Monday, 30 March 2015

Photo Competition

Here is the information you will need for your science homework.  If you have any questions, email Mrs Dromgool or myself.

Have fun (and remember, it doesn't have to be a selfie, just related to light). When you email your entries, please cc me in too.

Our New Blogging Partner

Hi there Room 10,

Here is the link to our new blogging partner that I told you about.  They are from Ontario in Canada. It will be interesting to learn more about them, and how are schools are both different and the same.

Make sure you visit and use your great commenting skills.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

New Horizons

Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is an important part of school life at Berkley.  In even years, we go into the bush (forest) to Aongatete Lodge.  Once there (after a 8 - 10-hour hike in), we have lots of neat experiences.  We navigate up and down a river, learn orientation by following compass bearings, cook over an open fire, sleep in tents, do night challenges and rock climbing.  It is wonderful.

Last week was our odd year activity - New Horizons.  This is a programme where every teacher organises a programme intended to open 'new horizons' to our students.  The students are given a book with all the options, from which they choose four and are allocated one of these.  The options range from mountain biking, tall ship sailing, cooking, mosaic making, recording in a music studio and surfing to science experimentation.  I took my group to windsurfing lessons in a city called Tauranga which is a couple of hours away.  We stayed over there, enjoyed the salt water hot pools each night.  I can't wait to hear about all of Room 10's experiences tomorrow.  Hopefully, they'll have posts written on their blogs soon.  Only four days to the first school vacation of the year and our school's computer system is down.

Here are some pics from my week:

You can see more on the blog I set up for parents back home:

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Wonderings 1

Explain your thoughts on the following quote:

As well as commenting, read other people's responses and write a reply.
Remember to leave your first name.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Speaking 'Kiwi'

New Zealanders are often known as 'Kiwis'.  A kiwi is a native endangered flightless bird that we hold special. 

CC Picture from
In NZ we have our very own slang, which is a combination of both English and Maori language.

One of our sporting exports is Steven Adams, who is playing basketball for Oklahoma Thunder in the United States.  He has made this advertising video for one of his sponsors:

What do you think?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Student Initiative

We are having internet issues, which means we have no wifi in our classroom today. These class members have discovered they can get wifi in our courtyard, so they've been working out there. As their teacher, I've been very proud of the independence they have shown; each time I've gone out they've been on task and showing respect for surrounding classes by working quietly. You are awesome.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Purple Cake Day

In Food Technology and Materials Technology, Room 10 have been working towards preparations for 'Purple Cake Day'. This is a day where we were fundraising to raise money for children's education across the world. At Berkley we focused on a three-pronged approach: Making cakes to sell, a school-wide mufti day and a wearable arts show, where each costume had to reflect the makers, as well as including something purple.

It's not just about cakes – it's about kids helping kids all over the world. “We learn about kids in other countries, and raise money to help them get an education,” says Skylar – Purple Cake Day student ambassador.


On Thursday, Berkley raised around $1300. This was a fabulous result for all of the students' hard work.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Wearable Arts Show

These are a couple of snapshots from the show today. Our students were outstanding. More photos to follow.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

b>Brought to you by James, please enjoy :)
 Brought to you by James, please enjoy :)

James really enjoys using programming language. In a new post on his blog (, he wrote this:

“For those of you interested, I've put a bit of HTML together, to use it, all you need to do, is create a new post, except instead of typing, find the title of your blog in the top-left corner of your screen, and below it there should be two buttons, one labeled 'Compose', and the other 'HTML' click on HTML. Then paste in the code I will supply, and you're done! You can now post this as you normally would. One thing to keep in mind, when you next post something, you may need to hit the 'Compose' button, or you can just learn HTML :) I hope you enjoy, and please comment! I can also supply some more code if you want.”

This was followed by a lot of HTML code, which I copied and pasted into this post, and the above game  is the end result. This is awesome James, because you've shared your passion, at the same time whetting people's appetites to find out more.  I also appreciate how giving you are, both in class and across the school, with your computing knowledge and skills.

Publishing Comments

Chloe has recently added an excellent post on her blog. The post was about making comments, but she also added an excellent section at the end of her post, which she agreed would be good to share on the class blog.

Here is an excerpt from her blog:

What Kind of Comments Should You Publish . . .

Don't publish all kinds of comments. Only the ones that are relevant. DO NOT publish explicit or creepy comments. Also don't publish comments from companies that are trying to get you to buy something or get you to advertise things for them. 

If you get a personal comment, you do not have to publish it. You may delete it and label it a spam.

You can choose who and what goes or looks at your blog. Make sure you keep your blog safe from spams and all kinds of weird comments as well!

Thank you for reminding us of those things Chloe.

You can read the whole of Chloe's excellent post at

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Student Blogging Challenge: Week 2

Giving Awesome Comments

This week our blogging challenge will be focusing on giving high quality feedback in our comments on other people's blogs.  Have a look at this video:

I think this is great.

The two things I would add to this are:
1.  Provide feedforward - what could the person do to improve their posting?
2. Include your own blog address in your feedback - shamelessly advertising for an audience.

Would you add anything to his 5 guidelines?

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Boys' Haka

Hi Aranui Boys,

This is an updated video of what you did today, and the words as you did them.  You need to have perfected this by tomorrow.

Thank you Matua Edwin, Matua Edwin and Louis for your hard work today.

I te kokoma I te kokomako

Ko te hau tapu e rite ki te kai A Matariki pakia

Tapareirei a koia tapa

Tapa konunua koia na tukua ki raro

Hi aue Hi

(leader) Ko te iwi maori e ngunguru nei(2x)

Hi au au aue Ha

(leader)I A Ha Ha!

ka tu te ihi

ihi ka tu te wanawana

i runga I te rangi e

tu iho nei

tu iho nei       Hi!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Book sharing today

Aryan chose to share an author today and read a small taster from their books. He chose JK Rowling and the Philosopher's Stone. Aryan was well prepared and very confident.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Tōia mai te waka

As part of our Focus (school assembly) presentation on Friday, we need to learn Tōia mai te waka, both the words and the actions.

Here are the words and a video of the actions (remember, you will need to practice the actions when you're facing the same way as the performers).

Tōia mai te waka nei                         
Kūmea mai te waka nei                           

Ki te takotoranga i takoto ai                    

Tiriti te mana motuhake.

Te tangi a te manu e                               


Kūi! Kūi! Kūi!                                         
Whitiwhiti ora!                                       

Hui e, tāiki e.    

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Student Blog Challenge

Hi there class,

I have just read about this international student blog challenge.  Can you please read about it here (the picture is linked), plus the FAQs under the 'About' drop down menu and tell me what you think.

Add your ideas in the comments below (remember to use your first name to post feedback)

Super 6 Competition

Berkley is divided into six teams (called 'houses' in some schools).  There are four classes in a team, and we are a part of ARANUI Team.

Twice a term the teams play each other in a sporting competition,  The short term prize is a free mufti day, and the long term prize is getting your name on the 'Super 6' shield for the year.

This week, we had a competition where all played a modified softball competition.  The class was split into two teams; one team played with a softball bat and a tennis ball and the other with a tennis racket and a tennis ball.

Room 10 teams were very successful, winning five out of six games.  The teamwork between the class was very obvious in the game where I refereed them.  I was very proud.

You can see the results of a very hot and dry summer - we need rain.