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Sharing our Taonga

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What a term it's been so far, we are enjoying the sun and the hot temperatures  lately. During the last part of term 3 and the first few weeks of this term Aroha 6 and Whakapono 21 have been practising our performance for our whole school extravaganza.  We have enjoyed the long afternoons working together to help each other learn the actions and to keep in time. Overall, it was a great show and all the children tried their very best with a great big smile on their face!  You did an amazing job!!! Watch it here.

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!

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You made it back too us which mean you read our previous blog!  Yesterday the Aroha syndicate went to the Stardome in Onehunga to learn more about our topic of space.  Here are the photos that we were able to capture before technology died...  We really enjoyed playing with the different screens and learning about the phases of the moon, the parts of a rocket ship, how moon buggies work and also how astronauts fit into a space rocket! I learnt that small things go around big things  (Amelya) The sun is a star (Iziah) It takes 365 days for the Earth to travel around the sun (Nevaeh) The moon is always in the sky (Richard) The parts of the Earth is the North Pole, South Pole and The Equator. (Nikki) We look forward to sharing our thinking with you throughout this term. 

We tried, we ate, we conquered!

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Howdy family and friends!  What have we been up to this week you ask? well ask no more! On Monday we received a different looking fruit. I think I need to show you instead of tell you...  We had sweet peppers!!! A first for a few of us, a new experience meant a new challenge. As a class we sat in a circle and did it together. Some of us were a bit sceptical because we were very sure it was going to super hot (chilli peppers).  Here's our reaction...Listen for the crunches hahahah  We learnt that although we didn't eat it all we learnt a valuable lesson. Trying new things is good because we learn whether we like it or not. Stay tuned for our next blog on our trip too the Stardome.

Red Ridding Robbin Hood stops at Rowandale Schools

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Rowandale School was so lucky to end the second week of school with a bang with the performance of "Red Ridding Robbin Hood" by the New Zealand Playhouse.  Here is a blurb about what the show was all about: King George has lost the plot! In his never-ending quest to build bigger palaces, giant walls and enormous statues of himself he has raised the Land Far Far Away tax rate to 101%! Jack and Jill can’t afford to get a pail of water, Little-Bo-Peep has to sell her sheep, and even the Princess is so hungry she ate the pea. When even the bravest of Knights are too scared to stand up to him, the Land Far Far Away cries out for a hero to put a stop to the madness of the King. Luckily their cries are heard by a mysterious red hooded figure with a bow and arrow, a basket of goodies and some very unlikely ‘Big Bad’ backup. As well as a performance that will have you laughing all the way through, the play will challenge your students to think about traditional gender roles

Fractions in Motion

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On Friday, we spent our morning block looking at fractions but more specifically 1/2's and what it looks like and what it means.  We spoke about how we cut our fruit and we all need to make sure everyone has enough.  As a class we came up with these ideas about halves: - need to be the same size - need to be fair  - you can share it with a buddy We went to the pavement to do our talking and to show if we were really understanding the concept. So with a buddy we drew shapes and shared it with them by cutting it in half! Here's some of the shapes we drew.

Aue Niue

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What a week it was being back at school and then getting straight into the swing of things with a double language week:  -Diwali Festivities and  -Niue Language Week! Our class had been practising for a while to ensure our performance was up to standard. Here's a clip for you to hear what you think. We really enjoyed learning about Miss Ngtuakana's and Mrs Lolo's culture and found great joy in learning about how to scrape a coconut and how coconut cream is made. Here's our efforts below.

Tongan Language Week

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What a privilege it was to be able to show our support of one of the many pacific cultures we have at Rowandale School.  Such a great start to the week with the opening ceremony where we learnt about some of the traditional clothes and practices that the people of Tonga participate in.  We learnt about the Taovala and how there are different mats that are worn to certain occasions. One of the occasions Taovalas would be worn would be to church to show respect for the traditions of their forefathers.   The girls were adorned with dancing Taovalas and Kahoa which are necklaces made out of shells. Their bodies were sparkling and their smiles confirmed the love and pride they had for their culture.  Jessie Ilavalu the only performer from Aroha 6 looking gorgeous   One of the challenges we had was to make a Kiekie or a Fakahaapai to wear to the assembly on Friday. This was our attempt, we used ribbons and tapa cloth for the waste b