Friday, September 22, 2017

Speech Competition Week 9

It was really tough judging who would be our semi-finalists at the Whangaparaoa Speech Competition final on Wednesday this week.

I was really pleased with the authenticity and student voice in all the students efforts.

Speech competitions have always been a bit of a bone of contention. My own kids have gripped every year at this time and as a long-time senior school teacher I have been witness to countless 'parent written', student presented speeches. Not this year, not at Whanga, not A Team students.

The topics, passion, cleverness of everyones efforts was really heart-warming.

Students OWNED their speeches - It was Awesome! See below for the Quincy and Ajay speeches, our A Team representatives at the school event:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Just a normal start to the day in A6, except.....




The kids decided it'd be cool to build 'huts' to snuggle into and read later. They come up with the best ideas :)!

Everywhere we go there's book related fun. We are sure loving Book day. Can't wait to see who our guest reader is after Lunch, watch the plays we've been reading in groups and share Reading ROX OUR SOX later.

Thanks to everyone for an awesome Book Day!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WGP Book Day - Wednesday 13 September

LOVE BOOKS?               LOVE READING?                 SURE DO!

Tomorrow at WGP we celebrate all things BOOKISH.

We have a number of fun and engaging things planned across A Team but in particular in A5/6.

See below for tomorrows agenda:

Block 1

- Speeches :)   (ha! sorry, thought we'd get the 'must dos'
                        over at the beginning of the day)

- Reading Scavenger Hunt

Block 2

- Reading, planning and presenting plays

- Storytime swap

Block 3

- Guest reader

Reading ROX our SOX afternoon.
You are welcome to bring the things you love when reading:

  • Your book :)
  • PJs or Onsies welcome, YEEHA!
  • Blankie/snuggle sac/teddy bear/pillow etc

Looking forward to BOOK DAY!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Most Likely To Succeed

Yesterday I got sent a link to a documentary that explores why some students will be more likely to succeed in our world of exponential change.

It identifies specific moments in time that identify and define why a knowledge based curriculum is no longer what our children need and how it is our responsibility to make changes in order to prepare our students for the world they will work in.

It particularly highlights the plight of 'middle income' society and uses hard data to prove that the industrialised education system revolutionised in Prussia at the end of the 19th century to cater for the needs of the workforce of the day is no longer a system our students will thrive in.

Now that knowledge can be obtained so easily and skills once executed by people are now being catered for by machines the drop in jobs available is becoming an ever increasing concern. How do we prepare our young people for a future where many of the vocations that used to be highly sought after don't even exist anymore and many of the careers they will go into are yet to be thought of?

The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to shift teaching and learning as we know it, inspiring us to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of. I shared the first 10 minutes of the feature-length documentary with A6 today as it explains some of my drivers and why it can 'feel' different to learn in our classroom. Learning behaviour is elevated far beyond content as learning to learn and ownership of learning takes the front seat.

A number of students were really engaged and although the audience is targeted at adults they totally got into the messages I wanted them to get. They asked me if I could send them the link and am happy to do that. It is a provocative watch and I would highly recommend it as 'family viewing'. The link will only be FREE TO VIEW until TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER.

Enjoy :). Let me know if you have any questions regarding the content.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sharing our Learning

This afternoon B8 joined us to share part of our learning journey this term.

B8 shared their EBooks they created in response to this terms inquiry.

It was awesome to share the different ways we learn in today's modern classroom.

Here's Claire's EBook:

A6 was able to share their blogs. We were really impressed with each others learning efforts.
Thanks for sharing and feedback B8!

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Team Assembly

This week it was A Teams turn to host the assembly. We were really proud of our presenters - they really held everything together and made all the presentations flow well.

As part of the sharing we put together a slideshow of work and events we had shared. It was great to see all the amazing outcomes students had achieved and all the collaboration they had engaged in.

What awesome learners we have in A Team :)

Watch our slideshow to see for yourself:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Olivia's Awesome Week 5 Post...



It's me. (Tries to do an Adele reference). Welcome back to my blog. You probably read the title and thought...

On no! It's Maths!

Anyway, yes me and my friend Brooke have been doing a math strategy drawing about using the 5 times tables. It has some great teaching point videos. It's purpose is to help teach the year 3/4's math strategy stages. Here it is.

I hope you like it. Also another thing happened on Monday, we went to Auckland Museum! It was really fun and exciting with the adventures. Here are some photos

Also we just did cross country today. Guess what I came? I came 2nd! It is funny because me and my friends all got into the top four. I am excited for inter-schools. 

Yes it has been a very busy week, but I survived. I'm a survivor.😀

I guess that is all for this week. See you all later!