Sunday, September 20, 2009

Room 24 Fun Stuff !

Here is a vid our class presented in Year 8 Assembly the other week ...


TERM 3: Week 10 (21 - 25 September) Reminders / Homework


• Please return KIWIATHON sponsorship money ASAP
• PERFORMANCE.NET sessions continue this week
• Japan trip - leave on TUESDAY. Have a good one Courtney.


• Spelling
• Maths

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TERM 3: Week 9 (14 - 18 September) Reminders / Homework


• Mufti Day and Wheels Day on MONDAY
• Bring back your KIWIATHON Sponsorship money ASAP


• Learn your spelling words.
• Complete any maths your teacher has set you.
• Narrative - In your Homework books write a short story that follows the standard narrative structure: Orientation, Complication, Series of Events, Conclusion. It must demonstrate some character development as well. Don't forget to include some dialogue as well. Your story will be a crime mystery of some description to tie in with our ALJ. It will be due MONDAY next week.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

TERM 3: Week 8 (7 - 11 September) Reminders / Homework


• RAFFLE - perhaps you could volunteer to assist with the raffle this week?
• KIWIATHON Testing is on Friday. Have you got sponsors?
• You need to bring back your sponsorship forms
• 10 minute run will be on THURSDAY this week
• Wheels day next Monday - bring your money in this week as you will need a ticket.


• Novel Studies
• Spelling
• Maths

Friday, August 28, 2009

TERM 3: Week 7 (31 - 4 September) Reminders / Homework


• Talent Quest starts this week - be in to win ...
• THURSDAY: Strike Percussion Session. Syn G (1:40 - 2:25)


• Spelling
• Maths
• DARE Brochures to be completed by MONDAY next week.
• Reading your novel at home and bringing to school EACH day.
• Learn your KIWIATHON questions and answers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Forensic Science

Our class is about to begin our study into Forensic Science as part of our ALJ. What Does Justice Look Like in NZ? Thanks to Mitch and Heinrich for putting together this short slideshow on the subject ... video

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Term 3: Week 6 (24 - 28 August) Reminders / Homework


• Kiwiathon - Get sponsors and continue to learn your Q and As.
• Yr 8 Girls Vaccinations on TUESDAY
• Continue to practise mathletics ...


• Learn your spelling words.
• Complete any maths h/w your teacher has set you.
• DARE work. This is DUE Monday Week 8.


Don't forget to consult books, magazines, periodicals, encylopedias, people (health professionals)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Term 3: Week 5 (17 - 21 August) Reminders / Homework


• Well done with your speeches everyone. I could quite happily have chosen 4 speeches to represent our class in the syndicate finals. However, we are only allowed 2 ... so congratulations to Courtney and Shelley !! Well done girls. Syndicate G finals will be on Tuesday 18th August Block 1 in the staffroom.
• ICAS Maths Exam will be held on Wednesday this week.


• Learn your spelling words for this week.
• Complete any maths your teacher has set you.
• Volcano fact file is due on THURSDAY.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

TERM 3: Week 4 (10 - 14 August) Reminders / Homework


• Please ensure you are organised each day with your P.E gear. That also includes being changed at the correct time. Thanks.


• Focus this week is rehearsing your speeches. Remember to be prepared to present your speech at the allocated time you have been given.
• Learn your spelling words.
• Complete any maths homework that you have been set.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

TERM 3: Week 3 (3 - 7 August) Reminders / Homework


• Your teacher is proud of all your efforts with your science fair projects :-) Congrats to Courtney and Florence!! Well done girls on getting your projects through to the Manukau Finals.
• 10 minute run will be on Thursday this week- make sure you are prepared.
• ICAS English Exam on Tuesday in Block 2.
• Our Assembly is Wk 7. Think about what you would like to do - let me know ...


• Spelling
• Maths
• Speech Writing

Saturday, July 25, 2009

TERM 3: Week 2 (27 - 31 July) Reminders / Homework


• School finishes 12.00 on Wednesday due to interviews.


• Learn your spelling words for the week.
• Complete any maths homework your maths teacher has set you.
• RESEARCH - gather information for your speech topic. We will start writing speeches in class this week (THURSDAY) Make sure you are organised and ready for this.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crime Podcasts

Our Authentic Learning Journey (ALJ) fertile question for 2009 is, "What Does Justice Look Like In New Zealand Today? One of the tasks students were set was to create a podcast that told the story of a high profile NZ crime.

Here are some examples of their work. Please comment in the appropriate format ...PMI

Podcast 1 by Diego


Podcast 2 by Rebecca / Karan / Florence


Podcast 3 by Mitch / Heinrich


Friday, July 17, 2009

TERM 3: Week 1 (20 - 24 July) Reminders / Homework

Hi Room 24 - Welcome back to school!! Hope you have all had a relaxing break and are ready to get back into it ...

BTW ... I would like to thank you all for your efforts last term. You guys are great :) This term promises to be just as busy as the last. Coming up we have - Speeches / Novel Studies / ALJ - Forensic Science / Volcanoes Unit / Gymnastics etc. I would also like us to do some more podcasting as well ...


• Science Fair Projects are DUE NOW. Your teacher needs to assess your work ASAP as I'm sure many projects will be going to the hall.
• Book Fair all this week and next week until THURSDAY 30th July. Check it out.
• Safari Feet Day is this FRIDAY 24th July. Don't forget !!


• Learn your spelling words for this week.
• Complete any maths h/w your teacher may have set you.
• Your first TASK for this week is to publish on A4 an original recipe of your own. This could take the form of a "Revolting Recipe" that you started end of last term, or it could be something new. The choice is yours ...
This task is for your PORTFOLIOS, so will reflect your best effort. Your work will be assessed under the following criteria:

- Characteristics of Instructional Writing
• clearly established purpose (to instruct in how something is done)
• information is presented in a logical sequence
• use of headings, number steps, bullet points etc

- Grammatical Features
• action verbs eg; put, twist, take etc
• present tense used eg; you stir
• adverbs to say how, when, where

Don't forget to include an ILLUSTRATION and your NAME on your published work. Work is DUE Monday Week 2.

• Your second task is to create 4 dividers for your portfolios. Term 1, 2, 3, 4
• Your third task is to have thought of a speech topic by THURSDAY this week. Our language focus is speeches for the first few weeks of this term. Speeches will be written in class so it is important to follow the guidelines / deadlines etc.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Week 10 (29 - 3rd July) Reminders / Homework


Tuesday: Yr 8 Girls vaccinations
Thursday: Reports & Portfolios go home


• Learn your spelling words for this week.
• Complete your maths homework that your teacher has set you.
• If you have been following the timetable for Science Fair you should be completing your project this week - as some of you are. Don't forget to view the slideshow presentation on this blog for further inspiration or if you are unsure about anything.

Enjoy your holiday break :-)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Week 9 (22 - 26 June) Reminders / Homework


• Tuesday: ICAS Spelling & Writing Exams
• Wednesday: Grandparents Day
• Thursday: Disco
• Friday: Yr 8 Assembly


• Learn spelling words for this week.
• Science Fair - consult your diaries to see where you should be up to. Keep writing in your logs books all that you are doing and what you have observed with your investigation.
• Complete any maths homework your teacher has set you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Week 8 (15 - 19 June) Reminders / Homework


• Monday - Mufti Day
• Tuesday - EZ Squash


• Learn your spelling words for the week.
• Complete any reading work that you didn't complete this week.
• Continue with your science fair projects - Week 4 of SF diaries
• Complete any maths homework your teacher has set you.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Week 7 (8 - 12 June) Reminders / Homework


• Monday - Macleans College Talk Yr 8s
• Tuesday - EZ Girls Rugby
• Wednesday - ICAS Science Exam
• Thursday - EZ Boys Hockey
• Friday - Yr 8 Assembly
• ENVELOPES with STAMPS bring them in - if you haven't already!!


• Learn your spelling words
• Week 4 of your Science Fair Diary - where should you be up to?
• Don't forget to bring in your log books on Monday
• Don't forget to purchase your SF boards - ASAP
• Complete any maths homework you have been given
• ENVELOPES with STAMPS bring them in - if you haven't already!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Week 6 (1 - 5 June) Reminders / Homework

Hi guys - Halfway through the term ...


• Cross Country Training this week, with the Year 8 Cross Country on Thursday Blk 3.
• Syndicate G will get to hear a motivational speaker on Tuesday Blk 3.
• ENVELOPES - must be stamped 50c stamps please !!!


• Learn your weekly spelling words.
• Complete any maths homework you have been given for this week.
• SCIENCE FAIR: See what is required for the 3rd week of science fair - consult your SF diary.
I'll be collecting all SF log books on Tuesday to see your progress.
• You MUST have your stamped ENVELOPES in ASAP!! Our focus for the short week will be on getting these posted out to companies. Well done to the few people who are at this stage. You will get priority in starting your ALJ Podcasts.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Week 5 (25 - 29 May) Reminders / Homework

Reminders for the week:

• Bring back your ALJ permission slips, they were all DUE last Wednesday 20th May.
• Continue to bring in your 10 - 15 stamped envelopes for your letter writing to companies.
• Cross Country training - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - appropriate foot wear please.
• ICAS Computer Exam for Yr 8s is on Wednesday Blk 2.
• Short week for students - no school on Friday due to TOD

Homework for this week:

• Complete the activities for your second week of Science Fair. Refer to your science fair diaries for what is required. By now you should have a TOPIC and written an AIM for your investigation. All of your written work should be notated in your Science Fair Log books.
• Complete any Maths homework that your teacher has set you.
• Complete the bullying survey by the end of this week. See the post entitled "Bullying Survey" for further details.
• Complete a PMI on the ALJ Crime Podcast that I posted earlier. I would like this completed by Friday as well.
• Learn your spelling words for this week.

Friday, May 22, 2009

ALJ Podcast Task

One of our ALJ tasks which we will start this term, is to create a podcast on a high profile New Zealand crime / trial. The topics you will choose from will also include cyper crime and serious fraud cases. These cases have all been well publicised in the media. The cases have all been carefully chosen by your teacher as each case is unique in the history of the New Zealand Justice System.

To give you an idea of what you will be required to do, please view my podcast / slideshow on the David Bain case. I would like you to give me some constructive criticism on my efforts. Please comment using the PMI format. Plus, minus, interesting or improvement. Again, I'd like you view and comment by the end of the week.


Bullying Survey

As discussed in class, here is the link for the bullying survey. Part of your homework requirement for this week is to complete this. Copy the link and paste it into your browser's URL, this will take you straight to the survey. Don't forget to comment letting me know that you have completed the task.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Science Fair 2009

Hi guys - it's that time of the year again - science fair has arrived!

Please take a look at the slideshow.  It gives you an overview of the whole process that you will be involved with.  Better still, get your parents to have a look with you as well.  Apologies for the size of the print on the slides. You will need to hit pause on each page to give yourselves time to read them. Don't forget to comment. Enjoy!