Room 10 Bright Sparks

Monday, 29 September 2014

Tech @ Tamaki

The year 7 & 8 students of Glenbrae School visit Tamaki college each Friday morning to do Technology.
Currently the year 8 students are doing food technology and have been learning about safe cooking practices and healthy (and some not so healthy, but hey we're allowed treats once in a while - right?) cooking.
This week the students learned how to make family friendly dinner recipes and cooked delicious Cottage Pie. Cottage pie, is actually a really healthy type of pie, because there is no pastry.  Instead it's made in a big baking dish, and topped with yummy mashed potato and grated cheese. Underneath the potato and cheese, is a healthy savoury mince and vegetable mix. Served with a salad it make a complete healthy meal.

Malulu and Anthony were kind enough to share their cottage pie with me for 'quality assurance testing'. I can now assure you - this cottage pie was QUALITY. Very tasty boys. Well done.
Check back to their personal blogs for the recipe. And stay tuned for more of their culinary delights.

Mrs Parker

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Salelei, Mangila and Ngatokoono ~ Guided Inquiry ~ Christchurch Earthquake

This term we were learning about Natural Disasters.
Salelei, Mangila & Nganga learned about the Christchurch Earthquake and the effects it had. They made a replica of the Cathedral to demonstrate their learning as well.

Well done Boys. 

Moli and Alex, Guided Inquiry Project ~ Hurricanes

Moli and Alex learned about Hurricanes for their Guided Inquiry, they learned that the strongest recorded hurricane was Hurricane Wilma in Florida.
Well Done Alex and Moli 

Nunia's Inquiry Project ~ Tornadoes

Nunia made her inquiry project about volcanoes.
Well done Nunia.

Lennyx's Inquiry Project ~ Tornadoes vs. Hurricanes.

Lennyx learned about Tornadoes and Hurricanes. Often people get these two things confused so he made a venn diagram to explain what is unique to a tornado and hurricane, and what is the same about them.
Well Done Lennyx 

Danielle's Inquiry Project ~ How Magma reaches the earth's surface

Danielle made a flow chart to show the cause of magma rising to the surface.  Well done Danielle. 

Desire and Erina's Inquiry Presentation ~ Top 10 Volcanoes

Desire and Erina learned about the top ten Volcanoes in the world. Well done team.
They also made a replica volcano

Anamanu's Guided Inquiry Project - How do Volcanoes affect people?

Anamanu learned about how Volcanoes affect people. She presented this in a flow chart.
Well Done Anamanu!

Hannah's Inquiry Project - How do natural disasters occur?

Hannah learned about Natural Disasters, in her presentation she explained Tornadoes, and Volcanoes.

Well done Hannah

Jerome's Inquiry Presentation - Top 10 Natural Disasters

Jerome learned about the top ten natural disasters of all time.
Well Done Jerome

James & Anthony's Inquiry presentation - Why do volcanoes erupt

James and Alex learned about Volcanoes, they also made a replica volcano.

Well Done Team. 

Nikita's Inquiry Presentation ~ How to prepare for a storm

Nikita shared her inquiry learning about How to Prepare for a Storm.
She found out what we need to do before, during and after a storm to keep oursleves safe.
Well Done Nikita.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Careers in Health Sciences

Our Careers focus this term has been amazing.
We have had visitors from across many different fields of study and possible career paths for us.
Today we had 6 visitors from the MAPAS (Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme) from Auckland University's, Tamaki Campus to talk to us about the exciting pathways available in health.

Susana, their co-ordinator, bought along some of the talented students studying health at Auckland University Raewyn, Ainsleigh, Kalina (3rd Yr Medicine) Catherine (Conjoint, health science and nursing)  Atelaite (Bachelor of Health Science)

Atelaite showed us a game of Pass along charades. We formed three teams, Tigers, Lions and Butterfingers. Mrs Parker was cheering for the butterfingers team, because that was the name of her Netball team when she was at school.
The first charade was 'rowing a boat' and Tigers won. The second round was won by Butterfingers, and the charade was 'eating an icecream'. The third round tigers won again, 'dancing'. Our fourth round was 'driving a car', Tigers won again! Well done Tigers.

Next, we split off into smaller groups and talked about the potential careers we could take, nursing,  doctors, optometry, physiotherapy, paediatrics,  pharmacist, healthcare. Raewyn was encouraging us to take the sciences when we get to High School. Atelaite talked to us about what she is studying in Health Sciences, she explained that a Bachelor of Health Sciences looks at more than just the health problems, but the community of health care. For example, if someone has asthma looking at the environment that they live in and how to help from a causation level. Atelaite explained that in her role she helps look after all the populations health, and is like the boss of all the other people in the healthcare organisation.

Atelaite was explaining that at the moment there are not many Māori and Pasifika people trained in the health sciences. She was explaining that it's important to work hard in school at sciences so that we might go to university and study Health Sciences to better represent our people.

For more information on MAPAs go here. 

Ainsleigh and Kalina talked to us about some of the instruments that Doctors and Nurses use. Tuning forks, for testing hearing; Stethoscopes for testing our heartbeat; and Tendon Hammer for testing our reflexes.  We got to try using the tools on ourselves, and learned how to test for a pulse.

Tendon Hammer for testing reflexes
Tuning fork vibrations
 The tendon hammer tingled, and made your leg move, it was weird because we had no control over the reflex.  It was really interesting to learn more about our bodies, and the tools that doctors and nurses use. 

Next we went to Raewyn and Catherine's Stand and we learned about Blood Pressure and Stethoscopes. It was interesting to listen to one another's heartbeat. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Can you solve Room 10's fraction problems?

We have been learning about fractions. Yesterday we used linking cubes to make shapes of different colours. We then asked questions to quiz one another on our fraction knowledge. 
Have a look at our questions and see if you can solve them all. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday Flash - Week 8 in Room Ten

Earlier this week we wrote our thank you letters to our brilliant guest speakers.... Be sure to check our personal blogs to read all the wonderful things we had to say to our guests. 

Today in assembly we congratulated so many people for all of their hard efforts in their learning and behaviour in Room 10. Congratulations to Siosifa, Moli, Desire, Jack, James, Nunia and Anthony. 

Also a big congratulations to our award winning writers who received a highly commended award from Poet Daren Kamali. These poets unlocked their potential with their brilliant works on Matariki that they completed late last term. Well done to Anamanu, Lennyx Moli and Desire! 

At our assembly today, we also had two guest speakers from Tamaki Redevelopment who were here to tell us all about the new Early Childhood Education [ECE] Centre that is being built out the front of Glenbrae School. 
They told us all about the safety requirements of being near a building site and to make sure we don't go in past the fence. 

We also learned that it is going to take all the way until christmas for it to be completed! This means that over the next few months there is going to be lots of trucks delivering materials. 
Be sure to walk past every week or two to see the building as it develops. 

Coming up in room 10 we are carrying on with our inquiry projects on natural disasters. On Tuesday the 23rd of September we will be having a roadshow in our school hall. All of the classes will present their learning and families are invited to come and share with our success. We hope to see you there. 

Happy Weekend.

Mrs Parker. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Happenings in Room 10

It's been a busy week here in Room 10 and it's only Tuesday so far.

We've had plenty of visitors to speak to us about some of the important decisions we will face in the future. Mr Dunn from Tamaki College came to talk to us about deciding what College to go to next year, and he told us about a great opportunity.
There is a scholarship to Tamaki College worth $1000! School leaders, sports leaders and top achievers are invited to apply. The prize includes all fees for Year 9, a brand new uniform, and a new 2015 model Netbook for our learning.
We've also had opportunities to hear from and ask people questions about different career options. 
To say thank you to all these visitors for giving us their time we have been writing thank you letters. Some of our letters are very heartfelt, and show that we learned a lot from these visits. 

We had another visit from Max the Pukeko and the SchoolBus from Travel Wise today too. 
We were able to help support safe travel around the school! 

Our Tae Kwon Do Lessons have been going fantastically. Today we practiced high jump kicks. There is quite a lot of technique to this, so please don't try it at home. Moli got our highest kick, and Hannah wasn't far behind with the highest girl's kick. Both at least two metres high! Well Done! 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Rugby Tournament 2014

Today the year 7 & 8 boys at Glenbrae School competed in the annual inter-school tournament. 
We were commended for our fairplay both on and off the field and came home with a very close second place!
Well done team! 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Fitness Counts

Today in Room 10 we measured our fitness. 
Last week we measured how many sit-ups press-ups we could do and today we measured how long we could run to a set pace in a "Beep-Test' Three of our boys scored up to level 14 and two of the girls scored nearly level 11. 

It's really important for our health and well being to stay fit. Not only does it help us play sports but it helps our immunity so that we can stay healthier in winter. 

Now that we have completed our beep test we will keep working on our fitness.
At the end of next term we will do the beep test again and see if we can improve on our personal scores!