Sunday, 9 October 2011

Term 3 Tanekaha Gymnastics

For P.E,  in Tanekaha House, this term we explored the different types of appartus in gymnastics such as;

-Mini Tramp

Millie, Casey, Georgia, Kelsey, Karah, and Georgina, students from Tanekaha, ran the gymnastics sessions because they had all been in competitions before and some even took part in the Aims Games.

Before each session of Gymnastics we had to do 3 stretches, sometimes we did;

-Leaning over our legs

We really enjoyed doing Gymnastics and some of us have become extremley flexible!

Check out some of our class in the video below...

Friday, 16 September 2011

Thunder and Lightning Poem - Sensory Language

In Room 39 we have been lea rning how to use sensory language to help create images in the readers mind.  

Thunder and Lightning

Rain crashes in gigantic mud puddles,

Winds sweep away smashed garden ornaments,

Gurgling water whooshes down overflowing drains,

Claps of thunder rattled the backyard, 

The piercing of thunder cracks open windows,

"Thud", bricks hit the ground,

"Snap", branches fall into a rumbling stream,

Doors slam back into place,

A dog whimpers, jumping into it's kennel,

Children screech as they run for the house, 

While roof tiles fly off the roof and smash into a million pieces.

By Caitlin Moore

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Quartz and Crystals

Over the last two weeks  students in Room 39 have been deeply fascinated in quartz, crystals and other precious stones. A number of students, and even Mrs Hulbert, have brought their collections into class and have expressed their interest in rocks and minerals.  Because of our interest in gems, rocks and minerals, we will be finding out more about them and write information reports.  Keep visiting our blog to find out more!


In Week 5 Term 3, four people from Room 39 went to compete in the national sporting competition, NZCT AIMS Games.
Caitlin competed in the ‘Girls 11 a-side Hockey’. Thanks to her team coach Mrs. Flynn and manager Adele, the team placed 4th out of 24 teams. TIS Girls 1st 11 A Hockey team team won 4 games, drew 1 game and lost 3 games.
Mitchell competed in the ‘Boys 11 a-side Hockey’. Thanks to his team coach Mr. Plummer, the team placed 8th out of 16 teams.
Karah competed in the ‘Women's Flyers Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline’. Trampoline is competed on a double mini tramp. When she competed on Tuesday in the trampoline event, she got 1st in the team event and got 2nd overall individually. She used a variety of positions such as seat, half turn, front drop, back drop, tuck jump, straddle jump and straight jump.
Kelsey competed in the ‘Rhythmic Gymnastics’. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a mix between dance and ballet. There are 5 different apparatus in Rhythmic. These include ball, rope, ribbon, clubs and hoops. These apparatus are all hand-held. She came 2nd individually overall with a score of 49.4 only 0.9 away from winning. 
Next year the NZCT AIMS Games is going international. We wish all competitors well, and hope that T.I.S will keep the winning title for the 9th year in a row!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Bay of Plenty Times Article

******************Check this out!  We made news in the  Bay of Plenty Times******************

NZCT Aims Games Green Team 2011

On the 2nd Wednesday of the Term 2 holidays, 6 students (Brittany, Jasmine, Alia, Jardine, Anthony and Jacob) went to Baypark Stadium to the launch of the ‘Love New Zealand campaign’. This campaign was kicked off by Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, speaking. 

Last year at the NZCT AIMS games the bins weren’t manned and food scraps, plastics, aluminum cans, all got contaminated and mixed together so all of it couldn’t be recycled. We made sure this time everything went into the correct bins. 
The Green Team’s job was to separate the waste and the recyclables. We also went looking at the grounds to see if there were any rubbish on the ground.
Sixteen environmental ambassadors from Tauranga Intermediate were stationed at four AIMS Games sporting venues across the Western Bay to promote recycling.
As part of the Love NZ waste minimisation initiative, Tauranga City Council has provided dozens of recycling bins at the NZCT AIMS Games cross country, rugby sevens, netball and football venues for the duration of the week-long tournament.

During the week, in total 1200kg of waste was collected by the Green Team. Out of that 233kg was recycled and 21% was saved from going to the land fill.

Video Makes Finalists

Last team a group called BAM studios which stands for Byron, Anthony and Mitchell made an animation about why school is cool. We entered the animation into a nationwide competition and made it in to the top 20 videos in New Zealand. Sadly we did not win the 5 Ipad prize.

The video is about three kids that do not take their school in the comic world seriously. They are expelled and have to go to the real world. At their real world school they have lots of fun. In the end they start liking school, so therefore their teacher from the comic world comes to the real world to take them back to the comic world and they live happily ever after.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Senses Poetry

In class this term, Room 39 have been learning how to describe senses using the rule, 'show not tell'.
Below I have described being in a restaurant with the sense of sound.
Can you visualize the sounds and action of the restaurant from what I have written?

Sounds of a Restaurant
The soft clinking of cutlery hitting plates,
The quiet chatter of people around the room.
The occasional cackle of laughter arising from table 12.
The screeching of chairs sliding across the linoleum floor,
As someone gets up for seconds.
The slurping of straws as children reach the bottom of their drinks.
The near silent chewing of food.
Then, finally, the low rumble of my stomach,
Telling me to eat no more.

Thursday, 18 August 2011


Today I found a sign.  I think it was telling me to go to karate. The stick I found was in the shape of a man kicking.  Tell us what you think.


Stickman... "Hi -Yah!"
Nathaniel and 'Stickman'

Descriptive Writing - My Room

In our class we have been learning how to describe places.  The writing below is a description of Brodie's room.  I wonder if he lives in the country?  Do you think his room is tidy?  Tell us what you think.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Exciting Visit During Assembly

On Friday the 5th of August Tauranga Intermediate School had a special visit during assembly
from Colin Bourke, Phill Burleigh and  Luke Andrews. They are in the Bay Of Plenty Steamers rugby team. They came to talk to us about bullying. They told us it's not cool to bully and to walk away if you are getting bullied. They also gave out rugby balls, note pads, drink bottles and over $1000 worth of Steamer's tickets.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

School is Cool Poster Competition

Here is a sneak peak at some of the posters Room 39 entered into the School is Cool poster competition.  Do you agree with these students' reasons why they think school is cool.  Do you think they have a chance of winning?

Mitchell thinks school is cool because we follow the STARS.

Anthony knows that New Zealand schools are cool because of the people.

A variety of sporting opportunities makes school cool for Jasmine.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Squash and Ten Pin

Room 39 won the Tanekaha class competition for Term Two.  Our reward for being the top class was to play squash and have a game of ten pin bowling on the last day of the term.  We walked to our venues and the rain held off.  A great time was had by all...

Isabella and Arna chase the ball around the court.

Mitchell and Brodie focus on the ball.

Arna, Brittany, Jannelle and Isabella

Anthony serves in style

Check out Brittany celebrating her 'strike'.  She had the highest score for the day!  Well Done, Brittany:)

Science Fair 2011

What a lot of hard work and commitment from Room 39.  We completed our well-presented Science Fair experiments and Technology inventions to the school and parents in Term 2 - Week 11.  Far out, Kelsey won a bronze medal for her Science Fair experiment about the durability of nail polish. Check her board out below. Congratulations Kelsey!  All your hard work, fair tests and repeats paid off:)

Check out the bronze medal on the top left of Kelsey's board.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

School Production 2011

Stevie-Lee, Kelsey, Karah, Chelsea and Nathaniel were all in the production this year.  They all worked very hard and their performance was great.  Can you spot them in the video below?

Click on the video then hit the space bar to get this video to play.

Kelsey, Stevie-Lee, Chelsea, Karah and Nathaniel

Ready for the stage...

The Queen's guards!

Friday, 15 July 2011

School Is Cool Animation

Here is another animation for the School is Cool competition.  Do you think it is good enough to win?

Ebony Dreams Productions - Jannelle, Karah and Jarrod

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Fairy Tales

       Learning Intention:  
  • I am learning how to ask questions in order to find out more information about a story character.
       Success Criteria:
  • I ask questions using key words and phrases from the text as well as the seven servants.
  • My questions are relevant to the text and probe for more information.

    Room 39 wrote questions to ask fairy tale characters and then asked the characters their questions to find out more about their chosen fairy tale character.  Here is one of the interviews! 

    In this video Logan is interviewing Jasmine as Grandma from 'Little Red Riding Hood'.

    Cross Country 2011

    On Friday 1st July every one at Tauranga Intermediate competed in our 2011 Cross Country. Tanekaha came 10th overall but at least we tried our hardest and here are some of the pictures of us running!

    Saturday, 2 July 2011

    Tagging Inquiry Winners

    Way back in Term One, our inquiry was based on how tagging impacts the community.  We had a competition to see which group of three in each class in Tanekaha could present their learning in an interesting way.  The winners were GROUP 2 FROM ROOM 39 (Stevie-Lee, Brodie and Louis). This is what they did.

    I was so impressed with this group and their perseverance.  They showed resilience and kept going regardless of the problems they were faced with.  I am proud of each of you!

    Mrs Hulbert :)

    Friday, 1 July 2011

    Cup Stacking

    Today Nathaniel showed us his speed when cup stacking.  View the video below...

    Thursday, 30 June 2011

    School is Cool Animations

    For the last few weeks Room 39 have been creating animations to show why school is cool.  Check out the groups that have finished.  It was down to the wire, but these groups finished by the deadline and have now entered their animated clips into a competition.  A huge thanks to Mrs Mills who helped us with the technical bits at the end!

    This video was created by NHR Productions - Naveen, Harrison and Rooney:)

    This video was created by BAM Studios - Byron, Anthony and Mitchell:)

    This video was created by LOL Studios - Jasmine, Stevie-Lee and Kelsey:)

    This video was created by Green Fire Studios - Marius, Louis and Brodie:)

    This video was created by Group 2 - Brittany-Lee, Isabella and Caitlin:)

    Tuesday, 28 June 2011

    Heavy Rain Cancelled Assembly...

    On Friday 21st June assembly was cancelled due to heavy rain.  What to do?????  Mrs Hulbert decided to teach the class how to sketch.  It was difficult not to hold the pencil in a writer's grip.  We sketched the sunflowers that sit up on our bookshelf.  Our drawings looked like Vincent Van Gough's 'Sunflowers'.  Some of us sketched using pencil while others used charcoal.  We were pleased with our results!


    Over the past 2 weeks, we have been learning different techniques to make animations. In groups of three we choose different ways to display our animations, e.g Keynote, iCanAnimate, drawing on the whiteboard and claymation. As well as learning animation skills, we have also learnt teamwork and time management skills. 

    Our class at work

    Tuesday, 14 June 2011

    Tae Kwon Do successes/interview with Jasmine

    Q. What place did you come in the latest Tae kwon Do competition?
    A. 3rd.

    Q. What did you get for coming 3rd?
    A. A medal

    Q. How many clubs were at the competition?
    A. Approximately 10

    Q. How many people did you fight?
    A. 1

    Q. Was it a boy or a girl?
    A. A girl

    Q. What belt are you in Tae Kwon Do?
    A. Red Belt Black Tip

    Q. How old are you and how long have you been doing Tae Kwon Do for?
    A. I am 11 years old and I've been doing Tae Kwon Do for 3 1/2 years

    Q. How often do you train?
    A. 3 times a week for 2 1/2 hours

    Q. Have you been out of the country?
    A. Yes, to Australia

    Q. Did you come a place in Australia?
    A. Yes, 1st

    If you are interested in joining Tae Kwon Do  go to

    Jasmine with her medal that she won at the TNZ open
    at QEII centre on Sunday 12th June, 2011
    Jasmine when she first started Tae Kwon Do

    Tuesday, 7 June 2011

    Learning about Blogs

    Today we learnt about the purpose of a blog and how to use it. We will be using our blog to share our news, successes and our learning with other people.

    Friday, 25 March 2011

    Waimarino Adventure Park

     What a fantastic day we had at Waimarino Adventure Park.  We improved our kayaking skills by rafting up, doing deep water rescues, as well as swapping kayaks and doing 'wheelies'.  The water was refreshingly chilly and the fact it rained didn't stop Room 39.  We didn't manage to capture our kayaking on camera, but we did get photos of the afternoon's land activities.




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    We want to share our learning in 2011 with you.
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