Nov 16, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
This is a bit of a reminder about what we talked about on Friday afternoon... Doug needs our help at school on Monday evening from 7:15... we need at least 20 of us to be there and I can not tell you about it, but I know that you will enjoy the experience. We will chat about it again in the morning, but have a discussion with your parents and lets hope that we can all make it ;)
PS: This counts as a homework task!
Nov 11, 2010
long grasses, trenches, bunkers
And huts. Rocks, trees and
Canyons. Me and my friends
Did what rebels did - fought in the blazing sun or
Ambushed people in the cold freezing night. But,
One day it all changed, diggers and trucks
Drove down the road "Oh no!" they are
Building a house right next to the war zone.
Grass grown over jumps,
Big pine trees, three kickers
And a pump track I never
Went to. The blanket of
Children do what they want to do -
Silent moments in the air
Loose dirt on the landing,
Dust flying with wheels
Spinning, tyres thumping
On the Ground
Doing things fun.
Deep green leaves that got lighter in the sun,
Long dark shadows and even a small
Crooked wire fence surrounding them.
My thinking times were up there.
Thoughts surrounded that tree
I did what most people do in trees
I climbed, built huts
But mostly I drew what I saw
Doing what my imagination let me
Nov 10, 2010
On Tuesday Gail observed a writing lesson that I taught, where we used James K Baxters poem 'The Town' as a model and then crafted our own poems about places that are special to us. As we complete, edit and publish these poems they will grace cyberspace on the blog to be read by all.
And today I was out of the class, released for testing, in preparation for reports and portfolios that will be written over the next few weeks.
So keep your eyes open for our poetry in this space and I must give a big thanks to Jude and Tash who have taken over the bike park duties over the last few days. The students and the teachers really appreciate all the time that you give.
Nov 4, 2010
Nov 3, 2010
Nov 2, 2010
With such an amazing response to the Photo Competition, 25 entries for the final last week, that was won unanimously by Rory's war zone photo I was thinking how we could take this type of competition to a different level, something that is a bit more futuristic and involves a lot of new skills to be learned by your parents.
There are now two different competitions, you can enter either or both.
1. Photo Competition with the topic of "Action Weekend"
2. Pivot Stick 20 second movie
-Watch the You-tube clip below and download the free program 'Pivot Stick' from the link opposite. Your clip needs to be from 10 - 20 seconds long and can be any action of your choice (dance, sport, etc...). Remember the more time spent on your creation and the more small movements you make the smoother your animation will be.
We have three weeks to complete this challenge and the due date is Friday the 20th of November. Email me your entries or bring them in on a data stick if the files are too big.
Good Luck and I look forward to seeing your creations.
Oct 30, 2010
Oct 29, 2010
TOP 10 of Bike and Road Safety
1. Don’t walk on the road
2. Look out for cars and pedestrians.
3. Have to be 10 years or older to ride on the road.
4. When crossing road, take one step back before checking to see if there are cars.
5. Make sure your Helmet is fitted safely and clicked when you ride.
6. Wear Sensible Clothing (Good Shoes and high visibility clothing)
7. Face oncoming traffic when walking down the road.
8. On a verge, walk in single file from shortest to tallest.
9. Check your bike regularly(Keep your Tires pumped, clean your bike and oil your chain)
10. Use lights at night and have reflectors on your bike.
Today we have been learning about how to check that our bike is safe, hand coordination and bike skills. Dave, Hamish and Kirsty checked our bikes while Constable Phil and Constable Mike taught us cycle safety. We practiced going around cones and did activities to improve our skills and balance.
1. Slow races.
2. Obstacle courses.
3. Quick turning in tight corners.
4. Hand signals.
5. Traveling in lines in circles and figure eights.
Oct 28, 2010
We were so busy yesterday at athletics that no one was able to take even 1 photo.
Please can you email me your photos so we can use them in class.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Many thanks from Mr Dyer and the class
Oct 26, 2010
Just a short time spent looking at what a letter should look like, brainstorming of ideas and then some time with pencil in hand and we had some amazing results.
With a handful of carefully written letters to the wonderful people of Mitre 10 and Upper Clutha Transport we were able to help us complete the first stage of the tunnel house.
Mitre 10 provided us with seeds, seedlings and wood for the raised gardens, while the guys at Upper Clutha Transport donated us almost half a tonne of Mushroom Compost.
It was a great way to see the power of a letter and to the people of Mitre 10 and Upper Clutha Transport "Thank you very much!"