the country's best players.
Julianna with Room 1.

We also had Lucy coach us, she helped us to improve our bounce passes.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cooperative learning about hangi.

We have worked cooperatively with Room 2 to find out about different types of hangi.
We worked in pairs, Tuakana and Teina together to support each other.
We used the notebooks to access an interactive learning game.
If you would like to try it yourself click on the link below.

Matariki Day

On Friday Broadlands School held our second annual 'Matariki Day'.
We began the day with our usual Friday morning start of LEP, Learners Enrichment Programme, activites.
Then after morning tea we split up into our house groups and spent the next session working with our house leaders doing some creative Matariki activities.
For lunch we had a Hangi, that was fantastic, some of us had never experienced a hangi before.
In the afternoon we had planned to have inter-house sports but because of the poor weather we changed our plans and had a session with Matua Grant.
We loved that, as you can see in our photostory, thanks Matua.
We sang all our favourite Waiata and action songs.
It was a great way to end Maori Language Week!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Move and Improve Photostory

Move and Improve

This week we have been going to the hall every day for
"Move and Improve" gymnastics lessons.
We have learned lots of new skills and had a fantastic time.



Motorbike Landings

Supporting weight on our hands

Front support

Back support

L shape

Thanks BOP Go4it team.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Junior Kapa Haka

On Thursday the juniors get together for Kapa Haka with Whaea Donna.
We love it and we are getting pretty good at our repertoire.

Cross Country

On Wednesday we had our school cross country.
We had all been practicing hard for weeks and were pleased to be doing our races at last.
It was a wonderful afternoon and we all did our very best.
The fastest in each age group will go to the cluster cross country next week.
These are our cup winners.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


On Tuesday the whole school went to Waiouru to the Army Museum.
We had a fantastic day there.
Our guide told us many interesting things and we learned so much. We were also able to show him how much we already knew about ANZACs and the two world wars.
We used the new ipods to take lots of photos and movies.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Kick It 2

We have enjoyed our Kick it sessions this week.
Our favourite games are 'Trucks and Trailers' and 'Ghostbusters'.
In 'Trucks and Trailers' we have a partner, sometimes we have to stay close together (like a truck and its trailer), sometimes we have to try to escape from our 'trailer' and create a big gap between us.
It is great fun and helps us to practice our football skills.

Cooperative Learning

For our Inquiry Rooms 1 and 2 often work together in Cooperative Learning groups.
Each group member has a special role to play: Recorder; Time-keeper; Materials Manager; Participation Officer; Noise Controller etc.
The whole group needs to work together to complete the task on time!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Kahurangi Cultural Group

On Friday we were entertained by the fantastic Kahurangi Cultural Group.
They took us on the journey of the early Maori settlers, from Tahiti to Hawaii, Samoa and finally New Zealand.
For each place on the journey we learned a greeting, something about that place and enjoyed watching a traditional dance.



New Zealand Maori

Mr Taylor, Keagan and Matthew were chosen to be Maori warriors, watch our photostory of them in action.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kick It

This Term we are pleased to have the Sports Instructors in teach us Football skills.
The unit we are following is called "Kick It".
We have played lots of new games and are having great fun while we learn.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Now the weather is getting colder and wetter
we have started wearing our slippers indoors.
We have quite a collection of fantastic ones.
There are:
pink ones, fluffy ones, furry ones, spotty ones, plain ones
and loads more.
We have the coziest feet in the school.

Rohi's Day with Room 1

We had a wonderful day with Rohi, the little Kea, today.
(See the link to her blog over on the left hand side.)
She did : Buddy reading; played maths games; went to singing in room 4;
had fun outside at morning tea and  lunchtime; and loads of other cool stuff with us.
It was a great day!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Kayden's Helmet

It has been ages since we learned that Kayden had won the competition
 to have his helmet design made into a real bike helmet that he can wear.
At last, in assembly this week, came the moment that we had all been waiting for...
Kayden's helmet has arrived and Mr Taylor presented it to him!!

Cool helmet, Buddy!!

Our Learning Centre

At our school we have a wonderful Learning Centre  which contains
our school library, a two-touch smart board and several computers.
Once a week we are able to go and work in there with Tracey,  our librarian.
We do special activities  to help us learn about different books, authors and the organisation of a library.
We are also allowed to issue books that we can take home to read.
We LOVE going to the Learning Centre every week.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Our Wonderful Swimming

We have all made such great progress with our swimming this term.
Swimming every day and practicing and practicing has really paid off.
Look at our photos in the Picture trail below.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Enormous Carrot.

Tagan brought an enormous carrot to school today for her news.

We were all amazed at the size of it.
When we took a photo we put a ruler on the floor next to it. It is almost as long as the ruler!!

Tagan answered the children's questions about it.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Special Surprise.

On Friday Tracey came to our class with a surprise parcel!
It was addresssed to Jemma and Room 1 at Broadlands School.
We filmed Jemma opening it.
It was from Harold the Giraffe at the Life Education Trust.
Jemma and Maggie had written him a letter saying how much we enjoyed his visit to our school.

Inside there was a letter to us all, a special Harold toy and some stickers for Jemma
and 2 boxes of Harold plasters and 2 sheets of stickers for the class.
We all felt very special.

Zu Zu Land

At Broadlands School we use our virtues every day.
At Lunchtime on Friday, Maggie, Jemma, Thomas, Daniel and Cody worked together - Cooperation - to make a unique land for their ZuZu pets.
They showed great  Creativity!
They called it "ZuZuLand".

The children explain what they did in this video clip.

Our Self Portraits.

We worked with Mrs Lane to create our Self Portraits.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Open Day

Today was Open Day at Broadlands School, all our parents and whanau were invited to come along and see what we do all day.
Thanks to all those who came to visit us.
We love showing you what we do.

For those who weren't able to come today watch these videos from today's Kapa Haka session.
Practicing our pronounciation.

Then starting to learn our Mihimihi.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What a winner!!

We are so proud of Kayden!
Last term we all took part in a competition to design a bike helmet.
Kayden's design was selected as one of the top 5
and his prize is to have a bike helmet decorated with his design.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Fundraiser

Renee and Abi, two of our year 6 pupils wanted to raise money to support the people of Christchurch.
They came up with the idea of a wacky hair day/ mufti day.
Today, one week after the earthquake, we held our fundraiser.
Enjoy our photostory.

At 12:51 we had 2 minutes silence along with the rest of the country.

In singing we sang our favourite 'Bad Hair Day' song.

At the end of the day Renee and Abi held an assembly where they gave out certificates and prizes for the best hair or costume.
We had a really good day and raised over $300.
Well done Broadlands School.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Class

We love going to Broadlands School.
We went out in the sun to takes some photos of us in our favourite places.
Have a look at our photostory.
Some of us are just 'hanging around'.

Life Education Again

On Friday we had our 2nd session of Life Ed.
It was great fun.
We sorted different foods into their food groups on the food pyramid.
We watched Harold at Jocky's birthday party.
We sang songs and we did some role play.
It was a busy session.

Thank You Andrea, Harold and the Life Education Trust.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Life Education with Harold

Today we had our first Life Education lesson with Harold the Giraffe and Andrea.
We learned all about Healthy Eating.
Watch our photostory.

We love going to visit Harold.
We can't wait until tomorrow when we get our second lesson.
Click to watch our video.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kapa Haka

Today we had our first
Kapa Haka session of 2011.
We were pleased to see Matua Grant and Whaea Martha again.
The whole school went into the Learning Centre together to practice.
We learned a lot of new words and actions.
Watch our photostory.

Matua Grant told us how to pronounce our Maori sounds correctly.
It is important for us to try to pronounce words properly.
He asked us to make faces while we said the sounds!
Mita o te reo.

We learned the Maori names for parts of the body
and sang a song to practice them.
It was such great fun!

Then we tried going even faster.
Watch Room 4, the New Entrants have a go.
They are in the front row.

We can't wait for next week's lesson.
Thank you Matua and Whaea.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


In ICT we are learning how to use
We can talk about our photographs and you can hear what we have to say.

Taine and Tagan.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Doubling Numbers

In Numeracy we have been learning how to
double small numbers.
To help us remember we made a wall display of Doubles Ladybirds.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A New School Year.

We have had a wonderful start to the New School Year with lots of fine weather.
Swimming lessons have started and we are preparing for our School Triathlon and School Swimming Sports in the next few weeks.
Watch our photostories to see us in the pool.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 1, 2011.
We have lots of exciting things planned so keep watching this space to see what we are up to.