Sunday, 26 March 2017

Looking after our Place in the World

Kia ora,

This week we are looking at our local environment.  At the moment there seems to be lots of discussion in the media around protecting our rivers and lakes. I often wonder what I could be doing better to help lessen this problem.

This is the beautiful part of Aotearoa that I live in and what our local council is doing to preserve it.

  1. Our environment is precious.  What are some of the environmental issues facing      New Zealand at the moment?

2. What are some things you do at home to help reduce waste/rubbish?

3. Tell us about the things that happen at your school to reduce waste and save energy?

4. What is one thing you could do better or more often to reduce waste at your school?

5. Can one person make a difference or do we need a team approach?

6. NZ has lots of endangered species.  What can we do to ensure future generations see them?

7. Have you been involved in any school or community events to protect our environment?

8. Design a way to reduce the amount of packaging around morning tea snacks.

9. Do you have any local environmental hero's that are looking after your local environment?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Week 8 - Heroes


This week we are excited as we have had the brilliant children from @Temataroom39 write the questions for this weeks chat.
Well done, William Bush, Harry Cassidy, Will Leary, Cam White, Megan Kay, Emily Payne, Isabel Stockley, Izzy Eivers, Piper Burroughs, Libby Fussell.  Thanks also to their teachers Sam Chatfield @sammychatfield  and Danielle Burroughs @DBurroughs06 for supporting them to generate this weeks questions.

I am really looking forward to this chat.  What an awesome topic!!

Week 8 Questions:

Q1: Does a hero need to wear a cape and their underpants on the outside?Why/Why not?
Q2: When we say the word hero why do we automatically think of super heroes instead of community heroes?
Q3: What qualities do you think a hero has?
Q4: Are leaders and heroes the same thing? Why?
Q5: Think of a hero and tell us why they are a hero to you?
Q6: Name a hero in your community and explain why they are a hero?
Q7: Is being rewarded the reason people are heroes?
Q8: Is it Ok for Heroes to make mistakes? Why/Why not?
Q9: Write an example of how you could be a hero?

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Different Cultures in our New Zealand schools

We have many cultures in New Zealand and we would like to know what cultures you have at your school and learn more about them...


Q1. What is your culture? What languages do you speak at home?

Q2. How would you greet all the classes participating today in your language?

Q3. What cultures or languages do you learn about at school? 

Q4. What cultural groups activities do you do at your school? (Kapa Haka, Pasifika groups, Fia Fia celebration)

Q5. What are your favourite traditions from your culture? Do you celebrate these at school? (festivals, holidays, clothes, food, music, dance etc)

Q6. What cultural sports and games do you do at school?

Q7. What culture would you like to be and why? 

Q8. What language would you like to learn and why?

Q9. Do you know of any apps or websites that we can use to learn about other cultures?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

School Virtues/Values - how do they impact on your learning and outlook on life?

This week we are looking at you School's Virtues/Values and we want to know how they impact on your learning and your outlook on life! 

The videos below are to get you thinking and wondering about the values people hold as important.


Q1. What are your School's Virtues/Values? Tweet a photo of your School's Virtues/Values displayed either in your classroom, playground or books.

Q2. Who designed/wrote them? As a student did you get a chance have your say when they were decided? 

Q3. Why does every School have different 'Value Statements'? All School's are trying to educate children, shouldn't they be the same for every School? 

Q4. How do your School's Virtues/Values impact on your learning?

Q5. How do your School's Virtues/Values impact on your behaviour?

Q6. Which of your School's Virtues/Values do think is the most important? Why?

Q7. If you had to rewrite your School's Virtues/Values.  What would you change them to?

Q8. Tweet a photo or video of you and your friends/classmates displaying one of your School Virtues/Values.

Q9. Outside of School what are the most important Virtues/Values to your family? Why?