Monday, December 14, 2009

Brook Sanctuary Trip

On Tuesday December eighth Room 3 and Room 6 went to the Brook sanctuary to look at the steam there. We had lots of parents with us too. When we got there we were put in groups. The first thing my group did was to measure the flow of the stream by how fast a tennis ball could float over ten metres.
Then we went and caught bugs in the stream. Lochie caught three freshwater crayfish. I caught lots of mayflies and Dobson flies as well.
The range of bugs showed the stream was quite healthy.
Then we went back to school.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

School Picnic

On Monday night my family and I went to the school picnic. First I had a Juicey and then played tackle rugby. Then the 3 legged race started and I went with Logan and we won! When I got back to the game the score was 3-2 to my team. Just then the sack race started and I was versing 9 year olds and I won that. Then I had a rest and a bottle of fizzy and I drank it all in ten minutes. Afterwards the tug of war started and I was in that. It was 8 year olds and under and the boys won! Then it was time to go. I can’t wait to do that again next year.

Friday, November 27, 2009

As part of our Clean Stream Inquiry all of Kahikatea Syndicate listened to Mel from the Brook Sanctuary who talked to us about what the importance of looking after our streams. For a stream to be healthy it needs to be cool, clear and flowing so that a number of different species can exist. We are really looking forward to meeting up with Mel again up at the Brook Sanctuary next week for our field study!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nelson College for Girls Concert

On the 20th of November Central School got to watch a perfomence by Nelson girls College.Some of the songs were really cool such as a Taylor Swift song.Thank you for perfoming for us I hope you guys come again next year.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Calendar Art

Here is Room3's Calendar Art. It can also be viewed in the classroom - remember orders by the end of this week please!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Room 3s camp

This week Room 3 went to camp with Room 6 at Teapot Valley.
We all had an awesome time with impeccable behaviour. EVERYONE HAD FUN!!! Check out our Kidz stuff blog over the next few weeks to see the children's writing about camp.

Monday, October 19, 2009

What is a Kiwi

What is a Kiwi
Stomping stamping fluffy feathered

For more of our poems please visit our Kidz stuff blog.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mask Parade

On Friday evening we went in the Nelson Mask Parade. Earlier in the day we were rather worried because the weather was a bit doubtful but the rain held off and the parade went ahead.The theme was global spirit so each class at Central chose a different country to represent. Room 3 chose Korea and we did our masks all the same design but in different colours.
We has a percussion group accompanying us and lots of parents on guitars and other instruments. We sang the chorus from Bob Marley's song "One love, one heart" It was a great experience.
(Thanks to Frazer Black for the pictures)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our first Dance session

On Tuesday October 13th Room 3 went to dance. Jo from Drama was teaching it. It was about movement. We played a game where we had to touch each other’s knees and when the music stopped we had to freeze. It was really fun. It was hard when we had to lean on someone. I loved it! I can’t wait until next time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


On the 21 of September Nelson Central School went to the quad for a Maori welcome for visitors from the Education Review Office. We sang 2 songs, they sang 1 song. Then the Maori classes sang 2 songs. The Maori class did the traditional hongi. After morning tea one of the people came to our class. We have been on our best behaviour all the week! But some people weren’t on their best behaviour and were talking at the wrong time. It is very nerve raking because you don’t know when the visitors were going to walk in the door.

By Luke

Monday, September 21, 2009

Suter Gallery

Last week we went to the Suter Gallery to look at the works of John Bevan Ford. In his work he uses fine, detailed Maori patterns to fill spaces and create a really interesting effect. Many of his artworks had birds in them so our activity was to create our own patterns on a bird (manu) shape. This week we are going to do our own backgrounds then we will cut out our birds and stick them on. What fun! Thank you Esther, we love going to the Suter!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


For the last couple of weeks we have been working on our masks for the School Mask parade and the Nelson Mask parade. We have chosen to do a Korean mask design that we found on the internet. Our masks are on sticks so we carry then rather than wear them. It will look awesome with every class in the school choosing a different country.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Wacky hair day

Last Friday we had wacky hair day and it was Daffodil day. I had my hair in plaits on the top of my head. When I got to school at morning tea and at lunch time Eugenie, Grace, Charlotte, Isabella and me had our hair sprayed dark blue and light blue. When I saw to my little sister my Mum and my little sister were surprised because they didn't know that my hair was sprayed.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Our school Vision

This week in our work on the school's Strategic Plan we looked at what the Vision means for us. The Vision is "A passion for lifelong learning".

Some of our ideas were:

  • School wants us to enjoy learning about new things. It wants us to keep on learning after we leave school. (Paige)

  • I like the vision because it will make me enjoy learning for all of my life. (Isabella)

  • I think it says we should stick to learning and study.(Baimon)

  • It means keep on learning all my life;learning all the time;never stop learning things; trying new experiences; challenging yourself; finding out new things. (Leo)

  • The teachers try to get the children to love learning so much they don't want to stop in their entire lives. After they leave school they will still want to learn new things to make their lives more interesting. (Charlotte)

Friday, August 21, 2009

NCS Values

In our class we have ben talking abour our school Strategic Plan. This is a document that is very important to us at Central because it says what is important to us all and tells everyone about the things we are aiming for.
In our homework we had to choose one of our values from the Strategic Plan and write about what that means for us when we are at school.
Our Values are:
  • Doing our best,
  • Getting along with others,
  • Making good choices,
  • Looking after the world.

Some of our ideas were:

  • Doing our best means trying our hardest in our work. (Grace)
  • Doing our best means I try my best at handwriting, to listen in class and at everything at school. (Louie)
  • Getting along with others means playing nicely, not hurting others, and trying to sort sort problems out. (Jack)
  • Making good choices means not bullying, helping my friends, listening well in class and playing with people who don't have anyone to play with. (Logan)
  • Making good choices also means sitting still and listening to the teacher, doing your homework and bringing it back and if a friend asks you to do something and you don't think it is a good idea - don't do it! (Ella)
  • Looking after the world means recycling rubbish and not cutting down trees. It means saving animals, looking after each other and people who aren't as lucky as us. (Charlotte)
  • Looking after the world also means trying to pick up rubbish around the school and reusing plastic bags. (Baimon)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tug of war

On Monday all of Kahikatea syndicate tried out the new tug of war rope. The old rope was broken and the Community Group had given the school a new one. The seven year old girls in Rm 3, Rm 14, Rm 5 and Rm 6 went up first and Rms 3, 6 and 5 won.Then the seven year old boys were next. After that was the 8 and 9 year old girls then it was the 8 and 9 year old boys.That was me and we won and I can't wait to do it again!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Dead Precious

Last week we went on a trip to the Museum to see the Dead Precious exhibition. We saw lots of different types of fossils and learnt about how fossils are made and about some of the prehistoric creatures that lived long ago. There was so much to find out and although some of us had been before we didn't seem to have enough time there!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kelly Sports

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Children's Rights

This term, for our Inquiry topic, we are applying our knowledge of children's rights to Nelson Central School and comparing this to other places around the world. As part of Setting the Scene we looked at what was a "need" and what was a "want" and related these to the Articles we know in UNCROC.
For homework last week we were asked to write questions about Children's Rights. Here are just some of them.
What happens if govenments take away children's rights?
How does New Zealand take Children's Rights seriously ?
Do people who violate rights have rights?
What do you think you should do if your rights aren't being respected?
Which countries don't have children's rights?
How many countries respect children's rights?
How did children come to have rights?
Are children's rights different and if so how are they different?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Seven Star Fishes

View more presentations on our Kidz Stuff blog.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Our Matariki Inquiry study

In our Matariki study we are looking at tools and objects from Maori culture before the pakeha people came. Each group has chosen one area from the Te Papa website Matariki exhibition and found out some information about the use and importanceof some of the artefacts. We have done our own sketches of the artefacts. Some people chose Maori gardening tools, food gathering artefacts , Maori musical instruments, Medicine, Poi or weaving. We will put our information and sketches on a digital information sheet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Science with Sarah

Last Friday Sarah came into our class and picked nine people to do science. Sarah is a Student Teacher. First we went outside and did some rubbings of bark on trees. When we were finished we came back inside and she got some pictures of animals, fur and feathers. We had to match the pictures to the animals. When we were finished we went back to class. The next week on Thursday we did science again. She bought her laptop, shells and some books. Everyone had a group with three people in it. My group started with shells and we had to find differences and similarities and write them down.
Next I went to the laptop and it had a slideshow of big cats and we did the same, then my group went to the corner where the bird books were. The next activity was to go outside and find a place where an animal can live. Then we chose an animal and drew the animal and where it lives on a piece of pape. Then we shared what we had done.That science was fun

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cross Country

NCG concert

On Thursday 4th of June the NGG music group came and performed about 6 songs for as .It was really really good .It wasn’t as big as Nelson Central Schools choir. In the first song a girl was dressed up as a Lion because the song was called Lion king. We all clapped when the last song was played. It was fun. There were lots of instruments in the music.

Cross Country (Read more in our Kidz Stuff blog)

When I went to our school cross country it was fun. People cheered for me. I was happy that I didn’t come last. I was exhausted. My feet hurt afterwards when I sat down. Eventually my feet stopped hurting and then I went back to class.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More news!

Our weekly homework is now available on line. Click on the link to our homework blog on the right hand side of the page and check it out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

News Flash!

We are in the process of getting our new writing blog on line. This where the children will post various pieces of writing they do in class from retelling stories to writing book reviews, poems, recounts and much more. Please visit the blog regularly and leave a comment. It should be up dated on a weekly basis. It can be accessed by clicking on the Kidz stuff link on the side of this page.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A busy Week 10. Thanks to Te Pouahi!

We had a very busy week in week 10! The whole school visited an expo that Totara Syndicate held to explain their proposals for the student council. It was really noisy and hard to hear. All the children voted for their favourite proposal at the end of their visit to the expo.
The highlight of that week for many was our visits to Te Pouahi (Rooms 15, 16 and 17). Te Pouahi children took workshops and taught groups of us new skills and information. There were workshops on turtles, string games, sign language, cartoon drawing and many more. Thank you to Whaea Trina, Whaea Jo and Whaea Carly and to all the tamariki in Te Pouahi. We learnt lots and had lots of fun.

Friday, April 10, 2009


Each Thursday Room 3 goes to the art centre for Music with Bridget. The year 4s had already been there last year. So far the class has had 4 sessions and we will have more next term. We learnt some words to do with Music, beat, tempo, pitch and dynamics. We played this game that we had to copy Bridget what she did the sound when she did low that person had to do low. We can't wait to have more music sessions!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

School Picnic

On Monday the whole of Nelson Central had a picnic. It was to meet all the parents and some new children at school.We played games which were tug-of-war, egg and spoon races and a sack race for children. I liked the egg and spoon race because they were Easter eggs and you got to eat them at the end. I didn't do that race. Jenna was playing with me at the time. We bought a Juicey and played tug-of-war and we played with my skipping rope. I waited until my Juicey melted so I could drink it instead.


On March 23 it was the School picnic. We had dinner there and there were games too. There was a tug of war, egg and spoon races, sack races and 3-legged races. They used Easter eggs for the egg and spoon race! At the very end there was a lolly scramble. My mum and brother went in the 3-legged race. I did the sack race and came second. I also went in the tug-of-war. I got dragged along the ground. We lost but I still enjoyed it. It was a fun day.

School Picnic

On the 23rd it was our school picnic and everyone was invited.It was awesomw fun. There was a freee bouncey castle but it hardly bounced and you couldn't walk on it! There were Juiceys for one dollar, cheap. It was so much fun because there were heaps of races like sack races, 3 legged races, egg and spoon races - so much fun! Did I forget the tug-of-war? If you went you wouldn't forget it!
On Monday the School community group decided to have a party. It started at 5.30. When people arrived there at the front field there was a bouncey castle so I went on. luke was on the bouncey castle too. The bouncey castle was really cool. Next there was an egg and spoon race! Then there was a sack race and emily won and i came second. In the 3 legged race me and grace wanted to be partners so we practised then we had to do it. Grace and I came second again! At the end there was a tug-of war and the boys won. After that there was a lolly scramble.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

School Picnic

On Monday March 23 my family and me went to the school picnic. When I got there I started to eat dinner. Then I went to the Juicey table and bought a Juicey. After my Juicey the games were on. The first game was the sack race and I won it! While the big kids were doing it I went on the bouncey castle but it wasn't very bouncey! Then it was the egg and spoon race and i came second. after that it was the 3 legged race but i didn't do it because I didn't have a partner so I did the tug-of-war and we won! I got 2 lollies at the lolly scramble.

Maui exhibition, Suter gallery

Last week room 3 went to the Suter gallery. When we walked in to the gallery we were amazed at the pretty art works. We saw lamps made out of flowers and saw a gianr shell. It was cool! It was almost time to go but we had an activity to do before we went. We can't wait to go again.

Suter gallery

Last Thursday Room3 went to the Suter Gallery. the exhibition was called Maui and it was all about the past. It had some cool pictures. Also this Tuesday we went back to the Suter again. This time the exhibition was called White Gold. It was about cows. The cows had symbols on them that stood for companies. We drew some cows and put something on them that stands for what we are like at school. We have yet to finish these.