Friday, 16 December 2016

Graduation 2016

Here is our slide from Graduation 2016. What a day! Farewell to all our amazing Year 6's!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Fixed-Mindset Personas

We have been exploring 'Growth Mindsets' recently and within this analysing our "Fixed-mindset triggers". When we are faced with a big challenge, receiving feedback, seeing others doing better than us or receiving a setback in our learning sometimes this "triggers" a fixed-mindset persona (someone inside you who makes you act or behave differently than you usually do).

As part of our innovation fund research we created some movies to initiate a discussion about our FMPs.  Who is your FMP? What do they say to you? How do you overcome them so that you can be the best you you can be?  Please share as a comment :)

Fixed-Mindset Personas from Nic M on Vimeo.

Fixed-Mindset Personas from Nic M on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Power of PrEP!

PrEP has been such a wonderful experience for our learners!  This week has been a particular highlight.  Let me share a story with you.

We had 2 teachers visit us from Tuakau Primary School on Monday.  They overheard the music that Jack, Angus and Shaiv have composed.  They asked if they could buy one of their CD's.

Jack had a great idea and gave these ladies his email address asking for feedback.

Well, today Janice and Hera responded...

Kia ora Jack and co.

Tino pai rawa atu to koutou mahi! Your groups work is outstanding! Kei reira!!

I really liked the beats. Furthermore, I really liked how each track had a different beat/sound. Your long tracks I think are especially clever.

A couple of things you might want to check before sale day are:
- when you guys inserted the back cover it was upside down to your front cover. I remember you guys did this in a hurry so totally understandable.
- you might want to consider adding the titles to each track on the actual kopae/C.D. As a consumer I would like this as then I would be able to see the title of the track without having to refer to the C.D. case...and the titles are sooooo apt!

My teenager children, and young adult nephew were also impressed by your teams work. My nephew commenting, "hmmmm that sounds like a future D.J. in the making."

No reira tama mā, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou me to koutou mahi kounga - so boys, big ups to you all and your most excellent efforts!!

Mauri ora,
Tuakau Primary School

Ngaa mihi o te ata ki a koe Jack me ngaa tamarik/kaiako o te whaanau o Poutama. (Greetings of the morning to you Jack and children/teacher's of Poutama) 

Firstly, thank you all for having us in your class yesterday. Janice and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Poutama. You tamariki are so clever, talented and not to have a cool class with some of the 'best' teacher's!

We 'blasted' your group CD yesterday when we got back to Janice's kid's whare (house). Omg, we found ourselves dancing around the table, head banging actually (ask Troy to demonstrate- head banging). 

The CD beats are awesome, I have 2 teenage daughter's who I can honestly say would enjoy the  CD, like I did. I appreciate the time and effort you all put into creating your product, "he mihi nui ki a katoa" WELL DONE BOY'S"!

He kai kei o koutou ringa
There is food at the end of your hands
Said by a person who can use his/her/their basic abilities and resources to create success.
Ngaa mihi

Awesome boys!  What a great result!  

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Red Fox and Marly

Some of you may remember Bella and Ana from Poutama last year. During iTime, they started writing a collaborative story about two girls (based on themselves) who were secret agents able to control animals.

The story never got completed last year and Red Fox and Marly sat on the shelf (in a google drive) stuck at Chapter 6. After nearly a year long break, the adventure continues and they want YOUR feedback. Troy has read a few of the chapters to some of you and those who have missed out or want to read the full story can check it out here.

If you have any feedback/feedforward for the girls, I know they would love to hear from you. Post a comment and who knows, maybe Bella or Ana may write your ideas into their story.

Here are some of the animals that pop up in the story so you know who is who.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Being persuasive! Writing and Oral Language

As you do, I came across this hilarious trademe auction in the weekend and it appeared to fit our "learning to persuade" genre perfectly!  The above example is kind of like persuading to entertain... but it has been hugely funny persuading people to buy a useless item.  One person was trying to sell me! Any way, these are some success criteria when writing to persuade.  

Copy and paste your writing to the comments section so we can read and laugh at each others!  

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tony Hawk : Never Give Up!

Tony Hawk was someone I looked up to when I was a teenager. I loved skateboarding, but was never very good at it. When I watched Tony Hawk skate, he made it look easy. When I did it, I was clumsy. I gave up on trying because I felt it was too hard. I wish I showed perseverance when I look at how many times he failed just like I did, but he kept pushing himself to the limits. Our current value is Ngakau Tapatahi or Integrity. How does Tony Hawk show integrity in this video... Tweet your responses.

This reminded Nic of a quote:
“If we create a culture where every [one] believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.” —Dylan Wiliam

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Finger print characters Rm 9 Buddy time

Kia ora!  We had a blast on Tuesday creating all of these little finger print characters with our buddy class.  Aren't they super cute?  I used an app called "Adobe Spark" to create the movie.  It had some cool features to it... you might like to download it and try it out?

Anyways... Check it out!

Northern Cluster Performing Arts (NCPA) Dress Rehearsal

Today the Kapa Haka and School Band (not yet named!) performed their item for the NCPA in front of the school. It was an amazing performance from these gifted performers!  Thank you everyone who helped bring this collaboration together.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

PrEP planning

What a great afternoon of PrEP today! 



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