The Great Waiouru School Dance Off Is Coming To You!

Waiouru School is super fortunate to have received funds from the Ruapehu District Council Creative Community Grants Board to bring Mark Glastonbury from Glastonbury Studios, Whanganui up to school every Wednesday to teach dance to our kids.

The kids had their first lesson on Wednesday and absolutely loved it, even though that had to dance with members of the opposite sex (apparently liberal amounts of hand sanitizer post-dancing helps elevate ‘boy germs’ lol I was in tears when I read that on Facebook!).  Our goal is that at the end of the term Mark will hold and judge a dance off completion for our students.  So save the date whanau, Wednesday 23rd September, it’s going to be better than Dancing With The Stars!!

Here’s a weee sneak peak at the senior classes first session …

Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment

Tawhio and I enjoyed watching the children from Rangatahi start their first science experiment.

This is a cross post from Rangatahi’s Blog. Please leave a comment here.
We’ve been learning about the reaction between baking soda and vinegar and today we mixed the two in a bag to see what happened.

We thought the bag would maybe explode but it didn’t. The reason the bag blew up big is because of the gas made when they react.

Here are some pictures to show what happened.

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Super Heroes Inquiry

The Super Heroes have been working hard on their Enviro-Inquiry into how to attract native birds to our school. Below is an excerpt cross-post from their classroom blog all about their current progress.  Why not take a look at their blog here and leave a comment?

Week 1 & 2:

We explored our school grounds. We used maps and recorded “What can we hear? see? smell? taste?”  You can see Malhi’s map below.
We then asked “What do we want to hear and see?” 
We noticed that we heard no birds, and we really want birds at school.
 
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Week 3: Now we are learning about NZ native birds and how we can attract them to our school. We watch them on TVNZ’s “Meet the locals” and we listen to them to try to recognise the sound they make. We did a survey of our backyard where we looked for places where minibeasts and birds could safely live at school. Our very low green score showed us that we need to have a make over to bring more mini beasts in.  
(http://images.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz_images/digital/Family/meet_the_locals/education-resources/How-green-is-your-schools-backyard.pdf
 
How green is our backyard?
 
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We are looking in the leaves for insects and worms.IMG_0539We found some spiders in webs near the office.IMG_0544

We have a few tall trees where birds can rest and nest away from the threat of cats.

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We found some flaxes and kowhai trees. They will give birds some food.