Who are we?
We are room 14, we have 31 students and we are a variety of year 7 and 8's. We have the best class in the world, full of wonderful kids. The website monitors for R14 this year are Kalib Schuler and Kieran Butler.
December 13 We have had lots of entertaining radio broadcasts the last two days. Kieran's one was riddled (!) with lots of puns, some good some awful (should that be Orff-ful?!). Josh's was fast and funny, some people sang their own songs (Cate) and made fun of their class mates (there have been a lot of Rowe-ing puns)... more to come tomorrow!
December 11 Some of us have just finished writing our radio broadcasts. There were four people that went today - Bonnie, Coral, Joel and Josh Brown, and they all did excellently. For the radio broadcasts you have to have 3 mins of talking and you have to have your station's name and you must have 3 or more ads and 2 or more bits of news. The first four were really entertaining and have set a high standard for everyone else in the class. Most of us are just about finished but we just need to add the finishing touches. I think everyone still to come will do an amazing job like the people today.
December 6 We have finished reading The Hobbit and we are now onto a Gary Paulsen book Nightjohn. It is a hard hitting book about slavery in North America. The girl Sarny is about the same age as us. She gets into massive trouble for trying to learn to read and write.
November 22 Room 14 did really well at the marae. Because of a tangi and bad weather on the first day, our programme was shortened a bit. "We sprinted to the shelter trying to dodge the rain drops like they were tiny bullets flying at us. My jeans got saturated and my hair was so wet it looked like I had just had a shower!" - Skylar H.
November 2 HEADLINE: A junior kid comes into the room, with a note for the teacher. He sees Cate Robertson standing by the sink and asks her! Cate points him to the teacher over at his desk! Everyone in the class started to laugh, most peoples faces even went red.
October 25 A big thankyou to those students who helped at Ag Day and Group Day. They did jobs like running results, selling programmes and raffles and food, looking after the judges etc. Ka pai! Today is our first session on puberty with Suzi. We are looking forward to it! (Well, most of us are!)
October 20 Welcome back to the new term. It is a very busy term, with something on nearly every week. Scroll down to the bottom to read Mr H's class newsletter.
September 29 Congratulations to our homework award winners: 1st Teigan, 2nd Olivia, 3rd Issy, 4th Kalib, 5th Corban, 6th Ayla. They put lots of hard work and did extra activities all term!
September 21 We have been thinking and writing up some survey questions about the school. We have put all the questions on the sheet of paper then photo copied it so the other classes can do the survey. Once the kids have filled in the survey we will then collect all the data and put them into some bar graphs and maybe pie graphs. We have also been learning a Waiata ( song) called Poi E. Tonight is the last night performance of our production. So the production better be a good show tonight or else people won't want to come to the show next year! Also today is Joshua's birthday. So wish him a good birthday.
September 19 Opening night of our show tonight. Let's hope Kieran (Stark) is well enough to do a good job. He stayed home sick to try and be ready. Our two kapa haka girl leaders have had their hair done by Whaea Andrea. They look great. Tino ataahua!
September 15 We have just started working on statistics in class for our maths. Also we have been practicing and getting sorted our songs and lines for in the production. We hope every one will enjoy it and will laugh at some of the hilarious jokes throughout our production.
September 5 We have tech on Tuesdays this term. We go to Edgecumbe College for it and it is really cool. There are a couple of things we need to remember every tech day... long hair tied up, and SHOES! Today Shaun forgot his shoes and he headed off to borrow some shoes at tech. It the end of the day, Shaun forgot that he had borrowed shoes and wore his borrowed ones back to Awakeri again! It was a bad day, because also Oscar forgot he was wearing hhhhhhhhhhha tech apron and he wore it back to Awakeri as well!! Lucky their heads are securely spot welded on!
August 24 We have been busy with things like science fair, and now production rehearsals are starting. In class we are learning some Spanish, like De donde eres? Soy de Nueva Zelandia. We have also learned some basic drumming skills on Mr H's drum kit, some basic computer coding. We have finished our Fantasy / Adventure reading theme. We all have a poem ready for tomorrow's Poem in your Pocket day. Today Ms Sisam has been teaching us because Mr H is judging at the science fair. We are learning about Taneatua - the man.
July 20 Scroll down to Students' Work to read all our memories of Mrs Prodger. We hope you're enjoying retirement so far Melva!
July 6 Today we have a special visitor from Ireland her name is Saorise and she is Cate and Oscar's cousin. She come from Cork in Ireland. Today some of the people in our class were picked to be the main parts in our annual school production. This year it is 'The Valley of The Voodons'. Samantha Yuill is the queen, Isaac Clements is Prince Dronos, Kalib is Viscount Pansy, Ayla Rowe is Astrid and Kieran Butler is Stark.
June 29 This coming Friday (7th) we have some very sad news, Mrs Prodger is leaving our school. We are going to miss you very much. We will remember how much work you put into everything and how you helped us when we were hurt or not feeling well. Thank You Mrs Prodger XoXoXo.
June 28 Our web site monitors have been slack! Recently we have finished speeches (well done Bonnie-Marie!), started science fair work (it's due in week two next term), finished geometry, started measurement. Our book at the moment is The Hobbit. We have been copying the features of the great writing of Tolkien, with our own stories. Scroll down to Students' Work to read some of them.
May 24 On Friday we had a huge fund-raiser. Room 14 did very well because we raised $1132 . 90. We had fun and made a lot of money. Heaps of people went to the food groups and also the other games as well. The groups were the Haunted house, Kai kings, Sweet As, Junk food pit stop, Mission Impossible and Animal Barnyard. Room 14 had lots of fun. I hope the other kids had fun too.
May 11 Scroll down for a new Teacher's Message.
May 9 We have been learning some more ways to respond to how are you in Spanish, like feliz gracias which means happy thanks and another one is aburrido/aburrida which means bored thanks. We are probably going to finish our book called the Fat Man which has been very interesting. We have just started learning geometry. We are learning about angles and how to draw a triangle with a compass and a ruler. We are also starting to train for cross country.
1 May Welcome back to school. We are straight into it: starting Spanish and our social studies topic about Parihaka. Today for current events there was lots of news about Cyclone Cook like chicken coops flying away, 55 trees falling down and mail boxes being blown away.
7 April Since we have finished learning our own pepeha (our family background and family tree in Maori), we have had some fun writing fantasy pepeha for ourselves. People have had all sorts of interesting grandparents, parents, wives, husbands, brothers and sisters!
3 April We had a talk about internet and social media safety this morning, to follow on from a duscussion last week. We learned how to screenshot phones if you need to, to get evidence. We also looked at statistics from the port of Tauranga for our maths. Did you know there were 26 thousand tonnes of onions exported from Tauranga last year and nearly a million tonnes of kiwifruit? A cruise ship visiting there is about 3.5 football fields long!
March 29 This morning before school we were looking at Kiwi Kids News, which has all sorts of cool, random and fun news. We saw this cool chair trick and decided to give it a go. After a few fails, we did it!
March 23 Room fourteen has been reading an interesting book called the Fat Man written by Maurice Gee. The book is about a little boy called Colin. Colin was in a forest and he got caught by a fat man who is a robber. The only way Colin can get free is by helping the fat man rob some rich people. Colin is so afraid of him, every time he talks he mumbles.
15 March We have just started reading fiction books by New Zealand authors. Margo has selected a great box of books that we can choose from. Most people have rated their books highly in the first few days. We are also planning our Fun Raiser, which is happening in the lunchtime on the last day of term. We have three food groups and a haunted house, a challenge games and an animal farm group. Room 13 are also doing fun(d) raising at the same time. In class we have just finished reading the House a Pooh Corner by AA Milne.
9 March Scroll down to Students' Work to see two amazing songs written by the Nolan sisters about camp.
8 March Yesterday we worked out how many seconds we have been alive for. Isaac is over 378 432 000 seconds old, Kieran is over 408 844 800 seconds old and Mr Hawkes is more than 1 955 232 000 seconds old! Impressive eh!
3 March Today we have been making some sports men and women with some uniforms relating to our school. People have been trying really hard with topschool trials. Everyone is waiting nervously to find out who's going to get in on Wednesday. We have also just finished writing our camp letters to the parents who came on camp. I can't wait to see the parents' faces when they get the letters.
2 March 30 years since the Edgecumbe Earthquake. Lots of talk about it this morning, looking at photos, discussing where parents and grandparents were. Mr Hawkes was teaching in Room 8 (it was called room 5 back them). Josh's Mum was at Awakeri School. We learned the Earthquake Rock song that they used to sing back then:
1. Going to a quake at Awakeri School
3. Sixty people slept here on the Monday night
17 Feb We have mainly finished our profile art and also our koru art. Yay we can finally have a weekend and then we go straight to camp. We are starting to practice our singing and also practicing the guitar. We know quite a lot of songs and heaps of chords. We are starting to create our camp booklets.
14 Feb Only a week to go till our camp at Aongatete Lodge. We are getting organised! We have also been learning how to swim side stroke, how to play three chords on the guitar, how to do fractions, all about trees, how to recite the poem Te Kaititiro O Te Po (by Katarina Mataira).
Where do you mostly play at school? _________________ What do you do there? _______________________ (OMu)
Do you think the canteen should be open? ____ If you do, what days should it be open? ____________________ (KS)
Were you displaced by the Edgecumbe floods? ___ If so, how badly did it affect you? (1 not badly - 10 Extreme)_____ (IC)
Should we have a choice to be in/watch the production? ____ Why/Why not? ______________ ___________________ (AR)
Do you prefer physical games or video games?_________ What game is that? ___________________(JBrn)
If you could have any tame animal for a pet, what would it be? ____________________ (JC)
Do you have a device of your own (e.g. computer, tablet, etc.)? ____IF yes, what do you mostly do on it?____________________(IL)
Do you prefer Apple or Samsung? ____________________ (AL)
If you could have a super power, what would you choose? ______________________________________________________ (RF)
Are you going to play sport next year?__________ If yes, what sport? ___________________________ (LR)
If you could have one wish what would it be? __________________________________________________________(SN)
Do you think we should do more school work on devices?_________If so why? _________________________________________(SS)
What is your favourite subject?__________________ Why?_________________________________________(CT)
Where do you live: Whakatane, Thornton, Edgecumbe, Kawerau or other (please state)?___________________? Are you out of our school's zone? ______________ (SH)
Have you ever been bullied? _______ If yes, was it cyber, physical or teasing? ____________________ (BW)
Have you ever done a water sport, e.g. Biscuiting, skiing, surfing? (yes or no) ______ Do you think water sports are fitness activities? ____________ (KB)
What is your favourite game to play at lunchtime? __________________________ (CRen)
Do you like travelling? _____ If so what is your favourite way of travelling? ________________________________ (JBRD)
What is your favourite sport? ___________________ (JBoy)
How do you usually get to school? ________________ (CRob)
If you could, would you have a dragon as a pet? _______________ (CA)
What is your worst fear? ______________ Why?___________________________________ (TN)
Are you bringing an animal to Ag Day? _________ If yes, what sort? ________________(ON)
Do you prefer sitting on the mat or at your desk? ____________________________ (AP)
Should Awakeri School allow students to use devices for their learning? ___________ (SY)
Do you prefer Playstation or Xbox? ___________________________ (TD)
Do you prefer biking or running? ___________________________ (C.H.)
Is there anything you would change at Awakeri School? _________ If yes, what would it be? __________________________________ (SB)
What is your favourite musical instrument? _________________________________ (OMa)
What age do you think it would be the most fun to be? ____________________
How many schools, other than Awakeri, have you been to? _______________________
What is your favourite football (soccer) team? __________________________________
Have you been to… the South Island? ______ Auckland? _____ Wellington? ______
Australia? ________ USA? _______
Do you like answering these questions?! _________ (DR)
Memories of Mrs Prodger....
In a room in a house there lived a Charlie. Not a dirty, dark, smelly room with holes in the walls and last nights dishes, nor yet a perfectly tidy room with stained glass windows and pictures perfectly aligned: it was Charlie's room and that means colourful and bright.
Camp Songs 2017
Based on Ten Guitars, by Olivia Nolan
I have a class of 30 and all they do is play with me,
Camps are made for fun
Based on Delta Dawn by Teigan Nolan
She is eleven years old and the judge still calls her guilty