Friday, November 8, 2019

Making Peanut Butter Slice

This week we used our Pic's Peanut Butter to create a delicious slice.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings

1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
10 tablespoons butter room temperature, divided
1 ½ cups peanut butter
1 cup milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with aluminium foil (see notes).
In a large bowl, cream 5 tablespoons butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well and press into prepared pan.

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and remaining 5 tablespoons butter for 1 minute. Stir carefully and continue to microwave in 30-second increments until smooth, stirring after each increment. Pour over peanut butter crust and spread evenly.
Chill until completely firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Te Hiku Manaiakalani Outreach 2 First Movie Festival

This year has been our first Te Hiku Movie Festival, the movies have been played on the big screen at the Te Ahu Cinema in Kaitaia on Thursday 7 November. This is one of the lucky movies to be chosen from our school. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of this movie.
Please enjoy and feel free to leave a comment below for the students.

Some very excited children that can't wait to watch their movie on the big screen.

Afterwards, we made sure we got a photo with our lovely group on the red carpet. Can you believe it, Red Carpet! The students felt like stars!
Then we awarded them to a lovely Ice Cream or Frozen Coke for their amazing efforts! Ka Pai future film makers!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Peanut Butter Cookies

Today we made Peanut Butter Cookies using our Pic's peanut butter we won from Squawk squad. Six students went with Sharlene to help make these delicious cookies.

The recipe is incredibly easy, with only three ingredients - 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter and 1 egg.

There were so many cookies, that we were able to share them with the three junior classrooms.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Surfing at Ahipara Beach

On Tuesday, our two senior classes, Te Puawai and Te Kauru, went to Ahipara beach to participate in the 'Have a go' surf day.  When we got there, we piled ourselves into 'Sup Bros' headquarters for a safety chat. The students were great and knew all the answers for keeping themselves safe in the water and in a rip.  They were also able to identify the parts of a surfboard.  Our instructors were great. They each had a 'superpower' which they shared with the students. These ranged from being able to share their 'stoke', punching sharks, lightning-fast swimming and more.

Top and bottom left: Te Kauru and Te Puawai crammed in the Surf Bro's headquarters.
Both right: Our surf instructors sharing their superpowers.
After our safety briefing, our classes were split into three groups. We rotated around three stations for the day; snacks and games at headquarters, games on the beach and surfing.

On the beach we played frisbee, bat down and the hose game. Some students were building sandcastles and others were being buried. 

Top left - Oscar, right - Gemini
Bottom left - June, right - Oscar
Top left - Frano, right - Manaia
Bottom left - Group 2, right - Tristan

A huge thank you to our lovely whanau who are always there to support our outdoor excursions. Without our parents, we would not be able to provide our students were experiences outside of the classroom. 
A shout out to our very patient, amazing surfing superheroes. They were able to help all our students get up on their boards and achieve that feeling of 'stoke'. Thank you!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Earthquake Drill

Today we participated in the national shakeout drill. This took place around New Zealand at 1:30pm.  Our class is learning about natural disasters in New Zealand. Students are choosing their disaster, learning all about it and making an escape plan to keep themselves safe. This was great realtime learning for the students.

Students hiding under their desks. 
After the drill, Mrs Davan took us outside to show us where to go in case of a tsunami. Our school is very close to the beach, but luckily we have a big hill next to our school that we could climb up in the event of an emergency.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ka Pai Kai - Group 5

This week we had our last Ka Pai Kai session with Anna.
Group 5 made yummy apple crumble for the rest of the class. Not everyone enjoyed the cooked apples. But for some, it was delicious and they wanted more!

Thank you Anna for coming to our school each week to take a new group for cooking. We loved this experience and looking forward to go to cooking classes next year at Intermediate. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Squawk Squad Kaitiakitanga Week

We won!!!

Each week for Squawk Squad we send in a video of our students completing the activities set for us by Squawk Squad.  Every week they choose winners, who have shown high enthusiasm for their learning and sharing their learning with others.

This week, we sent through our class assembly on Squawk Squad and won a months supply of Pic's Peanut Butter for our class.

How exciting!

Thank you Squawk Squad!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Squawk Squad Assembly

Over the past 6 weeks in Squawk Squad, we have learnt some many new things, which we wanted to share with our whanau in the form of a class assembly.

The students chose topics, which were part of Squawk Squad - Predator Free, Native Birds, NZ Bird of Prey, Whio, Kauri Dieback, Marine Conservation and Kaitiakitanga.  Once the students chose which topic they want to focus on, they wrote their own script and decided on how this may look in our assembly.

The students did extremely well to write their own parts, and to decide for themselves how they were going to present their information.

Have a look at our amazing assembly.  (Please excuse the video editing. I have recorded our practice assembly and the real assembly, and tried to mash the two together to get the best out of both.)

Squawk Squad Week 5: Marine Week

This week we have been learning all about our Marine Environment and how bad plastics are for them. In an effort to help our marine environment, each student from Te Kauru had to collect at least 1 piece of plastic each day.  They had to find this out in their surrounding environment, either on the road, in town, or around the school.

The students together decided the shape they would like their sculpture to form. Our class decided to make a seal.  Bailey and Manaia were in charge or drawing the seal, while Aria helped Whaea Sharlz wash all the plastics.

Once everything was reading, everyone had a turn at glueing their plastics onto our seal.  Doesn't it look absolutely amazing? This is how much plastics we have saved from entering our oceans this week alone!

Do you think you can help us save our oceans?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Book Week - Favourite Book Character Dress-up

This week is National Book Week. We had a whole school dress-up today, with everyone dressing up as their favourite book character.

Here is our class, Te Kauru. We had everything from Demon Dentist to Harry Potter. So many creative costumes.

Then we went to our school book fair. The students created wish lists of books that they would LOVE their whanau to buy for them.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Squawk Squad Week 2: NZ Birds of Prey

This week we are focusing on New Zealand's birds of prey.

The core adjectives for the week is:

  • Learning about the kārearea and the ruru – being able to identify them and why they are significant to Aotearoa.
  • Learning about the sustainable forestry industry in Aotearoa - and how responsibly-managed exotic forests can support a range of native biodiversity.
  • Understanding that these birds are predators too - however, have evolved naturally with the other flora and fauna of Aotearoa and thus form an important part of our unique ecosystem.

This week our Call to Action involves creating a nesting box for Ruru. The students thoroughly enjoyed completing this hands-on activity.

Finished boxes to come...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ka Pai Kai - Group 1

Each week Anna comes into our classroom to work with a group of students to teach them about nutrition and healthy eating.

Today she came in to work with Caedance, Iris, Harlen and Calais.  This group chose to make smoothies for the class.

The ingredients used were: milk, water, mixed berries and banana. They made some without milk because we have a student that is lactose intolerant.  All the ingredients were placed in a blender and mixed until smooth.

They were YUM! Thank you Caedance, Iris, Harlen, Calais and Anna!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Squawk Squad Week 1

This term we are participating in the National Squawk Squad learning journey.

Squawk Squad is running a free 7-week, nation-wide programme starting August 5th, teaching your tamariki to become kaitiaki for Aotearoa. Through fun activities, interactive videos, virtual reality and prizes, you’ll cover exciting topics ranging from Predator Free 2050 to Kaitiakitanga to Climate Change.
Week 1 is looking at predators in New Zealand that are causing a decline in our native bird species.  As a class we looked at which bird species we could name, and seeing if we knew whether they were native to New Zealand or not.

We discussed what might be causing the decline of our native species, and wanted to know which of these predators could be found at our school.  We created our own tracking tunnels to see which predators we could identify.

We used two old milk bottles, removing both ends, and sliding them together to create a longer tunnel. We placed peanut butter inside the tunnel to attract any predators in the area.  The predator had to walk through a small tray of dye before they could get to the peanut butter. Upon exit, they would have to cross a white bit of paper. This is where we would look to see what footprints we would get, and try to identify the predator they would belong to.

We left our tracking tunnels around the school in areas where we thought their might be predators.  We set them on Friday, and looked what we found again on Monday morning. We were very excited to find some foot prints on our papers. The only tracking tunnels that had footprints were located in the front garden by the hall's parking, and under Te Puawai's deck.

Here are some of our papers. It is hard to see the foot prints, but upon close examination, they are clearly there. We suspect mice and rats.

Friday, August 9, 2019

All Blacks Dress Up Day

To show our support to the All Blacks playing against Australia this weekend, the whole school dressed up in black clothing.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Movie Making

Today we learnt about movie making with Harley Alexander. Harley is a director and producer and has created many short films.

This is one of his films, which he shared with our class.

Harley taught us about the equipment we would need to make our own short films and demonstrated how to use the equipment. 

We learnt about the different shots that would be required:
1. Establishing shot - setting the scene for the film
2. Wide shot - this is where you introduce your characters in the background.
3. Medium close up - from the waist up.
4. Close up - Shoulders up. This is where the students realise their classroom was overrun by rats.
5. Extreme close up - chin up. Looking mainly at the eyes. 

Here are some of the students' shots.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Matariki Art

At the of Term 2, we learnt about Matariki. Here are the students Matariki Pou.